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Secretary of State candidate dies, county releases flood info 

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SOS candidate Gordon dies

Ken Gordon, one of two candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Colorado Secretary of State, has died. Gordon died Dec. 22 after driving himself to the hospital. It's suspected that a heart attack killed the 63-year-old former Senate majority leader.

Gordon's death leaves two declared candidates for the office, Democrat Joseph Neguse and Republican Wayne Williams. Williams is currently the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder. — JAS

County flood info released

El Paso County has a backlog of 174 flood-control projects that are of high (10) or medium (164) priority, estimated to cost $146.3 million, according to a study released Tuesday by consultant CH2MHill.

High-priority means critical to public health or safety or a significant risk to infrastructure, while medium-priority is less urgent with no life and safety concerns. Another 42 projects, estimated at $44.3 million, were termed low-priority. Most of the projects reviewed were culverts and bridges and channel control.

The consultant noted in a report that many projects would benefit both the county and Colorado Springs due to proximity or impact on both, even if the actual project lies outside the city limits.

That tends to support the Regional Stormwater Task Force's contention that flood control should be handled on a regional basis, unlike a proposal from Springs Mayor Steve Bach calling for the city to go it alone on its $534 million backlog, without a new tax or fee.

The next step involves the task force making a recommendation on how to fund the projects and what type of governance is required. — PZ

How to recycle that tree

Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities and community partners have come together to offer "treecycling." For a $5 donation, your Christmas tree can be shredded at one of seven locations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 4, 5, 11 or 12.

The sites are: Baptist Road Trailhead (Baptist Road and Old Denver Highway); Falcon Trailhead (southwest of Woodmen and McLaughlin roads); Cottonwood Creek Park (Dublin Boulevard and Montarbor Drive); Sky Sox Stadium (Barnes Road and Tutt Boulevard); Rock Ledge Ranch (Gateway Road and 30th Street); and Memorial Park (Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard).

Those who need to drop off their tree at a different time can try Rocky Top Resources at 1755 E. Las Vegas St. It's open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be shredding trees from Jan. 2 to 31.

For a cash donation, Manitou residents can let their high school band handle the recycling chore from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1, 4 and 5 at the school, 401 El Monte Place. For more information: 685-2646, 685-2645, sd14web.mssd14.k12.co.us. — JAS

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