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Week of November 16, 2020


Contact Tracing Next to Useless in New Surge


Multiple States Reimpose Lockdown Over Weekend

Local, state, and national health officials all but abandoned coronavirus tracking tools such as contact tracing, as the virus exploded in ferocity across the country in mid-November. One Colorado health official said that Covid-19 was barreling through the state like a runaway coal train. In the past few days, School Districts 2, 11, and 20 have shifted to remote learning until 2021, and casinos in Cripple Creek announced they would close beginning Nov. 16. Gov. Jared Polis pleaded with residents to reduce or cancel any Thanksgiving plans, and the counties of the metro Denver region were considering a new lockdown that could be implemented as early as this week.

Health officials in other states were not waiting. On Friday, New Mexico imposed a severe two-week shutdown requiring residents to stay indoors. The states of California, Oregon, and Washington created a three-state compact that anyone entering their states, as well as tri-state residents traveling between the states, would have to undergo a 14-day quarantine when crossing state lines. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot imposed a 30-day stay-at-home order for city residents from Nov 16 to Dec. 15. Even the notoriously anti-mask states of North Dakota and West Virginia imposed statewide mask mandates on Friday in response to runaway virus rates.

The lethality rate of the virus is less than the March-April period, due to both mutations and better treatment regimes, but deaths in the U.S. now average 1000 per day, and currently stand at 244,000 since the first cases were recognized in this country. Hospital capacity, particularly for intensive care units, is reaching crisis condition in states like Montana. Gov. Polis said Colorado is still a few weeks from hospital capacity, but could be ICU-limited by early December.

Governors are doing everything possible to mitigate the effects on small business of a second lockdown, particularly since a second stimulus bill shows little chance of being passed in a lame-duck Congress. But indoor-venue restaurants and bars are left with few options. They are limited to 25% capacity in orange-level safer-at-home regulations here in Colorado, but can only provide carry-out service in many states. Some economists think that the incoming Biden administration will experience a “vaccine bounce” in the economy as vaccines become more widely available in late winter. But first, we have to survive a brutal and challenging winter ahead.



City to Hold Virtual Open House for RetoolCOS Module 2 on November 17


Colorado Springs Pro-Housing Partnership is encouraging members and friends to join a virtual open house the city is hosting Nov. 17 from 6 to 7 p.m., in advance of the release of a Mocule 2 set of design standards in housing on Nov. 18. The comment period will begin on the 18th, and the partnership is asking everyone to again send in comments to ensure that the city prioritizes affordable housing in this module. More information will come with an email from the partnership on Nov. 18. This will give people ideas on how to structure their comments, for those unable to join the open house. You can join the open house HERE.

PPJPC Seeks Interest for Officers of Board


PPJPC is distributing flyers to Colorado College, UCCS, and Pikes Peak Community College to seek student membership on our board. We also welcome board members from the general public. If . If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to a board position, contact us at (719) 963-2979, or  


RAWtools Offers "Taking Stock" as a YouTube/Facebook Resource Following June 28 Debut

RAWtools debuted its new poetry video, “Taking Stock: Loaded Words and Bullet Points” in late June to rave reviews. The video features local poets reading works on issues of gun violence. The video was directed and produced by Mary Sprunger-Froese and Lauren Weaver, and includes poems from Jonathan Andujar, former Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Susan Peiffer, NAACP activist Rosemary Lytle, and PPJPC Chair Loring Wirbel.  The video is now on YouTube for viewing at any time, you can find it here:

Active for Justice Podcast Covers Plowshares Nuns' March 5 Speech

As a means of remembering the recently-departed Sister Ardeth Platte, we'd like to remind you to check out the presentation Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert gave at All Souls Church on March 5. We were lucky to host the sisters for several events prior to the quarantine being enacted locally. 

Plowshares Podcast here:

350 Colorado to Launch Youth Action Committee TONIGHT (Nov. 16)

If you are a youth 24 years old or younger and are interested in climate change and environmental issues, you are invited to the launch of 350 Colorado’s Youth Action Committee kickoff meeting. The group will meet on the third Monday of each month, and you can register for the Zoom meeting HERE.

Phoebe and Katie of 350 Colorado YAC explain the committee this way:
We will discuss what needs to happen for the climate crisis in Colorado and what we can do about it as youth organizers. Whether that’s phone banking, making a petition or planning an event. This committee will do it with youth power and energy!
Our goals:
  • Build a strong coalition of youth who want be a part of climate action in Colorado
  • Give youth a say in their future in this state 
  • Organize strikes, educational events, webinars, etc. 
Can you commit to joining our youth action committee? Sign up now to join us!
In Solidarity, 
Phoebe and Katie 


Catch the Nov. 14 Lynching Memorial Online


If you missed the Nov. 14 memorial for lynching victim Preston John Porter at Denver’s Creekside Park, you can view the ceremony at the Colorado Lynching Memorial web site HERE.

Participants in the ceremony  included Rosemary Lytle, president of NAACP state conference; Aurora poet laureate Jovan Mays; Episcopal Church Bishop Kym Lucas; Rev. Tawana Davis of Soul2Soul Sisters; Gov. Jared Polis; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; and Denver City Council Member Candi CdeBaca.

The marker commemorates the Nov. 16, 1900 lynching in Limon of 15-year-old railroad worker Preston Porter Jr., falsely accused of killing a girl. Porter was one of four African Americans known to have been lynched in Colorado, who are being recognized by the CLM project.

Peak Environment Podcast 64 Examines CS Utilities' New Energy Plan


Podcast 64 of Peak Environment features speakers from Colorado Springs Utilities, discussing the city’s new energy plan. Christian Nelson and Michael Avanzi of Colorado Springs Utilities share the future of energy production in our community. The Colorado Springs Utilities Board approved an Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) portfolio in June of 2020 that represents a significant departure from the utility’s heavy reliance on coal and natural gas generation. What does this mean for the Pikes Peak region and renewable energy?
This episode was recorded at the Sustainability in Progress (SIP) event on September 16, 2020. Sustainability in Progress is a monthly program of the Peak Alliance for a Sustainable Future. During COVID we’re meeting virtually on the third Wednesday of most months from 8 to 9 a.m.

You can hear the latest podcast here:
You can also download the PDFs the CSU speakers here:

Also, be sure to catch Podcast 63, which covers the new energy market. What’s happening and what can we expect in terms of how we get electricity to power our homes, business and industry? How clean can it be, and what it will cost? Over the past twenty years, the energy market has shifted dramatically. The unsubsidized cost of wind and solar energy, with battery storage, has dropped below the cost of fossil fuel generation. The US Energy Information Agency expects the trend of dropping renewable energy and storage costs, and rising cost of coal, to continue. The shift to renewable energy for electric generation brings more significant benefits than lower electric rates.

 This episode features a presentation by Jim Riggins at the September Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. Jim retired after 30 years in the US Air Force, serving as a research engineer, pilot, operational planner, and weapon systems programmer. He also served as an operations group commander, and vice wing commander. He is a retired small business owner as a Home Energy Rater and Professional Building Analyst, providing consulting to builders and architects on energy efficient building construction and residential and commercial energy audits. Jim holds Masters degrees in electrical engineering, Military Art and Science, and National Security Strategy. He is a Senior Executive Fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He currently sits on the board of Mountain View Electric Association and serves as a volunteer on the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity building committee.

This program was recorded at the September 25, 2020 meeting of the Pikes Peak Environmental Forum. The Forum informs the community in Colorado Springs on issues of environmental import. Our monthly luncheon meeting topics have ranged from how earthquakes can predict weather events to sustainable energy solutions. Each month we learn something we weren’t necessarily aware we needed to know, but in broadening our knowledge, we deepen our understanding of, and our connection to, the world. Learn about future luncheons at our Facebook page, or contact us to be put on the email list for meeting notifications.

Pikes Peak Environmental Forum presenting sponsors are Becky Elder the Gardener and Peak Radar.

You can hear Podcast 643here:

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