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

Brown Palace history, Chad Bettis’ progress, Cory Gardner’s move and more.

A Colfax sidewalk gets a (probably much needed) hose down, Aug. 4, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A Colfax sidewalk gets a (probably much needed) hose down, Aug. 4, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) capitol hill; colfax; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
A Colfax sidewalk gets a (probably much needed) hose down, Aug. 4, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

How are we feeling today, Denver? Good? Meh? Hungover?

Well, prepare your coffee or bloody mary accordingly and jump in here. We’ve got a lot to cover.

It’s dry out there today, but we should finally be getting more rain

Like I said before, you’re not crazy for thinking there’s been less rain this summer.

The monsoon has been skipping the Denver area, leaving it abnormally dry, but research integration specialist for the Western Water Assessment at CU Boulder Jeff Lukas says that should change soon. (Denverite)

The Rockies pulled out a win without Kyle Freeland

The starting pitcher was out with a strained groin after just three batters, which could have sent the Rockies into a spiral. But the relievers held on and a game-tying homer from Nolan Arenado and a go-ahead RBI single by D.J. LeMahieu put Colorado on top. (AP)

Speaking of pitchers…

Chad Bettis could be back soon. After two rounds of cancer and some time with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, the 28-year-old righty looks ready. Bud Black says he’ll pitch with the Isotopes for five or six more days. (Denverite)

A Denver sheriff’s deputy has been charged with assaulting a jail inmate

According to investigators from the District Attorney’s Office and the Denver Police Department, Sgt. Randolph Romero, 50, “took an inmate down to the ground without evident cause” inside an elevator in the Downtown Detention Center on March 18. (Denverite)

Cory Gardner is moving

After months of protests outside his office near Skyline Park, Gardner and his staff will move the Denver office to a new, temporary location inside the U.S. Customs House, starting Monday, Aug. 7. His current neighbors, it seems, haven’t appreciated the commotion. (Denverite)

And his visit to Durango gave people their long-awaited moment to confront him in person

The town hall was meant to be a Gold King Mine update, but Gardner was met with questions about health care from frustrated constituents who have trying for months to get face-to-face time with their senator. (CPR)

Jeff Sessions is questioning Colorado marijuana management

The attorney general sent a letter to Gov. Hickenlooper citing a 2016 report details increased traffic deaths, emergency room visits and pot use amongst youths since legalization, and asked what the state is doing to address the issues. (AP)

Aurora is hosting its first LGBT pride event today

The city is working with the OUT FRONT Foundation to host its first-ever pride parade and festival. It’s happening on Great Lawn at the Aurora Municipal Center and is expected to last until 8 p.m. (7)

Police are investigating a shooting this morning

One person was injured in the incident near South Federal Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue. The suspect is described as a thin man wearing a green jacket, and may have fled in a silver sedan. (DP)

Private, “dockless” bike share companies are eyeing Denver

The companies offer bikes with GPS and a lock controlled by a smart phone app, so it can be parked anywhere. Before they can come to Denver, the city needs to figure out how they fit our transportation needs and goals, and where the bikes will be stored. (Streetsblog)

Ike Garst dies at 66

Garst was the first Colorado ski area operator to let snowboarders on a chairlift. The Iowa farmers’ kid bought Berthoud Pass Ski Area and became a hero in a sport he’d never even tried. (DP)

Dive into the history of the Brown Palace

Historian Debra Faulkner gave Kevin a sneak peek at the artifacts and stories that will soon be on display at the temporary museum she curated to commemorate the legacy of the hotel and its namesake, Henry Brown. (Denverite)

Then go do another thing

There are man things you could do. I recommend swinging by the Five Points Brew & BBQ and/or the Denver International Festival in Civic Center Park. (Denverite)

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.