The newspaper’s rankings designate the Top 100 work places in Colorado, broken out into large companies, midsize companies and small companies. GE Johnson was ranked #17 among midsize companies, and is the highest ranked construction firm in the Top 100.
The Denver Post invited 1,400 organizations across the state to participate in employee surveys to determine the Top 100 rankings. Anonymous surveys were distributed to employees, and evaluated in several categories, including company direction, execution, connection, pay and benefits, and overall employee satisfaction. This is the first year GE Johnson employees completed the Top 100 survey, so the ranking comes as a tremendous accomplishment.
As part of the survey process, employees were given the chance to provide testimonials of their experience with their company. One GE Johnson employee complimented the company’s leadership, saying “There is a family-like atmosphere. The executives are approachable and the owner is connected to the pulse of the company.” Another took the opportunity to speak about career development in the company, saying, “There is freedom to do as much as you want to do. The job is rewarding and the atmosphere is general happiness and excitement.”
“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by the Denver Post as one of the best workplaces in the state of Colorado,” said Jim Johnson, President and CEO of GE Johnson, “My father founded the company with the idea that we should always act more like a family than a corporation. Now, nearly 50 years later, I’m proud that our employees feel valued because they truly are. The culture we have all helped build at GE Johnson is rare in our industry and in business in general; it’s a privilege to come to work with these folks every day.”
County Begins Maintenance Work Tuesday on West Colorado Avenue
Construction Work on Major Gateway Project Will Begin This Fall With Relocation of Utilities Lines
El Paso County, CO – April 12, 2015 – El Paso County Public Services will begin minor repair work on Tuesday April 13, 2015 to improve the road surface on Colorado Avenue from 31st Street to the U.S. 24 overpass in Manitou Springs. This is a critical corridor for summer tourism.
The maintenance and ownership of this 1.3 mile segment of Colorado Avenue was recently turned over from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to El Paso County. This is the first phase of an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and CDOT that will result in major improvements along this stretch of roadway. But with the start date on the larger project still months away the County will be performing some badly needed maintenance to improve driving conditions on the road surface over the next several weeks.
Major improvements which are expected to begin with the relocation of utility lines this Fall will result in improved safety for cars, trucks and busses and provide badly needed accommodations for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Now known as the “Gateway Project” the “Westside Avenue Action Plan” has taken shape over the past three years and a final public meeting is expected this summer to discuss detailed improvement plans for the area.
A video presentation at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R08PH1ke2hc reviews the area and its huge importance to residents, businesses and visitors.
El Paso County Public Services reminds motorists to pay special attention to flaggers, reduced speed limits and construction zone traffic signs in “cone zones” during the heavy construction months ahead.
El Paso County Public Services is responsible for the maintenance of more than 2,000 miles of public roadway ranging from major thoroughfares in urban areas to gravel country roads and neighborhood cul-de-sacs.
· 2014 End of Year Assessed Value = $6,439,985,430.00Wondering how much the value of your own home has increased? Keep an eye on your mail. Valuation notices go out May 1.
· 2015 Assessed Value = $6,873,091,140.00
· 2014-2015 Value ($) Difference = +$433,105,710.00
· 2014-2015 Percentage (%) Difference: = +6.3%
Plaintiffs [Bruce and Collins] were partners in this venture. Collins furnished her name and credit card; Bruce furnished the $2,500 deposit and did the bidding. Title was to be in the name of Collins. Bruce also made the demands for refund and has the business records of the entire experience. Both parties shared the distress that defendant chose to lie to them, to steal the deposit, and to force them to sue defendant.Bruce and Collins both signed the pleading and gave the same Post Office box number, the same phone number (that of Bruce) and the same email address (belonging to Bruce).
This appeal asks this question: Does defendant’s successful objection to the prosecution’s motion to join the two cases bar defendant’s subsequent motion to dismiss the second case because it was not joined with the first? We conclude, under the circumstances of this case, that the answer to this question is “yes.” As a result, we reverse the trial court’s judgment dismissing this case, and we remand it to the trial court to reinstate the charges.
Let's trust them to help lead us forward:
1. Vote for candidates under 60 - when they are qualified and have good ideas - and for older candidates with fresh insights.
2. City Council and the new mayor, whomever that will be, should create the Young Professionals Advisory Council.
All anyone talks about is attracting and retaining "young" people and we're kind of right here and kind of working against a lot of drag, amiright? In fact, some of the best leadership in town is by our young entrepreneurs, makers and creatives anyway. Come sit in the sun with your sack lunch for a half hour and let your youthful face shine.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) will implement final service changes, including some exciting and much needed enhancements to the system, beginning on Sunday, April 5.
· Route 5, MMT’s busiest route averaging 900 riders per day, will now run every 15 minutes—the fastest service available. Route 5 runs between the downtown bus terminal at 127. E. Kiowa and the Citadel Mall.
· Saturday service will be added to Routes 4, 6, and 8
· Route 25, which currently runs along Academy Blvd. from Pikes Peak Community College Centennial campus to Voyager Parkway, will be split into two routes, Route 25 and Route 27, in an effort to improve on-time performance.
· There are numerous additional service changes. For more information, please visit our final service change web page at mmtransit.com.
“We’re very anxious to get this service out on the streets,” comments Craig Blewitt, director, Mountain Metropolitan Transit. “The changes are going to go a long way toward improving our service and providing faster, more efficient options for our current riders as well as attracting new riders.”
Mountain Metropolitan Transit provides local fixed-route bus service and Metro Mobility ADA paratransit service for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. All buses are wheelchair-lift equipped. Mountain Metropolitan Transit also provides other services such as Metro Rides’ ridesharing, vanpool, and bicycling programs. For added convenience, there are bike racks on all buses for riders who want to utilize the bike-n-bus program. For additional information regarding Mountain Metropolitan Transit please visit www.mmtransit.com, or call (719) 385-RIDE (7433).
ProgressNow Colorado Calls For Gordon Klingenschmitt’s Resignation
DENVER: After nearly a week since video surfaced of Colorado Springs Representative Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt’s outrageous remarks on the horrific assault on a pregnant woman in Longmont, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Republican leadership to call on Dr. Chaps to resign.
“Enough is enough,” said said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Republican leaders in the House and Senate have had almost a week to hold Klingenschmitt accountable, and there he is, still representing Colorado’s 15th House District despite his offensive behavior.”
On Monday, House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso removed Klingenschmitt from one of his two committee assignments, saying it was one of the “few tools” he had for discipline [Denver Post, 3/30/15], prompting fellow Republican Justin Everett to call the move a gesture to “save face” on the House floor today.
State Sen. Owen Hill, another Republican from El Paso County, took the additional step on Monday to send an email calling for Klingenschmitt’s resignation.
Yet silent on the whole matter is Senate President Bill Cadman, a fellow Colorado Springs Republican, who represents Klingenschmitt’s district in the state Senate.
“There is more the legislative leadership could do if they just had the courage to do it,” added Runyon-Harms. “Every day that Klingenschmitt is in office is an insult to the people of Colorado.”
WOMEN’S USA PRO CHALLENGE CONFIRMED
Inaugural Event to Kick-Off in Breckenridge, Fort Collins and Golden from August 21-23, 2015
DENVER (March 31, 2015) – The USA Pro Challenge announced today the confirmation of an elite women’s race, the “Women’s USA Pro Challenge,” to take place over the course of three days, in conjunction with the men’s professional race. The women, for the first time, will race on parts of the men’s race course in Colorado this August and race daily for the same prize money as the men.
The three-day invitation-only event is sanctioned by USA Cycling and will kick off in Breckenridge on August 21st and conclude in Golden on August 23rd, prior to the start of the last day of racing for the USA Pro Challenge. It is the first time since 1988 that some of the best men and women in the world will be sharing courses at a major, international stage race in Colorado.
“We are very excited to support women’s cycling in the U.S. and bring more of an awareness to these incredible athletes on a large stage in Colorado with world-class crowds,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “The women bring an entirely new dynamic to our race and we are confident the fierce skills of these riders will impress and inspire all of our passionate fans.”
The announcement was made in Breckenridge and honored guest, American professional and Boulder resident Mara Abbott was on hand to spread the news. In 2010 Abbott, who races for the Wiggle-Honda Pro Cycling team, became the first American ever to win the Giro Donne, one of the Grand Tours of women's bicycle racing.
“I am beyond thrilled to have a chance to compete at the Women’s USA Pro Challenge this year,” said Mara Abbott, professional cyclist. “I think to be able to race on your home turf is special for any racer and especially for me because Colorado holds the majority of my heart. When the men finished up Flagstaff, only two blocks from the house where I grew up, I avoided the race entirely because I was jealous and sad. To get a chance to compete in the Colorado mountains is a dream come true.”
The women competing in the Women’s USA Pro Challenge will include top national riders and Olympians. The women will race for the same prize money as the men and it will help lead the way for future equal winnings in races.
Former COO of USA Cycling and now USA Cycling board member, Sean Petty, will serve as the Race Director for the Women’s USA Pro Challenge.
“There is a long legacy that some of the best female cyclists in the world are from the United States and many from right here in Colorado,” said Sean Petty, Women’s USA Pro Challenge Race Director. “Now, those riders get to showcase their incredible talent and exciting racing in front of the huge crowds the USA Pro Challenge attracts. It’s a great opportunity for our women to have a ‘home game.’”
Connie Carpenter-Phinney made history when she won the first women’s Olympic road race in 1984. She has been a proponent of a women’s USA Pro Challenge from the very beginning when she helped form the USA Pro Challenge in the inaugural year.
"This is great news for women's cycling that the USA Pro Challenge has added a women's division in 2015, which has been highly anticipated by the racers and the fans,” said Carpenter-Phinney. “I know Colorado will embrace the women's race and 2015 will mark the start of a new era in women's racing!"
The complete race details are still being finalized, however the start of the race will begin in Breckenridge with an individual time trial to coincide with the men’s time trial in Breckenridge. The other two stage routes are in Fort Collins and Golden with details to be confirmed in the near future.
About the USA Pro Challenge
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 17-23, 2015. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2015. Featuring a challenging course, the fifth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
More information can be found online at www.prochallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The City of Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management will host a resident preparedness meeting on the recovery of the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar, and preparedness for natural disaster on Wednesday, April 1 for residents along the Camp Creek area and for the general public.
Camp Creek Flash Flood Preparedness Meeting
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Glen Eyrie Castle
3820 N. 30th Street
Speakers will address key issues relating to flash flood risk in neighborhoods along Camp Creek.
· Analysis of recovery and mitigation efforts on the Waldo Canyon Burn scar
· Weather forecasting and potential flood impact areas
· Mitigation efforts-what can you do?
· Stay Informed-Notification methods for flash flood warnings
· City Disaster Preparedness including planning and responses
The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. Reasonable accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing through closed captioning or sign language interpreter will be provided upon request. Please notify Vickie O’Brien at email@example.com or 719-385-5957. The deadline to make the request was Friday, March 27. However, every effort will be made to fulfill requests made after March 27, but they cannot be guaranteed.
El Paso County Recognizes “Friends of NRA Day”
Local Group Celebrates More than Two Decades of Service to the Community
El Paso County, CO, March 25, 2015 – By unanimous Proclamation, the Board of El Paso County Commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday recognized March 26th as “Friends of NRA Day and expressed its appreciation for decades of support for local programs and services by Friends of NRA.
Each year, Friends of NRA raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support a variety of programs and services, including firearms safety and training, youth hunter education conservation training, law enforcement training and firearms competition and the national youth shooting sports cooperative.
“In 2014, the Colorado Friends of NRA raised $768,074 state wide and distributed $384,037 across 80 grants with $279,730 directed at 57 grants focused on youth programs,” said Commissioner Amy Lathen in presenting the Proclamation. “Six grants totaling $16,326 were given to groups in El Paso County.”
“We believe in the fundamental liberties people have, not just in El Paso County but across the country,” she said.
Friends of NRA are a valued partner with El Paso County, Fort Carson, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and others in the establishment and ongoing development of the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex. The complex, which is open to the public on 400 acres of Fort Carson property, is the largest public range in Colorado.
“Thank you for your all of your support especially for 4-H and the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex,” said Commissioner Clark.
The County Proclamation recognizes March 26, 2015, as “Friends of NRA Day” in El Paso County Colorado and urges citizens who enjoy the shooting sports and cherish the freedom of responsible gun ownership to show their appreciation for Friends of NRA and the important contributions they make to our community. “Our sole purpose is to raise funds for the shooting sports and education,” said Peggy Gray, Colorado Friends of NRA chair.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Colorado Springs Friends of NRA Committee. Commissioner Peggy Littleton encouraged El Paso County citizens to attend the group’s annual dinner, noting that funds raised through the event support grants distributed every year. The gala is Thursday, March 26, at Swan House Manor, 5515 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the evening includes games, auctions and dinner. For tickets, contact Peggy Gray at (719) 243-4586.