Posted: 06/27/2013 - A group in Palmer Lake has been collecting donations for families who lost their homes in the Black Forest fire. They are having a street fair on Friday, June 28th. There will be free food and fun for the kids, and a chance for people to go through the donations and pick out what they need. This is only open to fire victims. It will be from 4-9pm at the Sundance Mountain Athletic Center at 1808 Woodmoor Drive in Monument. They are still accepting donations as well. For more information, call Racquel at 719-235-6984 or 719-488-4664.
Posted: 06/24/2013 - Happy Trails are coming to Cripple Creek! For the first time The Gold Bar Room Theater welcomes the world famous Roy Rogers Jr. (Dusty) and the award-winning Diamond W Wranglers together in one show at the Gold Bar Theater in Cripple Creek, June 25th through June 27th 2013. There will be matinee shows at 2pm and evening shows at 7pm. Tickets for the shows are $25 for matinees and $30 for evening performances. Two great shows a day, Tuesday through Thursday June 25th, 26th and 27th at the Gold Bar Theater in Cripple Creek. Please follow the link provided for more information.
Posted: 06/21/2013 - The Colorado Springs Sky Sox have announced that the previously named Waldo Canyon Classic has been renamed as the Heroes Classic. In addition, the club has also announced that for each ticket purchased for the event on Saturday, June 22, five dollars will be donated to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to assist victims of the Black Forest Fire. Click this link for more information:
Updated: 06/20/2013 - The Black Forest Slash / Mulch site will re-open tonight (Thursday, June 20) from 5- 7:30 p.m. Effective immediately, normal business hours will resume: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 p.m, Saturdays from 7 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. The site is located on the east side of Herring Road just south of Shoup Road. Items accepted include tree and bush trimmings (can be charred), pine cones and needles. NO stumps, roots, weeds, grass, sod, lumber, trash, etc. Size limitations on tree branches are 6 feet long, 8 inches in diameter. Loads must be securely tied in transit. Free mulch is available for self-loading during normal business hours; for large quantities of mulch, an end loader is available only on Saturdays from 7am-4pm, charging $5.00 for two cubic yards This free program accepts cash donations for the Black Forest Slash and Mulch Committee (SAMCOM) and food items and checks for Care & Share.
Posted: 06/19/2013 - Local Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Brian Holcombe wants to help both professionally and personally by offering free Grief Seminars to those in the community who have lost their homes in the Black Forest Fire. Please feel free to schedule an interview. New Horizons Counseling Phone: 719-266-4375
Posted: 06/18/2013 - Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region wants to remind pet owners with missing animals and residents who have found animals in the Black Forest area to visit their website at the link below to fill out reports. Those without Internet access are encouraged to call 719.302.8794, a number dedicated to lost and found pets.
Posted: 06/17/2013 - The AspenPointe call center (572-6100) is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Callers who need assistance between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. can call their crisis hotline: 635-7000. Those in need of behavioral healthcare can learn more about AspenPointe’s services by clicking on the link below or downloading a free app at the Apple and Google app marketplaces.
Updated: 06/20/2013 - Evacuees returning to areas previously under mandatory evacuation orders are returning to homes that have been without power for extended periods of time. El Paso County has made dumpsters available to help residents get rid of perishable food items. A dumpster for spoiled food currently located at the El Paso County Slash and Mulch on Herring Road will be moved to the parking lot of the trailhead for Section 16 along Burgess Road between Vollmer and Herring. This dumpsite for spoiled food will be available Wednesday, June 19, at 9 a.m. There are a total of Two Dumpsites Locations for Spoiled Food: • The El Paso County Black Forest Regional Park just north of Shoup Road on Milam. • The parking lot of the trailhead for Section 16 along Burgess Road between Vollmer and Herring. (This will be available as of 9 a.m. Wednesday) The two locations will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. These sites can only be used for spoiled food. Your regular household trash service will resume on your regular scheduled day. For questions, call the Disaster Assistance Center at 444-8301 and ask for Public Health.
Posted: 06/17/2013 - T-shirts created and sold by Wild Fire Tees last year played a significant role in bringing in funds to help with Waldo Canyon Fire relief. The Colorado-based company is now doing the same for the Black Forest Fire. A new design has been created and is now available online. Funds for the t-shirts go towards help for fire victims. Follow this link to view the shirts.
Updated: 06/17/2013 - Many of you are looking for ways to help the victims of the Black Forest Fire. The El Paso County commissioners have set up an email to take those offers of assistance. That address is : email@example.com. Put in the subject line the way that you can help.
Posted: 06/13/2013 - Wildfires are a fact of life for people living in the Pikes Peak region, but there are ways to be proactive about protecting your home. The city of Colorado Springs offers an one-stop site for wildfire mitigation tips, evacuation planning and how to determine your neighborhood's fire risk. Check it out on this link.