Missing Longmont Mother
Longmont Police have offered a $10,000 reward for information regarding a missing mother from Longmont. Rita Gutierrez-Garcia went missing after walking to a parking lot behind 3’s Bar in Longmont after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with friends. She was last seen at about 2:30 a.m. Longmont Police now believe that the young mother is dead but wouldn’t give more details other than they have a “person of interest,” but more information is needed before an arrest can be made. If you know, or know of anyone who has knowledge of Rita’s disappearance, Longmont Police urge you to call (303) 651-8501.
Aurora Mayor loses his fight with cancer
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, passed over the wekend after recently revealing he was diagnosed with cancer. Mayor Hogan had also announced that he would not be seeking another term. Mayor Hogan had entered hospice care last week. Mayor Hogan has been mayor of Aurora since 2011 and was the national voice for Aurorans after the Aurora theatre shooting. Mayor Hogan had a distinguished career in politics. See related story on page 12.
Former Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar endorses Cary Kennedy
Former Secretary of the Interior and United States Senator Ken Salazar has endorsed Cary Kennedy for governor. “Cary Kennedy is the best person to lead Colorado in the years ahead. She has a vision to protect our land, water and people,” said Salazar, who served as the 50th Secretary of the Interior from 2009 to 2013, in President Barack Obama’s cabinet. “It’s time for Colorado to elect a woman governor. My mother and grandmother, daughters and granddaughters, and millions of women in our state have waited long enough.” This endorsement adds to Kennedy’s momentum following her decisive win at the Colorado Democratic Party State Assembly, where she won 62 percent of the delegates. “Secretary Salazar and I met nearly 30 years ago working for governor Roy Romer. He has been a role model and mentor to me throughout my career” Kennedy said.
The Trump Administration has prioritized funding for fundamental AI research and computing infrastructure, machine learning, and autonomous systems. The Administration’s National Security Strategy recognizes the need to lead in artificial intelligence, and the Department of Defense is investing accordingly. Executive departments and agencies are applying AI to improve the provision of government services to the American people.
The State of Colorado is now part of a bipartisan coalition of 18 states plus the District of Columbia, nine cities, four counties, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The coalition has filed an amended lawsuit to block the Trump Administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial Census, adding new co-plaintiffs and bolstering the arguments in their complaint.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the launch of the application process for Denver’s next Police Chief and the appointment of 14 community leaders to a Police Chief Search Committee that will identify candidates. “I place great value in diverse perspectives of our community members and want to ensure a wide breadth of opinions and expectations are incorporated into the selection process for the next Chief of Police,” Mayor Hancock said. “I am confident that the community leaders appointed to the search committee will provide thoughtful and valuable feedback to aid in the selection of an exceptional leader we will all be proud to call Chief.”