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Re: “Council President Richard Skorman accused of citing his position at accident scene

"Mykut had produced registration and proof of insurance but admitted not having a drivers license. Mykut was cited for careless driving and driving without a license, but the citations were later dropped, records show."

"Mykut has had more than a dozen traffic citations and about 11 recovery-of-money cases filed against her in the last 20 years."

He said, she said aside, I want to know why this Mykut person is still allowed to drive considering her clear inability behind the wheel, and importantly, why the citations were dropped. Driving without a license is not hard to prove, so just why were the citations dropped?

I suppose that privilege extends to those who merely know those deemed political important.

Posted by John Foster on 09/25/2018 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Green Mountain Falls homes hit with mudslides, little help available

"Not only that, but its also almost impossible to find insurance that covers mudslides even if the affected residents had flood insurance, that only covers water damage, not debris."

That didn't sound accurate, so I did some searching on-line:

"Q. Can I get home and business insurance coverage for mudflow?
A. Yes. Mudflow is covered by flood insurance, which is available from FEMAs National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and some private insurance companies. Like flood, however, mudflow is excluded from standard homeowners and business insurance policiesyou must buy the coverage separately."

"Federal flood insurance is available for homeowners, renters and business owners; policies cover overflow of inland or tidal waters and unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source. NFIP flood policies can be purchased directly from the federal government or through FEMA-authorized insurance companies and agents."

It only took a couple of minutes to find the right insurance to cover this. The same few minutes it would have taken these homeowners to find. But they didn't. And they lost. And now they are mad that the rest of us taxpayers aren't being made to bail them out. I'm glad we are not. I pay a lot of money for insurance. Including flood insurance.

Sorry your house got messed up. Not sorry you are going to have to pay for it yourself after not bothering to take the time to find the right kind of insurance.

Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 09/24/2018 at 12:35 PM

Re: “El Paso County Retirement Plan mulls request for extra retiree payment

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Posted by KeiraKilgour on 09/24/2018 at 4:54 AM

Re: “El Paso County Sheriff's tax referred to November ballot

They have already totally mismanaged their budget to the point where they can barely staff the jail (A Constitutionally mandated responsibility of all County Sheriffs in Colorado by the way). Why give these people more money when they have already proved how incompetent they are. Do some research, EPSO is the most corrupt organization on the front range and the Board of County Commissioners is in on it. If these guys are asking for something its to benefit them not the taxpayer.

Posted by Howard Ferguson on 09/22/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Could El Paso County get caught in Trump’s immigration policy?

I don't have a problem with people that fill out the paper work and come here. the problem is when the system is abused by overstayers and the rest. obama just figured it was an endless supply of voters and he also hat more heart for people generally. but at the end of the day it got out of control.

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Posted by rocket625 on 09/20/2018 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Betty Field wants to unseat the congressman who's ignored her

if the democrats would act more respectably and not just be the tax and spend party - I would love to vote with them.

Posted by rocket625 on 09/20/2018 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Air Force Academy swimmers charged with hazing

walking under that sign everyday should help you to know what will happen.

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Posted by rocket625 on 09/20/2018 at 10:35 AM

Re: “EPA’s stormwater lawsuit against city has begun, and residents could be the biggest losers.

Didn't we just get hit with a 5$ surcharge on our utility bill - maybe we take some of that and sue the EPA. This is a shakedown and everybody knows as much... instead of wasting millions enriching east coast attorneys we get stuff fixed? far as construction goes its mostly residential and retail - nobody seems to want to create any other jobs . I agree with frank we are paying almost 10% on sales tax. and they still want more.

Posted by rocket625 on 09/20/2018 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Traffic deaths closer to record, new Utilities chief, EPA loosens methane rules, and more news for the record

Annual Report needs more five gallon bucket report and research - where does five gallon bucket full of feces and urine go when full?
Does creek or waterway have any input? Does the trashman/sanitation worker have any input on how they feel about having to deal with these things when they do end up in a dumpster? Random bag of feces in a trash bin? Where is all this; ahem; Shit; actually ending up???
This smells like missing research.
Please include a Five Gallon Bucket count next year - quite possibly the best, and most reliable; indicator of _voluntary_ 'homelessness' available.

Posted by NIMBY McSuede on 09/20/2018 at 3:02 AM

Re: “House passes two bills for Colorado parks and public lands

It's a good start...I guess. LWCF should be permanently-funded, and this should've taken place years ago.

The National Parks alone are some 12.5 billion in behind in repairs and upkeep. So now we'll need another under-funded bill in 10 years after falling even further behind? This is merely another half measure on the part of Congress.

It's even less impressive when you consider that 1.3 billion per year has to be shared with BLM and BIE.

How much freakin' money - courtesy of the US taxpayer - will go into the Air Force's new B-21 bomber? Something like 100 billion dollars? How 'bout the F-35 stealth fighter? The whole program for this weapon of mass destruction is on course to cost 1.4 trillion dollars...great.

In the mean time, our national parks are still waiting for the 12.5 billion dollars cut from its budget by a Republican-dominated Congress - over and over again.

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Posted by John Foster on 09/19/2018 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Traffic deaths closer to record, new Utilities chief, EPA loosens methane rules, and more news for the record

"The Community Health Partnership released its annual report on homelessness in the Pikes Peak region. Among its key findings: Most unsheltered people were last stably housed in El Paso County, contradicting the anecdote that most move to Colorado Springs "to take advantage of generous services or legal marijuana."

It's good that folks can no longer seriously suggest that the success of Amendment 64 is the reason for the sheer number of homeless in CS. Of course, anti-Cannabis activists will try and spin it some way.

"The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to loosen requirements on methane emissions won't affect Colorado directly, as the state has its own, stricter set of rules for oil and gas producers, the Colorado Independent reports. But the change could increase cross-border pollution from other states. "

Welcome to the Neo Liberal orgasm - the weakening of environmental regulations. Trump's watering down of the EPA will end up trickling & drifting into Colorado...ugg.

Thank goodness Coloradans have stricter regulations in place. Just another reason to vote "Yes" on prop 112 in November.

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Posted by John Foster on 09/19/2018 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Ops plan directed officers in Flick shooting to identify themselves

Nothing new here. We've been saying all along that this whole op was botched, that they didn't follow protocols or common sense. One of the involved EPSO detectives has quit. The EPSO Investigations Commander has also. He shouldn't have ever been brought in to begin with. He formerly only rose to the rank of Sergeant, and not a very good one, before Sheriff John Anderson demoted him and he left in disgrace. But... Elder brought him and and made him a Commander. Speculation suggests that it was done because Elder knew that Cmdr. Hatch was present when Elder was in the home of a murdered EPSO employee way back when. Nobody knows what he did in there other than the fact that there was a long delay in calling out the investigators. The whole thing stinks.

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 09/19/2018 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Allocation of funds to ease crime victims’ trauma lack full disclosure

"the board being unaccustomed to outside scrutiny."

Isn't that always the case? Government Boards not liking it when the public, who employs them, wants to know what they are up to?

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 09/19/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Users worry about safety on urban trails, but police say most violence is among homeless

Maybe the 6ft tall muscular dude should stop trying to tell the smaller and more likely to be assaulted female how she should feel about being around shady characters, how about that?

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Posted by T. Bakk on 09/17/2018 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Users worry about safety on urban trails, but police say most violence is among homeless

all you nave east siders please bring your selves closer to the problem before submitting your holier than thou comments...

there are many frightening crazy ass individuals among these "never violent" bums. their social skills involve screaming and yelling... generally using quite colorful language. the reason that there are so few altercations is that no body bothers to use our wonderful trail system any more due to these unclean invaders.

they need to stay away from our used-to-be wonderful open space, streams and trails so our citizens can enjoy them as they were intended!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 09/17/2018 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Users worry about safety on urban trails, but police say most violence is among homeless

I would be careful and suspicious of all this talk about packing as a solution to the problem of being harassed by the homeless. Remember that Russian hackers and other political operatives could be encouraging reckless action and gun violence for political ends. Just one incident could polarize the community and damage the outcome of upcoming elections.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 09/16/2018 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Users worry about safety on urban trails, but police say most violence is among homeless

Many of the comments are based on a largely white person's paranoia fed by the corporate media. Violent crime is down substantially in the US since mid-1990s, and that includes CS. There may be local spikes (2017 here for example) but overall crime is down despite what the ignorant profess.

I don't think violence from the homeless is a real concern, white middle/upper class paranoia not withstanding.

"I don't care how "safe" the trails are if we have to smell cigarette and pot smoke for most of our 30 mile rides." Oh that's BS...I want to know what 30 mile ride your talking about where you smell pot smoke and cigarette smoke most of your ride. What, are you riding around some loop 20 times?

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Posted by John Foster on 09/16/2018 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Release of autopsy reports concludes official releases in Deputy Micah Flick shooting

Thanks to CS Indy for investigating and staying on this so the citizens of the Springs could be informed about this FUBAR of a situation.

This was a case - sadly - of under trained officers led by derelict supervisors.

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Posted by John Foster on 09/16/2018 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Users worry about safety on urban trails, but police say most violence is among homeless

Ignore the dead body at East Costilla and South Wahsatch. It's just among the homeless.

Instead; walk up to some of them and strike up a conversation. "Over 6 feet tall and solidly built" might be an assist with the absence of threats or violence in return.

No problems here folks; just a dead body.

Posted by Stain K. Hensley on 09/15/2018 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Posada blames weed for homeless influx in Pueblo, Councilor says they don't need a shelter

Please pay attention to the quotes from people running for office and the lack of concern and compassion.

Posted by Ruth Tompkins on 09/14/2018 at 11:55 AM

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