Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Dec. 1

Gates Rubber Co. workers stopped the humming machinery in the Denver factory to pose for this picture in 1917. (Rocky Mountain News/Denver Public Library/RMN-040-5223)

Hi. Your news roundup today covers everything from a couple major developments to Colorado’s remarkable reduction in teen pregnancies and abortions.

Gates Rubber Co. workers stopped the humming machinery in the Denver factory to pose for this picture in 1917. (Rocky Mountain News/Denver Public Library/RMN-040-5223)
Gates Rubber Co. workers stopped the humming machinery in the Denver factory to pose for this picture in 1917. (Rocky Mountain News/Denver Public Library/RMN-040-5223)

Development:

The Rockies want to build this combination hotel/office/housing/shopping area on a full block near the stadium. It looks large. (Infill)

Denver wants to shell out $19.25 million for CDOT’s 23 acres in southeast Denver and then sell it to the private Kentro Group for the creation of affordable housing. (Denverite)

Residents in the ever-changing Highland neighborhood could see a swanky, three-story office pop up next year along West 32nd Avenue. (Denverite)

Health & education:

Teen pregnancies and abortions are down more than 50 percent in Colorado. Here’s why it happened — and why state officials are anxiously waiting to see what the feds do in January. (Denverite)

Jeffco Public Schools is considering significant changes to make its schools more desirable and accessible, including adopting a centralized school choice system, launching new specialized programs in district-run schools and improving student transportation options,” as Yesenia Robles reports. (Chalkbeat)

Food & culture:

After 43 years in downtown Denver, Wazee Supper Club will close to make way for a contemporary French restaurant. (Denverite)

In-N-Out will open a distribution center in Colorado Springs and restaurants both there and in Denver. It’ll probably be a few years. Ashley reports. (Denverite)

Jonny Barber, aka the Velvet Elvis, has finally achieved his long-time dream. Last week, he opened the Colfax Museum. (Denverite)

Environment:

Colorado seems to be seeing a downward trend in its winter snowpack, which is crucial to the water supply. (Weather5280)

Michael Behar explores the question of why time moves so slowly in the wilderness. (5280)

 

Andrew Kenney

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