Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Jan. 26

Mayor Benjamin Stapleton at the groundbreaking of the Denver City & County Building. (Denver Public Library/C Photo Album 190)

This morning’s news roundup will tell you where to eat for Restaurant Week, what a Denver transit agency might look like, how to talk to otters and how to get a little high.

Mayor Benjamin Stapleton at the groundbreaking of the Denver City & County Building. (Denver Public Library/C Photo Album 190)
Mayor Benjamin Stapleton at the groundbreaking of the Denver City & County Building. (Denver Public Library/C Photo Album 190)

Plan your Restaurant Week:

Go peruse this year’s menus. (Denverite)

Toll road talk:

President Donald Trump has said he wants to prioritize “private-public partnerships,” so a developer tells Prowers County commissioners that now could be a great time to build a private toll road bypassing downtown Lamar. (Colorado Politics)

What would a Denver transit authority do?

Denver may try once again to establish its own transit agency or office. It wouldn’t replace RTD, but it could add a layer of “pop-up” bus stops, as Megan explains. (Denverite)

Autonomous tech in Colorado:

Lockheed Martin is working on a self-driving military vehicle in Littleton. It’s connected to a wireless Xbox controller, and it’s kind of cute in a weird way. (DP)

Micro-dosing as the future of pot?

A lot of new users are ruined by their instinct to get really, really high – and some entrepreneurs are thinking that low-dosage products could be a lot more enjoyable. (Gazette)

How do you talk to just one otter?

Isolating otters for treatment and training is a big challenge for the Denver Zoo, considering these rascally river-dwellers are very social and very curious. The answer? The power of shapes. (Denverite)

Jilin Kalong, the small-clawed Asian river otter, on a giant running wheel. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Jilin Kalong, the small-clawed Asian river otter, on a giant running wheel. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
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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 akenney@denverite.com.