13 local stories making headlines this week



The Knobhill Urban Arts District Planning Committee unveiled its mural of the late local civil rights legend Fannie Mae Duncan on July 5, which would have been her 101st birthday. The mural is located at 2438 E. Platte Ave.

Msitu, a 10-year-old reticulated giraffe, gave birth to a healthy female calf at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on July 6. The baby, which will be named after 30 days, is the 16th giraffe in the zoo’s herd.

The Denver Post reports that Sen. Cory Gardner, up for re-election in 2020, was viewed favorably by 40 percent of the state’s voters and unfavorably by 39 percent, according to a new poll by the Colorado Poll, conducted by a Democratic consortium that includes Telluride-based polling firm Keating Research.

Last year’s 416 fire, which scorched 54,000 acres in the southwestern part of the state, was caused by the coal-fired Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a federal lawsuit alleges.

Neil Westergaard, former editor of The Denver Post and the Denver Business Journal, has passed away. Westergaard, 67, was a beloved figure in journalism, both for his exceptional success in the business and for his kindness. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Rocky Mountain PBS will move at the end of August from 315 E. Costilla St. to Colorado College.

More than 90 law enforcement agencies arrested 88 child sex predators, 23 by Colorado Springs Police Department, in the two-month-long “Operation Broken Heart,” the CSPD announced July 2.

Saturday service would be added to 13 routes and more frequent stops on five routes under changes proposed by Mountain Metropolitan Transit. For details, mmtransit.com.

Dr. Mark Allen Karla, husband of Mayor John Suthers’ daughter Alison, died July 1 of injuries suffered in a June 9 crash that killed his Uber driver and led to the arrest of another driver. 

Former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun was paid $2.4 million in severance pay, the Gazette reported, when he resigned in February 2018 amid growing allegations he ignored reports that coaches sexually assaulted athletes. His 2017 annual pay was $1.36 million.

Language for a petition to recall Gov. Jared Polis was submitted July 8, six months after the Democrat took office, ColoradoPolitics.com reported. More than 631,000 signatures are needed to bring the recall to a ballot.

The 114th annual El Paso County Fair runs from July 13-20 at the Fair & Event Center in Calhan. For more: elpasocountyfair.com.


Crews replace a sanitary sewer line on Moreno Avenue between Sierra Madre and Sahwatch streets, where Weidner Stadium, a venue for the Switchbacks soccer team and part of the city’s City for Champions tourism venture, will be built. 

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