Colorado Springs http://krcc.org en CO Springs Council Approves Resolution Supporting Regional Stormwater Approach http://krcc.org/post/co-springs-council-approves-resolution-supporting-regional-stormwater-approach <p>Colorado Springs City Council voted in favor of a resolution Tuesday supporting an intergovernmental approach to storm water issues.&nbsp; KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The resolution passed on a vote of 7-2 with Councilors Don Knight and Helen Collins opposed. &nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:30:21 +0000 Dana Cronin 22386 at http://krcc.org CO Springs Council Approves Resolution Supporting Regional Stormwater Approach Colorado Springs' Park Master Plan Open for Comments http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-park-master-plan-open-comments <p>The city of Colorado Springs is accepting public comments on their new Park System Master Plan.&nbsp; KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plan looks to address the most important issues for the upcoming decade. The Executive Director of the Trails and Open Space Coalition is participating in the blueprint process, and TOSC Advocacy Director Bill Koerner says one of the issues in the draft is the need for more open space.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:27:35 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22262 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs' Park Master Plan Open for Comments Stormwater Task Force Seeks Public Input http://krcc.org/post/stormwater-task-force-seeks-public-input <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The committee tasked with addressing </span>stormwater<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs throughout the Pikes Peak region is hosting several community meetings to talk about their new draft plan.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:54:26 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21581 at http://krcc.org Stormwater Task Force Seeks Public Input Electric Rates to Go Down for CSUtils Customers http://krcc.org/post/electric-rates-go-down-csutils-customers <p>Electric rates for Colorado Springs Utilities customers are going down starting this Friday.&nbsp;KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dana Cronin reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:58:57 +0000 Dana Cronin 21646 at http://krcc.org Electric Rates to Go Down for CSUtils Customers Public Safety Crews on Alert During Independence Day Weekend http://krcc.org/post/public-safety-crews-alert-during-independence-day-weekend <p>Public safety crews in Southern Colorado are gearing up for this Independence Day weekend. As KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports, that includes being on the lookout for illegal fireworks.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent wet weather means Colorado Springs is bringing back its annual fireworks display, but hot and dry weather is in the forecast.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado Springs Deputy Fire Marshal Kris Cooper says that means fire danger is still a reality.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 04:39:25 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21452 at http://krcc.org Public Safety Crews on Alert During Independence Day Weekend Grand Opening of PPLD's '21st Century Library' http://krcc.org/post/grand-opening-pplds-21st-century-library <p></p><p>The Pikes Peak Library District is set to officially open its new 21<sup>st</sup> Century branch in northern Colorado Springs Saturday.&nbsp;KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>The branch houses several new types of facilities to provide equipment for aspiring artists, writers and filmmakers to learn and apply their skills. There’s also a new 400-seat theater designed for community shows, plays, and live music.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:02:40 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20691 at http://krcc.org Grand Opening of PPLD's '21st Century Library' Climate March Stops in Colorado Springs http://krcc.org/post/climate-march-stops-colorado-springs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Climate change activists marching from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. are stopping in Colorado Springs Tuesday.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 04:50:00 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20032 at http://krcc.org Climate March Stops in Colorado Springs Visible Smoke, Fire Possible During Emergency Exercise at Colorado Springs Airport http://krcc.org/post/visible-smoke-fire-possible-during-emergency-exercise-colorado-springs-airport <p>Colorado Springs residents may see smoke, fire, and emergency personnel just south of the city’s airport Thursday morning.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s an exercise from the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and will simulate an airplane crash and hospital patient in-processing. Emergency Management Coordinator Erin Duran says 140 service members from Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base will even act as crash victims, complete with stage makeup.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 00:20:11 +0000 Elaina Formby 18774 at http://krcc.org Visible Smoke, Fire Possible During Emergency Exercise at Colorado Springs Airport Colorado Springs Fire Department Battling Blaze at Martin Drake Power Plant http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-fire-department-battling-blaze-martin-drake-power-plant <p></p><p><br />Investigators are on the scene at the Martin Drake Power Plant in downtown Colorado Springs after a four-alarm fire broke out this morning at the facility. The fire department reports two Utilities workers suffered minor injuries, one of whom was transferred to the hospital. &nbsp;There are no reported injuries to firefighters.<br /><br />At a press conference this afternoon, Fire Chief Chris Riley said only one of the plant evacuees suffered a minor injury.</p><p>----</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:29:27 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 18643 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs Fire Department Battling Blaze at Martin Drake Power Plant Parks Master Planning Underway in Colorado Springs http://krcc.org/post/parks-master-planning-underway-colorado-springs <p><br />Approximately every ten years, Colorado Springs undertakes a Master Planning process for the parks system. As KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports, this time around, the economic downturn and recent natural disasters are affecting the planning process.<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Michelle Mercer 18362 at http://krcc.org Parks Master Planning Underway in Colorado Springs 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