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

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An instructor leads a group of female students practicing first aide techniques in a classroom, Loretto Heights service camp, a WWI training center, Denver, Colorado. (George L. Beam/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/	GB-7542)

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An instructor leads a group of female students practicing first aide techniques in a classroom, Loretto Heights service camp, a WWI training center, Denver, Colorado. (George L. Beam/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/GB-7542) denver; colorado; loretto heights; WWI; World War I;
An instructor leads a group of female students practicing first aide techniques in a classroom, Loretto Heights service camp, a WWI training center, Denver, Colorado. (George L. Beam/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/ GB-7542)

Welcome to the working week. Unless you work in retail, in which case, this is probably welcome to your weekend. We’ve got all the news you need to know today. A lot of this appears in our newsletter, which you should definitely be getting, but we can’t always fit everything in there. So here we go.

Seasonal

We’re looking at another astoundingly warm day for late November, with the high expected to be around 76 degrees. Yesterday broke a record.

That doesn’t mean the holidays stop holiday-ing. Ashley has a round-up of where and how to go ice skating outside. (Denverite)

And Shannon Hoffman has the goods on cutting your own Christmas tree. (The Know)

The U.S. Forest Service is hiring to fill more than 900 seasonal jobs in Western states. (AP)

Sexual harassment

Street harassment happens everywhere women and LGBTQ folks walk outside, which includes Denver. Ashley surveyed more than 50 people about their experiences and what we can do about it. Read it if you’re a person who leaves the house. (Denverite)

In news that should anger you but won’t shock anyone who’s been paying attention, a report released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request found that the Air Force Academy completely bungled its response to victims of sexual assault and harassment there. Tom Roeder has the story. (Gazette)

Well-being

Some 75,000 children and pregnant women in Colorado could lose health insurance unless Congress acts soon. John Ingold has that important story. (DP)

A Colorado woman climbed Denali with broken bones. She explains why. (9)

Like some throwback to the Mad Men era or even, you know, the 1980s, DIA still allows indoor smoking. The last lounge is set to close next year, but the airport still landed on the CDC’s “smoky list.” Adam McCoy reports. (Colorado Politics)

Justice

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch of Colorado is proving to be everything the right hoped he would be and everything the left feared he would be. (AP)

A 13-year-old was arrested in a shooting near Manual High School over Thanksgiving. Noelle Phillips reports. (DP)

Gentrification

A sign in poor taste at ink! Coffee in Five Points sparked a broader conversation around gentrification. Some of that conversation took the form of peaceful protest, and some of it took the form of graffiti. Adrian was there. (Denverite)

Education

Some education officials think a statewide minimum salary for teachers would help with hiring problems. Right now, there’s a big shortage of quality teachers, especially in rural areas. Nic Garcia reports. (Chalkbeat)

Erica Meltzer

Author: Erica Meltzer

Erica Meltzer covers government and politics. She's worked for newspapers in Colorado, Arizona and Illinois and once won a First Amendment Award by showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and can swear fluently in Guarani. She gets emotional about public libraries. Contact Erica Meltzer at 303-502-2802, emeltzer@denverite.com or @meltzere.