Thursday, June 13, 2019

11 local stories making headlines this week

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 12:53 PM

click to enlarge PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck

A vehicle extrication exercise caught the attention of kids and others who attended the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Colorado Springs Fire Department, sponsored by the Colorado Springs Fire Foundation at fire headquarters, 375 Printers Parkway. The June 8 event drew hundreds and commemorated the 1894 creation of a paid department; volunteers had served the city for 22 years before that. 

Manitou Springs hired retired El Paso County Undersheriff Joe Breister as interim police chief for $2,123 a week. He’ll serve from May 29 to Aug. 31. 

A recall effort against state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial, has ended, a Colorado Republican Party official announced on Facebook. The party will instead focus on “other essential efforts.”

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded a coalition led by the city of Colorado Springs a $600,000 grant to conduct environmental assessments and cleanup plans for properties in the Shooks Run Creek and the Fountain Creek corridors. 

The Colorado Department of Human Services and Governor Jared Polis announced the members of the newly created Behavioral Health Task Force and associated subcommittees. Go here to see who was appointed. 

A female Criminal Justice Center inmate died on June 9 after being found on June 4 in her cell “attempting suicide by hanging,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a release. Her name was not disclosed.

The Pentagon awarded a $900,000 grant to the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and Pikes Peak Community College for cybersecurity upgrades. 

The Broadmoor widened the entrance to Seven Falls in North Cheyenne Cañon Park in an effort to prevent traffic backups in the area ahead of the tourism season.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists are monitoring bat populations for deadly “white-nose syndrome,” in an effort to protect the important pollinators.

The Cripple Creek school board recall election has been postponed following an appeal, according to Teller County Chief Deputy Clerk Stephanie Kees. The county will wait to schedule a date until after a hearing June 14.

Safe2Tell, the anonymous tip line for Colorado students, reported an 84 percent increase in tips from May 2018 to May 2019. Suicide, drugs and bullying topped the list of problems so far this year.

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