Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 15

Men and women commemorate Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, 1969 near Zuni St. and 32nd Avenue. (Denver Public Library/Western History & Genealogy Dept./	X-21666)

Hi! I just took a life-changing bite of a peach. I’m not usually a big fan — it’s just too difficult — but Megan brought me this one from the Western Slope and it is perfect. Personal news aside, here’s what’s happening in Denver, plus your weekend planner.

Men and women commemorate Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, 1969 near Zuni St. and 32nd Avenue. (Denver Public Library/Western History & Genealogy Dept./X-21666)
Men and women commemorate Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, 1969 near Zuni St. and 32nd Avenue. (Denver Public Library/Western History & Genealogy Dept./ X-21666)

Making plans:

Ashley’s got your master list of things to do in Denver this weekend. Space Balls and documentaries at Alamo Drafthouse, anyone? And don’t forget Mexican Independence Day tomorrow. (Denverite)

The CineLatino Film Festival returns to Denver from Sept. 24 to Sept. 28. It will bring a mix of features and documentaries. Priscilla Blossom brings us trailers, suggestions and everything else you need to know. (Denverite)

Erica Boniface has a helpful and detailed list of fall festivals in Colorado. Can I tell you something, though? I hate festivals. I’ve never thought, “I’m so glad there are 4,000 other people in this field with me.” Unless you count state fairs — those are good. (The Know)

Ride a train through fall foliage, Bess Vanrenen advises. (5280)

A cold front’s moving in. It may bring some early snow to the highest peaks, while here in Denver we’ll be looking at the 70s. (Denverite)

Politics:

In 2016, about 86 percent of married women voted, compared to 71 percent of unmarried women. Erica spoke to author Rebecca Traister — whom you may remember from “All the Single Ladies” — about “single women” in politics. (Denverite)

Development:

The city bought some property on 7900 East Colfax for $650,000. Now it’s working to rezone for up to five stories at the site, and it’s part of a larger new strategy for the city. Adrian reports. (Denverite)

Colorado’s poverty rate inched downward in 2016 as median household income rose. However, wages continued to rise slower than you might expect, as one expert tells Xandra McMahon. Also, those numbers don’t mean the situation is improving for people with low income, considering that wealthier new residents are changing the baseline. (CPR)

Transportation:

Denver’s planning nearly two miles of bike lanes from Lowry up to Stapleton, which would be a pretty important new north-south link that connects to the larger bike network, as I reported.

RTD is currently short by 138 bus drivers and 41 train operators, and it did not run about 775 hours of scheduled bus service in August because of the shortage. (Streetsblog)

There’s still no indication that the “barnacle” will replace the Denver Boot as Denver’s car immobilizer of choice, as Megan reports. (Denverite)

Sporting:

Matt Duchene came to an Avs practice “out of respect for the fans” and his teammates. There are rumors he will be traded, which would explain his apparent lack of enthusiasm. Christian reports. (Denverite)

A new trail at Winter Park Resort will make it easier to get from the Winter Park side to the Mary Jain side. Arapahoe Basin has added a new hike-in area. Copper has a new beginner lift. Ed Sealover rounds up this news and a ton of other resort development. (DBJ)

Let Christian explain why Ian Desmond is having such a nightmare this season with the Rockies. (Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

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