Tuesday, October 29, 2019

7 stories making headlines this week

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click to enlarge ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith

On Oct. 26, the community celebrated the official dedication of a new statue of Fannie Mae Duncan, late founder of the now-defunct Cotton Club jazz venue, outside Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center. Famous for her motto “everybody welcome,” Duncan became a local legend in the '50s and '60s, and her legacy has lived on. The sculpture dedication was followed by a free music festival, in true Cotton Club spirit.

The North America & Caribbean Handball Confederation will locate its headquarters in Colorado Springs.

The city opened its first dedicated downhill mountain bike trails —Almond Butter and Rattle Rocks — on Oct. 22 in Ute Valley Park.

The 8,910-acre Decker fire south of Salida was said to be 100 percent contained on Oct. 24.

The city’s five-year 2C road tax program finished the season with 177 paved lane miles, bringing the four-year total to 854 miles. The Nov. 5 ballot includes a renewal of 2C for another five years.

The I-25 Wrong Way Prevention Project, aiming to install about 2,500 “wrong way” road signs along the interstate, has completed work in Las Animas, Huerfano and Pueblo counties, and will soon complete work in El Paso County.

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Dr. Ian Miller, left, director of earth and space sciences and curator of paleobotany at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and Dr. Tyler Lyson, curator of vertebrate paleontology, look for fossil concretions at Corral Bluffs open space in northeast Colorado Springs. The scientists have discovered a trove of plant and animal fossils that document the rise of mammals following the destruction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. 

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