Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 8

Hi. Today, we’ve got stories about light rail vs. suburbia, marijuana use in public, the Olympics and more.

View of a sign near the unfinished Red Rocks Amphitheater in Red Rocks Park. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-8810)

Development & business:

Southmoor neighbors have a legendary NIMBY record when it comes to development. They also live near a lucrative light-rail stop. There could be some conflict here. (Denverite)

We could be getting closer to a business with a social marijuana consumption license in Denver — The Coffee Joint (get it?) has a hearing this week. (Denverite)

The Globeville Landing storm drainage project will take six months longer than expected due to excess groundwater on the site, Jon Murray reports. The project benefits the I-70 expansion.  Construction should be done by June 1. (Denverite, DP)

A ballot initiative aims to limit residential growth to 1 percent all along the Front Range. It’s under review before it would potentially be allowed on the ballot. We covered an earlier version in depth. (DP, Denverite)

Gov. John Hickenlooper on the Olympics bid: “I think I see the benefits more clearly than I see the downsides.” (CPR)


Advocates occupied Sen. Michael Bennet’s office on Wednesday. He’s a Democrat supporting an immigration bill — here’s why they targeted him. (Denverite)


Montbello residents gathered to mourn recent gun deaths and confront perceptions of their neighborhood. (Denverite)

Revolving doors:

RTD has a new chief operating officer, as Cathy Proctor reports in depth. There were questions about alleged overpayment of his expenses at his previous job, but his old employer says it “did not find wrongdoing.” (DBJ)

Susan Greene has a scathing column about Stephanie O’Malley’s exit from the city’s safety department into a new city job. (Independent)

Colorado lawmakers are considering creating an express lane into the Capitol. Access could cost $250. The optics, as they say, are not great. John Frank reports. (DP)

Clashes involving white supremacists broke out last week at Colorado State University. Here’s some helpful context. (Inside Higher Ed)