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Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

Last week, an extraordinary thing happened in El Paso County! Citizens, working alongside their locally elected officials, local government staff members, business leaders, military representatives, nonprofit representatives and more, all brought to fruition a collaborative proposal to tackle our region’s long-standing, complex flooding and stormwater management problem. This is no small accomplishment. Stormwater management is… Continue Reading Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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As our elected leaders continue finding new ways to avoid cooperating on important issues, there’s a growing sense that perhaps doing nothing beats making a serious mistake. So, once again, we’re hearing rumbles that the stormwater fee for El Paso County property owners might not make it onto the November ballot, after all. Never mind… Continue Reading Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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It looks as if residents of El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain and Green Mountain Falls will have the opportunity of voting to tax themselves (I mean, “fee” themselves) to fund regional stormwater needs. Colorado Springs City Council obligingly approved the proposed intergovernmental agreement earlier this week, and other jurisdictions are expected to… Continue Reading Stormwater leaders gear up for ballot campaign

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Ask a typical Colorado Springs business owner, employee or resident about something related to Fountain, Monument or Green Mountain Falls, and you’ll likely receive nothing more than a shrug in reply. Likewise, try to engage someone from Manitou Springs, Palmer Lake or Calhan about issues specific to Colorado Springs, and you’ll probably hear a similar… Continue Reading Power Lunch faces area issues

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Stormwater effort takes hold

The Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority (PPRDA), aka the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Authority, aka the Pikes Peak Regional Flood Control Authority is, like the summer floods that it seeks to mitigate, building momentum. At Monday’s City Council work session, Councilors considered and commented on a proposed intergovernmental agreement establishing the PPRDA. The draft agreement… Continue Reading Stormwater effort takes hold

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Update: Fire at Drake Power Plant causes plant shutdown

At 9:40 PM Monday morning a serious fire broke out in the downtown Drake Power Plant, sending plumes of black smoke hundreds of feet in the air above the plant. Observers described flames shooting out of the southeastern part of the Drake complex. The fire was contained at 11:45 a.m., said Kurt Dennison, spokesman for… Continue Reading Update: Fire at Drake Power Plant causes plant shutdown

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Responders to practice casualty exercise at airport

Residents may see smoke and several emergency vehicles near the Colorado Springs Airport Thursday as the Colorado Springs Airport and Office of Emergency Management conduct a mass casualty response exercise. Airport operations will not be affected by the exercise. The exercise will allow personnel from all participating organizations to test their procedures in response to… Continue Reading Responders to practice casualty exercise at airport

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Temporary FEMA disaster center opens next week

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A Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile disaster recovery center will be open in Colorado Springs Nov. 11-16. Colorado Springs residents affected by the September storms may apply for individual assistance and visit with FEMA representatives at the disaster recovery center, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Norris Penrose Events… Continue Reading Temporary FEMA disaster center opens next week

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Colorado Emergency Training Services will offer a Disaster Preparedness Basics training from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3041 Jet Wing Dr.  This free event will focus on how to pack mobile disaster kits, how to plan prior to an occurrence, and understanding disasters and their effects on the community. Attendees can expect an afternoon… Continue Reading Emergency training company offers disaster preparedness course

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