Manitou Incline Trail enhancement
The City of Colorado Springs, in conjunction with the City of Manitou Springs, will start phase 3 improvements to the Mt. Manitou Incline (Incline) on August 21. The Incline will close for the Pikes Peak Ascent Marathon on August 19 and 20 and will remain closed for the repairs and renovations, which are set to begin on Monday, August 21. Construction is anticipated to last for four months and will take place between Tie 2137 and Tie 2741, at the upper third of the Incline. For more information on the construction project, visit www.coloradosprings.gov/incline.
Affordable condos in Five Points
The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) are seeking a development partner to construct a transit-oriented, mixed-income condominium project in the Five Points neighborhood. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) supporting this public-private partnership will be issued beginning August 15, at 4 p.m., at www.Denvergov.org/oed.
Equine West Nile Virus (WNV) in Colorado
A horse residing in Larimer County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus; this is Colorado’s first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in 2017. Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins diagnosed this index case early this month.
DPS students recieve computers
A $10 million program funded by Denver voters provided nearly 9,000 students with computers on Thursday, Aug. 10. Educators at Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences surprised members of the incoming sixth-grade class with their very own Chromebook laptop computers while they were at school for orientation. These students are some of the thousands across Denver Public Schools (DPS) who will soon have more equitable access to educational technology, thanks to Denver voters. The district is investing $10 million in bond funds on an initiative called MyTech, which is providing DPS students in 13 schools with a one-to-one personal computer as the new school year begins.
Ken Salazar endorses Jena Griswold
Secretary Ken Salazar announced the endorsement of Jena Griswold and over thirty elected officials. Secretary Salazar said, “Jena Griswold has the experience, enthusiasm, and bold vision we need in our Secretary of State.” Secretary Salazar continued, “She will make our elections more secure, protect the right to vote, and increase transparency of our political process. Jena has and will work relentlessly to make sure every eligible Coloradan can take part in our democracy, and we would be lucky to see her take on this vital role.”
President Donald J. Trump directs administration to use all appropriate authority to respond to opioid emergency. Building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the President’s Commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis, President Trump has instructed his Administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic.
On August 4th, Gov. John Hickenlooper offered this statement following the Gold King Mine tour: “Today, our team saw firsthand the coordinated efforts to protect the health of communities along the Las Animas River. Administrator Pruitt assured us that cleanup of the Gold King Mine spill and Bonita Peak Superfund site remains a top priority for the EPA. During today’s tour, Administrator Pruitt committed to support adequate funding for cleanup of the Superfund site and to reopen claims for damages caused by the Gold King spill. I will do everything in my power to ensure Administrator Pruitt delivers on his promises and provides sufficient funding for cleanup.”
Mayor Michael B. Hancock has received the following six nominees for Denver County Court Judge from the Denver County Court Judicial Nomination Commission: Arnie Beckman; Andrew Luxen; Isabel Pallares; Frances Simonet; Judith Smith; and James Zobel. The Mayor will interview the nominees and announce his selection of two judges on or before Aug. 25, 2017.