Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Sept. 22

Gates Rubber Co. workers stopped the humming machinery in the Denver factory to pose for this picture in 1917. (Rocky Mountain News/Denver Public Library/RMN-040-5223)

Hey! Today is the autumnal equinox, one of two dates each year when the hours are nearly split between day and night. Twelve hours of sun, twelve hours of dark, and it’s the start of fall. Here’s what else is happening.

Gates Rubber Co. workers stopped the humming machinery in the Denver factory to pose for this picture in 1917. (Rocky Mountain News/Denver Public Library/RMN-040-5223)
Gates Rubber Co. workers stopped the humming machinery in the Denver factory to pose for this picture in 1917. (Rocky Mountain News/Denver Public Library/RMN-040-5223)

The weekend:

It’s going to be cold and rainy, with snow likely above 9,000 feet. I’m OK with that. (Denverite)

Ashley has your wonderful, magical list of things to do this weekend, including Oktoberfest, lucha libre wrestling/comedy and more.

Housing:

Park Hill Golf Club would be sold to city for $20.5 million under a proposed deal. Golf is unlikely to survive there, and the replacement options range from pure open space to “full development.” Affordable housing has been a big part of the conversation, as I reported. (Denverite)

Denver church asks: Would you rent out a room to fix the housing crisis? (Denverite)

Business:

April Bohnert has your guide to the “startup crawl” at Denver Startup Week, which is next week. (BuiltIn)

Google just bought $131 million of land and buildings for its campus in Boulder. (Camera)

Chipotle marketing exec to staff: Ignore the haters, queso is going great. (Bloomberg via DP)

Colorado officials plan to submit a single, consolidated bid for Amazon’s second headquarters project to come here. It will include one preferred site and several alternatives that also fit the bill, as Aldo Svaldi reports. The actual bid will not be made available to the public, according to Adrian. (DP, Denverite)

Sporting:

Rockies lost again. I sure hope this promising season doesn’t end without a playoff game. (AP)

These new CSU football uniforms are really running with the whole “Colorado” thing. They look about as good as you can expect for clothing that has more than one state flag on it. (Denverite)

Environment:

Ordinary landfills are illegally accepting low-level radioactive waste from the oil and gas industry, Bruce Finley reports. State officials say there’s no “imminent” health threat. (DP)

La Niña might return this winter. It wouldn’t be great for Denver metro precipitation totals, but it also hasn’t hurt mountain snow totals in the past. So, who knows? (Denverite)

Transportation:

RTD’s Nate Currey said it’s “unfortunate” that Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan is upset about potential cuts to R Line service.“If they want the success of the R Line just as much as we do, they need to be out there promoting it with us,” he told Kyle Clark. (Colorado Politics)

Elsewhere: Uber just lost its license to operate in London, but it can still run rides while it appeals that decision. The transportation agency said that Uber’s “approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.” (NYT)

Andrew Kenney

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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.