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

A view of the Gates Rubber Co. office building in 1917. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Rh-776)

Hi. Let’s get straight to it, because this news roundup is very round and it is, in fact, what’s up.

A view of the Gates Rubber Co. office building in 1917. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Rh-776)
A view of the Gates Rubber Co. office building in 1917. (Harry Mellon Rhoads/Denver Public Library/Rh-776)

Colfax Week:

This morning’s Colfax special is about the Jewish pioneers of Denver. Among their legacy: One of their communities was that tiny little downtown stuck in the middle of the Mile High parking lots. Kevin reports. (Denverite)

Development:

A 1.2 acre parking lot at 18th and Market streets sold for $22 million. No word on what will happen there, as Thomas Gounley reports. (BusinessDen)

Elected officials had some very specific questions about whether the city’s proposed $20.5 million purchase of City Park Golf Club is a good deal. Here’s our earlier reporting on the deal. (DP, Denverite)

Sports & the outdoors:

The Rockies lost. You know that. But you should still read Christian’s reporter’s journal, which will take you all the way to Phoenix and back. (Denverite)

Colorado’s first shop for trail runners and super-long-distance runners has opened at 4568 Tennyson Street. (5280)

And here’s a nice guide to Jackson, Wyoming for the offseason. (5280)

Politics:

Dan Baer is dropping his campaign to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. That leaves no major Democratic challengers for incumbent Ed Perlmutter, who originally wasn’t going to run but then changed his mind.(ColPol)

The state’s entire congressional delegation told Amazon that they should come here with their new headquarters. (DBJ)

State officials have screened 30 sites and selected eight around the Denver metro that it will submit as possibilities for Amazon. The sites are being kept secret. One local expert floats “upper RiNo” as a possibility, as Tamara Chuang reports. (DP)

Transportation:

Colorado is joining a seven-state pact to build an electric vehicle charging network with common standards. (AP)

State regulators are willing to take another look at RTD’s request to certify the A and B line crossing gates as safe and operational. This comes after the feds granted a long-awaited five-year waiver for the crossing arms, which sometimes go down to early and stay down too long. The G Line is still not opening this year. Cathy Proctor has a good explanation here. (DBJ)

Come on now:

We recently saw a series of stories saying that a “spokesman” for the so-called Mad Pooper had come forward to explain why the unidentified runner was defecating in front yards in Colorado Springs. This person supposedly said that the pooper had a traumatic brain injury and had recently had a gender reassignment surgery. This story appeared on Fox New, the New York Post, KRDO, the Kansas City Star and more.

Yeah, that apparently wasn’t true. The original has been deleted and YouTube user “DISOP tv” has claimed he produced it as “comedy and satire.” Deadspin reporter Patrick Redford has been following the saga and says that the “videos are not legit.” (Deadspin)

Andrew Kenney

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