Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 25

A section of a super-detailed illustrated map of Denver's mountain parks circa 1922, including Mount Evans. (Robert Carlyle Prather/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hi there. It’s going to be a bit warmer and dryer this weekend, but I definitely felt a little bite in the air on my morning constitutional, and it just snowed a bit on Pikes Peak. Get out there and enjoy your summer days — right after I tell you some of what matters in Denver today.

A section of a super-detailed illustrated map of Denver's mountain parks circa 1922. (Robert Carlyle Prather/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
A section of a super-detailed illustrated map of Denver’s mountain parks circa 1922. Full version here. (Robert Carlyle Prather/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

What to do this weekend:

Man, this weekend looks fun. We’ve got the High Plains Comedy Festival, Titwrench music festival and a fun event at Denver Art Museum. Ashley has you covered. (Denverite)

Westword has a helpful guide to Titwrench. (Westword)

And maybe you should take some time to listen to our podcast discussion of the importance of names and their changes in Denver? We would like that. (Denverite)

Roads:

A person was killed in a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at Federal and Arkansas. It was not a hit and run. (DPD)

Broadway and Lincoln are getting full-time bus-only lanes for a year, as Megan reports. (Denverite)

Housing & homelessness:

Boulder has seen some anecdotal success with the addition of portable toilets near Boulder Creek, but they’re not committing to permanent facilities just yet, as Alex Burness reports. (Camera)

Denver’s new Sanderson Apartments includes 60 bedrooms designed specifically for people who have experienced the trauma of homelessness. The bedrooms don’t have doors and there “are no crevices, nothing that resembles a dark alley or shadowy stairwell,” Jennifer Brown reports. It’s funded in part by social-impact bonds that will reward the investors if residents’ lives improve. (DP)

Land:

The review of the national monuments is done. It looks like Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend reducing the size of four monuments in Utah and Oregon. Kate Schimel and Rebecca Worby report. (High Country)

Colorado business:

Adrian has more illuminating reporting on why 31 Denver businesses have been dinged for shorting workers.

The governor and the state’s AG are standing up for legal marijuana in the face of Jeff Sessions’ questions. In short, they say that relevant traffic deaths are dropping, minors aren’t using more and the state is getting better at tracking the black market.

Goodbye to two more local Kmarts — this time in Aurora and Englewood. (Denverite)

Sports:

There are a hilarious number of misaligned Broncos logos in this city, as Christian discovered.

The Rockies won. 🙂

Local hockey star Will Butcher may make a decision on his future in the NHL soon. (Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

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