Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 15

A view of an unknown rock concert in Denver in July 1969. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Good morning. We’ve got a package of news tied up with a little journalistic bow for you this morning, from Cory Gardner’s Lakewood visit to a whole lot of happenings at the Denver City Council.

A view of an unknown rock concert in Denver in July 1969. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
A view of an unknown rock concert in Denver in July 1969. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Politics:

Protesters will not be allowed onto Colorado Christian University’s campus in Lakewood during Sen. Cory Gardner’s town hall this afternoon. If you want to talk to the senator, it’s first-come, first-serve. Doors are at 2:30 p.m. Here’s some early coverage of his morning meeting in Colorado Springs. (Colorado Pols, Denverite, DP)

Development:

Zocalo, a Denver-based company, wants to put more than 300 new housing units and commercial space in eastern Boulder. About 40 percent will qualify as affordable, as Alex Burness reports. (Camera)

The Fitzsimons Golf Course in Aurora is likely to close permanently by the end of the year. The city-owned land would likely be redeveloped, as Kailyn Lamb reports. (BusinessDen)

Denver’s housing is overvalued, but that doesn’t mean we’re in a bubble, according to Megan’s read.

Culebra Peak and the surrounding land just sold from one private party to another. Its new owner promises to conserve it.

The vacant church in Hilltop could become 22 residential units along South Colorado Boulevard, as Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Public projects:

The Denver City Council voted 10-2 to approve the $1.8 billion deal to renovate the airport’s Great Hall. The conversations were revealing. (Denverite)

They also set the final spending for the $937 million bonds package. Now it’s heading for voters’ ballots, as Erica reports. (Denverite)

The proposal to rename Brighton Boulevard is gaining momentum. (Denverite)

Weed:

Some marijuana entrepreneurs want to get rid of strain names (such as “Grape Ape”) and replace them with more detailed descriptions of the chemical compounds in the drug. Omar Sacirbey reports. (Marijuana Business Daily)

Baseball:

Chad Bettis returned from chemotherapy and threw a shutout for the Rockies. You should read Christian’s report from the game. (Denverite)

Something to read:

Eclipses have long been sources of scientific discovery, from the days of Hipparchus to Colorado’s frontier days. (NYT)

The Colorado eclipse of 1878 made the United States a much bigger presence on the scientific map. (Gazette)

Andrew Kenney

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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.