CU women’s basketball invited to ‘the Big Dance’
For the second year in a row, the Colorado women’s basketball team will compete in the 68-team NCAA Tournament. The No. 20 Buffaloes (23-8) enter the tournament as a No. 6 seed, and will play 11-seeded Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Saturday, March 18 in Durham, North Carolina.
The team is led by senior center Quay Miller, whose 13.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game earned her an All-Pac 12 selection. After getting knocked out in the first round by Creighton last year, Miller is looking forward to being back in the tournament.
“It wasn’t a one-time thing for us,” she said to the university on March 12. “I think that it shows that we have the potential to be great and we’re just trying to strive for that every game and every practice.”
The last time the Buffs made back-to-back appearances in the tournament was the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. If the team wins on March 18, they play the winner of Duke and Iona on March 20.
Statewide and community leaders discuss Marshall Fire
More than a year after the most devastating wildfire in our state’s history, the Town of Superior is hosting an “unvarnished conversation” with elected representatives about the community’s recovery status, what went right and wrong, and what lies ahead.
Gov. Jared Polis, Rep. Joe Neguse, Boulder County Commissioner Ashley Stolzmann and other representatives will attend the event on Friday, March 17 at 3 p.m. at the Superior Community Center, 1500 Coalton Road. For more information, visit superiorcolorado.gov.
EPA proposes PFAS regulation
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reduced its lifetime drinking water health advisories for two harmful PFAS (PFOA and PFOS) from 70 parts per trillion (ppt) to less than .03 ppt. Now, the EPA has proposed the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) to establish legally enforceable levels for six PFAS in drinking water, including PFOA and PFOS.
PFAS chemicals are toxic “forever chemicals” with potential health impacts like a weakened immune system and increased risk of cancer. They can be found in everything from water to soil. One study published earlier this year found PFAS in nearly every fish sampled in rivers across Colorado (News, “Swimming with Forever Chemicals,” March 9, 2023).
If implemented, the EPA predicts the March 14-proposed regulation will “prevent thousands of deaths and reduce tens of thousands of serious PFAS-attributable illnesses.” The regulation could be finalized by the end of 2023.
An informational webinar about the proposed regulation is on March 29, with a public hearing scheduled for May 4. Register for these events at epa.gov.