Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 2

Garden of the Gods in 1898. (William Henry Jackson, Library of Congress)

Hi. Today, the news roundup takes on Colorado’s reaction to Trump’s climate moves, a new podcast, a senator’s meeting with Duterte, a random horse sculpture on Broadway and more.

Garden of the Gods in 1898. (William Henry Jackson, Library of Congress)
Garden of the Gods in 1898. (William Henry Jackson, Library of Congress)

Climate:

We’re in a whole new world on climate change. Here’s what your Colorado elected officials are saying, courtesy of Erica. (Denverite)

Podcast time:

We’ve been having lots of fun making our weekly news podcast. Brisk, to-the-point, talkative.  Topics this week include City Park, the Rockies’ hot streak and a podcast in Montbello. Please try subscribing to Denverite Now on iTunes or wherever. (Denverite)

Duterte and Gardner:

Sen. Cory Gardner made his first trip to the Philippines and met with self-proclaimed murderer President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte’s “war on drugs” has included the killing of thousands without trial. Gardner, who is on an East Asia subcommittee, says he was stressing the importance of the rule of law. Critics argue that Gardner has not been so available to his own constituents. (AP via Denverite)

Random horse:

A bronze horse-and-guy sculpture just appeared in a Broadway parking lot. After excessive digging, I figured out that a real-estate magnate bought it in the Northeast, realized it was too big and shipped it out here. I promise the story’s more fun than that. (Denverite)

High Times:

Kayvan Khalatbari and the other founders of Denver Relief Consulting are now part owners of High Times, the weed magazine. It sold for a reported $70 million to a group of 20 investors, including Damian Marley. (Cannabist)

In other pot news, here’s everything wrong with the new public pot rules, according to the people who want public pot use. (Denverite)

Sidewalks:

It could cost $600 million to complete the city’s “patchwork sidewalk network,” as David Sachs reports. One very small start: $2.5 million to install new sidewalks, including one for one side of 23rd Avenue along City Park. (Streetsblog)

Aurora race track:

Aurora city officials are once again trying to pave the way for a recreation district including a potential “Nascar-style motor speedway” on city-owned land in the northeast, as Quincy Snowdon reports. (Sentinel)

More summer fun:

This weekend is the Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square. Susan Froyd has the rest of the summer’s arts festivals. (Westword)

And Ashley has the rest of your weekend plans. (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.