Tuesday, November 5, 2019

9 stories making headlines this week

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 3:39 PM

click to enlarge ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith

Artist Byeong Doo Moon traveled all the way from South Korea to repair his beloved sculpture “I Have Been Dreaming to Be a Tree.” The iconic stag, which was vandalized in September, is part of the city’s permanent collection of public art. Authorities suspected someone had attempted to climb the deer’s antlers, thereby damaging one, which was later removed. Through an interpreter, Moon said that he was hurt by the vandalism, but by repairing the sculpture he hopes to heal the wounds it caused. The sculpture returned to its home at the intersection of Colorado and Cascade avenues on Nov. 1.

On Nov. 4, the Pikes Peak Library District cut the ribbon on its newest facility.  Located at 600 Bank St. in Calhan, the Calhan Library will be PPLD’s 15th facility.

Prospect Lake reopened Oct. 30 after a 12-week shutdown due to the presence of blue-green algae.

The Air Force Academy named its airfield for Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. who led the famed African American aviators, the Tuskegee Airmen, in operations over Africa and Europe during World War II.

The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center adopted new security rules, barring large bags, water bottles and outside food and drink. For more, tinyurl.com/PPCSecurity.

Gov. Jared Polis sent his 2020-21 budget to the Joint Budget Committee on Nov. 1, calling for spending 2.9 percent more than this year, or $13.8 billion. For details, tinyurl.com/PolisBudget.

State legislators on the Wildfire Matters Review Committee released several proposed bills. Among them: Expand a grant program for fire mitigation and benefits for firefighters.

A state law that took effect Nov. 1 allows publicly traded corporations to own or invest in cannabis-related businesses.

click to enlarge PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck

To curtail unitentified illegal activity, the city of Colorado Springs began closing gates at night in North Cheyenne Cañon Park beginning on Nov. 4. The gates, near the Starsmore Nature and Visitor Center and the Seven Bridges Trailhead parking lot, will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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