Inside Denver - March 25th, 2019

Inside Denver (Mar 25th, 2019)

Effort to recall Polis / Pay-as-you-throw trash fees / More seniors smoking pot

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 Things are finally heating up in Denver, with the season's first 70-degree day coming Tuesday. Wednesday will be even warmer, with an anticipated high of 73. Expect a mix of sun and clouds through Thursday. 

1. An early effort to recall Governor Jared Polis and other top lawmakers has begun in rural parts of the state, where residents are upset by the rapid pace of change being introduced by Colorado Democrats. The party controls the state house, senate and governor’s office and is pushing legislation on guns, sex education, oil and gas drilling, and taxation, just to name a few. — COLORADO SUN

2. Denver’s camping ban has led to 12,000 “encounters” between police officers and people experiencing homelessness, according to the police department. Very few stops lead to arrests, according to cops, who also contend they are connecting residents to services. Advocates say such aid is rare. Denver voters will weigh a measure aimed at overturning the ban when they vote on Ordinance 300, also known as Right to Survive. — DENVERITE

3. A handful of Democrats may oppose Colorado’s push to end the death penalty, including the mother of a murdered man whose killers are on death row. A debate on the bill has been delayed twice. The Senate is scheduled to vote on April 1. — COLORADO INDEPENDENT

4. At least half a dozen schools in Colorado offer laundry facilities in a bid to boost attendance. Five schools got washers and dryers this year through a grant program run by Whirlpool. The move saves lower-income families money and spares kids the embarrassment of wearing dirty clothes to school, district leaders say. — CHALKBEAT

Powder Report

If you’re not out on the slopes today, you likely missed the only chance for powder until the weekend. A storm will drop snow in the northern and eastern mountains Friday through Sunday.

For more details and a report of conditions by resort, visit

5. Denver is moving toward a “pay-as-you-throw” system for garbage collection, Mayor Hancock said recently. The city currently does not charge for trash collection. If the new system is implemented, residents will be able to select the size of their trash bin: the bigger the bin, the more expensive. — DENVER POST

6. A growing number of senior citizens are using marijuana to help temper the pains of old age, according to industry leaders. Boulder-based Halos Health provides medical examinations and sells doctor-recommended pot products. Its average client is 60 years old, owners say. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

7. Denver filled more than 63,000 potholes last year, according to the Department of Public Works. There are plenty more to fix after this month’s bomb cyclone ripped through town, and the city needs your help to find them. Report ’em if you see ’em by calling 311 or online through Pocketgov. — WESTWORD

8. A new app launched in Denver this week that will pay travelers to rent out their car instead of leaving it parked during their trips from DIA. Drift handles insurance, cleaning and getting the cash to you. Even if no one rents the car while you’re gone, the parking is still free. — 303 MAGAZINE

9. Aspen wasn’t always a playground for celebrities, think-tankers and the super-wealthy. Through the boom and bust of mining days to its 1980s-era reinvention as an elite destination, Colorado Wonders traces how Aspen became one of the state’s most talked-about towns. — CPR

10. Wednesday is International Whiskey Day, which you can celebrate with a whiskey-and-waxing (skis/boards, not legs). Or celebrate a day late with a barrel release, the result of a sweet collab between Moxy Cherry Creek and Stranahan’s Distillery. — 303 MAGAZINE

Inside Denver is created by Shay Castle, a Boulder-based freelance journalist who has resided in/reported on the Denver metro for six years. She currently runs Boulder Beat, a weekly newsletter covering local government, and enjoys beer, biking and maintaining a plucky Twitter account, @shayshinecastle.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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