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State ups SNAP enrollees, city lowers speed limits, controlled burn on the Peak, and more headlines 

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  • Nov. 10-18 is national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and the Colorado Department of Human Services is nearing its goal, set last October, of 8,000 additional enrollees in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — or food stamps as it's commonly known. To find out if you're one of the 350,000 Colorado residents who are eligible for SNAP benefits but not enrolled, visit colorado.gov/cdhs.
  • In light of the record number of traffic fatalities this year, Colorado Springs is reducing speeds by 5 mph on four roadways this month: Academy Boulevard from Pikes Peak Avenue to Milton Proby Parkway; Centennial Boulevard north of Garden of the Gods Road; Flying W Ranch Road from Centennial Boulevard to 30th Street; and 21st Street from Lower Gold Camp Road to U.S. Highway 24 West.
  • Skate in the Park opened last week in Acacia Park at Platte and Tejon streets. Skate for free (and rent skates free, too) on Nov. 16 between 5 and 10 p.m. for the Grand Opening Celebration. Visit downtowncs.com for normal rates, operating hours and special events.
  • Governor-elect Jared Polis has hired his campaign chair, Lisa Kaufmann, as chief of staff. Kaufmann — a co-founder of nonprofit New Era Colorado, which aims to bring young people into politics — previously served as U.S. Rep. Polis' Colorado chief of staff from 2014 to 2017.
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper granted clemency to 23 individuals who've served sentences and are now "contributing members of their communities," his office announced Nov. 9. In total, 89 people so far have received clemency from Hickenlooper.
  • Colorado Springs Utilities' Wildland Fire Team will collaborate with local fire agencies to burn about 300 slash piles from a previous forest health project on the North Slope of Pikes Peak starting this month through March 2019, as weather conditions allow.
  • The National Museum of World War II Aviation, at 755 Aviation Way, broke ground on Nov. 7 for a 40,000-square-foot addition.
  • After winning majorities in both chambers of the Colorado Assembly on Nov. 7, Democrats chose Leroy Garcia of Pueblo as Senate president, and Lois Court of Arapahoe County as president pro tem. House speaker will be KC Becker of Boulder, while Alec Garnett of Denver will serve as majority leader. Senate Republicans chose Chris Holbert of Douglas County as Senate minority leader and John Cooke of Greeley is assistant minority leader. In the House, Patrick Neville of Castle Rock will serve as minority leader and Kevin Van Winkle of Highlands Ranch as assistant minority leader.
  • Manitou Springs City Council approved a new subsidy agreement with the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway on Nov. 7 that Mayor Ken Jaray says is a better deal for the city than one adopted in June. Final approval is set for Nov. 20.

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