Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Aug. 16

Politics, immigration, A Tribe Called Quest’s Red Rocks epiphany and a strip club for sale.
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The riverboat “Frolic” on Sloan’s Lake in Denver, circa 1905. The boat was burned in 1908 and dismantled in 1910. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

I attended one of U.S. Cory Gardner's town halls yesterday, and my ears are still ringing, like I went to a loud concert. But it was just the cacophony of democracy in action.

There's been a lot of news in the last 24 hours, and we'll get you caught up here.

The riverboat "Frolic" on Sloan's Lake in Denver, circa 1905. The boat was burned in 1908 and dismantled in 1910. (Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
 Yelling, existential dread and politics

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner held three town halls across the Front Range Tuesday, his first of the Trump era. He repeated his condemnation of white supremacists and said the president should have condemned them too. In Lakewood, health care was the big topic, but the threat of North Korea and neo-Nazis hung over the room. (AP, Denverite)

Indivisible Front Range Resistance isn't about to put away Cardboard Cory. "We are keeping his calendar and still taking him to the people." (Denverite)

Strip club for sale

Denver is in the process of buying PT's All Nude II on East Colfax, according to Councilman Chris Herndon. No word yet on what will become of the half-acre site, but presumably it will not be another strip club. Andy has the story. (Denverite)

Grief at Red Rocks

In a moving letter to fans, members of A Tribe Called Quest explained why they were calling off their appearance at San Francisco's Outside Lands music festival. During a concert at Red Rocks, the death of M.C. Fife Dawg last year became a "huge void."

"The beautiful Red Rock amphitheater was filled with voices helping us get through a difficult performance without our brother Phife. You would think that with every performance we heal a little more and the sadness is easier to handle. Sometimes that is the case and sometimes the grief and loss is compounded."

Read the whole thing. (The Know)


City leaders have reached a compromise on an ordinance to limit local law enforcement's cooperation with immigration authorities. Mayor Michael Hancock and council members Robin Kniech and Paul López had not previously seen eye-to-eye on an issue that could set Denver up for a confrontation with the feds. We should know more about the details today. (Denverite)

Rene Lima-Marin, twice freed from Colorado prisons, won the chance to fight his deportation. He was set to be removed to Cuba after being pardoned by Gov. John Hickenlooper for a series of armed robberies committed as a young man. (Denverite)

Airport crash

A fuel truck and a van reportedly collided Tuesday night on the UPS airfield at Denver International Airport, and 11 people were injured. (9News)

Canceled conference

Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs has canceled a conference planned by VDARE, an anti-immigration group with white nationalist ties. Tom Tancredo had planned to speak there (Gazette)

Good news for Monday art lovers

For the first time ever, the Denver Art Museum will be open seven days a week. (The Know)

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