NEW LEADER TAKES CON­TROL AT ACADEMY

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Post staff and wire re­ports

ACADEMY» A AIR FORCE new su­per­in­ten­dent has taken com­mand at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Maj. Gen. Jay B. Sil­ve­ria suc­ceeded Lt. Gen. Michelle John­son in a cer­e­mony Fri­day. John­son is re­tir­ing af­ter four years.

Sil­ve­ria has been nom­i­nated for pro­mo­tion to lieu­tenant gen­eral, the re­quired rank for the job.

He is a 1985 grad­u­ate of the academy. His pre­vi­ous as­sign­ment was deputy com­man­der of U.S. Air Forces Cen­tral Com­mand. He was also deputy com­man­der of the Com­bined Air Force Air Com­po­nent, Cen­tral Com­mand, South­west Asia.

Sil­ve­ria has nearly 4,000 hours of flight time in­clud­ing com­bat mis­sions over the Balkans and Iraq. He served as vice com­man­der at Ba­gram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Vietnam veter­ans honor Coff­man.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coff­man has been named “leg­is­la­tor of the year” by Vietnam Veter­ans of Amer­ica.

The law­maker called the Vietnam War the most in­flu­en­tial con­flict of his leg­isla­tive ca­reer — de­spite his own de­ploy­ments — as he ac­cepted the award Fri­day at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s gath­er­ing in New Or­leans.

“What de­fines me most as a mem­ber of Congress is a war I never fought in,” the Aurora Repub­li­can said.

Coff­man serves on the House Veter­ans’ Af­fairs and Armed Ser­vices com­mit­tees. He is a vet­eran of the U.S. Ma­rine Corps and Army who was de­ployed to Iraq for both wars there.

Pad­den files to en­ter race for at­tor­ney gen­eral.

Denver at­tor­ney Amy Pad­den, a for­mer state and fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor, filed this week to run for Colorado at­tor­ney gen­eral, join­ing a crowded Demo­cratic field.

In the mid-2000s, Pad­den served as an as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­eral un­der for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral John Suthers, un­der whom she pros­e­cuted con­sumer pro­tec­tion cases against char­i­ties and busi­nesses.

More re­cently, she served as the ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant U.S. at­tor­ney, a role she left last month, ac­cord­ing to her LinkedIn page.

Pad­den joins four other Democrats in the race to un­seat Repub­li­can Cyn­thia Coff­man, who her­self is flirt­ing with a gu­ber­na­to­rial bid. The other can­di­dates so far in­clude Phil Weiser, for­mer dean of the Univer­sity of Colorado Law School; Denver at­tor­ney Brad Levin; Michael Dougherty, a deputy pros­e­cu­tor from Boul­der; and state Rep. Joe Salazar of Thorn­ton.

Garfield County cuts li­brary hours.

GARFIELD

All Garfield County li­braries will be­gin a new, re­duced sched­ule on Tues­day, Sept. 5.

It is the sec­ond re­cent re­duc­tion in hours, with the first oc­cur­ring in De­cem­ber af­ter the Garfield County Li­brary District learned of a $1.2 mil­lion de­crease in op­er­at­ing rev­enue for 2017. This time around all li­braries will be closed on Sun­days.

The De­cem­ber change re­sulted in a 7 per­cent de­crease in open hours while eight staff mem­bers were laid off. Since this cut last year, county li­braries have faced con­tin­u­ing staff short­ages that have led to tem­po­rary day-long emer­gency clo­sures of sev­eral branches.

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