Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 17

Black Hawk circa 1864, photographed by George D. Wakely. (Denver Public Library/History Coloardo/CHS.X4770)

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We’ve got a guide to voting, complaints about fire in the air, the new plan for Black Hawk, two interesting development plans and more in today’s news roundup.

Black Hawk circa 1864, photographed by George D. Wakely. (Denver Public Library/History Coloardo/CHS.X4770)
Black Hawk circa 1864, photographed by George D. Wakely. (Denver Public Library/History Coloardo/CHS.X4770)

It’s not too late to register to vote.

Ballots are in the mail, but you can register all the way up until Election Day. That’s just one useful tip from Erica’s guide to a better voting life. (Denverite)

Maybe launching hundreds of tiny flames into the air isn’t a great idea, neighbors say.

The owners of a large piece of land said about 200 flying lanterns landed on their property during the Lantern Festival at the Colorado National Speedway. (These lanterns are balloons that are lofted by a lit flame into the sky.) The event organizers say that the devices are always cool when they hit the ground, but the farm-owners say some brought embers and spooked their animals. (KDVR)

Black Hawk: Not just gambling?

Casinos in Denver’s favorite little gambling city rack in a reported $604 million yearly. Fewer than 100 people live there, thanks in part to the mountainous terrain. So, the new plan is to take all that extra money and build a “casino-free pedestrian mall anchored by breweries, distilleries, eateries and shops,” along with biking and hiking trails. (DP)

Boulder won’t let farmers grow GMO crops on government land any more.

The county has a five-year plan to ban genetically modified corn and sugar beets from land that it leases to farmers. This may result in higher costs, heavier use of pesticides and lower yields, according to county staffers. Critics of GMOs, however, argue that the modified crops often are designed to be used with high levels of pesticides, which arguably is a bad thing. Either way, it’s not a done deal yet. (KUNC)

Finally, someone tells me what a Rocky Mountain Oyster tastes like.

Yes, I do think this is important for you to know. Luke Runyon went to Severance, Colorado (man, that name) to eat fried livestock testicles. It was very juicy, “chewy and meaty and full of a unique flavor somewhere between liver and gizzard.” Plus, lots more details. (KUNC)

Anyone want to build 2,600 residential units?

That’s apparently what you could fit on the former Gates Rubber Plant site, along with 1 million square feet of office space and a bunch of retail. The property, totaling 41 acres and known as Broadway Station, goes to market later this year. The site is near the I-25 and Broadway light rail station. (CREJ)

This nicely painted garage may become a new Sunnyside development.

It’s about 4,200 square feet at Umatilla and 44th Avenue. Expect office, restaurant and retail. (BusinessDen)

Yelp thinks JP Nori Sushi and Asian Cuisine is the best restaurant in Colorado.

It’s in Littleton. I just saved you from looking through this obnoxious slideshow. (USA Today)

A family says Elitch Gardens bungled their medical emergency.

The park’s internal records show its staff took 19 minutes to call 911, and even then it requested a non-emergency ambulance, resulting in a total wait of at least 42 minutes for a woman who reportedly had passed out due to an allergic reaction. Her family is not happy. The park reportedly says it was the family’s fault for creating a chaotic environment. (KDVR)

Relevant: My partner once nearly passed out from apparent dehydration at Elitch’s. Instead of providing water, the man at the first aid tent directed us to get on line and buy some for her at a booth some distance away. Is that par for the amusement park course?

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