Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 12

The building at 1278 Lincoln St. during the first half of the 20th Century when it was still being occupied by the James Dodge Motor Co. (Courtesy of the Colorado Land Board.)
The building at 1278 Lincoln St. during the first half of the 20th Century when it was still being occupied by the James Dodge Motor Co. (Courtesy of the Colorado Land Board.)
The building at 1278 Lincoln St. during the first half of the 20th Century when it was still being occupied by the James Dodge Motor Co. (Courtesy of the Colorado Land Board.)

Picking out a historical photo took longer than I expected, but isn’t the result wonderful? I can hardly picture what’s there today, let alone what’s coming next.

That’s the world for you though, always changing. Here’s your news so you’ll know what to expect around town. We’ve got the plan to address opioid abuse, when it’s legal to be fired for being trans and more. 

A Colorado pilot plan to address opioid abuse

A six-month pilot program at eight hospitals and three freestanding emergency rooms is taking a new approach to curbing opioid abuse. The program encourages doctors to prescribe fewer opioids, but also offers other pain care strategies. (DP)

Congressman Jared Polis is running for governor

His vision for Colorado includes 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and free full-day kindergarten. (Denverite)

When it’s legal to be fired for being trans

Paula Williams lost at least five jobs in the evangelical community just seven days after she came out as transgendered. But Williams found a new faith home in Denver. (DP)

Hundreds marched in Cheesman Park for LGBTQ equality

On the anniversary of last year’s Pulse shooting, Denver marchers remembered the 49 people killed in Orlando. The group advocated for broader understanding for Colorado’s rainbow of people. (Fox31)

Arvada overwhelmed during its two-week recycling event

In just six days, Arvada residents dropped off 200,000 pounds of electronics for recycling — that’s in addition to thousands of paint gallons and mattresses. It’s got some in the state thinking about how we should be getting rid of all our junk. (DP)

New Lo-Hi coffeeshop

I know, I know, “Coffee in lower highlands? How groundbreaking.” But come on, aren’t you always on the lookout for a new place to get that morning buzz? Sapor Coffee will be brewing with Sweet Bloom Coffee and serving espresso, pour-overs and more. (BusinessDen)

Women-only cannabis discussion group starts Denver chapter

Do you identify as a “pot-curious female”? You could be talking through your strain analysis paralysis with the women of Ellamenta, who exist somewhere between NORML and Women Grow. (Westword)

Von Miller’s 3rd Annual Go-Kart Grand Prix for Von’s Vision

I have to hand it to Von Miller, a go-kart race sounds like a pretty fun charity event. Miller and his guests raised money for Von’s Vision, which helps visually-impaired children. (9News)