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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

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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Honeywell honored firefighters, on Wednesday, who fought the Waldo Canyon fire in 2012 and the Black Forest fire this year. Company employees donated to the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund to support the Colorado Springs community in the aftermath of both wildfires. Donations include $255,000 in Honeywell personal protective equipment to six volunteer fire departments, and… Continue Reading Honeywell donates $255,000 in equipment, cash, to fire departments

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Initial flood damage at $10m, city officials say

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Recent flooding in Colorado Springs will cost about $10 million in repairs to public infrastructure, according to Bret Waters, the city’s emergency management division director. “It’s conservative,” Waters said at Mayor Steve Bach’s monthly press conference. “Today’s the first sunny day, so we’re out still looking for damage. It’ll be higher.” Gold Camp Road is… Continue Reading Initial flood damage at $10m, city officials say

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Area could have new case of donor fatigue

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Last year at this time, many of us who are involved in big or small ways with area nonprofit agencies were adding a new term to our vocabulary. Donor fatigue. The region had suffered during the Waldo Canyon fire, and we had endured most of the economic and personal aftershocks. For months, we heard story… Continue Reading Area could have new case of donor fatigue

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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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Manitou digs out from flood, mud

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Manitou digs out from flood, mud

Tuesday should have been the pinnacle of 12 years of hard work for Manitou Springs artist Charles Rockey. It was to have been his last day preparing a book including more than 300 pieces of his artwork — with stories to accompany them. For more than a decade he’s been working on the book, titled… Continue Reading Manitou digs out from flood, mud

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