Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 27

Northwest view of downtown Denver, Colorado, taken from dome of State Capitol Building. Between 1929 and 1933. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-3057)historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite

Hello. This morning’s news roundup is a long one – I’m sorry, but there’s lots to keep up on today, and I promise it’s not all distressing. We’ve got a trade war, faith, economic opportunity, a restaurant strip for Cap Hill, black skiers, Alamo Drafthouse and more.

Northwest view of downtown Denver, Colorado, taken from dome of State Capitol Building. Between 1929 and 1933. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-3057) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
Northwest view of downtown Denver, Colorado, taken from dome of State Capitol Building. Between 1929 and 1933. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-3057)

How a trade war would hit Colorado:

Right in the ranches. As Aldo Svaldi reports, Mexico is Colorado’s second-largest trading partner, and it’s quickly gaining on Canada for the top spot. We export beef and other meats, cheese and natural gas. Trump’s idea for a 20 percent trade tax with Mexico would, of course, mess with that. (DP)

Church officially reaches out to LGBT community:

Denver Community Church was reportedly split 50-50 on whether they should allow “full inclusion” of people of all sexual orientations and identities. This week, they announced that they would indeed allow those people to take on all roles and leadership in the church. Interesting write-up here. (Religion News Service)

Interesting apprenticeship program:

Erica has a great summary of a council push to use National Western’s redevelopment to create a path to potential six-figure jobs for people in low-income neighborhoods. (Denverite)

The National Brotherhood of Skiers:

Thousands of people from a national alliance of black ski clubs comes together each year for their summit, a primary goal being to fund talented young skiers. Denver photographer Chip Kalback got a sweet assignment to shoot portraits this year. (Denver Egotist)

Threatening refugees:

A note threatened to “blow up” refugees at the Mango House community center in Aurora. Police are investigating.P.J. Parmar, who owns the place, is “not terribly scared.” (CBS4)

The year in biking:

David Sachs has a helpful summary of what the city’s planning in 2017 for bike lanes and what didn’t happen in 2016. (Streetsblog)

New Cap Hill restaurant strip:

A strip of three new restaurant spaces is breaking ground at Seventh Avenue and Sherman Street, Burl Rolett reports. First to sign on is Tacos Tequila Whiskey, which I’m guessing is a Polish joint. (BusinessDen)

Walmart beefing up its Denver e-commerce capabilities?

Walmart is building an e-commerce distribution center on 169 acres near Denver International Airport, according to Molly Armbrister’s sources. It could be a way to improve delivery times for Walmart.com and its new acquisition, Jet. (DBJ)

Alamo Drafthouse’s plan for Denver:

John Wenzel has a really interesting interview with the man who “transformed the first Colorado-based franchise of this Austin, Texas, chain into a vital player in regional film culture — all while freelancing as a nationally respected film writer who is often harshly critical of the movies that his company shows.” (DP)

A whole new version of the reply-all problem:

Milo Yiannopoulos was in Boulder the other night talking about liberals being ugly or whatever he’s onto now. People who bought tickets got an email threatening to reveal their identities as “Neo-Nazi sympathizers.” There was talk of a hack, but now police say the College Republicans themselves revealed all the addresses in a poorly constructed email. (Boulder Daily Camera)

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Andrew Kenney

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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 akenney@denverite.com.