Wednesday, July 3, 2019

11 local stories making headlines this week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 3, 2019 at 3:54 PM

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Four-time Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb winner Carlin Dunne, 36, died after his motorcycle crashed on the mountain June 30, just yards from the finish line. It was the 97th running of the race, which brought the seventh death associated with the event. 

Fees for the “search-and-retrieval” of public records under the Colorado Open Records Act increased on July 1 from $30 per hour to $33.58 an hour, as required by 2014 legislation that standardized CORA fees throughout the state. The first hour of work is still free.

El Paso County deputy communications director Matt Steiner moved to El Paso County Public Health as information officer. He’ll be paid $87,378 annually. His predecessor Danielle Oller is now a public affairs specialist with Colorado Springs Utilities at an hourly rate of $37.72, or $78,458 a year.

The new University of Colorado president, Mark Kennedy, was to visit all four campuses on July 1, his first day. He’ll be paid $650,000 his first year and $850,000 the second, The Denver Post reported.

Terry West, a 57-year-old male inmate, died at the Criminal Justice Center on June 27 after having “a medical episode” and becoming erratic, the Sheriff’s Office reported. The Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating the death.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced July 1 he will widen the state’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of opioids, to include the drug company’s owners, the Sackler family, his office said in a release.

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked an effort by President Donald Trump’s administration to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census.

The Harrison School District 2 Board of Education named Wendy Birhanzel and John Rogerson, two district veterans, as its new superintendents

Mother deer can be dangerous, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds you.  The animals may attack when they perceive a threat to their young — so don’t approach fawns that look abandoned, and never pick them up.

An update to the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act took effect July 1, prohibiting  the use of e-cigarettes in indoor businesses, hotels and public places.

As of July 1, parolees are permitted to register and vote in upcoming Colorado elections. The new voting rights result from a bill signed into law May 28.

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