“Once Hillary Clinton makes history by being elected as the nation’s first woman President, we want to have a turnkey operation in place so she can hit the ground running right away,” Salazar said in a statement released Tuesday by the Clinton campaign.Republican nominee Donald Trump has chosen New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to head his transition team.
Mayor John Suthers announced today his appointment of Acting Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas as the new Fire Chief, pending confirmation by City Council at the Sept. 27 Regular Council Session. Chief Collas has served in the Colorado Springs Fire Department since 1985 and has been the Acting Chief since March 2016.
“Ted’s 31 years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, combined with his extensive leadership, training and operational experience will serve as a vital asset to our community,” said Mayor Suthers. ”I am pleased with the hiring process and the level of nationwide interest in the position. However, after interviewing the other candidates it was clear that Chief Collas was the best choice to move our fire department forward.”
Chief Collas will earn $160,235 annually and will oversee a department of 482 sworn and civilian positions and 22 fire stations. Over the past 31 years he has served in the department's Operations Division, Training Division, and the Medical Division. Collas holds an associate degree in Fire Science, a bachelor's degree in Management, and a master's Degree in Organizational Leadership.
A nationwide search was conducted and 45 candidates applied. After a telephone interview process, seven candidates were selected for formal interviews by several groups, including fire department personnel. The mayor and two City Council members interviewed three finalists, from which Collas was selected.
Patient care and safety are top priorities for Memorial Hospital.
Memorial regularly works closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to ensure that we provide the very best and safest care for our patients.
Earlier this year, the CDPHE conducted a survey and found that certain steps in a complex cleaning process for a type of ultrasound device were not always being followed or properly documented. While we are not aware of any infections associated with the devices or any patients who have been impacted, Memorial Hospital immediately retrained staff members and put in place new processes to ensure the devices were being properly cleaned.
Memorial Hospital teaches disinfection procedures in new employee orientations, through regular employee education and through rounding and direct observation by supervisors and hospital executives. UCHealth also has a system-wide committee specifically dedicated to high-level disinfection processes.
The hospital urges employees to “Speak up for Safety”, to coach coworkers on best practices, and to anonymously report any concerns so all issues can be quickly investigated and corrected. In addition, Memorial Hospital has a dedicated team of infection prevention experts whose sole job is to ensure the safest possible environment for our patients.
We cannot comment on personnel issues or potential litigation.
“What does Donald Trump have to say or do to lose Darryl Glenn’s support?” said Chris Meagher, spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party. “It wasn’t enough to make fun of a disabled reporter. It wasn’t enough to suggest that Mexicans were criminals and rapists. It wasn’t enough to say he would close off our country to entire religions. And it wasn’t enough to insult a Gold Star family. Now he has suggested that perhaps gun violence against his opponent would be an appropriate response to losing this election.We sent the Glenn campaign an email yesterday seeking a comment and haven't heard back. We'll update if and when we hear something.
“Donald Trump is running for President. His latest comments are inappropriate and show once again is unfit to lead our country. The response by Darryl Glenn, who refuses to stand up to Trump’s dangerous rhetoric any more than the occasional slap on the wrist, is just as appalling. It's time for Darryl Glenn to show leadership and stand up against this hateful, dangerous rhetoric.”
CLASS I RECALL
HEALTH RISK: HIGH
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GOOD FOOD CONCEPTS, LLC D.B.A. RANCH FOODS DIRECT RECALLS NON-INTACT BEEF PRODUCTS
DUE TO POSSIBLE E. COLI O157:H7 CONTAMINATION
WASHINGTON, JULY 26, 2016 – Good Food Concepts, LLC, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct, a Colorado Springs, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,606 pounds of non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The non-intact beef items were produced on June 6, 7, and 8, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:
• Packages containing “Callicrate Beef Ground Beef: Beef 4-1 Ground Beef Patties 15# case.”
• Packages containing “Callicrate Beef Ground Beef: Beef 4-1 Ground Beef Patties 5# box.”
• Packages containing “Callicrate Beef Ground Beef: Beef 3-1 Ground Beef Patties 5# box.”
• Packages containing “Callicrate Beef Ground Beef: Beef 2-1 Ground Beef Patties 15# case.”
• 1-lb. packages containing “Callicrate Beef Ground Beef: Beef Ground Beef 85% 1#.”
• 1-lb. packages containing “Callicrate Beef Ground Beef: Beef Ground Beef 80% 1#.”
• 1-lb. packages containing “Callicrate Beef Ground Beef: Beef Ground Beef Sirloin 90% 1#.”
• Packages containing “Callicrate Beef Ground Beef: Beef Ground Beef 85/15 1# x 20 Bundle.”
• Packages containing “Callicrate WAGYU Beef Ground Beef: WAGYU Ground Beef 1#.”
• 1-lb. packages containing “Beef Stew Meat Tenderized.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct Ground Beef 85/15.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct Ground Beef 80/20.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct Ground Chuck.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct 80% Lean 20% Fat 3/1 Patties NET WT. 15#.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct 80% Lean 20% Fat 2/1 Patties 7 OZ NET WT. 15#.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct 80% Lean 20% Fat 3/1 Patties NET WT. 5.0#.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct 80% Lean 20% Fat 4/1 Patties NET WT. 15#.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct 80% Lean 20% Fat 2/1 Patties NET WT. 15#.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct 80% Lean 20% Fat 6/1 Patties NET WT. 15#.”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct Ground Beef (73/27).”
• Packages containing “Ranch Foods Direct Ground Tenderloin.”
• Products identified as “Cowpool D 1/4.”
• Products identified as “Cowpool A 1/8.”
• Packages containing “Chef’s Bundle: 4-Skirt Steak, 6- NY Strips, 6-Top Sirloin, 3-Chuck Roast, 2-Cube Steak, 15-Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat.”
• Packages containing “Colorado Bundle: 4-Skirts Steaks, 4-Chuck Eye Steaks, 4-Top Sirloin, 2-Chuck Roast, 15-Ground Beef 80% Lean 20% Fat.”
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 27316” inside the USDA mark of inspection and “PACKED ON” dates of June 6, 7, and 8, 2016. These items were shipped to wholesale and retail locations in Colorado.
FSIS was notified of an E. coli O157:H7 illness possibly associated with ground beef consumption on July 14, 2016. Working in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the El Paso County Public Health Department, FSIS determined that there is a possible link between the ground beef products from Ranch Foods Direct and this illness. Based on epidemiological investigation, one case-patient has been identified in Colorado with an illness onset date of June 12, 2016. FSIS confirmed ground beef products originating from Ranch Foods Direct were adulterated with E. coli O157:H7 on July 25, 2016 through laboratory testing and traceback investigation. FSIS continues to work with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the El Paso County Public Health Department on this investigation and provides updated information as it becomes available.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 1–10 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef that has been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to confirm that ground beef is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, http://1.usa.gov/1cDxcDQ.
Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Dave Anderson, Manager, at (719) 574-0750 x 241.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
I would like to thank the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office for their time and effort in validating the primary election results. They hold themselves to the highest standards and perform with efficiency and professionalism.
I would like to formally congratulate Mr. Gonzalez on his primary victory and wish him good fortune in the general election. I’m sure he will serve the people of our district well.
Clerk to Conduct Candidate Requested Recount for County Commissioner District 4
[Colorado Springs, Colo. – July 19, 2016] The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has received a formal request from candidate Scott Turner to recount the ballots for the County Commissioner District 4 race in the Republican Party Primary Election. The final results for this race did not meet the threshold set in Colorado law to trigger an automatic recount. The cost to conduct the recount will not be at taxpayers’ expense, therefore, but will be paid by the candidate who requested the recount.
The final official election results as certified by the bipartisan Canvass Board show 34 votes separating the two candidates for the Commissioner District 4 race. That vote margin is nearly twice the amount required by statute (C.R.S. 1-10.5-106) for an automatic recount in that race, which would have been 18 votes.
“This request for a paid recount by a candidate is the first in our recent institutional memory,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “Our Elections staff will conduct the recount for the candidate, with their skilled expertise and resolve.”
The machines used for the election processing will be tested again prior to conducting the recount. The election equipment undergoes extensive testing before and after every election and passes with 100% accuracy.
After the equipment testing is complete, the ballot recount will begin on Friday, July 22, and should be concluded within a few days. It is not anticipated that the recount will change the results.
“I never thought it’d be someone I know,” said Myecha Taylor, holding a #JusticeForJesse sign outside the Pioneers’ Museum during a public demonstration Thursday. That hashtag refers to her late friend Jesse Garcia, a 23-year-old Hispanic man from Colorado Springs, who was fatally shot in what she says was a racially tinged altercation on July 16. Friends and family know exactly who did it, according to Taylor, though no arrests have been made.
“[The killer] should be in jail right now but instead he’s walking free,” she told the Indy. “But I’d still be here even if he didn’t pass. This is a beautiful thing.”
Gathered alongside Taylor were over a hundred others, there for an action to “end white silence” in the escalating struggle for racial justice. It was organized by the newly formed local chapter of SURJ — or, Showing Up For Racial Justice — a national network of activists that calls on white people to mobilize in support of the movement for Black lives.
Actions with varying degrees of agitation went down in cities across the country on Wednesday and Thursday, including up the Front Range where the Denver SURJ chapter blocked the entrance of the downtown police station with a massive fluorescent orange sign blaring "Under Construction Until Black Lives Matter."
Four arrests there contrast the non-confrontational and family friendly vibe of the Springs action.
“When you think about why there’s not a centralized Black Lives Matter in Colorado Springs, it kind of makes sense,” said Naomi Wood, Colorado College professor and COS SURJ co-founder. “There’s a real fear of what the white supremacists will do. But that’s why it’s really important we make our presence known.”
The demonstration, though windy and thunderous at times, remained wholly peaceful. Protesters migrated from the sidewalk in front of the Pioneers’ Museum to the one outside the courthouse across the street, chanting phrases like “white silence equals violence!” and “black lives matter!”
Springs shows up for racial justice, answering national call-to-action
A private security guard contracted by the Downtown Partnership stood just off the curb, head on a swivel and hand on her belt. “It’s not [the protesters] we’re worried about,” she told the Indy, requesting anonymity. “It’s all the cars. You know how it is these days, people like to shoot.”
CSPD spokesman Lt. Howard Black said police did have their "eyes on it," but "are all about people being able to express their opinions peacefully."
One counter-protester was in the midst, but caused no trouble. Holding a sign that read “Unity,” 61-year-old Rob Blancken paced further away from the assembled crowd, insisting he was not a part of them. “Black Lives Matter is just ginning up hatred between the races,” he told the Indy, pointing to the other side of his sign emblazoned with the counter-slogan “All Lives Matter.” “You see, I’m here to convince them that what they believe in is actually bigoted.”
Throughout the rest of the crowd, though, the mood was overwhelmingly positive and hopeful.
26-year-old Josh Rumple, a white man, was just waiting for an opportunity to get involved. “My friend told me about this yesterday and I was like, ‘finally,’” he said. “This is a dialog that needs to happen and needs to continue.”
19-year-old DJ Banks, a black man, agrees: “All the people in my circles will be so down for this.”
The City’s review found opportunities to improve the components of its MS4 Program by enhancing training, tightening enforcement, improving documentation, expanding maintenance, and addressing other specific program needs. Based on its review, the City will implement the following key improvements to its MS4 Program (see Figure 4-1):
• A Stormwater Management Plan will be prepared to describe the strategies, activities, BMPs, and resources used to address the MS4 permit requirements.
• Inspections of construction sites, industrial sites, municipal operations facilities, public BMPs, and waterways will be more rigorous and performed by dedicated stormwater inspectors who will receive frequent training.
• Enforcement actions will be more vigorously pursued as appropriate, and supported by the City Attorney’s Office and City leaders.
• Documentation and record-keeping will be improved.
• Stormwater Division staff will train City and CSU field personnel to observe and report potential illicit discharges.
• Maintenance issues in the City’s waterways will be identified and prioritized annually.
• Development reviews for permanent water quality BMPs will be more rigorous and final approvals will not be granted without an executed maintenance agreement.
• Development review staff will be provided with needed training to ensure compliance with City standards and criteria.
• Methods for citizens to report potential illicit discharges will be improved.
• Public education and outreach activities will be expanded and focus on improving the public’s support for the overall stormwater management program.
The Hayden Pass Fire continues to grow as the fire was active throughout the night. New estimates put the fire at 7,500 acres.Esperance is fresh off the Beaver Creek fire of last month, as reported by the U.S. Forest Service.
The Hayden Pass Fire, located 3 miles southwest of Coaldale, Colorado; started as a lightning strike on July 8th. Fire crews searched for smoke over the weekend but were unable to pin point its location in the rugged terrain of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Smoke from this fire reappeared on Sunday, July 10th, just after 2:00 p.m.; by 10:00 p.m. the fire had grown to over 5,000 acres. Strong winds, dry conditions and the large volume of dead woody debris in the area contributed to this rapid growth.
A Type 2 incident management team, Rocky Mountain Incident Management Blue Team, will assume command of this fire at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12th. The incident commander for this team is Jay Esperance.