Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, July 3

17th Street in the 1930s. (Denver Public Library/Harry M. Rhoads photograph collection/Rh-5368)

Hi. Today’s news roundup includes a brewing beer fight, the latest development around University, efforts at police reform, the death of Stoner Hill and a good bit more.

16th Street in the 1930s. (Denver Public Library/Harry M. Rhoads photograph collection/Rh-5368)
17th Street in the 1930s. (Denver Public Library/Harry M. Rhoads photograph collection/Rh-5368) (Caption corrected)

Big brewers mad at small brewers:

The Brewers Association has a new label promoting beers made by small, independently owned craft breweries. It came as a shot across the bow last week for the many brewers who have recently sold out to beer giant Anheuser-Busch. Adrian reports. (Denverite)

What’s coming to University:

Adrian has a good rundown of residential projects, University of Denver construction, commercial development and more. (Denverite)

Police reform:

Facing community pressure, the Denver Police Department decided to accept community input in developing its use-of-force policy. The first couple months have not gone smoothly, including tension over the fact that a former deputy district attorney was hired initially to run it. Noelle Phillips reports that they may have turned a corner now. (DP)

Sober Hill:

The young, stoned and often homeless crowd has dispersed from the hill in Commons Park. They’ve only gone a couple blocks away, but the local homeowners association is hopeful that an “activated” park and a harder enforcement edge will keep them out. The city also may start banning people from parks again. (Denverite)

Best-kept secrets:

Lots of interesting hangouts and doo-dads in here, including the skull of the last known Colorado grizzly bear, killed in 1979. (5280)

Hick to Gardner:

The governor continues to have a prominent voice in the health care debate. He had an interview with the national show 1A. “You know, he’s in a tough spot,” Hickenlooper said of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. “Because his party’s gonna put tremendous pressure on him and he’s gotta look in his own heart and he’s gotta try and figure out what is the right thing for Colorado and the right thing for this country.” (KUNC)

Nuggets making good?

After owning up to a lackluster draft night — and watching their likely competition for some of the lower 2018 playoff spots bulk up — Denver Nuggets management had to reel in at least one big-time upgrade. They’ve reportedly found their man in forward Paul Millsap, long rumored to be a Denver target. Here’s what he brings to the team. (Denverite)

Rockies in the All-Star Game:

Center fielder Charlie Blackmon and third baseman Nolan Arenado were voted into the National League’s starting lineup by fans. Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and closer Greg Holland were picked by Cubs manager Joe Maddon as reserves. Christian reports. (Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

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