Headlines July 30, 2021

Headlines July 30, 2021

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U.S. House Passed Bill to Turn Former Colorado Japanese-American Internment Camp Into a Historic Site

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill which would turn Amache, a former Japanese American internment camp located near the Colorado Town of Granada into a national historic site.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Colorado Congressman Joe Negue and Ken Buck, moves on to the U.S. Senate. The measure received broad bipartisan support, with only two votes against it in the House.

Between 1942 and 1945, the U.S. government removed 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese nationals from their homes on the West Coast and imprisoned them in so-called internment camps.

The Amache camp, also known as the Granada Relocation Center located in southeast Colorado, held around ten thousand prisoners of Japanese ancestry; including entire families with small children. Amache was one of 10 internment camps in the country.

CenturyLink Due to Make Payments in Settlement Case

More than 200,000 Coloradans will soon receive checks in the mail from CenturyLink.

The money comes from a 2019 settlement that the Colorado attorney general’s office reached with CenturyLink because the company deceptively overcharged consumers for services.

An investigation by the consumer protection division in the Colorado Department of Law uncovered evidence dating back to 2014 that CenturyLink unfairly and deceptively charged hidden fees, falsely advertised guaranteed locked prices, and failed to provide discounts and refunds it promised to consumers in Colorado.

As part of the settlement, CenturyLink refunded $1.7 million directly to consumers for overbilling errors before March 31, 2020.

CenturyLink also paid nearly $7million to the State of Colorado for violating consumer protection laws. Those funds will be distributed to those consumers affected by CenturyLink’s deceptive conduct.

The settlement required CenturyLink to change its business practices and explain clearly its pricing terms—including fees and surcharges—in its advertising and sales. The company also agreed to stop charging an Internet Cost Recovery Fee for future orders and to stop charging unreturned equipment fees to customers who return equipment on time.

Aurora Officer Resigns in Wake of Video Showing Him Beating Man With a Pistol

Aurora police officer John Haubert, who is facing assault and felony charges, submitted his letter of resignation on Wednesday.

Bodycam video shows Haubert choking and hitting a man with his gun upon arrest for a trespassing event that occurred on July 23rd.

On Tuesday, Haubert was arrested and is due in Arapahoe County District Court on August 9th for a bond hearing.

According to the Colorado Sun, the internal investigation of the incident will continue and Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson will make her decision public as to what discipline Haubert would have faced.

Search for Indigenous Remains at Schools in Colorado

The old campus of Fort Lewis College in Hesperus and the defunct Teller Indian School in Grand Junction will be investigated for the remains of Native children who attended the institutions.

The investigations come after the discovery of 215 unmarked graves at an indigenous boarding school in Canada.

During last week’s news conference in Denver, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that the U.S. government will assist local communities in identifying and investigating potential unmarked graves.

The Denver Post reports tribal leaders are being consulted to determine the most culturally sensitive way to go about the investigations and to respect those most impacted by the tragic history.

Two Park Hill Golf Course Initiatives on the Denver ballot This Fall

Two organizations that are at odds over the future of Denver’s Park Hill Golf Course have gained approval for their respective measures to be on the upcoming November citywide ballot.

According to Colorado Public Radio’s Denverite, the two ballot initiatives will attempt to change laws regarding the conservation easement of the golf course that has been established since 1997.

Westside Investment Partners which bought the golf course in 2019 wants to build a mixed-use development on the land with some park space, while the group SOS Denver wants all the space turned into a park.

If the SOS Denver’s initiative passes, Denver residents will have to give approval through a citywide vote to end a conservation easement and any development while the developer’s initiative will attempt to exempt the golf course land on a technicality defining a conservation easement.