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

New apartments and condos loom over the Denver Skate Park. (Andrew Kenney/Denverite)

Good morning, everybody. As usual, I’ve read the news and now I want to talk about it. We’ve got items on Donald Trump’s relationship with the oil industry, some interesting new developments for RiNo and a bunch of other stuff worth knowing.

Trump is trying to make nice with oil and gas folks.

Reporters got to witness 8 minutes of the candidate’s meeting with industry representatives in Denver. He was, in part, trying to reverse course from his earlier statement that he wanted local governments to have control over fracking. On Tuesday, Trump said that Hillary Clinton would “put you all out of business,” and the miners too. (Denver Post)

It may snow in the mountains.

Three inches are possible. Just rain down here, but temperatures tonight will again dip toward freezing. The weather, folks. (Denverite)

Big plans are happening in RiNo.

Construction of miles of new sidewalks, bike tracks and generally nice amenities for Brighton Boulevard gets started next Thursday with free beer. (Denverite)

WhiteWave is ready for its deal with Danone.

Shareholders approved the $10.4 billion of WhiteWave, the Boulder-born organics company, to the international Danone. (Boulder Daily Camera)

Shanah tovah.

The Jewish New Year is over, but there are more high holidays to come. Therefore, go to The Bagel Store. (Denverite)

Colorado could allow medical marijuana for PTSD.

Currently, you can get medical marijuana (it costs less, basically) for conditions from pain to cancer, but not post-traumatic stress disorder. The state is once again thinking about changing that, but federal prohibitions on weed research are muddying the waters. (Westword)

Would you sign a petition in exchange for a candy bar?

An RTD board member filmed a man apparently giving candy bars to people as he solicited signatures for a referendum measure. Still, there’s no proof of a direct candy-signature exchange, and the witness doesn’t think it’s worth taking to the district attorney. (Complete Colorado)

The first hearing in the class-action homelessness lawsuit is next week.

Attorney Jason Flores-Williams is leading clients in a challenge of the city’s practice of “sweeping” homeless people out of encampments. The judge has ordered that people be admitted to the courtroom even without photo identification. (Westword)

Another Colorado teenager has been arrested for clown-related threats.

A 15-year-old in Colorado Springs faces a misdemeanor charge. I hate to even talk about this anymore, because I’m pretty sure the whole phenomenon is fueled by a.) our collective fear of clowns b.) our collective love of a weird story and c.) the fact that we have to take literally every threat seriously. Sorry, folks. (Gazette)

The feds are investigating Lyons’ handling of its flood recovery.

Lyons was struck by terrible floods and mudslides in 2013. A report by federal investigators finds that the town, unsurprisingly, didn’t always have the experience to manage a federally-funded recovery effort. That investigation appeared to be wrapped up, but federal authorities reportedly searched for documents in Lyons offices on Tuesday and two town employees have been placed on precautionary leave. (BC)

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