El Paso County http://krcc.org en Maketa Recall Effort Fails http://krcc.org/post/maketa-recall-effort-fails <p>Embattled El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa will not face a recall election in November.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Organizers of the effort had until 1:00 Saturday to turn in the more than 44,000 signatures needed for the recall. </span></p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:31:01 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & AP 21860 at http://krcc.org Maketa Recall Effort Fails 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 Flood Repairs Continue On Old Stage Road http://krcc.org/post/flood-repairs-continue-old-stage-road <p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Crews are slated to begin repairs on the final damaged section of Old Stage Road in El Paso County this week</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last September’s flooding caused extensive damage, and the work will include repairing the road and retaining wall, and installing larger culverts.&nbsp;<br /><br />El Paso County Engineer Andre </span>Brackin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says repairs on Old Stage Road have been ongoing.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:38:59 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21360 at http://krcc.org Flood Repairs Continue On Old Stage Road Rabid Bat Found in El Paso County http://krcc.org/post/rabid-bat-found-el-paso-county <p>Health officials are reporting the first rabid bat of the season in El Paso County. As KRCC’s Dana Cronin reports, rabies is also showing up in surrounding areas.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three children discovered the bat in Southwest Colorado Springs, and two were recommended for rabies post exposure treatment.</span></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:53:54 +0000 Dana Cronin 21327 at http://krcc.org Rabid Bat Found in El Paso County 'Tumbleweed Eater' Works to Take a Bite Out of the Invasive Plant http://krcc.org/post/tumbleweed-eater-works-take-bite-out-invasive-plant <p>It’s harvest season in El Paso County, but this crop isn’t exactly what one might expect. KRCC's Tucker Hampson reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Skid Steer Loader, which looks kind of like a big Bobcat, pulls tumbleweeds out of a ditch. The tumbleweeds are then chopped up by a converted 1995 John Deere Harvester, dubbed the Tumbleweed Eater, and then shot out into neighboring fields.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:25:20 +0000 Tucker Hampson 21056 at http://krcc.org 'Tumbleweed Eater' Works to Take a Bite Out of the Invasive Plant Maketa Appears before El Paso County Commissioners http://krcc.org/post/maketa-appears-el-paso-county-commissioners <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Paso County Commissioners invited Sheriff Terry </span>Maketa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to their board meeting Tuesday to answer questions about the functionality of the department. </span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span><br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:11:54 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20635 at http://krcc.org Maketa Appears before El Paso County Commissioners Voter Service & Polling Centers Open in El Paso County http://krcc.org/post/voter-service-polling-centers-open-el-paso-county <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The three remaining Motor Vehicle Offices in El Paso County are now also open as Voter Service and Polling Centers as primary election day draws near.&nbsp;</span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:15:22 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20580 at http://krcc.org Voter Service & Polling Centers Open in El Paso County Effort to Recall El Paso County Sheriff Moves Forward http://krcc.org/post/effort-recall-el-paso-county-sheriff-moves-forward <p>A group seeking to recall embattled El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa received approval from the Clerk and Recorder’s office to begin collecting signatures.&nbsp; KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.</p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A resubmitted petition from the group was accepted after an initial effort was rejected on the grounds that it didn’t meet legal standards.&nbsp; According to the Clerk’s office, backers need to gather more than 44,000 signatures to recall Sheriff </span>Maketa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in November.&nbsp; </span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:13:32 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 20484 at http://krcc.org Effort to Recall El Paso County Sheriff Moves Forward Critics, Supporters Rally at El Paso County Sheriff's Department http://krcc.org/post/critics-supporters-rally-el-paso-county-sheriffs-department <p>A handful of residents gathered outside the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon in downtown Colorado Springs to show their disapproval of Sheriff Terry Maketa.&nbsp;Maketa faces allegations of wrongdoing, including creating a hostile workplace, sexual discrimination, and budget mismanagement. &nbsp;Those protesters were met by others who support the embattled sheriff.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:34:51 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Tucker Hampson 20431 at http://krcc.org Critics, Supporters Rally at El Paso County Sheriff's Department Black Forest Fire: Lessons Applied, Lessons Learned, Cause Undetermined http://krcc.org/post/black-forest-fire-lessons-applied-lessons-learned-cause-undetermined <p><br />The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a report looking at the response to the Black Forest Fire Tuesday, nearly one year to the day after the devastating fire began.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:39:44 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 20316 at http://krcc.org Black Forest Fire: Lessons Applied, Lessons Learned, Cause Undetermined EPC Sheriff Maketa Vows to Stay On; Says 'Distractions' will not Hinder Dept. Operations http://krcc.org/post/epc-sheriff-maketa-vows-stay-says-distractions-will-not-hinder-dept-operations <p>El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa restated his plans to remain in office despite an&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">investigation into alleged </span>wrongdoings<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As </span>KRCC’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tucker </span>Hampson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, the comments came during an <a href="http://krcc.org/post/black-forest-fire-lessons-applied-lessons-learned-cause-undetermined">unrelated press conference on the Black Forest Fire</a>.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:20:40 +0000 Tucker Hampson 20313 at http://krcc.org EPC Sheriff Maketa Vows to Stay On; Says 'Distractions' will not Hinder Dept. Operations El Paso County Commissioners Vote 'No Confidence' in Sheriff; Seek Resignation http://krcc.org/post/el-paso-county-commissioners-vote-no-confidence-sheriff-seek-resignation <p>El Paso County Commissioners gave a unanimous&nbsp;vote of 'no confidence' to Sheriff Terry Maketa&nbsp;today, and asked for his resignation after allegations of misconduct.&nbsp; KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commissioners say the vote isn’t about guilt or innocence and that investigations into employee complaints and allegations including sexual discrimination, budget mismanagement, and a hostile work environment are underway.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 23:10:42 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 19795 at http://krcc.org El Paso County Commissioners Vote 'No Confidence' in Sheriff; Seek Resignation EPC Sheriff Faces Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior http://krcc.org/post/epc-sheriff-faces-allegations-inappropriate-behavior <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">El Paso County Sheriff Terry </span>Maketa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is facing allegations of inappropriate behavior, including creating a hostile work environment and sexual discrimination. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several department commanders say the sheriff had affairs with three subordinates, abused those who questioned the alleged relationships, and removed all oversight of the department's $60 million budget. &nbsp;</span><br /> Fri, 23 May 2014 22:27:52 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & AP 19531 at http://krcc.org EPC Sheriff Faces Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior 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