Wake-Up Call: Hit the road

Governor Bill Ritter is heading down to Colorado Springs today, where he'll host a town-hall meeting and sign a number of bills. And along the way, he'll no doubt pass a handful of unauthorized signs along I-25, all asking, "Why does Ritter hate El Paso County?"

Why indeed? I asked Evan Dreyer, his press secretary, about the signs, and he offered this: "Silly political stunt by someone with too much time on their hands. At least they spelled Ritter right. The Governor LOVES El Paso County. He's been there at least once a month since taking office and has no plans to stop."

But there's plenty of action here in Denver this week, too.

Ritter is all about the Green Economy, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory will host a minority-business development briefing from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12 at NREL's offices at 1626 Cole Boulevard in Golden. Back in Golden Tuesday evening, an Independence Institute panel will discuss "From New London and Telluride to RTD: Legal Developments Surrounding Eminent Domain in Colorado 2004-2009" at 5:30 p.m. The program's at the Institute's office at 13952 Denver West Parkway; get information at 303-279-6536.

For more on RTD, head to Denver's TAXI community for a briefing on the RTD FasTracks North Metro Corridor EIS; it runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 12 in the TAXI 2 Building Conference Room at 3457 Ringsby Court. For details, call 303-299-7819 or go to www.rtd-fastracks.com. And Denver kicks off a series of community meetings on the new zoning code at 5:30 p.m. May 12 at the Denver Convention Center, with four more meetings over the next two weeks. Go to www.newcodedenver.org to learn more.

After getting all hot and bothered over those current topics, cool off with a stroll through the past at Riverside Cemetery. The walk starts at noon Saturday, May 16, right after the Friends of Historic Riverside Cemetery annual members meeting at 10 a.m. To dig up details, go to http://friendsofriversidecemetery.org.

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