Election, street closures, public art, geology, and railroads

Election night 2015Election night photo by dpowers

The unofficial election results are:

Mayor:  Marjorie Sloan
District 1:  Saoirse Charis-Graves
District 2:  Casey Brown
Jefferson County School Board Members Recalled
New School Board Members:
Brad Rupert – Susan Harmon – Ron Mitchell – Ali Lasell – Amanda Stevens
Jeffco Library Mill Levy Approved (but this one is close, so check again later)
The State gets to keep the excess marijuana tax proceeds

Dave Powers got some nice photos at one of the election night parties.

The Planning Commission meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider Calvary Church’s request to close Arapahoe Street from 13th to 14th Street.  They now own the Armory Building across the street, and want to use the area between as a pedestrian-only parkway.

They will also discuss the sign code issue.  The Supreme Court has ruled that cities can’t change the number of signs allowed in a yard during election season. If the number is limited, say, to two during the rest of the year, we can only have two during election season.

The Public Art Commission meets tomorrow morning at 9 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider deaccessioning several pieces of public art, with the goal of upgrading the overall collection.  They will also hear updates on current projects, including the medallions to be placed in the sidewalk behind the library, the new transit shelters in Parfet Park, new murals in Ulysses Park, and a major new piece to be installed in the roundabout near King Soopers.

The meeting packets are online, and the meetings are broadcast live on cable channel 8 and through the Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts page.

Tomorrow (Thursday) night from 7-9, the Friends of the CSM Geology Museum will host a free lecture at the museum: “A Cook’s Tour of Colorado’s Glacial and Periglacial Features” by Dr. Vince Matthews

Because Colorado is the ‘Top of the Rockies’ with an average elevation of 6800 feet above sea level, we experienced widespread effects from Quaternary glacial episodes. As a result, the state is rich in erosional and depositional testimonials to those periods of extensive glaciation. We also have exciting periglacial features such as sackungen, patterned ground, solifluction terraces, and rock glaciers. This talk will illustrate the widespread impacts and excellent examples of these times of global cooling.  Socializing and munchies begin at 6:30 p.m.; the talk will start at 7:00 p.m.

If trains are more your thing, plan to spend tomorrow evening at the Railroad Museum, where Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will discuss “Railroading in the Rockies: A Grand Tour Aboard Colorado’s Surviving Passenger Railroads.”  This is part of their Colorado Rails and Cocktails series.  The cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers, which includes the lecture and two drinks.  Doors open at 5:30 and the lecture starts at 6:30.  Buy tickets online.