Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Nov. 29

Sunrise on 16th Street on May 3, 1950. (Bill Peery/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-23377)

Well, this week got right to work with the news. Here’s what’s up in Denver today, from the Green Mountain Fire to magnet regulation, marijuana businesses, state politics and more.

Sunrise on 16th Street on May 3, 1950. (Bill Peery/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-23377)
Sunrise on 16th Street on May 3, 1950. (Bill Peery/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-23377)

A few of the first businesses we might see under Denver’s new marijuana rules:

Voters’ approval of Initiative 300 means that certain businesses can allow customers to bring and use marijuana on premises. Businesses won’t be allowed to mix liquor licenses and marijuana permits, but entrepreneurs see room for marijuana tours, puff-and-paint classes and weed-friendly yoga, to name a few. (Civilized)

RiNo’s getting another winery.

Bigsby’s Folly (sounds like a ski run) will open next spring at 36th and Wazee. (BusinessDen)

Also, Larimer Square is getting an events venue, $2,500 to $4,000 per event. (DBJ)

This week’s tech events:

Jess Ryan has you covered. Tonight’s lecture on inclusive design looks interesting. (BuiltIn Colorado)

Erica’s excellent overview of state politics:

Republicans held the line and made some gains, especially in Pueblo. They think they can turn this into a successful run for governor in 2018. (Denverite)

2020 speculation! Too soon?

Chris Cillizza puts Gov. John Hickenlooper on his list of six potential Democratic candidates. In “a field filled with Washington types, the governor of a swing state in the West could have real appeal.” (Washington Post)

A federal court says Zen Magnets can start selling again.

A government agency said that tiny magnetic balls produced by the Denver company Zen Magnets and a dozen other manufacturers have injured children who swallowed them in more than 100 cases. Zen was the last of the companies to resist the ban, and it may have paid off: An appeals court found that the risk of injury didn’t outweigh the harm of regulation, which may allow a return to market. (DP)

The Green Mountain Fire is nearly contained.

High winds drove it to 300 acres, visible for miles around the metro region. We’ve got striking images and a recap. Thankfully, no homes have been reported damaged. (Denverite)

Move on to where? City hall.

Denver has for weeks been sweeping and shuffling homeless people from the sidewalks of Ballpark. Last night, a group set up a protest in front of the City and County Building. (Denverite)

Bugs eat trash, chickens eat bugs.

A CU Boulder researcher and his startup are trying to breed insects that can consume municipal waste. They want to feed the bugs to fish and chickens, as Luke Runyon reports. (KUNC)

Star Wars tickets are on sale.

I’m pretty sure Rogue One is going to be 100% awful or 100% excellent. I’m seeing it at Century Bel Mar for $8 a pop. Good seats still plentiful. Also, why is it so hard to see a movie in two dimensions these days? (Fandango)

Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

Andrew Kenney writes about public spaces, Denver phenomena and whatever else. He previously worked for six years as a reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. His most prized possession is his collection of bizarre voicemail. Leave him one at 303-502-2803, or email akenney@denverite.com.