Headlines June 28, 2021

Headlines June 28, 2021

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Boulder Assisted Living Facility Cited over Suicide

An assisted living facility in Boulder has been cited for failing to take steps to prevent a resident’s suicide.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued the citation because the MorningStar staff did not conduct quarterly checks that would have shown the resident had a weapon and did not take action when the person expressed thoughts of suicide.

The Denver Post reports that On February 20 the resident died a day after he had asked staff to kill him. According to a state report, employees told inspectors that he had repeatedly mentioned dying by a specific method in the previous months.

The administrator of the assisted living home was also cited for allegedly trying to cover up evidence of safety lapses and for not seeing warning signs of the suicide in February.

Inspectors said the administrator attempted to hide or falsify information to make it appear staff had checked the resident’s room and hadn’t reported the suicidal statements.

Protesters in North Denver Protest Exploitation of Their Community

Activists in Denver marched on Saturday from the Elyria Swansea neighborhood to Brighton Boulevard protesting the exploitation of their community.

The Denverite reports the demonstrators want to keep residents in the area who have been in their homes years, and give them more power in the decisions that affect the neighborhood.  One resident said that now is an opportunity for true reparations for people who have been displaced and disadvantaged in Denver.

The Globeville Elyria Coalition has been concerned about the transformation of the area by the development of the National Western Center that covers a large part of north Denver. Property values could rise to the point that even more people would have to move out, without ever benefiting from the development.

However, the city says that residents will benefit from the project by having access to a new river walk surrounded by Colorado State University’s new Spur campus, and they will also be eligible for scholarships to attend university programs.

However, one of the protesters said that the city has failed in its efforts to involve the community and at meetings officials just bring their agenda and lecture everyone.

Governor Signs Immigrant Workers’ Bills Into Law

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill on Friday giving farmworkers rights.

The Associated Press reports that thousands of immigrants who work in agriculture will now have organizing rights, a minimum wage and pay for overtime. The governor signed another bill that will create a fund to help immigrants get legal representation in deportation proceedings.

The two bills were part of a package that the Democratic controlled legislature passed to support immigrant rights.  It will become easier for immigrants to obtain state and local benefits. And state agencies will be prevented from sharing personal information with federal immigration authorities except for criminal investigations.

Also, farmworkers must be provided with housing that conforms to pandemic guidelines, and must be given breaks for meals and rest, with a limit placed on the maximum number of hours worked.

The new law also prohibits the use of a short-handled hoe, that is known in Spanish as “el brazo del diablo” – the devils arm –that forces workers to stoop day after day in backbreaking work. The implement has been banned in California since the 1970s, and is also banned in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Judge Says Boebert Can Block Twitter Followers

Controversial U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert will be allowed to block a constituent from her personal Twitter account.

A federal judge in Colorado ruled that Boebert’s decision to block former state representative Bri Buentello did not violate her First Amendment rights because it was not Boebert’s government account.

The Denver Post reports that the judge, Daniel Domenico, was appointed by former President Donald Trump. Boebert is a staunch supporter of Trump.

Civil rights lawyer, David Lane who represents Buentello called the ruling a shame saying it limits free speech. He added that Boebert uses her personal Twitter account for political purposes and when her constituents are critical or her she blocks them.

Wildfire Update and I-70 Closed Due to Mudslides in Glenwood Canyon

Fire crews battling the Sylvan Fire in Eagle County have been assisted by recent rainfall. Denver 7 reports that a lot of the active flames have been knocked down.

Even though the area is still closed because of the 3,700 acre fire, some people are ignoring those closures. A White River Forest Supervisor said that people come into the area on trails that are not staffed, or they slip around a gate. Officials are concerned that those who do so could create a major hazard. The Sylvan fire is about 10 percent contained and is located 15 miles south of Eagle.

The larger Oil Springs fire south of Rangely was slowed by the wet weather. It now spans about 13,000 acres.

And the Muddy Slide fire didn’t grow much, but is expected to pick up as the weather warms. That fire is burning west of Kremmling.

Interstate 70 is closed this morning in both directions through Glenwood Canyon due to a new mudslide, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

CDOT said the second mudslide over the weekend was about 80 feet wide and as deep as 5 feet in some spots. Both yesterday’s slide and one on Saturday were flows of debris from the burn scar of last year’s Grizzly Creek Fire.