Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 30

An inside look at how one of Denver’s new housing programs came to be, a controversial tactic in the Denver Public Schools board race and more.

Boys and girls in costumes pose in Manual Training High School at 27th (Twenty-Seventh) and Franklin Streets in the Whittier neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. Shows cowboy and Native American costumes, soldiers and sailors, clowns, and a pilgrim. Banners on the wall read: "City Championship. Girls. Basket Ball Season 1911-12 [W?y] Manual." and "Manual Training High School. Basket Ball Champions. Denver High Schools. 1909." (Denver Public Library Western History Collection, X-28472)

Boys and girls in costumes pose in Manual Training High School at 27th (Twenty-Seventh) and Franklin Streets in the Whittier neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. Shows cowboy and Native American costumes, soldiers and sailors, clowns, and a pilgrim. Banners on the wall read: "City Championship. Girls. Basket Ball Season 1911-12 [W?y] Manual." and "Manual Training High School. Basket Ball Champions. Denver High Schools. 1909." (Denver Public Library Western History Collection, X-28472)
Boys and girls in costumes pose in Manual Training High School in the Whittier neighborhood, some time between 1900 and 1915. (Denver Public Library Western History Collection, X-28472)
I spent the weekend chasing down last-minute costume details for my kids and carving pumpkins, and I spent this morning chasing down some news for you. We’ve got an inside look at how one of Denver’s new housing programs came to be, a controversial tactic in the Denver Public Schools board race, questions about how Colorado sentences criminals and more. Read on.

Housing

Denver’s LIVE pilot program will allow low-income people to live in apartments that are sitting vacant, including higher end units that are the empty due to a bit of a market surplus. The city and businesses will subsidize the rent. Megan dug into where this idea came from, and the answer is landlords — and it took some persuasion for the city to agree. (Denverite)

Politics

Who will replace Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2018? The magazine 5280 puts odds on the race, with Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat with the ability to self-finance his race, and Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, a Republican, coming out ahead. Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a recent entry to the race, wasn’t included in the analysis, a decision that Joey Bunch takes extreme exception to. (5280, Colorado Politics)

Campaign mailers in the Denver Public Schools board races feature President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, much to the distress of the candidates to whom they’re being linked. Here’s how the national political debate over vouchers and charter schools is being deployed in a key local election. (Chalkbeat)

Crime and justice

Marion Jetton was sentenced to 96 years for forging checks under Colorado’s habitual offender law. As Christopher Osher reports, that law is getting another look under new Denver District Attorney Beth McCann. (DP)

A car crashed into the sign outside the Denver Post building, putting three people in the hospital. Police say alcohol might have been a factor. (9)

Early Sunday morning, two men were shot outside a house party. Police are still investigating. (9)

Health insurance

Open enrollment is about to start, and Colorado will be spared the worst impact of President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Why? Because we have our own insurance exchange. (AP)

#Metoo

Sexual harassment doesn’t stop just because you get elected to the state legislature. In a Facebook post, state Rep. Daneya Esgar, a Democrat from Pueblo, described harassment starting even before she went to school and continuing up into this year. A man she “regularly works with” wrapped his hand around her thigh under a table while she was trying to say goodbye at a recent event. Kara Mason reports. (Pueblo Pulp)

Hemp

The Denver Post continues its very worthwhile series on the urban-rural divide in Colorado with a look at how hemp is replacing uranium mining  in Montrose County. Jason Blevins reports. (DP)

Seasonal inspiration

OpenAir’s Alisha Sweeney has a collection of scary music videos, none of which are Thriller. (CPR)

An important Halloween fact check comes from meteorologist Matt Makens. Most people who grew up here will talk about how it “always” snowed on Halloween. Turns out that’s only happened 15 times since 1872. However, as was correctly pointed out on Twitter, this neglects all the times it snowed a day or two before Halloween. And it’s true. The snow was up to my toddler son’s waist in 2009, but it didn’t snow ON Halloween. (Twitter, 2)

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.