The bad news is that honey bees are suffering from colony collapse disorder, thought to be caused by the combination of viruses, bacteria, parasites and pesticides. The good news is that those of us who live in Denver can actually do something to help our insect girlfriends.
As of 2008, it’s legal to have 2 domestic honey bee hives in your Denver yard… here are the specifics:
2 hives per zone lot
Hives must be in rear third of zone lot with a 5 foot setback from side and rear zone lot lines
The hives must be screened so that the bees must fly over a 6-foot barrier, which may be vegetative, before leaving the property
No outdoor storage of any bee paraphernalia or hive materials not being used as part of a hive