Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 17

We’ve got a raft of interesting politics news today, from the upcoming local elections to an interview with the governor. Plus other stuff.

A bicycle repair shop in Denver circa 1910-1915. (William W. Cecil Collection/History Colorado/Denver Public Library/	CHS-X3436)

Hi. We’ve got a raft of interesting politics news today, from the upcoming local elections to an interview with the governor and more. Take a look.

A bicycle repair shop in Denver circa 1910-1915. (William W. Cecil Collection/History Colorado/Denver Public Library/CHS-X3436)
A bicycle repair shop in Denver circa 1910-1915. (William W. Cecil Collection/History Colorado/Denver Public Library/ CHS-X3436)

Politics:

Ballots for local elections, including the GO Bonds, are hitting the mail this week, as Jon Murray reports. (DP)

Activists in Aurora have launched a “Black Votes Matter” campaign to fight a steep decline in black voter turnout. (CBS4)

Joey Bunch has an interesting interview with the governor, who portrays himself as no-good-at-politics, downhome-type guy. He denies he’ll partner with Ohio Gov. John Kasich for a presidential run. He also said that the position of “mayor of Denver is almost a king.” (ColPol)

A Cherry Creek teacher is on administrative leave after inviting activist Queen Phoenix to speak to a middle-school class. One parent alleges that the teacher has said “you don’t have to stand for the pledge of allegiance because that would be showing you support Donald Trump.” Ramsey Scott reports. (Sentinel)

George Lopez’s Trump jokes upset a gala crowd in Denver. (Denverite)

Development:

NPR reports on how Denver is hoping beer and sunshine are an asset for Amazon. Not much new here. (NPR)

Denver City Council has agreed to double the city’s payment for the huge new sign on Peña near the airport, as Jon Murray reports. We reported earlier on what caused the price tag to grow to $14 million. (DP, Denverite)

Megan has five real-estate numbers to know. (Denverite)

Sports:

Christian broke down the Broncos’ awful loss with some helpful stats. (Denverite)

Health & environment:

Sen. Michael Bennet is working with Sen. Tim Kaine on a proposal for people in rural areas with limited or nonexistent health care options. Medicare-X would let people in those mostly rural areas buy into the Medicare network. Erica explains. (Denverite)

Colorado regulators have proposed a change that would end an exemption that allowed companies to skip monitoring of certain oil and gas lines, as Christopher Osher reports. But it doesn’t include the public, statewide pipeline map that’s been demanded. (DP)

A military-supporting group says more bike lanes and sidewalks will get kids ready to serve. (Denverite)

Food:

Kimbal Musk is featured in the New York Times talking about his Next Door restaurants and his plan to feed America. His restaurant ambition started in Boulder. (NYT)

The Santa Fe Cookie Company is back on the 16th Street Mall this Thursday, as our intern Shemar reports. Nice work, Shemar. (Denverite)

The craft brewers want to buy Anheuser. Cheeky. (Denverite)

History:

Highland United Methodist church is celebrating its 125th birthday this month. Basha Cohen has a quick history of the place. (Tribune)

The red sandstone castle that houses the Patterson Inn at 11th and Pennsylvania in Capitol Hill is up for sale at $2.9 million. Lynn Yen has the details. (BusinessDen)

The aviation museum in Colorado Springs has added an “overweight and underpowered” old dive bomber that fell into Lake Michigan and got hit by a military paddle-wheel steamer during World War II, as Tom Roeder reports. It was recovered in 1994 and restored, making it one of three of its type that can still fly. (Gazette)

Andrew Kenney

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