Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 27

A talk with the mayor, how Westwood is helping itself, the Rockies very good night and more.

Jose Pitones Soto at his home in Harvey Park that is served by Re:Vision's home gardening program, May 26, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Jose Pitones Soto at his home in Harvey Park that is served by Re:Vision’s home gardening program, May 26, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hey, Denver. It’s not very nice outside, so why don’t you grab another cup of coffee and settle in for some reading. There’s a lot happening, as usual, and while we’re here to catch you up on it all in just a few minutes, today seems like a good day to dig into it all, too.

Here we go.

 Mayor Hancock had a long chat on Colorado Matters

He spoke with CPR’s Ryan Warner about affordable housing, immigration and how the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 budget could affect Denver.

“The reality is that today we are seeing many people who receive very urgent notices from their landlords or major jumps in their rent. I’ve heard stories, people going from as low as $5-600 a month to $1,400 to $2,000 a month within a matter of 30 days in terms of their rent increasing, or being told to get out because they are going to convert the affordable units to more market rate units. We have to have a market that demonstrates a little more compassion and a little understanding to the plight of individuals in our city.”

You can listen or read the transcript here. (CPR)

Westwood residents are finding health for themselves

Re:Vision employees women who live in Westwood called “promotoras.” These women are community outreach workers who are trained in multiple areas including health, nutrition and gardening.

“Our whole motto is based on building the knowledge and the capacity within the community,” said Kornacki. “Let them solve the problems, let them be the ones leading the effort.” (Denverite)

Construction is underway on the Lakehouse condos

The 12-story, 206-unit condo and rowhome project near West 17th Avenue and Raleigh Street is expected to open in 2019.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy this odd quote from the development company’s CEO: “With the dry climate here, people are strongly attracted to water because there’s so little around.”

I guess he’s not wrong. (Denverite)

If you eat at Chipotle, you might need to check your bank statement

The company found that a malware attack exposed customer card information at 14 Chipotle locations and two Pizzeria Locale locations in Denver from late March to mid April. Dozens of other locations across Colorado were also affected. Here’s the list. (Denverite)

The Rockies are still good, you guys

They had a great night last night. As the AP reports: “Senzatela threw eight sharp innings to grab a share of the major league lead in wins, Blackmon had a homer and run-scoring single as part of an eight-run eighth and the Colorado Rockies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0.”

Nobody make any sudden movements. We don’t want to scare this away. (AP)

A girl hit by a car in Parker has died

12-year-old Rylie Guentensberger had been fighting for her life since April 29, when someone drove a car into the R n K running store in Parker and hit her. (9)

The Denver Archdiocese has taken a stand on physician-assisted suicide

Terminally ill people who use prescribed medication to end their own lives can not have a funeral Mass. (Denverite)

The Cherry Creek Mall added five new stores

Altar’d State, A Pea in the Pod, Odd Molly and Peloton are expected to open in the coming weeks. (Denverite)

Wildlife managers are after aggressive coyotes

They’re targeting the more aggressive animals in an effort to eliminate those traits in future generations and create a population that can better coexist with humans. (DP)

More than half of Colorado college students have jobs

A new report says 59.4 percent of Colorado college students work at least 27 weeks per year. The national rate is 52 percent. (DBJ)

Bennet, Gardner and Tipton are trying to name two peaks after climbers

They introduced a bill to name a pair of 13ers after Charlie Fowler and Chris Boskoff, who died in 2006 while climbing a remote massif on the border of China and Tibet. (AP)

OK, now you can go

Some indoor things to do: “The Luckiest People” is still on at Curious Theatre Co., Ophelia’s is having a ’90s prom party and Feminist & Co. is hosting live music, a burlesque cereal bar, a nail bar, free tacos from Illegal Pete’s, a dance party, a comedy hour, late-night tarot reading and more at the MCA.

And some outdoor things to do, if you’re feeling lucky: Denver Day of Rock and South Gaylord Memorial Weekend Festival are both happening today, and the Rockies play the Cardinals at home.

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.