Denver in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 1
Hi. Today’s news roundup includes the final word on Denver’s next music festival, a new urban district for Stapleton, the rescue operation on the South Platte last night and more.
The Denver City Council has approved a contract for the Overland Golf Course music festival. It allows for the event to run from 2018 to 2022, bringing up to 80,000 people annually. Joseph reports. (Denverite)
The pot club formerly known as iBake in Englewood remains shut down after losing the latest legal round. (CBS4; autoplay ads)
Stapleton’s next step?
The developer of Stapleton is shopping around early ideas for offices, condos, apartments, retail and a grocery store around Central Park Station. (Front Porch)
Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne is probably running for governor. She’s still officially “not sure,” but she’s also starting her campaign. (DP)
Starting Aug. 9, it will no longer be a crime for public employees and officials to “willfully and knowingly” break the rules of the Colorado Open Records Act. That means that if someone fails to provide public records as required, you’ll have to sue them instead. No government official had ever been criminally charged for withholding public records. (Independent)
Denver’s next water war:
Denver Water is preparing to spend $360 million to divert more water from the Colorado River watershed for use on the Front Range. Environmentalists may challenge the project in court, arguing that climate change will soon shrink the Colorado River and nullify the current agreements about the river. They want to see more conservation and cooperation instead, as Bob Berwyn reports. (High Country)
Search and rescue:
Rescue teams canvassed the South Platte River for an hour last night after two men were seen entering the water around midnight. One was rescued but the other is reported dead. (Denverite)
Where reporters hang out:
The Denver Press Club is 150 years old, and it’s celebrating with a party and a historic designation for its sweet old clubhouse. (Denverite)
- See incredible dance in Vail for $23 this Saturday (Denverite)
- Go see the 16 floors of Bishop Castle in San Isabel National Forest (DP)