Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 4

A side view of the stage and seating area at Red Rocks amphitheater under construction, Red Rocks Park, Morrison, Jefferson County, Colorado. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-20502)

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Hello, hello. The news can’t stop (and won’t stop), but I managed to wrangle a whole herd of it into this post, including your weekend primer. Oh, and if you happen to be sitting on a story idea or a question, say hi.

A side view of the stage and seating area at Red Rocks amphitheater under construction, Red Rocks Park, Morrison, Jefferson County, Colorado. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-20502) red rocks; civilian conservation corps; archive; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty;
A side view of the stage and seating area at Red Rocks amphitheater under construction, Red Rocks Park, Morrison, Jefferson County, Colorado. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/X-20502)

Weekend plans:

If you’re going outside, do it on Saturday. Temperatures will be warmer and there’s only a slight chance of storms. Sunday brings a pretty hefty chance of thunderstorms to Denver.

And here’s your finely curated list of things to do from Ashley, including comedy/music with free pizza tonight and your First Friday options. (Denverite)

Restaurant pain and gain:

The Pig & The Sprout lost $35,000 a month for its first nine months and is now losing $7,000 a month, Ed Sealover reports. Its owner argues that a convoluted permitting process has hurt him by limiting the size of his sign and keeping his patio area closed. City staff say they’re improving. It’s a good, long read. (DBJ)

Eater named its hottest restaurants for this month. I think I need to get out to Cattivella, but Stapleton is so very far away. (Eater)

The space once occupied by the Cheeky Monk (rest in peace) will not become a brewery. It will become an urgent care, as Adrian reports.

Meanwhile, a former mortuary will become a brewery and some apartments, as Megan reports. (Denverite)

Democrats on DREAMers:

Colorado Democrats, including Mayor Michael Hancock, Rep. Jared Polis and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, will speak at a press conference next week urging the protection of young, undocumented immigrants and the creation of a citizenship process for them. See our previous coverage. (Colorado Politics, Denverite)

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett will hold town halls in Greeley and Sterling next week. (DP)

The library:

Will your library branch be one of ten renovated with Denver’s proposed new debt? Maybe. (Denverite)

Moonshadow, moon-shadow:

A CU researcher is co-investigator for a NASA project that will deploy Cold War-era jet bombers during the eclipse later this month. They’ll chase the path of the eclipse from Texas to Tennessee, using stabilized telescopes to watch the sun’s corona. (NPR)

Taylor Swift:

Taylor Swift will testify in Denver in a civil trial involving a former radio host who is accused of groping her. Thirty-two members of the public will be allowed into the courtroom to watch the trial, which begins next week in federal court. Seems like a weird way to spend to your day, but Danika Worthington has you covered if that’s what you want to do. (DP)

Body cams:

Denver SWAT teams won’t have to use body cameras during their planned operations. Police say that they need to keep SWAT tactics secret, as Michael Roberts reports. (Westword)

Important question:

Herbert Fuego tries to determine whether marijuana attracts bears. It “has been known to attract dogs,” and bears can almost definitely smell it, but it’s still unclear whether bears want your weed. (Westword)

Meanwhile, mountain goats are definitely into you and your pee. Great photo in this story. (NYT)

Sports:

In an emotional return home to Congo, Nuggets’ Emmanuel Mudiay wonders, “Where would I be if I stayed?” Christian reports. (Denverite)

The Rockies beat the Mets in slightly odd fashion. (AP)

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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.