Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 4

A man carries logs, others shovel snow near 2377 Elm Street in the South Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado after the 1982 snowstorm. (Allison St. Claire/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-29024)

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Today’s news roundup is a weird one. We’ve got your weather forecast, sure, but also lots of curious history, a house-flipping controversy made for TV and more.

A man carries logs, others shovel snow near 2377 Elm Street in the South Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado after the 1982 snowstorm. (Allison St. Claire/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-29024) archive; archival; historic; denver public library; dpl; western history collection; blizzard; snowstorm; weather; cowx; denverite; denver; colorado;
A man carries logs, others shovel snow near 2377 Elm Street in the South Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado after the 1982 snowstorm. (Allison St. Claire/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-29024)

Snow:

Expect it to really start this afternoon and dump up to 10 or 11 inches in central Denver by Thursday evening.

Need snow tires? Consider these considerations. (Denverite)

DIA has baggage:

The airport is partnering with TSA to spend $120 million on an elaborate lizardman subway baggage handling system. (DP)

Lakeside is its own weird little town:

Fourteen people live in the municipality of Lakeside. Its mayor is its police chief. And that’s just a fraction of this podcast’s weird ride through the amusement park’s past and present. Well worth a listen. (Changing Denver)

How did Scott Tipton vote on the controversial ethics measure?

We don’t know. Three of the state’s four Republican representatives say they voted not to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics. Rep. Scott Tipton, however, has not responded to our requests for comment. The plan never reached a public vote. (Denverite)

Thomas L. Golden?

The city of Golden is named after a prospector named Thomas L. Golden? Are you kidding me? Plus, other fun Colorado etymology. (CPR)

Paying twice a home’s previous sale price may not guarantee happiness:

A Denver couple is suing Keith Nylund, host of DIY Network’s “Raise the Roof” show. They claim that “Nylund signed documents” promising their newly expanded Logan Street home had never had problems with moisture or plumbing, according to BusinessDen. And then their home’s episode debuted, reportedly complete with Nylund talking about water problems. (BusinessDen)

A nurse says she had to quit over a pride flag screensaver:

Nurse Michelle Hurn reportedly told ABC7 that her bosses ordered her to remove a rainbow flag from her computer’s screensaver. She says she quit instead, telling ABC7 that she has a “real problem” with a symbol of equality being deemed “offensive.” (ABC7)

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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.