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Glenn gets Cruz help

FreedomWorks, which Mother Jones magazine says helped give birth to the tea party movement and has funded Glenn Beck's radical-right media venture, has endorsed Darryl Glenn in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate.

Glenn, an El Paso County commissioner and Air Force Academy grad, faces four opponents, all of whom petitioned onto the ballot after Glenn swept 70 percent of the delegates at the state GOP assembly.

"Darryl Glenn will fight for economic freedom and constitutionally limited government," FreedomWorks PAC Chairman Adam Brandon said in a release.

Glenn was trumpeted on Monday by Sen. Ted Cruz, failed presidential candidate whom the Colorado Democratic Party called "extreme and divisive." Cruz endorsed Glenn and stopped at Denver International Airport to stump for him. Glenn pledged to "lead the charge to make Cruz the next Supreme Court Justice," the state Democratic party reported. — PZ

Too late to mail ballots

If you haven't cast your ballot in the June 28 primary, don't bother mailing it in. It won't get processed in time to be counted.

Instead, voters who received their mail ballot can go to one of 15 drop-off locations. The vast majority of the county's voters are within a 15-minute drive of a drop box. To check their locations, go to EPCVotes.com. Monday, the county added three more Voter Service and Polling Centers at motor vehicle branches.

If you didn't receive a ballot, prefer to vote in person or need to register or affiliate with a party, VSPCs are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. On June 28, Election Day, the centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A voting center also will open on June 27 at the Fountain Police Department. — JAS

Penrose, UCCS hook up

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services last week announced intentions to develop the Sports Medicine and Performance Center, one of four elements of the City for Champions tourism venture.

Penrose-St. Francis, part of Centura Health, vowed in a statement from president and CEO Margaret Sabin to "bring together visionary approaches to academics, life-enriching experiences, health and wellness."

UCCS will build a 72,000-square-foot building on North Nevada Avenue as part of the UCCS Health and Wellness Village's planned six-building complex. It will be completed in December 2019. The partners will host a June 30 public "celebration" with place and time to be announced later. — PZ

SDS dedicated

About 500 people gathered June 17 at the Edward Bailey Water Treatment Plant, 977 N. Marksheffel Road, to dedicate the Southern Delivery System project.

SDS first appeared in Colorado Springs Utilities' water plan in 1996, spanned 11 City Councils and required about 470 permits of various kinds from local, state and federal governments and agencies. The 50-mile line from Pueblo Reservoir delivers 50 million gallons of water per day to the city and serves partners Security Water District, Pueblo West Metropolitan District and Fountain.

The project was termed critical to serving "generations to come" by Utilities CEO Jerry Forte and other speakers, including Mayor John Suthers and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner.

For more coverage and photos of the dedication, tinyurl.com/zdjve22. — PZ

Moth spraying begins

Colorado Springs' Forestry Division is conducting aerial treatment to kill tussock moths and western spruce budworm that could defoliate, and possibly kill, thousands of trees in and around North Cheyenne Cañon. To impact the most affected land, the city has partnered with El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado State Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State Parks, The Broadmoor and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Affected areas, which may experience brief trail closures, include North Cheyenne Cañon, Blodgett Peak Open Space, Jones Park, portions of Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a few sections of Pike National Forest and some Broadmoor properties. — JAS

Denver Post plans cuts

About 100 Denver Post employees and supporters rallied June 17 outside the newspaper's building complaining about the second newsroom staff buyout round this year. Deadline for people volunteering to take one of 26 buyouts was June 16, according to The Colorado Independent.

The six-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Post is owned by Digital First Media and hedge fund Alden Global Capital.

The Post newsroom has been shedding newsroom employees for several years. According to The Colorado Independent, its staff of 200 has been whittled to half that over the past decade and by a third in the past year alone. Long-time editor Greg Moore resigned abruptly in March.

Several former Gazette staffers have left the Post, including editorial writer Jeremy Meyer, who left earlier this year and was not replaced. — PZ

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