Posted: 10/26/2012 - Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents. Unfortunately no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps you can take to help keep your family and your neighborhood safe. - Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be. Here are some neighborhood safety tips on how to keep your kids safe from the Colorado Springs Police Department: - Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you. -Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don't want your children to go to? -Get to know your children's friends. Meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can't meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised. -Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor's house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help, like stores, libraries, and police stations. -Teach children to settle arguments with words, not fists. Role-play talking out problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies. -Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.
Posted: 10/26/2012 - Emma Rides Again in Historic Manitou Springs! 18th Annual Emma Crawford Festival Friday & Saturday, October 26th and 27th Manitou Springs, CO - The legend of Emma Crawford lives again starting on Friday, October 26th with the Victorian Wake at Miramont Castle. Pay your respects to Emma laid out in the parlor in pure Victorian splendor, and a Victorian Wake, resplendent with a full Victorian buffet dinner and beverages in the Great Hall. For reservation call 719 685-1011 THE 18th ANNUAL EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES begin Saturday, Oct. 27th. Coffins and "Emmas" race up the town's main street. A team pushes each coffin of 4 mourners and each will have an "Emma" riding in it. Trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd and3rd place fastest coffin racers and also to the most Creative Coffin, The Best "Emma" and Best Entourage. The Parade of the Coffins & Race takes place on Manitou Avenue in the town's National Historic District beginning with the Parade of Hearses led by the Denver Hearse Association. The Parade of the Coffins starts around 12:00 PM and the coffin races begin immediately following at approximately 12:30PM. There will be paid parking at Tajine Alami Restaurant lot and shuttle service. PLEASE NOTE: Manitou Avenue will be closed starting at the 800 Block at 10 AM. Returning this year is The Fire Fighters Division! Firefighters from all over the region and our very own Manitou Springs Fire Department will be competing in the races. The Fire Departments will race against each other for their own traveling cup. Please come out and show your support for these terrific men and women! For more information about the Emma Crawford Festival, call Floyd at iManitou, 685-5089 or 800-642-2567 or visit www.manitousprings.org. Television productions crews from Dutch TV and The Travel Channel will be at the event shooting segments for special shows for their Networks. Ghosts of Old Manitou Walking Tours from 5:30 - 9 pm, Oct. 27th. Tours begin at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center at 517 Manitou Ave. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. For tickets or additional information call: 719 685-1454. NOTE: DONATIONS FOR THE COFFIN RACES ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED TO HELP
Posted: 10/26/2012 - WHAT: The legendary singing cowboys are making a special appearance at Chick-fil-A as part of a week-long fundraiser for the Flying W Ranch Foundation. Fans will enjoy a free performance and autographs by the Flying W Wranglers. Chick-fil-A at Garden of the Gods is hosting the event in partnership with Flying W Ranch Foundation to raise funds and awareness about its current needs. WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2012, 5 - 8 pm WHERE: Chick-fil-A at Garden of the Gods, 575 Garden of the Gods Rd
Posted: 10/22/2012 - The 2012 MoneyRates.com analysis of Best and Worst States for Retirement ranks U.S. states in accordance with their performance on retirement-relevant factors. This year’s study names Hawaii as the best state for retirees and Michigan as the worst. The study examined critical factors influencing the quality of retirement that can vary greatly by state. MoneyRates.com’s rankings are based on data about each state’s cost of living, property taxes, violent crime rates, property tax rates, climate, life expectancy for seniors, recent population growth in the senior demographic and unemployment. Michigan’s low ranking did not come from any one factor, but instead from being below-average in every measure in the survey. It was closely followed in the worst state rankings by Pennsylvania and Alaska. Weak economic and senior-population figures held Pennsylvania back in the standings, while Alaska’s crime, climate and economic scores – all of which were among the 10 worst surveyed – hurt its ranking. The 10 best states for retirement, according to MoneyRates.com’s 2012 study: 1. Hawaii 2. Idaho 3. Utah 4. Arizona 5. Virginia 6. Colorado 7. (tie) Florida 7. (tie) New Mexico 9. South Dakota 10. (tie) California 10. (tie) Texas The 10 worst states for retirement according to MoneyRates.com’s 2012 study: 1. Michigan 2. (tie) Pennsylvania 2. (tie) Alaska 4. Illinois 5. Massachusetts 6. (tie) Ohio 6. (tie) New York 8. Maine 9. Maryland 10. Rhode Island
Updated: 10/22/2012 - Hawaii is the Best US State for Retirement and Michigan is the Worst, According to New MoneyRates.com Study
Posted: 10/22/2012 - Chik Fil A and the Flying W Ranch are teaming up to raise money to help rebuild the ranch. All events will take place at the Chik Fil A on Garden of the Gods. 10/23- Kids Decorate Horseshoes that survived the fire 10/24- Native American Dancers 1026- Flying W Wranglers hold a free Concert. All events take place from 5-8pm.
Posted: 10/22/2012 - Winter is right around the corner and CDOT wants to encourage all motorists to be prepared. This week, October 21-27 is Colorado Winter Weather Awareness Week. CDOT and the Office of Emergency Management are offering some tips on how to prepare your vehicle and yourself for the cold weather. They say the first step in preparing for winter is ensuring that you have an emergency kit in your car in case you are stranded. If you find yourself stranded experts recommend staying in your car, turn on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives. Your emergency kit should include the following: • Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists • Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow • Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts • Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight • Survival blanket or sleeping bag • Chemical hand warmers • Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc. • Water for each person and pet in your car • Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener • First Aid Kit and essential medications • Tire chains and tow strap • Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction • Jumper cables • Extra cloth or paper towels for cleanup if necessary • Deck of cards or board game for entertainment In addition to the emergency kit, be sure to check your vehicle now and before any road trip to make sure it is in safe operating condition. • Windshield Wiper Fluid • Heater/Defroster • Wiper Blades • Antifreeze • Lights • Fuel System and a Full Tank of Gas • Ignition • Exhaust System • Tire Tread • Battery Brakes In addition to the emergency kit and vehicle preparedness, it is important for motorists to keep speeds down during inclement weather and give snow plows room to do their job. Motorists are also encouraged to plan ahead when traveling by calling 511 or visiting www.cotrip.org for real-time road information.
Posted: 10/22/2012 - Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 and 2013 Altima vehicles that total about 13,900 because their bolts could become loose and fall out, increasing the risk of a car crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that the vehicles may have been equipped with transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not torqued to proper specification. The vehicles were made from May 10 through July 26. Dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper specifications. The recall is expected to begin on or about Oct. 29. Owners with questions may call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Posted: 10/21/2012 - Early Voting for the General Election begins Monday, October 22 and will continue through Friday, November 2. The Clerk & Recorder’s Office has four convenient locations for voters who wish to cast their ballot prior to Election Day on November 6. The Early Voting sites and hours of operation are shown below. Each location also will have a ballot drop-off box for voters to return their Mail-In Ballot. Clerk & Recorder’s Main Office Citizens Service Center 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suites 1019 & 1020 October 22, 2012 - November 2, 2012 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Clerk & Recorder’s Southeast Branch Office (southeast corner of Powers and Airport) 5650 Industrial Place October 22, 2012 - November 2, 2012 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Chapel Hills Mall (north side near JCPenney) 1710 Briargate Boulevard, Suite 350 October 22, 2012 - November 2, 2012 Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Citadel Mall (southwest entrance) 750 East Citadel Drive, Suite 2308 October 22, 2012 - November 2, 2012 Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Posted: 10/19/2012 - JUSTICE FOR JESSICA DAY THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 21st. COLORADO SPRINGS HOUSE OF BOUNCE NOON TO SIX PM. FIFTY PERCENT OF ADMISSONS & CONCESSIONS GOES TO THE FAMILY OF JESSICA RIDGEWAY, THE TEN YEAR OLD GIRL ABDUCTED ON OCTOBER FIFTH IN WESTMINSTER COLORADO AND MURDERED. COLORADOSTRONG WILL BE THERE SELLING WRISTBANDS WITH ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THEIR SALES DONATED TO THE RIDGEWAY FAMILY.
Updated: 10/18/2012 - Some voters are receiving two election ballots in the mail and are not sure what to do. Election officials say it’s something that happens each election to less than one percent of voters. But they want to reassure voters they are prepared for it and that no one will get to cast two votes. The ballot has to go through four steps before the vote is counted. Election officials say it won’t make it past the first step. That’s because each ballot has a bar-code, and that bar-code is registered to a specific voter. They say the computer that scans the ballots is designed to make sure only one ballot is counted for each voter. If you receive two ballots, call election officials. There is a number on the ballot that you can read them, and they can tell you which ballot to fill out, and which to shred. You can reach them at 575-VOTE (8683) You can also check to see if the election office received your mail-in ballot by visiting: www.GoVoteColorado.com It's not too late to apply for Mail-In Ballots. The deadline is Oct. 30th. If you want to watch how the mail ballot process works just visit the you-tube link below. For information about any other election questions visit: http://car.elpasoco.com/Election/Pages/2012Elections.aspx