Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 18

A Links Club function at a theater in Denver, likely in the 1950s. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hey, reader-friends. Welcome to the almost-weekend. It’s going to be mostly sunny and 90 on Saturday and Sunday. Maybe it will be the last summery weekend we get this year, or maybe it will stay like this through October. It’s Colorado! Anyway, check out this news. Love y’all.

A Links Club function at a theater in Denver, likely in the 1950s. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
A Links Club function at a theater in Denver, likely in the 1950s. (Burnis McCloud/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

History & education:

Danika Worthington goes deeper on something I touched on earlier: The memorial to Union soldiers outside the Capitol still describes “Sand Creek” as a battle rather than a massacre of indigenous people. Worthington gets into the nitty gritty of the debate with two historians. (DP)

Colorado students are doing a bit better on standardized tests, but wide socioeconomic gaps persist, as Nic Garcia reports. (Chalkbeat via Denverite)

Transportation:

CDOT is deploying a driverless truck that will follow road crews as they work. It’s meant to absorb impacts from errant drivers and “could eliminate one of the riskiest jobs on the road,” as Jack Stewart reports. Props to Denverite reader Matt Baca for submitting this one. (Wired)

The first tenant for a new transit-oriented development in Westminster is Gemini Beer Co., as Kailyn Lamb reports. (BusinessDen)

Entertainment & cuisine:

Kevin has a nice little feature and a recipe video for fresh corn relish, which looks delicious and refreshing, with Tocabe American Indian Eatery. (Denverite)

Sushi Den is expanding into the former Gaia Bistro space on South Pearl, as Andra Zeppelin reports. (Eater)

Lila Thulin takes us on a tour of The Moth’s regular storytelling event at Swallow Hill Music. (Westword)

Land & housing:

The RiNo rename of Brighton Boulevard is on pause until they hear more from you good people.

Denver is planning for mixed-use development in the vast parking lots near Elitch Gardens. Adrian explains. (Denverite)

Redfin recently predicted the Greenfield neighborhood would be one of the hottest in the country. Turns out it lagged behind the metro’s average. Oops. Here’s Ben Miller with the details. (DBJ)

The U.S. Air Force is trying to acquire about $40 million worth of land near Buckley Air Force Base in order to keep development from coming too close. Brandon Johansson with a deeper dive here. (Aurora Sentinel)

Wells Fargo will pay $15,000 each toward home down payments for hundreds of residents of Denver and Aurora, as Megan reports.

Denver’s East Colfax neighborhood is finally embracing its name. Does it show a change in perceptions of the strip?

Megan also has your five overbids of the week. (Denverite)

Sports:

The Nuggets are promising a whole new team after firing their coach. Christian lays out the vision. (Denverite)

ICYMI, Christian wrote a stellar profile (and there’s a great video too) about the woman leading a Colorado varsity football team. (Denverite)

Rockies lost. 🙁 (MLB)

Something to read:

Let’s all contemplate the greater sage grouse. (NYT)

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.