Broadmoor wants city land
Public comment will be taken from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, on a land swap worked out between Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor resort.
The trade ensures the city access to Barr Trail and the Manitou Incline, extends to North Cheyenne Cañon Park, and accommodates extension of the Chamberlain Trail. The city also would gain nine acres adjacent to the county's Bear Creek Regional Park. Together, the parcels total nearly 400 acres.
In exchange, the city would give The Broadmoor a 189.5-acre open space known as Strawberry Fields that lies south of Mesa Road. The resort also would get a tract near the Manitou Incline's base used by the Cog Railway.
According to a release, The Broadmoor wants to use Strawberry Fields for a riding stable. — PZ
Shooter records sought
A consortium of media, including the Independent, has asked the Colorado Supreme Court to order El Paso County District Court Administrative Judge Gilbert Martinez to unseal records in the case against accused Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear, or to justify their continued sealing under the First Amendment, reports the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.
The filing, by media attorney and CFOIC President Steve Zansberg, argues that Martinez violated the U.S. and Colorado constitutions by rejecting the media's earlier motion to unseal probable-cause affidavits in the case, citing the ongoing criminal investigation and victims' and witnesses' privacy.
Dear killed three and wounded nine in a five-hour standoff at Planned Parenthood on Nov. 27, 2015.
He was ordered on Dec. 23 to submit to a psychiatric evaluation of his competency. That process could last nine months or longer, which the media consortium contends "will deprive the public of knowing the most basic facts of what prompted government authorities to arrest Dear, to search his residence, and to file the 179-count criminal complaint for more than one year." — PZ
Cyber center coming
Colorado Springs has been chosen to host the National Cybersecurity Intelligence Center, according to a release issued by the city after Gov. John Hickenlooper made the announcement last week during his state of the state address.
Hickenlooper said the city landed the center due to an "impressive concentration of assets, private sector interest and connection to the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs' cybersecurity program."
How the center is structured, when it will open and who will run it will be decided by a panel of 15 executives — from business, nonprofit, government and higher-education sectors — under the auspices of the Colorado Technology Association and governor's office, the Gazette has reported. The newspaper adds that the governor will ask lawmakers for $8 million to overhaul a manufacturing plant at 3650 N. Nevada Ave. That building, part of which is being leased as an expo center, is owned by the CU system — PZ
Bus service could change
The city's Mountain Metropolitan Transit bus service is proposing changes, which will take effect on May 1 if approved. Among them:
• Route 9 would run every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes. (On Saturdays it would run every 30 minutes instead of every 60 minutes.)
• Routes 10 and 11 would run every 30 minutes instead of every 60 minutes. Route 10 would also begin Saturday service.
• Routes 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16 and 39 would be restructured.
Other changes include: improvements to the Manitou Springs shuttle; a revision of the transfer policy; and a technology upgrade and a fare increase to the Metro Rides vanpool. The city has scheduled six meetings to discuss the proposed changes. For a schedule of the remaining meetings or to learn more, visit mmtransit.com. Through January 26, you may also fax comments to 719-385-5419 or email them to email@example.com. — JAS
Go Code Colorado entering its third year
The Colorado Secretary of State is unveiling the third Go Code Colorado challenge on February 3.
Go Code is an award-winning competition in which teams of entrepreneurs and developers come together in an attempt to create new technology that solves real-world business problems.
Three finalist teams each receive a $25,000 prize, and the apps they create are often used widely. Cities across the state take pride in their teams: A winning team can signal that the community is home to an abundance of young, tech-minded entrepreneurs.
At the kick-off event Feb. 3, this year's business problems will be announced. Teams across the state will then begin working on solving those problems. — JAS
Off-leash dogs could result in fine
While dogs are required to be on a leash in most El Paso County parks (dog parks excluded), there's long been no penalty for breaking the rule.
Unlike in city parks, county park users don't face a fine for letting Fido run free. And many dog owners eschew the leash to let their best buds enjoy some play time. That caused problems this summer when a herd of weed-eating goats in Bear Creek Regional Park was repeatedly harassed by off-leash dogs. The goat herder ended up leaving before the goats could finish their weed-control job.
Off-leash dogs can also pose a danger to wildlife, other dogs, and people. That's why the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board recently voted unanimously to impose a $50 fine for off-leash dogs in county parks. El Paso County Commissioners will decide whether to approve the fine at an upcoming meeting, likely in March. Fines would be a last resort for those who blatantly or repeatedly break the rule. — JAS