Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 22

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Denver Republican Party volunteer Frank Wiederman on a canvassing mission. Oct. 15, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

So much to do, so much to read. Let’s make this easy.

Decision time is near. Do you know your ballot?

To help, we’ve put together explainers on Amendment 70’s minimum wage issue and Initiative 300’s public pot consumption issue. (Denverite)

Eight alleged Colorado Bloods have been indicted

Investigators used acoustic gunshot detection technology, shell-casing analysis, cell phone data and, you guessed it, Snapchat. (Denverite)

Marijuana sales are showing no signs of stopping just yet

Sales through August were up 15 percent this year. (Denverite)

It’s almost time for the Broncos to face their old friend Brock

Let’s play a game of Whose Stats Are These? (Denverite)

The train to the plane has electric problems before it was even built

Questions about the A Line’s electric system — the root of its problems — had been raised by RTD officials as early has 2013 (DP)

An ex-postal worker in Sterling has been hoarding mail

Authorities found 26,000 missing items but for some reason none of them are that H&M catalog they won’t stop sending you. (AP)

One of the Broncos’ biggest fans raps about it

The story of The Mad Fanatic and his gang of positivity. (Denverite)

The Avs might still have a shots-on-goal problem

But they’re certainly picking up the pace and that bodes well early in the season. (SBN)

The weather says summer but our hearts say fall

There are a lot of fall activities to do this weekend, from pumpkin carving to zombie crawling. (Denverite)

Elitch Gardens is getting a new terrifying fun thing

In 2017, you’ll be able to swing around in a big circle 17 stories above the ground. (DP)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.