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New Vision Zero Map-Based Survey Launched


Tool to Gather Critical Community Input on Safety of Denver Streets


DENVER – Do you think cars drive too fast down your street or know of a sidewalk blind spot where cars cannot see you? Maybe you know a place where the bike lane could use more protection from traffic or does not connect through to your destination? Crash data only tells one side of the story, and we want to hear from Denver residents where they think our streets can be made safer.


“To create mobility freedom in our city, our people must feel safe no matter the mode of transportation they choose,” Mayor Michael Hancock said. “The city and state have considerable crash data, however, feedback from our residents regarding where they believe safety on our streets can be improved is just as important. This survey will help Denver broaden our insight into the safety of our streets and neighborhoods.”


Denver residents and visitors are encouraged to visit to take the map-based survey, select the location of their feedback, and add it to the map before April 30, 2017. Responses from the Vision Zero map survey will be used collectively by the city’s Vision Zero Technical Advisory Committee to identify patterns in behavior and street design to help set priorities for the Vision Zero action plan.


posted Oct 31, 2016, 11:08 PM by Alamo Placita   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 11:08 PM ]

Neighborhoods 8 & 9 Assembly


ALL ARE INVITED (existing CHUN members and non-members alike)!


Come join your neighbors in a discussion on the following topics:

- Update on apartment development at 7th & Grant (a representative from The Dinerstein Company will be present)


- Discussion about the increase of homeless in this part of Capitol Hill (Chris Gaddis, from the City of Denver's Neighborhood Prosecution Team will be present)


- Election of CHUN neighborhood delegates from Neighborhoods 8 & 9 (2 each)


Monday November 7th, at 7:00 pm

Govnr’s Park Tavern – Logan & 7th

(672 Logan St.)


Boundaries for Neighborhood 8:

North: 8th Avenue

South: 1st Avenue

East: Emerson St./Ogden St. Alley

West: Broadway


Boundaries for Neighborhood 9:

North: 8th Avenue/9th Avenue

South: 1st Avenue

East: Josephine Street

West: Emerson St./Ogden St. Alley


*Please contact the CHUN office (303-830-1651) for more information


posted Oct 31, 2016, 11:05 PM by Alamo Placita   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 11:05 PM ]

Release no. 20161019-001

Katie Seefus


Eileen Williamson

OMAHA, NE - Water managers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District have released a Draft Report outlining proposed modifications to the Water Control Plan for Cherry Creek Dam during extreme flood events.

The proposed plan allows water managers to release more water from the dam to reduce the risk of overtopping and failure. Public comments are being accepted on the report through November 18, 2016.  Changes to the water control plan could be implemented as early as January 2017.

“Extreme rainfall events occur, which is why we must have plans in place to address them,” said Kellie Bergman, Chief of Water Management for the Omaha District. However, it is important to note that the record reservoir elevation at Cherry Creek Dam is 25 feet below the recommended pool elevation that would trigger the high releases proposed in a modified water control plan, Bergman added.

The study is a result of input from public scoping meetings held in January for a study at Cherry Creek Dam to address the dam’s potential for overtopping and failure in a maximum conceivable precipitation event.

The plan’s recommended changes are to increase releases from Cherry Creek Dam to 7,000 cubic feet per second when the reservoir pool elevation reaches 5591.8 feet NAVD88. The normal pool elevation is 5551.8 feet NAVD88 and average releases are between 10 and 100 cubic feet per second.

While modifying the water control plan would reduce the risk of overtopping and failure at Cherry Creek Dam during extreme flood events, it does not eliminate the risk.  With a modified water control plan the dam could safely pass 22.7 inches of basin average rainfall runoff, which is two inches more than it can currently pass, but still two inches short of the maximum conceivable precipitation event.   

Materials including presentations, posters, fact sheets and a video from public meetings held in September to present proposed modifications to the Cherry Creek Water Control plan and alternatives under consideration to address overtopping concerns are available at

Input on the Cherry Creek Water Control Plan Modification Report may be submitted via email to or mailed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District; CENWO-ED-HA; ATTN: Katie Seefus; 1616 Capitol Avenue; Omaha, NE 68102-4901. Comments must be postmarked or received by November 18, 2016.

Background: The Cherry Creek Dam project was authorized in the 1940s for the primary purpose of mitigating flood risk to the downstream city of Denver from floods originating on Cherry Creek above Cherry Creek Dam. Cherry Creek Dam and Reservoir is located on Cherry Creek, 11.4 miles southeast of its confluence with the South Platte River in Aurora, Colo.

In 2005, USACE sought to better categorize the risk at all of its dams. Cherry Creek Dam received an elevated risk rating primarily because of the dam’s large downstream population and the potential for overtopping issues during an extremely rare precipitation event.

The probable maximum flood event is the resulting flood from the maximum conceivable precipitation event and the standard used to establish a dam’s reservoir capacity. For Cherry Creek Dam, the maximum conceivable precipitation event is 24.7 inches of rainfall over a three day period in the Cherry Creek basin. Updated data models indicate Cherry Creek Dam would overtop and fail in this scenario which requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to address this hydrologic deficiency. The large downstream population, which extends from the dam, through downtown Denver and along the South Platte River into North Platte, Nebraska, increases the dam’s risk level and the priority for addressing its potential for overtopping.

The current Cherry Creek Dam Safety Modification Study began in 2013 to evaluate those risks in greater detail and to assess possible options for remediating the risk in accordance with USACE policy as described in Engineering Regulation 1110-2-1156 “Safety of Dams – Policy and Procedures.”

For more information about the Cherry Creek Dam Safety Modification Study, visit


posted Oct 31, 2016, 11:01 PM by Alamo Placita   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 11:02 PM ]





Monday, Oct. 31, 2016



City and County of Denver

Mayor Michael B. Hancock

Jenna Espinoza, Deputy Communications Director, 303-587-7123
Amber Miller, Communications Director


Stacie Loucks to Step Down, Ashley Kilroy Named as New Executive Director of Excise and Licenses


DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced that Stacie Loucks will step down as Executive Director of Excise and Licenses and Ashley Kilroy, the current Executive Director of Marijuana Policy, will take the helm of the department. The Office of Marijuana Policy will now be housed in Excise and Licenses as a division of the department. 


“Stacie has been a phenomenal leader for Excise and Licenses,” Mayor Hancock said. “We brought her in to create better processes for our neighborhoods and businesses, and in her time she has exceeded expectations by streamlining licensing processes, creating efficiencies and cutting red tape to provide stellar customer service.”


Excise and Licenses is the central business-licensing department for the City and County of Denver. The department manages licensing for a broad range of businesses, for example retail and wholesale food operations, emergency and non-emergency vehicles, pedal cabs and peddlers, liquor and cabaret, medical marijuana centers and retail marijuana stores. The department is also responsible for the public hearing process that accompanies most business licensing.


The Mayor added, “The department will be in good hands with Ashley. She has served this great city for a number of years in various capacities, most recently as our navigator in the uncharted waters of legal recreational marijuana. From her time in the City Attorney’s Office, on the Career Service Board, and at the Department of Safety, to her taking on marijuana, Ashley has proven to be a steadfast, common-sense leader who builds partnerships and consensus. I’m proud to elevate her skillset and talent to the whole of our city’s business licensing processes.”


As the Office of Marijuana Policy transitions into a division of Excise and Licenses, Kilroy will continue as the director for marijuana policy. She and the marijuana policy staff recommend, administer and implement medical and retail marijuana policies and oversee and coordinate all marijuana-related activities of various city agencies, employees, boards and commissions.


“I am honored to be selected by Mayor Hancock to lead Excise and Licenses,” Kilroy said. “I look forward to building upon the great work that is occurring at Excise and Licenses to better serve our residents and businesses.


“Being at the forefront of marijuana policy in this new and evolving landscape has been a privilege, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to take our innovative, collaborative approach to licensing. I look forward to embedding marijuana policy within the operations of the department, as well as furthering the progress the Excise and Licenses team has made in improving customer services for Denver’s businesses and neighborhoods.”


Loucks plans to step down on November 4 to spend more time with her growing family. Since taking over the department in January 2014, Loucks has overseen the implementation of businesses licensing for the retail marijuana industry, as well as implementing the nation’s first online Short-Term Rental license, adding new licenses to the regulatory framework for the city and updating obsolete businesses practices – all while drastically reducing customer wait times.


“Expanding my family and having children has only deepened my appreciation for the work that the Mayor and all city employees do every day, and to be part of this work has been a genuine dream come true, but now is the time for me to enjoy all that Denver has to offer with my kids,” Loucks said. “One of my proudest moments in this role was the work my team and I accomplished in streamlining old processes to improve customer service and build consumer confidence. My deepest gratitude to Mayor Hancock for his support and leadership.”


Kilroy will begin in her new role on Nov. 7, 2016.


posted Oct 11, 2016, 12:01 PM by Alamo Placita   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 12:02 PM ]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             October 10, 2016


Denver’s LeafDrop Program Begins Today!

Weekday drop-off sites open through December 2


DENVER ­— Fall is here, so now is the time to rake those leaves and compost them through
Denver Recycles’ LeafDrop Program starting today! Weekday drop-off sites are open through Friday, December 2. Leaves collected during the program will be composted and made available for Denver residents to purchase in May.


Weekday Drop-Off Sites

Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 2:00pm

·         Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)

·         Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (Just south of I-70 on Havana St.)

All leaves must be in secured bags and dropped-off during hours of operation, otherwise it is considered illegal dumping.


Break the plastic bag habit and use paper bags instead - they can also be composted! Beginning Wednesday, October 12, Denver residents can print a coupon for a free 5-pack of paper leaf bags at The coupon can be redeemed at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores.


Help us manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines:

þ  Drop sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer is for Denver residents only.

þ  Jack-O-Lanterns and pumpkins will be accepted for composting at drop sites.

þ  Make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.

þ  Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers.


LeafDrop is sponsored by Denver Recycles, in partnership with A1 Organics. For more information, go to




Joy Wine & Spirits Annual Chili Cook-Off

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