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The first of Denver’s marijuana social consumption permit applications are expected this summer, after proposed rules and regulations called for under Denver’s Initiative 300 are adopted. Ashley Kilroy, executive director of the city’s Department of Excise & Licenses, discussed the main provisions of the ordinance establishing the four-year pilot program and the proposed timeline for implementation at a recent City Council Special Issues Committee meeting.

A year after a Denver auditor’s report found a nonprofit provider of services to the mentally and developmentally disabled residents of the City and County of Denver had mismanaged city funds, the picture is much better, City Council members were recently told. Rocky Mountain Human Services, formerly called Denver Options, serves over 6,000 Colorado residents through case management and direct service programs.

Relief for the always-crowded free 16th Street Mall shuttle service in downtown Denver is a main goal of an upcoming study of another free circulator route that city and Regional Transportation District officials think could be pulling more weight. The two entities are poised to approve an intergovernmental agreement that would call for the city to pay up to $1.5 million for the study, design and implementation of improvements to the Free MetroRide, which runs from Union Station to Civic Center Station on Broadway, Lincoln, 18th and 19th streets weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Getting endorsements from elected officials is not something either supporters or opponents of Amendment 70, which would raise Colorado’s minimum wage, have been working to get, according to campaign organizers. Instead, both camps are 100 percent focused on gathering voters’ support for their side of the ballot question. But that doesn’t stop some elected officials from taking sides. With some reluctance, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have announced support for Amendment 70 on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. But that doesn’t stop some elected officials from taking sides. With some reluctance, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have announced support for Amendment 70 on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.