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Yoga law possible, NAACP chapter in trouble, D-11 gets tech recognition, and more 


NAACP in trouble

The Colorado Springs chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has had a rough year.

In January, the building it's housed in was bombed, attracting national attention. Now, chapter president Henry Allen says the local chapter is unable to operate until further notice because doing so would put it out of compliance with the national organization.

Allen says his problems stem from a chapter secretary who recently resigned. He says the secretary refused to share the group's membership roster, which has prevented him from holding elections and filing financial reports. Appeals to the national NAACP, he adds, have gone unheeded.

Allen, a Republican, suspects that his efforts to diversify the chapter politically and racially are the root of his problems.

"People have some issues that I've opened up this organization to everyone," he says. "It's a civil rights organization!"

Rosemary Harris Lytle, president of the Colorado/Montana/Wyoming NAACP State Conference and former president of the chapter, did not return a call seeking comment. — JAS

Beauty products banned

Gov. Hickenlooper has signed House Bill 1144 into law, in an effort to protect Colorado's water from microbeads.

The tiny plastic beads are common in beauty products like scrubs and body washes, which use them to exfoliate skin. But the beads are too small to be filtered out by wastewater treatment plants and can pose a threat to people and aquatic life.

"Nobody wants plastic in water," the bill's sponsor, Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, stated in a press release. "We had a bipartisan coalition of folks helping to protect our water, and the result was a real win for Colorado."

The new law will phase out the Colorado production and sale of products containing microbeads from 2018 to 2020. — JAS

D-11 gets tech recognition

Colorado Springs School District 11 is one of the nation's most tech-savvy districts.

The district has placed fourth in the 11th annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The survey looks at how well districts use technology to govern their districts and improve operations, as well as to communicate with students, parents and the community, and improve the learning environment.

"School districts, with the support of their school boards, continue their commitment to initiatives that enhance learning through innovative technologies," Alan Cox, senior vice president for the Center for Digital Education, said in a press release. "As a result, students are using all kinds of cutting-edge tools that assist learning, inspire creativity and help prepare them for the future." — JAS

Yoga law likely

Stepped-up regulation that infuriated yogis across the state could soon come to an end via Senate Bill 186, which awaits Gov. John Hickenlooper's signature.

The state has long had regulations and fees for occupational schools, but until recently it failed to enforce those standards on yoga teacher trainings. State regulators say they were tipped that those schools weren't following the rules, and they stepped up enforcement in response ("Bent out of shape," News, Feb. 25). But yoga teacher trainers say they can't afford state fees, and that yoga training isn't really occupational training, since most people do it for passion, not profit.

The Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit that represents much of the yoga community, fought the regulation and encouraged legislation that would put an end to it. Senate Bill 186, which exempts yoga teacher trainings from the regulation, was created as a response. It passed overwhelmingly. — JAS

Still time to vote

About 15 percent of the 225,350 ballots issued for the April 7 city election had been returned through Monday, or 34,520 ballots.

If you haven't received a ballot, go to the City Clerk's Office, 30 S. Nevada Ave. Even if you're not registered, you can register and vote. For more on that:

Places to drop your ballots include: the City Clerk's Office; Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave.; Fire Station 8, 3737 Airport Road; Stetson Hills police substation, 4110 Tutt Blvd.; East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.; Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive; and El Paso County Clerk and Recorder locations around the city. Curbside drop-off is offered Election Day until 7 p.m. at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. — PZ


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