Headlines April 13, 2021

Headlines April 13, 2021

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BOCO COVID-19 Safety Dial Debuts Friday

Boulder County Public Health says it will provide its own COVID-19 safety dial starting Friday, April 16 and continuing for 30 days. In a news release Monday, BCPH spokeswoman Angela Simental stated the county would provide a dial modeled after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s 3.0 COVID-19 dial, which expires April 15. Simental stated if current case incidences do not exceed 300 cases per 100,000 residents and positivity rates do not exceed 7.5% before April 16, Boulder County will move to Level Blue and remain on this less protective level for 30 days. Meanwhile, a number of people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to gradually increase in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 429 confirmed hospitalizations, the largest number in the state since Feb. 18.

In-person Classes Return to FRCC

Front Range Community College announced that it would return to mostly in-person classes this fall. President Andy Dorsey said approximately 75% of all classes would be returning to a normal schedule and capacity. During the pandemic, the four-campus college has been offering roughly 20% of its classes in person – mostly those that are difficult to do virtually, including science labs, health care training, machining, welding and automotive repair.

American Jobs Plan & Colorado’s Needs

The Biden administration released more details about the American Jobs Plan Monday. The plan is designed to create millions of good jobs, rebuild the country’s infrastructure, and position the U.S. to out-compete China. The fact sheets highlight 12 key areas to be addressed in the infrastructure plan, including the number of bridges and miles of road in each state in poor condition, the commuting times for public users, the percentage of households without access to the internet, and the billions of dollars required for water infrastructure. Colorado needs to include the improvement of the 481 bridges and over 3,600 miles of highway. Over the next 20 years, Colorado’s drinking water infrastructure will require over $10 billion in additional funding.

Amtrak Promises Front Range Rail Line

Amtrak says even if it doesn’t get $80 billion in federal funding as part of the Biden administration’s infrastructure package, it plans to move forward to extend a rail line that would connect Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins and Cheyenne. During a meeting yesterday, the CEO of Amtrak said the expansion would benefit the traveling public, create jobs, improve quality of life, reduce carbon emissions and generate economic growth. 

Gun Bills Land on Colorado Governor’s Desk

The Colorado Senate on Monday sent a gun storage bill to Governor Jared Polis.

If signed, the bill would require gun owners to use locking devices or safes to lock up firearms at home. If they don’t, they could be charged with a misdemeanor. A second bill on guns was approved last week and also sent to the Governor for his signature. It would require firearm owners to report to law enforcement within five days of learning their gun has been lost or stolen.