Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, June 18

District 8 Rep. Leslie Herod greets supporters. The Juneteenth parade in Five Points, June 17, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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District 8 Rep. Leslie Herod greets supporters. The Juneteenth parade in Five Points, June 17, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) juneteenth; five points; black history; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite; street fair; festival; welton street;
District 8 Rep. Leslie Herod greets supporters at the Juneteenth parade in Five Points, June 17, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

What a wonderful colorful weekend it’s been. Walking among all the excited people in town for Denver PrideFest has been a mood-booster for me.

Sunday’s news also has some very fun and cheery stories, as it happens. My favorite might be the story of the Colorado Orange, but there’s also a new taproom in Arvada and Denver Zine Fest.

Colorado Gubernatorial race could be break spending records

Part of the reason why personal wealth matters so much in state politics is that individual donation limits are roughly a fifth of federal limits. Enter Jared Polis and his personal fortune, plus some more potential candidates with money to burn. (DP)

ExxonMobil will close local office and relocate 110 Denver jobs

ExxonMobil plans to close its Denver office by Sept. 1 and move the 110 people working there closer to the operations they manage. “Most of the 110 employees in the Denver office work on operations in North Dakota or other locations. Relocating these employees to areas closer to their work makes business sense,” a spokesperson told the Denver Business Journal. (DBJ)

Denver Beer Company opens Arvada taproom

Maybe they should call it the Denver Metro Beer Company, am I right? The new 4,350 square foot brewery and taproom also has a permanent Airstream trailer parked out back serving burgers. (DBJ)

Denver Zine Fest

Is there an initialism for when FOMO is realized? Do you call it justified FOMO? The Denver Zine Fest happened Saturday and I’m sorry I wasn’t there, but I caught a glimpse of all the self-published work via this article.

The Colorado Orange is an apple

The work that’s being done to save rare apples is quite exciting, and today I learned that it extends to Colorado! Up in Montezuma, they’ve discovered the Colorado Orange apple, a popular variety in the late 1800s on the verge of total extinction. (9News)

Go pretend to be Indiana Jones in Golden, uncover real artifacts

A site near Magic Mountain that used to be private land is now available for archaeologists to examine, and they’re accepting volunteers. Better get in fast though, the month-long dig is wrapping up this week. (CBS Denver)

Sports

Coors Field gets in the head of Giants’ Hunter Pence

It’s a tough right field,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I remember last year I was going to give him (Pence) the day off, and he didn’t want to take the day off because he didn’t want a young player to have to deal with the challenges of playing right field here.” (Denverite)

Rapids win 2-1 over Timbers

The Rapids got a comeback victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night thanks to Alan Gordon. (AP)