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2013: From Council to disasters and C4C

2013: From Council to disasters and C4C

January: Predictions (not endorsements) about City Council “Here’s a possible lineup: District 1, Tim Leigh. District 2, Angela Dougan. District 3, Keith King. District 4, Deborah Hendrix. District 5, Al Loma. District 6, David Moore. It’s a conservative group, which would likely look to Keith King for leadership. The canny King may have no experience… Continue Reading 2013: From Council to disasters and C4C

Headlines aside, people stood out in 2013

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You’re probably growing weary of reading how much the City for Champions projects mean to Colorado Springs’ future, and how the initial funding approval provided by far the best feel-good story of 2013. Most likely, you also aren’t interested in reading more about the past year’s fires, floods and government controversy. Good, because we feel… Continue Reading Headlines aside, people stood out in 2013

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Youth Corps contributes to fire mitigation

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The Mile High Youth Corps – Colorado Springs responded to the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires as well as the subsequent flooding. The Corps during the summer and fall conducted 23 weeks of restoration and flood mitigation efforts in the burn areas, according to a news release. For the past four years, the Corps… Continue Reading Youth Corps contributes to fire mitigation

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CVB keeps us aware of heroics

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Our lives move so fast anymore, even something as traumatic as natural disasters in our midst can fade quickly into the background, unless it’s right in front of us. Unless you drive regularly into Mountain Shadows or out to Black Forest, you probably have forgotten already about how much the historic wildfires of 2012 and… Continue Reading CVB keeps us aware of heroics

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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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Emissions take fires’ impact to a higher level

In government-speak, the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires were “unplanned biomass burning events.” As such, they fall into a statistical and scientific abyss. Scientists and regulators know that wildfires release enormous quantities of pollutants, but they have yet to develop tools enabling them to accurately measure the quantity or nature of pollutants from individual… Continue Reading Emissions take fires’ impact to a higher level

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Colorado Crossing sits as litigation abounds

Half-finished buildings sit with gaping holes, windows without glass, parking lots without cars. Classy signs announce the now-derailed development: Colorado Crossing, on the weeded byway leading to its skeletal remains off Voyager and Interquest parkways. A nearly completed multiplex movie theater, flanked by a half-done office building and a parking garage, all sit vacant and… Continue Reading Colorado Crossing sits as litigation abounds

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City checks German fire detection sensors

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City checks German fire detection sensors

Technology created to protect the ancient Black Forest in Germany from wildfires could soon be put to use in Colorado Springs — but only if jurisdictional, financial and other concerns are sorted out. City Council might take up the FireWatch program in a few weeks, said Councilor Joel Miller, who had his first look at… Continue Reading City checks German fire detection sensors

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Online job fair to aid fire, drought victims

Many Colorado residents have been affected this summer by wildfire and drought. The virtual job fair will take place Aug. 2 – 16, at www.connectingcolorado.com. “This online event is targeting people affected by this summer of natural disasters,”  Department of Labor Executive Director Ellen Golombek said in a statement.  “The Black Forest Fire and the Royal… Continue Reading Online job fair to aid fire, drought victims

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Unemployment assistance available to Black Forest fire residents

  People who lost their jobs because of the Black Forest fire might be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance, a federal program that provides temporary financial assistance to workers. The benefits are available to people who have lost their jobs because of a disaster and do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits, according to a… Continue Reading Unemployment assistance available to Black Forest fire residents

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