Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, May 7

Maria Corretan and her floral dress. A Kentucky Derby party at Stanley Marketplace, May 6, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Maria Corretan and her floral dress. A Kentucky Derby party at Stanley Marketplace, May 6, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) stanley marketplace; kentucky derby; aurora; kevinjbeaty; denverite; colorado;
Maria Corretan and her floral dress at the Kentucky Derby party at Stanley Marketplace, May 6, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

This batch of Sunday news is perfectly balanced between the lighter fare and important issues. Where else but Colorado are you going to find stories about pretty dresses, crumbling pipelines, affordable housing and the Denver Botanic Gardens. 

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Tom Parson inside his massive collection of letterpress equipment. May 4, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) letterpress; art; englewood; depot; tom parson; collector; kevinjbeaty; denverite; odd spot; denver; colorado;
Tom Parson inside his massive collection of letterpress equipment. May 4, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Yes, yes, we all need to read the news. But we also ought to see the news, especially if it’s Tom Parson and that collection of letterpress equipment. Here are more of the best photos of the week. (Denverite)

Animal sanctuary under investigation after euthanizing 11 animals

Special agents at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office to see whether the Lion’s Gate Sanctuary violated laws when it euthanized all its animals. I think a fellow animal sanctuary summarized the issue best:

“I’ve been in this business 37 years and don’t know of anybody that just quietly euthanized their animals without trying to find homes first,” Pat Craig with the Wild Animal Sanctuary told CBS Denver. (CBS Denver)

Colorado has known that half of oil and gas spills come from old pipelines

Last Tuesday, an abandoned pipeline seeping natural gas caused an explosion that killed two people in a Firestone home. In 2014, a report to state lawmakers from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said that half of the equipment failures that cause spills come from crumbling and deteriorating pipelines. (DP)

Colorado’s school funding bill hits temporary snag

Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee stopped short of ending a much lauded bill that would create a committee to propose changes to the way Colorado funds it schools. (Chalkbeat)

Investors aren’t interested in funding affordable housing anymore

Before the election, private investors paid up to $1.15 for $1 in federal low-income housing tax credits. With a rumored tax cut from President Trump, the value of the credits has fallen, leaving affordable housing projects scrambling. (DP)

Denver Botanic Gardens adds parking improvements, no cost

The Denver Botanic Gardens added a digital counter that tells how many underground spaces are filled to make getting into the gardens even easier. Though it was expensive, they’re not passing the cost to you. (9News)

Rockies win handily against Diamondbacks

On Friday, the Rockies lost their game against the Diamondbacks, I was there to see it. On Saturday, they won 9-1 and I was not there to see it. So it goes. (AP)