Denver news in 5 minutes: What you need to know today, Oct. 19

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Berry’s Drive-in Restaurant at West Colfax and Salisbury in 1956. (Richard Crowther Architectural Records/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)

Let’s get straight to it. Today’s news roundup includes everything you need to know about the potential Amazon effect on Denver, why 20,000 gamers are about to descend upon the Mile High City, new public art and more.

Berry's Drive-in Restaurant at West Colfax and Salisbury in 1956. (Richard Crowther Architectural Records/Western History & Genealogy Dept./Denver Public Library)
The Amazon effect

We’re all aware of the possibility of Amazon selecting Denver to become the home of its second headquarters, and now we know how 50,000 employees with average salaries of $100,000 would impact rent costs in Denver. (Denverite)

Colorado officially submitted its bid to become Amazon’s second North American headquarters. Rather than focus on tax credits and economic incentives, state and local officials officials highlighted how awesome it is to live here. (Denverite)

Here’s what the Denver metro is competing with to woo Amazon to the Mile High City over others. (AP)

Denver is considered one of the top cities in the country for entrepreneurs and tech startups, but those companies aren’t growing or adding jobs as quickly as they do in other metros. (DBJ)

Politics and policies

As Colorado’s prison population is getting older, state spending on inmate health care has increased 14 percent over the last five years. (DP)

"Due to popular demand," the Colorado Republican Party dropped ticket prices to a fundraiser featuring Vice President Mike Pence from $275 to $150. (Denverite)


DreamHack 2017 will bring 20,000 gamers to Denver this weekend. Andy has you covered with a guide that will help you decide whether or not you should go, even if you’re not that into video games. (Denverite)

With support from the Denver Theatre District and NINE dot ARTS, London-born artist Shantell Martin is bringing her signature black-and-white drawings to the walkways near the Convention Center. She’ll be working on her largest installation to date through Friday, and it will be preserved for three years. (Denverite)

Mister Oso, a Latin American street food concept from the team behind Bar Dough and Señor Bear, is the sixth to sign on to the future food market at Zeppelin Station. (Denverite)

Many Coloradans choose to live here for access to nature, so let’s preserve it, OK? Here are five things you should be conscious of before your next adventure. (CPR)

Housing and transportation

Here are five Denver homes that sold for way under list price last week, including a two-bedroom, one-bath in East Colfax that sold for $227,000. (Denverite)

Police say a 21-year-old pickup truck driver caused the crash that sent an RTD bus careening into a home in Elyria-Swansea at about 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday. (Denverite)

The latest on state and local education

Union committees and various political groups have raised more than $1.5 million so far to influence the outcome of school board elections across the state. (Chalkbeat)

Denver Public Schools is changing course on how it will spend $400,000 in local tax dollars earmarked for student transportation. (Chalkbeat)

For about 32 years, the Colorado Court of Appeals has been bringing real court cases to high schools across the state. Today, they’ll be at D’evelyn Junior/Senior High School in Jefferson County. (Chalkbeat)


The Denver Nuggets lost their 2017-18 season opener against the Utah Jazz last night 106-96. Here are nine things you should know. (DP)

The Broncos had a Halloween party, and Aqib Talib’s costume did not disappoint. (Denverite)

Colorado junior cornerback Isaiah Oliver is a multidimensional threat on the football field and a rising decathlete in track and field. His goals one day are straightforward: cover elite receivers in the NFL and contend at the Olympics. (AP)

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