Wednesday, July 24, 2019

13 local stories making headlines this week

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click to enlarge Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon. The Apollo 11 space mission became the first to land on the moon on July 20, 1969. As part of the 50-year anniversary celebration, Springs residents got an early chance to buy the “1969: First Moon Landing” postage stamp at the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20. The stamp is now available at any post office. Can’t get enough space? Keep the celebration going by attending a showing of the film, "Apollo 11: First Steps Edition," at the Air Force Academy Planetarium on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, 719-333-3361. - NASA (PUBLIC DOMAIN)
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  • Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon. The Apollo 11 space mission became the first to land on the moon on July 20, 1969. As part of the 50-year anniversary celebration, Springs residents got an early chance to buy the “1969: First Moon Landing” postage stamp at the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20. The stamp is now available at any post office. Can’t get enough space? Keep the celebration going by attending a showing of the film, "Apollo 11: First Steps Edition," at the Air Force Academy Planetarium on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, 719-333-3361.

The Denver Post
reports the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a challenge to the constitutionality of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights can proceed, reversing the 2017 decision by a federal judge that found the plaintiffs had no standing. The lawsuit began in 2011 when state Sen. Andy Kerr and House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst challenged the law in federal court arguing that, by giving final say on taxes to the public rather than representatives, TABOR was incompatible with a republican form of government.

Colorado and Wyoming showed a record high for organ donation in 2018, helping save 489 lives through 160 organ donors, according to the Donor Alliance, the federally designated nonprofit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation.

Bancroft Park is getting a $550,000 makeover by the city, including plaza space expansion, picnic pavilion removal and adding new restrooms and a playground.

From noon to 7 p.m. on July 27, find out how to live a more sustainable life at the Sustain-A-Fest at Acacia Park, which features 40 vendors and exhibits.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Colorado on July 22 to help raise money for Sen. Cory Gardner’s re-election campaign.

The Foothills Trail between Blair Bridge and the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center underpass will close from July 29 to Aug. 26 to allow utility work for a detention pond being dug in the park’s northeast section.

President Donald Trump’s administration is giving family planning clinics that receive federal funding more time to comply with a new rule saying they cannot refer patients for abortions.

click to enlarge Greenway Flats, the first permanent supportive housing development in Colorado Springs, opened its doors to 65 homeless men and women. The project was developed by Nor’wood Development Group. Springs Rescue Mission will provide supportive services, and Ross Management Group will serve as the property manager. - COURTESY SPRINGS RESCUE MISSION
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  • Greenway Flats, the first permanent supportive housing development in Colorado Springs, opened its doors to 65 homeless men and women. The project was developed by Nor’wood Development Group. Springs Rescue Mission will provide supportive services, and Ross Management Group will serve as the property manager.

The city’s Community Development Division will offer a “Renter Rights 101” workshop on Aug. 7 at the Penrose Library, located at 20 N. Cascade Ave. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a multi-year expansion of hunting land access, which will include an addition of up to 100,000 acres by fall of this year.

The Palmer Lake Town Council will pursue a voter-approved property tax increase to support its fire department instead of disbanding the agency, the Gazette reports.

Gov. Jared Polis appointed Jessica L. Curtis as a Fourth Judicial District Court judge. Her position was created by a 2019 bill that increased the number of judges in certain districts.

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