FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek.This is happening as residents of Colorado Springs (pop. 465,000) increasingly raise concerns about sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other pollution. On Thursday, residents pressed state health officials to reject a proposal to declare the 80-year-old Martin Drake Power Plant “in attainment” of federal air quality standards for SO2, a toxic gas that mixes with other pollutants and hangs over the city against mountains, with the potential to cause asthma, heart disease and other lung problems after even brief exposure. Colorado Springs Utilities plant operators this year deployed “scrubbers” to clean emissions, and federal Environmental Protection Agency overseers this week said average monthly SO2 emissions decreased to 31 tons a month, down from 330 tons a month in 2015.But Colorado air quality control commissioners voted 8-1 against re-designating the 80-year-old Martin Drake Plant as a facility in compliance with federal air quality requirements, acknowledging public health concerns and calls for cleaner air.The air concerns coincide with brainstorming by the Colorado Springs council members and developers about using the site of the Drake plant, downtown along Fountain Creek, for green space and a museum celebrating the Olympics. For years, Colorado Springs has served as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a training center for athletes.City council members have directed the municipal utility to analyze possibilities for ramping up the 2035 date for closing the plant to 2025, council president Richard Skorman told The Denver Post. And council members are mulling possibilities for shutting one of the two remaining generators in the plant sooner, by 2023, Skorman said.“Some of us would like to move it just because it is a huge blight on the downtown environment,” he said. “We have the ability to create a great green-way connection down there. … If we could move it out of downtown, we could use that site for urban redevelopment.”More: Colorado Springs still rolls coal in heart of city, but may shut Drake plant by 2025 as residents fume Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedule
Brendan Smith and the men\’s hockey team will fight to improve their playoff spot this weekend against UND.[/media-credit]Winless in its last four games, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team has one final series to right the ship before the WCHA playoffs begin.Considering No. 1 North Dakota is coming to the Kohl Center this weekend, gaining momentum heading into the postseason is easier said than done.The Badgers have only picked up one point in their previous four contests, but according to the players, securing home ice for the playoffs while facing the league’s top team isn’t a daunting task at all.“Overall, I just think we are ready,” UW defenseman Brendan Smith said. “If you can’t get pumped up for this weekend, what can you get pumped up for?”Despite posting a tie and a loss against Minnesota State last weekend, the team believes they competed at a high level. Outshooting the Mavericks in both games, the statistics would appear to back up that conclusion.“We just didn’t give up a lot,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “The numbers we gave up were in the low teens, and usually when you have those numbers you win. Other than the final stat of goals for and goals against, we competed hard in a tough building and in the third period we had them on their heels.”Depending on the results around the league this weekend, Wisconsin can fall out of the top five in the conference — losing on home ice in the first round of the playoffs — or the Badgers can finish as high as third. Most importantly, UW controls its own destiny. With a sweep, Wisconsin would secure a top-three finish, and the assurance of skipping the play-in game for the WCHA Final Five should help Eaves’ team advance past the first round.“In hindsight you want to finish third [in the WCHA],” Smith said. “But I think our goal is to come in and play as best as we can. We just want to fulfill our goal in hits, shots on net and chances created. If we can reach that goal it gives us the best chance at winning.”With so much on the line, Wisconsin is bearing down in practice to get ready for the Fighting Sioux — and to forget its last series against MSU.“I think the frustration kind of ended on the bus on the way home,” Smith said. “I think everyone is pumped. North Dakota-Wisconsin is always a battle.”“Just the way we have competed over the last couple of days, it has been at a really high level,” Eaves added. “Based on that, [determined] is a good word to describe it.”No matter what attitude the team plays with, UW will be hurt if junior captain Blake Geoffrion can’t suit up for the series. Geoffrion injured his leg in the second game at Mankato, and according to Eaves, any scenario with the first line center playing is unlikely.“It is under the umbrella of doubtful,” Eaves said of Geoffrion playing this weekend. “Tomorrow, if he can do things off the ice that allow him to get on the ice — you know, we’ll see.”Although NDU will be wearing green and black, the Badgers may see a little of themselves in their opponent this weekend. With only forward Ryan Duncan ranking among the top 25 scorers in the WCHA for North Dakota, the Fighting Sioux score the majority of their goals with a balanced offensive attack.“They are pretty balanced,” Eaves said. “If you take a look at their numbers, they will play four lines. They’ll use more than six forwards on their power play. They have that balance, and that is one of their strengths.”
Detectives are continuing the probe into the death of 68-year-old pensioner Ursilla Padarta, although they are yet to finger the woman’s killer.Padarta, called “Data,” of Lot 566 Bell West, Canal #2 Polder, WBD, was found dead last Wednesday morning in a sitting position in a chair in her living room. Her body bore a stab wound to the neck and another to the head. The discovery was made by a carpenter who had gone to discuss the construction of a sceptic tank that the woman had planned on doing.According to the Police, the woman was killed at some time after 19:45h on Tuesday and 07:30h on Wednesday. The murder weapon – an ice pick – was reportedly found in the house.Guyana Times was told that the woman had called a relative to talk about the construction works at some time around 20:00h last Tuesday; and at the time, the contractor was at her house. The following morning, the man informed relatives of her demise after reportedly stumbling on her dead body.The contractor, whom the woman had known because he would usually go to her house to spend time, had found Padarta’s door locked from the outside. He opened it and went inside, and made the gruesome discovery.Padarta’s nephew, Naresh Singh, believes the woman was killed after the phone call on Tuesday night.“She was sitting on the chair with a stab wound to her neck, so it gotta be that it happen last night; because, too, her door wasn’t closed from inside; it look like she was watching TV or something and wasn’t ready to lock up as yet,” he said.According to neighbours, the pensioner, who lived alone, usually locked up her home late in the nights. However, they did not recall hearing or seeing anything strange the night before.Meanwhile, this publication understands that the woman had collected approximately $123,000 cash, which was sent by her grandson from overseas on Tuesday to do the works. Her handbag which contained the money, cell phone and other documents, has gone missing.On the other hand, Guyana Times was also informed that investigators were on the hunt for a known junkie in the village, who had an argument with the now dead woman on Tuesday and was heard threatening to “deal with her” later.While neighbours could not say the reason behind the row between Padarta and the junkie, they suspect he might have gone to steal from the woman. According to nearby residents, he was last seen around the area earlier on Wednesday, shortly after the discovery was made.