How Bear Creek Lake Park could lose popular trails, Denver to ban most flavored tobaccos and vaping products, Colorado home to best ski resort in North America, CSU Rams’ new head football coach and more Tuesday news

Water capacity expansion at Bear Creek Lake Park could lead to loss of popular trails

Katie Gill, founder and head of Save Bear Creek Lake Park rides her bike at the park in Lakewood on Nov. 15, 2021. The trail will be submerged if an expansion of Bear Creek lake is approved at Bear Creek Lake Park. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)

An ongoing study to increase water capacity at Bear Creek Lake could lead to a loss of popular park trails, shady groves of mature trees, and wildlife and bird habitat.

A $3 million, three-year “feasibility study” by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is underway with the potential to reallocate 20,000 acre-feet of water at the reservoir, according to expansion proposals.

A reallocation of 20,000 acre-feet of water would submerge close to 500 acres in the park, land now used by hikers, bikers, bird watchers and people picnicking in the shade. Submerged park land would include about a mile stretch of Bear Creek and Turkey Creek, Kieran Nicholson reports.

Report finds Colorado’s victim services programs and funders lack diversity

“The glaring takeaway for us was the disparity in how the funding is administered and distributed, and the second glaring takeaway was the disparity as it relates to the decision-makers on the boards, and the commissions — the folks who are responsible for determining how this funding is allocated.”

— Juston Cooper, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition deputy director

A Colorado nonprofit organization on Tuesday called for change after finding the state’s ecosystem for supporting victims in the aftermath of crime is dominated by groups and funders led and staffed largely by white people.

There’s a stark lack of diversity among the people making decisions about what organizations receive funding for victim services programs and among the organizations that are ultimately funded, according to a report released Tuesday by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.

That lack of diversity continues all the way to the victims who receive services, the report found. Victim services in Colorado are mostly provided to white people, even though Black, Hispanic and Latino people are nationally more likely to be victims of crime, Shelly Bradbury reports.

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