Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 24

Soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment doing an about-face near Camp Hale in Colorado during filming of "The Fighting Mountaineers" in 1943 or '44. (Mac Julian/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hi. Today’s news roundup is a biggie — but still a quickie — so let’s get down to bizzy. We’ve got transportation news, fun stuff to do, new pizza and more.

Soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment doing an about-face near Camp Hale in Colorado during filming of "The Fighting Mountaineers" in 1943 or '44. (Mac Julian/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
Soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment doing an about-face near Camp Hale in Colorado during filming of “The Fighting Mountaineers” in 1943 or ’44. (Mac Julian/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Transportation:

CDOT wants to add a new westbound toll lane to Interstate 70, address traffic near Idaho Springs and perhaps drill a new tunnel. The department is highlighting this as it continues to push for more money, as Jesse Paul reports. (DP)

What to do:

Dinosaur National Monument in northwestern Colorado and Utah is phenomenally fantastic. Terri Cook highlights one of my favorite trails there. (5280)

Here’s a nice roundup of what’s happening at the Denver Art Museum. (DP)

Go eat you some Detroit pizza at the new Blue Pan in Congress Park. Ashley has the slice. (Denverite)

Marijuana:

Marijuana producers are worried that outdoor grow facilities in Pueblo County are about to put tons of marijuana on the market. It could drive down prices for edibles, Bart Schaneman reports. (Marijuana Business Daily)

Want to start a social-use pot spot? It’s happening now. Adrian reports on the opening of applications. (Denverite)

Development & business:

We got some fantastic op-eds from community members about the naming and renaming of Stapleton, Five Points and the Northside.

Tammen Hall, a historic building on the St. Joseph’s campus near East Colfax, will become affordable housing for seniors, as Megan reports.

You should really check to see if any businesses you know are accused of wage theft. Adrian has you covered. (Denverite)

Politics:

At least two out of Colorado’s four Democratic candidates for governors endorsed universal health care at a recent event, as Corey Hutchins reports. (Independent)

RTD and various other districts are hurting for money after legislators screwed up some verbiage. Erica explores the aftermath. (Denverite)

The law:

A new law limiting police seizures of assets and money is upsetting Aurora police and lawmakers. They kind of liked having that money, as Brandon Johansson reports. (Aurora Sentinel)

Police are investigating videos that appear to show East High School cheerleaders being forced into painful splits. “The cheer coach, assistant cheer coach, high school principal, assistant principal and Denver Public Schools deputy general counsel have all been placed on leave,” as Marshall Zelinger and Katie Wilcox report. (9News)

Cell phones:

Dave Chapelle ordered Denver comedy clubs to use special bags that lock away audience members’ cell phones. Now the anti-distraction technology is spreading to a few local schools, as John Wenzel reports. (DP)

Puppies:

Dozens of confiscated French bulldogs need homes in Denver. They were found in reportedly awful conditions in a woman’s home. (Denverite)

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.