The Grand Opening of Overdrive Raceway in Colorado Springs has been delayed due to weather. Because of all the recent snow we can no longer open Memorial Weekend as planned. The new opening date is July 2, 2016.
FIRST TWO-STORY INDOOR ELECTRIC GO KART TRACK IN THE U.S.
COMING TO COLORADO SPRINGS
Jim Mundle, a double amputee, will offer hand-controlled go karts for amputees, paraplegics and disabled racers
Colorado Springs, CO - On May 28, 2016, Colorado Springs will be home to a new indoor recreation business – the first two-level indoor electric go kart facility in the country. The new entertainment project is being built at Polaris Pointe, a new retail complex southeast of Interstate 25 at North Gate Boulevard, east of the Air Force Academy, next to Bass Pro Shops. “This was the perfect location for us,” says Owner Jim Mundle, “Bass Pro Shops gets 2 million visitors a year. We’re hoping to capitalize on that traffic and become a destination for visitors and tourists in Colorado Springs and the entire Rocky Mountain region.”
Overdrive Raceway will be a housed in a 68,000 sq. ft. steel building and will feature two ¼ mile Formula One race tracks on two floors. The first level will be a technical track with adult and child karts, the second level will be a track built for speed. The race track has a $6 million dollar price tag and will offer a concession area, pro shop, arcade, party area, bar & lounge and conference rooms. “I expect this to be the perfect destination for birthday or office parties and corporate retreats, but I also want to help the disabled.” says Mundle.
Mundle is a double amputee, having lost both his legs below the knee to staph infections as a result of Type 1 Diabetes. But despite his setbacks in life, he keeps a positive outlook and wants to help others. That’s one reason he’s purchasing four hand-controlled go karts for those who cannot use their legs to drive. The specialty-made karts cost more than $12,000 each and currently in development at the kart manufacturer in Italy. Mundle says he plans to order them as soon as they’re available. The hand-controlled karts are for amputees, those who are paralyzed from the waist down, or disabled in a way where they can’t drive a car, but can still use their hands. “We really want to be inclusive to everyone,” says Mundle. “Businesses can be a vehicle for good and I want to give people experiences they couldn’t otherwise have.”
Each track can accommodate 10 racers at a time. The goal is to record the fastest time. Electric karts offer more torque than traditional gasoline karts. Adult karts have a top speed of 55 mph, while the child karts top 25 mph. Overdrive Raceway will provide helmets and safety training to everyone before they ride. The facility will also offer summer camps for kids, league racing for adults, private parties and full track rental.
As for the customer experience, Mundle, who used to work as a chef at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Orlando, Florida, is using the personalized training he received at Disney to offer world-class customer service here in Colorado. “This won’t just be an attraction, it will be an entire experience. This has been my dream for the past four years. We want people to feel good when they leave and to know we exceeded their expectations. We have a fun business but we want customer service to be our motto and our focus. In this country, a lot of that has been lost.”
Late this afternoon we were notified by the Secretary of State that our petition was insufficient, and we are currently evaluating the Secretary of State's report. After we have concluded a thorough evaluation, we will have further comment regarding our next steps in seeking the Republican nomination for U.S Senate. We believe that after our review, the final analysis will validate that we are in substantial compliance.
After being handpicked by the national Republican Party and blowing off grassroots Republicans, Jon Keyser had to sue his way onto the Republican primary ballot. Now he's back to limping through the primary with no momentum and practically no money, while Robert Blaha and Ryan Frazier prepare their own lawsuits to get back on the ballot.
Keyser was anointed by the same national Republicans who have spent years creating gridlock in Washington, and like a typical politician Keyser has refused to take positions on issues that matter to Colorado while blowing off the grassroots to jaunt off to locales like Las Vegas in an attempt to raise money from billionaire establishment megadonors. Keyser has pledged to support Donald Trump if he’s the nominee and it’s clear that if elected to the Senate, Jon Keyser would only add to the dysfunction in Washington.
Colorado Springs residents are encouraged to provide input on a plan to modify travel lanes on five streets near the Colorado College campus at an open house Tuesday, May 3 at the City Auditorium.
The open house will include displays and exhibits showing the proposed concepts and constraints, allowing citizens to talk directly to City engineers and planners who will be on-hand to answer questions and gather public input.
The project will address safety concerns for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists on Cascade, Nevada and Wasatch avenues and Fontanero and Weber streets.
The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. In accordance with the ADA, this meeting will be held in an accessible location, anyone requiring an auxiliary aid to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Auxiliary aids could include, but are not limited to a sign language interpreter, CART Services or a loop system. Please notify Tim Roberts at email@example.com 719-385-5481.
We have had several Boards members and TOPS Committee members who have resided outside the City over the many years. Jackie does live outside the City limits but is adjacent to City owned Corral Bluffs. We have had members who have lived in Manitou Springs, in the county and Monument. This was allowed by our ordinances. We have recently updated our ordinances to require all board and committee members to reside in the City. All future members of the Parks Board and the TOPS Working Committee members will be required to be City residents. Jackie is one of our last folks to transition out her term ends this summer.
In addition to all the consumption oriented festivities going on today, a march on City Hall brought a small but mighty crowd of medical marijuana supporters out to vent some frustrations. Their message? Leave our plants alone.
Amendment 20 may have legalized medical marijuana back in 2000, but patients now feel their rights are under attack. That attack comes in the form of a proposed ordinance to limit all residences in the Springs to 12 marijuana plants total, period, no matter how many adults, patients or caregivers live there.
Around 30 diehards turned out to voice their discontent on council’s turf.
Medical marijuana advocates take to city streets for 4/20 rally
Notable among the crowd of patients, their family members and supporters were two people who say they plan on becoming candidates for city council — Joseph Carlson and Hemp Hurd — both of whom intend to make cannabis a central part of their campaign.
Carlson’s take on the matter as a would-be elected official: “I say leave it alone, let them grow. We should be focusing on the rapists, the murderers — not the patients.”
Both federal and local law enforcement have raised concerns about so-called “home invasions" — when out-of-staters move into Colorado’s legal marijuana haven, grow a ton of plants in a residential home then ship it to thirstier markets throughout the country. Fear of that kind of criminal activity is what’s driving plant count limits here in the Springs and in municipalities around the state.
Legitimate medical marijuana users, like 47-year-old Tammie Bruner, worry about shouldering the consequences of a few bad actors. She moved to the Springs in September from Kentucky to get better access to the one medicine that works against her seizures: cannabis.
“I was shocked to come here and find out they were still coming after my medicine,” she told the Independent.
If she can’t grow all her plants at home she’ll have to make up the difference at a dispensary. And that, Bruner says, is an expensive prospect.
“It costs like $45 a gram and that only lasts me two days if I’m really careful. It takes a lot (of cannabis) to control my seizures. And that’s the only reason I have my life back,” she says. “I don’t want to become a criminal again, I just was to be healthy and happy.”
Colorado Springs, CO - Innovations in Aging Collaborative along with the City of Colorado Springs and AARP have launched the Age-Friendly Colorado Springs initiative. The purpose of Colorado Springs joining the network of AARP Age Friendly Communities is to serve as a catalyst to educate, inspire, and promote improvements that Colorado Springs can implement to make our community known as a remarkable place to age. Age-Friendly Colorado Springs (AFCS) is a partnership between governmental agencies, nonprofits, businesses, committed volunteers and funders. The purpose of AFCS is to develop an action plan that guides and builds strategies to make Colorado Springs livable and welcoming for individuals of all ages. The affiliation with AARP provides value, networking, and best practices of other Age Friendly Communities.
Mayor Suthers has appointed the following Colorado Springs citizens to serve as Chair people for the eight Age-Friendly Colorado Springs Subcommittees:
Transportation: Craig Blewitt, Transportation Services Manager, Mountain Metropolitan Transit, City of Colorado Springs
Housing: Dan O’Rear, Executive Director, Myron Stratton Home
Social Participation: Jody Barker, Executive Director of Aging Initiatives, YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
Community Support and Health Services: Kent Matthews, Family Caregiver Support Center, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging
Respect and Social Inclusion: Carrie Schillinger, Program Development, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging
Civic Participation and Employment: Susan Presti, Community Relations and Information Management, Colorado Springs Utilities
Outdoor Spaces and Buildings: Carl Schueler, Comprehensive Planning Manager, City of Colorado Springs
Communication and Information: Jeanne Devant, Editor, Life After 50
To learn more about the Age-Friendly Colorado Springs Initiative, visit www.innovationsinaging.org.
The mission of Innovations in Aging Collaborative is to convene the community to promote creative approaches that address the challenges and opportunities of aging.
Fort Collins businessman and former CSU Athletic Director Jack Graham today became the first candidate who filed petitions to be certified for the Republican primary election ballot for the U.S. Senate. Secretary of State Wayne Williams confirmed Graham submitted enough qualified Republican signatures.
"Ginger and I are grateful for all the help and support so many Coloradans volunteered in our successful quest to petition onto the primary ballot," Graham said. "We look forward to the primary election campaign and making our case to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate."
Graham was the last candidate to formally enter the Senate race but he was the first candidate to formally submit petitions to the Colorado Secretary of State for approval on Monday, March 28. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams confirmed today that Graham's petitions qualified. Three other candidates filed after Graham and are still awaiting word from the Secretary of State whether they qualify for the ballot.
Colorado election law requires the signatures of 1,500 registered Republicans from each of Colorado's seven congressional districts in order to petition onto the Tuesday, June 28 Republican primary election ballot. Graham submitted a total of nearly 20,000 signatures to the Secretary of State.
"City Council hereby authorizes the acceptance of a donation of the difference in value between the City Property and the Broadmoor Property, if any, as determined by an appraisal conducted at the behest and expense of the Broadmoor."
Section 5(a) requires the Secretary to conduct appraisals
of the parcels of land. Section 5(b) requires the land exchange
to be of equal value. If the value of the Federal land exceeds
the value of the non-Federal land, Broadmoor Hotel, Inc., must
make a cash equalization payment to be deposited into the fund
established under P.L. 90-171 (16 U.S.C. 484a). Any cash
equalization payments received by the Secretary are to be used
to acquire land or interests in land in Region 2 of the USFS.
If the value of the non-Federal land exceeds the value of the
Federal land, the surplus value of the non-Federal land will be
considered a donation by Broadmoor Hotel, Inc., to the U.S.
Government. Section 5(c) directs that the appraisals should not
take into account the special use permit at Emerald Valley
Ranch or the Barr Trail easement when determining the value of
The FVA system is required to show that the amount of TOC in its treated water is less than 2.0 milligrams per liter (mg/L) calculated quarterly as a running annual average. The FVA’s first quarter of 2016 results showed that the TOC running annual average was 2.05 mg/L.Says Berry, "If you or a family member is immune suppressed due to illness or an organ transplant, they should consult with their medical team before drinking ANY tap or bottled water."
TOC originates from leaves, sticks, dirt, etc. TOC levels increased in Pueblo Reservoir (FVA water source) due to significant precipitation in 2014 and 2015 that transported more of this organic matter into the reservoir. While the FVA treatment plant – completed in the mid-1980s – is equipped to treat for TOC, the higher-than-normal TOC levels in the source water created a scenario that has temporarily exceeded the plant’s ability to meet the water quality standard in 1st Quarter 2016.
Although this exceedance does not pose an immediate health risk and is not an emergency, we are required by the State to send a notification to all potentially affected customers.
FVA, located south of Colorado Springs near the Ray Nixon Power Plant, is jointly owned and operated by Springs Utilities, Security Water and Sanitation District, Widefield Water and Sanitation District, Stratmoor Hills and the City of Fountain. The FVA system has a delivery capacity of 11 million gallons of water per day (MGD). In comparison, our Mesa Water Treatment Plant has a 50 MGD capacity and our Pine Valley Water Treatment Treatment Plant has a 92 MGD capacity.
Other partner agencies must notify their own customers of the TOC exceedance. Springs Utilities has asked these communities to only contact us if there is a concern about TOC and the treatment process. Springs Utilities is unable to address how partnering agencies operate their distribution systems.
Currently, the FVA is conducting extensive research on ways to further reduce TOC in the water both entering and leaving the treatment plant.
President Barack Obama will be the commencement speaker for the Air Force Academy's Class of 2016 graduation ceremony, June 2 at Falcon Stadium here.
The White House announced the President's visit on April 14.
This will be his second visit to the Air Force Academy as President. He was the commencement speaker for the Class of 2012's graduation ceremony.
GOCO awards nearly $700,000 to El Paso County outdoor recreation projects
DENVER – The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded three grants totaling $699,413 Thursday to El Paso County communities. The City of Manitou Springs received $80,500 for the reconstruction of the public baby pool. El Paso County was awarded a $343,913 grant on behalf of the Ellicott School District to expand sports fields and a $275,000 grant for the county fairgrounds.
In Manitou, the existing pool for the city’s youngest swimmers is 44 years old, with unsafe and grossly inefficient structural issues. The pool, which is part of the larger community aquatic center, currently leaks beyond what yearly patching can fix. The pool was also designed with a hole built into one end that presents additional safety issues.
After having to turn away half of the families wanting to use the pool, GOCO funding will allow Manitou to accommodate up to 40 children. The larger pool also means new swimming classes for babies and preschool children. The GOCO grant will also build a kid-sized entry to the pool and update plumbing.
Manitou aims to have the project finished in fall 2016, aided by the local swim team that raised $1,000 for the new pool and will assist with minor construction and clean-up. Troop 18 of the Boy Scouts of America has also offered their support, including an Eagle Scout hopeful interested in the project.
In Ellicott, the school district partnered with El Paso County to receive funding for new sports fields. The current fields are at capacity, with football, baseball, and soccer all sharing fields. Expanding the athletic fields will impact the more than 1,000 students at the shared elementary, middle, and high school campus.
The school district site also serves as a community gathering place in this rural, unincorporated area of El Paso County. Many families of students come from nearby Schriever Air Force Base, and the school district serves a diverse, low-income population; 70 percent of students are on free and reduced lunch.
In addition to accommodating more student athletes, the new fields will also create the opportunity for outdoor science classes and will be used by Ellicott Metro District sports leagues. Sports fields at the school district site are the only public fields in the community.
Students will help with fundraising efforts for soccer nets and bleachers, with the school district hoping to have the project finished by September 2016.
In another rural El Paso community, the county fairgrounds will be getting a facelift to incorporate more outdoor recreation options. Located just south of Calhan, the fairgrounds support a variety of programming including El Paso County 4H, Calhan Schools, Eastern El Paso County Senior Services, and more.
Existing facilities at the fairgrounds are geared primarily toward agricultural and equestrian programming and the county fair, but the county intends to create a year-round hub for residents across the county. GOCO funding will construct an open-air pavilion, playground, splash pad, shade and landscaping, and picnic tables in addition to bringing electricity to the fairgrounds campground, fixing drainage issues on the dirt race track, and improving accessibility to the entrance.
The new pavilion will host events, including environmental educational programming, for up to 400 people, and the new playground and splash pad will be ADA-compliant. The county anticipates finishing the upgrades in September 2017 with the help of local boy scouts and 4-H members.
To date, GOCO has invested nearly $51 million in El Paso County has conserved more than 8,000 acres of land. GOCO funding has supported the reconstruction of the Manitou Incline, flood restoration at Harlan Wolf Park , and recovery from the Black Forest Fire. The Pikes Peak Region was also recently named a GOCO Inspire pilot community and will be part of a $25 million initiative to get kids outside.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,700 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit goco.org for more information.
But Colorado Springs is a city of nearly 440,000 people in a county of 670,000-plus residents — it isn’t as simplistic as the article makes it sound. Colorado Springs isn’t painted olive drab and covered with religious symbols. The portrait in 5280 was one-sided and does a grave disservice to people who love living here.Readers also weighed in, including Springs City Council President Pro Tem Jill Gaebler. Here's her take:
Six paragraphs written on Dragon Man and one to list all the great revitalization and happenings going on in Colorado Springs. Described as a city of suburbs, but no mention of a new Infill and Redevelopment Plan passed by the City Council that encourages mixed-use development and prioritizes downtown and other mature areas as prime for redevelopment that supports millennials and seniors alike. It seems that the shining city to the north is searching for fault in the state's 2nd largest city, because maybe, just maybe, Denver is just a tad concerned that Colorado Springs' downtown is becoming a bit too vibrant, its housing prices are much lower than Denver's, and its mountain is right outside its back door, with a one-of-a-kind Manitou Incline as part of its many park amenities. And in case you forgot, Doug Bruce is back in prison, we are fixing our roads with a new tax increase, and we were recently named Olympic City, USA...because, as the article didn't even mention, Colorado Springs is home to the US Olympic Committee, the majority of Olympic sport governing bodies, and the Olympic Training Center.