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

Weather, politics and some real weird stories. Like a horse-harassing llama.

The demolition of the Omaha-Grant Smelting Company smokestack in the Globeville neighborhood on Feb. 25, 1950. The facility was built in 1892 and demolished to make way for a Denver Stock Yard expansion. (Harold Tovatt/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hi. Check out this photo — hard to believe it was taken in Globeville. It looks like some kind of alien landing. Actually, it was the demolition of one of the industrial facilities that defined North Denver for a long time. Change is constant, especially in the urban neighborhoods that have lived in the shadow of industry. We’ve got some more details of that in today’s news roundup, along with lots of other important Denver stories.

The demolition of the Omaha-Grant Smelting Company smokestack in the Globeville neighborhood on Feb. 25, 1950. The facility was built in 1892 and demolished to make way for a Denver Stock Yard expansion. (Harold Tovatt/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
The demolition of the Omaha-Grant Smelting Company smokestack in the Globeville neighborhood on Feb. 25, 1950. The facility was built in 1892 and demolished to make way for a Denver Stock Yard expansion. (Harold Tovatt/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Weather:

More of the same today. Warm and whatnot. Expect a bit of a cooldown on Saturday, but not by much.

Regardless, Loveland Ski Area is opening on Friday. Here’s what we know about the ski season ahead… honestly, not much, but there are signs. (Denverite)

Transportation:

The N Line is likely delayed until late 2019, about 18 months after the original scheduled opening, as Joe Rubino reports. (DP)

RTD is scaling back its proposal to cut service on the R Line. The new idea is to keep weekday service the same while reducing weekend service, as Kara Mason reports. (Aurora Sentinel)

Development:

A big new building nearly finished near 38th & Blake marks another transformation for the northeast end of RiNo. Ashley has the details. (Denverite)

Look for a new Oskar Blues joint at 1630 Market Street in the near future. (Denverite)

Immigration:

A man “tricked” by ICE is front-and-center for immigration advocates, with nearly $70,000 raised to support him. (Denverite)

Ingrid Encalada defied deportation orders and entered sanctuary. “I’m broken,” she said over the phone to Kevin. “Right now I just want quiet. I don’t know my plan.” (Denverite)

Kevin has gorgeous photos and a striking story about what it’s like for Denver’s Rohingya community to watch violence at home through streaming services like Facebook Live. (Denverite)

Politics & policy:

Erica looked deeper into Sen. Michael Bennet’s “Medicare-X” plan to offer a new public health insurance option in rural counties. Would it cause the last private insurers to leave those markets? How would it affect hospitals? (Denverite)

Walker Stapleton is dominating the fundraising race in the Republican campaign for governor, putting $716,000 in the bank/the super PAC from “an impressive list of top GOP donors,” as John Frank reports.  That’s almost seven times more than George Brauchler’s recent haul. Helpful analysis here. (DP)

Drugs:

MassRoots, the cannabis social-media/tech firm based in Denver, is “in turmoil … after the company’s board reportedly fired founder and CEO Isaac Dietrich,” as Omar Sacirbey reports. (Marijuana Business Daily)

Sports:

Last year, the Denver Nuggets posted prolific numbers on the offensive end. But, far too often, so did the team the Nuggets were facing. Christian picks apart the Nuggets’ defensive problems and the hope for this year. (Denverite)

What?

A Colorado company has invented a way to use a snowboard boot on a ski. They say it’s mostly for beginners, but it seems to me that it might teach you some bad habits, and I have my doubts about whether a boot that soft will have enough support. (Aspen Times)

There’s a loose llama harassing horses near Loveland. (Reporter-Herald)

Andrew Kenney

Author: Andrew Kenney

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.