Inside Denver - April 1st, 2019

Inside Denver (Apr 1st, 2019)

Drug crimes fill prisons / Columbine students launch photo campaign / Bus drivers needed

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 Expect a mix of sun and clouds this week, with a high of 58 for Monday and Tuesday and 66 on Wednesday. Nights stay cool, with lows in the mid- to upper 30s.

1. Felony drug filings more than doubled in Colorado between 2012 and 2018, according to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. The surge has filled the state’s prisons, leading the Department of Corrections to ask for $40 million to expand them. Yet more than 80 percent of those sentenced in 2017 were charged with possession. Criminal justice reform advocates argue offenders should be diverted to treatment, which would help with overcrowding. — WESTWORD

2. As more states legalize marijuana, Colorado lawmakers are looking at sweeping changes to help keep the local industry competitive. Under consideration are measures to legalize delivery and public consumption, and open the doors to investment and banking opportunities for businesses. — DENVER POST

3. Students at Columbine High School in Littleton are spearheading an effort to publicize photos of gun violence. The #MyLastShot campaign invites students to sign a pledge that if they are killed in a mass shooting, that photos of their bodies should be widely shared. Kaylee Tyner, a senior at Columbine, says the point is to make people uncomfortable, since gun violence has become normalized in society. The 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting is April 20. — COLORADO SUN

4. A new neighborhood group has formed to fight the relocation of a tiny home village for people experiencing homelessness to Globeville. Globeville First has begun collecting signatures from residents opposed to Beloved Community Village to deliver to Denver city council. Three similar groups have already been formed. — DENVERITE

Powder Report

A Sunday storm dropped 4-9 inches on the mountains, and Tuesday/Wednesday will see a further few inches. If you can’t make it out until the weekend, never fear: another (albeit small) storm is moving in Saturday-Sunday. For more details and a report of conditions by resort, visit

It's getting to be that time of year: Even though there's snow on the ground, resorts are closing. Aspen Buttermilk, Crested Butte and Keystone will shut down their lifts this Sunday. Check out this complete list of closings (and how to celebrate them) and then pray for some late-spring snow and accompanying re-openings.

5. Denver’s Westwood neighborhood has received a $1 million federal grant to help combat high poverty and crime. Local police will work with area nonprofits, using the Department of Justice funds to pay for crime prevention, job training and youth gang prevention. — DENVER CHANNEL

6. The Regional Transportation District has 120 open jobs for bus drivers across the Denver metro that it can’t fill. The shortages have led to reduced service and postponement of planned expansions. As Colorado grapples with extremely low unemployment and high cost of living, RTD is looking to revamp its hiring practices. — DENVER STREETSBLOG

7. A drag queen-themed brunch in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood set a world record for attendance Sunday. Tracks Nightclub hosted 338 people for the event during Denver’s first-ever drag days, nabbing the honors for world’s largest drag brunch. — FOX31

8. Landlocked Colorado is a big deal for hurricane watchers, who each April eagerly anticipate the season’s hurricane forecast from scientists at Colorado State University. The school has been making predictions since 1984, and its accuracy is unparalleled. Each year’s forecast is typically off by only two storms. — 5280

9. Fresh off the opening of Constellation in Stapleton, Little Man Ice Cream is getting even bigger. This summer, the Denver company’s Colfax factor will start welcoming the public; a soft serve shop will debut in Oneida Park; and a Little Man outpost will open at Denver International Airport. — THE KNOW

10. Red Rocks and Fiddler’s Green open their doors this month, adding considerably to Colorado’s music offerings. There are more than 420(!) concerts in April alone. Catch Hozier at Bellco, Maggie Rogers at the Ogden, or Snoop Dogg with Ice Cube at Red Rocks. — 303MAGAZINE

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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