Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 1

Yo. We’ve got stories today on where our transplants were born, a Denver cop’s remarkable journey, weed in the workplace, medical research and a fanged deer.

Source: Library of Congrees
An illustration of old Highland. (Source: Library of Congress)

Transplants, quantified:

Adrian pulled together a sweet map of where Colorado residents were born. The greatest numbers come from surrounding states and the largest states. (Denverite)

Meanwhile, Megan finds that the influx is slowing, and people move out pretty often. (Denverite)

How LGBTQ cops are changing Denver policing:

I’m pretty proud of this story. Lt. Michael Wyatt, who had to hide his private life for decades, now is showing how police can build relationships with marginalized communities. (Denverite)

The user’s guide to weed in the workplace:

Yes, you can be tested and fired for using pot outside of work. Better testing might solve part of this problem. (Denverite)

The bus to Arvada:

Not quite the same ring as the train to the plane, but it’s what we’re getting. With the G Line to Arvada delayed, RTD instead will run bus service to Olde Town, starting in mid-December (DBJ)

Winter update:

The drought persists, but snowpack is improving and could get back to normal mid-December if we’re lucky. (Denverite)

A Colorado Congresswoman may get a big win on medical research.

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is making proress with the 21st Century Cures Act, which would “make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to get approval to repurpose old drugs to treat new afflictions,” according to Public Citizen. However, it arguably erodes the standards that make sure those drugs work. Next up: the U.S. Senate. (DP)

Guy kills fanged deer.

Apparently it’s rare but not unheard of for a deer to have two sharp little teeth at the front of its mouth. Vampire deer. Great. (9News)

Organs are awesome. Here are a couple in Colorado.


Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email