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Do Your Federal Taxes For Free

Posted: 01/21/2015 - The IRS has launched its Free File Service. If you make $60,000 or less, you can access more than a dozen types of tax prep software for free. If you make more money, you still have a basic option available. To check it out, click on the link.

Report Scams to the Federal Trade Commission

Posted: 01/20/2015 - If you receive a scam call or email, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission. To file a complaint, call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or you can click on the link.

Church damaged by crash

Posted: 01/19/2015 - A man who had a medical episode and crashed into a church is trying to raise money to help with repairs.

Garden Lites Recall

Posted: 01/16/2015 - Garden Lites products recalled for undeclared peanuts.

Community Forums

Posted: 01/15/2015 - Learn more about different projects in Colorado Springs.

IKEA Crib Mattress Recall

Posted: 01/15/2015 - IKEA recalls crib mattresses due to risk of entrapment.

Watch Out For Fake Debt Collectors

Posted: 01/15/2015 - If you get a call from someone claiming to be with a collection agency, write down the company's name. Click on the link to verify if they are actually licensed in Colorado.

Fund for Phenia Martinez

Posted: 01/13/2015 - A fund has been set up for Phenia Martinez through Wells Fargo Bank. It's account #8602570569.

Meat Recall

Posted: 01/09/2015 - Unibright Foods in California is recalling 2.2-pound packages of "Mishima Sukiyaki Beef" and 1.7-pound packages of "Mishima Gingered Pork." Both have the number "EST.1163" inside the USDA inspection mark. The beef has a package identification number of 15069, and the pork's inspection number is 15059. The products were produced from August and December and were shipped to Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. Authorities say a restaurant in Illinois reported finding a stainless steel wire in a beef product but there have been no reports of injuries or illness.

Donation Drive for Humane Society

Posted: 01/06/2015 - "Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region’s Community Animal Response Team (CART) trailer, packed full of emergency supplies, was stolen on Christmas Day. Two days later, on December 27, HSPPR recovered the trailer from where it had been dumped, near exit 132 off of I-25. The trailer is beyond repair. Please help our CART team be ready to activate during the next emergency. Your generous monetary donation will help us replace our emergency disaster trailer." Click the link for a full list of what is needed.

Care & Share's "Send Hunger Packing" Program

Posted: 12/26/2014 - The "Send Hunger Packing" Program provides food to chronically hungry school children from low-income households who are at risk of hunger over the weekend when free school meals are unavailable. Backpacks are distributed on Fridays or the last day before a holiday. Backpacks are stored at sites in a secure area until distribution day. Bags are given to children in nondescript backpacks or they can carry their bag in their own backpack. Food and informational flyers for the backpacks are packed by volunteers. Each child is given enough food to make 7 meals for 3-4 people.

Christmas Eve Mall Hours

Updated: 12/24/2014 - Christmas Eve Mall Hours 1) CHAPEL HILLS: Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 2) CITADEL MALL: Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 3) PROMENADE SHOPS AT BRIARGATE: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 4) PUEBLO MALL: Open 7 a.m.–6 p.m. 5) OUTLETS AT CASTLE ROCK: Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Track Santa

Posted: 12/23/2014 - Where is Santa now? You can track him here.

Winter Driving Tips

Posted: 12/19/2014 - It’s that time of year…50 degrees one day and snow and ice the next. The Pikes Peak Region doesn’t have that many consecutive days when the roads are covered with snow and ice, which means drivers can get caught off guard when the roadways change from dry to slick in a matter of minutes. Often, drivers expect sunshine or sand trucks to keep them safe during winter driving conditions. The Colorado Springs Police Department and their traffic safety partners, DRIVE SMART COLORADO, want to remind drivers that there are several ways to stay in control of your vehicle even on slippery roads. While applying sand to slippery, snow-packed roadways can increase tire traction, it also poses a hazard once the streets have dried out causing tires to skid decreasing driver control. Please don’t depend on sand and sunshine to keep you safe behind the wheel. Maile Gray, DRIVE SMART COLORADO Executive Director, states, “There are many ways for drivers to take responsibility for their own safety and their family’s safety when driving in inclement weather.” · Always make sure that you and all of your passengers are buckled securely in safety belts or child safety seats. · Make sure your vehicle is equipped with all-weather or snow tires and that all four tires have good tread. Tires should be properly inflated and never mix radial tires with other tire types (tires of different size designations, constructions and stages of wear may affect vehicle handling and stability). · Please remember, four-wheel drive vehicles have no more traction on ice or snow than any other type of vehicle - do not get over-confident. · Give yourself extra stopping room between you and the vehicle in front of you (especially on wet, icy and snow-covered roads). · Start out slowly from a stop to increase traction and avoid spinning your tires. · Have an ice scraper handy and clear all vehicle windows of frost, snow and ice before heading out. Make sure front and rear windshield wipers are like new and fill washer reservoirs with approved washer fluid. · Turn on headlights to low beam to increase your visibility. · Keep your gas tank full to avoid gas line freeze up and a full gas tank adds weight to your vehicle for extra traction. Plus, you do not want to run out of gas in bad weather. · Give snowplows plenty of room and stay back at a safe distance (snow from the plow can literally blind a driver and the sand can chip or crack a windshield). Kenny Quintana, Highway Maintenance Supervisor for the Colorado Department of Transportation, says, “If you don’t have to go out when it’s snowing, please consider staying home until the roadways have been cleared for safe travel.”

TSA Lost & Found

Posted: 12/18/2014 - If you lose an item at the airport while traveling over the holidays, here are the numbers you can call to locate your items.

Last Minute Holiday Shopping

Updated: 12/23/2014 - Chapel Hills: Tues: 8am-10pm Christmas Eve: 8am-6pm Christmas: Closed Friday: 8am-9pm Sat: 10am-9pm Briargate: Tues: 9am-9pm Christmas Eve: 9am-5pm Christmas: Closed Friday: 10am = 9pm Sat: 10am-9pm Citadel: Tues: 8am-10pm Christmas Eve: 8am-6pm Christmas: Closed Friday: 8am-9pm sat: 9am -9pm

Reporting An Accident Online (Statewide)

Posted: 12/18/2014 - The Colorado Online Accident Report can be used for cold reporting around the state. Drivers can use this form when their local law enforcement is on Accident Alert Status, and the crash they were involved in did not damage any public property, cause injury to any party and no one is suspect of DUI.

How To Report An Accident Online (Colorado Springs)

Updated: 12/18/2014 - When Colorado Springs police are on Accident Alert Status, crashes can be reported online as long as no one is injured, suspected of driving under the influence and no public property is damaged. Follow the link to access the cold reporting form.

Requesting a C.L.U.E. Report

Posted: 12/17/2014 - The C.L.U.E. Report shows claims over the last seven years for a person's house and car. The information includes the date of the loss, the type of claim that was filed, and how much money the insurance company paid out. For more information, or to request a copy, click on the link.

Prices at the Pump

Posted: 12/15/2014 - Here you can find the cheapest gas prices where you live

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