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Black Forest Slash and Mulch Program

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.

Grief Counseling Available

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

Black Forest Vet Clinic

Posted: 06/19/2013 - The Black Forest Vet Clinic is still in business, but not at the clinic. To get in touch with a veterinarian call 719-495-3666.

Black Forest Animal Sanctuary

Posted: 06/19/2013 - If you are looking to help some of the animal victims of the Black Forest Fire, visit Black Forest Animal Sanctuary website by following the link below. You can also contact them if you are looking to adopt a pet that was at the facility prior to the fire.

Humane Society Working To Reunite Lost Pets With Owners

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.

AspenPointe Offers Help

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.

El Paso County Making Dumpsters Available For Evacuees

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.

Wild Fire Tees

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.

How To Offer Help In Black Forest Fire

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 : Put in the subject line the way that you can help.

Care and Share

Posted: 06/16/2013 - What: Our most needed food items continue to be canned and boxed meals and snack items. Check website for a complete list. When: Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915

Springs Wildfire Mitigation Assistance

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.

Red Cross Safe And Well

Posted: 06/12/2013 - The Red Cross "Safe and Well" website is a way for people affected by a disaster to enter information regarding their welfare so family and friends can check their status. To register, click on the link below.

Support For Fire Victims

Updated: 06/14/2013 - The Aspen Pointe Waldo Support Team was there for victims of the fire last year and continue to be on hand for those needing emotional support during the current fires. If you are needing to talk to someone about what you are going through, call Aspen Pointe at 719-572-6100 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All phone calls are free. You can also visit their website by clicking here:

Uplift Foundation Golf Classic

Posted: 06/12/2013 - Annually, the XiPi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., works with the Uplift Foundation to raise money for area high school students to further their education beyond High School. Click here for more information:

Care And Share Holding Food Drive For Fire Victims

Updated: 06/12/2013 - A Care and Share food drive starts Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. They're collecting food and money and say they do not need water or Gatorade at this time. They're at 2605 Preamble Point near Constitution and Powers in Colorado Springs. You can donate $10 by texting "donate" to 41010.

Flying W Ranch Offering To Take Evacuated Horses

Updated: 03/30/2014 - The Flying W Ranch, which burned in the Waldo Canyon fire, is offering to take horses from people being forced to evacuate from the Black Forest area. They say they have stables available for evacuated horses. Call (719) 499-2324 to make arrangements.

Register for Reverse 911 Call in El Paso and Teller Counties

Updated: 03/30/2014 - If you aren't registered to get a reverse 911 call during an emergency and live in El Paso or Teller County, Colorado you can register yourself by heading to this portal.

KidPower Of Colorado

Posted: 06/10/2013 - Kidpower of Colorado is the local center of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, a nonprofit global leader in personal safety and violence prevention education since 1989. The Colorado Center was established in 1994 to provide comprehensive safety education skills to children ages 3-18 and their families. Kidpower’s mission is to teach young people personal safety and confidence-building skills to reduce their risk of abduction, assault and emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Learn more about KidPower by clicking the link below.

Boats, Bands and Bar-B-Que

Posted: 06/07/2013 - "Boats, Bands and BBQ" is this weekend on the Riverwalk in Pueblo. With food, live music and a festival-type atmosphere, this is one experience your family is sure to enjoy. Details at the link below.

Measles Patients Could Have Infected Other People

Posted: 06/07/2013 - Measles patients could have infected other people before they even knew they had the measles. Follow the link to see the public places the patients visited while they were infectious.

free health screenings

Posted: 06/07/2013 - when: Saturday, June 8th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where: at any Sam's club with a pharmacy. what the test includes: PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for men, TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test for women, Blood pressure, BMI (body mass index), Vision

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