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

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Hi. I don't want to talk about the weather. Let's talk about the news and all the stuff that you could do with yourself in this city. This is your news roundup, and also here's Buffalo Bill.

William Frederick Cody (Buffalo Bill) sits in a folding chair in a pasture, circa 1900. (Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/Z-7554)
 Something to do tonight:

Our own Megan is among the panelists for a TECH AND... discussion about transportation and tech tonight, along with the director of CDOT's RoadX, an executive for Parkifi and a developer for Blinker. It's 6 p.m. at WeWork LoHi.

Interesting places:

Eater just updated its map of 29 places to eat in River North. (Eater)

If you want to see some really crazy papercraft, go to Arvada soon. (Westword)

Or you could check out this new park in Westwood and maybe use this handy bike map to get there.

Or you could see all these slightly unnerving but very cool dolls and dollhouses near Park Hill before they have to move.

Or you could just go to the grocery store in Stapleton. It opened today. (Denverite)

Energy office:

The Colorado Energy Office is going to run out of money July 1, despite the governor's efforts to save it. However, its programs to help communities build natural gas stations and to weatherize homes will continue, as Brian Eason reports. (DP)

Canyons of the Ancients:

Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients is not in danger of losing its national monument status, as Dan Njegomir reports. (Colorado Politics)

Train derailment:

A train derailed in east Boulder. Luckily, no one was injured, and the train was empty of cargo except for a car filled with "non-hazardous plastic beads," as Mitchell Byars and John Bear report. (Camera)

Texting and driving:

Colorado's new law increases texting-while-driving penalties from $50 to $300 (plus four points on your license), but it also states that it's only illegal if it's careless and imprudent. Previously, all texting was prohibited, as John Frank astutely notes. That makes us one of just four states that lack a full ban, per the Post's analysis. (DP)

Park Hill:

Developers are renovating the retail strip on Oneida Street between East 22nd and 23rd avenues. The upgrade will bring a Little Man Ice Cream spinoff and another location for Ester's Neighborhood Pub, as Amy DiPierro reports. (BusinessDen)


Colorado's richest man is getting richer, according to Forbes. Charles Ergen, CEO of Dish Network, is up $5.5 billion to a net worth of $18.8 billion, despite the fact that subscribers are fleeing his company. Dish's stock is rising because investors like Ergen's investments in wireless spectrum licenses, which are valuable for data transmission. (Forbes)

Homeless man killed:

James Farmer Jr., 62, tried to intervene as a man assaulted teenagers, as witnesses told Anica Padilla. He allegedly was beaten to death by the attacker, who has since been arrested. (KDVR)

Federal Heights scandal:

A councilman in Federal Heights is accused of felony embezzlement. He allegedly used a city-issued credit card to pay costs related to his lawsuit against fellow city council members, which a judge dismissed and described as being "frivolous, vexatious and stubbornly litigious," as Kirk Mitchell reports. (DP)

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