South of Colorado Springs, at Fountain Valley Regional Park, scientists from the state well being division earlier this month pulled fish out of Willow Springs Ponds, sliced into them and carved out fillets — not for a tasty barbeque, however to be scanned with a mass spectrometer to measure how contaminated they’re by so-called “ceaselessly chemical substances.”
The presence of poisonous PFAS chemical substances, which don’t simply degrade, in groundwater at a number of places alongside the Entrance Vary is of rising concern to Colorado’s public well being leaders, they usually’re now taking extra aggressive steps to counter this environmental degradation.
That features attempting to get a deal with on PFAS ranges in fish, wherein concentrations of the chemical substances can accumulate at ranges as much as 10,000 occasions increased than in groundwater. In Michigan, state officers warned residents to restrict their consumption of fish after heavy contamination was detected. Colorado officers might do the identical.
In the present day, Denver Put up surroundings reporter Bruce Finley takes a more in-depth have a look at what the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting is doing to deal with PFAS contamination, which is usually tied to firefighting foam used at airports, navy installations and refineries just like the Suncor Vitality facility north of Denver.
“We are literally leaping previous the setting of requirements into how we be certain that we all know the place it’s, intercept it, and keep away from it being launched into the surroundings,” mentioned John Putnam, surroundings applications director for the state well being division.
It’s a tall order. These chemical substances have been round for many years, in issues like fast-food wrappers, nonstick coatings in households, stain-resistant leisure gear, even dental floss. However Colorado’s well being leaders say they’re making efforts to take care of PFAS chemical substances a prime state precedence.
— Matt Sebastian, The Denver Put up
Hyoung Chang, The Denver PostKelsey Barton, a danger assessor on the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting, takes notes at Fountain Creek Regional Park south of Colorado Springs on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. She and a colleague reduce tissue samples from fish to be examined for the PFAS “ceaselessly chemical substances” that may construct up at poisonous ranges.
Screenshot of Colorado’s unemployment web site.
After every week dogged by tech glitches, Colorado’s unemployment officers despatched the primary batch of Misplaced Wages Help program funds out Thursday.
By the tip of September, a whole lot of hundreds of individuals ought to obtain the long-awaited unemployment enhance, officers mentioned.
This system, abbreviated LWA, was established by President Donald Trump final month utilizing cash from the federal Catastrophe Aid Fund. It gives individuals with $300 per week in additional assist for the six weeks stretching from July 26 by Sept. 5, in accordance with state officers, a interval choosing up the place the now-expired $600-per-week federal enhance left off. Learn Extra…
Proper now, Colorado’s new COVID-19 dashboard simply tells you what your county has been allowed to do up thus far, however going ahead it is going to allow you to evaluate counties and get an thought of whether or not restrictions will loosen or tighten within the close to future.
The Colorado Division of Public Well being and Setting launched a color-coded dashboard Tuesday that illustrated the advisable precautions for every county based mostly on their variety of circumstances, the proportion of assessments coming again optimistic and whether or not hospitalizations are going up or down. State officers pitched it as a option to enhance transparency about why counties have totally different restrictions. Learn Extra…
Andy Cross, The Denver PostProtesters block I-225 as they rally, calling for justice for Elijah McClain in Aurora on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Leaders of protests in opposition to the demise of Elijah McClain face years in jail after two prosecutors filed a bevy of prices in opposition to them Thursday for all kinds of alleged crimes — from stealing counterprotesters’ indicators to inciting a riot and kidnapping.
All the protesters — Lillian Home, Joel Northam, Terrance Roberts, Whitney Lucero, Trey Quinn and John Ruch — face felonies. The costs are related to demonstrations held in Aurora on June 27, July 3, July 12 and July 25. Learn Extra…
Denver Put up fileCherry Creek college bus drivers get their buses prepared on the Cherry Creek Bus terminal March 13, 2014 in time for his or her route.
Greater than 1,700 college students at Cherry Creek Excessive College are actually attending courses remotely after an outbreak of optimistic COVID-19 circumstances was detected among the many pupil physique.
In a letter to households, the district mentioned “a number of” 12th-grade college students examined optimistic, forcing 14 employees members and 146 different college students into quarantine till Sept. 23. Abbe Smith, spokesperson for Cherry Creek College District, mentioned the college has seen six optimistic circumstances within the final two weeks.
An extra 1,585 college students in the identical cohort have been moved to distant studying in the course of the quarantine interval. These college students are nonetheless capable of take part in sports activities and different actions, the district mentioned — aside from these decided to be shut contacts, who should quarantine. Learn Extra…
Jack Dempsey, The Related PressSome of the Denver Broncos kneel throughout the nationwide anthem previous to an NFL soccer recreation in opposition to the Tennessee Titans, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Denver.
Eighteen Broncos kneeled for the nationwide anthem previous to their Monday Evening Soccer recreation in opposition to the Titans, becoming a member of a rising variety of the league’s gamers who’re utilizing their platform to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
Linebacker Bradley Chubb, wideout Jerry Jeudy, working again Melvin Gordon and safeties Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson had been among the many Broncos who knelt, whereas defensive linemen Jurrell Casey and DeMarcus Walker stood with a fist raised. Additionally kneeling for the Broncos had been Malik Reed, Michael Ojemudia, Royce Freeman, Essang Bassey, P.J. Locke, Bryce Callahan, Duke Dawson, A.J. Bouye, Davontae Harris, Dre’Mont Jones, Shelby Harris, Lloyd Cushenberry and Calvin Anderson. Learn Extra…
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Hyoung Chang, The Denver PostArtist MPEK spray paints on the wall of Matchbox bar throughout the “Crush Partitions” road artwork competition at River North Artwork district in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.