Tuesday, August 6, 2019

12 stories making headlines this week

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 9:00 PM

click to enlarge J. ADRIAN STANLEY
  • J. Adrian Stanley

The city is soliciting residents’ feedback for an upcoming public art master plan. Visit coloradosprings.gov/publicartcos for more information, and a link to an online survey.

A group seeking to refer the National Popular Vote initiative to the November ballot says it has turned in more than 227,000 signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State. The measure seeks to overturn a new state law that enters Colorado into a pact to one day hand state electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was named No. 3 in Colorado in the 2019 list of best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Authorities identified William Waring Jr., 52, of Colorado Springs, as the man killed in a vehicle crash near the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the Pikes Peak Bulletin reported.
click to enlarge FAITH MILLER
  • Faith Miller
Some 50 people gathered with signs in front of City Hall before marching down Nevada Avenue to the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Police Operations Center downtown to protest the death of De’Von Bailey, a black teenager, in an officer-involved shooting Aug. 3. Two white motorcyclists brandished guns at the station during the protest, and were arrested by police. Bailey, 19, died after two Colorado Springs Police Department officers responded to a report of a personal robbery, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, which has assumed control of the shooting investigation. At least one officer shot Bailey on Preuss Road near Adams Park as the suspect “reached for a firearm,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. Neither officer was injured in the shooting.

Journalist John Ennslin, 65, who had a long career at the Rocky Mountain News and most recently worked for Colorado Politics, has died.

Military personnel and veterans (and their vehicle passengers) can visit state parks for free any day this month with proper identification.

The Colorado Department of Transportation began installing stop-and-go lights for merging traffic at 12 access points to Interstate 25 through Colorado Springs.
click to enlarge COURTESY HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION
  • Courtesy Humane Society Of The Pikes Peak Region
Volunteers from ENT Credit Union built an agility course and other features at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region to accommodate dog training and behavior modification. The course will give energetic dogs stimuli needed to improve behavior and become more adoptable. Jim and Laura Johnson, Terry and Susan Darby, and Tracy Martin donated funds to build the court.

As of August 2, state law bans state-licensed medical or mental health care providers from using conversion therapy to attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of patients under 18.

The public can comment until Aug. 30 on Phase 6 of Colorado Springs’ ADA Title II Transition Plan, which calls for creating accessible city facilities.

A July 30 agreement between El Paso County Commissioners and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation (to insure against environmental liability) clears the way for major improvements at Norris Penrose Event Center.

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