Homebrew: Naysayers fail to block Colorado Springs homeless shelter

Now open

Downtown Colorado Springs business owners and residents have been griping that a cold-weather homeless day shelter would hurt businesses, be unsafe and unclean. But the Colorado Springs Downtown Review Board allowed the Salvation Army center to open anyway. Officials look forward to the facility serving the poor and saving lives – even if some curmudgeons object.

Shot down

Farmer James Johnson was flying a small plane to check out his corn irrigation when a hunter shot him out of the sky injuring him, reports The Denver Post. Now, the shooter has been arrested.

Red hot

This week, wildfires forced people to evacuate their homes in Larimer County. At least 12 people spent the night in a Red Cross shelter, according to The Coloradoan. Today, the Forest Service has the fire largely under control and evacuation orders have been called off.

TABOR trouble

Thanks to TABOR, 87 percent of taxpayers pay more for school in property taxes than they would without the measure, states a new study, “Measuring the Impact of Tax and Expenditure Limits on Public School Finance in Colorado.”

Race matters

Colorado should lead the nation’s conversation on race, write state representatives Joe Salazar and Jovan Melton in The Aurora Sentinel. But every time they try to address the issue, critics bash them. Why? Whites fear people of color, the lawmakers argue.

No harm

A week ahead of deadline, a federal agency ruled that the Colowyo Mine poses no threat to the environment – including having no a negative impact on climate change, reports The Grand Junction Sentinel. This comes in response to a lawsuit from the environmental group WildEarth Guardians and an onslaught of political pressure from the coal industry.

Ban lifted

Denver lifted a one-day ban on marijuana and edibles from two companies that had been using old labels stating that a now illegal pesticide was on their weed. Turns out, the marijuana was clean and the old labels were just out of date. Via The Denver Post.

 

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