The Home Front: Rooftop gardens, SWAT teams and civil disobedience

Voters may decide this year whether the city of Denver should require environmentally-friendly rooftop gardens as a way to slow climate change, the Denver Post reports. If approved, the proposed “green roofs” ballot initiative would be among the strictest in the nation.

A “torrent of leaks” is pouring in from El Paso County and Colorado Springs law enforcement, writes the Colorado Springs Gazette. The leaks, which have come in the form of anonymous letters, website posts and contacts to local media “voice accusations about corruption, safety issues and a lack of transparency within their respective agencies.” Neither authorship nor the accusations have yet been verified.

The Boulder Daily Camera fronts a story about the benefits of full-day kindergarten, as Boulder Valley School District works to maximize those benefits. Teachers are now incorporating more movement, song, intentional play and both individual and shared reading. “Students don’t have to sit at desks to learn,” says Superintendent Sandy Riplinger.

In a push for inclusivity among its student body, CSU is considering making anĀ ethnic or women’s studies class mandatory for all students, reports the Fort Collins Coloradoan. The push for such a class, which would join math and composition classes as requirements, began in 2015 after Black Lives Matter protests at the University of Missouri rallied CSU students as well.

The Durango Herald leads with a story about Republican leaders in both Maine and Utah asking President Donald Trump to rescind Bears Ears’ status as a national monument. No president has ever taken such a step.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent writes this morning that Roaring Fork High School is considering establishing a Seal of Biliteracy for graduating seniors as “a way to recognize students who demonstrate proficiency in ‘listening, reading, speaking and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.'” Approval would make Roaring Fork one of just four Colorado schools with the seal.

Lafayette’s controversial “Climate Bill of Rights” is set for its first vote amid “increased strain,” reports the Longmont Times-Call. The measure would legalize civil disobedience in the name of climate protection. The vote will be held in a county library due to expected attendance.

Greeley SWAT and tactical EMS teams are training together to prepare for emergencies, writes the Greeley Tribune. Part of the rationale for the training is Colorado’s history with active shooter situations, though Greeley itself has not yet witnessed such an event.

Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter has announced his run for governor in 2018, reports the Loveland Reporter-Herald. He announced his bid at a private event Sunday, and pledged to bridge the rural/urban divide. The office’s focus on behind-the-scenes work, he says, is part of the appeal.

 

 

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