DPS scrambles to fund new students and historic firsts at 2024 Winter X Games

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Migrant influx leaves Denver Public Schools short $17.5 million

As of last week, Denver Public Schools have welcomed over 2,800 new migrant students this school year.

School officials report that as many as 300 new students are registering each week — many having just arrived from the Southern border.  

Officials say the unprecedented wave of enrollments presents unique challenges. 

The state determines school funding in October– allotting around $11,000 per student. With the influx of new students in recent months, Denver Public Schools is facing a budget deficit of $17.5 million. 

As more students continue to arrive, this deficit is expected to grow.

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More new name suggestions for Kit Carson Mountain 

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names released a list of new names for Kit Carson mountain  in South West Colorado. 

The mountain is currently named after a Civil War General Kit Carson who is widely known for leading the infamous Great Walk which resulted in the displacement of thousands of Native Americans during the late 1800’s. 

Some of the new names include Lawrence Peak, Mount Crestone or Frustum Peak.

More suggestions will be discussed after the board releases the next quarterly report

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Indian Hills residents still without water

For more than one week, residents in the Jefferson Community of Indian Hills have been without water.

The Indian Hills Water District has been trying to access the water line since Jan 18th, when they first discovered a leak.  According to Denver7, the water line is located on a very steep hillside, which makes it difficult to access.

As temporary relief for residents, Foothills Water Services is providing 30,000 gallons a day to the Indian Hills community.

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X Games 2024 in Aspen wrap-up

Aspen hosted the 27th annual X Games this weekend. The three day competition resulted in some unexpected victories along with new categories for men and women. 

The Knuckle Huck event, which is similar to a round off on skies or a snowboard, included a women’s category for the first time. Both men and women saw new street style events.

17-year-old Great Britain based Snowboarder Mia Brookes became the second-youngest participant in 2024. She also made history as the first female snowboarder to land a 1440 Slopestyle, which includes four complete spins in the air. 

7 times SuperPipe champion Chloe Kim became the first woman to ever land a 1260 in the snowboard SuperPipe.

Silverthorne resident Red Gerard was able to secure his first gold medal ever in snowboard Slopestyle after competing 8 times already.

Overall,  US competitors took home 7 gold medals.

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