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Re: “North Cheyenne Cañon plan challenged, appeal to be heard by Council

Bensberg apparently hasn't read the plan. Rerouting the entrance roads, moving the picnic pavilion, charging fees, shuttles, are no longer part the plan. Some of that was left as "future ideas" that will take further public hearings and park board action to approve, but they're not authorized by the plan. Basically, the small group of noisy objectors (disgruntled land exchange opponents) have gotten what they asked for, but they're not interested in making a good plan, just in griping. Well, it's important that they keep the "controversy" going, they have lawyers to pay... The appeal of the plan by Bensberg is probably going to fail, since "I don't like it" isn't a valid reason to object.

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Posted by jrbd on 05/19/2018 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

I brought several issues to his attention and I received no response from him. After several months of attempting to solve issues w/ little help or resources, I found another job and resigned. My position was not filled for the remainder of the school year. Now there are two posted positions for the position I held for over 5 years. With so many children and families in the district who need the extra support, the district needs to support the people who provide this support a lot better. Or they will continue to lose good employees like me who really care abt people.

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Posted by bluegirl on 05/18/2018 at 8:43 PM

Re: “North Cheyenne Cañon plan challenged, appeal to be heard by Council

I, and probably most of the Springs taxpayers, was unaware of the meeting. I'm certain that if the Parks Board polled the residents of the Springs to find out how many were in favor of getting rid of places to picnic, the measure would have been crushed by a huge margin. There's just not enough time to play the game of whack-a-mole that the City has got going now. to stop the bureaucrats from messing up our home.

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Posted by Sojourner on 05/18/2018 at 8:36 PM

Re: “North Cheyenne Cañon plan challenged, appeal to be heard by Council

A "QuikPoll". How do you view each council member voting on this issue? Thank you.…

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Posted by Springs Unigroup on 05/18/2018 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

Unfortunately, I had the opportunity to work on a project with Dr. Spencer. To say he belittled a Hispanic woman in front of his staff would be an understatement. His arrogant, aggressive and abusive conduct finally caught up to him. I have been in education for almost 20 years and have NEVER seen a "professional" behave in this manner. The board must have a compelling reason to accept his resignation so quickly and decisively to the point of paying his contract in full.

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Posted by Joy Cress on 05/18/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “North Cheyenne Cañon plan challenged, appeal to be heard by Council

"Camel's nose under the tent" is precisely correct. It seems that the intent is to make it less convenient for the average citizen to use the park. Goodbye family bar-b-ques and gatherings for the taxpaying owners of the park. This is the precursor to ensuring our park becomes the private playground for the Broadmoor Hotel clients and serves to supplement the parcel our parks department traded away without citizen vote.

People need to show up and oppose this. When only the paid Broadmoor employees come to parks meetings it creates the impression that we don't care and favor this kind of overreach.

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Posted by Valerie Croke on 05/18/2018 at 9:18 AM

Re: “North Cheyenne Cañon plan challenged, appeal to be heard by Council

Most of the Colorado Springs Park Users know Cheyenne Canyon by the North/South Loop thru the Canyon.

They should not change that, Public would be essentially closed out of Picnic Areas, didn't realize that
would Pass the Parks Board !

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Posted by frank1946 on 05/17/2018 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Sheriff Bill Elder calls Indy story "crap"

Boo Woo Elder. You love seeing your own mug in the spotlight. Trying to act like a hero with your "illegal" grows, that are only illegal because of your ignorant stance on cannabis patient plant counts, (According to A 20,) making it 12 and trying to stop caregivers or any growing by patients. Then claiming and shouting, "cartels, cartels." Have you even read Amendment 20? Probably not, would be my guess. You, Dan, and Suthers are all in bed together. I wonder how many actual "cartels" have been found? I bet 75% have been patient arrests...You are a joke!

Posted by Audrey Hatfield on 05/17/2018 at 5:24 PM

Re: “City to recognize Waldo Canyon Fire Commemoration Day on June 26

Soon, it will be another anniversary of the Waldo Canyon fire. We don't know, what started it, "but": I believe, due to my observations, that it is possibly, not caused from a cigarette smoker, but from what I observed, "after the fire was officially extinguished in July, 2013". I have observed many things in my life, but this is different. I have observed meteorites falling, with a green blaze, more than once. I have observed many falling stars, and things, that I couldn't identify. Most of the time, these things are quick, but easily to identify. I am not a trained observer, but what I saw , after the fire was out, left me in shocked bewilderment, as to what I saw. If, I had blinked my eyes, I would have missed it. I have observed military tank fire, and other types of gun fire after dark, as well as explosions, during my time in the military, and also while working on the 10th Special Forces Parachutist Building, at fort Carson. I have observed brilliant white light, from a falling object, during a rain storm at night, when I was 19 years old, which I believe was ball Lightning. I have also observed a unique object, when it was pointed out by a window repair specialist, at Chapel Hills Mall. It was a clear egg shaped, almost completely invisible object, flying north over Colorado Springs, at low altitude, and with the sun reflecting on it's structural outline, in such a way, as to reveal it's shape. It didn't resemble a weather balloon, and it looked like clear glass. Most of the time, I don't bother to report my observations, but this is different. What I observed, "after the Waldo Fire was extinguished", was bright, shot straight down vertically, and in direct alignment with the Waldo Canyon area. I observed this just after dark. I don't remember the exact time. At first, I assumed it was a meteorite, but it was so fast, that it appeared to be like canon fire from the sky. I reported it to the police, as perhaps an airplane going down. The police sent an officer to interview me , and I assume, to see if I was drunk, credible, or in danger from something else. I was surprised at their quick response. Latter, I plotted on a map, my exact location, and the location of the foothills out line, of what I observed. It lined up directly with the Waldo Canyon Area. I have had serious after thought, as to what it was, that I observed. Now, I question if: the object, that I observed, could have been a pulse of "pure white light energy (mega photons)" caused by static electricity, or it could have been a fast vertical meteorite. I question, could this have had multiple occurrences, in the same area, and before the Waldo Fire happened. I question, could this have been the miss firing of orbital satellite weapons, or the attempted calibration of these weapons? I remember, the area was off limits for over a year, as erosion protection. I guess, we will never know the answers as to what caused the Waldo Canyon Fire, but I suspect, our military has a secret, that it doesn't want the public to know.

Posted by Donald Slayter on 05/17/2018 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

So much about this is wrong. To nit pick about his statistic of increasing graduation rates... I witnessed him change the high school math graduation requirements for seniors 3 days before graduation simply to increase the percents. I was a former math teacher in the district.

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Posted by Melissa Hills on 05/16/2018 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

"Had Spencer not resigned, his contract would have run through June 30, 2020, according to the severance agreement, although his actual contract shows the contract was to expire June 30, 2018."

So, for whatever the reason was that he left, why didn't the school board just wait till the end of June and then not renew his contract. Then there wouldn't have been any need to pay him this severance. Looks like an inappropriate and unnecessary use of taxpayer's money.

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Posted by boomer47 on 05/16/2018 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

If teachers resign before their contracts up, they get CHARGED something like 5% of their (measly) salary in that district.

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Posted by Nicola Vera on 05/15/2018 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

Wow just wow. If you were an employee of District 2 and quit would you get paid a severance pay of 99.2% of my actual pay? Let me make that clear NO, you wouldn't! And you get paid 252,000 a year yet his teachers get what? That 250,000 could do so much but I guess its expected of a District who has a constant revolving door of employees that they can't hold on too because they average employee makes barely 12,000 a year and actually do the work, get treated like nothing from those who are "higher" paid to make a living. So my question what did he do to be forced out?

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Posted by WonderingWoman on 05/15/2018 at 6:16 PM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

I am sure he was fired, but the District allowed him the opportunity to save face. He was an ineffective Superintendent and deserves NO severance! The District does not even provide teachers with dry-erasers! What a disgrace!

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Posted by Concerned Teache on 05/15/2018 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

They always seem to find money for severance payments, but they cannot afford basic school supplies, building maintenance, etc.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 05/14/2018 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Harrison School District chief to be paid $250K in severance pay

So, if he had quit on his own accord, there would be no severance pay. We can only then assume he was forced to resign. Nobody forces a good employee to resign. So, we can assume this "letter of recommendation" is misleading and untrue and that there were problems. This is why we get bad people in sensitive positions. Nobody wants to tell the truth about their misdeeds.

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 05/14/2018 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Family Law Day offers free legal advice, anticipates more than 100 attendees

It's s a power of the volunteerism bring all in living harmony.

Posted by LIMA-CHARLIE on 05/13/2018 at 2:37 PM

Re: “El Paso County Sheriff's Office adopts program to identify mental health issues

Mr K--
Stirring a pot for me means freeing unmoved object or to make all inside the pot evenly distribute .
Are you the one who actually knew what was inside the pot and trying to stop me to stir and keep the lid of the pot tight sealed?.Are the materials in the pot could create harm or dangerous to public OR to certain group of interest if being expose by public record?
I am suspected as a hacker which also means some individual in dark doing malicious damage ( to public), but a fact I am expressing my opinion in certified public forum, it will make me "public hacker"?.
I am exercising my great first amendment and is up to public in giving various personal opinion without prejudice.
You are so meticulous and intellect for grammar and SLANG thing, just wonder you knew where you being lead to?
It make me believe beyond reasonable doubt , you are the one who worry that public will get smart and finally aware about some critical issue in the public service area like our sheriff office . You react perfectly due to my action.
It is" expression" which sometimes get people being notice - what ever it hiding

Posted by LIMA-CHARLIE on 05/13/2018 at 10:03 AM

Re: “El Paso County Sheriff's Office adopts program to identify mental health issues

I have suspected from the beginning that LIMA-CHARLIE is just another hacker stirring the pot, because his posts are so pointless and confusing. Now, as if to confirm my doubts, he writes, "ya all think so?" What kind of slang is that?

In the South, they say and write, "y'all," and, yes, it is written with an apostrophe! Yankees show their ignorance by saying, "you all," when they try to make fun of the Southern accent. But this is the first time (and hopefully the last) I have ever seen "ya all!"

Posted by Mr. K-- on 05/12/2018 at 9:59 PM

Re: “El Paso County Sheriff's Office adopts program to identify mental health issues

Great ideas program- until you...
read those fine line "a professional won't available for 24/7 but a person for 4 days a week on 10 hours shift", means:
Typically a critical incident happens during the service call- average 20-30 personnel- will need to show up including SWAT, Crisis Negotiation person, EMT,road block deputies, big rig post command, last but not least ...bunch of top dog hi ranking chain of command(also water boy and donuts runner, if they need to camp out longer than a couple hours). Overtime and comp time recorded, for whole big nice special ops mission.
Wow... sound and looks like circus just crash to county mile markers, with light and siren.

Then "the expert professional" will be summoned to present on scene,because everybody fails to save the day, right? in handling the individual mental health issue who like "15 minutes fame " publicity for free because EPSO advertised it.

How you can possibly perform the program in REALITY, with a shrinking and minimum force man /women in sheriff's office like NOW. I am talking about how many Indians still around to do the job when most of them like to be Chief?
Indeed just another waste and job creation plan for friend s and family of sheriff, ya all think so?

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Posted by LIMA-CHARLIE on 05/12/2018 at 10:17 AM

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