Submit Premium: Our high tales for the week of Aug. 24-30

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The incoming chief of the Regional Transportation District has overseen large budgets and dug into day by day operational particulars at different transit businesses. She has negotiated tough labor contracts, together with in a metropolis infamous for union strife.
She’s additionally managed a board of administrators rife with complexity and conflicting pursuits.
Debra Johnson will want all of these expertise in Denver when she takes the reins as RTD’s new common supervisor and CEO, inside and out of doors observers say. She’s coming aboard at a time when the metro space’s transit supplier faces not solely super fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, but additionally funds imbalances, underfunded rail initiatives, and an out of doors overview that kicked off this month.
That overview may suggest drastic adjustments to the setup of the 51-year-old district, which has struggled to restore fraying public belief brought on partly by service cuts and fare hikes.
The final time RTD employed a brand new boss from exterior the company was in 1995, when it tapped Cal Marsella in one other time of turmoil. He would turn out to be the daddy of FasTracks, the large transit growth authorised by voters in 2004. Learn extra…
— Jon Murray, The Denver Submit 
RTD’s new chief faces huge challenges at cash-strapped transit company
Rachel Ellis, The Denver PostAn RTD prepare waits for a passenger to board at Union Station in Denver on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.

5 in-depth appears at Colorado within the age of coronavirus
Billionaire Robert Smith, Denver native and richest Black American, reportedly underneath prison tax investigation
John Leyba, The Denver PostRobert Smith, the wealthiest African American and DU’s graduate college graduation speaker, was photographed on June 9, 2017.
Denver-born billionaire and philanthropist Robert F. Smith is underneath prison investigation for potential tax crimes, in line with reporting by Bloomberg.
In a narrative revealed Friday, Bloomberg reporters detailed a U.S. Division of Justice investigation into whether or not or not Smith paid U.S. taxes on about $200 million in belongings moved by monetary constructions based mostly within the Caribbean. The investigation started in 2016, late in President Barack Obama’s administration, in line with Bloomberg. Learn extra right here…

A working checklist of COVID-19 instances in Colorado’s Okay-12 faculties
Alex McIntyre, The Greeley TribuneBuses sit within the lot on the Greeley-Evans College District 6 Fleet Upkeep Middle in Greeley Aug. 19, 2020. The district has carried out extra sanitizing procedures for varsity buses and requires masks to be worn by drivers and college students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was a query of “when,” not “if,” the coronavirus would make its means into Colorado faculties, as many Okay-12 districts reopened for in-person studying this month. In some, it took simply days for college students and employees to be pressured into quarantine.
The Denver Submit is retaining a working checklist of the school-related COVID-19 instances we study. College districts will not be required to publicly disclose when instances pop up, though outbreaks are reported weekly by the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings. Which means this checklist will not be complete, and reporting might typically lag.
If you already know of a case not listed right here, please e mail Tiney Ricciardi at cricciardi@dangolka.com. Learn extra right here…

Boulder fraternity to be fined over giant gathering of CU college students with out masks or social distancing
Chet Unusual, Particular to The Denver PostFace masks and “COVID Kits” have been handed out to college students throughout school transfer in day on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 on the College of Colorado in Boulder.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in Boulder might be fined for a gathering that drew 120 college students to the group’s home on College Hill this week, flouting COVID-19 well being protocols.
Marc Stine, who oversees the Interfraternity Council on the Hill, mentioned the governing group will nice Sigma Alpha Epsilon $10 per member, or about $1,750 whole, for this primary infraction.
“That nice is for violating public well being guidelines, however it’s additionally for embarrassing the fraternity neighborhood so publicly,” Stine mentioned Thursday. “Yesterday was the primary time that we had proof of a big gathering of scholars on a fraternity property with out masks or social distancing.” Learn extra right here…

Two Colorado Okay-12 faculties report COVID-19 outbreaks amongst employees, two outbreaks tied to CSU nonetheless ongoing
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostMedical assistant Genna Naranjo will get able to administer a Covid-19 take a look at to individuals within the car parking zone of Hinkley Excessive College on Aug. 10, 2020 in Aurora.
Two Colorado Okay-12 faculties have reported outbreaks of the brand new coronavirus since restarting in-person courses earlier this month, each involving contaminated employees members.
Whereas simply two faculties made the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings’s weekly outbreak checklist — up to date Wednesday — extra have discovered instances as they preemptively take a look at college students.
The state well being division defines an outbreak as two or extra instances of COVID-19 inside two weeks which can be linked to the identical location or occasion. Learn extra right here…

Colorado wildfire replace: Newest on Pine Gulch, Grizzly Creek, Cameron Peak and Williams Fork fires
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostA small vacant farm home sits on the base of mountainsides that have been fully burned from the Pine Gulch Hearth within the Roan Creek Drainage on Aug. 25, 2020 in De Beque.
A chilly entrance on the finish of the week has been a welcome reprieve for fireplace crews round Colorado, as cooler temperatures, rain and better humidity have helped stifle wildfire development.
The change in climate has allowed containment to rise on the state’s two largest fires — Pine Gulch close to Grand Junction and Grizzly Creek in Glenwood Springs — and improved air high quality up and down the Entrance Vary. Learn extra…
Click on right here to skip to a particular fireplace: Pine Gulch fireplace | Grizzly Creek fireplace | Cameron Peak fireplace | Williams Fork fireplace | Wildfire map

Picture of the week
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Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostPatrick Richardson and his canine Betty try the distinctive formations of the Wheeler Geologic Space within the Rio Grande Nationwide Forest on Aug. 7, 2020 close to Creede.

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