Xcel Exec appears before Boulder City Council, Boulder Road construction projects, Colorado funds new immigrant students

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    04_22_24_am_headlines Kennedy Pickering

Boulder road construction projects

In the Boulder area today, two major road construction projects commence.

One, part of the 30th Street Corridor Multimodal Improvement Project, is located within the city between Colorado and Arapahoe Avenues.

Travelers in the area should anticipate delays. Detours will be available, and according to a city press release, access to surrounding neighborhoods and businesses, including Scott Carpenter Park, will remain accessible.

Expected to span about a year, the 30th Street Corridor Multimodal Improvement Project entails the construction of sidewalk-level, protected bike lanes, widened sidewalks, new landscaping, and improved transit stops.

The second construction project, also commencing today, is situated outside Boulder and will entail daytime closures throughout the week.

95th Street will be inaccessible to all travelers between Valmont and Lookout roads from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., today through Friday. As per a Boulder County press release, this marks the commencement of Phase 1 of a complete reconstruction project. Detour routes will be clearly marked.

The scope of work includes widening the road’s shoulders and implementing drainage enhancements.

The progress of all work is contingent upon weather conditions.

Xcel Exec appears Before Boulder City Council

Xcel Energy stands by its decision to disconnect electricity for approximately 55,000 customers in the Boulder area ahead of a severe windstorm two weeks ago.

Robert Kenney, president of Xcel Colorado, informed the Boulder City Council last week about the escalating risk of wildfires due to persistent high winds and dry weather conditions.

While addressing the council, Kenney acknowledged that Xcel could have improved its communication regarding the power shutoff plans to the public. The Daily Camera reported his remarks.

Some customers experienced power outages lasting up to three days, leading to significant criticism of Xcel. The company now faces an investigation by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, which commenced last week.

Kenney mentioned that the accuracy of online outage maps could have been enhanced.

As part of its response, Xcel is donating $50,000 to Community Food Share, a Louisville food bank that suffered losses of around a thousand pounds of food due to the power outage.

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Colorado will find new immigrant students

The State of Colorado is set to allocate $24 million to public school districts and charter schools affected by the influx of immigrant students into their systems.

Governor Jared Polis signed the $24 million one-time funding bipartisan House bill last week.

According to the Denver Post, thousands of new students have enrolled in Denver Public Schools in recent months, surpassing the deadline for per-pupil funding to Colorado school districts.

Denver School District officials informed the Post that they anticipate receiving between three and five million dollars from the new bill.

A sponsor of the bill stated that state lawmakers have a responsibility to ensure that all individuals entering public schools in Colorado receive an education.

The funding is slated to be distributed before the conclusion of the current school year.

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Boulder officials agree to pay Deaf woman from whom Boulder police took children

The City of Boulder will pay $75,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by a deaf woman.

The City Council unanimously approved the payment to Joslyn Montoya last week, with one council member absent.

Montoya sued the city under the Americans with Disabilities Act after a dispute with police two years ago resulted in her two children being taken from her for one night, according to the Daily Camera.

The city has also agreed to require the police department to improve its services for interpreting hearing-impaired people.

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Oganizers cancel Ride the Rockies

Organizers have canceled this summer’s annual Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour through the Rocky Mountain due to lack of interest. 

The non-competitive, fully supported tour has been a fixture for thousands of cyclists since 1986.

The Denver Post, citing the Tour website, says that those who have registered for this year’s event will be refunded.

It isn’t known yet whether Ride the Rockies will be back next year.

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