Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Nov. 22

An artist's 1923 vision for the Moffat Tunnel entrance. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

Good morning. We are so, so close to the holiday, and we have tons of interesting local news today for you to discuss over the long weekend. Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving to you.

An artist's 1923 vision for the Moffat Tunnel entrance. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)
An artist’s 1923 vision for the Moffat Tunnel entrance. Sadly, it never happened. (Denver Public Library)

Politics:

Sen. Cory Gardner was booed and jeered as he talked about the Republican tax plan in Pueblo. “I believe that cutting taxes will grow the economy and bring higher wages,” he said repeatedly. (Chieftain)

Here’s a helpful visual analysis of tax impacts under the bill. (NYT)

Colorado’s lawmakers will review workplace harassment policies as the statehouse is roiled by allegations of sexual misconduct. (AP)

Housing:

Jeremy Jojola and Katie Wilcox asked 100 people about whether they’d rather sleep outside or in a shelter. Most said they’d choose the streets. (9News)

One neighborhood’s solution to slot homes: Bring on the retail instead. (Denverite)

The Republican tax plan could have a major impact on affordable housing, and Colorado would be one of the most affected states, as Erica reports. Basically, lower corporate taxes would give businesses less of a reason to invest in these projects. (Denverite)

Food pantries are on the decline across Denver amid rising rents and changing demographics. Providers are split as to whether that’s a bad thing. (Denverite)

Law:

A Denver sheriff’s deputy allegedly pointed his gun at a man who had come to serve a collections notice. The server was recording, and the deputy faces a felony menacing charge. Anastasiya Bolton reports. (9News)

Weed:

Denver-based MassRoots is suing its founder, alleging “illegal drug use at the workplace, improper sexual activities involving the workplace, and misappropriation and misuse of company funds,” as Alicia Wallace reports. (Cannabist)

A marijuana dispensary’s month-long attempt to win the legal right to have a huge 4 /20 event in Civic Center Park ended in dismay as a guy named “Smokey” instead claimed the coveted permit. Here’s my story from the scene. (Denverite)

People:

Hattie McDaniel, the Coloradan who won an Oscar for playing Mammy in Gone With the Wind, left behind these holiday recipes. (5280)

Rest in peace, John Prosser. He was the champion of Auraria and a key organizer against Interstate 70, not to mention a renowned urban planner. (Denverite)

Dan Rather really, really loves our airport. The proof is in the tweeting. (9News)

Things:

Ashley’s got tips on using your Winter Warmer Passport, which can be a nifty way to drink. (Denverite)

Here’s when and how to buy stuff this week, courtesy of Adrian. Check out these deals, people. (Denverite)

Long read:

Nazi prisoners of war “arrived in Colorado by the trainload” during World War II, including elite officers. Often enough, they tried to escape. Alan Prendergast has the feature treatment.

Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

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.