Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 31

Religion, homelessness, police use-of-force, Tom Tancredo and more.

View of horses in the Weicker Transfer & Storage Company team at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. One horse's name is Mike. 1928. (Rocky Mountain Photo Company/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-24432)

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View of horses in the Weicker Transfer & Storage Company team at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. One horse's name is Mike. 1928. (Rocky Mountain Photo Company/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-24432) denver; denverite; denver public library; western history collection; archive; archival; National Western Stock Show; nwss;
View of horses in the Weicker Transfer & Storage Company team at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. One horse’s name is Mike. 1928. (Rocky Mountain Photo Company/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-24432)

The good news is that the temperatures for trick or treating tonight should be totally reasonable. That’s been my abiding concern with the weather, and I am now relaxed. With that out of the way, let’s get on to the rest of the news.

We’ve got a church moving into the future by honoring the past, a check-in on a new approach to homeless policy, a new proposal for police use-of-force in Denver, a controversial figure getting into the governor’s race and a terrible Broncos loss and more.

This is fine

Temperatures will be in the mid-50s today and only get down to 47 by 8 p.m. People might actually get to see your costume if you planned properly. (Denverite)

In recent days, we experienced one of those classic Colorado temperature swings — and not even a particularly dramatic one. But why do these happen? Tyler Silvy at the Greeley Tribune asked a National Weather Service forecaster and learned that it’s due in part to our dry air. It doesn’t hold heat the way humid air does. Add in a Canadian cold front and temperatures can plummet. (Greeley Tribune)

Crime and justice

A community group wants to see much stricter rules around when police can use force. As Noelle Phillips reports, these recommendations exist at all because activists pushed for more public involvement in rewriting the policy. These kinds of very specific guidelines align with national best practices. Now Denver Police Chief Robert White must decide how much of these recommendations to include in the final policy. (DP, Denverite)

Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a former member of their own agency when he showed up at the department with a gun. The incident is under investigation. (AP)

The Department of Homeland Security still wants to deport Rene Lima-Marin, who was pardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper after rebuilding his life when he was accidentally released from prison early. He was brought to this country when he was 2 years old and had legal status, which he lost when he was convicted of armed robbery, a felony. (AP)

Homelessness

Denver is trying a big social experiment, perhaps the largest of its kind in the country, to see if giving homeless people a place to live actually saves the public money by keeping them out of jail. Andy checked in on the program, which has provided housing to about 200 people so far, and looked at what it could do for taxpayers and what it could do for human dignity. (Denverite)

Religion

St. Paul’s Lutheran and Roman Catholic Community of Faith brings together people from both Christian traditions. This weekend, they marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, one of the most momentous events in European history and one that shaped the world for centuries to come. Leaders at St. Paul’s believe healing these old wounds will push Christianity in a new direction. Kevin checked it out. (Denverite)

Politics

Area man Tom Tancredo says he’s jumping into the race for governor. This would be the third run for the former Republican congressman known for his anti-immigration stance and the spoiler role he played in the 2010 race. Most recently, he’s been defending white nationalist group VDARE, meeting with Steve Bannon and calling for a primary challenge to Rep. Mike Coffman. (Colorado Politics)

Health

Starting Dec. 1, smoking and vaping will be illegal on the 16th Street Mall. The Denver City Council approved the change Monday, with one concession to critics. Police will track tickets and issue quarterly reports to make sure homeless people aren’t being disproportionately targeted. (Denverite)

Getting around

Denver Public Works got rid of the turn lanes for cars on East Colfax Avenue where it’s crossed by Franklin Street and Park Avenue and turned them into pedestrian islands. This is part of a larger effort to make some of the city’s most dangerous intersections safer. (Streetsblog)

Starting Wednesday, you can pay your RTD fares with an app on your smart phone. Based on the Google traffic we’re getting to this story, people really want this new capability. And Megan does make it sound both really convenient and likely to reduce fare-hopping. (Denverite)

Money

A state audit slammed the way incentives have been handled under the Regional Tourism Act. Between 2012 and 2015, this program committed to award as much as $445.2 million over the next 45 years to five projects, including the National Western Center and the Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center in Aurora. In some cases, the projects didn’t meet the requirements of the law or hadn’t filed necessary compliance paperwork. Administrators defended the way they’ve run the program, which has expired and likely won’t be renewed, and said that if anything, the incentives are too low. Ed Sealover reports (DBJ)

The sporting life

Trevor Siemian has had enough chances, Christian writes. It was a nice story — the seventh-round pick beats out the first-round pick two years in a row. But Siemian’s performance against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, which came in a 29-19 Denver loss, was atrocious, and it’s time for a new quarterback. (Denverite)

The Nuggets closed a 23-point gap in six minutes against the New York Knicks and still lost the game. That had to hurt. (AP)

The “classic” — also sometimes known as “misogynistic” — Coors ad featuring “and twins” turned 15 years old. Christian tracked down the guys who made it and asked them what they were thinking. (Denverite)

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.