Headlines — August 1, 2022

August 1, 2022

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New Round of Denver E-Bikes Rebates Available Today

Denver has opened a new application window for instant rebates on e-bikes and e-cargo bikes. 

The program has proven to be so popular in the past that demand for the rebates has exceeded supply. Denver’s climate office is able to open new application windows when previously approved rebates go unredeemed after 90 days. 

In addition to the e-Bike rebate program, Denver residents are eligible to check out e-Bikes at several neighborhood e-Bike libraries.

Boulder Rep. Edie Hooten Withdraws from Race

State representative Edie Hooten withdrew from the race for House District 10 for the November elections. She has been the Boulder representative for the past six years, and is eligible for one more term of two years but announced she is opting out. 

In a letter to the public, Hooten announced she wants to spend more time with her family and husband and to have more time for personal hobbies. In her letter, she wrote, “I’ve been honored to play a role in codifying reproductive health care rights in state law, passing a red flag law and local control of firearms, improved monitoring and enforcement for air toxins and greenhouse gas emissions, and funding universal Pre-K school.” 

She shared her confidence in Boulder to find a solid replacement. She will finish out her term which ends when the new reps are sworn in for the 2023 session.

A Car Crash Kills a Broomfield High School Student 

Last week a crash involving 5 Broomfield High School Students occurred at the intersection of US 287 and Dillion road. They collided with a semi-truck while going south on highway 287 according to the Lafayette Police Department. All 5 individuals were taken to the hospital where one of the occupants died who attended Broomfield High School. The police have not released the identities of the students. They’re looking at Alcohol and distracted driving as possible reasons for the crash, according to the Daily Camera. 

Broomfield High school Principal Ginger Ramsey released a statement on Friday giving her condolences and support to the families of the students who died. “It is with heartfelt sadness that I share news of a tragic car crash that happened last night involving five Broomfield High School students,” Ramsey said in the statement.

The Boulder Valley School Districts Trauma Team has been activated and counselors will be available to students and families.

Hometown Makeover In Fort Morgan 

HGTV has announced that Fort Morgan is going to be the focus of a new season of their popular renovation show Hometown Takeover.  The show, which is in its third season, brought in about 24 million viewers when it revitalized the downtown and homes in Wetumpka Alabama. 

HGTV made their Fort Morgan plans official Tuesday with a surprise visit to a town rally in the 200 block of Main Street. A cookout, fire and police vehicles and loads of residents met at the event during lunchtime according to the Fort Morgan Times. 

The six-season series is set to premiere in early 2023, a release from HGTV reads. It is unclear when work by the HGTV cast might begin, but the HGTV release reads that the aim is to “mobilize and inspire more HGTV expert stars and residents to tackle renovation projects across homes, local businesses, and community spaces, amplifying the town’s charm and building community pride.”

Free Admission into Colorado State Parks Today

Today is National Colorado day and to celebrate, all admission into Colorado state parks is free. From State Forest to the various lakes, getting outside to some breathtaking locations will cost you nothing today. A full list of the state parks is available at cpw.state.co.us.

Colorado History Museums Also Free Today

Admission is also free to all state-run history museums. That includes the Center For Colorado Women’s History Museum in Denver and The Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin in Leadville. More information is available at historycolorado.org.

History Colorado has named Dr. Jared Orsi as Colorado’s Next State Historian

Bringing to the position 20 years of experience, the State Historian’s Council believes that Dr. Orsi’s scholarship “is rooted in a commitment to illuminating the histories of all who have called Colorado home, as well as a compelling hope that our shared history can light the way to a brighter future.”

Dr. Orsi, a professor of history at Colorado State University, says he intends to spotlight the history of public lands and indigenous peoples.  “[History] shows how choices, made by people of the past, built the world we inhabit,” said Dr. Orsi. “I would like history covered in a way that empowers people to think about the future they would like and to go out and make it happen.”

Every year since 1924, History Colorado has appointed a new State Historian, who takes office on August 1st in honor of Colorado’s birthday. Dr. Orsi is succeeding Dr. Nicki Gonzales.

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