Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Feb. 1

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Allo. I read a metric ton of news everyday and pick out the stuff that interests me the most. Here’s what I came up with today, from the Rockies’ next season to the passenger rail possibilities for the Front Range. Read on, readerino.

Three men look at a model of a proposed building in Denver, Colorado. The model encompasses several blocks of downtown Denver, one of the men has his hand on the top of the proposed building. Between 1970 and 1975. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11880)

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Three men look at a model of a proposed building for downtown Denver between 1970 and 1975. (Lloyd Rule/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-11880)

Rail service down the Front Range:

State legislators want to explore the idea of passenger rail service up and down the Front Range. If a bill passes, the Southwest Chief Commission would be assigned to look at the idea of “border to border” rail service for eastern Colorado. Currently, Amtrak only runs buses between Denver and Pueblo, which has particularly big dreams, as Jesse Paul reports. (DP)

What if we all became Rockies fans?

C’mon. Now’s the time. Read Christian’s insightful interview and get on board before next season. (Denverite)

Obamacare enrollment is surging:

Record numbers are pouring in for Colorado as the enrollment period closes. Republicans are moving to shutter the state health exchange, Connect for Health, ahead of the expected Trump repeal of the Affordable Care Act. (AP via Denverite)

Broncos’ entertainment district plans:

There has been talk lately about a $351 million project that could transform the parking around Mile High Stadium into an “entertainment district.” That idea remains very vague, but a neighborhood leader says that the stadium district has been working closely with Denver Housing Authority. The plan, he says, could condense parking lots into parking structures, replacing them with “bars, restaurants, retail, vibrancy,” as Mike Taylor reports for Confluence. (Confluence)

Once for smut, now for spirits:

Construction is underway at Archetype Distillery, which will occupy a former porno theater on South Broadway, according to reporter Burl Rolett. I feel like they could have played off the building’s history with the name, but I’m not going down that road. (BusinessDen)

What $1.9 million gets you:

A chance to live in a big ol’ former church Denver. “A series of large arches along the great room wall were salvaged from a mosque in India,” the New York Times reports. Condo fees are $636 a month. Peep the slideshow. (NYT)