Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 22

Today’s news roundup includes restaurant news, a dose of politics and more stories that illustrate Denver.

Interior view of Broadway Theatre located in Metropole Hotel on Broadway, Denver, Colorado; shows balcony, private box seats, orchestra pit, stage, and scenery curtain from "A glimpse of India;" theater opened in 1890. Circa 1900. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-6)

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Hello! Today’s news roundup includes restaurant news, a dose of politics and more stories that illustrate Denver.

Interior view of Broadway Theatre located in Metropole Hotel on Broadway, Denver, Colorado; shows balcony, private box seats, orchestra pit, stage, and scenery curtain from "A glimpse of India;" theater opened in 1890. Circa 1900. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-6) historic; denver public library; dpl; archive; archival; denverite
The Broadway Theatre in the Metropole Hotel circa 1900. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-6)

Storm’s a-coming:

There’s a 20 percent chance of a fairly gnarly storm this afternoon. Expect more of the same on Wednesday and Thursday. (Denverite)

Weed:

Denver’s nearly ready to legalize the social use of marijuana at coffee shops and other businesses. This AP story raises some doubts about whether business owners will be interested, given the rules about proximity to schools, playgrounds and liquor. Kristen Nichols reports. (AP via Denverite)

Eating & art:

Latigo closed suddenly. Documents on the restaurant’s door claim the business owned almost $41,000 in rent, as Ashley reports. (Denverite)

Denver Art Museum’s North Building — the castle — officially closes on Nov. 19 for its four-year renovation, as Kailyn Lamb reports. (BusinessDen)

Politics:

Secretary of State Wayne Williams was not happy that Micheal Baca sought to substitute his judgement for the will of the voters of Colorado. But on Monday, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said she would not file charges in the case. Erica has the story. (Denverite)

The latest version of a bill that would limit Denver’s cooperation with immigration authorities seems to be gaining new support on council, as Erica reports. (Denverite)

Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration says the city auditor wasn’t fair in his description of delays in the city permitting office, as Ed Sealover reports. (DBJ)

Mobility:

The Zeppelins are nearly ready to build a 300-foot pedestrian bridge from Taxi across the river to the rest of RiNo. One more component in a more walkable district, Kyle Zeppelin tells me. 

I also broke down how the city’s plans for the future of electric vehicles in Denver. (Denverite)

Environment & health:

A new proposal for Hanging Lake could cap attendance at 615 per day, barely half of current summer attendance levels. The Forest Service also will consider instituting a mandatory shuttle bus and reservation system, as Jackie Fortier reports. (KUNC)

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio are working on a health care proposal. They might want to exempt more small businesses from providing coverage. They’re not interested in single-payer care, as Rachel Estabrook reports. (CPR)

Something to look at:

Check out all of Kevin’s gorgeous shots of the eclipse yesterday. Then start planning for the next ones. (Denverite)

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.