Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 23

We’ve got stories on the winter ahead, the science of weed and pain, Denver’s missing bus shelters and more.

The White City, later renamed to Lakeside Amusement Park, circa 1909. (Louis Charles McClure/L.C. McClure collection/Denver Public Library)

Hey there. Sometimes it feels like every day is the same — same routines, same problems. But they’re not. Something in your life is different today. Something in the world is different today. Go find it… and start here with our local news roundup. We’ve got stories on the winter ahead, the science of weed and pain, Denver’s missing bus shelters and more.

The White City, later renamed to Lakeside Amusement Park, circa 1909. (Louis Charles McClure/L.C. McClure collection/Denver Public Library)
The White City, later renamed to Lakeside Amusement Park, circa 1909. (Louis Charles McClure/L.C. McClure collection/Denver Public Library)

Weather:

NOAA predicts a warmer-than-average winter for Colorado and much of the United States, but we are still looking at typical precipitation here. Shouldn’t have much effect on mountain snowfall … I hope. (NPR)

Transportation:

Why are so many prominent bus stops missing shelters? Megan figured it out, and she’ll tell you how to get one installed. (Denverite)

Denver officials are getting serious about the idea of parking maximums, which would limit the number of parking spots that could be built in an area, as David Sachs reports. River North currently has 11,000 parking spaces in the pipeline. (Streetsblog)

RTD’s bus rapid transit line to Longmont is on hold until 2023, the Flatiron Flyer isn’t likely to get expanded service anytime soon and rail to Boulder remains a distant dream. Now, there are talks around the city about forming a complementary Boulder transit authority. They stress that they would be supplementing, not seceding from, RTD. Alex Burness reports. (Camera)

Drugs:

It has taken shockingly long for science to really look into weed as a painkiller. Here’s what they’re finding. (Denverite)

Torchy’s Tacos had its liquor license suspended for two weeks over alleged sales to underage people. (Denverite)

Politics:

A Cub Scout was kicked out of his den after questioning state Sen. Vicki Marble about gun control and her earlier comments about black people’s health. Marble’s office said she wasn’t aware of the dismissal until afterward. (Denverite)

Gun control is likely to play a large role in the governor’s race, as Mark Matthews reports. (DP)

Development:

The 10-story red-brick Colburn Apartments at 960 Grant Street sold for $11 million, as Thomas Gounley reports. (BusinessDen)

No fine was issued after scaffolding crashed from a construction project and through the ceiling of a Berkeley brewery, as Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Environment:

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has filed to dismiss the lawsuit that is trying to declare the Colorado River to be a person, as Brent Gardner-Smith reports. Luke Runyon took a long look at the lawsuit last week. (KUNC)

Sports:

The Broncos lost hard. Christian explains how they got shut out for the first time in 25 years and breaks it down by the numbers. (Denverite)

The NHL admitted that the Avs’ late-game goal should have counted on Friday. It would have tied the game. Instead, the Avs lost. (AP)

Entertainment:

A Denver restaurateur plans to open Red Sauce, an Italian-American restaurant, in Park Hill on Nov. 5 at 2230 Oneida Street, as Callie Sumlin reports. (5280)

The crooning girl on Pearl Street Mall, Emelise Muñoz, is making quite an impression around the country. Jennifer McCoy has the interview. (5280)

Danika Worthington takes us on a tour of all the fun new technology at local museums. (DP)

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.