We got a new menu releasing this week. It is tiki drink inspired. Meaning our style of drinks (strong and fun), but with tiki type ingredients. Lots of rum.'Nuff said. Check out the full menu here: Principals_office_cocktail_spring_051115.pdf
The Vi-Band is simple: its a headband that vibrates in specially designed patterns on your forehead and temples. The Vi-Band uses brushless vibration motors that vibrate on specific pressure points on your head — letting you relax without disturbing those around you. An integrated PCB allows for selecting different massage modes, all specially designed to give you a relaxing, endless head massage. Best yet, the headband contains a rechargeable battery so your head massage doesn't end until you say it ends.The video pitch itself is hilarious, befitting a product "we kind of invented on accident and loved it, but didn't have a budget for it," writes principal design engineer Joe Griebel, who, like others on the team, is a product of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
On election night
Starlight Cinema will feature live music by local bands, food, a beer garden, and activities for the whole family, with a movie showing at dusk. The top of the Bijou and Cascade city parking garage, located at 215 N. Cascade Avenue, will be transformed each month for Starlight Cinema, with movies shown on the rooftop level. Admission for Starlight Cinema is free, and patrons should plan to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to enjoy the show. VIP bike parking is free of charge, and car parking is available in the garage for $1.Here's the schedule. Looks like we're off to a strong start film-wise. (And please bring a DeLorean if you have one. Please?)
“The concept for Starlight Cinema grew out of conversations between a variety of partners,” said Lara Garritano, Creative District Manager for Downtown Partnership, continuing, “We’re excited about the possibilities presented by using urban infrastructure for an atypical, creative use.”
“An outdoor film series in the heart of downtown is a great example of adaptive urban use,” said John Olson, Chief Instigator with Colorado Springs Urban Intervention. Olson added, “Plus, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Where else in town can you sit back to enjoy a classic film while watching the sun setting behind Pikes Peak and taking in a bird’s eye view of the city skyline?”
On May 8, 2015, at approximately 5:57 PM, Sergeant Shane Mitchell and Deputy Keith Duda were at the Hobby Lobby store, 525 S. 8th Street, following up on a tip that a suspect was there who was wanted on felony escape charges from Colorado Department of Corrections.
When the suspect was contacted he was immediately uncooperative. A physical struggle ensued and the suspect pulled a knife; the suspect was subsequently shot by Sergeant Mitchell. The suspect was taken to Memorial Hospital and is expected to survive. Sergeant Mitchell and Deputy Duda were uninjured. The Colorado Spring [sic] Police Department is conducting the shooting investigation.
Sergeant Shane Mitchell has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1997 and has been the supervisor of the Crime Reduction Unit since 2014. Deputy Keith Duda has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2009, and has been with the Crime Reduction Unit since 2011. Both Sergeant Mitchell and Deputy Duda have been cleared to return to duty.
The Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) is an impact team that supports the Law Enforcement and Detention operations of the Sheriff’s Office. The CRU consists of a sergeant and six deputies who work a constantly-changing schedule to meet the needs of the Office and the community.
CRU deputies regularly work interactively with officers and agents from a number of local and federal agencies including the ATF, FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Service, U.S. Postal Inspectors, local police departments as well as many others. Additionally, CRU deputies work tips and leads received from a number of sources, including Crime Stoppers, anonymous calls, requests from other agencies, information shared by other deputies and more.
Closure of two major trail segmentsThe Trails and Open Space Coalition appears to have a more exhaustive list of such closures on its website. So far, it lists the following:
Colorado Springs, CO – Rains of the past week and the subsequent flooding have damaged two vital parts of the City’s regional trail system necessitating the closure of two major trail segments:
· Flooding along Camp Creek significantly damaged the Foot Hills Trail within Garden of the Gods. The trail has been closed between Gateway Road and the Navigators
· Three major washouts occurred on the Greenway Trail and it has been closed between Nevada Avenue and El Pomar Youth Sports Park
City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff is investigating the damage and will be identifying a path forward to facilitate repairs and accommodate reroutes where possible. Also, various degrees of damage may exist on trail segments throughout the community so our trail users are advised to use caution.
• Pikes Peak Greenway—south of Tejon, and near Monument Valley Park
• Midland Trail near 25th St.
• Foothills Trail near Glen Eyrie
• Fountain Creek Regional Trail—three closures
• Ute Pass Regional Trail—Green Mtn Falls
• Rainbow Falls
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS JURORS IN OUR COMMUNITY!
WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICE OF TIME THAT YOU ARE MAKING BY BEING A JUROR TODAY!
AS YOU ARE ALSO LIKELY AWARE, WE NO LONGER CAN MAINTAIN THE JURY DELIBERATION ROOMS IN A CLEAN CONDITION DUE TO BUDGET DECISIONS MADE BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.
THUS, PLEASE TAKE ALL OF YOUR TRASH, GARBAGE AND ANY RECYCLABLE MATERIALS WITH YOU AT THE END OF THE DAY.
YOU MAY PLACE THESE ITEMS IN THE PUBLIC AREAS OF THE BUILDING AS THESE ARE THE ONLY AREAS THAT WILL BE SERVICED BY THE JANITORIAL STAFF.
If you find that the restroom facilities are in need of cleaning please let a staff member know so that they can locate the necessary cleaning supplies. Feel free to use the supplies as needed in order to clean the restrooms to your satisfaction.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SERVICE AND FOR HELPING US KEEP YOUR COURTHOUSE CLEAN!
If you have any criticism, comments or suggestions about this notice feel free to contact your county commissioner at 719-520-7276 or feel free to make your personal expression at any of their meetings which are normally scheduled on Monday and Thursday at 9:00AM at 27 East Vermijo, Third Floor.
Agreements Settle Two Employment Complaints Against Sheriff’s Office
El Paso County, CO, May 12, 2015 – The Board of El Paso County Commissioners today approved two resolutions which settle of all claims brought against the County, the Sheriff's Office, former Sheriff Terry Maketa and former Undersheriff Paula Presley by two employees of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Sergeants Charles Kull and Emory Gerhart resigned their positions as sworn personnel with the Sheriff's Office in December of 2013 and subsequently filed claims for monetary damages citing loss of income and benefits due to adverse employment conditions.
Sheriff’s Bill Elder joined County Attorney Amy Folsom and outside legal counsel Glenn Schlabs from the firm of Sherman and Howard in recommending approval of the settlements. “I wholeheartedly support this,” Sheriff Bill Elder told Commissioners. “The mere existence of these issues is a deep distraction so the sooner we can find ways to put them behind us the better.”
“Each claim is different and is evaluated on its own merit. I’m confident that the amounts presented are significantly less than the cost of protracted litigation,” said County Attorney Amy Folsom. “These claims were evaluated by outside counsel from Sherman and Howard and they concur that this is the best resolution of these particular claims.”
-Sergeants Emory Gerhart and Charles Kull resigned their positions with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2013.
-They subsequently filed claims generally claiming “constructive discharge/wrongful termination” and naming former Sheriff Terry Maketa, Undersheriff Paula Presley, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and El Paso County as defendants.
-Emory Gerhart returned to duty shortly after Sheriff Elder took office in 2015. The proposed settlement agreement for Charles Kull includes an offer of reinstatement and he is expected to return to duty this month.
-The settlements collectively represent approximately $158,000 in lost wages and an additional $40,000 in taxes and benefits. The lost wages will be paid from the Sheriff’s Office salary and compensation funds.
-Settlement of these two claims does not set any sort of precedent. The facts surrounding these two claims are different from each other and different from other claims still pending from former and current El Paso County Sheriff’s Office employees.
-The Board of County Commissioners engaged the law firm of Sherman and Howard to oversee and independent investigation of employment related claims. Attorney Glenn Schlabs of the firm of Sherman and Howard advised Commissioners spoke in favor of the settlements. Schlabs says, “This represents a much better alternative than to deal with ongoing expense and inherent risks of protracted litigation and perhaps, even more importantly, it’s an important step in letting Sheriff Elder restore employee morale and move forward with his plans to ensure that citizens receive the best possible service from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.”
City seeks public participation in shaping future of bicycling in Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — The City of Colorado Springs will host four workshops around the city to discuss the proposed update to the Colorado Springs Bike Master Plan that sets a vision for the year 2025 and will help shape the future of bicycling in Colorado Springs.
The Bike Master Plan will build upon the Regional Non-motorized Plan efforts and develop a path to transform Colorado Springs into a community that allows for motorists and cyclists to safely share the road. Over the course of 2014, City staff and its regional partners worked with the community to develop a new Bicycle Master Plan for Colorado Springs and are seeking input on the plan’s vision and prioritization of bicycle routes in the city.
Please join us at one of the following workshops to discuss the Bike Master Plan update and the upcoming process. All workshops begin at 6:00 p.m.:
Cheyenne Mountain High School,
1200 Cresta Road
Eagle View Middle School
1325 Vindicator Drive
1175 Chapel Hills Drive
2190 Jet Wing Drive
Participants will hear a short presentation on the Bike Master Plan and recent bicycling initiatives in Colorado Springs. Attendees will then work in small groups to provide input on the vision for a bicycle friendly community and to provide additional inputs on the top bicycle routes in Colorado Springs.
The Bicycle Master Plan integrates existing city plans, best practices and innovative thinking, and proposes a comprehensive set of strategies to create a safe and comfortable bicycling environment for people of all ages. The Plan includes several appendices with details pertaining to existing conditions, public education, existing bicycle programs, bicycle facility design and wayfinding guidelines and implementation details.
Colorado Springs is home to an active and vibrant bicycling community. With more than 100 miles of on-street bicycle routes, nearly 120 miles of urban bike trails and more than 60 miles of unpaved mountain bike trails, our city is committed to ensuring that biking is a convenience, safe and connected form of transportation and recreation. Colorado Springs is rated #45 in the Top 50 Bicycle Friendly Cities in America by the League of American Bicyclists. Colorado Springs was recently recognized in the American Community Survey (ACS) as #38 for the nation’s fastest growing cities for bicycle commuting and is funded in part by a self-imposed bicycle excise tax to fund bikeway improvement within the City of Colorado Springs. For more information about bicycling programs, mobile-friendly bike racks, safety information and a map of bike lanes around the city visit www.coloradosprings.gov/bike.