Wednesday, June 19, 2019

11 local stories making headlines this week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 8:51 AM

click to enlarge Mayor John Suthers and police officers take part in the 2018 Bike to Work Day.
  • Mayor John Suthers and police officers take part in the 2018 Bike to Work Day.

June 26 is the 2019 Bike to Work Day. Participants can receive a free breakfast at 30-plus locations along the trail network. To register and learn more, go to ColoradoSprings.gov/BikeToWork.

The Air Force has diverted $66.6 million from other projects to efforts aimed at cleaning up and testing for PFAS, a group of toxic, man-made chemicals used in military firefighting foam, according to a letter from the Department of Defense.

Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips of Lakewood is being sued a third time for his refusal to make specialty cakes for LGBTQ clients. 

The number of undocumented immigrants in Colorado decreased by 30,000 between 2007 and 2017, according to a report from Pew Research Center.

El Paso County jail received $150,000 in federal grant funding to provide medication-assisted treatment to inmates with opioid use disorder.

As part of a national settlement, 168 Coloradans who attended now-defunct ITT Technical Institute programs will receive $1.67 million in debt relief.

Tax revenue from medical and retail cannabis sales in Colorado has exceeded a total of $1 billion since retail weed sales began in 2014, according to new data from the state Department of Revenue.

Officials cut the ribbon on June 17 to officially open the Sand Creek Police Substation, 950 Academy Park Loop. 

The Colorado Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics named the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport 2019’s Colorado Airport of the Year.

Sen. Michael Bennet, R-Colorado, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper qualified for the Democratic presidential debates to be held in Miami June 26 and 27.

Manitou Springs’ most famous artist, passed away on June 16. Charles Rockey, 87, painted countless whimsical scenes of his beloved town. The city of Manitou Springs is considering naming a street for him: Rockey Road.

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