New Sexual Harassment Allegations At Colorado’s Capitol Illustrate Ongoing Fear Of Retaliation

An outside consultant, who studied workplace culture at the state Capitol, found nearly half of the roughly 500 people surveyed had witnessed sexist and/or seriously disrespectful behavior. A third said they had experienced sexual harassment first-hand. And nearly 90 percent of those who say they were harassed didn’t speak out or file a complaint. Many said they feared retaliation from their accusers and others. Those findings, by the Investigations Law Group, mirror what we’ve discovered in almost six months of reporting on this issue.

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  •  Lewis Black, one of the most prolific and popular comedians working today, comes to the Pikes Peak Center  tonight at 8 p.m.
  • Tomorrow night at 8 p.m., at the Ivywild School, “Science Riot” will feature local scientists turned comedians as they attempt standup comedy for the first time and wax hilarious about their topics of expertise.
  • In celebration of Earth Day 2018, the Bear Creek Nature Center will host a Great American Cleanup event, beginning Saturday morning at 9  to complete a variety of projects at parks, trails, creeks, and roadways near the Nature Center. Participation is free, but advance registration is required. 
  • For more information on these and other events check out peakradar.com

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From wax, to shellac, to the 1950's era polyvinyl chloride, phonograph recordings became more commonly referred to as "records", and later "vinyl". Vinyl, in turn, gave way to the rise of cassette recordings in the 1960's, and the 1980's delivered digital formats. 

Since the early 21st century, vinyl has made a notable resurgence among audiophiles, and music enthusiasts will most certainly be able to find new and old musical treasures in most any format as part of this Saturday's Tenth Annual Record Store Day.

An outside consultant, who studied workplace culture at the state Capitol, found nearly half of the roughly 500 people surveyed had witnessed sexist and/or seriously disrespectful behavior. A third said they had experienced sexual harassment first-hand. And nearly 90 percent of those who say they were harassed didn’t speak out or file a complaint. Many said they feared retaliation from their accusers and others.

Those findings, by the Investigations Law Group, mirror what we’ve discovered in almost six months of reporting on this issue.

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The Colorado Springs Airport is open again today after a three-alarm fire Monday night prompted its closure and the cancellation of all commercial flights Tuesday. 

Helicopters from the power company buzz across the skies of this picturesque valley, ferrying electrical poles on long wires to workmen standing on steep hillsides.

The people of Castañer, an isolated village in Puerto Rico's central mountains, view the repairs to the electrical grid warily. Crews have come and gone, and people living along the mountain roads don't expect to get power until late summer, if ever. Power finally started flowing to the center of town last month, but the grid remains unstable, and the hospital continues to rely on its own generator.

Editor's note: Since this story was first posted, we have received word that Destini Johnson is regaining consciousness and is out of intensive care.

Last August, Destini Johnson practically danced out of jail, after landing there for two months on drug charges. She bubbled with excitement about her new freedom and returning home to her parents in Muncie, Ind. She even talked about plans to find a job.

El Paso County PIO, Twitter

--- Update 4/18/18, 5 p.m. ---

The fire is now estimated at 25% containment, with total acreage holding around 41,000. El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder says the number of destroyed homes has climbed to 23, seven of which were vacant. That means 16 displaced families.

Evacuations are still in place, although Elder calls it a "soft evacuation," because, as he says, "so many people have moved back in."

"Again, I really caution the public," he added, "if you're back in this area, there are still active fires that are still running in the packed grass. We need to be very very vigilant that these houses can start up."

Elder reports no deaths or additional injuries.

The American Red Cross says four people stayed at the shelter overnight, and they may reassess the need for it to remain open.

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If you’re sneezing a bit more this year, well you’re in good company. At least 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. But that number is climbing, and it may be related to climate change.  

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Evacuations are in place as firefighters throughout southern Colorado battle multiple fires. 

Colorado’s annual legislative session is nearing its end and lawmakers still have plenty of work to wrap up before May 9. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason with The Associated Press and Jesse Paul of the Denver Post about some of the major pieces of legislation that remain.

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