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Calhan's young mayor lands in deep end of disappearing water mystery

The Colorado Statesman

Nobody is quite sure what happened to the 2.5 million gallons of water that suddenly went missing in Calhan, but mayor Bryan Eurich is confident there’s a good explanation.

At 29, Eurich grew up in Calhan and has lived there almost all his life. As a result, he says, it’s hard for him to imagine how a thief could spirit that much water out of town without anybody paying heed.

Calhan, located 35 miles east of Colorado Springs, has a population of about 780 people.

Jeffco School Board recall backers turn in more than 100,000 signatures

The Colorado Statesman

Organizers behind an effort to oust three conservative Jefferson County school board members moved one step closer to their goal Tuesday as backers turned in thousands more signatures than are required to force a recall.

But whether an election will be held in November is another story.

At a rally outside the Jefferson County clerk’s Elections Division offices in Golden, organizers claimed to have collected 37,000 signatures for each board member they seek to recall, well above the 15,000 needed.

Town of Kassler supplied water for a thirsty, growing Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Kassler, Colorado. You’ve most likely never heard of it, even if you’ve lived here all your life.

Population: No one kept track exactly how many lived in this small community but, at its peak, probably no more than 40. It never had a mayor, a government, or even police or fire departments. It did have a one-room schoolhouse, where children carried in coal on cold winter mornings to heat the stove, and near the school was a cemetery.

State of Health

Colorado’s health co-op seeks just-right ‘Goldilocks’ zone

The Colorado Statesman

Amidst the marketplace turmoil generated by the Affordable Care Act, an entirely new entity was created in 23 states: a non-profit, member-owned health care co-op. Two of these have already closed their doors — one, covering Iowa and Nebraska, after undergoing bankruptcy and another, in Louisiana, in an orderly shutdown that will be completed by the end of the year. Several others are experiencing financial difficulties and their survival is in doubt. In Colorado, this non-profit insuror is the Colorado Health-OP, which covers 80,000 lives.

Wayposts

Romer honored with Fahrenkamp award, Cordero named VP at Metro Denver Chamber

Romer honored by CSG with Fahrenkamp award

Former Gov. Roy Romer was awarded the Bettye Fahrenkamp Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership on behalf of Western States at the Council of State Governments West annual meeting in Vail this week.

Hickenlooper touts ‘largest job announcement’ in state history

The Colorado Statesman

A major jobs announcement and a top business ranking in a national publication highlighted a week of positive economic news for Denver and the state.

On Tuesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper delivered outside the Capitol what he said was “the largest jobs announcement in the history of Colorado.”

The governor announced that San Francisco-based ZenPayroll — a Google-backed company that handles billions of dollars in payroll for thousands of small businesses across the country — will soon be cutting checks for its own workers in Denver.

Sale, remodel of Ford's Vail Valley home aims to downplay presidential history

But longtime resident’s legacy lives on
The Colorado Statesman

BEAVER CREEK — In the early 1980s, Colorado’s economy was languishing and the fledgling ski resort of Beaver Creek — just a few miles west of Vail — was in serious trouble.

But the ski area — first envisioned as a venue for the never-to-be 1976 Denver Winter Olympics — had one huge backer, who never faltered in his support of the Vail Valley and the new resort that first opened with an inflatable tennis bubble as its base lodge: former President Gerald R. Ford.

Chatter

Klingenschmitt draws furor over gay scout leader comments in video

State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, is at it again, and so are his critics.

After the Boy Scouts of America announced it was ending its ban on gay scout leaders, Klingenschmitt took to his online show, “Pray in Jesus Name News with Dr. Chaps” this week to condemn the move. “What they’re going to do is promote homosexual men to mentoring and campaign with your boys in the woods, and it will lead to child abuse,” he said in the video. “The children are in danger.”

Colorado River Day celebrated, conservation urged for resource

The Colorado Statesman

Whether they knew it or not, some 40 million Americans across seven states celebrated, Colorado River Day on Saturday, marking the anniversary of the day when the river’s name was changed from the Grand River in 1921.

Denver City Council approves multimillion legal defense contracts

The Colorado Statesman

Denver has lawyered up, so to speak — and, to the average resident, in a seemingly big way. Several multimillion-dollar contracts were approved by the Denver City Council, resulting in awards to three sizeable national and international law firms. Five million dollars’ worth of contracts, to be exact, were entered into on final votes on Monday night.