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Comment Archives: stories: News: Cover Story

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Last month our kitchen was on fire and it took 5 calls before 911 picked up. It required me to stay in the home to fight it myself as it quickly was getting out of control. 911 and the Fire Department told me that they were extremely busy and couldn't field all the calls. Life or death should always take precedence over one families home. This family are not in a life or death situation but simply an economic inconvenience. We all have them, but if anything is put to a vote it would obviously be for additional 911 operators and not on one homes storm water issues.

Posted by springs_mom on 08/11/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Participation in the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, is on a community rather than an individual basis. So they can buy insurance and have not as the City of Colorado Springs does participate. There is no requirement that you are in a flood plain to buy flood insurance.

Posted by Niue on 08/11/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

The Chiaramontes don't qualify for flood insurance, because their home is not located in a flood plain.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 08/11/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Guitar Legend Johnny Smith Alive and Well in Colorado Springs

I disagree with this statement in the article: "His best known composition is the early '60s monster hit of the Ventures, "Walk, Don't Run." Smith wrote that song for a 1955 recording session by devising a counter-melody to the chord changes of the old, treacly pop standard, 'Softly, As in the Morning Sunrise.'"

Listen to both songs. They are substantially different. Many songs use similar chords. So what?! The article makes it sound as if Johnny Smith simply stole or copied the earlier song. "Walk Don't Run" is genius in its own right.

I am a musician, composer and music theorist. This statements is false or, at best, misleading.

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Posted by Rat Rude Monger on 08/10/2014 at 8:42 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Why has he not purchased flood insurance?

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Posted by Chuckie46 on 08/08/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Soil moves on and near mountains. If you need examples, look at the terrazzo at the AFA or some of the mitigation at UCCS, as well as residential areas. Mountain areas are subject to natural disasters. If water rolls down that hill that way, think about what a fire would look like. Mining usually occurs in these areas. It's lovely to live there but any thinking person would know you pay a price for it.

It will be interesting to see how those vast new developments planned for the Mesa affect that ecosystem with its shifting soils and steep drainage. Developers are likely to skirt needed engineering and buyers are likely to daydream rather than be hardnosed about water and soil issues. Here we go again?

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 08/08/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Isn't it nice that we have no bothersome government regulations to stifle the local economy?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/07/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Pam Zubeck - a map showing the location of the preservation area in relation to both the townhomes at Pebblewood, the Pinecliff Townhomes, and the Chiaramontes' lot would have been useful. Also, right now it would seem that the city needs to block-off that curb/gutter drain up on Golden Hills Rd to stop rain water from going down the 18-inch storm sewer pipe which runs through the Pebblewood complex; of course, having said this, I don't know where that water from Golden Hills Rd would drain to if they did that.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Clara McKenna - you left one out; Rockrimmon also has large areas of dolomite clay soil and homes were built in those areas anyway without having proper foundations. When this clay soil gets wet it expands and has wrecked havoc with hundreds of homes in that area. Neither this, nor the numerous mine shafts underneath that area stopped the city from approving development. City government has played a major role in alot of the problems homeowners currently have.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

"This home went through foreclosure prior to the Chiaramontes buying it." - Pam Zubeck

Yes, but banks don't have to play by the same disclosure rules that we have to.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:20 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

No money exists for stormwater runoff solutions.
Yet another screaming success story from TABOR.
Pay now or pay later. But make no mistake, you're gonna pay.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/06/2014 at 9:31 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

If something endangered my children and pets, I would think it my responsibility to move them to safety before I dealt with the problem.

Lots of unanswered questions: Did the owners have a property inspection before the sale? It's been clear for some time that no one should buy a house on the west side of town without an inspector for the house and an engineer looking at the drainage.

There are problems all over town. Cragmor has soil so mobile that in some houses the windows have twisted out of their frames, many houses in town sit over abandoned mines and have had sinkholes. There are areas in southwest Colorado Springs where soil has moved because it was not properly compacted when it was moved into arroyos, I'm told. The West Side had problems with its water table and sewer backup. The large volumes of water we can have in storms can aggravate all these issues.

Perhaps the reason the house went through foreclosure the first time was the previous owners didn't want to deal with these issues. In that case, why does the bank have no disclosure responsibility in the house sale?

I'm all for storm water issues being resolved, but "buyer beware" has long been a component of buying a house in this country. When you cut back government services in the interest of lower property taxes, as Colorado Springs has done for years, you run the risk of these events occurring. Contrary to public opinion, it's not an easy area in which to build.

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 08/06/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Finally an article that identifies the real cause of the storm water problems - the developers did not build adequate storm water infrastructure. The efforts to put a funding mechanism on the ballot will have a much better chance of passing if the City could somehow assure me and other voters that they have corrected the problem of allowing the developers to obtain project approval with inadequate storm water infrastructure. I will not vote for a storm water tax until I'm convinced that the developers are being required to do all of the necessary investment to pay for the impact they have on the community, otherwise the problems will continue to expand and cost even more to fix.

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Posted by CapitalistPig on 08/06/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

This home went through foreclosure prior to the Chiaramontes buying it. Pam Zubeck

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 08/06/2014 at 10:14 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

One wonders how prior owners were able to get away with not disclosing prior flooding. It had to have happened...

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Posted by lskyway on 08/06/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Mixed blessings

To Judy Grandison, if what you're saying about Andrew Wommack's son is true, why is it that there's no record of it anywhere? No mug shot, no felony record, not even a picture of Andrew's sons or his ex daughter-in-law? Criminal records are public and don't just disappear, you can find anyone's record online but there is ZERO proof that Jonathan Peter Wommack or his brother were ever in jail or even charged with anything.

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Posted by Don't Believe It on 08/03/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “The Rockey Road to Art

Rocky is a most special person. He continues to spread his magic and make Manitou Springs a truly magic place to BE!

Posted by Linda Trusilo on 07/31/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Going All the Way

This is a great article, showing so many different perspectives, from those who are truly facing the end of life and the decisions that come with it. It is probably unrealistic to think we know what we will truly feel when we are faced in with those decisions ourselves. I find it encouraging that our generation is talking about death, and thinking about how we want the end of our own life to be.

I am hopeful that Colorado will revisit the laws surrounding physician-assisted death, also known as physician-assisted suicide. Currently there are 4 states that have legalized physician-assisted suicide, but Colorado is not one of them. Those states that have the Death with Dignity Act in place allow patients who are terminally ill to end their suffering and go in peace while under the assistance of a physician. Everyone should be free to choose the comforts they need and request at the end of their life.

This option is not fit for everyone. It is also a very personal and private matter that an individual makes for themselves. A choice, as heavy as this, should be made with the help of a physician, so all of the options are presented before reaching a decision. It helps ease my mind that there are choices and we are discussing them!

Thank you for sharing your article!

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Posted by SarahBenson on 07/28/2014 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Fed up!

Now I see why she Hates Sheriff Maketa and takes every chance she can to attack him in the Media. He did not support her group or her boy friends causes and actually called them out. Seems Telling that she accuses him of not managing the county's money when he attends the same conference for 1/5 of what she charged the county.

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Posted by david.slanton on 07/28/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Fed up!

Nothing between the ears but a Tammy Faye Baker make-up job, and that alone will get you elected in this county.

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Posted by rangesaf on 07/25/2014 at 10:18 AM

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