Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 18

Men pose in November 1930 on a truck near the Mayan Theatre at 110 Broadway in the Speer neighborhood of Denver. (	Rocky Mountain Photo Co./Denver Public Library/X-24681)

Hi. Put on your news hats, because here comes a bunch of it, from Amazon’s HQ2 pageantry to the debate about heroin injection sites.

Men pose in November 1930 on a truck near the Mayan Theatre at 110 Broadway in the Speer neighborhood of Denver. (Rocky Mountain Photo Co./Denver Public Library/X-24681)
Men pose in November 1930 on a truck near the Mayan Theatre at 110 Broadway in the Speer neighborhood of Denver. ( Rocky Mountain Photo Co./Denver Public Library/X-24681)

The changing city:

A total of 20 metros were selected as “candidates” to potentially host Amazon’s second headquarters, including Denver. Here’s an interesting legal history of the arguments about corporate incentives. Quite relevant. (Denverite, CityLab)

Denver’s exploratory Olympics committee is having conversations, but we don’t get to know what they’re saying yet. (DP)

RTD has created a shorter, simpler “L” route to serve Five Points. (Streetsblog)

Laws and whatnot:

Denver’s ready to debate a safe heroin injection site. State legislators are working on a necessary change to state law — but it’s unclear whether that will pass. (Denverite)

The governor wants a tax hike to pay for state transportation projects. The Denver Chamber of Commerce could help put it on the ballot, Michelle Fulcher reports. (CPR)

Housing affordability may be one of the big issues at the statehouse this year, Brian Eason reports. (DP)

The state attorney general joined 19 other AGs in support of weed businesses. They want legislation to allow banks to serve legal marijuana businesses. Matt Bloom reports. (KUNC)

The world around you:

Another week in Denver, another smorgasbord of activism, cute animals, beer, music and strangely specific MCA programming. (Denverite)

Birders are flipping out over the appearance of snowy owls, Jenn Fields reports. (DP)

The city painted over a huge mural that referred to Trump’s mouth with a word that rhymes with “ithole.” (Denverite)

The Denver Center told us how to watch out for fake “Hamilton” tickets. (Denverite)

I would like to go to Ouray. (5280)

Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

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.