Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 9

School districts’ response to the DACA decision, a data hack at a hospital and the good thing about wildfire smoke.

A man stands atop a roof on East Colfax Avenue near Fairfax Street, Sept. 7. 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A man stands atop a roof on East Colfax Avenue near Fairfax Street, Sept. 7. 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; colfax; kevinjbeaty;
A man stands atop a roof on East Colfax Avenue near Fairfax Street, Sept. 7. 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s looking clearer out there today, no?

It turns out all the smoke is actually helping firefighters

The smoke lowers temperatures, which allows for more humidity, which makes plant life less flammable, firefighters say. And, as you can see from the smoke map, there’s still a lot of smoke in the air. (AP)

ICYMI: This bill would address DACA recipients’ fears that their applications for relief will be used to deport them

“DREAMers who came out of the shadows and voluntarily submitted their personal information to the federal government did the right thing,” Coffman, an Aurora Republican, said in a press release announcing his sponsorship of the legislation. “Congress should pass this bill to ensure the personal information they provided is not used against them.” (Denverite)

And here’s how Colorado school districts responded to Trump’s DACA decision

Denver Public Schools, for one, decried the move as “shortsighted, heartless and harmful.” (Chalkbeat)

The Rockies beat the Dodgers again

They rallied in the fifth for a 5-4 win in L.A., handing the Dodgers their eighth straight loss. The Rockies have a three-game lead for the second NL wild card. (AP)

A data hack at Children’s Hospital may have affected thousands

The Aurora hospital says a staff member’s email account was hacked, exposing the names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and “limited clinical information, such as diagnosis and treatment received” of more than 3,000 patient families. (DP)

There’s still time to enter the 2017 Beer Drinker of the Year competition

I talked to last year’s champion, former Denverite Shawna Cormier, about what it takes to win the hop crown and free beer for life at Wynkoop Brewing Co. (Denverite)

Former Air Force football star Jalen Robinette will graduate and be commissioned into active duty

It’s a bit of good news in a rocky year for Robinette. Before his eligibility to graduate came into question, he learned that the Air Force would no longer allow athletes to defer two years of active duty and immediately join a professional sports team after graduation, as was his plan. (Denverite)

Have fun out there

There’s a lot to do, of course. And if you’re avoiding the lingering bit of smoke, don’t worry, a lot of your options are indoors. (Denverite)

And please don’t tie red balloons to sewer grates

Some of us are very, very afraid of It. (CBS)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers culture and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.