Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 31

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)

Oh, hello. Didn’t see you there. I was just reading all the news. Here’s what caught my eye, from the governor’s big move on health care to the start of ski-pass-buying season.

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)

Immigration:

Denver is joining a lawsuit against the Trump administration. They want the feds to stop threatening to withhold federal grants from cities over immigration enforcement issues. Denver’s joining 36 other cities, led by Chicago, as Allison Sherry reports. (CPR)

Colorado’s Democratic representatives (as well as Republican Mike Coffman) have pushed for legislation to in some way aid young, unauthorized immigrants. Corey Hutchins breaks down the situation as rumors swirl that President Donald Trump will cancel the DACA program. (Independent)

Chris Walker has a feature on local religious organizations offering sanctuary to immigrants. (Westword)

Sporting:

It might be time to start worrying about the Rockies. Christian has a look ahead at the last month of the regular season. Read it, despair and buy some tickets. (Denverite)

It’s time to buy ski and snowboard season passes. Prices go up early in September. Ashley and I break down our best arguments for both the Epic Pass and the Rocky Mountain Super Pass. (Denverite)

Politics:

Julie Gonzales, a prominent advocate for immigrant rights, is running for state Senate. Erica has an interesting first look at the campaign to come. (Denverite)

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s bipartisan health plan is out today. They want to fund existing subsidies, give more money for insurers for high-cost patients and give tax breaks to get insurers into areas like the Western Slope. It would keep the individual mandate. (Bloomberg)

This will be a test for any national political ambitions Hick might have, as John Frank writes. (DP)

Environment:

Why has the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah been targeted for shrinkage while nearby Canyons of the Ancients in Colorado has been spared? Politics, most likely, as Haley Gray explains. (5280)

Stephanie Wolf has a feature on hiking trail design, which I think sounds like a fun profession. (CPR)

Marijuana:

There’s a new campaign to finally legalize recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs. Currently, a small, neighboring town makes a crazy amount of money from Colorado Springs weed customers, as Allison Sherry reports. (CPR)

Business and transportation:

People are commuting farther and farther to work. Megan breaks down the eye-opening growth of the hour-plus commute. (Denverite)

City leaders have promised that the National Western Center will benefit the surrounding neighborhoods. Those benefits should start arriving as the agreements for developing the place are finalized in the next few months, as Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Three historic buildings on Champa Street just sold for $20 million. No word on plans, but the retail space is 40 percent vacant, as Lynn Yen reports, so maybe we should expect some changes. (BusinessDen)

Looks like Shake Shack won’t be coming to 30th and Larimer in RiNo until 2018, as Susan Stapleton reports. Odell Brewing will come in next door, as will a sandwich shop, according to Stapleton. (Eater)

Ikea is opening its Broomfield store in summer 2019, Ben Miller reports. Miraculously, it’s just as far away as the one in Centennial. (DBJ)

A new veterinary chain is making big moves in Denver, Adrian reports. (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.