12 local stories making headlines this week

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LILY REAVIS
  • Lily Reavis

A sign reading “No More Camps, No More ICE” was one of many waved by more than 200 demonstrators outside the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Friday, July 12, in protest of inhumane living conditions facing migrants at the nation’s southern border. The Colorado Springs Lights of Liberty event was one of nearly 800 across the globe that evening, on the same day that the Trump administration announced large-scale immigration raids for major U.S. cities, including Denver. Trump’s raids so far have not panned out.

Harrison School District 2 will give its elementary and middle school students in traditional schools free school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. Students need only bring a backpack.

E&E News reported July 15 that the Interior Department was to announce on July 16 its Bureau of Land Management will move its Washington, D.C., headquarters to Grand Junction.

Volunteer to help clean up Fountain Creek from Dorchester Park to Rainbow Falls in Manitou Springs on July 20 as part of the city’s Adopt-A-Waterway program. For info: coloradosprings.gov/adoptawaterway.

El Paso County sheriff’s deputies and county security officers will switch out discontinued older model Taser X26s for the newer Taser 7 starting this month.

A section of the New Santa Fe Regional Trail will be closed until July 19 in Monument to allow replacement of the concrete trail underpass at Highway 105.

District 49 announced Inspiration View Elementary School, 9233 Vista del Pico Blvd., construction has been completed. 

A July 17 ribbon-cutting was planned for Children’s Hospital Colorado at 4049 Briargate Parkway, next to UCHealth Memorial Hospital North.

The town of Palmer Lake is considering closing its fire department due to lack of funding. A public meeting will be held 6 p.m. July 17 at Palmer Lake Town Hall to discuss the issue.

KKTV 11 News reporter Dustin Cuzick passed away July 11 due to ongoing medical problems. Cuzick, 36, worked at KKTV for almost 10 years, first as a news photographer and reporter, and later as an investigative producer and researcher.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, both Democrats, got into a Twitter spat over which state’s green chile was better.

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Colorado Springs celebrated PrideFest at America the Beautiful Park on July 13-14. This year’s theme was “Rise Up! Remembering 50 years of Stonewall,” in honor of the Stonewall riots that kicked off the modern LGBTQ rights movement. “Iscariot,” an Art on the Streets sculpture by Fort Collins artist Trace O’Connor, dressed for the occasion.

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