8 stories making headlines this week


  • Pam Zubeck

Veterans Day 2019, observed on Nov. 11, was a special one, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the holiday. World War I ended in 1918, and the first Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, was held the following year. The remembrance was marked by a moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. For the people of Colorado Springs, home to five military installations, Veterans Day has a special meaning. Many local veterans’ graves were decorated to honor the occasion.

Colorado received $18.35 million in federal highway money, earmarked for roads that will advance military access, including State Highway 94, Interstate 25 and South Academy Boulevard.

Sen. Michael Bennet filed on Nov. 6 to be on the presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire. Bennet, a Democrat, has been polling at 1 percent or less.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center has been awarded re-accreditation by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, its seventh since 1999.

Repair and stabilization on Fountain Creek’s embankment at Willow Springs Ponds has forced sections of Fountain Creek Regional Trail and Ceresa Park closed from this month until next March.

The next statewide “Heat Is On” DUI enforcement period will last 10 days around the Thanksgiving holiday, starting Nov. 22. Officials arrested 228 drivers for DUI during the Halloween campaign, 150 fewer than last year.

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, was among a bipartisan group of legislators to introduce a bill aimed at reducing firefighters’ exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam.

  • Courtesy Black Hills Energy

Pueblo Central High School STEM students attended the Nov. 7 ribbon cutting for the Busch Ranch II wind farm near Walsenburg. Utility company Black Hills Energy expects the wind farm, which includes 27 turbines, to power around 28,000 homes in southern Colorado each year.

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