8 stories making headlines this week


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  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A federal judge blocked a move by President Donald Trump’s administration to allow expanded drilling, mining and livestock grazing across greater sage-grouse habitat in seven Western states, including Colorado.

Air Force Academy Dean of Faculty Brig. Gen. Linell Letendre assumed command Oct. 17 after the Sept. 13 retirement of Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost.

Colorado Springs Police are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration for a “Drug Take Back Day," which encourages people to turn in unused perscription medication, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. For sites, visit takebackday.dea.gov.

In a surprise move, Rep. Doug Lamborn voted with the rest of Colorado’s delegation in the House of Representatives to oppose President Trump’s withdrawal of troops from northern Syria

Under a Colorado Judicial Department program, lawyers will volunteer to provide free legal assistance from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25, at 270 S. Tejon St.

The Secretary of State’s Office ruled Oct. 18 that an effort to recall State Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, was insufficient. Only four of 13,506 required signatures were submitted.

  • Pam Zubeck

On Oct. 15, Colorado Springs launched a two-year effort to plant 18,071 trees across the city with the planting of an Ohio buckeye tree on the grounds of the Pioneers Museum. Mayor John Suthers, second from left, said the city plans several promotions for the Tree Challenge, and city forester Dennis Will, next to Suthers, said the city’s trees are valued at $900 million.

  • Courtesy City of Colorado Springs
  • Jill Gaebler

Colorado Springs Utilities Board Chairwoman Jill Gaebler, reacting to a study in Geohealth: Two coal-fired  units at Pueblo's Comanche station are scheduled to close by 2025;  Colorado Springs' Martin Drake Power Plant is expected to close in 2035. Closing them now could prevent two to four premature deaths each year. "While there continues to be controversy on whether fossil fuel emissions contribute to climate change, there is absolutely no doubt that these emissions greatly harm our health," Gaebler said.


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