Posted: 09/03/2012 - Whether you are new to the area or a longtime resident, you don't want to miss this Colorado Springs staple! Hot air balloons, helicopters and paragliders are are taking off from Memorial Park at 7 a.m. Monday for the last day of the 36th annual Colorado Balloon Classic. Make sure to be there for the mass liftoff!
Updated: 08/31/2012 - Daniella brand mangoes that were sold between July 12 and August 29. The affected mangoes have the following PLU numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584, 4959. They were sold in Southern Colorado at Costco, Kroger and some Whole Foods Stores. The mangoes are being recalled because they could be contaminated with salmonella.
Posted: 08/30/2012 - DUI patrols will be out in force this Labor Day Weekend. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols are under way across the state through early Tuesday. It's part of the summer-long "100 Days of Heat" and National DUI Crackdown. To find out more about the DUI enforcement plans or arrest results visit: www.HeatIsOnColorado.com
Updated: 08/30/2012 - We know so many of you opened up your wallets to help support families affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire. We’ve know learned that some of the money is going to organizations who have helped or continue to help fire victims. 10 local non-profits are benefiting from about $380 thousand dollars. Pikes Peak United Way wants to hear from organizations that have or are helping victims both in El Paso and Teller Counties. They plan on giving out the rest of the money raised. Total raised was just over $900 thousand. You can apply on their website: www.ppunitedway.org Organizations should apply before September 15, 2012. Fire victims can call 2-1-1 for information about organizations available to help. Victims will not receive donations directly. But instead United Way is giving it to organizations that they hope will meet all their needs. Below is a list of the organizations receiving funding: Westside Cares ($112,000) Mercy’s Gate ($65,095) Housing Authority of Colorado Springs ($45,000) Discover Goodwill ($43,569) Redistribution Center ($35,000) Norris Penrose Event Center ($32,369.67) Ecumenical Social Ministries ($20,480) AspenPointe ($18,752) Cheyenne Village ($4,372.54) Diakonia ($2,648.67)
Posted: 08/30/2012 - The Board of El Paso County Commissioners will recognize National Preparedness Month (September) during this Thursday's regularly scheduled meeting at Centennial Hall. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security, Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. Commissioner Peggy Littleton said, "In the wake of the Waldo Canyon fire, we have a heightened awareness for how important it is to be prepared for any emergency be that natural disasters such as fires, flooding, blizzards, or man-made emergencies such as a cyber attack on the electrical grid or a financial meltdown. We each are our own first responder and have to be prepared for a YOYO (you're on your own) situation at any time. I implore the citizens of El Paso County to take emergency preparedness seriously. Waiting until the event occurs is simply too late. Make time during September, National Emergency preparedness month, to get your family ready. Go to ready.gov or peggylittleton.org to get preparedness information." In honor of National Preparedness Month the Sky Sox are hosting the 3rd Annual Community Emergency Preparedness Night at Security Service Field on Friday, August 31. This summer was a wake-up call for many in our community on the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency. The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management, El Paso County Emergency Services Division, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and American Medical Response are pleased to sponsor the 3rd Annual Community Emergency Preparedness Night at Sky Sox Stadium on Friday, August 31st. This FREE pre-game event will help you get prepared, get trained and get involved. Everyone is welcome even if you are not going to the game*. There is fun and education for the entire family. When - Friday, August 31 at 5:00 p.m. Where - Sky Sox's Security Service Field in Colorado Springs Highlights - o Helicopter flyover from the Penrose St. Francis Flight for Life o Mascots from many agencies will be there to greet the kids Participating organizations and activities for this year's event include: Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management Penrose St. Francis Health Services is doing a blood drive from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and the Trauma Center is doing Bike Helmet Safety Checks American Medical Response will have an ambulance on display Pikes Peak American Red Cross is doing activities for children Care and Share is doing a food drive Pikes Peak United Way 2-1-1 will show you how to register for the emergency evacuation registry Colorado Springs Fire Department will have a fire truck and Sparky Colorado Springs Fire and El Paso County Wildfire Mitigation teams will be there to talk about mitigation strategies Serve Empower Transform - SET Clinic will be doing free blood pressure checks Colorado Springs Police Department will have a police cruiser there Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Crime Prevention staff will present neighborhood and business watch information Colorado Springs Utilities will have interactive electricity and natural gas exhibits El Paso Teller County E-911 Authority will be doing cell phone registry and the safety trailer Community Animal Response Team will be teaching small animal CPR Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) El Paso County Emergency Services Division, Public Health, Sheriff's Office, Medical Reserve Corps and Search and Rescue will all be offering information and will have displays on getting prepared Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) staff and volunteers will teach fire extinguisher training and provide education on emergency preparedness Salvation Army will be there to show how you can get involved The Independent Center READYColorado *Admission to the Sky Sox game is standard ticket rate if you stay for the game against the Las Vegas 51s. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Posted: 08/26/2012 - On Sunday's 10 p.m., we told you about two apps for teen drivers. One is called the drive safely app. It reads texts and emails out loud to drivers. You can check them out at http://www.drivesafe.ly/ The other app blocks text messages and calls while the teen is driving. You can check out that website at www.key2safedriving.net
Posted: 08/26/2012 - Two devastating wildfire have left areas newly vulnerable to flash flooding. According to FEMA, flood insurance must be purchased no later than 60 days after the fire containment date. High Park fire deadline: Midnight, August 29 Waldo Canyon fire deadline: Midnight, Saturday September 8 For more information on flood insurance or finding a carrier, click this link.