Inside Denver - April 4th, 2019

Inside Denver (Apr 4th, 2019)

Pot jobs scuttle citizenship / Death penalty lives on / Rockies home opener

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 Expect warm spring temps all weekend, with highs hovering in the high 60s. The nights will be warmer, too, with lows in the 40s. Saturday brings some scattered showers, but the rest of the weekend should have a mix of sun and clouds.

1. Two immigrants have been denied citizenship because they worked for Colorado marijuana businesses, lawyers and Denver officials say. A spokesperson for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services defended the denials, saying the department is bound by federal law, under which marijuana is still illegal. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is urging the U.S. Attorney General to allow the two individuals to become naturalized citizens. — ASSOCIATED PRESS

2. With more than 17,000 evictions last year in Denver and Arapahoe counties alone, Colorado lawmakers are proposing a suite of renter protections. Among them are a lifting of the state ban on rent control, a measure that would give tenants more time to pay past-due rent when facing eviction, and tighten safety standards on rental homes. — COLORADO SUN

3. A push to end the death penalty in Colorado is itself ending this year after Democrats split over the issue. It was the fifth time a repeal has been attempted in the state legislature, and sponsors vowed another attempt next year. The last person to be executed in Colorado was in 1997. Three men currently sit on death row. — CPR

4. Lawmakers are setting big goals for greenhouse gas reductions and clean energy in Colorado, aiming to meet targets set out by the Paris Agreement. The state has a long way to go: Coal still generates 54% of power here, and the thriving oil and gas industry is increasing emissions even as tighter regulations have been put in place. — COLORADO SUN

On Tap

Seedstock Brewery turns three this weekend and is celebrating with the release of two brand-new beers: Gruit, a hopless herb mixture from olden times, and Trippin' with Grandma, a 9% ABV Belgian-style brew aged in Grand Marnier-soaked oak. The fun starts Friday at 4 and continues through Saturday night with food trucks and live music.

Soak up some sun on the patio with your furry friends at Landlocked Ales' Spring Yappy Hour on Saturday afternoon. Pint glass sales and a portion of beer sales will help benefit the Dumb Friends League.

These selections are brought to you by Colorado Beer Girl. Visit her Facebook page for a full calendar of events.

5. After years of delays, Denver’s G-Line train to Arvada and Wheat Ridge will open April 26, transit officials announced this week. Originally set to debut in 2016, the $1.03 billion line is expected to serve 9,000 passengers in its first year. — DENVER STREETSBLOG

6. Senator Michael Bennet has prostate cancer, the Democrat announced late Wednesday. In a statement, he said his prognosis was good and vowed to run for president if he is cancer-free by 2020. — COLORADO INDEPENDENT

7. A dedicated Denverite is trying to bring a grand prix back to the Mile High City. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Denver had no fewer than seven racing events. They each shut down due to a lack of city support, among other factors, but there's hope: Formula 1 owner John Malone lives in Colorado. — DENVERITE

8. It's been 100 years since the 18th Amendment (temporarily) outlawed alcohol in the United States, and Colorado's biggest brewer is marking the end of the dark days with an old recipe. Batch 19 is a pre-Prohibition style lager by Coors, available only to those in the Centennial State. — 5280

9. The Rockies home opener is Friday at 2:10 p.m. Whether you want to be in the middle of the action or avoid the traffic and road closures, expect the chaos to start well before noon. — DENVER POST

10. There's more than baseball happening in the Mile High City this weekend. Check out a cacti and succulent show, participate in a NOH8 photo shoot, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art for just a penny or the Denver Art Museum for even less (free on Saturday). — 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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