This sounds exciting! I should tell some of my friends about this. I personally just took up running. I'm nowhere near ready to do a race though. http://www.linkedin.com/in/rickschaden
I thought this was an excellent article that gave me insight into the development of Black Forest. I live in the area near 83 and Shoup and love it here. Your interactive map is incredible. Thanks for your hard work!
I don't have any sympathy for the two people who died. WHY? Because the argued with the authorities about leaving. WHY? Because they were too busy stocking up their ammo and arsenal. WHY? Because they made the choice to stay and "doomsday" through it. When they refused to follow orders to leave, they put first responders' lives at risk. No they were/are not unfortunate souls. They made the wrong choice and suffered the consequences. Their choices could have killed many other innocent people.
goldshlager - I take it as a compliment!
Stacy in Woodland Park - I read your posts in the "other" paper and this one. You have to be one of the nastiest, most sarcastic and negative individuals I have come across in a long while. And I'm trying to be kind.
The history of Black Forest as written here is accurate. Not to disrespect the two who died in the fire, the real "tragedy" is that it had to be as disastrous as it was. Simple mitigation could have prevented many of the losses suffered. Any firefighter who risked their life trying to save a home with pine branches hanging over the roof and firewood stacked under the deck will tell you the same "screed."
"You just couldn't get a new gas tap. The gas moratorium completely stifled construction in the city limits," Lowderman says. Completely? Really?
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. I guess. Sort of.
People could've built new homes in the city with propane or electric heat. Why didn't they?
Why not electric heat? We had a home from the early 1970's with electric heat. Wasn't cheap to heat, but later on we had an electric heat pump system that cost way less to heat.
Remember too that propane is TRIPLE the cost of natural gas for heating. Electric heating is actually a tad cheaper than propane, and electricity rates in COLO SPGS are ~20% cheaper than either Pueblo or Denver electric utility rates. Heat pumps keep getting better too.
I'd prefer to believe that people flocked to BF for reasons other than the heating utility. It's pretty, roomy, quiet, cooler in summer. Throw in a bit of white flight, tax avoidance, snobbery and it became a real land rush.
On the greater issue of fires. Many homes in BF were/are built of combustible materials, have little or no defensible space and poor fire mitigation properties. All of these can be remedied by revising building codes to reflect the realities of living in a wooded area.
The real shame is that our building codes allow us to construct the worst possible dwellings for the locale.
Any attempt to strengthen building codes will incur tremendous opposition from developers, builders and trade groups - especially roofers who make a windfall after every major hail storm but who'll fight to the death to keep allowing the use of cheap shingles when stronger, hail-resistant shingles are available and only add $1-2k more to the cost of roofing/re-roofing.
A friend lost his home to the BF fire; he'll rebuild it but says that this time he'll have a brick home with a metal roof, essentially a fire proof dwelling. Old saying: too late wise.
Right, it wasn't the fact that nobody has logged that area since the 1800's, or the four feet of pine needles, no it was all the houses that caused the fire and thus the damage (you see, if there weren't so many houses, there wouldn't be so much damage). Looks like the Independent has, once again, twisted a tragedy where people died, into some screed to bolster some lame anti-sprawl or anti-developer argument. Why don't you guys just actually go stand on the headstones of those two unfortunate souls with a megaphone?
Great new federal law
Julie...my opinion reading your "Rants"...I think nothing you say passes the common sense test and seems more like an ax to grind on life. Don't ruin opportunities for vets or use the vet card wrongly. You seem to have an " issue " with everyone you encounter. The common denominator in all your experiences seems to be YOU. You don't speak for most vets so stop. Most of us are grateful for the many organizations offering no cost medical services. They do this out of compassion for vets and get no financial gain. See things as blessings and not entitlements and you will find more happiness....or in reading your posts..maybe not.
Good for them...we need a new vision and new energy...the over 70 crowd has simply failed to produce for Colorado Springs, other than for themselves. It is time to put them out to pasture and let the younger set take a shot at it.
They need to patrol Acacia Park...I walked through there today, and some poor women near buy was cat called and verbally abused by the bums hanging around.
I wonder why the mayor doesn't just wait until the Memorial Hospital PERA situation is settled before jumping into more long-term loans with US Bank?
I'll bet he's saving that PERA money for his dream of a downtown ballpark.
Last comment and then this is over. You called me and asked for help, I tried to help. We are not part of Ryan's organization at Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric, we're two separate hyperbaric companies. We know their people and have toured their facility. The only thing that links us is our desire to give back to soldiers for their sacrifices and provide them with free hyperbaric therapy. We ask nothing in return.
You'd have to ask the insurance companies why I have no money for our soldiers, since currently they will not pay for mild hyperbaric therapy for them. That's what the study at Ft. Carson is trying to change. But in the meantime we at Pikes Peak Hyperbaric have decided not to wait and do what we can, now.
That's what we were going to try and do for your husband, as we have for a dozen other soldiers to date. Up to my sixty second meeting with you, in nearly four years I've never had an issue with any of them, just a simple thank you for the free treatment. You can see their stories on our website if you wish. We do get some help in the form of $50.00/month donations from a few wonderful companies here in Colorado to help us subsidize the standard 40-hour protocol we provide for each soldier.
I repeat and let me state this in the clearest terms, I never touched you and there was a witness with us the whole time, a disabled vet by the way who helps me operate our clinic. We have two vets here that help me. And no, I never did have the honor of serving this great nation as my two co-workers did. Which is why it was so important to me to try and contribute my service in this way, with this program. Sorry you seem to see it differently. I can give you the name of the doctor who runs the Ft. Carson program if you like.
Colorado Springs has a downtown? I'll be most of our current residents have never seen it.
Perhaps it is time to stop pumping more money into a poorly designed area that can never be more than a 1950's style concrete wasteland.
Well I just read in the other paper that those officers down town are spending there time cleaning up dog poop and trash in front of 7-11. Thats a positive way for police to spend there time instead of citations. Yep clean up down town.
I am not playing these childish games with this Ric. Guess what, Ric? I am a veteran with service connected severe PTSD and your hallway of tanning beds looked like coffins to me, and I was triggered. Do you know what that is? Do you know what triggers each of us? Do you know what to do when one of us gets triggered? Where is your therapist? Where is your aftercare? If you are indeed part of Ryan's organization, why are your programs different? Ryan told me to my face that he has more money than he knows what do to with. Why do you not have any? That way, the veteran would not have to find half of the funding for the therapy. I just want you people to get some training, but thanks for attacking a veteran, who sacrificed FOR YOU. Just have enough respect for the veterans to get some training, that is NOT too much to ask.
"More cops downtown"
What good does it do to have more cops downtown (or anywhere else for that matter) in order to provide “a visible presence in the area” to deter crime if all they do is patrol, but don’t pull anyone over. If the police department is making a connection between motor vehicle activity and crime (and I support that thinking), then they should be writing tickets/citations to individuals for the following types of illegal vehicle activity: loud boom boxes; illegal exhaust systems (i.e., straight pipes, “cut” mufflers, “high performance” mufflers; no muffler at all); black window tint; black tail-lights and dark tint over the license plate, and worse then that - black HEADLIGHTS!! How on earth can a police officer not stop someone who is driving around with a vehicle that has the tail-lights & headlights blacked out is beyond me, this is a huge safety issue, if nothing else. "Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes and traffic violations." Well then, pull vehicles over and write tickets; make a statement. The city/police have allowed the above mentioned illegal activity to go on far too long. Also, the whole city needs attention on this issue, not just the downtown area! I haven’t seen a police cruiser on Academy Blvd or Flintridge Dr on a Friday or Saturday night, in like - FOREVER!! The street racing and noise from illegal exhaust systems at night is deafening. This city made a feeble attempt at doing something about street noise/noise pollution back in 2005, but has done nothing since; now it is totally out of control. Why don’t we try to improve the quality of life in this town for the taxpayers; a side benefit might be that businesses would consider relocating here.
I don't care who thinks they know this Ric, but I am telling the truth about the abuse. I even contacted the Wounded Warriors, Operation TBI Freedom, and the VA Caregiver system. This is junior high nonsense. I do NOT care who you are, he physically touched me, OUT OF ANGER. Have you EVER thought about what the veterans see, when Ric MAKES them walk through the entire place. Down hallways with doors open to what look like COFFINS. THAT is NOT conducive to healing. I saw a back door, and asked if the veterans could come through the back, because this is what they would see; my husband did. He said no way, did not even have any courtesy FROM THE BEGINNIG, physically "chest bumped" me. What is it with that Douch move? Then we left. I have lied about nothing, and if this RIC want to play junior high, instead of business man, fine. I have yet to do many LEGAL thing on my part, to ensure no veterans get hurt. It is just a matter of time. They are showing WAR movies to veterans who just got back from war. One veteran is going to get triggered, because you ALL refuse to get training, and at the very least, you will have a ruined tube. That vet gets out, someone is going to get hurt. That is what I am trying to make you civilians, who have obviously never served a day in your life, GIVE the best treatment, but you are all too good to listen to a stupid woman. I was trying to HELP THESE PEOPLE. All your employees, when I would tell them war movies NOT a good idea, their EXACT words(from all of them), were, "Well the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Good intentions IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. These civilian places NEED training. They abused my husband so badly, he is regressing, now does ANY ONE care about a war hero that was abused, then abandoned. He is getting worse, and you caused it, and are UNWILLING to make it right. We will be looking in to the Ft.Carson HBOT. It is wonderful therapy, but the patient cannot be being abused or neglected; as we have seen. My husband said the trauma he endured in Louiseville, made the treatments useless. He is now worse. This man has been awared TWO Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and MANY other commendations. How is ANY of this alright with you "healthcare providers"? Who CARE if you like the patient, gives one NO excuse to abuse all THREE veterans. I am still willing to die for my country, how about you, RIC? Did you ever serve a day in the military? Either way, I am just asking that you all get training. If veterans means as much to you so you SAY they do; what the hell is the problem about getting some training? Is your time too valuable? Ours was not, as we keep ensuring YOUR freedom. Every word I have written is the truth. RIC probably even has himself going after me on camera! You people either want to HELP veterans, or just look good. If it is the former, why the issue with getting training? Do you not have to keep up on the latest technologies in artificial tanning? Why don't veterans get your same time and attention? All I did was tell the truth, and, like I have been begging for months, JUST GET SOME TRAINING, it is not that difficult. Heck, I will even set it up for you, if you do not know where to go for assistance. This is not about this Ric, or anyone but the VETERANS. We are the reason you are free. The LEAST you could do is take a lousy training course, not too much to ask, but one must be willing and their motives must be altruistic. I will help, you ALL need training; if nothing else, you may learn something interesting. Veterans have trust issues to begin with, and if you are not willing to learn about us, why should any of us trust you WITH OUR BRAINS? You have already done more harm than good to my husband, and I hope that Ft. Carson can help him, he is damaged so thoroughly now, thank you. Once again, I did nothing but tell the truth, if one cannot handle it, then one should CHANGE.
Just saw the comment posted on 8/7 by Julie Radcliffe about me and our company, Pikes Peak Hyperbaric. All I can say is, wow. I understand now why Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric is having their lawyer get in touch with you to have a little chat. I know Ryan and Eddie and they are wonderful, caring people, trying to help. I know the lengths they went to help your husband, and this is the way you thank them? They, like Pikes Peak Hyperbaric, DO NOT CHARGE for our services in treating injured soldiers like your husband. Its our way of giving something back to these soldiers who have given so much in service of their country. The rest of your comments are just plain sad and lies.
We've been treating injured soldiers for nearly four years now and I've never had a problem, until you walked in the door and started slamming my business before I could even get out of my chair. I didn't throw anybody out but I did say "well, I guess our meeting is over then" when you demanded a private entrance to our clinic because you didn't want to walk down the hallway from our salon business, the business that donates 2,000 square feet of space to Pikes Peak Hyperbaric so we can take money that would normally go to rent and use it to help subsidize our SOS (Save Our Soldiers) program. That salon by the way is the largest facility of its kind in Colorado, has been in business in the same location for 17 years and has won numerous national awards as one of the Top 250 salons in the nation as well as being the only two time winner of 'National Salon of the Year.'
I taught fitness for many years, I don't know where you get the 'failed bodybuilder, porno king' thing. Insults aside, what really bothers me though is your claim that I 'chest bumped' you in anger. Are you serious? That's ridiculous and an absolute lie. I never touched you. I did ask you to leave after you went into your rant less then 30 seconds after you walked into my clinic, before I had a chance to say a word to you or your husband, who seemed like a nice guy by the way. I wish you both the best.
Ric Rooney/Pikes Peak Hyperbaric
Wonder why our state representatives have not done more to get state funding for some of this mitigation? It would seem that all those people who showed up for the post-disaster photo op would step up to the plate - including the President and our Governor.
All content © Copyright 2013, The Colorado Springs Independent
Website powered by Foundation