10 local stories making headlines this week

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MICHAEL J. PACH, 3 PEAKS PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Michael J. Pach, 3 Peaks Photography

“Bananacat,” a painting by local artist Cymon Padilla, was photographed, enlarged, reproduced and affixed to the side of The Perk Downtown on Tejon. The mural, pictured with one of its installers, is one of six created for the Art on the Streets program, along with six new sculptures.

June is Pride Month and Bike Month. For more on bike events go to coloradosprings.gov/biketowork. For more on PrideFest go to cospridefest.com.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch, 88, who was overseeing a lawsuit against Colorado Springs by the Environmental Protection Agency and others alleging stormwater violations, has died.



Food and Drug Administration researchers found toxic PFAS chemicals in meat and seafood products, chocolate milk, chocolate cake, pineapples and sweet potatoes, according to unreleased findings obtained by the Environmental Defense Fund.

Gov. Jared Polis vetoed five bills, including state licensing requirements for managers of homeowners associations, genetic counselors and sports agents.

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Three orphaned mountain lion cubs arrived at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo from Washington state. Zookeepers planned to keep them quarantined for a few weeks and then try introducing them to Kaya, an older female mountain lion.

State and local officials
are requesting proposals to study the feasibility of a passenger rail line linking Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins to Denver. Visit tinyurl.com/frontrangerail for details.

The grace period for a city ordinance banning parked RVs on public streets ended June 1. Violators can now be fined $25 for a first offense, $100 for a second and $125 for a third. A fourth ticket triggers a court summons.

Colorado Springs Police Department closed its Sand Creek substation at 4125 Center Park Drive on May 29, shifting operations to the new station at 950 Academy Park Loop.

Colorado Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada, speaking to The Colorado Sun after Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bills 1039 and 1129. Respectively, the bills ease the process for transgender people to change their birth certificates and ban “gay conversion therapy” for minors. Titone is a transgender woman and Polis is a gay man. "To see this legislation go through in a session that I’m here is really a great feeling," Arvada said.

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