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

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Today’s news roundup includes economic incentives, an unlikely presidential candidate and a weird weed scare.

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Denver on an autumn day. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Go do some stuff.

Ashley Dean has our fantastic weekend calendar. I’m thinking of going to Third Friday on Santa Fe. (Denverite)

Does a state growing this fast still need business incentives?

Currently, employers can get financial rewards for new jobs that “match or exceed the average wage in a county.” Potential changes could encourage higher-paying jobs and investment in “distressed” areas, and the state may stop rewarding companies that threaten to move. A board vote could happen next month. Aldo Svaldi’s got the story. (DP)

Evan McMullin is coming to the Denver area.

He may be the first third-party candidate in decades to win any state (Utah, in this case) in a presidential election. His event is Tuesday. (Denverite)

Mountain bikers report sabotage in Eagle.

Local riders found spiked boards on a trail in Eagle. A sheriff’s spokesperson points out that hunters and runners “have issues with mountain bikers,” and vice versa, but there are no suspects. Bicycles have become a controversial topic on public lands, especially in federal areas. Booby traps, of course, are never cool. (DP/Denverite)

Remember when Hugo thought its water might be contaminated with THC?

This little town in Lincoln County warned residents in July not to drink or cook with its water, citing tests that had supposedly detected the psychoactive component in marijuana. The water was fine, which called into question the quality of the drug-test strips. As it turns out, those tests are meant for saliva, not tap water.

Still, this piece raises some good questions about whether bad results might negatively affect people tested by the county. (ABC7)

Go outside.

It’s going to be gorgeous this weekend.

Andy stuff:

Today’s soundtrack: Carole King – Tapestry

Dog location: Covered in a blanket at my feet.

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