Tuesday, December 3, 2019

7 stories making headlines this week

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 4:26 PM

click to enlarge PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck

Mayor John Suthers is seeking City Council endorsement of his application to the state for $200,000 to support forming an Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan, which would encourage use of electric vehicles. Those vehicles would require charging stations like this one located in the city’s parking garage at Nevada and Colorado avenues.

Mountain Metropolitan Transit will receive a $1.6 million federal grant to purchase battery-run electric buses and charging stations to expand transit service on one of its busiest routes. It’s part of $423 million in transit grants nationwide, $18 million of which is earmarked for Colorado.

Groundbreaking for the downtown stadium is slated for 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the site, southwest of Sahwatch and Cimarron streets. Dubbed Weidner Field, after its sponsor Weidner Apartment Homes, the stadium is slated to open in spring 2021 as the home field of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks soccer club.

State Sen. Angela Williams dropped out of the U.S. Senate Democratic primary race on Nov. 27, saying she’ll seek re-election in Senate District 33 instead.

Erin Hannan, director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, announced last week that she will be leaving her position with the arts center, where she has worked since 1999. She plans to remain in her role until a replacement can be found and trained.

You may see Community Advancing Public Safety (CAPS) Ambassadors, sporting red fleece vests, walking the streets of downtown and Old Colorado City through Dec. 22. They’re meant to assist the public and alert law enforcement to potential public safety issues.

  • Courtesy Sam Bencheghib

Sam Bencheghib, 22, has taken on a unique challenge that recently brought him to Colorado Springs and Pueblo, and will take him all the way to the West Coast. This activist has pledged to run 20 miles a day, six days a week, from New York City to Santa Monica, California, to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our world’s oceans. He has completed 1,870 miles of his 3,103-mile journey, and along the way spoken to students and politicians, including Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, about reducing plastic use.

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