D11 workers testing Doherty for air quality

D11 workers testing Doherty for air quality

Officials at Colorado Springs School District 11 aren’t saying how long it’s been since the ventilation equipment at Doherty High School was cleaned, but they’re sure to be cleaned now.

The school has been basically closed since May 11 when two fires broke out, and testing in the buildings has revealed “higher levels than normal for ash, soot and carbon in certain areas of the building,” D-11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby says via email.

Those areas have been closed off to students and staff, she said, and D-11 facilities workers are cleaning and further testing vents and ducts, a process that will take several more weeks.

Rules and regulations governing schools in Colorado include this requirement: “Ventilation system filters shall be cleaned or replaced regularly to prevent excessive accumulation of dust or debris.”

As other media has previously reported, a piece of wood was found smoldering in an art room and a short time later a dryer in the laundry room was found on fire.

For information on how students are finishing out the year, including graduation, go to this link.

Ashby reports:

The District has tested several areas throughout the building to determine the extent of potential contamination from the two events last week. Although several samples came back Œpositive¹ for higher levels of ash, carbon, and/or soot, the information was inconclusive.…






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Celebrate the first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day

Celebrate the first-ever Colorado Public Lands Day

The only state holiday of it’s kind in the country, Colorado celebrates it’s first ever “Colorado Public Lands Day” this Saturday, May 20th. Established by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper last year, the new official state holiday will be celebrated annually on the 3rd Saturday in May, and will celebrate all federal, state, county and local lands used for public recreation in Colorado.…






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Sylvan Esso can’t look back now

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of the North Carolina duo Sylvan Esso seem to have spent the three years since their debut release studying power pairings like Sleigh Bells and Phantogram. On What Now, the sound is still dominated by weird electronic effects, but dance rhythms ranging from hard EDM to bossa nova are more insistent in delivery.…






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Dennis Hisey files for Colorado state Senate seat

Dennis Hisey files for Colorado state Senate seat

Former El Paso County Commissioner Dennis Hisey has filed as a candidate for State Senate District 2, a seat now held by Senate President Kevin Grantham, a Republican, who is barred by term limits from seeking another term.

The election will be in 2018, so the Fountain Republican is getting a head start.

He appeared in the Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival parade on May 6, as seen here on his Facebook page:

Hisey then followed up by filing his candidate affidavit with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on May 15.

So far, he’s the only one who’s filed for the seat, which represents an area that includes Fremont, Teller, Park and Clear Creek counties and the rural parts of El Paso County, wrapping around Colorado Springs to form a horseshoe.

Hisey served three, four-year terms as county commissioner, leaving office in January only to return to the public payroll in February as interim director of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.

That gig was to last three months, and it might already have ended.

His campaign website can be found at www.dennishisey.com where his background is outlined and those who endorse him are listed, among them 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May and Terrance McWilliams, El Pomar Foundation’s director of military and veteran affairs.

We’ve reached out to Hisey and will update when we hear back from him.






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