Tuesday, December 10, 2019

7 stories making headlines this week

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click to enlarge REGAN FOSTER
  • Regan Foster

On Dec. 3, Gov. Jared Polis toured Harrison High School and was briefed on the groundbreaking Dakota Promise Scholarship. The program — backed by the Colorado Springs-based Dakota Foundation and local education-advocacy organization the Legacy Institute — provides a two-year, full-ride scholarship to all qualifying Harrison seniors who apply for and are accepted by Pikes Peak Community College, starting with the class graduating in 2020. Polis met with seven members of the class of 2020 to get first-person accounts of the scholarship’s potential impact. “This makes college more realistic for first-generation collegegoers,” Polis said at the time. “The Dakota Promise model is very exciting.”

The Progressive Turnout Project
, a national voter-engagement organization, identified Colorado as one of 16 battleground states for the 2020 election. The organization plans to invest $45 million nationally. Field offices will be established in Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder.

Manitou Springs City Council passed a resolution urging Congress to adopt the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which would enact a fee on carbon emissions.

Colorado Springs Utilities and Next-Era Energy Resources announced the launch of a new solar energy facility near Calhan, which will power around 13,000 homes a year.

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposed action to transfer around 17,700 acres of land to the state of Colorado, to satisfy a debt dating back to the 1876 Statehood Act. Learn more and comment at go.usa.gov/xp8yU by Dec. 23.

Four years after the fatal shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, accused shooter Robert Dear has been indicted by a federal grand jury on 68 counts. Charges could carry the death penalty.

click to enlarge COURTESY CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE
  • Courtesy Canine Companions for Independence

EDCare, a Springs-based eating disorder treatment center, recently received a new staff member. Lammon, a 2-year-old yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever cross, was trained by Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that breeds, raises and trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities. He will provide physical and emotional assistance to those in treatment at the center.

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