Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 21

Ms. Rodeo America contest at the National Western Stock Show, circa 1967. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Records)denver; denverite; denver public library; western history collection; archive; archival; National Western Stock Show; nwss;

Hi. It’s Friday. Read up, then buckle down. We’ve got the 4/21 perspective on 4/20, a possibly big RTD update, a new cinema and more, by golly.

Ms. Rodeo America contest at the National Western Stock Show, circa 1967. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Records) denver; denverite; denver public library; western history collection; archive; archival; National Western Stock Show; nwss;
You made it! Ms. Rodeo America contest at the National Western Stock Show, circa 1967. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Records)

4/20 reactions:

Two people were arrested following gunfire near the rally in Civic Center. No sign as to whether they were attending the event, as Jon Murray and Kieran Nicholson report. (DP)

Civic Center was strewn with trash this morning. One of the 4/20 rally organizers said that all the trash had been cleaned and bagged, but it appears someone tore open the bags. The organizer said they should have had the bags hauled away sooner. (CBS4)

Westword has a critique of the event, including the presence of rain and police. (Westword)

Inside the weed church:

The Elevationists still haven’t decided how they will regulate membership and marijuana use at their crazy-looking church. Let’s go inside for a sneak peek anyway. (Denverite)

G Line coming soon?

RTD says that the crossing gates on the A Line are working as designed. Maybe that means the feds may soon allow testing to resume on the G Line to Arvada, as Cathy Proctor reports? (DBJ)

Also, check out Megan’s informative stats on the A train’s first year. (Denverite)

Roads, transit and legislators:

A legislative deal to raise taxes and $3.5 billion for roads and transit is collapsing. We may see other transportation measures on the November ballot instead, as John Frank reports. (DP)

Also at the legislature: an argument that doctors shouldn’t be required to report domestic violence, as Erica reports. (Denverite)

Another Coffman challenger:

Joey Bunch has your briefing on the two little-known Democrats looking to challenge Rep. Mike Coffman next year. (Colorado Politics)

Unemployment:

The Colorado unemployment rate is 2.6 percent, the lowest in 41 years of records, as Monica Mendoza reports. (DBJ)

The movies!

Alamo Drafthouse opens near Sloans Lake on May 15 with the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. Sounds fun. (Denverite)

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