Public Safety http://krcc.org en Mitigation Efforts Helping Ease Impacts of Heavy Rain http://krcc.org/post/mitigation-efforts-helping-ease-impacts-heavy-rain <p>Impacts from rains like Wednesday’s downpour in El Paso County are lessened due to mitigation work that’s taken place. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:13 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22110 at http://krcc.org Mitigation Efforts Helping Ease Impacts of Heavy Rain CDOT Installs New Flood Monitoring Equipment in Williams Canyon http://krcc.org/post/cdot-installs-new-flood-monitoring-equipment-williams-canyon <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Williams Canyon is getting new rain-monitoring equipment from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the US Geological Survey.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports on the installations taking place this week.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:01:28 +0000 Tucker Hampson 22039 at http://krcc.org CDOT Installs New Flood Monitoring Equipment in Williams Canyon Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch Evacuated as Precaution; Conditions Seen as Learning Opportunity http://krcc.org/post/spanish-peaks-scout-ranch-evacuated-precaution-conditions-seen-learning-opportunity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">100 boy scouts were evacuated early Tuesday morning&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">from the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch in Southern CO when heavy rains caused a nearby creek to rise.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:38:15 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21624 at http://krcc.org Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch Evacuated as Precaution; Conditions Seen as Learning Opportunity 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 Smoke, Haze in Southern Colorado Due to Out-of-State Fires http://krcc.org/post/smoke-haze-southern-colorado-due-out-state-fires <p>Smoke and haze has moved into Colorado from fires in Arizona.&nbsp;</p><p></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Smoke from fires in Arizona have made it into southeast Colorado, causing reduced visibility this morning.</p>— NWS Pueblo (@NWSPueblo) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWSPueblo/statuses/478509091812552704">June 16, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:10:04 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 20565 at http://krcc.org Smoke, Haze in Southern Colorado Due to Out-of-State Fires CUSP: A Call for Volunteers for Cascade-area Flood Mitigation Work http://krcc.org/post/cusp-call-volunteers-cascade-area-flood-mitigation-work <p>The Coalition for the Upper South Platte is looking for volunteers to help with flood mitigation projects along Highway 24 this month.&nbsp;KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Volunteers are needed to help seed land and create sediment catchment basins in Cascade. These projects are intended to slow or redirect water to help protect against erosion and reduce the risk of property damage. Lisa Patton is the volunteer coordinator for CUSP. Patton says the Waldo Canyon burn scar is already suffering.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:26:25 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20242 at http://krcc.org CUSP: A Call for Volunteers for Cascade-area Flood Mitigation Work Manitou Springs to Test Emergency Siren http://krcc.org/post/manitou-springs-test-emergency-siren <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manitou</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Springs is conducting a full-scale test of their emergency siren tomorrow (Thursday).&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:35:53 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20035 at http://krcc.org Manitou Springs to Test Emergency Siren Wildfire in Huerfano County Prompts Evacuations http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-huerfano-county-prompts-evacuations <p><strong>UPDATE (Monday, 06/02 8:00 PM): &nbsp;</strong>All evacuation orders have been lifted; the fire is 100% contained. Mop up will continue and the area will be monitored over the next several days.</p><p><strong>UPDATE (Monday, 06/02 11:45 AM):&nbsp;</strong>Huerfano County Emergency Dispatch says residents north of Twin Ridge Dr. on Four Mile Canyon Road to CR 312 may return. &nbsp;Residents south of Twin Ridge Dr. on Four Mile Canyon Rd. are still under an evacuation notice. &nbsp;The fire is 80% contained, with a burn area of 15 acres.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 02:00:16 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 19907 at http://krcc.org Wildfire in Huerfano County Prompts Evacuations Upper Monument Creek Mitigation Informational Meetings http://krcc.org/post/upper-monument-creek-mitigation-informational-meetings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Area residents looking for more information on a planned wildfire mitigation project in the Upper Monument Creek area are invited to public meetings.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p></p><p>The proposed mitigation project on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests looks to treat about 25,000 acres of land in El Paso, Douglas, and Teller counties.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:45:09 +0000 Tucker Hampson 19678 at http://krcc.org Upper Monument Creek Mitigation Informational Meetings Rains, Flash Flood Warning Prompt Hwy 24 Closure and Red Cross Shelter Opening http://krcc.org/post/rains-flash-flood-warning-prompt-hwy-24-closure-and-red-cross-shelter-opening <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> &nbsp;The Red Cross Shelter has closed as of 11:23 PM. &nbsp;Highway 24 has reopened.</p><p></p><p><strong>Original post:</strong></p> Sat, 24 May 2014 04:12:10 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 19538 at http://krcc.org Rains, Flash Flood Warning Prompt Hwy 24 Closure and Red Cross Shelter Opening 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 Wildfire Prevention Proposal Likely to Fail http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-prevention-proposal-likely-fail <p>One of the key wildfire prevention measures of this year’s legislative session is in jeopardy of failing. The proposal has cleared the house, but as Bente Birkeland reports it faces new opposition in the senate.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 18509 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Prevention Proposal Likely to Fail Sponsor Pulls Cyber-Bullying Bill http://krcc.org/post/sponsor-pulls-cyber-bullying-bill <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 0, 102); font-family: verdana; line-height: normal;">A bill aimed at creating new penalties for cyber bullying failed in the senate judiciary committee on Wednesday. The sponsor reluctantly asked lawmakers to postpone the bill, saying it needs more study. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:07:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17539 at http://krcc.org Sponsor Pulls Cyber-Bullying Bill State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/state-senate-adds-money-aerial-firefighting-fleet <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;">Colorado’s $23 million budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey after floor debate in the senate Thursday. As Bente Birkeland reports, the senate made one noteworthy change to the house’s version.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:45:19 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17224 at http://krcc.org State Senate Adds Money for Aerial Firefighting Fleet Manitou Springs Community Forum on Disaster Preparedness http://krcc.org/post/manitou-springs-community-forum-disaster-preparedness <p>Manitou Springs officials are inviting residents to a community forum Saturday to talk about disaster preparation.&nbsp; KRCC’s Rachel Gonchar has more.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Marc Snyder, Police Chief Joe </span>Ribeiro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and City Administrator Jack Benson will deliver progress updates on fire and flood mitigation projects.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:50:44 +0000 Rachel Gonchar 17222 at http://krcc.org Manitou Springs Community Forum on Disaster Preparedness Pueblo PD Launches Trial for Interactive Crime-Fighting Tool http://krcc.org/post/pueblo-pd-launches-trial-interactive-crime-fighting-tool <p>The Pueblo Police Department is running a 45-day trial of a new interactive crowd-sourced crime fighting platform. &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 platform is called <a href="http://CrimeSuspect.Net" target="_blank">CrimeSuspect.Net</a> and equips citizens with the ability to help law enforcement fight local crime.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:43:49 +0000 Eliza Densmore 17214 at http://krcc.org Pueblo PD Launches Trial for Interactive Crime-Fighting Tool Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet http://krcc.org/post/budget-may-douse-state-aerial-firefighting-fleet Lawmakers on Colorado’s powerful joint budget committee are skeptical about finding money for an aerial firefighting fleet for the upcoming wildfire season. A report from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control recommends spending $33 million on spotter planes, small air tankers, helicopters, and leasing large air tankers for wildfire season.<p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:50:26 +0000 Bente Birkeland 17157 at http://krcc.org Budget May Douse State Aerial Firefighting Fleet Telecom Proposals Move Forward http://krcc.org/post/telecom-proposals-move-forward <p><br />Even in 2014, many parts of the Colorado are still not connected to the Internet – and if they are it’s not at high speeds. A package of bills to reform and update the state’s telecommunications industry cleared its first committee at the state capitol on Tuesday.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:00:54 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16847 at http://krcc.org Telecom Proposals Move Forward Cell Phone Driving Ban Defeated http://krcc.org/post/cell-phone-driving-ban-defeated <p>A bill to ban talking on cell phones while driving failed in the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday. Two Democrats joined Republicans in defeating the measure.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hearing was emotional at times and lawmakers were brought to tears after Shelly </span>Forney<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from Fort Collins testified about her 9 year old daughter Erica’s death. Erica was biking near her home when a woman talking on her cell phone hit her with her car.</span></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:12:47 +0000 Bente Birkeland 16233 at http://krcc.org Cell Phone Driving Ban Defeated 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 Report: Black Forest Fire Chief Acted Properly http://krcc.org/post/report-black-forest-fire-chief-acted-properly <p>The Black Forest Fire/Rescue District has released some of the findings from an independent investigation into Fire Chief Bob Harvey’s response during last year’s devastating blaze.&nbsp; KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:20:23 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 15337 at http://krcc.org Report: Black Forest Fire Chief Acted Properly Update: Buena Vista Routes Re-Open http://krcc.org/post/update-buena-vista-routes-re-open <p><strong>UPDATE: </strong>According to Chaffee County Sheriff spokeswoman&nbsp;Laura Smith, an x-ray of the explosive&nbsp;device determined it was a "practice round" and nothing suspicious. &nbsp;The Buena Vista Police Department re-took custody of the scene, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will take the device back to the crime lab for processing. &nbsp;Streets have reopened and the investigation is ongoing. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:29:07 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Elaina Formby 15286 at http://krcc.org Update: Buena Vista Routes Re-Open Two Incidents, Two Avalanche Related Deaths http://krcc.org/post/two-incidents-two-avalanche-related-deaths <div><p>Two are dead in separate avalanches in Colorado this week. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Elaina<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Formby<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:13:05 +0000 Elaina Formby 15011 at http://krcc.org Two Incidents, Two Avalanche Related Deaths Radio Communications Bill Clears First Committee http://krcc.org/post/radio-communications-bill-clears-first-committee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill to study how to upgrade the state’s emergency radio communication system is moving through the statehouse. Lawmakers say the bill is important in the wake of recent wildfires and floods. </span>Bente<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Birkeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has more from the state capitol.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:44:48 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14815 at http://krcc.org Radio Communications Bill Clears First Committee 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 Democrats Strike Down Background Check Repeal http://krcc.org/post/democrats-strike-down-background-check-repeal <p>The gun debate that riveted the state capitol last session once again took center stage yesterday. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, emotions were strong, but compared to last year, fewer people came to the capitol to testify on a key gun bill.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republicans have vowed to repeal a package of gun control proposals that the Democrats passed. The first bill in their sights? The bill that brought universal background checks and fees for gun purchases to Colorado.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14714 at http://krcc.org Democrats Strike Down Background Check Repeal Guns Stay Hot Topic at Statehouse http://krcc.org/post/guns-stay-hot-topic-statehouse <p>After dominating last year’s legislative session, state lawmakers are once again beginning to debate the issue of guns. Republicans are taking the lead this time around, trying to repeal many Democratic bills including stepped up background checks.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The background check law was part of a larger package of gun control bills Democrats passed in the wake of the Aurora Theater shooting and shooting in Newtown Connecticut. Republicans say Democrats overreached. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:55:26 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14636 at http://krcc.org Guns Stay Hot Topic at Statehouse Avalanche Warnings Issued Throughout Colorado's Rockies http://krcc.org/post/avalanche-warnings-issued-throughout-colorados-rockies <p>As heavy snow continues to fall across the Rockies, the risk of avalanches has prompted &nbsp;warnings from the <a href="http://avalanche.state.co.us" target="_blank">Colorado Avalanche Information Center</a>.&nbsp; Forecaster Dr. John Snook says natural and human triggered slides in Colorado’s backcountry are likely, and says we're nearing "the most extreme we've seen so far this winter."</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:32:16 +0000 Nathan Heffel & KUNC 14536 at http://krcc.org Avalanche Warnings Issued Throughout Colorado's Rockies Study Finds Higher Rate of Texting & Driving Among Never-Deployed Military http://krcc.org/post/study-finds-higher-rate-texting-driving-among-never-deployed-military <p>A study by USAA finds higher rates of texting while driving among service members who have never been deployed than among those who have.&nbsp; KRCC’s Elaina Formby reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company’s study shows more than half of active-service military who have never been deployed admit to texting while driving, as compared to 39% of those previously deployed. The rate dips another five percent for service members within six months of returning from deployment.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:58:01 +0000 Elaina Formby 14533 at http://krcc.org Study Finds Higher Rate of Texting & Driving Among Never-Deployed Military