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Re: “Families of children with disabilities face a new challenge — Medicaid cutbacks

I work as a Parent CNA in Colorado. I am a single mother, and moved myself and my disabled son here specifically for this program. There are a few important things I need to point out. Firstly, this reimbursement rate is first paid to the Home Health Agency. Within that, they receive part of that rate, and the CNA would receive part of that rate. I make a much higher rate than $12 an hour, and although I am not allowed to disclose my rate, I can say.... shop around. Secondly, she said their hours were cut. That is not due to the State of Colorado. That is solely due to her agency. What I learned before moving here was that these agencies are extremely competitive. Interview with multiple agencies to get a feel for their level of professionalism and experience. The Pediatric Assessment Tool appeared to be up for interpretation, and one agency may qualify the child for 6 hours of care per day, whereas another agency may be more thorough and versed on the Tool, and the child actually qualifies for 8 hours per day. Be your own advocate, and absolutely, be your child's advocate. Also, the income is tax exempt. If you qualify for 7.5 hours per day of care, thats 12.5 hours per week of overtime because you get paid for weekend work as well. Thats take-home pay at time and a half. The reason the state of Colorado chose to make this income exempt is because if they didnt, the income would count against the child's SSI and Medicaid limits. What that means is, the child gets to keep their SSI and Medicaid benefits in order to qualify for the many wonderful Medicaid Waiver programs offered in this state as well. Colorado ranks as one of the top states in the country for medically fragile children. Frankly, I think the rest of the country should follow suit. As a single mom with no family, I can say I know how hard it is to provide, but this state has not only enabled me to do so, but has given me an excellent income thus awarding me the opportunity to provide a better life.

Posted by saa5886 on 05/21/2018 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Western Jubilee's Scott O'Malley turned a childhood fascination into a larger-than-life legacy

Love this venue. You can't help but feel at home here. Colorado is lucky to have Scott and his crew to bring top entertainment to the region.

Posted by suzireaves on 05/21/2018 at 7:29 PM

Re: “CSPD red light cameras revived

Interesting. Didn't see one during my recent vacation to my old stomping grounds in Southern California. Once known as the Red Light Camera capitol of the world. Which included Temple City, El Monte, Rosemead, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monrovia, Arcadia, San Marino, and a trip to San Juan Capistrano. None in Las Vegas either. Like most of us, I try my best not to run red lights. However with the red light camera lights in place; one close call could cost you. Not to mention how stressful it can be wondering if you actually blew that light or not when that camera light flashes.

For you Dudley Do Rights out there; be careful for what you wish for. You may end up being one of the unlucky ones.

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Posted by RadicalRaul on 05/21/2018 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Western Jubilee's Scott O'Malley turned a childhood fascination into a larger-than-life legacy

Love Western Warehouse. Scott OMalley is a real treasure and an icon here in Colorado Springs. I always feel like a welcomed family member when I go to concerts here. Best wishes and keep on strumming, Scott!

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Posted by R. Smith on 05/21/2018 at 10:29 AM

Re: “CSPD red light cameras revived

Yellow lights are not supposed to be a last call where six cars hit the gas to try and get through on a prayer. They are meant to alert you to slow down and prepare to stop.

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Posted by Matt 1 on 05/21/2018 at 8:28 AM

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: “Western Jubilee's Scott O'Malley turned a childhood fascination into a larger-than-life legacy

I feel blessed to have lived and worked in Colorado Springs and was able to hear a concert one nights. I grew up in North and South Carolina and spent untold hours playing and singing the old tunes. Collected the music of Norman and Nancy and heard them and Bryan Bowers live in NC. What an amazing feeling to hear the musical line up at the Westcliff Music Festival. I am such a big fan.

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Posted by Melissa Harris on 05/17/2018 at 8:49 PM

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: “CSPD red light cameras revived

1)The majority of tickets go to safe drivers due to deliberately improper traffic light engineering.

While there may have been instances in the past in some places where clearance intervals and/or yellow intervals were reduced after the cameras have been installed, this is generally not the case and the clearance intervals and yellow intervals are normally based on ITE methodology and are not modified after the cameras are installed.

The fact is, especially in Colorado Springs, running red lights is almost a religion. In fact the problem is so bad that we used to give a briefing about it during newcomers orientation when I was in the military.

If a diver is paying attention and follows the driving procedures we were all taught , they are extremely unlikely to run a red light. Trying to blame people's p!$$ poor driving habits on the lights is dishonest and ignores the actual cause of the problem -- the people. People need to slow down, back off, and pay attention.

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Posted by Odin on 05/17/2018 at 1:01 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: “Western Jubilee's Scott O'Malley turned a childhood fascination into a larger-than-life legacy

I love this warehouse and all the history that goes with. Great job to the OMalley Family. Its been a journey

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Posted by Beverly Miller Weaver on 05/16/2018 at 8:10 PM

Re: “CSPD red light cameras revived

Finally, City if Colorado Springs came out with a "new but old" proposition to get more money producing from it citizen's traffic violation circumstance, by simply ran the red light.How efficient and convenience!
It's 24/7 operation,all year round, because the city 's man power of traffic unit is limited, especially when the bad weather outside , yes? . An excellent liability cover of risk management as well.
Just smile and get recorded , you just got caught, and don't forget to pay your ticket in court.

Posted by LIMA-CHARLIE on 05/16/2018 at 6:44 PM

Re: “CSPD red light cameras revived

To Mr. Walker's comments above:
There is simply no excuse for ignoring traffic signals and putting other people's live at risk. Automobiles are heavy machinery that can readily maim and kill, and as long as autos are being used on a public right of way, there is an overriding public interest to hold drivers responsible for reckless behavior. In a perfect world, all drivers would be cautious and conscientious, but we don't live in that world, and so imperfect solutions like red light cameras are a good step towards accountability.

Your technical points about crashes related to red light cameras are irrelevant - if someone is speeding towards an intersection at such a rate they cannot come to a stop, or the driver behind them is tailgating them, that is reckless behavior that needs to be discouraged, not passively tolerated. If a driver cannot operate a motor vehicle responsibly, they do not belong on the road where they can endanger the lives of others at all.

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Posted by David E on 05/16/2018 at 5:23 PM

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