Three Things You Need to Know on March 21st

March 21, 2019

The prime minister of New Zealand says her country is banning the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles and assault rifles after last week's deadly mosque massacres.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the attack at two mosques in Christchurch last Friday changed the country's history forever and the law will have to change too.  Ardern has also confirmed that Friday's Muslim call to prayer will be broadcast nationwide, along with the observance of two minutes of silence. 

 A Colorado State Patrol corporal will be remembered today with a procession and funeral in Longmont.  Corporal Dan Groves was killed during last week's severe winter storm when a car slid off Interstate 76 while he was trying to help another driver.  His funeral procession will travel seven miles on Highway 66 to the Longmont church where his funeral will be held.  The funeral is set for 10 a.m., with Governor Polis scheduled to give a eulogy for the fallen officer.

The Downtown Denver Partnership says a new study found that 40-percent of commuters are now using public transportation, and only 35-percent are driving alone.  The city is using the information from the study to improve bike lanes and to close gaps in bike and sidewalk networks.  Denver's also working on a plan to add a rapid transit bus system specifically for Colfax Avenue. Down south, the I-25 MyWay program is attempting to solve congestion issues on I-25 from Monument to Castle Rock.  The program offers incentives and discounts for using buses or carpools to reduce traffic on the congested roadway.  A construction project to widen the interstate in that area is underway but won't be completed until 2022.  More information is available at i25myway.org.