Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, September 7

People crowd the 16th Street entrance of the Denver Theater at 510 16th Street in 1934. Note that the car has loudspeakers on its roof. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-24602)

Hey everybody. Today we’ve got news on a disturbing crime in Highland, the rise of wind power and potential drilling near a national park, among a bunch of other stuff.

Want to go for a 71-mile walk?

You could take the High Line Canal. In fact, our local governments would really like you to do that, so they’re working on a plan to make the trail more accessible. You can learn more and weigh in at meetings in Englewood today and in Denver and Highlands Ranch on Thursday. (DP)

The feds might allow drilling on the “doorstep” of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Bureau of Land Management is considering leasing out roughly 28,000 acres in Grand County, just west of the park, for oil and gas drilling. (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A brutal knife attack was reported in a West Highland restaurant.

This is one of those crimes that just makes no sense. A man reportedly walked into Mead St. Station and took a knife to another man’s neck. No arrest yet. (AP)

Xcel Energy sees profit in wind energy, so it’s betting large.

The Rush Creek proposal would be one of the largest wind farms in the state. It would also be the first to be built and owned by Xcel, meaning wind may be emerging as a financially viable energy source. (Denverite)

We’ve got new details on the Mile High Greyhound Park project.

The developers of this 65-acre site in Commerce City want to build several apartment buildings, blocks of houses, a bunch of retail and a community college or other school. (DP)

Glenwood Springs plans a whitewater destination.

The city wants to build three whitewater parks. Denver Water is on board, but two other municipal partners are not. (Aspen Daily News)

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