Headlines July 15, 2021

Headlines July 15, 2021

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Power Failure at DIA Causes Flight Delays

Denver’s International Airport experienced a power failure yesterday afternoon that caused flight delays. The outage did not affect all parts of the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop shortly after 3pm, meaning that Denver-bound flights already in the air could land in the Mile High City’s airport but that those on the ground had to wait. Just before 4pm, DIA’s Twitter account issued a notice that power had been restored. The outage comes as DIA is in the midst of a leadership transition. The incoming CEO will take the helm tomorrow.

New Lawsuit Filed Over Gross Reservoir Expansion 

Denver Water on Wednesday filed the lawsuit and contends that Boulder County is trying to delay the Gross Reservoir expansion project which would raise the existing 340-foot Gross Dam by an additional 131 feet.

The Daily Camera reports that, among other things, Denver Water argues that the county’s permitting process is meant to prevent the already completed federal approval and has the potential to delay months of additional hearings.

The county has yet to be served with the lawsuit regarding the expansion project at the 440-acre reservoir just west of Eldorado Canyon State Park at the southern end of Boulder County.

In late June the county Planning and Permitting Department determined that Denver Water failed to supply satisfactory responses to some agencies’ response letters and comments submitted by the public.

Community Planning & Permitting Director Dale Case was surprised by the new lawsuit because two weeks ago, county staff informed Denver Water that the county had gone ahead and scheduled hearings in August and September without all the information County staff had requested.

The project has been the target of a number of lawsuits from environmental advocacy groups like Save the Colorado and The Environmental Group who organized the Save Boulder County campaign.

Boulder Tops List of Best Cities Despite Housing Crisis

Front Range cities have once again ranked high on U.S. News and World Report’s list of the nation’s best cities in which to live. In fact, Boulder topped the list for a second consecutive year. This, despite what many describe as an all-out housing crisis in the city and its glaring lack of diversity. The magazine says it took “housing affordability” into consideration as a metric, but that high costs were offset by high median incomes. The means the salaries of the city’s resident multimillionaires were averaged with those of its teachers, bus drivers and services workers, many of whom struggle to pay high rents and/or face long commutes to work from the more affordable outskirts.

The magazine interviewed a Boulder-based real estate agent who put the median sale price for a single-family home inside the city at over 1.3 million dollars. Other Colorado cities that ranked high on the high were Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins.

Students Who Left College During COVID Can Still Earn Associate’s Degree

Under House Bill 1330, an estimated 13,000 Coloradans who earned credits at a four-year public college but stopped attending in the past three years can now receive an associate’s degree. More than 700,000 people in Colorado have completed some college, but do not have degrees. Comments from Chris Rasmussen, senior director of academic pathways and innovation, Colorado Department of Higher Education.

A new Colorado law will offer a pathway for thousands of students who have completed significant course work at public colleges and universities to receive an associate’s degree. Chris Rasmussen with the Colorado Department of Higher Education says many students have spent a lot of time and, in many cases thousands of dollars in pursuit of a four-year degree. But due to a host of factors – changes in family circumstances, relocation or medical reasons – they had to withdraw from school. “And it’s a way to at least provide some recognition of the time that they’ve spent, the learning that they’ve accumulated, and to provide a recognition of that that has some value in the marketplace.”

Roughly 13,000 students who left college in the past three years are projected to be eligible to get an associate’s degree under House Bill 1330, recently signed into law by Governor Jared Polis. Critics of the measure say employers won’t be interested in hiring people who stopped after their sophomore year, and argue students who complete degrees through community college transfer programs are better prepared to enter the workforce.

Rasmussen acknowledges that an associate’s degree would have more value if a student returns to complete a bachelor’s degree. But he says students who get degrees through the new law will be better prepared than people without an associate’s degree.”They’ve completed a general education core, they’ve developed writing skills, oral communication skills, all the various things that are associated with general education. And they’ve also done some beginning study in the major.”

More than 700,000 people in Colorado have some college education, but do not have a degree to show for their work. Rasmussen says good-paying jobs in growing industries with staying power increasingly require a degree, a trend he expects to continue in the future.”Data from our own talent pipeline report in Colorado demonstrates that over 90% of what we consider the top jobs, those that pay above a living wage, will require some form of post-secondary credential.”

-By Eric Galatas, Colorado News Connection