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Bandimere Speedway family argues race track will close if forced to comply with public health orders
In an escalating legal fight between the owners of the Bandimere Speedway and public health officials, owner John Bandimere argued Wednesday in Jefferson County District Court that his family’s business would shutter if forced to limit crowd sizes to 175 people as the new coronavirus pandemic continues.
Rebecca Klymkowsky, an attorney representing Jefferson County Public Health, argued the pandemic presented a public health crisis that supersedes the race track’s desire to operate.
“It is not enough for Bandimere to say our attendees want to attend,” Klymkowsky said. “This is larger than Bandimere. It involves the entire community. It involves the entire country. When you consider it in that context, the public interest is in keeping individuals safe.”
The feud began July 2 when the health department sought and received a temporary restraining order against Bandimere. The order required the race track to limit its crowd sizes to 175 people per activity during its July 4 events and to follow social distancing guidelines. But the county health agency said the race track violated the order, which led to Wednesday’s hearing.
The fight has become a flashpoint in political arguments over whether people should be forced to comply with public health orders or allowed to make personal choices as the pandemic surges. The hearing, which was conducted online, drew an audience that sometimes led District Court Judge Tamara Russell to remind listeners to mute their microphones and to respect the court’s decorum rules.
During his testimony, Bandimere argued public health officials did not have better ideas for how the race track could operate safely, and although his family tried to put rules in place they couldn’t control individual behavior.
“I think that’s freedom,” Bandimere said. “It’s freedom to make choices for ourselves. It’s freedom to do things we feel are adequate for our own personal beliefs and our own activities we participate in.”
Randy Corporon, Bandimere’s attorney, argued that the county’s restrictions were unreasonable, improper and would shut down the race track.
“It’s paragraph after paragraph after paragraph, and subparagraph after subparagraph after subparagraph of things they’re asking them to do,” he said. “It will put this 62-year-old family business out of business.”
Bandimere said the speedway took precautions to protect the approximately 7,000 attendees who turned out for the July 4 event, including cutting attendance by about half of a normal holiday event, bringing in hand-washing and sanitizing stations, reminding guests to social distance and suggesting they wear a mask.
When Corporon asked Bandimere to describe what he saw in a photograph depicting fewer race fans than usual at the July 4 event, Bandimere said,”I see a lot of lost revenue.”
James Rada, a JeffCo public health employee sent to observe the track on July 4, said he saw attendees attempting to follow the rules but also witnessed guests gathering in crowds and wearing masks improperly. Employees occasionally failed to correct customers, Rada said.
Corporon called Rada a spy who was “trying to build a case” against the speedway. Instead, Rada could have corrected people himself or alerted employees or the Bandimeres to alleged health violations as they happened.
“How much do you want them to destroy their own business?” Corporon asked. “How can they have the big events they need to survive if they can’t put people in the seats?”
In his questioning of Mark Johnson, executive director of Jefferson County Public Health, Corporon noted that coronavirus deaths largely impacted the elderly and said there were plenty of better ways to protect the elderly than to close the race track.
Johnson agreed that the great majority at risk of dying of COVID-19 were elderly.
“Death is not the only thing we’re concerned about,” Johnson said. “We’re concerned about illness, the use of resources, overwhelming our healthcare system and concerned very much about young people who are infectious to older people. They go home, infect their parents or grandparents….Many people may not die, but they can get very ill and will take a lot of healthcare resources.”
The court hearing will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday, beginning with more testimony from Bandimere. As Wednesday’s hearing ended, Russell acknowledged the political and community issues surrounding the case but said she hoped attorneys came prepared to present legal arguments.
“I know you guys have a loyal fanbase,” Russell said. “But ultimately I have to focus on the legal arguments, not the ones that tug at your heartstrings.”
A district court judge in Jefferson County has ordered Bandimere Speedway to comply with COVID-19 public health regulations limiting the number of people who can be in the stands during the race and fireworks show planned for the Fourth of July.
The judge on Thursday granted Jefferson County Public Health’s request for a temporary restraining order requiring the Morrison racetrack to comply with state public health orders for outdoor events, which limit crowd sizes to 175 people, require six feet of social distancing between attendees and bar food service.
“We are pleased with the result, but can’t comment further because it is still pending litigation,” Ashley Sever, a spokeswoman for the health department, said in an email Friday.
Bandimere is scheduled to host the Brakes Plus Jet Car Nationals — which includes an evening fireworks show, one of the few in the metro area — on Saturday, according to its website.
Efforts by The Denver Post and other media to speak to Bandmere representatives this week have been unsuccessful. News of the temporary restraining order was first reported Friday by the Canyon Courier.
Mark Johnson, executive director of Jefferson County Public Health, previously had sent a letter to Bandimere alleging the track had been admitting too many fans in violation of state health orders meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Johnson said the racetrack has been selling tickets for all seats in all rows at its events, which would prevent any attempts at social distancing. He noted that some of the ticket packages come with buffet-style meals, also prohibited under the state health department’s rules over concerns diners will pass along the virus.
The letter from Jeffco Public Health ordered track officials to submit a plan to comply by 5 p.m. Wednesday. They failed to do that.
Coronavirus infections have increased among younger Coloradans in recent weeks, a trend that mirrors what is happening in states like Arizona, Florida and Texas where COVID-19 cases are surging.
Overall, the number of novel coronavirus cases in Colorado has increased slightly in recent weeks, but the state has not yet seen the same level of spikes in cases as some other states. As a result, public health officials are urging residents to forgo large gatherings to prevent Colorado from following in those states’ footsteps.
“We’re certainly at a critical point right now,” said Rachel Herlihy, the state epidemiologist, adding, “If we need to take action to potentially decrease transmission we’ll look into what those strategies need to be for Colorado.”
The number of new COVID-19 cases in Colorado rose last week for the first time since late April, and appear to be continuing that upward trend this week.
In the past four weeks, total COVID-19 infections statewide have increased by about 25%. But among children, teens and young adults that rate is even higher.
The rate of infection among those between the ages 10 and 19jumped 53.5% over the same period, according to a Denver Post analysis of data from the state health department.
The infection rate among those under 10 years old also increased by 47.5%. And for those in their 20s and 30s, the infection rate grew by 40.3% and 26%, respectively.
It’s unclear exactly why there has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, but local public health officials have reported clusters of cases among teens and young adults in various counties.
Young adults and teens also are more likely to be mobile and interact with each other, which increases their risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, according to public health experts.
So far, there are no indications that the racial justice protests that have taken place over the past month have led to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
In fact, one study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that during the demonstrations more people stayed home. So while the disease may have been transmitted during the protests, there was overall an increase in social distancing in the cities with civil unrest.
“That could change,” said Glen Mays, a professor of health policy at the Colorado School of Public Health. “But at this stage, I don’t think we have any strong evidence that protesters themselves encountered any heightened risk.”
The concern over social gatherings is such that Gov. Jared Polis earlier this week repeatedly discouraged Coloradans from coming together in large groups, including for July 4 celebrations. However, he made no move to the reverse the state’s reopening process, which could soon allow for bigger events.
“We’re not saying that individuals shouldn’t be out enjoying Colorado this summer,” Herlihy said. “But they should be doing it in a safe way.”
Rising cases among teens and young adults
Other states also have reported jumps in infections among younger people. In Arizona, almost half of the state’s cases are made up of people 20 to 44years old, according to the state’s health department.
Young adults and teenagers are at a lower risk of complications from COVID-19, but they can still face difficulties and hospitalizations from the disease. They can also be asymptomatic carriers, meaning they can transmit the virus to those who are more at risk of complications without experiencing severe symptoms themselves.
Herlihy has estimated that the asymptomatic rate among young people is about 50%.
So far, the outbreak in Colorado has affected older individuals at a higher rate than their younger peers. For example, individuals 80 and older make up just more than 3% of the state’s population, but account for 7.15% of cases and 53.5% of deaths, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
A concern about these clusters of cases is that they indicate continued community transmission of the disease, said Eagle County spokeswoman Kris Widlak.
“What we’re trying to do is slow the spread,” Widlak said. “So if any group is spreading it more quickly, we have concern.”
Herlihy estimated that Colorado’s “R-naught” value, which reflects the average number of people infected by one person, likely surpassed 1 in mid-June. This means each person with the virus is potentially transmitting the disease to more people.
“Now is not the time to feel like the battle is won and that we can relax things,” Mays said. “We’re still at a very tenuous time.”
On Friday, the state reported 317 new cases of the novel coronavirus. Of those, 313 were for people who tested positive in recent days, while the rest were older cases. Overall, more than 31,790 people have tested positive for the respiratory disease COVID-19 since March, according to the state Department of Public Health and Environment.
Positivity rates have increased slightly, although hospitalizations for COIVD-19 have plateaued. On Friday, there were 129 people in the hospital with the disease across the state.
The health department also confirmed another seven people have died, bringing the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 to 1,482.
Counties report spikes in cases
The new cases among young Coloradans comes as local public health officials reported spikes in cases.
In Boulder County, more than 100 people tested positive for the disease following a mixture of college parties, protests and travel. In Eagle County, public officials also confirmed cases among teenagers and young adults following social gatherings.
San Miguel County officials reported a rise in cases in recent weeks, with 11 active cases as of Friday. While not all of the cases are related, teenagers are among some of those to test positive for COVID-19.
After one 17-year-old from Telluride tested positive, public health officials released a letter to parents asking families to take precautions — such as curbing their contact with others — if their child also had been at a social gathering the teen previously attended.
“We realize that teenagers are social beings and this pandemic is cramping their style,” the public health department wrote. “But we know we must collectively change our behaviors, to change the trajectory of this pandemic.”
A virtual Juneteenth celebration was held at Get Busy Livin Studios on Thursday, June 18, 2020. The event was hosted by local media personality Oren Lomena and featured live music, interviews with leaders of the black community and a variety of cutaways to live events happening in the city.
Evraz Place in Regina will host three drive-in concerts in one day, while Saskatoon's SaskTel Centre is already embracing drive-in movies.
Campus policies including restrictions on student and staff travel, requirements for social distancing, limits on group gatherings and regulations for visitors to campus make sports impractical, executive director Robin Harris told ESPN.
University athletics are expected to operate within those campus policies; officials say the safety and well-being of students is their highest priority.
Practices and other athletic training opportunities will be permitted to continue provided they are structured in accordance with each institution’s procedures and applicable state regulations.
The Ivy League Council of Presidents offered the following joint statement on the decision:
“As a leadership group, we have a responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students who attend our institutions, as well as the faculty and staff who work at our schools.These decisions are extremely difficult, particularly when they impact meaningful student-athlete experiences that so many value and cherish.
With the information available to us today regarding the continued spread of the virus, we simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk, consistent with the policies that each of our schools is adopting as part of its reopening plans this fall.
We are entrusted to create and maintain an educational environment that is guided by health and safety considerations. There can be no greater responsibility — and that is the basis for this difficult decision.”
The league says they will also be issuing guidelines on a phased approach to conditioning and practice activities to allow for interaction among student-athletes and coaches.
League officials also state that fall sport student-athletes will not lose a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility in the fall, whether or not they enroll. Students interested in pursuing competition during a fifth year will need to work with their institutions to determine options.
The Ivy League has also not made any decisions yet on whether they will move the football season to spring 2021.
Meanwhile, the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee says college football’s power brokers may still play a fall 2020 season.
“We all pay attention to it, just to see what’s out there, but I think their model is a little different than our model when it comes to football,” Shane Lyons, committee chair and West Virginia athletic director, told ESPN when asked about the Ivy League’s decision. “Is it definitely going to impact what we do? As a whole, not necessarily. We have to look at what we’re doing with testing and protocols and the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, making sure we’re doing the right thing from that aspect of it, to see if we can fill any type of season.”
The Lost Lake area near Nederland is closed until further notice to all use over safety concerns regarding a bear near campsites.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said a bear has been involved in conflicts at a campground in the Roosevelt National Forest since 2017 and has entered unoccupied tents, retrieving people’s food left unsecured and showing little fear of humans. CPW said it is confident it is the same bear due to matching descriptions from several reports.
“We are concerned for the safety of backcountry campers, as this bear has become an issue,” said Kristin Cannon, Deputy Regional Manager for CPW’s Northeast Region. “For the time being, we feel it is best to keep campers safe and close down the area.”
The entire area is now closed to camping from the Hessie Trailhead near Nederland to the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area boundary, CPW officials said in a news release.
Day use along the King Lake Trail or Devil’s Thumb Trail will be allowed, but the Lost Lake Trail spurs off of King Lake Trail will be closed and no use will be permitted beyond that trail junction, they added.
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MADISON, Ala. – The Rocket City Trash Pandas announced policies for fans holding tickets to any of the club’s scheduled home games at Toyota Field.
All the games were impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and cancellation of the 2020 MiLB season.
Ticket Policies –
Full Season Ticket Holders: Trash Pandas 2020 Full Season Ticket Holders are considered paid-in-full for their 2021 Season Tickets and will receive a $5.00 per game credit to be used for food, beverage, or merchandise next season. Full Season Ticket Holders retain their current seats for the 2021 season. The additional $5 credit will be uploaded to each individual ticket and can be used for food, beverage, or merchandise in the Junkyard Team Store for that specific gameday ($5 per ticket per game will expire after that game). Season Ticket Holders who have additional questions, or who wish to discuss their ticket options further, should contact the Trash Pandas Ticket Office directly via phone at (256) 325-1403 or email at email@example.com.
Mini-Plan Holders: Trash Pandas 2020 Mini-Plan Holders are considered paid-in-full for a 23-game Mini-Plan for the 2021 season and will receive a $5.00 per game credit to be used for food, beverage, or merchandise next season. Upon release of the 2021 schedule, Mini-Plan Holders will have three different plans from which to choose (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo) and will receive priority seat selection over individual game ticket holders. The additional $5 credit will be uploaded to each individual ticket and can be used for food, beverage, or merchandise in the Junkyard Team Store for that specific gameday ($5 per ticket per game will expire after that game). Mini-Plan Holders who have additional questions, or who wish to discuss their ticket options further, should contact the Trash Pandas Ticket Office directly via phone at (256) 325-1403 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups and Single Game Hospitality: Groups that have purchased tickets, suites or a hospitality space to any Trash Pandas 2020 home game at Toyota Field will be contacted by their Trash Pandas Group Account Executive within ten days to discuss possibilities, including options to reschedule their group for a 2020 non-game day event, or reschedule the group event for a 2021 game. Groups that have made payments toward any 2020 game and choose to reschedule for a 2021 game will receive 100% credit on payments made and receive an additional $5 credit on every individual ticket in the group which can be used for food, beverage, or merchandise in the ballpark for that specific gameday.
Single-Game Purchasers (including Opening Day) Fans who purchased single-game tickets for any Trash Pandas’ 2020 home games at Toyota Field will automatically receive credit in the full amount paid, to be used toward any 2021 regular season home games. Fans who purchased tickets to Opening Day 2020 and do not request a refund are guaranteed tickets for the same seats or better for Opening Day 2021. Single game ticket holders can also opt for a full refund. Fans who purchased single-game tickets for 2020 and prefer to request a refund should contact the Toyota Field Box Office via email at email@example.com. Please allow 45 days for refunds to process.
Secondary Market Tickets: Tickets purchased from a secondary market reseller cannot be refunded by the Trash Pandas. Fans holding tickets that have been purchased through a secondary ticket reseller must contact that reseller for ticket information.
Information on all Rocket City Trash Pandas ticket policies can be found at www.Trashpandasbaseball.com.
The pandemic has left plenty of people with canceled vacation plans at the exact moment when they need a break. But in some sectors of the travel and outdoor industry, businesses is booming — especially in the world of RVs.
Colorado RV rentals and sales are up after the initial shock from coronavirus closures, and campsites with RV hookups are seeing plenty of reservations. Jim Humble is the president of Cousins RV with locations in Loveland, Colorado Springs and Wheat Ridge. He’s been in the business for 29 years, but he said he’s never seen a season like this before.
“Just the amount of first-timers that are coming into the industry right now is amazing,” Humble said in an interview with The Denver Post on Tuesday. “They want to take their vacation but going to Disney World or getting on an airplane doesn’t sound super appealing to them, so an RV is a great option right now. We’ve sold so many trailers to people who never would have purchased one, but because of the virus, sales have just skyrocketed.”
The year started with regular RV shows and conferences, but when coronavirus arrived in the United States, Humble had to close his business. He initially took a hit, but at the end of the stay-at-home order, business exploded. Humble said sales in May and June have more than doubled compared to the previous year. And though the season tends to wind down in September, he’s anticipating continued business as people enjoy Colorado’s beautiful fall.
Humble said a lot of these new customers are families where parents have remote work and children have nothing to do. He added that RVs offer families comfortable amenities while getting into nature. This summer, his most popular models are family-style with bunk beds for young children.
Katie Key, president of Escape Campervans — a rental service headquartered in Denver with 12 locations across the U.S. and Canada — has also seen a 150% increase in rentals in Colorado compared to last summer. When the virus first hit, her business experienced a lot of cancellations, but May and June saw a tremendous rebound. Denver was one of the first cities to pick up, along with Seattle, San Francisco and New York, Key said in an interview.
Though she’s lost international travelers, Key said more locals in Colorado have come to Escape for rentals. Her main clientele are millennials between 24 and 35 years old, but she sees a variety of customers from retirees to families.
“Campervan and RV rentals are made to socially distance and naturally made to self-isolate, so it makes a lot of sense for a lot of ages,” Key said.
Key added that campervans offer other options to get away from the madness of campsites, which are also popular this summer. Vans allow for dispersed camping, where people can park in public spaces. However, Key encouraged guests to plan more than they usually would for camping trips this summer, checking restrictions, stocking up on groceries and trying different sites off the beaten path.
Key has answered a lot of customer questions about safety with coronavirus, especially with first-time campers. She emphasized that her company has created an 80-point checklist for cleaning vans, from wiping down surfaces to scrubbing the exterior, to keep guests and employees safe.
Bridget Kochel, public information officer with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said she’s noticed a lot of families RV camping in state parks this summer. According to CPW reports, RV reservations fell below average in March and April, but both tent and RV campsite reservations are up 22% over the same time last year.
Kochel emphasized that RV campsites are usually already socially distanced, but with the popularity of outdoor spaces this summer, people still need to be mindful of distancing requirements, as well as other camping practices like leave-no-trace.
Like Key, Kochel also suggested guests come extra prepared with hand sanitizer and masks and check local guidelines online in case coronavirus restrictions change.
“It comes down to how lucky we are to live in this beautiful state,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for people to say, ‘Look at all these parks and open land that we have.’ “
One challenge for the RV industry: Manufacturers across the country may not be able to keep up with demand. Humble said factories in states with different restrictions are still slowly reopening. But for now, Humble is making plenty of sales, and he’s happy to provide a source of adventure and escape for families.
“Families are trying to find ways to not have this whole stressful environment that a lot of kids are seeing right now with coronavirus,” he said. “I went camping with my family a couple weekends ago and we were sitting around a campfire and I said, ‘When you’re sitting here, you don’t even realize the pandemic’s going on in this country. You’re away from it.’ “
ALABAMA (WHNT) – After a pair of Alabama High School Athletic Association committee meetings on Tuesday– the 2020 high school football season seems to be on schedule for a late-August start.
After the meeting coaches told Al.com, they feel like this is a good situation and that for now– they are going to play just like any other season.
Tuesday, the football coaches committee along with the fall sports committee, held virtual meetings.
They heard updates from the AHSAA Medical Advisory Board committee and the Alabama State Department of Education about a return to school and play following the coronavirus pandemic.
Alabama State Superintendent Eric Mackey gave a brief update concerning the roadmap to reopening the school’s plan.
The AHSAA Medical Advisory Board members updated the committees on the most recent COVID-19 data and best practices relating to high school sports activities.
The AHSAA plans to present recommendations to the central board of control for review and approval at its July 22nd meeting.
Specific guidelines about areas like locker rooms, social distancing on the sidelines, and transportation to and from games would be given after that meeting.
One coach in attendance told Al.com there have been no talks in Alabama about moving football to spring as has been a discussion in states like Mississippi and Michigan.
The Single Guy Blog
Well it has been a while since I posted. I guess after finding out my dream girl was having a baby by another guy I just wasn’t in the mood to post. But I’m back folks! So I have a new dream girl. It is a bit of a long story so sit back,pour a cup of coffee and relax. So I have been stalking the Facebook page of the bar I use to work at-ya know how a single guys does when he has no life. I saw some pictures of a beautiful girl that bartends there. Blond hair,beautiful smile…just perfect. Of course I figured I would never have a chance with her-specially since she is about 20 years younger. But a guy can dream right? So a couple days ago I was looking around seekingarrangements to see if anyone new had signed up and who do I see? Yep that girl! We will call her…Tanya…So I figured hey send her a message who knows what might happen. She sent me a message back and we sent a few more messages back and forth. I gave her my number and SURPRISE she sends me a text! So we have been talking for a couple days now. She even says she likes older guys and not the young military guys that come into the bar where she works. We are planning on meeting this week. So we will see what happens…I have my fingers crossed and won’t be surprised if she disappears before we actually meet….but I might just actually have found my future wife-or she may just “ghost” on me like so many flakey girls do. Stay tuned..maybe the Single Guy won’t be single much longer!