El Paso County http://krcc.org en 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 Reimbursement for Recall Elections Unlikely http://krcc.org/post/reimbursement-recall-elections-unlikely <p>Now that Colorado’s historic recall elections are over, there’s an ongoing clash about who should foot the bill. The recalls of two Democratic lawmakers cost over $400,000. As Bente Birkeland reports, the Secretary of State’s Office says he can’t legally reimburse counties for the elections.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:38:05 +0000 Bente Birkeland 13968 at http://krcc.org Reimbursement for Recall Elections Unlikely Report Details Challenges and Support Opportunities for El Paso County's Aging http://krcc.org/post/report-details-challenges-and-support-opportunities-el-paso-countys-aging <p>El Paso County’s senior population is expected to jump an estimated 179 percent over the next thirty years.&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;"> has more on a new report identifying possible ways to help support the growing demographic.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:56:01 +0000 Elaina Formby 13965 at http://krcc.org Report Details Challenges and Support Opportunities for El Paso County's Aging 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 El Paso County Commissioners OK Zoning Request for Wind Farm http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-commissioners-ok-zoning-request-wind-farm <p></p><p>El Paso County Commissioners have approved a zoning request regarding a proposed wind farm in the eastern part of the county.&nbsp; Here’s the press release:</p><p></p><blockquote><p>Following a day long public hearing, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners this evening gave its approval to a zoning request that will clear the way for the development of a large wind farm in eastern El Paso County.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:11:47 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 12911 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Commissioners OK Zoning Request for Wind Farm 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 Clerks in El Paso, Pueblo Counties Say Voter Turnout Appears Up http://krcc.org/post/clerks-el-paso-pueblo-counties-say-voter-turnout-appears <p></p><div><p>Colorado voters have until 7 tonight to turn in their ballots in today’s election.&nbsp;For nearly a month, El Paso and Pueblo County Clerks have been collecting mail-in ballots.</p></div><p>Despite a slow start, Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz is optimistic about the turnout.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 23:14:17 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz & Kate Dunn 11000 at http://krcc.org Clerks in El Paso, Pueblo Counties Say Voter Turnout Appears Up 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 El Paso County Reports First West Nile Case http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-reports-first-west-nile-case <p></p><p>El Paso County health officials are confirming the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county this year.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A man has been diagnosed with the virus in what Dr. Bill Letson, the El Paso County Public Health Medical Diretor, calls a pretty average year for incident rates. &nbsp;</p><p>There may be one or two more cases, according to Letson, but mosquito activity is winding down.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:28:51 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 9157 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Reports First West Nile Case FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center http://krcc.org/post/fema-opens-disaster-recovery-center <p>FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center opens today for residents of El Paso County affected by recent flooding. KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Center takes the place of the city’s recovery facility after the federal Major Disaster Declaration was expanded last week to include El Paso County. FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis calls the Center a “one-stop-shop” that aims to help residents with insurance and medical needs, among other concerns.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:49:16 +0000 Martha Perez-Sanz 9100 at http://krcc.org FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center 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 Voting Centers Open Until 7PM in Recall Elections http://krcc.org/post/voting-centers-open-until-7pm-recall-elections <p></p><p></p><p>It’s election day for parts of El Paso and Pueblo Counties. State senators John Morse and Angela Giron are facing possible recalls. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin caught up with the El Paso County Clerk at Centennial Hall, where at mid-day, voter traffic was moving swiftly.</p><p></p><p>This is one of seven voting centers open today in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Clerk Wayne Williams says turnout today has been lighter at times than last week, but he says there could be an after-work rush.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:05:50 +0000 Liz Ruskin & Shanna Lewis 8413 at http://krcc.org Voting Centers Open Until 7PM in Recall Elections El Paso County Works to Repair Flooded Culverts http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-works-repair-flooded-culverts <p></p><p>With thunderstorms in the forecast for the next few days, the possibility of flash flooding in El Paso County remains.&nbsp; As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the county is working to repair roads in the Black Forest area damaged in last weekend’s floods.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The county is placing road maintenance equipment in Black Forest so it can quickly remove flood debris and keep drainages open. County Spokesman Dave Rose says the big challenge is a large drainage system that runs south through the burn area and then along Shoup Road, an important east-west route.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Liz Ruskin 6888 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Works to Repair Flooded Culverts Colorado Springs, El Paso County Release Final Flash Flood Risk Analysis Maps http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-el-paso-county-release-final-flash-flood-risk-analysis-maps <p>Colorado Springs and El Paso County officials have released updated flood maps for areas in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar.&nbsp; The maps detail expected flood effects after one-hour rainfall amounts of a half-inch up to two inches of rain.&nbsp; The assessments assumed debris in floodwaters would cause blockages at street crossings.&nbsp; Maps include Ute Pass, Manitou Springs, and Fountain Creek.&nbsp; Douglas Creek maps have not yet been updated.&nbsp; There’s a preparedness meeting tonight at six for residents and businesses along Fountain Creek at Al Kaly Shrine.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:03:25 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 6140 at http://krcc.org Colorado Springs, El Paso County Release Final Flash Flood Risk Analysis Maps El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Sets Process for Recall Election http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-clerk-and-recorder-sets-process-recall-election <p></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:07:04 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 5921 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Sets Process for Recall Election El Paso County Sheriff's Office Investigates Arson Fires http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-sheriffs-office-investigates-arson-fires <p></p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:25:30 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 5853 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Sheriff's Office Investigates Arson Fires