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The trustees of the El Pomar Foundation recently approved 90 grants totaling $1.4 million. The grants represent 27 counties in Colorado. Nearly 50 of the grants were in the Pikes Peak region, including several to area fire stations and nonprofits aiding in the Waldo Canyon fire relief. The local recipients: – American Heart Association, $10,000… Continue Reading El Pomar provides $1.4 million in grants, fire relief

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The deadline to buy flood insurance for residents of Mountain Shadows is midnight Sept. 9, if residents want the exception to the 30-day wait for flood insurance to go into effect. The exception allows an insurance adjuster to determine whether flood damage to a home or business was caused, or made worse, by post-wildfire conditions… Continue Reading Flood insurance deadline nears for Waldo Canyon fire victim

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Pikes Peak United Way gave more than $379,268 to 10 charities who are helping victims of the Waldo Canyon fire. The group paid the money from donations specifically for fire victims, and gave the money to organizations that were on the forefront of relief efforts. Recipient services included: rental and income assistance, mental health services,… Continue Reading United Way provides grants to fire-relief agencies

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When the Waldo Canyon fire raced down the ridgeline and into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, homes were destroyed no matter what building materials were used. Houses with stucco siding, houses with redwood decks, cedar fencing, uneven irrigation and too many trees too close to the house — all went up in flames. In many cases,… Continue Reading Fire code updates mean changes for Mountain Shadows

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Every year when summer tourists come to visit the Pikes Peak region, they shop and stay in Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park. So it’s easy to imagine what happens to businesses when they don’t come. The Waldo Canyon fire made national and international headlines when it forced the evacuation of Manitou Springs… Continue Reading Lost summer: Retailers counting losses after summer season dashed by fire

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It’s tee time for firefighters, first responders and families affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. Students in the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs PGA Golf Management program will provide free lessons to firefighters and people affected by the Waldo Canyon fire during Labor Day weekend. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon Sept.… Continue Reading UCCS golf students giving free lessons for Waldo Canyon families, first responders

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SBDC receives federal small biz grant

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The Colorado Small Business Development Center received a $100,000 federal grant to help support services for small businesses affected by the Waldo Canyon fire. The services available include loan packaging, marketing and business planning for recovery, assistance with the FEMA disaster program and the application process for the low interest Small Business Administration disaster loans.… Continue Reading SBDC receives federal small biz grant

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When the Waldo Canyon fire roared closer to Colorado Springs on June 26, Jeff Beauprez, president and CEO of Colorado Networks, started getting frantic phone calls from businesses along the Garden of the Gods Road corridor. Continue Reading Cyber security and disaster planning go hand in hand

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Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Colorado residents and business owners affected by this summer’s wildfires, flooding and mudslides. The U.S. Small Business Administration will assist residents primarily in El Paso and Larimer counties affected by summer wildfires. but also will assist those in the neighboring Colorado counties of Boulder, Crowley, Douglas, Elbert, Fremont,… Continue Reading SBA offers disaster assistance to fire-affected residents and businesses

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Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking for more federal help for communities affected by wildfires this summer. The governor sent a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, seeking additional money.   “The current disaster declaration does not account for the significant infrastructure losses and repairs the communities directly incurred as a result of these wildfires,” the… Continue Reading Hickenlooper asks for more federal aid for wildfires

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