Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 20

A pardon in question, what’s next for transportation funding, the tale of two festivals in Five Points and more.

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A hot dog on a summer day. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hello, hello! I hope you all made it through those two cloudy days — I know that’s a lot in these parts.

Anyway, the sunshine is back and the air is warming up just in time for outdoor fun-having this weekend. Read up and get out there.

Not everyone is OK with Gov. Hickenlooper’s recent pardon

Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, a candidate for governor, is questioning whether Hickenlooper followed state law when he pardoned Rene Lima-Marin in an effort to protect him from immigration authorities. Some of the victims of Lima-Marin’s crimes aren’t pleased, either. (Denverite)

A police officer and suspect were hospitalized after a shooting

The suspect was in crisis when police responded to his home in the South Harvey Park neighborhood. Non-lethal intervention was failing, the suspect shot an officer in the leg and police returned fire. (Denverite)

There won’t be a special legislative session

After a week of will-he, won’t-he, Hickenlooper landed on the latter. He will not call lawmakers back to try to put together a transportation funding package.

What that means for you: Expect a ballot measure with some sort of tax. (Denverite)

15-year-old Five Points Jazz Fest and 2-year-old Project Pabst are both happening today, just blocks apart

And it turns out that’s just fine.

“This is my third year planning the festival, and the first year planning would have been 2014, and we were the only thing going on that weekend,” said Brooke Dilling, Denver Arts & Venues’ special events coordinator and lead organizer of Five Points Jazz Fest. “Now there’s the Pabst fest down on Larimer and a couple other things going on, and I think that’s a testament to how much Denver is growing. I think it helps us because it drives more people to our festival.” (Denverite)

And that’s not all that’s going on today

See our guide to having a good time to, you know, have a good time. (Denverite)

The Rockies play an afternoon game today in Cincinnati

They won last night. Alexi Amarista hit a three-run homer and a run-scoring single during an eight-run rally. (AP)

Colorado’s unemployment rate hit a record low

It’s quite a record, too. This is only the fifth time in U.S. history that a state’s unemployment has dropped to 2.3 percent. (DP)

Police are asking for help finding murder suspects

The DPD is looking for Dmarco Jaquise Blake and Zjiahnni Tarralle Lacour, two teens wanted in connection with a homicide in the 3900 block of S. Spruce St. on May 15. (9)

A judge blocked a land deal for development at Wolf Creek

The plan for an extensive residential and commercial complex near the southwestern Colorado ski area was squashed because, the judge said, the federal government had not carefully considered the impact or listened to public concerns. (AP)

How art is fueling the future for a town “built on coal”

Corey Jones profiles a small town in transition:

“A contemporary art museum might be the last thing you’d expect to find in Walsenburg, Colorado. But there is one, just two and a half hours south of Denver and nestled near the Spanish Peaks among vacant buildings and coal-mining memorials.

“This is “The City Built on Coal” — an industry, along with its many workers and their families, that left town long ago. Now Walsenburg is struggling over its identity.” (CPR)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. 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 her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.