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

Hey, hey — it’s Monday. Let’s play catch-up.

A man, woman and a young boy stand near a large, abstract, plywood sculpture by Anthony Mygar in Burns Park near the intersection of East Alameda Avenue and South Colorado Boulevard, in the Hilltop neighborhood, Denver, Colorado. Between 1968 and 1970. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11801)

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A man, woman and a young boy stand near a large, abstract, plywood sculpture by Anthony Mygar in Burns Park near the intersection of East Alameda Avenue and South Colorado Boulevard, in the Hilltop neighborhood, Denver, Colorado. Between 1968 and 1970. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11801) history colorado; historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
A man, woman and a young boy stand near a large, abstract, plywood sculpture by Anthony Mygar in Burns Park near the intersection of East Alameda Avenue and South Colorado Boulevard, in the Hilltop neighborhood, Denver, Colorado. Between 1968 and 1970. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11801)

Hey, hey — it’s Monday. Let’s play catch-up.

Transportation

After a year of meetings, the working group tasked with evaluating and rethinking RTD’s pass programs has a recommendation that includes a 40 percent discount for low-income riders, a 70 percent discount for youth ages 13 to 19 and free rides for youth 12 and younger with a paying rider.

There’s also some stuff in there about general fare increases that have people pretty freaked out, but it’s not quite time to worry about that yet.

I explain it all here. (Denverite)

18th and Emerson fire

Federal investigators are looking into last week’s deadly construction site fire. A carpenters union is questioning safety protocols at the site and says at least one subcontractor employed paid workers under the table. The investigation could take months. (DP)

Immigration

The Denver Sheriff’s Department is investigating why ICE wasn’t notified of the release of Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda of Mexico, wanted for vehicular homicide, until an hour after his release. A statement released by the department yesterday called it “unacceptable.” (AP/9)

Food and fun

Denver International Airport is also getting a Shake Shack. Fair Shakes all around! (DBJ)

Meet Steve Bradley, the man responsible for corduroy slopes. He invented the Bradley-Packer Grader to groom runs at Winter Park in 1951. It was a precursor to today’s massive snow grooming machines. (CPR)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean is the assistant editor and culture reporter for Denverite. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes bourbon straight and dreams of someday holding the title of Nightlife Mayor. Find her at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.