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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

12 stories making headlines this week

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 1:00 AM

  • Kris Wiktor /

The Outdoor Industry Association is reportedly lobbying members of Congress to lift U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods until there is a trade agreement in place. September tariffs could increase the cost of some outdoor goods by 50 percent. 

Democratic U.S. Senate candidates John Walsh and Dan Baer dropped out of the 2020 primary race, both endorsing former Gov. John Hickenlooper. Meantime, Denver businesswoman Denise Burgess joined the race.

USA Diving, based in Indianapolis since 1981, announced Sept. 12 it will move to Colorado Springs this year. 

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said that Colorado won’t be a part of a proposed settlement of a massive opioid lawsuit against Purdue Pharma.

Brian Churchill, who served as a lieutenant with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, has been hired as Manitou Springs’ police chief, succeeding retired Chief Joe Ribeiro.

To fight climate change, Manitou Springs will plant 147 trees — one for each year the town has existed — annually, as well as reduce single-use plastics.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 2,999 drivers were arrested in Colorado for drunk driving, an 11-percent rise from 2018, the State Patrol reports. Colorado Springs police logged the highest number of arrests in the state during three of six enforcement periods. 

The Denver Police Department agreed to a settlement with Colorado Independent Editor Susan Greene, who was detained in 2018 while filming an arrest. Police agreed to pay $50,000 and require First Amendment and sensitivity training for officers.

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo began construction on 24 new beds, part of a 128-bed statewide increase by December 2021.

FoodMaven, a local company that supplies food to restaurants and institutions, named former chief operating officer Ben Deda as its new CEO.

The Air Force Academy will host a naturalization ceremony for 100 U.S. citizens-to-be on Sept. 20.

Experts detected the emerald ash borer, an invasive tree pest, in Westminster.

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