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click to enlarge Sen. Bennet wants marijuana off the Controlled Substances Act. - MARK WARNER, VIA FLICKR.COM
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  • Sen. Bennet wants marijuana off the Controlled Substances Act.

  1. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, co-sponsored a bill that would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and expunge convictions for marijuana use or possession.
  2. Kyle Hybl has been named CEO and president of El Pomar Foundation, replacing his father, Bill Hybl, who will remain chair of the board.
  3. Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet introduced a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, as hazardous substances, and require polluters to pay for remediation.
  4. State Reps. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, and Rod Pelton, R-Cheyenne Wells, introduced House Bill 1193, which would provide access to intensive substance use treatment to women up to one year after giving birth, and create pilot child care programs for women in treatment.
  5. Jim Rees has been hired by the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board to oversee build-out of the Gateway Urban Renewal Area in east Manitou Springs. Rees has worked in various capacities for 30 years on urban renewal projects in Colorado Springs, Fountain, Littleton and Pueblo.
  6. A massive public lands package, including legislation to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, passed in the U.S. House on Feb. 26 and headed to President Donald Trump's desk for final approval.
  7. Kyle John Forti, a prominent figure in Colorado Republican campaigns, was among four U.S. citizens killed in a helicopter crash on March 3 in Central Island National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, The Denver Post reported.
  8. El Paso County Commissioners approved a rule requiring dogs to be on leashes at county parks (other than dog parks). They also voted to close parks two hours earlier, making the new hours 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  9. City Council voted 7-2 on Feb. 26 to set in motion annexation of about 180 acres near the North Gate Boulevard entrance to the Air Force Academy. The annexation will enable development of a visitors center as part of the Springs' City for Champions tourism venture. Bill Murray and Yolanda Avila dissented.
  10. Mountain Metropolitan Transit is installing solar-powered lights at dozens of bus stops in the Pikes Peak region after receiving recommendations from drivers and passengers on which ones needed more light.

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