The Home Front: Hyperloop transit tube to ‘whisk passengers across the state in minutes’ wants governments to show their support

“A company trying to build a high-speed tube transit system that could whisk passengers across the state in minutes has a message for Colorado Springs-area governments and residents,” reports The Gazette in Colorado Springs. “Those who want Colorado Springs to be part of a Virgin Hyperloop One system need to show their support for the emerging tube transit technology, which some say could bring unprecedented mobility to communities up and down the Front Range. But first, officials must overcome many regulatory, logistical and financial obstacles. The Colorado Department of Transportation joined with the Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One last September to examine the feasibility of building such a system after the company announced that Colorado was one of 10 locations worldwide it would consider.”

“Longmont’s City Council members voted 6-1 on Tuesday night to give final approval to the city’s $3 million agreement with TOP Operating and Cub Creek Energy that officials have said will end oil and gas drilling from the surfaces of properties within the city, as well as city-owned properties east of Longmont,” reports The Longmont Times-Call. “Dissenting from the majority vote was Councilwoman Joan Peck, who said she did not want any hydraulic fracturing to free up oil and gas deposits deep underneath Union Reservoir — even if that and the drilling to follow is done directionally and horizontally from private properties away from the reservoir. Peck said she thought that allowing fracking underneath Union “is criminal.”

“School District 51 Superintendent Ken Haptonstall’s administration shakeup will mean new positions for more than 20 top leaders, a few new faces and a few folks being shown the door,” reports The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. “Four of five Board of Education members approved the personnel actions Tuesday, with board member John Williams abstaining from the vote.”

“Julie Bower grew up in northern Colorado, but when she drove into Windsor on May 22, 2008, she was shocked,” reports The Greeley Tribune. “‘I didn’t recognize a thing,’ she said. That, she said, brought tears to her eyes that day. As a paramedic, Bower was on her way to help residents just after the tornado that hit Windsor 10 years ago passed through.”

“Health Solutions, a Pueblo-based nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization, is one step closer to assuming ownership of the defunct El Pueblo Adolescent Treatment Community facility campus on the St. Charles Mesa,” reports The Pueblo Chieftain. “Dr. Dorothy Perry, CEO of Health Solutions, said a $10-a-month lease agreement signed with the board of El Pueblo will allow aesthetic and other improvements to be made while the nonprofit entity works through the licensing and zoning process.”

“Christina Boucher, former Colorado State University professor, has sued the university on allegations of retaliation after she reported sexual harassment,” reports The Coloradoan in Fort Collins.

“City Council greeted Steamboat Springs’ newest police officers last week, both eager to get out in the community and talk to citizens,” reports The Steamboat Pilot. “The new officers bring other experiences to the job … along with a sense of humor. ‘I’m excited for my first moose call,’ said Officer Rebecca Buttermore, who had obviously been browsing through Steamboat’s police blotter, which is known for its small-town idiosyncrasies.'”

“Just after putting out a Tuesday morning fire in Loveland, Ben Andersen recounted the night before, when he and other first responders rescued stranded hikers on the wrong side of the Big Thompson River,” reports The Loveland Reporter-Herald. “The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority lieutenant was one of four LFRA Swiftwater Technicians to make initial contact with the party, consisting of three men, a woman, a 3-year-old girl and an 11-month-old girl. The rescuers swam across the river to make first contact.”

“In his bid to become Aurora’s next congressman, Levi Tillemann has done more than just burn bridges. The 36-year-old wunderkind has started an inferno in an all-or-nothing gamble that has largely overshadowed his primary fight against fellow Democrat Jason Crow — to the potential detriment of both candidates,” reports The Denver Post. “The roll of the dice comes in the form of a secret tape recording Tillemann made — and subsequently leaked — of a conversation he had in December with U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, a political power broker and the second-ranking Democrat in the House.”

“Just one year ago, Eagle resident Agnes Harakal was so frustrated by the lack of available local services and the continuing stigma associated with mental illness, she vowed to change things,” reports Vail Daily. “As a family, the Harakals have struggled for years to help their son, who has been diagnosed as bipolar. Agnes said she just wanted to change peoples’ minds — to make them understand that mental illness was nothing to be ashamed of. She grappled with the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment, noting if people aren’t ashamed of getting treatment for cancer or diabetes, then why should they be ashamed of getting help for depression or bipolar disorder?”

“Durangoans would have a new 1,800-acre cultural, athletic and recreational wonderland if plans envisioned for Ewing Mesa, now dubbed Durango Mesa by the city, come to fruition,” reports The Durango Herald. “The three major elements in the Durango Mesa Area Conceptual Master Plan would include an athletic and sports field complex at the south end of the property, a new La Plata County fairgrounds/multi-events center in the middle and a cultural and special events center at the north end.”

“Boulder’s City Council on Tuesday advanced an ordinance that would make it easier to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) — even as members questioned the changes,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “A 7-2 vote sent the proposed revisions to a June 5 second reading and public hearing, with Cindy Carlisle and Mirabai Nagle dissenting. “There’s too much pressure on us to get it done too quickly,” said Carlisle, explaining her vote. She and other members requested more detail from staff, who have suggested 12 modifications to the ADU rules that would do away with parking restrictions and increase the size and frequency of such structures, commonly referred to as granny flats.”

“More than 60 Park Center Water District customers attended Monday’s city council meeting hoping to convince the council to find a way to allow them to have access to the city’s water system,” reports The Cañon City Daily Record. “Andrea Stein, a PCWD customer and organizer of the Cañon City Water Coalition, told the council that because of the problems many residents in the district have had with plumbing, appliances and drinking water because of water quality, they are concerned about their property values declining. They’re also upset that many of their homes’ infrastructures have been destroyed by plumbing problems.”

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