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Tons of trash, polluted water, flash floods that endanger the homeless and public safety convinced the Colorado Springs City Council to pass a controversial ban on camping near streams and waterways Tuesday. Introduced in February, the ordinance makes it an offense to camp within 100 feet of the bank of a stream. The maximum penalty is $2500 and 189 days in jail. For juveniles the maximum penalty is $500 and a sentence to probation. The ordinance includes a mandatory warning by police before a summons is issued. Homeless advocates see the ordinance as unfair to people with no other place to go. City staff sees it as an issue of public health and safety that cannot wait. “There are many factors that are causing the unsafe waterways,” said Councilman Yolanda Avila. “It’s not just persons experiencing homelessness camping in those areas. I want to do something, I do, but not at the expense of incarcerating and penalizing persons experiencing homelessness.” Homeless camp risks flash flooding Photo: City of Colorado Springs Councilman Don Knight responded, &ldqu... (ash, pollution and flash floods vie with homelessness in Colorado Springs creekside camping ban)
When officers found her in a dumpster at 5:30 a.m. on a freezing March morning, the woman appeared to be in horrible shape, Colorado police said.The 31-year-old woman’s hands were zip-tied, police said, though it appeared she had freed herself from other ties. She couldn’t speak, but she was conscious and breathing. The woman was quickly taken to a nearby Vail, Colorado, hospital to be treated for various injuries on March 27, police said. Detectives interviewed the woman at the hospital, and police asked members of the community to come forward if anyone had seen suspicious activity.“We’re not ruling anything out,” Detective Sgt. Luke Causey told Vail Daily at the time. “We don’t pull young ladies out of dumpsters very often.”But now one possibility has been ruled out, according to police: the possibility that the woman in the dumpster, Linnea Hayda, was telling the truth about how she’d ended up there. Vail police arrested Hayda on April 12 on charges of false reporting to police, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant. If convicted, Hayda could face up to six years in prison... (Sacramento Bee)
Best recruits: Iman Marshall, Ronald Jones and some dude named Sam Darnold, who was near the bottom of the Trojans' class and picked the Trojans over Colorado State, Duke and Northwestern.)Alabama (Best recruits: Studs Damien Harris, DaRon Payne, Calvin Ridley and Minkah Fitzpatrick. That's a haul friends.)FSU (Best recruits: Derwin James, Tartarus McFadden, George Campbell.)Clemson (Best recruits: Christian Wilkins, Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud.)Tennessee (Best recruits:Drew Richmond, Kyle Phillips, Khalil McKenzie and Alvin Kamara.) Georgia, Auburn, LSU, THE Ohio State and Texas A&M. Half of those schools have had coaching changes since that signing day. (Clay Helton was named the full-time head coach in November 2015.)Two of the top five had miserably disappointing seasons last year. Yes, three of the four teams in the college football playoff as well. So yes, getting the players is the starting point, but man getting talent and wasting talent will get you fired quickly. LeBron and Cavs debacleThe Cavs are a dumpster fire. LeBron and the Boys had a 21-point lead and got smoked in the second half by a terrible Orlando team. The wheels have come off.LeBron was even asked about waiving his no-trade clause after the game, and he said he would never do that to his teammates. (In truth, we believe LeBron is unwilling to waive that trade clause because of what it would mean down the road. No not to LeBron and future earnings. Rather, LeBron would seemingly be willing to sacrifice the extra millions he could get by resigning with a new team for the assets it would cost his new team in the trade, if that makes sense.) Stink, because we'll ask this: Would Lebron James being willing to waive his no-trade clause be the most interesting thing that could possibly happen in sports during the next 24-plus hours?OK, let's clarify. We must take all deaths off the books. And cheating/sexual scandals, because let's be honest, after the Michigan State stuff, 'interesting' is not the right word.Which brings us back to LeBron and the talking point of his no-trade clause. Multiple teams have, according to this story, inquired about whether LeBron would waive his no-trade clause. It makes sense. The Cavs are free-falling. Other than James, that roster is a first-round flame-out waiting to happen. It also makes sense for the Cavs to look to deal James. He's a free agent at the end of the season. The team rightly does no... (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Colo.) Solid Waste Management will invest $1.5 million to add liners to its landfills in order to keep trash from spreading into the nearby Colorado River.The plastic and synthetic liners will also help prevent leachate from seeping into the ground and into the nearby river.KJCT8 has more:"We want to have as little waste as we can possibly can, as little garbage,” said Grand Junction Resident Lindsey Gnesios."I decided I might as well do my part and at least recycle,” said Grand Junction Resident Tristan Robertz.Our waste is growing with 600 tons of trash dumped at our landfills every day."Our waste generation per person is nearing the 7 pounds per person per daymark in Mesa County, the national average is 4 ½,” said Director at the Mesa County Solid Waste Management Barrett Jensen.To help stop trash from spreading tires, dirt, and latex paint are added to the top."Compacting in the way that we do with the process that we do we are saving space and were protecting the air, protecting the ground, protecting the birds,” said Jensen.Read the full story here. (waste360)
COLORADO SPRINGS - [embedded content]A lady in red, of a certain age, cleaning up trash on the side of the road is eye catching. Then a handmade side on the back of a small SUV inviting volunteers to gather, adds to the curiosity. Jean Muller, was not planning on talking to a reporter, but she is glad to get the word out about grassroots effort she just started.One hour at at time, one day a week is the mantra of the effort happening for the first time this week in Colorado Springs. A small, yet to be named group, out doing trash clean-up on Colorado Springs northwest side. "I just decided I'll take the bull by the horns and do it myself,” said Organizer, Jean Muller. Rather than wait for government or some other organization, Muller proved social media is not just for teens. She went to the social media site Next door, that shares information in specific neighborhoods.She wanted to bring together people with like minded concern about litter. Days later she had... (KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News)