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Denver's plan to — finally — change speed limit signs

This GIF shows a speed limit sign slowly ticking up until a skull and crossbones appear

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Denver will begin replacing street signs this year as it implements a law lowering speed limits on residential streets to 20 mph.

Driving the news: The new signs come more than a year after the Denver City Council voted in December 2021 to change residential speed limits in the city from 25 mph to 20 mph.

Denver Restaurant Week menus unveiled. Here are our picks.

Photo: Courtesy of Chez Maggy

At a time when Denver's dining scene is distinguishing itself with James Beard award nods and plenty of other national accolades, the hype for this year's Restaurant Week is warranted.

Driving the news: Menus are now live for the culinary celebration, which runs March 3-12 and features roughly 180 restaurants.

  • Each eatery has created a special, multi-course meal with price tags ranging from $25-$45.
Alayna Alvarez
Feb 6, 2023 - News

Denver records coldest, wettest January in years

Data: NOAA; Chart: Axios Visuals

If you thought Denver's January temperatures felt unusually frigid, you were right.

What's happening: Meteorologists say a recent series of Pacific storm systems and Arctic blasts moving across the state brought heavier snow and bitterly cold temperatures.

John Frank
Feb 6, 2023 - News

Meet Colorado's ice skating park ranger at Eleven Mile Reservoir

Park ranger Kelli Lewis, right, at Eleven Mile Reservoir. Photo: Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Park ranger Kelli Lewis, right, at Eleven Mile Reservoir. Photo: Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

There's probably not a job in the state that is more "Colorado" than this one.

What's happening: State park ranger Kelli Lewis patrols Eleven Mile Reservoir on hockey skates.

  • She glides across the 3,405-acre frozen reservoir — a source of Denver's drinking water located 40 miles southeast of Fairplay — to check fishing licenses at the popular ice fishing destination.

How to explore the delicious world of stout beer in Colorado

 A stout tasting at Cerebral Brewing in Denver. Photo: John Frank/Axios

A stout tasting at Cerebral Brewing in Denver. Photo: John Frank/Axios

February is stout month — a celebration of the inkiest, richest beers that fit like a sweater for the colder weather.

Be smart: Not all stouts are the same. In fact, you can find at least a dozen variations in Colorado from the dry Irish stouts popular on St. Patrick's Day to the newfangled syrupy pastry brews. Often the styles will blend together, too.

Here's a guide on what to look for:

A look at candidates running for Denver City Council

Illustration of the Denver City and County Building with lines radiating from it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Denver voters will have 40 candidates to choose from for 13 city council seats.

State of play: Eight incumbent council members are seeking re-election, while five seats are open.

John Frank
Updated Feb 3, 2023 - Business

Vail Resorts seeing fewer skiers in Colorado as riders flock to rival mountains

Skiers in Vail Village at the foot of Vail Mountain. Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Skiers in Vail Village. Photo: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

One year after epic lift lines created outrage at Vail Resorts, the company — and skiers — are experiencing less crowded mountains this season. And it's not for lack of snow.

What's happening: The Broomfield-based company's five Colorado resorts — including namesake Vail and Breckenridge — reported skier and rider visits "below expectations" through Jan. 8, per the Colorado Sun.

John Frank
Updated Feb 3, 2023 - News

Denver's public campaign financing system providing key funding to mayoral race

Data: Denver Elections Division; Chart: Axios Visuals

Denver's new public campaign financing system has provided more money to mayoral candidates than private donors, a new Axios Denver analysis finds.

By the numbers: The candidates have reported a total of $1.63 million from the Fair Elections Fund after the most recent disbursement this week — outpacing total donations their campaigns have received.