City hall reporter for @DenverPost. Formerly @IndyStar. Colorado native + lover of good music, trails and beer. jmurray[at]denverpost .com, 303.954.1405

I-70 mountain tolls made travel quicker even in free lanes, CDOT says

I-70 mountain tolls made travel quicker even in free lanes, CDOT says
denverpost.com — Tolls neared $15 for some in express lanes' first season, which showed reduced congestion in corridor Posted: 05/05/2016 03:47:58 PM MDT Updated: 05/05/2016 03:48:08 PM MDT Tolls on the Interstate 70 Mountain Express Lane this winter never reached anywhere near the maximum $30, but state transportation officials said the option still saved all drivers time - even if they stayed in the free lanes.

Steep sewer rate hikes stall in Denver council amid questions

Steep sewer rate hikes stall in Denver council amid questions
denverpost.com — Council members and public commenters probe proposal calling for 65% increase to storm drainage fee Posted: 05/04/2016 04:32:54 PM MDT Updated: 05/04/2016 04:33:07 PM MDT Faced with a proposal for steep increases in Denver's storm drainage and sewer fees, a City Council committee on Wednesday stalled the issue for two weeks, until May 18.

Scott Martinez to step down May 31 as Denver city attorney

Scott Martinez to step down May 31 as Denver city attorney
denverpost.com — His tenure has included recommending big payouts to end jail abuse cases Posted: 05/03/2016 04:52:24 PM MDT Updated: 05/03/2016 04:52:25 PM MDT Denver City Attorney Scott Martinez confirmed Tuesday that he will leave the post in Mayor Michael Hancock's administration at the end of the month.

Denver council approves rules aimed at marijuana, pet food odors

Denver council approves rules aimed at marijuana, pet food odors
denverpost.com — Posted: 05/02/2016 07:50:45 PM MDT Updated: 05/02/2016 08:10:16 PM MDT The Denver City Council on Monday approved a beefed-up odor-control ordinance that will require commercial marijuana grow facilities and other smelly businesses to freshen up. After months of grueling debate over marijuana industry caps, resulting in a split vote last week, the odor ordinance was easy for council members.

Denver unveils steep sewer rate hikes to combat aging system

Denver unveils steep sewer rate hikes to combat aging system
denverpost.com — City officials are set to propose recurring increases in storm drainage, sanitary fees through 2020 Posted: 05/02/2016 06:20:45 PM MDT Updated: 05/02/2016 06:20:58 PM MDT Denver homeowners on average would pay $116 more in storm drainage and sewer fees over the next five years under a rate increase proposal that city officials will unveil this week.

Clock is ticking on bid to send pot clubs question to Denver voters

Clock is ticking on bid to send pot clubs question to Denver voters
denverpost.com — Posted: 05/02/2016 05:06:34 PM MDT Updated: 05/02/2016 05:06:42 PM MDT Marijuana reform advocates have begun collecting signatures to place a Denver social use initiative on the November ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would create an ordinance allowing consumption of marijuana - but not sales - at private social clubs and during private events if organizers obtain a permit.

New caps on Denver pot shops, grow houses pass on close council vote

New caps on Denver pot shops, grow houses pass on close council vote
gazette.com — New marijuana industry caps approved by the Denver City Council on Monday, after weeks of haggling, will constrain expansion in the state's largest market while providing new protections for saturated neighborhoods. While new caps on the number of stores and grow houses will strictly limit new businesses, the impact of the ordinance on existing locations likely will be narrower.

New caps on Denver pot shops, grow houses pass on close council vote

New caps on Denver pot shops, grow houses pass on close council vote
denverpost.com — 7-5 vote ends weeks of negotiations that added protections for industry-saturated neighborhoods Posted: 04/25/2016 08:17:45 PM MDT Updated: 04/25/2016 08:17:54 PM MDT New marijuana industry caps approved by the Denver City Council on Monday, after weeks of haggling, will constrain expansion in the state's largest market while providing new protections for saturated neighborhoods.

What it cost Denver to host the Broncos Super Bowl victory parade

What it cost Denver to host the Broncos Super Bowl victory parade
denverpost.com — Much of bill was offset by donations through Visit Denver group, leaving taxpayers on hook for less Posted: 04/22/2016 04:51:10 PM MDT Updated: 04/22/2016 04:51:18 PM MDT Denver's Super Bowl victory party for the Broncos in February racked up nearly $110,000 in costs for city coffers - but taxpayers ended up footing only about a third of that bill.

Denver group is a major player behind the scenes in affordable housing

Denver group is a major player behind the scenes in affordable housing
denverpost.com — Urban Land Conservancy aims to foster income-restricted apartments near transit by snatching up land early in River North, Park Hill, Elyria-Swansea Posted: 04/21/2016 06:17:38 PM MDT Updated: 04/21/2016 06:17:47 PM MDT The developer of a sleek, colorful new apartment building joined city officials and investors Thursday for the grand opening of 156 units of affordable-rate housing - an increasingly rare commodity in high-rent Denver.
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May 06, 2016

RT @shellawish: Delegate #'s from the Indiana Democratic Party. Sanders-44 Clinton-39. With 7 of 9 superdelegates in Clinton column Sanders can only tie.

May 05, 2016

RT @TheoTypes: Toddlers and gun deaths. One of the most devastating lede's I've ever read. Please read this. nytimes.com/2016/05/06/us/…

May 05, 2016

14th Street in Denver to get protected bike lanes this summer: dpo.st/1WbpMk3 via @joe_vacc

May 05, 2016

Goodness: Have they learned *anything*? Trump would come up with a much better one. He aims at personal weaknesses. twitter.com/JenniferJJacob…

May 05, 2016

Fresh story: I-70 mountain tolls made travel quicker even in free lanes, CDOT says: dpo.st/1WctdXK | Did you use? Do you agree?

May 05, 2016

@lynn_bartels Maron dated your sister?!? I love him. Also, why do you tape it if you don't watch?

May 05, 2016

Interesting development: Proposed construction defects bill on life support at legislature: dpo.st/1WcfTTe via @abuvthefold


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