Colorado Springs http://krcc.org en Colorado Springs Welcomes New Sister City http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-welcomes-new-sister-city <p>Colorado Springs has a new sister city in Greece. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Ancient Olympia on the southwestern coast of Greece is officially the seventh sister city of Colorado Springs.</span></p><p>Olympia is the birthplace of the traditional Olympic Games over 2,700 years ago and is now home to the International Olympic Academy.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Eliza Densmore 17428 at http://krcc.org Bear Creek-Cutthroat Trout Public Comment Period to End http://krcc.org/post/bear-creek-cutthroat-trout-public-comment-period-end <p>The public comment period on a U.S. Forest Service proposal that could close or reroute several trails in the Pikes Peak region is drawing to a close tomorrow.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Eliza </span>Densmore<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some trails in Bear Creek Park could be closed to help protect what the U.S. Forest Service calls the last known habitat of Colorado’s endangered native greenback cutthroat trout.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:24:12 +0000 Eliza Densmore 16851 at http://krcc.org Bear Creek-Cutthroat Trout Public Comment Period to End Urban Agriculture in the Pikes Peak Climate http://krcc.org/post/urban-agriculture-pikes-peak-climate <p><br />The backyard farming movement continues to grow in Colorado Springs, but exactly what kind of farming makes sense in our challenging climate is a complicated business. The harsh, high altitude sun, thin topsoil, short growing season, and especially, the limited water supply present obstacles for even the most dedicated urban homesteaders.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:06:03 +0000 Michelle Mercer 16793 at http://krcc.org Urban Agriculture in the Pikes Peak Climate Douglas Creek & Flash Floods: Info Meeting Tonight http://krcc.org/post/douglas-creek-flash-floods-info-meeting-tonight <p>Colorado Springs officials will talk flash floods along Douglas Creek at a public meeting tonight. KRCC's Eliza Densmore reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The meeting is expected to provide education and updated information about increased flash flood risk due to the Waldo Canyon burn scar, including the city’s planned response to a flash flood.</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Eliza Densmore 16155 at http://krcc.org Douglas Creek & Flash Floods: Info Meeting Tonight Volunteers Train for Phone Ops During Large Emergencies http://krcc.org/post/volunteers-train-phone-ops-during-large-emergencies <p>Trainings for volunteer call takers during large emergencies in the Pikes Peak region are taking place this week.&nbsp; It’s a collaboration between Pikes Peak United Way 211, the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.&nbsp; KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz was at the first gathering and has this report.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:31:07 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 14736 at http://krcc.org Volunteers Train for Phone Ops During Large Emergencies Group Releases Vegan, Vegetarian Business Directory http://krcc.org/post/group-releases-vegan-vegetarian-business-directory <p>Vegans and vegetarians in the Pikes Peak region now have a directory of like-minded businesses. KRCC's Martha Perez-Sanz reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.coloradospringsvegbusinessdirectory.com" target="_blank">directory</a> comes from the Colorado Springs Vegan and Vegetarian Group, which recently sprouted to over 600 members. Lead organizer JL Fields says members became curious about how they could take their vegan or vegetarian lifestyles beyond personal eating choices.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:33:00 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 14535 at http://krcc.org Group Releases Vegan, Vegetarian Business Directory Volunteers Sought for Call Center Ops During Large Emergencies http://krcc.org/post/volunteers-sought-call-center-ops-during-large-emergencies <p>Officials in the Pikes Peak region are seeking volunteers to help staff call centers in the event of another large emergency.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The effort comes from Pikes Peak United Way 211, the City of Colorado Springs, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.<br /> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:52:52 +0000 Elaina Formby 13692 at http://krcc.org Volunteers Sought for Call Center Ops During Large Emergencies Warming Shelters in Colorado Springs, Black Forest http://krcc.org/post/warming-shelters-colorado-springs-black-forest <p><strong>Update 12/05/13: </strong>The Red Cross Shelter in Black Forest has closed. Only one resident stayed on Dec. 3rd, and no residents on the 4th.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:52:25 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 12201 at http://krcc.org Warming Shelters in Colorado Springs, Black Forest Impacts of Winter Weather on I-25 Construction http://krcc.org/post/impacts-winter-weather-i-25-construction <p></p><p>CDOT’s <a href="http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/southi25expansion/" target="_blank">I-25 expansion project</a> is working to add a 3rd lane in each direction between Colorado Springs and Monument by the end of the year.&nbsp; As KRCC’s Maggie Spencer reports, the recent winter weather is slowing progress.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The department planned to complete construction on the section between Woodmen Road and Interquest Parkway by Thanksgiving. CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson says much of the necessary work to do so is not possible during wet and cold conditions.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:28:17 +0000 Maggie Spencer 11875 at http://krcc.org Impacts of Winter Weather on I-25 Construction High Speed Rail Meetings in Pueblo, Colorado Springs http://krcc.org/post/high-speed-rail-meetings-pueblo-colorado-springs <p></p><p>Residents of Pueblo and Colorado Springs get to weigh in on a high speed rail study that looks at transportation from Pueblo to Fort Collins via the Denver International Airport. &nbsp;KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/ICS" target="_blank">The study</a> looked at existing high speed rail technologies and various impacts and feasibility issues. It comes from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Division of Transit and Rail.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:34:04 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 11644 at http://krcc.org High Speed Rail Meetings in Pueblo, Colorado Springs Colorado Springs' SD11 Approves Sale of Building http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-sd11-approves-sale-building <p></p><p>Colorado Springs’ District-11 School Board approved the sale of Abraham Lincoln Elementary to a local developer in a unanimous vote Wednesday. &nbsp;KRCC’s Kate Dunn has more.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Lincoln Elementary shut its doors in May after the district decided to consolidate several underused schools. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>School Board Director Al Loma says local developer Bob Elliott’s proposal would re-purpose the school building and turn it into a mixed-use space for businesses, senior living, and eateries.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:53:49 +0000 Kate Dunn 11449 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs' SD11 Approves Sale of Building USA Pro Challenge Returns to Colorado Springs; 2014 Route Hits Monarch Mountain and Woodland Park http://krcc.org/post/usa-pro-challenge-returns-colorado-springs-2014-route-hits-monarch-mountain-and-woodland-park <p></p><p></p><p>The USA Pro Challenge cycling race will return to Colorado Springs next year after the city was left out of this year’s race. As KRCC’s Maggie Spencer reports, that’s not the only regional location hosting a stage next year.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Cyclists will face a circuit race in Colorado Springs in the 4<sup>th</sup> stage of the event after ending the previous day’s ride atop Monarch Mountain.</p><p>After a one-year hiatus, Amy Long with the Colorado Springs Convention &amp; Visitor’s Bureau says they’re expecting even more excitement around next year’s event.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:10:29 +0000 Maggie Spencer 10977 at http://krcc.org USA Pro Challenge Returns to Colorado Springs; 2014 Route Hits Monarch Mountain and Woodland Park Remembering Lawrence Leighton Smith http://krcc.org/post/remembering-lawrence-leighton-smith <p></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Michelle Mercer 10569 at http://krcc.org Remembering Lawrence Leighton Smith Broadmoor Bluffs Takes Part in Evacuation Drill http://krcc.org/post/broadmoor-bluffs-takes-part-evacuation-drill <p>Colorado Springs officials held a neighborhood evacuation drill for residents of Broadmoor Bluffs over the weekend.&nbsp; Fire officials say that neighborhood has stepped up mitigation efforts in the past year and a half, but because of topography, the amount of fuels, and housing density, Broadmoor Bluffs is one of the highest risk neighborhoods in the city’s wildland urban interface.&nbsp; KRCC News embedded with first responders and a family that chose to participate in the drill.&nbsp; We start with reporter Kate Dunn.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Residential</strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin, Kate Dunn, Maggie Spencer & Martha Perez-Sanz 10256 at http://krcc.org Broadmoor Bluffs Takes Part in Evacuation Drill Airports Contribute $36.7 Billion Annually Statewide http://krcc.org/post/airports-contribute-367-billion-annually-statewide <p>A new study details the economic impact of regional airports on the state.&nbsp; KRCC&rsquo;s Kate Dunn reports.</p><p><a href="http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/aeronautics/Economic%20Impact%20Study" target="_blank">The study</a> comes from the Colorado Department of Transportation&rsquo;s Aeronautics Division. &nbsp;It shows while payroll and economic output continue to rise, the total number of jobs has fallen below 2003 levels.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 23:56:43 +0000 Kate Dunn 9855 at http://krcc.org Airports Contribute $36.7 Billion Annually Statewide Funds Still Available from FEMA Despite Government Shutdown http://krcc.org/post/funds-still-available-fema-despite-government-shutdown <p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 9702 at http://krcc.org Funds Still Available from FEMA Despite Government Shutdown New GOP State Senators Sworn Into Office http://krcc.org/post/new-gop-state-senators-sworn-office <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, Geneva, geneva, arial, helvetica, sans-serif, veranda, Veranda; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">A pair of Republican state lawmakers took the oath of office yesterday, after winning historic recall elections last month. Gun control legislation was behind the recall effort. But even with two more Republican Senators at the state capitol, Democrats are still in control of both the House and Senate. Bente Birkeland has more.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:14:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 9582 at http://krcc.org New GOP State Senators Sworn Into Office El Paso County Included in Major Disaster Declaration; Federal Aid Available http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-included-major-disaster-declaration-federal-aid-available <p></p><p>El Paso is among the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/09/19/clear-creek-el-paso-and-jefferson-counties-eligible-individual-disaster" target="_blank">three additional counties</a> added to the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4145" target="_blank">federal Major Disaster Declaration</a> after last week’s devastating flooding.&nbsp; That brings the total number of counties eligible for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to seven. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:06:10 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8932 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Included in Major Disaster Declaration; Federal Aid Available Flood Damages in Colorado Springs Likely to Exceed $10 Million http://krcc.org/post/flood-damages-colorado-springs-likely-exceed-10-million <p></p><p>Days of rain have left Colorado Springs with infrastructure damages that could cost over $10 million. &nbsp;KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz reports that number will likely rise as officials continue to assess the situation.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 8788 at http://krcc.org Flood Damages in Colorado Springs Likely to Exceed $10 Million CSPD: Residents Should Stay Indoors within 1-mile Radius of Wahsatch & Dale http://krcc.org/post/cspd-residents-should-stay-indoors-within-1-mile-radius-wahsatch-dale <p></p><p><strong>Update, 11:48 am: </strong>The suspect is in custody. Advisory lifted.</p><p><br><strong>Update, 11:38 am</strong>: The affected schools Colorado Springs School District 11 are no longer on lockdown, with the exception of Community Prep.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Lockdowns have been lifted at Palmer, North, Columbia and Taylor. All students/staff are safe.</p>— CSSD11 (@CSSD11) <a href="https://twitter.com/CSSD11/statuses/379659709210304512">September 16, 2013</a></blockquote><p></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:24:38 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8687 at http://krcc.org CSPD: Residents Should Stay Indoors within 1-mile Radius of Wahsatch & Dale Colorado Springs Officials Release Initial Damage Assessments http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-officials-release-initial-damage-assessments <p></p><p>Colorado Springs officials have released initial damage assessments following this week's flooding. &nbsp;Officials note that potential rain this weekend may produce further damaging incidents, and assessments will be ongoing. &nbsp;Their list is as follows:</p><p></p> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 01:10:13 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8606 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs Officials Release Initial Damage Assessments Damage Assessments Underway in Colorado Springs http://krcc.org/post/damage-assessments-underway-colorado-springs <p>Damage assessments are underway in Colorado Springs as heavy rains continue to move through the Pikes Peak region and throughout the Front Range. Officials are urging residents to remain aware of weather conditions as rain is predicted throughout the weekend.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Director of Emergency Management Bret Waters says the city and regional partners have been preparing for these kinds of events for some time now, and it’s important to stay prepared.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:46:20 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8595 at http://krcc.org Damage Assessments Underway in Colorado Springs Body Recovered from Fountain Creek http://krcc.org/post/body-recovered-fountain-creek <p></p><p>Emergency responders in Colorado Springs recovered the body of an adult male early this morning from Fountain Creek after heavy rains overnight.&nbsp;<br><br>The Colorado Springs Police Department noticed a body in the water near Nevada and Las Vegas Streets while conducting flood patrols and notified the city’s fire department.&nbsp; The Heavy Rescue Team recovered the remains shortly before 5 this morning.&nbsp; Identification and official cause of death are pending.&nbsp; A flash flood watch remains in effect for El Paso and Teller Counties through midnight.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:21:07 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8504 at http://krcc.org Body Recovered from Fountain Creek Voters Oust Morse, Giron http://krcc.org/post/voters-oust-morse-giron <p></p><p>Voters ousted two Democratic state lawmakers yesterday in the first ever recall elections of state legislators.&nbsp; The recalls come in the wake of new gun legislation passed earlier this year.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs conceded around 9:30, calling the defeat symbolic. &nbsp;Morse was unapologetic over his stance on the new gun control measures, and says it was worth the political risk.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:51:07 +0000 Shanna Lewis & Andrea Chalfin & Liz Ruskin 8434 at http://krcc.org Voters Oust Morse, Giron Kum & Go Cancels Plans to Buy Goodwill Building http://krcc.org/post/kum-go-cancels-plans-buy-goodwill-building <p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:41:02 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 8116 at http://krcc.org Kum & Go Cancels Plans to Buy Goodwill Building Portions of Pikes Peak Closed this Week http://krcc.org/post/portions-pikes-peak-closed-week <p></p><p></p><p>Portions of Pikes Peak will be closed this week to shoot the next installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. Another closure is expected this fall, as Hyundai is scheduled to shoot a car commercial there. Donald Zuckerman is the Colorado Film commissioner. He says that before the film incentive program, Colorado wasn’t even being considered by the movie industry.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:18:06 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Jackie Fortier & KUNC 8083 at http://krcc.org Portions of Pikes Peak Closed this Week Body of Missing Colorado Springs Teen Found http://krcc.org/post/body-missing-colorado-springs-teen-found <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; ">&nbsp;</p><p>The Colorado Springs Police Department is confirming the body of Rose Hammes was found just after midnight last night under a bridge in a canal on Platte Avenue, near Wooten Road.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:15:11 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 7087 at http://krcc.org Body of Missing Colorado Springs Teen Found Goats: The New Wave of Urban Agriculture? http://krcc.org/post/goats-new-wave-urban-agriculture <p></p><p>With interest in urban homesteading on the rise, some traditional farm animals are showing up in city back yards. It started with chickens. &nbsp; Miniature goats might be next. While some worry about potential health effects, KRCC's Liz Ruskin went to one backyard east of downtown Colorado Springs to meet a woman who isn’t concerned.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Monycka Snowbird lives in a densely packed neighborhood of 1960s-era ranch and split-level homes, some with tidy yards, some overrun by weeds.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Liz Ruskin 6890 at http://krcc.org Goats: The New Wave of Urban Agriculture? Colorado Cities Noted for Business, Careers http://krcc.org/post/colorado-cities-noted-business-careers <p></p><p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:57:09 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6864 at http://krcc.org Colorado Cities Noted for Business, Careers CSFD Interim Fire Chief Accepts WA Position http://krcc.org/post/csfd-interim-fire-chief-accepts-wa-position <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-align: left; ">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 23:56:52 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6703 at http://krcc.org CSFD Interim Fire Chief Accepts WA Position