By Kendall Brunette
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made headlines this week as he expressed his concern about the government shutdown’s impact on Colorado’s flood recovery. According to the Huffington Post, 20 million gallons of raw sewage were dumped into Colorado’s river systems during September’s devastating floods. Furloughed federal officials cannot test flooded areas for diseases like E. coli because of the shutdown. Hickenlooper cited water quality and a lack of shelter for flood victims as just two of the many casualties of the government shutdown.
Gov. John Hickenlooper asked the federal government for authority to reopen Colorado’s national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park, despite the shutdown. 7News reported that President Obama agreed to allow states to use their own money to reopen national parks in an effort to lessen the economic losses associated with the park closures. Though the federal government allowed states to pay for their own park operations, control of national parks remains in the hands of the feds.
The Denver Police Department seeks information about a brutal beating at one of Denver’s light rail stations. According to 7News, five men viciously attacked and robbed 23-year-old Gregory Moscato in September. RTD security cameras caught the attack on camera, though police still search for the suspects. RTD increased security measures in response to the crime. Denver Police will not release details about the victim’s condition.