The Home Front: Arm the teachers in a Colorado school?
“On Wednesday, the fourth anniversary of the shooting that killed 20 children and six employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Hanover School District 28’s board will decide whether to arm teachers and other staff at school,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “Concerns about mass shootings are only part of what’s fueling the proposal to allow employees to carry concealed handguns,” the paper reported. “It’s more what’s coming into the neighborhoods,” board member Michael Lawson said at a board meeting.
The Boulder Daily Camera reported on an issue dividing the city: “Unlike co-operative housing, bike trails, homelessness or any of the city’s many hot-button issues of 2016, the matter the council is set to vote on Tuesday — a controversial proposal to make the West Bank city of Nablus, Palestine, Boulder’s eighth sister city — has a backdrop steeped in complex questions of international politics and religious oppression.”
“Colorado is set to be in the top 10 states for job growth, will experience an unemployment rate lower than many other states and will continue to see housing prices increase, according to forecasts for 2017,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “The outlook for Mesa County’s economy isn’t as rosy as it is overall in the state, but the good news is that the worst seems to be over.”
The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent reports Garfield County will join a lawsuit along with five other counties against the Bureau of Land Management “that seeks to block new rules from the Bureau of Land Management that look to limit the role the county plays in resource planning.” Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said in a news release. “The new rules fail to recognize that we are authorized by law to represent the public in our county,” he said in a statement.
“Larger class sizes, four-day school weeks and eliminating school bus service are among the more drastic options Greeley-Evans School District 6 Superintendent Deirdre Pilch put forward Monday to answer unexpected spending requirements and expected flat funding from the state,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “Along with failing to pass a $12 million per year mill levy override this past November, District 6 will foot the bill for a phased-in minimum wage law Colorado voters approved.”
Steamboat Today reports on a housing proposal that’s going to the city council and would “create a new neighborhood for locals on the west end of town, complete with space for a new elementary school, commercial spaces and a grocery store.”
The threat of litigation has a local school bond held up, reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. The paper has five things you need to know about it today.
The Denver Post reports on a $30 million grant that will help revitalize Sun Valley, Denver’s poorest neighborhood. “The money will be used to build 750 units of city-owned affordable mixed-income housing, an education hub, new parks, new commercial space for small businesses and an international, healthy-food market to meet the tastes of the neighborhood’s ethnically diverse population.”
“Citizens For Quiet Skies, the Longmont-area group that sued local business Mile-Hi Skydiving, has an appointment with the Colorado Court of Appeals on Tuesday,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “The group and some individual members living in Longmont and unincorporated Boulder County claim that Mile-Hi Owner Frank Casares was being negligent and a nuisance by flying what they said were unusually loud planes over their homes.”
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