My dog Oliver is in need of surgery. I think he got out of the yard and in his travels met a neighbor who maced him and broke his leg.
On October 26th my dog was maced and then had his leg broken by some stranger in my neighborhood. He's never shown aggression and wouldn't hurt a fly. He didn't deserve this.
On Sunday night, I came home and found my dog Oliver laying in the yard with one of his front legs shattered. In addition he at some point was maced, which covered his entire face making it almost impossible for him to see / breathe.
After having Oliver in to the vet, they are recommending a minimum of a $3500 surgery to repair his leg and its more money than we have. My other option is to amputate the leg which is $1500 which is also more than I have available.
he last resort is having him put down which I refuse to accept.
If you are able to donate anything, even just 10 dollars, it will help me avoid having to put him down over a broken leg.
My funds have been exhausted just getting him in and out of the emergency care. Sadly, we don't know who did this so we can't hold anyone responsible for the cost.
Anything you are willing to contribute is welcome and will help save Oliver's life!
Jeb and Oliver.
FEMA Registration Deadline Extended for Disaster Survivors in Colorado
DENVER – At the request of the state of Colorado, FEMA has approved an extension for storm and flooding survivors to register for federal disaster assistance.
The new registration deadline is November 30, 2013, which is also the new deadline to complete and return low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan applications.
Survivors who register may be eligible for federal grants to help cover various disaster-related expenses, including rent, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
The extension is for all 11 Colorado counties designated for federal Individual Assistance: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan and Weld.
People living in these counties who sustained losses due to storms and flooding should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. Applying by the deadline may help survivors avoid a funding shortfall if they later find that they are underinsured or have additional damages.
Under the SBA disaster loan program, homeowners may be eligible for as much as $200,000 in loans to repair or replace their storm-damaged primary residence. Homeowners and renters may be eligible for as much as $40,000 for replacement of personal property. Businesses and private nonprofits may be eligible to borrow as much as $2 million to repair or replace storm-damaged property.
Register with FEMA by phone, 800-621-3362, from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., MST, seven days a week. Multilingual phone operators are available on the FEMA helpline. Choose Option 2 for Spanish and Option 3 for other languages. People who have a speech disability or are deaf or hard of hearing may call (TTY) 800-462-7585; users of 711 or Video Relay Service can call
Register online at:DisasterAssistance.gov"> DisasterAssistance.gov. Register by Web-enabled device, tablet or smartphone: type m.fema.gov in the browser.
Udall Urges Coloradans to Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance Before Fast-Approaching Nov. 14 Deadline'Flood Victims Need to Register for FEMA Assistance Now Before Time Runs Out'
Mark Udall, who has fought to ensure Coloradans have the federal resources they need to recover from last month's devastating flooding, urged flood victims to register for FEMA disaster assistance before the Nov. 14, 2013 deadline — which is one month away. FEMA registration is the first step for survivors of the flooding, landslides and mudslides in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan and Weld counties. FEMA assistance can provide money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
"Even though the flood waters have receded from Colorado, families are still suffering the effects of August's biblical rains. We will recover and Colorado will rebuild, but flood victims need to register for FEMA assistance before time runs out," Udall said. "In the meantime, I will keep fighting to secure every federal resource possible for Colorado communities and flood victims."
Coloradans can register with FEMA:
By phone by calling 1-800-621-3362;
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov; or,
Via a tablet or smartphone through m.fema.gov.
Once they register with FEMA, Coloradans may be eligible for Small Business Administration assistance, including low-interest home-disaster loans and business-disaster loans. Survivors must submit the Small Business Administration application for home and business loans by Nov. 14, 2013. Coloradans have until June 16, 2014 to apply for economic-injury disaster loans, which help businesses and nonprofits confront ordinary financial obligations that could not meet due to the disaster.
Coloradans who are denied FEMA assistance should remain diligent and read determination letters carefully as they may be eligible for appeal of denials or pre-approved amounts of assistance. Those seeking aid have 60 days after the letter was issued to file an appeal, which can be done at a Disaster Recovery Center.
Udall has worked since the flooding began to ensure Colorado communities and agencies have every federal resource they need to save lives, protect homes and start the recovery process. He championed legislation to remove a cap on the amount of emergency transportation funds Colorado can access to repair the state's battered roads, bridges and highways in the wake of the recent flooding. He also has addressed the nation from the U.S. Senate floor to highlight the challenges Colorado has faced since the flood.
24-Hour Ballot Drop-Off Box Reopens at Centennial Hall
[Colorado Springs, Colo. – November 1, 2013] The Clerk and Recorder’s Office is pleased to announce that the emergency removal of the concrete slabs near the west entrance of Centennial Hall has concluded and the 24-hour ballot drop-off box will reopen today at 5:00 PM. The replacement 24-hour ballot drop-off box at the Colorado Springs Police Operations Center opened earlier also will remain available to voters in the downtown area.
“I would like to thank GE Construction and El Paso County Administration for their hard work that allowed the Centennial Hall ballot drop-off box to be re-opened quickly,” stated Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams. “I would especially like to thank the Colorado Springs Police Department for their flexibility in offering us a replacement location with such short notice. Their commitment to serving our community is an asset to voters in El Paso County.”
The Centennial Hall 24-hour ballot drop-off box was closed after an inspection revealed a significant risk with the large concrete slabs over the box and lower entrance. The inspection was undertaken after one of the 2,000 pound slabs fell last week.
New Ballot 24-Hour Drop-Off Location Announced to Replace
Centennial Hall Box Closed Due to Construction
[Colorado Springs, Colo. - October 31, 2013] The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office opened a new 24-hour ballot drop-off location at the Colorado Springs Police Operations Center at 705 S. Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs. Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams added the new 24-hour ballot drop-off location to replace the drop-off box that was closed at Centennial Hall due to imminent safety issues. Access is still possible through other entrances to the ballot drop-off box and voting site in the lower level of Centennial Hall.
"We opened the first 24-hour drop-off at our main office in 2012. To further improve customer service, we constructed four additional sites this year, including at Centennial Hall. When the safety of our voters caused the closure of that box, we sought other alternatives," noted El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams. "We'd like to thank the Colorado Springs Police Department and Chief Pete Carey for their quick response and willingness to make it even easier for our citizens to cast their ballots." When asked for his assistance, Chief Carey stated that he respected the democratic process and was happy to make the Police Operations Center available for easy access for our citizens. This is a positive way to highlight the partnership CSPD enjoys with El Paso County.
The Police Operation Center 24-hour ballot drop-off location will be available starting at 4:00 PM today through 7:00 PM on Election Day, November 5.
The Centennial Hall 24-hour box was closed after inspection revealed a significant risk with the large concrete slabs over the 24-Hour ballot box and lower entrance to Centennial Hall. The inspection was undertaken after a 2,000 pound concrete slab fell last week. The Clerk and Recorder's Office is working with County Administration to re-open the Centennial Hall 24-hour ballot drop-off box-along with the west facing entrance to the Motor Vehicle Department- as quickly as possible.
While there is no requirement for 24-hour drop off boxes, the Clerk's Office added these as part of an ongoing effort to provide citizen-focused customer service. The replacement site gives voters in El Paso County an unprecedented five 24-hour ballot drop-off locations:
1. Main Office at the Citizens Service Center; 1675 West Garden of the Gods Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
2. Colorado Springs Police Operations Center; 705 S. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
3. North Branch Office; 8830 North Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.
4. Southeast Branch Office; 5650 Industrial Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80916.
5. Charles C. "Chuck" Brown Transportation & Environmental Complex; 3275 Akers Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80922.
There are a total of 14 locations at which ballots may be dropped off, seven of which are full-service Voting Service and Polling Centers. The nine additional locations and hours of operation can be found at http://car.elpasoco.com. (Please note that the original location in Cascade has been changed to Marcroft Hall, Chipita Park Chamber of Commerce, 9105 Chipita Park Rd, Chipita Park, Colorado 80809 due to the unavailability of the originally scheduled school.
"Ellen's art truly captures the spirit of adventure, skill, mystery and experimentation that drove art forward from the mid-20th century-on. She was among the artists who gave strength and significance to our culture in the Pikes Peak region. I was privileged to include her art in the FAC's 2009 exhibition Colorado Springs Abstract, and I enjoyed her seriousness as an artist and her amazing sense of humor as we planned for her upcoming show. I will deeply miss working with Ellen."
I want to thank Chris Melcher for his service to the City of Colorado Springs and wish him and his family the best. I understand the challenging role of being an attorney for multiple clients, especially when it is a new form of governance. Council is willing to work with the Mayor to help find a new City Attorney. Public service is very demanding and I understand why someone would want to limit their service. I again wish Chris and his family the best through this transition. I look forward to working with the next City Attorney to keep the City moving forward and accomplishing great things for its citizens.
Colorado Springs City Attorney Christopher J. Melcher has announced that will be leaving his position as City Attorney on January 31, 2014.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to have served the City and the Mayor as City Attorney these past two years. I believe public service is the highest and most noble calling, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to contribute to our community. Serving in this position has allowed me to be a part of two historic achievements for our City: First, the very successful lease of Memorial Hospital to UCH, and the creation of a medical school campus and a community health foundation; and second, assisting in the transition to the new Strong Mayor form of government following voter approval. When I accepted Mayor Bach’s request to serve, I agreed to a commitment of two years – and I have enjoyed every day. Now that we have accomplished so many of our goals, it is time for me to return to the private sector.”
Mayor Steve Bach appointed Mr. Melcher to the position of City Attorney on October 1, 2011. As City Attorney, Mr. Melcher has been the Chief Legal Advisor to the Mayor, City Council, all Boards and Commissions, Colorado Springs Utilities, Memorial Health System and all other enterprises and appointees of the City. Under Chris Melcher’s leadership, the City Attorney’s Office has had numerous notable accomplishments including:
· The successful negotiation and completion of the $1.9 Billion Lease of Memorial Hospital to University of Colorado Health, approved by over 82% of the voters in 2012, and the creation of a medical school branch campus.
· The creation of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, with potential assets in excess of $100 Million and a generational commitment to health and wellness in our community far into the future.
· Providing advice, leadership, and legal guidance to both City Council and the Mayor in the historic transition to a new Strong Mayor form of government following approval of nearly 60% of the voters in November 2010.
· Drafting and approval of a new Election and Campaign Finance Code in 2012.
· Restructuring and upgrading the office of the City Attorney, bringing on a number of new highly talented attorneys, and significantly reducing outside counsel expenses for both the City and Utilities.
· Successful resolution of a number of difficult lawsuits against the City.
Mayor Steve Bach said, “Chris Melcher has been an outstanding leader, attorney and adviser for many working in the City. He is thoughtful, smart and strategic. He loves our city and has done a tremendous amount for us in two years. The success of leasing Memorial Hospital to the University of Colorado Health is due largely to Chris Melcher’s tenacity and hard work. We will miss him greatly.”
Dick Celeste, community leader, former President of Colorado College and former Governor of Ohio said, “Chris Melcher is a gifted attorney and a dedicated public servant. He has always been guided by what he believes is best for our community and its commitment to a fresh vision for the future.”
Prior to serving as City Attorney, Chris Melcher was Chief Legal Officer for Colorado College, where his duties included advice and leadership to the President and the Board on all legal and business issues. Previously, Chris served as General Counsel and senior legal advisor to a number of Fortune 500 companies, and to public and private internet and technology businesses. Early in his career Chris served for many years as a federal prosecutor in Washington D.C. He is a graduate of Yale Law School.
Chris has served on numerous boards, including as a Founding Director and Chair of the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority Board and as a Founding Director of the Colorado Springs Chapter of First Tee.
We all know that an Arnold Palmer is a blend of iced tea and lemonade. Many have heard the stories that the Earl of Sandwich asked for his meat to be served between slices of toast, so that he could multitask (playing cards or hunting, depending on which version of the story you get). But what you may not realize is that some of our favorite foods were originally named after some lesser known people.
In the 1800s Maria Smith, affectionately called “Granny” by many of her acquaintances, discovered a sapling growing where she had previously thrown out some apple cores. She replanted the sapling and nurtured it to maturation. That little sapling from the waste heap eventually bore tart, green apples.
Leo Hirschfeld, confectioner and inventor of candy manufacturing machines in the late 1800s and early 1900s, had a daughter named Clara. We imagine that little Clara must have loved her dad’s job because Leo’s daughter, nicknamed Tootsie, became immortalized when a non-melting chocolate candy was given the name “Tootsie Roll”.
And I bet you’d never have suspected that a favorite bar snack also has a namesake. Back in the 1940’s, the story goes, a group of military officers’ wives went into a Mexican bar around closing time. Not finding a chef available one of the lingering wait staff,Ignacio (“Nacho”), did the best he could with some tortillas, cheese, and jalapenos. That evening, a popular late night snack was born.
The goal of the partnership is to provide the best business programs and events our region has to offer. The mission statement of the partnership is: "Working together to better serve the business community in the Pikes Peak region."
Leadership from the three organizations met with a group of business and community leaders the week of October 21 to discuss the idea and ask for feedback before rolling out the collaboration.
"These are programs that belong to the community," explained Joe Raso, President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. "We're collaborating to infuse energy and excitement into these events to raise the experience so business people can gain tangible benefits from them."
In 2014 the three organizations will collaborate on the following programs and events:
Athena International Award Luncheon
Evening in Tuscany: Women in Business Reception
Business Connects (regular networking events)
New changes the Business Alliance, BBB and SBDC are discussing to improve the structure and execution of these events:
Create fewer and better quality events that eliminate duplication and overlap and are focused on business success. The events will be high value, high volume and high fun. For example, instead of five events about social media throughout the year given by multiple organizations, the three groups will combine forces and come up with two outstanding events with high quality speakers.
Similarly, enhance the quality of the Business Connects networking groups by creating pre-published agendas with engaging topics about Small Business, Military/Government, Healthcare, Sports Industry/Olympics, Marketing/Sales, Technology/Manufacturing, etc. Recruit top-notch speakers to improve attendance. Use Connects to feed Business Universities. Empower Ambassadors to chair/co-chair these groups.
Create tangible benefits for each program and event and provide a format for feedback and evaluation. At the beginning of every event state the goals of the meeting and specific things attendees should walk away with. Afterward, pass out an evaluation form or direct them to a website where they can take a quick evaluation survey. The leadership of each group will also make calls to attendees to ask for feedback. The feedback will then be communicated back to the group that attended.
Create a pre-planned central calendar where all business-related programs and events are listed and updated and sent out every two weeks to each organization's membership. Build upon models that already exist. Create a committee to approve calendar submissions.
"There's a lot of discussion in our community about collaboration," said Matt Barrett, CEO and Executive Director of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. "We decided it was time to act. We're of the same mind when it comes to local business and this gives us the opportunity to better serve all of our constituents."
Aikta Marcoulier, Executive Director of SBDC, agreed. "The more great minds we can gather together, the better solutions we will create. With the strength of this partnership we know we can improve the quality of the event experience for small businesses."
Each organization will maintain their autonomy and continue to champion their own, unique events as well, which all three organizations will support and promote through their communication channels.
Preliminary 2014 events include:
Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance events
Community Business After Hours, State of the City, State and Region addresses, Day at the Legislature, Regional Leaders Trip, Southern Colorado Trip to Washington, D.C., Business Alliance Golf Classic, The Excellence in Business Awards Reception, The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance Annual Gala, The Business and Arts Luncheon, Board of Governors luncheons and dinners, Armed Forces Week and luncheon and military luncheons.
The mission of the Business Alliance is to enhance the quality of our communities by serving the business development needs of our region so that the rate of economic growth exceeds the rate of population growth.
Small Business Development Center events
Monthly Business University (formerly Business Alliance University), Small Business Week, Annual Veterans Conference, Business Protection Summit, Business Seminars, and one-on-one consulting that maximizes the economic potential of Colorado entrepreneurs.
The SBDC's mission is to help existing and new businesses grow and prosper in El Paso, Park, and Teller Counties.
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado events
Buzz with the Bees, Benefits 101, A Night of Excellence Award Gala, Small Business Week, Better Business Bureau Foundation Golf Tournament, Letter Shred and Data Destruction Events, Business Seminars and Workshops, Savvy Teens, Savvy Senior Outreach Events and Military Outreach.
The BBB's mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.
As the Business Alliance, SBDC and BBB evolve their partnership, the organizations plan to extend special benefits to members of each other's constituents, most likely in the form of discounted program and event rates.
For more information, contact Camille Blakely, Blakely + Company, 719.331.4598.
Dave White, Chief Business Development Officer for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance (Business Alliance), has announced his resignation to accept a position as CEO of Stanislaus County Economic Development and Workforce Alliance in Modesto, California. White has served the Colorado Springs region as Chief Business Development Officer of the Business Alliance and its predecessor organization, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation, since 2006.
Colorado Springs City Council, LART (Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax) Committee, El Paso County Commissioners, local businesses and the citizens of our fabulous city have rallied around the Classic to show they want this event to stay here.
Taking all this into consideration, the Colorado Balloon Classic's Board of Directors voted this month to keep the event in Colorado Springs for 2014.
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.Bach's town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday at the Penrose Library's Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Leon Young Service Center, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway
“These meetings are about listening,” said Val Snider, City Council member. “Since the task force began its work more than a year ago, we’ve heard from citizens and businesses that stormwater management is a problem the community must solve to protect life and property. Of the many options available to us, we need to know how the public wants stormwater addressed.”
The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force was formed in August 2012 by the City of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities, community business leaders and citizens to determine the breadth of the community’s stormwater needs and options for managing it. The group includes business leaders, interested citizens, professional engineers, and city, utility and county staff.