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Monday March 29, 2021



Red Rocks Canyon Vandalism

Colorado Springs recreation officials are again asking visitors to do no harm when they head out to local parks and attractions. The city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department says vandals recently spray-painted sandstone rocks in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space. The department posted a picture of the rocks in the Kenmuir Quarry area showing the word "love" painted in giant letters along with other graffiti. Officials say the rocks are now permanently damaged.


Local Southeast Colorado News

Bent County Concealed Carry Class

The Bent County Sheriff’s Office will host another Concealed Carry Class April 22nd, At 7:00pm. The class will be held at the Las Animas Fire Department on 435 5th Street at a Cost of $50. Call the Bent County Sheriff’s office at 7194561363 for questions guns will not be required to attend the class.


La Junta city council hears suggestions for changes to dumping and camping regulations

La Junta City Council has discussed 2 possible changes in their most recent meeting. The changes would address camping in the La Junta Wal-Mart parking lot and electronic waste. Concerns include motorhome campers dumping their trash in the area, and speculation that some campers could be up to illegal activities. Mayor Jeffri Pruyn said the issue comes up every other year or so, mentioning "When they're on the streets we definitely have an ordinance, but when they're in the parking lot it becomes a bit different because it's Walmart's property.” In similar instances the city of La Junta had to rely on the private owner to take action to remove the campers. The discussion has been tabled until the next City Council Meeting.


State News

Colorado

Federal government approves changes to Colorado standardized testing

Most students will only be required to test in just one subject this year for Colorado standardized tests. This comes as The U.S. Department of Education approved Colorado’s Plans to change testing. CMAS testing will consist of only English for grades 3rd, 5th, and 7th’ and Math for grades 4th, 6th, and 8th. Educators across Colorado are pleased that the U.S. Department of Education recognized that full-scale standardized testing this year would be not only unnecessary, but also harmful to students struggling to survive academically during the pandemic.


Colorado Avalanche Auction

The Colorado Avalanche will be auctioning off some special jerseys to raise money for the Colorado Healing Fund. Avalanche players wore special "Boulder Strong" jerseys during warmups last Thursday. The number 10 was on all of the jerseys, symbolizing the ten victims killed in the King Soopers mass shooting in Boulder a week ago. Beginning today, the Avalanche are auctioning off the jerseys to raise money for those affected by the shooting. Bids can be made at www.ksc.givesmart.com.


Kansas

Fentanyl

The Garden City Police Department has received information that there has been an influx of counterfeit pharmaceuticals that have been laced with fentanyl. Officers have seen an increase in overdoses, which they suspect to be related to these counterfeit pharmaceuticals. The Garden City Police Department is requesting assistance from the community. If you have information related to these pharmaceuticals, they encourage you to call the Garden City Police Department at (620) 276-1300.To remain anonymous, can call Crime Stoppers at (620) 275-7807.


Kansas Majority Leader Criminally Charged

Criminal charges are filed against Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop. The Shawnee County, Kansas, District Attorney's Office announced that Suellentrop has been charged with Eluding Police, Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Driving the Wrong Way on a Divided Highway, and Speeding. The charges stem from the Wichita lawmaker's arrest, after he allegedly drove the wrong way on Interstate-70 in Topeka; and led police on a chase.


Kansas Department of Labor Fraud Sites

The Kansas Department of Labor has issued a fraud alert on fake websites involved in scams. Several fraudulent Social media accounts, email accounts and websites have been created with the intent of gathering personal information. Website misspellings and a web address ending in .com, are the most common among the scam sites where 1000s of Kansas residents have fallen victim. As a reminder, the official website of the Kansas Department of Labor is www.KansasBenefits.gov.


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