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

Firemen aim a jet of water at a collapsing chimney amid the ruins of the 23rd Avenue Presbyterian Church after the fire that destroyed the 1892 building in 1906. A crowd of spectators look at the remains of the stone building. April 16, 1906. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-5862)

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Good morning, good people. This week is just kind of rolling into motion — no huge breaking news yet today, so I’ve grabbed a few stories from around Colorado that caught my interest. Here they are.

Firemen aim a jet of water at a collapsing chimney amid the ruins of the 23rd Avenue Presbyterian Church after the fire that destroyed the 1892 building in 1906. A crowd of spectators look at the remains of the stone building. April 16, 1906. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-5862) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
Firemen aim a jet of water at a collapsing chimney amid the ruins of the 23rd Avenue Presbyterian Church after the fire that destroyed the 1892 building in 1906. A crowd of spectators look at the remains of the stone building. April 16, 1906. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Rh-5862)

The opiate crisis is real:

Thirty-one deaths were connected to heroin in Denver last year, according to preliminary data. That’s more opiate deaths than were reported for all of Colorado in 2001. It’s worth noting that in Denver the death toll has largely plateaued over the last few years, as Michael Roberts reports. (Westword)

People have started using their right to die:

Several terminally ill people have received prescriptions for lethal self-administered drugs in Colorado. It may not be easy, though: Dozens of Catholic hospitals have said they won’t comply with the law, as Electa Draper reports. (Colorado Independent)

Go to the library:

For any number of reasons, really, but especially to check out their new recording studio space, which gives access to editing software, hardware to convert old media and more. (Denverite)

Dispensary behind the LoDo King Soopers:

Green Solution is building a 4,000-square-foot dispensary at 1995 Wewatta Street, behind the King Soopers and Elan apartments, as Burl Rolett reports. Looks like it will be right next to this funky old building I wrote about. (BusinessDen, Denverite)

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.