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ICYMI: Hemp bill hot water, redistricting outcry in El Paso County, Aurora performing arts center in the works

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A bill designed to help an Arkansas Valley hemp farmer in a water dispute with the federal government landed state Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, in some hot water with at least one constituent. Coram sponsored Senate Bill 117, which recognizes industrial

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DU, Colorado light rail stations seen as mobility hubs

A City and County of Denver multi-station plan and mobility study is focused on enhancing the University of Denver and Colorado light rail stations as mobility hubs. (Courtesy City and County of Denver)
After nearly a decade, Denver Regional Transportation District’s University of Denver and Colorado light rail stations need to become more visible gateways to surrounding communities, rather than the “back doors” they now represent to their neighborhoods, according to a study of the two stations and their mobility possibilities. “It is time these stations transition from […]

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ICYMI: Buy out your boss, Louisville looks at mayor & Council salary hike and more

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Sick and tired of your boss making bad decisions? Think you could do better? Here’s your chance, hot shot. A bill, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. James Coleman and Republican state Sen. Jack Tate, was approved by the Legislature and sent to the governor to require the Colorado Office of Economic Development to

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Denver social consumption events could start this summer

Jon Stanley, Jared Stanley, Joel Stanley, Jesse Stanley and Jordan Stanley, pose for a photo at their medical marijuana facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. Beyond medical, recreational marijuana is showing huge promise for the tax revenue it can generate through sales and excise for the state government and local communities across Colorado. Photo via CW Botanicals)
The first of Denver’s marijuana social consumption permit applications are expected this summer, after proposed rules and regulations called for under Denver’s Initiative 300 are adopted. Ashley Kilroy, executive director of the city’s Department of Excise & Licenses, discussed the main provisions of the ordinance establishing the four-year pilot program and the proposed timeline for […]

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Economic development plan targets affordable housing, grocery stores

The Denver Office of Economic Development recently released its sixth annual JumpStart economic strategic plan that outlines efforts to continue steady growth and identify needs. (Courtesy City and County of Denver)
With an economy considered one of the strongest in America, the City and County of Denver wants to build on its success and identify future business trends and workforce needs, help address the affordable housing issue and locate up to three grocery stores in underserved communities.

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Fearing deportation, Denver Latinos face higher property taxes

Denver's Latino community, fearful of deportation by the federal government, looks to be hardest hit by recent property value reassessments. A Denver City Council committee recently discussed those issues with the co-chairs of the city's Latino commission. (Courtesy Creative Commons/WikiMedia)
As Cinco de Mayo approaches, fear of deportation is prevalent among Denver’s Latino community, as it is across the country, due to the federal government’s tough stance on immigration and President Donald Trump’s actions, such as proposing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That was part of the preliminary findings from the Denver Latino Commission […]

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Driverless cars a “game changer” for Denver

A Google automated vehicle is put through a driving test. Denver City Council listened to a recent presentation that called the vehicles a "game changer" for Denver and other cities, and proposed two pilot projects be pursued for the city. (Courtesy Steve Jurvetson/Creative Commons)
It sometimes seemed like something from science fiction, as Denver City Council’s Land Use, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee viewed a presentation on driverless, or autonomous, vehicles by a venture capital investor and author of a book on the technology, with another book planned. Rutt Bridges, founder of Colorado’s Bighorn Center for Public Policy and former […]

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Denver liquor, pot license hearings to see changes

Cars parked in front of the Denver Civic Center. With Denver's population exploding, disagreements have erupted on City Council over small lot parking restrictions. (Photo by Steve Sokolik/The Colorado Statesman)
Proposed changes to the City and County of Denver’s hearings for liquor, live music and entertainment and marijuana licenses — described as chaotic under current procedures — include requiring more signatures to hold evening hearings, time limits for those hearings and formal training for hearing officers.

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