Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 21

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Hi there. Today’s news roundup covers everything from the triumphant return of Santa Fe Cookie Co. to a project that will reshape South Broadway. Let’s go!

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Looking across the Sunken Gardens toward West High School in Denver. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/WH1990)

Culture:

Alexis McLean is reopening the Santa Fe Cookie Co. next month. Her late aunt, Debbie Kuehn, was beloved as “The Cookie Lady” of 16th Street. Mark Antonation reports. (Westword)

You can stop by DPAC and see an animation festival on big LED screens this Saturday. (Denverite)

Too busy to go to the museum? Denver just put most of its amazing Clyfford Still collection online. (Denverite)

Development:

Thornton is smoothing the way for a potential Topgolf facility, as John Aguilar reports. (DP)

The plan to rebuild the Gates Rubber site could receive about $138 million in government assistance through property taxes and such. Construction could start as soon as next summer. Adrian has the details. (Denverite)

There are some new apartments in Lower Highland. (Denverite)

Transportation:

The proposed cuts to R Line service would cause 20 to 40 minutes of delays for people commuting from Aurora to Denver Tech Center during off-peak hours, as Kara Mason and Brandon Johannson report. Mayor Steve Hogan is begging RTD to give more time for the line to build ridership, considering 2,500 residential units are set for construction nearby. (Aurora Sentinel)

The new proposal for the renaming of Brighton Boulevard is “Broadway Boulevard.” RiNo would like your opinions. (Denverite)

Sporting:

Christian explores the long history of the Colorado Rockies and the baseball players of Venezuela. (Denverite)

The Rockies are installing a huge new video system after the season. (Denverite)

Environment:

Denver Housing Authority is building its own solar power site. (PV Magazine)

After delays due to pollution, Denver is ready to finish construction around Confluence Park next month. (Denverite)

Drugs:

People over 61 now make up about 21 percent of the medical marijuana market in Colorado, nearly double the share from 2014. Apparently, they love CBD. Ann Marie Awad reports. (CPR)

Las Vegas is gonna go ahead and let Denver go first on social pot use. (AP via Denverite)

Andrew Kenney

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