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.”
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
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.
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.
Posted: 12/15/2014 - Black Forest Together has received a grant, from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, to reduce the cost of neighborhood projects that remove green vegetation to improve survivable space around homes, and reduce the chance of another extreme wildfire. This grant will only support projects to cut green fuels, not remove burned vegetation (“black sticks”). Click the link for more information.
Posted: 12/15/2014 - Monday is the deadline to sign up for health insurance if you want coverage starting on January 1st, 2015. This is under the Affordable Care Act, and only applies to people who do not have coverage through work. If you need to sign up, click on the link. If you have any questions, call 1-800-930-3745.
Posted: 12/12/2014 - Electric Safari at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Dates: Friday, December 12 - Wednesday, January 1 (Closed Christmas Eve.) Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. nightly (last admission at 7:30 p.m.). Cost: $9.25 adults* $8.25 senior (65 and over)* $6.25 children ages 3-11* $5.25 military and their family (must present valid military ID)* FREE for Zoo members* FREE for children 2 and under *Mountaineer Sky Ride can be added for an additional $4 for adults or $3 for children. For more information, visit: www.cmzoo.org/electric
Posted: 12/12/2014 - If you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, hang up right away. If you think you might owe money to the IRS, call them directly at 800-829-1040. Otherwise, report the call to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484. You can also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission by clicking on the link. Make sure to add "IRS telephone scam" to the comments in your complaint.
Posted: 12/08/2014 - Mount Cutler Trail The Mount Cutler Trail will be closed during construction work on weekdays and reopen for hikers on weekends only during the project. Alternative trails: the Columbine Trail, Silver Cascade Falls Trail at Helen Hunt Falls, the Chamberlain Trail, and Stratton Open Space. North Cheyenne Cañon Road in North Cheyenne Cañon Park Park users may encounter lane closures as contractors repair various sections of the flood-damaged roadway. Bear Creek Road in Bear Creek Cañon Park Park users may encounter lane closures as contractors repair various sections of the flood-damaged roadway. High Drive Repair work will take place along the entire 3.5 mile stretch of High Drive. The work will include erosion repair, culvert replacement, and overall drainage improvements. Access to the Palmer Trail, Bear Creek Trail (USFS Trail #666) and the Captain Jack's Trail will remain open to the public. Recreational users on High Drive may encounter construction equipment throughout the project. Dog owners are strongly encouraged to keep their pets are on leash at all times.
Posted: 12/04/2014 - A youth sports group is collecting donations for the family of one of their coaches, John Adsit. The coach is also a police officer in Denver and he was critically injured on the job during a protest. The sports group is asking for gift card donations to the following establishments, so the family may eat down by the hospital: -Einstein Bagels -Qdoba -Noodles & Co -Starbucks -Taco Bell -Wendy's -McDonald's -Santiago's -Tony's Market -Chipotle -Subway Gift cards, donations, etc can be dropped off or delivered to: The DC Dolphins Cheer and Baseball facility 1733 S. Perry St. #104 Castle Rock, CO 80104 There is also a PayPal fund set up: Adsitfund@icloud.com