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Lots going on in the metro today, so let's get to it...
Like a typical Colorado spring, weekend weather will go from sunny and 60 today, then scattered showers Friday (with a high of 54) and two days of partial clouds and highs of 56 and 57 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
1. More Hispanics are being displaced from Denver neighborhoods than in any other major U.S. city, according to a report from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. An average of 1,054 Hispanic residents were displaced from five traditionally Latinx areas as the whole city gentrifies, though the Hispanic population as a whole grew. — WESTWORD
2. Denver’s mayoral candidates are proposing a time-out on development and tighter zoning controls as growth-weary residents tire of constant construction in the city. Meanwhile, incumbent Michael Hancock is proposing more density, with rowhouses, duplexes and triplexes to be built near transit: an attempt to stem a worsening affordability crisis. — DENVER POST
3. Donations to Colorado nonprofits dropped last year, with some organizations reporting double-digit decreases: Declines some are blaming on Trump’s tax overhaul, which disincentives itemized deductions. Coloradans gave $4.7 billion last year, according to the Secretary of State, a few million less than in 2017. Colorado Gives Day also brought in $1.5 million less than the previous year. — COLORADO SUN
4. Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper said during a CNN Town Hall that he would abolish the death penalty if elected president. He also supported a public option for healthcare and states choosing their own path to marijuana legalization, rather than a federal law. — ASSOCIATED PRESS
Blind-taste 20 IPAs and pick your favorite at The Big Reveal, this Saturday in Union Station from 2-5 p.m.
Or celebrate spring with the grand opening of the rooftop patio at Joyride Brewing, 2501 Sheridan. Leave the kiddos at home: This space is 21+.
This week's selections brought to you by Colorado Beer Girl. It's Craft Beer Week, so that means plenty of other offerings: visit her Facebook page for a full calendar. For more news about beer, subscribe to our Inside Beer newsletter.
5. A candidate for Denver City Council spent time in prison for fraud and money laundering. Raymond Montoya stole $35,000 from the First Interstate Bank in Cheyenne Wyoming, and $25,000 from Boulder real estate magnate Stephen Tebo. Montoya characterized the theft as “a poor choice.” — DENVERITE
6. Colorado is changing the questions it asks recovered teen runaways to include inquiries about sex trafficking. Nationwide, 3,570 runaways were sex trafficked in 2017, 88 percent of whom were in foster care or a group home when they went missing. The improved questionnaires could lead to more arrests, state officials say. — COLORADO SUN
7. Denver has revoked its first vacation rental license after finding the home’s owner didn’t live at the residence. Neighbors complained about wild parties at Marion Manor, which has six bedrooms and was rented for over $1,500 a night. — DENVER POST
8. Denver’s Collaboration Fest may be over, but breweries teaming up is becoming more common in Colorado. Independents are joining forces to battle Big Beer and putting out some truly tasty brews in the process. — 5280
9. Burger battles, taco throwdowns, and chicken fights: Colorado’s food festival scene will be lit this summer, with a dozen-plus events already announced around the state. Tickets go on sale soon for many. — THE KNOW
10. Goat yoga is so 2018, but at a private zoo in Golden, you can practice your downward dog with a creature from down under: kangaroos. The Zoo Chateau is available as a vacation rental, but guests have to help with a menagerie of animals that include a zonkey, a donkey, bunnies, tortoises and more. — 303 MAGAZINE
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