Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 25

Soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment doing an about-face near Camp Hale in Colorado during filming of "The Fighting Mountaineers" in 1943 or '44. (Mac Julian/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Hello readers, my old friends. I’ve come with news for you again… Today’s topics include the stuff on your ballot, Boulder’s never-ending GMO fight, a potentially huge price hike for our local national park and more.

Soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment doing an about-face near Camp Hale in Colorado during filming of "The Fighting Mountaineers" in 1943 or '44. (Mac Julian/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
Soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division, 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment doing an about-face near Camp Hale in Colorado during filming of “The Fighting Mountaineers” in 1943 or ’44. (Mac Julian/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Transportation:

RTD’s board voted to reduce service on the W and R rail lines. Trains now will run every 30 minutes instead of every 15 on weekends and off-peak evenings. Originally, they considered cutting service on weekdays too. Robert Garrison and Lance Hernandez report. (ABC7)

Government:

TIME TO GET VOTING, PEOPLE. Erica explains everything on the ballot. (Denverite)

Denver wants your comments on its comprehensive housing plan. (Denverite)

Politics:

The Denver police union really doesn’t like Chief Robert White. About 600 officers voted on a recent “no confidence” measure, with 94 percent saying they wanted the chief gone. There are more than 1,400 officers in the department, though. Noele Phillips reports, with lots of context. (DP)

State Sen. Vicki Marble has an editorial defending her 2013 comments about black people’s health and the cuisine of the South, and her recent ensuing exchange with a Cub Scout. Jesse Paul has the full quote that started this whole fracas. Contrary to the boy’s claim, Marble did not blame poor health on barbecue and chicken (at least by my reading), but she did mention some stereotypical foods just after discussing sickle-cell anemia and genetics-influenced diabetes as “problems in the black race.” (DP)

Environment:

Boulder is ending an attempt to end the planting of genetically modified crops on county land. (Camera)

It could cost $70 to get into Rocky Mountain National Park next summer. Christian has the details. People are mad. (Denverite)

Another study finds that drilling operations can cause earthquakes in Colorado. The science started with mysterious earthquakes here in Denver, 50 years ago. (Denverite)

Immigration:

Colorado now has five people seeking sanctuary in religious buildings to escape immigration authorities, the most in the nation, as Jenn Fields reports. (DP)

Weed & tech:

Tech startup Revolar, which made portable panic buttons, is shutting down. It faced debts and a patent dispute, as Tamara Chuang reports. (DP)

A $5.5 million study will look at how cannabis use or lack thereof affects people in Colorado and Minnesota. (Cannabist)

Amusement:

The Times has a feature on sand-dune boarding at Great Sand Dunes. (NYT)

An alternative Christian church in Denver wants to roll out a shop with skates, knee pads and other gear for roller derby players. Adrian reports. I love their name. (Denverite)

Black Eye Coffee has closed in Cap Hill but remains in business in Highland, Brittany Werges reports. (303)

Chipotle is slowing down its new restaurant openings. Revenues are rising at expected rates, but the Denver chain’s not quite where it wants to be, as Ed Sealover reports. “Many of our customers enjoy our queso,” says CMO Mark Crumpacker. (DBJ)

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.