Park fee may increase at Estes Park
Business leaders in Estes Park say they’re worried about a proposal to significantly increase entrance fees at national parks such as nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. Federal officials propose increasing the entrance fee from $25 or $30 to $70 per vehicle at certain national parks. Development Corporation President and CEO Jon Nicholas says he’s concerned the proposal hasn’t been thought out. Estes Park Mayor Todd Jirsa warns the rate hikes would cover just a fraction of the $227 million maintenance backlog at national parks in Colorado. The National Park Service is taking public comment on the increases through Friday December 22.
DIA looking to add more trains
DIA trains just suffered a sensor issue last week that caused delays as passengers arrived at the airport during Wednesday morning’s Thanksgiving travel rush. The Denver City Council on Monday will consider one part of the airport’s plans – a new operations contract for Bombardier Transportation Holdings USA, the current train operator – worth nearly $162 million. The airport says the additional staff and train cars are necessary as the number of passengers at the airport continues to grow. The airport aims to add 26 train cars to the system, some of which will replace current train cars resulting in a net increase of 10 cars.
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Many cities and counties have a notification system that will call your home phone and text or call your mobile phone when there is a fire, flood or other emergency situation. Denver says it uses the Swift911 Emergency Notification System to alert residents to emergency situations like police activity, severe storm warnings, road closures, water problems and evacuations that are occurring in their area. Visit To learn more about alerts and sign up, visit www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/department-of-safety/emergency-services/911-emergency-communications/swift911.html.
Second Lady Karen Pence visited the art therapy program at Dell’s Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin. Elizabeth Hendley has been the art therapist there for 10 years since the hospital opened. She has worked diligently to help the children under her care to relieve the stress that comes with being ill as a child. Hendley sees patients who are referred to her, and she is in high demand. Dell’s Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas has a very clear understanding of the benefits of art therapy. Elizabeth shared a beautiful healing gallery on one of the walls of the hospital with pieces of art that her patients had created and are displayed.
Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement regarding his decision to grant clemency for 22 individuals who have served their time and are currently contributing members of their communities: “Clemency is one of the most difficult issues a leader can face. It’s a sobering task of significant consequence. Those who apply yearn for peace of mind and the chance to continue contributing to their families and communities in meaningful ways. “After careful review, I granted 22 pardons to individuals who have taken great strides to improve their lives and their communities.”
Embracing the spirit of the holidays by helping those in need is a longstanding Denver tradition. I was thrilled to join countless volunteers, community leaders, and organizations for a Week of Giving. Year round these organizations give back to the community and provide the basic necessities for those less fortunate. I hope you’ll join me in giving back this holiday season. Mayor Hancock said.