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    MorningMagazine_2024-03-28 Franziska Stangl

City of Boulder and two Native tribes want feedback on plans for farm site

The City of Boulder and representatives from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes are requesting feedback on a plan for the Fort Chambers-Poor Farm site.

A draft version of the plan uses the phrase “heal the land, heal the people” to describe the guiding vision for the site.  One of the ideas is to add a “healing trail” with Indigenous plantings.

According to The Daily Camera, the site sits in open space just northeast of Boulder and has a complicated past with ties to the infamous Sand Creek massacre.

The site was likely once home to Fort Chambers, where more than 100 Boulder-area men from Company D of the Third Colorado Cavalry Regiment trained in August and September of 1864. On Nov. 29, they participated in the killing of more than 200 peaceful Arapaho and Cheyenne people in southeastern Colorado in the Sand Creek massacre.

Arapaho and Cheyenne leaders had sought peace in the fall of 1864, and the people camped at Sand Creek had been promised that the U.S. Army would protect them. 

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RTD approves major cuts in rail service

The Regional Transportation District Board approved major temporary cuts in rail service late Tuesday night.

Rail service along the I-25 corridor from downtown Denver to the south suburbs will be reduced to one train per hour. Other cuts include elimination of the L-line loop between Five Points and downtown.  RTD says the cuts are necessary to facilitate maintenance and repair along the routes. 

Most of the cuts will go into effect in May and last through September.  According to The Denver Post, many commuters who depend on RTD rail shared their concerns about the cuts with the board at the Tuesday meeting.

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Boulder County Democrats have narrowed down candidates for multiple state offices

The candidates for the Democratic primary for state senate and state house seats were selected this last Saturday, according to The Boulder Reporting Lab.  

Due to the heavily Democrat-leaning composition of the state and House-Senate districts in Boulder County, the winners of the Democratic primary races in Boulder County are typically the winners of the general election.

Tina Mueh, a middle school science teacher, is running against Junie Joseph, who is currently serving in House District 10.

In Senate District 18, which includes the cities of Boulder, Superior, and Niwot, the current senator Steve Fenberg, is term-limited.  State representative Judy Amabile is running for the seat, as is Jovita Schiffer, an independent education consultant.

A multi-county assembly will be held online on April 10 to determine who will be remaining in the Democratic primary race for House District 49 between Lesley Smith and Max Woodfin.  Alternatively, the candidates in this race can appear on the ballot if they receive enough signatures.

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New contract approval for Denver Basic Income Project

Denver City Council has approved a contract providing $2 million to the Denver Basic Income Project.

The infusion of cash means the program will be able to continue into this summer. A project spokesperson told Denverite the new funding will allow them to hand out money until July.

Under the Basic Income Project, people experiencing homelessness can receive no-strings-attached sums of money. More than eight hundred people have received payments between fifty and one thousand dollars a month since the project began a year and a half ago.

University of Denver researchers say that so far, the Basic Income Project has helped improve rates of homelessness and employment. Their full report is due in June.

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