G-Line train hours reduced
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) announced Friday that simulated schedule testing on the G Line commuter rail alignment between downtown Denver and Wheat Ridge has progressed well enough to allow testing hours to be reduced. Beginning Friday August 31, trains will run from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., a notable decrease from the current testing period of 3 a.m. to 1 a.m. This also means that residents along the line will no longer hear train horns during the late night and early morning hours.
Application period opens for courthouse security grants
The Colorado Judicial Department has opened the application period for grants to help eligible counties cover costs associated with courthouse security for the first half of 2019. There will be two grant cycles from the Colorado Court Security Cash Fund in 2019 as the program makes changes to align itself with the state’s fiscal year. The first cycle will be only for grants for personnel from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2019. The second grant cycle, offering assistance with covering costs of personnel and equipment, will cover the fiscal year from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. Application forms, rules and other information on the fund and the grants may be found at www.coloradocourthousesecurity.com.
Lyft selected as official rideshare for Denver-owned venues
Lyft will improve fan experience at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building starting this month as the official rideshare partner of Denver Arts & Venues. “Transportation and parking are always an important part of the fan experience and we’re looking forward to partnering with Lyft in improving access to our venues,” said Brian Kitts, Red Rocks spokesman. As part of a three-year agreement, Lyft will enhance service at Denver’s city-owned and operated venues including the Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum, Denver Performing Arts Complex and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists for the Havasupai Tribe and ordered federal aid to supplement the Tribe’s efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, flooding, and landslides on July 11 to July 12. Federal funding also is available to the Havasupai Tribe and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, and landslides.Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the Havasupai Tribe.
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Lino Lipinsky de Orlov as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals. Lipinsky de Orlov is a Partner at Dentons US LLP, a position he has held since 1997. Lipinsky de Orlov was endorsed by the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Colorado LGBT Bar Association, Sam Cary Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Lipinsky de Orlov’s appointment is effective Jan. 8, 2019.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s plan to double the Affordable Housing Fund – from $15 million to $30 million annually in part using retail marijuana tax revenue – and partner with the Denver Housing Authority to generate an estimated $105 million funding surge for affordable housing over the next five years received unanimous approval from City Council.