Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 16

Start your Friday off right with a heaping helping of hot and fresh news.

Denver’s public safety cadet manager has been fired

The woman training cops, firefighters and deputies was accused of bullying. (Denverite)

A petroleum company wants its Colorado tax money back

The company is asking for almost $2 million in overpaid taxes, which would be taken back from Mesa County, a school district and other local governments. (Denverite)

Colorado men who died fighting ISIS are headed home

Levi Shirley and Jordan McTaggart were killed fighting with Kurdish forces (AP)

Chipotle is hiring 5,000 people this month

Working here isn’t just a job.” (Denverite)

Another poll is showing Trump ahead of Clinton in Colorado

Gary Johnson has something to do with it. (Denverite)

Chill, there’s plenty of pumpkin beer

Last year’s pumpkin crop shortage could have hit hard, but Denver breweries were ready and you can rest easy. (Denverite)

LED streetlights save Denver money

But the wrong kind can bad for your wellbeing. (CPR)

Colorado is cracking down on impaired driving

We’re nine months into the year and 133 people have died in impaired driving crashes. (DP)

Make the most of the last day of Denver Startup Week

Happy hours start at 2 p.m. Learning will also happen. (Denverite)

LoDo orders alcohol delivery more than any other neighborhood

That’s pretty weird considering, you know, all the bars and liquor stores there. (5280)

An escaped iguana has been caught in Boulder

He was first mistaken for a dragon. (Denverite)

The Broncos should probably worry about Andrew Luck

The Colts’ QB is no longer a running collection of injuries. (Denverite)

Take a look at some of the Avalanche’s prospects

Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost have very different backgrounds. (DP)

Ralphie is a college football queen

In case you didn’t know, yes, Ralphie is a woman. The NCAA says she has the best entrance in the game. (Denverite)

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, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.