Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 6

Aerial view of commercial buildings, houses and churches in downtown Denver, Colorado. Shows the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist (also called Saint John's Church in the Wilderness and St. John's Episcopal Cathedral) on 20th (Twentieth) and Welton Streets, and the Swedish Church. Distant landmarks include the First Presbyterian Church, Union Station, the Windsor Hotel, and East Side High School; a house is under construction in the foreground. Circa 1890. (William Henry Jackson/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11777)

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Aerial view of commercial buildings, houses and churches in downtown Denver, Colorado. Shows the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist (also called Saint John's Church in the Wilderness and St. John's Episcopal Cathedral) on 20th (Twentieth) and Welton Streets, and the Swedish Church. Distant landmarks include the First Presbyterian Church, Union Station, the Windsor Hotel, and East Side High School; a house is under construction in the foreground. Circa 1890. (William Henry Jackson/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11777) high school; denver public library; dpl; archive; history;
Aerial view of downtown Denver circa 1890. (William Henry Jackson/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11777)

Law:

A Lakewood bakery is the center of a Supreme Court Case. The question: Can a baker refuse to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding? All eyes are on Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP)

State Rep. Lori Saine was arrested on suspicion that she had brought a firearm to the Denver airport. Details remain murky. (KUNC)

Federal authorities removed twice as many immigrants from Colorado and Wyoming in fiscal 2017 compared to the previous year, Rachel Estabrook reports. Fewer of them were convicted criminals. (CPR)

Schools:

Denver Public Schools’ increasingly complex system for rating schools is facing heavy criticism and — as these things often go — the critics don’t agree on what the problem is. In fact, they have totally opposite concerns. (Chalkbeat)

Housing:

Denver is putting $300,000 into a Safe Creative Spaces fund to help artists get their spaces up to code. Ashley reports. (Denverite)

The number of local homes for sale neared record lows in November. Prices were down a bit compared to October, but they were about 8 percent higher than a year ago, Aldo Svaldi reports. (DP)

Boulder’s homeless shelter may open year-round. Also, The Salvation Army is reopening a shelter in Colorado Springs, despite promises that it wouldn’t. They cite the rising need for shelter. (Camera, Gazette)

The tiny-home village will move across the street in January, which will cost about $25,000. They’re raising money, as Chris Walker reports. Chris also has a feature on Erik Soliván, the man with the housing plan. (Westword)

The block-long former headquarters of Catholic Charities in north Denver is being converted into townhomes, duplexes and commercial space. (Denverite)

A 230-unit apartment complex for people 55 and older is coming to Lakewood. (Denverite)

Health:

DaVita is selling off a network of 300 primary-care and specialist clinics and 35 urgent-care centers for close to $5 billion, Svaldi reports. (DP)

Concerns are running high about CHIP, the government health insurance program for women and children, as funding runs dry. John Daley reports. (CPR)

 

Andrew Kenney

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