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Re: “Coordinated evacuation amid Waldo fire? Not hardly

I too, along with my wife and fellow Councilmember Val Snider, evacuated/fled/drove like Hell at about 4:45. At the time I was surprised how fast we got east of I-25 but in reflection I think we missed the bulk of the traffic by a mere few minutes. And we left when a fire engine pulled up close to our house at the top of Mountain Shadows and the fire Lieutenant got out of the truck, pointed his finger at me, and yelled "MR. HENTE: LEAVE!"

That being said, I think the part of Mayor Suther's comments with regards to the multi-jurisdictional response protecting homes and setting up fire lines is very accurate. I was fortunate enough to go back into the neighborhood at about 10:00 that night and saw first hand the heroism and dedication of hundreds of fire fighters, police officers, CSU employees, etc. that prevented the loss and devastation from being much worse than it was.

Posted by Scott Hente on 06/26/2017 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Commissioner Littleton proposing planning for the worst

BTW, Commissioner Glenn wants to not only merge the Colorado Springs and El Paso county OEMs, he wants to make a regional one. I am not sure he really understands what he is asking for. He does not seem to understand the current levels of emergency management and I doubt very much he has ever taken any of the online and free FEMA courses regarding the Incident Command System, the National Incident Management System, or National Response Framework. He probably does not understand the very different roles that an Emergency Operations Center plays as compared to an Incident Command. Nor does he seem to be aware of the fact that there are already local, county, state, and FEMA offices or that the state is already divided into 9 different "All Hazards" regions (El Paso and Teller falling in the South Central Region) each with their own dedicated state emergency coordinators. To me it simply reeks of a power grab.

Posted by Odin on 06/26/2017 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Commissioner Littleton proposing planning for the worst

Amateur radio (ham radio) may seem "old school" and "quaint" to some, but it can actually be very high-tech. Most people think of it being something old men do and that it involves just talking on radios and sending Morse code. While those are still done, it is a heck of a lot more. With the digital modes, hams can even update Twitter feeds remotely via their radios. Emails? Piece of cake. Satellites? Had them since 1961 and hams basically started the CubeSat movement of small, light satellites. Video? Yep, hams do that too. They also do microwave transmission and meshed networks.

The great thing about amateur radio is that much of it is not tied to the local power or communications grids -- it can operate all on it's own when those systems go down or are congested. Meaning, when 911, phones, text, and data lines get congested or go down, amateur radio still works. Granted, at least in the old days, the local telephone switches were required to have 8 or 12 hours of battery back-up, generators, and a refueling plan, and the old school phones were line powered by the local switch, but almost no-one has a line powered Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) phone anymore. Most people have cell phones and internet based phones (essentially VOIP). Some cell towers have generators and batteries, but not all, and though cell companies have deployable comm assets, they don't have a lot of them. A major blow to their infrastructure would over task those assets.

A CME might impact some RF transmission, especially HF, for several days, but its impact on VHF and UHF doesn't last all that long. It's biggest impact would be on the power grid, which could take months to fix since there are not enough critical spares and many parts have to be made overseas and on request. CMEs hammer power lines due to the very long conductors. EMP is a different animal altogether (the doomsday preppers make me cringe when they do not understand the differences and when they misunderstand the different ways needed to protect against each) and is unlikely unless someone starts throwing nukes around (we are the only country which has demonstrated the ability to make a solely EMP weapon). EMP effects on RF will be fairly short lived.

There are already numerous national and even international groups who do disaster and emergency amateur radio communications including the American Radio Relay League's National Traffic System, the Radio Relay International, the ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Service (very active in El Paso county), the Military Auxiliary Radio Service, etc. Adding yet another group is probably not the answer.

Plus, a lot of ham radio operators simply are not interested. They don't want to do the practice and make the commitment to be involved. You'd be lucky if you got 10% of the hams in El Paso to sign up and only about 20% would every bother to do practices, get training, and do exercises. That is about how it works out for other volunteer groups, even the aforementioned ones.

The doomsday prepper types are interested, but most hams don't want a lot to do with them. That has been one of the problems getting Lighthouse launched (Peggy has been trying unsuccessfully to launch this for three years that I remember) is that Peggy has fallen in with that crowd. Nothing against readiness and basic preparedness, but the doomsday crowd takes it to a whole 'nother level.

Most telling to me though, is that Peggy has only taken cursory interest into getting her own ham radio license. If 8, 9, 10 year olds can pass the test (Morse code is not required) and this is so darn important to her, why has she not gotten her license despite pushing Lighthouse for several years now?

Posted by Odin on 06/26/2017 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Coordinated evacuation amid Waldo fire? Not hardly

I was one of those who " just fled" sometime around 5PM. Traffic in the Rockrimmon area was completely gridlocked and close to panic as it crept along in the blood orange smoke. It took over an hour to travel the 1.5 miles to I-25. I later saw pictures of police directing outbound traffic at Woodmen and I-25, but there were none to be seen during my drive, as plenty of people were still headed TOWARDS the fire in order to rescue pets, etc. Interestingly, I got the reverse 911 call to "evacuate immediately" at 6PM - more than an hour after the orange cloud enveloped the area.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 06/26/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Local author Khadija Grant empowers community youth

Retired from PPCC, and I believe that Khadija has more passion in her professional life than many students. Not only does she have the passion, but she possesses the initiative to get out there and see how things work. In so doing, Khadija has learned how to publish her own books, cutting out middle man publisher cuts.

I saw her at work at the "Day and Night" giveaway in which the students had to WORK for their reward! I keep telling her what a wonderful and motivating school teacher she could become...maybe second career!

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Posted by Sandy Bailey on 06/26/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Feist goes back to her days of Broken Social Scene

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Posted by Sahul Thakur on 06/26/2017 at 1:42 AM

Re: “Wommack's pathway to prominence

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Posted by lisheen on 06/26/2017 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Cindy Aubrey named CEO of Pikes Peak United Way

There seems to be a rather incestuous relationship between local government and these highly paid positions at 'non-profit' organizations. The pool of qualified individuals must be incredibly small for this trend to continue, no?

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Posted by Jeff Hirtle on 06/25/2017 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Medical marijuana license fee hike closer to reality

Ya, they hate the weed, but they sure do love the revenue it brings them...... get ready for price hikes to satisfy "the man", mmj patients...... uh-oh, what if consumption goes down because the price is too high?

Posted by prairie chix on 06/25/2017 at 8:47 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Tiny House Jamboree to leave Colorado Springs

I cannot quite understand the suddenness of this. It would have been much more businesslike and appropriate to make such a change for Summer 2018. Something doesn't seem right about pulling the rug out from under plans people have already made, many months in advance. I booked air tickets several months ago as well as a room. I'm not happy about this. I'm surprised to see these Jamboree folks don't have better manners, planning abilities, etc.

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Posted by CB1234 on 06/24/2017 at 11:39 PM

Re: “Cannabis and skin cancer

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Posted by Karol Thomas on 06/24/2017 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Reader: Incline traffic is out of control on Barr Trail

The trail is open to everyone, not just you Carl; mountain bikers, Incline users, and hikers. There are plenty of other places you can go with less traffic.

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Posted by Random Citizen on 06/24/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Mike Pence plans spin through military bases in El Paso County

Schriever is as "spooky" as any place on earth. Tax payer dollars gobbled up by civilians and military working in the shadows .No transparency and no accountability. So much of this goes on that it is no wonder there is never an audit of all the money the Pentagon cycles through every year. Disgusting.

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Posted by Gopher on 06/23/2017 at 11:28 PM

Re: “Reader: Incline traffic is out of control on Barr Trail

No to the fee for hiking. Where's the ten dollars an hour for parking going?

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Posted by Dom Chen on 06/23/2017 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Reader: Incline traffic is out of control on Barr Trail

I hate to suggest this, but perhaps requiring admission or some kind of park pass would help? $1-$5 per person to hike, not unreasonable, and would also fund restoration.

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Posted by Toni Nadeau on 06/23/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Reader: Incline traffic is out of control on Barr Trail

This is not unique. Parks, local, state and federal are seeing record visitors; RMNP went from an average of 3.2 million up until 2014 to 4.2 in 2015, 4.5 in 2016. Sometimes you are restricted where in the park can drive now. Visiting parks the last 3 springs, summers and falls has been incredible; good to see people "Discovering" their parks, sad to see what over usage does. Particularly as people are ignorant of or flat breaking rules.

Providing more access by making new trails may not be the answer either. This only accelerates degredation.

What do we do?

Dave Beadles

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Posted by William David Beadles on 06/23/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Reader: Incline traffic is out of control on Barr Trail

Have patience; the north return trail is still on the radar. Parking is a bigger problem right now, as is doing repairs to the upper third next year. These things always take longer than everybody thinks they should. The north return trail will require Forest Service approval and an environmental assessment, so don't get too antsy.

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Posted by jrbd on 06/23/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “City regulations on fire pits haven't triggered citations in recent years

Rather than focusing just on fire pits it might have been more instructive to look at the effectiveness of city-wide code enforcement in general. I sometimes see code enforcement people looking at eyesores and other issues around town, but never see any of these problems actually get addressed.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 06/23/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Survey: Marijuana not a driving factor for rising homeless population

Oh yeah I forgot... The weather is not nice. Why you keep printing that is beyond me. The sun shining does not mean it is going to be warm and March winds continue through April, May and June just to mention in case you all never go outside. Try sleeping outdoors on a bus bench in December here, I see people doing that. Really, try it for a week. Obvious that you who say the weather is nice never worked outdoors, such as plowing a field or fixing a broke down car in a blizzard..
Ronald Reagan once said "I don't see any unemployed people". Listen to yourselves, you are Republicans!

Posted by Bob Wyman on 06/23/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “El Paso County Democrats say redistricting favors Republican commissioners

Glen lost his senate bid. he has nothing in common with downtrodden minorities in Co springs.

Posted by apathetic on 06/22/2017 at 11:02 PM

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