Public Safety http://krcc.org en 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 Pueblo Landlord Fined for Code Violations http://krcc.org/post/pueblo-landlord-fined-code-violations <p>A landlord in Pueblo has pleased guilty to code violations in rental properties. KRCC's&nbsp;Eliza Densmore reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Pueblo Police Department’s Code Compliance Unit executed the case.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 14 units held a total of 70 code violations, including problems with plumbing, pests, and fire protection systems.</span></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:57:56 +0000 Eliza Densmore 14528 at http://krcc.org Pueblo Landlord Fined for Code Violations Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry http://krcc.org/post/colorado-imposes-food-safety-rules-marijuana-industry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><br />Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.</span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:44:54 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 14429 at http://krcc.org Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry Cantaloupe Farmers Sentenced to Probation http://krcc.org/post/cantaloupe-farmers-sentenced-probation <p>Cantaloupe farmers in eastern Colorado responsible for a deadly outbreak of listeria two years ago were sentenced today after pleading guilty to six misdemeanor charges in October. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">KRCC’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Nat Stein has more.</span><br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal magistrate in Denver sentenced brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen to five years of probation, starting with six months of home detention. Each brother also must pay $150,000 in restitution and perform 100 hours of community service.</span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:08:21 +0000 Nat Stein & AP 14412 at http://krcc.org Cantaloupe Farmers Sentenced to Probation Wildfire Legislative Proposals http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-legislative-proposals <p>Helping prevent and fight wildfires is one of the top priorities for Colorado lawmakers in both parties this session. But so far, substantial policy changes recommended by the Governor’s wildfire task force are being rejected. As Bente&nbsp;Birkeland reports, the current package of legislative proposals is not nearly as aggressive as some would like.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:44:53 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14333 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Legislative Proposals Wildfire Measures Rolled Out http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-measures-rolled-out <p>Lawmakers and Governor Hickenlooper are touting a package of bills they say will help prevent and fight wildfires. Most of the measures stem from an interim committee that met in the off session. Bente Birkeland has more at the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:29:04 +0000 Bente Birkeland 14226 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Measures Rolled Out Lawmakers Briefed on School Safety http://krcc.org/post/lawmakers-briefed-school-safety <p>School safety experts briefed lawmakers on the joint education committee yesterday. They asked the state to focus on preventing school violence rather than simply trying to stop it. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:41:05 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13929 at http://krcc.org Lawmakers Briefed on School Safety 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 New Background Check Law Impacts Gun Sales http://krcc.org/post/new-background-check-law-impacts-gun-sales <p></p><p>Democratic state lawmakers say a new law requiring universal background checks for gun purchases is working well. Data from the Department of Public Safety shows 2% of private gun sales were blocked because of the law.</p><p></p><p>Seventy-two sales were stopped because the would-be buyer was convicted or charged with a serious crime; such as murder, sexual assault, possession of dangerous drugs and theft.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:09:25 +0000 Bente Birkeland 12605 at http://krcc.org New Background Check Law Impacts Gun Sales Experts Examine Economic Cost of Natural Disasters http://krcc.org/post/experts-examine-economic-cost-natural-disasters <p>A new study from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business shows that it may be difficult to quantify how droughts, fires and floods are impacting the state’s economy over the long term. But it’s safe to say natural disasters are already influencing public policy and are requiring communities to shift their thinking. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:18:52 +0000 Bente Birkeland 12519 at http://krcc.org Experts Examine Economic Cost of Natural Disasters 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 Sheriff Disputes Claims Black Forest Fire was Intentionally Set http://krcc.org/post/sheriff-disputes-claims-black-forest-fire-was-intentionally-set <p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:32:50 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 11687 at http://krcc.org Sheriff Disputes Claims Black Forest Fire was Intentionally Set Pueblo County Maps Flood Damages http://krcc.org/post/pueblo-county-maps-flood-damages <p>Pueblo County has released a new interactive map showing flood damage for the past year.&nbsp;KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:27:01 +0000 Eliza Densmore 11264 at http://krcc.org Pueblo County Maps Flood Damages Wildfire Committee Crafts Legislation http://krcc.org/post/wildfire-committee-crafts-legislation <p></p><p>A new state committee tasked with studying wildfire issues has wrapped up its work. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers is recommending a tax credit to encourage people to mitigate fire risks and a proposal to give individual counties more authority to cut down hazardous trees. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:35:53 +0000 Bente Birkeland 10822 at http://krcc.org Wildfire Committee Crafts Legislation