Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, April 26

Ute men, women, and children pose at Garden of the Gods in 1911. The photo is labeled "moon dance." (H.S. Poley/Western History and Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hello, it’s me: the news. Today, I am made of failed legislative dreams, big Denver ideas, art, money, bike lanes, fear and more. Read me.

Ute men, women, and children pose at Garden of the Gods in 1911. The photo is labeled "moon dance." (H.S. Poley/Western History and Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
Ute men, women, and children pose at Garden of the Gods in 1911. The photo is labeled “moon dance.” (H.S. Poley/Western History and Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

The transportation deal is dead:

Ding-dong, ding-dong. The bipartisan $3.5 billion plan to fund roads and transit died a party-line death because Republican supporters couldn’t whip enough votes in committee. Still, we haven’t even seen its final form –– voters will probably see it on our ballots this November. Here, let Erica explain. (Denverite)

Big spending:

Meanwhile Denver will seek your permission to spend up to $900 million on a boatload of public projects, including some that have gotten a lot of attention already. Here are the details of the bond package, and here’s what you can do to make sure your faves get some of that sweet, sweet potential money. (Denverite)

The history of RiNo:

Eric Peterson has a nice, informative write-up about the somewhat unusual interplay between the arts and development in the River North district. (Confluence)

Bike lane for 14th:

A new protected bike lane debuts on a half-mile of 14th Avenue, from Speer to just past Bannock Street, as David Sachs reports. (Streetsblog)

Follow that bird:

There’s a rare, cute little bird in town: the mountain plover. They’re most common on the eastern plains, especially in tiny Karval, as Erin O’Toole reports. Unfortunately, the upcoming Mountain Plover Festival has been cancelled, but you can still go look. (KUNC)

DPD and ICE:

Denver’s police chief says that federal immigration agents have become “more assertive” under the new federal administration. He reiterated that Denver officers don’t “arrest, detain or transport people” just because immigration authorities have a civil detainer on them, as Noelle Phillips reports. (DP)

New hill at Steamboat:

A developer is reopening a little ski hill outside Steamboat Springs, as Kate Tracy reports. What a nice li’l town. (BusinessDen)

Also, don’t forget it’s closing weekend at Mary Jane. 🙁

Sassafras to Golden:

Denver’s Southern comfort brunch spot is opening a third location in downtown Golden in the next few weeks, as Amy DiPierro reports. (BusinessDen)

Poor Chipotle:

They had a nice earnings report, but they also might recently have been hacked. At least they’re not United? (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.