Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 12

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Good morning, everybody. Here’s the news that caught my eye this morning.

What’s next for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts?

I love this place, with its vaulted glass ceiling enclosing an airy promenade – but I can’t say I’ve ever been to its opera house. That’s part of the problem: While ticket sales are huge for its Broadway programming, the symphony, ballet and opera aren’t doing so hot, John Wenzel reports. That’s going to be a central challenge for Janice Sinden, the DCPA’s new president and CEO. (Denver Post)

Two people remain in critical condition after the bus crash at DIA.

The driver of a Legacy High School bus was killed after the vehicle ran off the road at Denver International Airport, striking a bridge support. Students and coaches for the football team were aboard, and several were still hospitalized with grave injuries this morning. (Denverite)

The U.S. Senate race in Colorado is really going now.

The Republican candidate, Darryl Glenn, kept pushing the argument that incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet is a “Washington insider.” Bennet says that Glenn is hyper-partisan.  It’s unclear whether the two will debate in Denver this season, thanks to some tensions between Glenn and the Denver Post. (Denverite)

Your heating bills may be higher this winter.

Prices for natural gas are expected to increase this winter. We’re exporting more of the stuff, the drilling bust has reduced the supply and a colder winter could drive up demand, as Aldo Svaldi reports. In other words: Turn down the thermostat. (Denver Post)

A local accountant is accused of taking $3.5 million from his firm’s clients.

Don Iley has been indicted by a federal grand jury and now faces a slate of criminal charges, Amy DiPierro reports. You probably already know if you’re a client of his – but maybe you ought to check that account anyway. (BusinessDen)

Bonus round:

5280 has a really extensive list of Colorado’s “best kept secrets.” Sure enough, I hadn’t heard of a lot of them. Looks worthwhile. (5280)

Denver Infill has some excellent before-and-after aerial shots of the Union Station neighborhood, in case anyone in those new apartments has forgotten that they’re living on a once-desolate train yard. (DenverInfill)

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