Tuesday, November 19, 2019

8 stories making headlines this week

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 3:23 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO
  • Courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Colorado Parks and Wildlife prepared to release 14 black-footed ferrets onto a ranch in Pueblo West on Nov. 18 as part of a species recovery program. Eight states, including Colorado, have partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management to restore the black-footed ferret — the rarest animal in North America — to its native range. Some zoos, including the local Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, help breed the ferrets in captivity for reintroduction.

Construction has begun on the $11 million pedestrian bridge linking America the Beautiful Park with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum & Hall of Fame. The bridge is planned to open next summer.

On Nov. 15, the ribbon was cut on a $1.2 million Garden of the Gods project that includes an overlook, gathering area and additional restrooms near the park's main parking lot. It was funded by the Garden of the Gods Foundation; Trails, Open Space and Parks Tax (TOPS); and Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART).

Local officials marked the “substantial completion” of the $41 million “No Man’s Land” project on the Westside that overhauled Colorado Avenue bridges, sidewalks and utilities.

Patrick Frazee was convicted of eight counts, including murder, in the killing of Kelsey Berreth last year, and sentenced to life in prison, plus 156 years, KKTV reported Nov. 18. 

The Bureau of Land Management pulled 4,259 acres of land from an oil and gas lease auction in Colorado, in response to a court order blocking Trump administration plans that gutted protections for the endangered greater sage grouse

click to enlarge COURTESY PPLD
  • Courtesy PPLD

On Saturday, Nov. 16, Pikes Peak Library District unveiled We Have a Story: Homeless in Colorado Springs, an exhibit of photographs created by people experiencing homelessness in our community. The project utilized the Photovoice method, which teaches participants self-advocacy through storytelling and photography. “The hope is that this is an uncensored way for people experiencing homelessness to share their unique stories with people in El Paso County,” says Kayah Swanson, PPLD public relations specialist. The exhibit will be up at Penrose Library and Library 21c through November, then will travel to East and Sand Creek libraries. Above, a photo of lunchtime at the Marion House, taken by one of the participants.

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office has joined a multi-state lawsuit to fight the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the DACA program. "My mom came to the United States as an immigrant after fleeing religious persecution," said Colorado Attorney Phil Weiser. "As Attorney General, I am proud to defend our DREAMers and their right to live in the only country they’ve ever known as home."

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