February 15, 2023
Headlines — February 15, 2023 Alyssa Palazzo
New North Boulder Branch Library Construction
City and library officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new North Boulder Library just before noon today, barring any weather-related cancellation.
This $12.5 million project has been in the works for over 30 years following the declaration of the land as the preferred site back in the late nineties.
The library will be a new center for adult language and literacy and after-school programs supporting working families and fostering equity and environmental goals.
The location is accessible by public transit and near the Boulder Meadows and Ponderosa mobile home parks; both historically underserved communities.
In a press release Library Director David Farnan said the library “supports our community’s love of learning, demonstrates our commitment to convenient and accessible public amenities and celebrates the diverse experiences and cultures in Boulder.”
Project construction will take an estimated 10 to 20 months, with the expected opening in early 2024.
CommonSpirit Health And AdventHealth Announce Split
One of Colorado’s largest hospital systems announced yesterday its plans to split CommonSpirt Health and AdventHealth.
The two entities have worked in partnership with Centura Health for 27 years. The reasoning given by the healthcare businesses for the dissolution of the partnership is that they believe they can better serve their patients by separate management of their hospitals.
CommonSpirit will manage 15 of the 20 hospitals in Colorado and Kansas; including Longmont United Hospital. Adventhealth will manage the remaining five – including Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville.
Health care consultant Allan Baumgarten told the Colorado Sun the driving force behind the split is not immediately clear but speculates there may be “possible tensions over Catholic health directives, especially in the wake of the U.S. Supreme court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.”
CommonSpirit Health has a Catholic affiliation, and AdventHealth has an affiliation with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Centura Health will continue management of all 20 hospitals until the split is final.
House Bill To Require Eco-Friendly Appliance Replacement Option
Colorado’s House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday allowing homeowners to replace their broken, under-warranty gas appliances with energy-efficient, electric ones.
Democratic Representative Junie Joseph of Boulder said in a press release the bill will help Coloradans save money and reduce harmful indoor emissions.
Researchers say gas appliances like stoves can emit unsafe nitrogen oxide levels indoors.
The bill gives consumers the choice to replace several types of gas appliances, including stoves, ovens, furnaces, HVAC systems and water heaters.
The legislation will also require home warranty service contracts to explain minimum efficiency and performance standards so that consumers can make informed choices about appliances.
For KGNU, I’m Benita Lee
Tally Ho Fire in Gunbarrel Accused Pleads Not Guilty
A homeowner accused of starting the Tally Ho Fire in Gunbarrel pleaded not guilty on Monday.
The homeowner is facing charges for a petty offense with a sentence of up to 10 days in jail and a fine of up to $300.
The fire started in the afternoon of April 19, 2022, after the woman spread ashes from a backyard barrel fire thinking they would be a good fertilizer. The ashes erupted into flame and spread to 10 acres.
According to the Daily Camera, “the charges account for damage to the yards and fences of eight residential properties as well as open space grassland.”
The pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 6.
For KGNU I’m Juanita Hurtado
Denver Activates Additional Overnight Shelter
The Denver Department of Housing Stability, or HOST, converted Denver Recreation centers into emergency overflow shelters last evening for people experiencing homelessness during the winter snowstorm.
The city is encouraging everyone to head indoors during the cold snap since freezing temperatures will persist over the next 48 hours. With lows near 15 degrees, it takes only 30 minutes to develop frostbite. The temporary shelters will remain available through Thursday night.
The warming centers will offer access to books, computers, and other media sources, as well as water, restrooms and places to rest.
Unhoused individuals should plan to check in at “Front Door” referral centers, which are offering walk-up access and potential transport to other shelters if necessary.
Headlines — February 15, 2023 Alyssa Palazzo