Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 9

Let’s get this Friday rolling with some of that powerful knowledge. Here’s what you need to know about a bad-news legalization report, a standoff in Boulder, the Broncos and more.

Let’s get this Friday rolling with some of that powerful knowledge. Here’s what you need to know about a bad-news legalization report, a standoff in Boulder, the Broncos and more.

Colorado got $950K to deal with its heroin problem.

The one-year grant from the Colorado Department of Human Services will help combat opioid overdoses and improve drug abuse prevention programs. (Denverite)

Legalization advocates won’t like this report.

Marijuana-related traffic deaths are on the rise, more kids are using cannabis, and more pot is finding its way from Colorado into other states. But some say the report doesn’t provide a complete picture. (Denverite)

Football is really, really back now.

There is so much to discuss. The Broncos got themselves a 21-20 win over the Panthers in 2015 fashion last night, right after linebacker Brandon Marshall became the latest athlete to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. (Denverite)

Prosecutors were concerned James Holmes was getting special treatment.

Since being moved to an undisclosed out-of-state prison, the Aurora theater shooter has been in solitary confinement, inside a cell for 23 hours a day. (DP)

An adorable affordable housing idea: Carriage houses.

There is a way to add small, affordable housing units around Denver without changing neighborhoods, but it’s not simple.  (Denverite)

A Denver City Council member is accused.

A developer claims Rafael Espinoza unlawfully interfered in a development project at 4390 Tennyson St. (DBJ)

In other development news…

Sakura Square, a hub of Japanese culture downtown, wants to redevelop. The area is home to the Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple, a museum, Japanese-influenced gardens, martial arts studios and restaurants, all of which would remain after redevelopment. (DP)

A six-hour standoff ends in arrest.

A 50-year-old man in Boulder was taken into custody around 6 a.m. for suspicion of felony assault on an at-risk-adult. (7)

Awful news.

One person was killed in a road rage incident yesterday, and another was killed while trying to help. (CBS) 🔈

Frontier will fly you from Denver to Havana

Did you already forget that we can go to Cuba now? Well, flights should start happening in December, and Frontier is one of six approved airlines. The flights look to be relatively cheap, but that, of course, is before all the baggage fees. (7)

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.