What happens now that the Senate Finance Committee has killed the transportation deal

Leadership in the House and Senate said lawmakers need to keep talking, while citizen groups may be bringing competing transportation measures to the ballot.

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This is just how it’s going to be. Get used to it. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This was the deal that Colorado legislators and Gov. John Hickenlooper named as one of their top priorities for the 2017 session — a new funding source for roads and transit to start chipping away at the potholes and traffic jams that plague the state.

It died Tuesday evening in a 3-2 party line vote in the Senate Finance Committee. That means it won’t go to the Senate as a whole, where it may well have passed, and it won’t go to the voters in November.


Denver’s 2017 bond program could be as large as $900 million

The decision before city leaders now is whether it’s a good idea to max out the credit card, so to speak.

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The decision before city leaders now is whether it’s a good idea to max out the credit card, so to speak.

City leaders have been talking about a bond program somewhere between $500 million and $600 million, but thanks to significant increases in property valuations released Tuesday, they now believe the city could support a program between $800 million and $900 million without increasing the amount of the mill levy that goes to debt service.


In less than a week, you will be able to buy marijuana until 10 p.m. in Denver

The Denver City Council voted 11-2 Monday to approve later store hours after proponents beat back a series of amendments to slightly limit the longer hours.

Maat Khan and Kristen Amescua at Simply Pure dispensary. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Maat Khan and Kristen Amescua at Simply Pure dispensary. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Starting next Monday, marijuana stores in Denver will be able to stay open until 10 p.m.

The Denver City Council voted 11-2 Monday to approve later store hours after proponents beat back a series of amendments that would have very slightly limited the longer hours. The ordinance takes effect May 1.


Organizers are defending 4/20 as Mayor Michael Hancock orders a “thorough review” of city procedures

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Mayor Michael Hancock has ordered a “thorough review” into whether Denver’s 4/20 event complied with all the terms of the permit and whether the city has the appropriate policies in place to keep events safe.

Organizers think they’re being targeted and put their record up against other events of their size and scale.

“Seeing our Civic Center in a state of disrepair was for many in our city — including myself — deeply disappointing and discouraging,” Hancock said at a press conference Monday morning. “Our parks and public spaces are held in the public trust, and when organizers hold an event at one of these spaces, they have a responsibility to uphold that public trust. When organizers leave one of our parks trashed, they violate that trust.”


Need a March for Science poster? These vintage-style travel posters from an apocalyptic future can be yours for free

So you can’t draw to save your life but you want a snazzy sign for the upcoming March for Science?

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So you can’t draw to save your life but you want a snazzy sign for the upcoming March for Science?

Boulder-based brand agency Walden Hyde has these fun — if the post-ice melt apocalypse can be fun — posters available as free downloads. Based on vintage travel posters, Walden Hyde originally made them back in 2013 to raise awareness about climate change.