Tuesday, September 11, 2018

20-year-old hiker missing in Mount Herman area

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UPDATE: As of Sept. 10, the search for Kevin Rudnicki, a 20-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was still underway a week after he went missing in the Mount Herman area.

The search continues for Kevin Rudnicki, a 20-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who went missing Labor Day weekend in the Mount Herman area.

Rudnicki was last seen around 8:45 a.m. Sept. 2, and was known to be hiking in the Mount Herman area near Raspberry Mountain, says El Paso County spokesperson Jacqueline Kirby.

At first, it seemed normal for Rudnicki to be absent — he often camps and hikes in the area while on vacation from school, Kirby says. But concerns grew when he wasn't home by late evening. Kirby says he was expected back at school Sept. 3.

El Paso, Douglas and Fremont counties' search and rescue teams, the Forest Service, and private citizens have joined in the search effort.

Rudnicki is 5'9" and weighs 140 pounds, according to a missing poster shared on Facebook. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, a Wyoming baseball cap and tan military boots.

The disappearance is all the more disturbing a year after the death of cyclist Tim Watkins, who vanished last September while riding in the Mount Herman area. His body was found three days later near Limbaugh Canyon. The case is still unsolved.

It's unknown at this time whether foul play was a factor in Rudnicki's disappearance, Kirby says.

Any tips or information need to be reported to the Palmer Lake Police Department 719-481-2934.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Mayor John Suthers wants a second term

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Mayor Suthers: Wants to give it another go. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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Mayor John Suthers announced on Sept. 4 he will seek a second term in the April 2019 city election.

"I'm pleased with the progress Colorado Springs has made over the last three and a half years in addressing a variety of challenges and I look forward to continuing that momentum in a second term," he wrote. "At this stage of my career I'm focused on becoming a good ancestor, and when I examine all my options at present, I see continuing my public service as Mayor of Colorado Springs as a great opportunity to do that."

The mayor said he will make his formal campaign announcement in January but will begin organizing and fundraising for his campaign now.

Suthers hinted strongly during the Independent's July 11 interview with him that he wanted to extend his service as mayor.

But he also suggested there might be other opportunities that could entice him away. From that story:
Indy: Your commentary doesn't sound like it's coming from someone who's winding down a four-year term. It sounds like you'll seek a second term.

Suthers: What if someone offered me a job I wanted to take?

Indy: What job would that be?

Suthers: Very few. I have turned down several jobs in the last several years. You know, I think I told you I was asked if I wanted a federal judgeship. I don't want a federal judgeship. I had some discussions with the Trump administration. Obviously, I had a very short life on the FBI [director] short list. That will be a hilarious chapter in my memoir. But they came back to me on some other things, none of which could entice me away from Colorado Springs. It would have to be — whether John Hickenlooper is president or somebody else — not very many things. I think he's [Hickenlooper] going to run [for president]. I'm just saying whoever is president there's a few jobs I would be interested in.
Since Suthers took office in June 2015, voters have approved a .62 percent sales tax to fund road improvements in November 2015, which sunsets after five years, and approved a stormwater fee in November 2017 that charges all residents $5 per month and other properties based on size and impervious surface. That measure lasts for 20 years.

Among other notable moves, Suthers also promoted an overhaul of the 1988 annexation agreement of Banning Lewis Ranch, which was approved by City Council earlier this year, and led the city to sanction a land exchange with The Broadmoor that transferred the city's 189-acre Strawberry Fields open space next to North Cheyenne Cañon to the resort. (That matter is tied up in the courts as the plaintiff in a lawsuit, Save Cheyenne, awaits word on whether the Colorado Supreme Court will consider reviewing an appellate court ruling in the city's favor.)
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