Colorado Springs

Noel Black

UPDATE: Colorado Springs City Council has voted 6-3 to approve the land swap with the Broadmoor. Stay tuned to KRCC in the coming days for more. Here is how the council members voted:

On this weekend’s special episode of Wish We Were Here, we take a close look at all sides of the proposed Broadmoor land swap deal and the way that open space defines Colorado Springs as a city.

At the heart of deal lies a 189 acre undeveloped piece of parkland at the southwestern corner of the city called Strawberry Fields. It’s been the subject of more than a dozen public meetings, myriad news stories, a widely circulated petition, and a fierce debate on social media.

Chr. Barthelmess, photographer, Fort Keogh, Montana. / Library of Congress, Public Domain

The statehouse recently voted to commemorate four historical African American army units. 

A resolution to designate a portion of Highway 24 in Colorado Springs as the "Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Highway" passed unanimously in the state house and senate along with a recognition of the units' importance in the state's early history.

Jake Brownell / KRCC

The city of Colorado Springs released its appraisals of the properties at issue in a proposed land exchange with the Broadmoor Hotel yesterday. This comes amidst mounting criticism over what some have described as a lack of transparency in the process.

Holly Pretsky / KRCC

 
According to a 2015 survey by a local advocacy group, there are more than 1,000 people experiencing homelessness in Colorado Springs. In the city, a new law that some say targets the homeless has now entered its enforcement phase.


Monday Newscast, 4/25/16, 5:32 PM

Apr 25, 2016

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Holly Pretsky / KRCC

Fire Station 22 in northern Colorado Springs officially opened Monday.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the station against a classic Colorado backdrop, the snowcapped Pikes Peak visible to the west.

Tucker Hampson / KRCC

Colorado Springs residents packed the gymnasium at Gold Camp Elementary School on Wednesday evening to discuss the controversial proposed land swap with the Broadmoor that would include Strawberry Hill. They came to hear about the property appraisals and to see the building plans for the Broadmoor stable and pavilion intended for the meadow at Strawberry Field.

Jake Brownell / KRCC

In January, the Colorado Springs Parks Department unveiled a plan to trade city land to the Broadmoor in exchange for several pieces of property owned by the hotel. Heralded by proponents as an opportunity to expand upon and enhance the city's park system, the plan has garnered criticism from residents who want the most significant parcel, known as Strawberry Hill, to remain in the public's hands.

One of the latest rankings for Colorado Springs highlights the city as among the thinnest nationwide of large metropolitan areas.

Tuesday Newscast, 3/22/16, 6:04 AM

Mar 22, 2016

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Colorado Springs City Council discussed a proposal at Monday's work session that seeks to formally oppose the relocation of refugees to the city unless the federal government can certify they pose no security threat.

Wednesday Newscast, 3/2/16, 6:04 PM

Mar 2, 2016

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Courtesy of Max Morath via Colorado College

Ragtime pianist, composer, actor, and author Max Morath, a native of Colorado Springs, will be inducted in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 16 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Morath has been credited with the popular revival of ragtime in the 1970s. He toured and performed for more than 60 years, and logged more than 5,000 performances everywhere from Cripple Creek to New York City.

KRCC’s Noel Black spoke with Morath via phone about his lifelong love of rags.

To learn more of Max Morath's discography, click HERE.

  

Colorado Springs officials are planning to apply for a grant to help property owners affected by landslides on the city's west side. 

Tuesday Newscast, 2/9/16, 5:32 PM

Feb 9, 2016

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The Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs is set to reopen Monday after being closed for over two months.

The clinic closed in November after an attack by an armed gunman left three dead and others injured. The building sustained heavy damage to the entrance and interior, and repairs are ongoing.

Thursday Newscast, 2/4/16, 5:32 PM

Feb 4, 2016

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Friday Newscast, 1/29/16, 7:04 AM

Jan 29, 2016

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A third workshop in Colorado Springs Thursday focuses on the fifty-year plan for Shooks Run.

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It was standing room only Tuesday evening as more than 100 people came out to watch the unveiling of the design for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex.

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The city of Colorado Springs is backing a new website dedicated to psychological trauma support.  It was created to help those affected by recent shootings in town, but is designed to help anyone who has experienced any recent trauma.


Tuesday Newscast, 1/12/16, 7:04 AM

Jan 12, 2016

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Thursday Newscast, 12/17/15, 5:32 PM

Dec 17, 2015

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Colorado Springs Overflows with Stormwater Projects

Dec 16, 2015
Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control & Greenway District, CO Dept. of Public Health & Environment, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments

Next year's budget in Colorado Springs includes $16 million for stormwater repairs. Colorado Springs Utilities will also spend $3 million. Much of those funds are likely to go toward improving the Fountain Creek Watershed, which runs through Colorado Springs and down into Pueblo; and the list of projects that need to be done along Fountain Creek is long and expensive.
 

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The project to build a new Pikes Peak Summit Complex is in its final stages of preliminary design.

Four options are under consideration, which aim to modernize comfort and educational experiences for visitors.

Wednesday Newscast, 12/2/15, 5:32 PM

Dec 2, 2015

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Authorities have identified the civilian victims of Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic on the city's northwest side as 35-year-old Jennifer Markovsky and 29-year-old Ke'Arre Marcell Stewart.  Officials previously identified UCCS Police Officer Garrett Swasey as another fatality.

Stewart was a veteran of the Iraq War who recently left the military.  Markovsky is being described as a kind-hearted, lovable person. 

Swasey's family released a statement Sunday, thanking people for their support and asking for privacy.  

Wednesday Newscast, 11/18/15, 6:04 PM

Nov 18, 2015

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Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

Colorado Springs residents can expect to see road repairs taking place after ballot measure 2C was approved with 65% of the vote. 
 

The measure allows for a .62% sales tax increase to go toward road maintenance, and is expected to draw around 50 million dollars a year in revenue.

Mayor John Suthers said he plans to appoint a five person advisory committee to review progress, and added that the Public Works Department will issue occasional updates.

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Voters overwhelmingly decided to allow Colorado Springs to retain $2.1 million in excess revenue to repair and improve eight stretches of trail throughout the city.
 

The targeted trails include Shooks Run, Skyline, and the Sand Creek Trails.

Karen Palus, head of the city's Parks and Recreation Department, said the improvements will include trail resurfacing and increased signage. Palus also said they’ll try to minimize the impacts to trail users.

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