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Emergency services
Dial 911 for all emergencies.

Emergency services, non-life-threatening
American Medical Response (ambulance dispatch) 636-2333
Colorado Springs Utilities (electrical, gas, water)
448-4800, 448-4848 (automated) or relay through 711 or 800/659-2656 (for tdd/hearing-impaired)


Office of Emergency Management
Responsible for serving the community during large-scale emergencies and disasters, both natural and man-made.

Police (non-emergency)
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 S. Nevada Ave., 444-7000

Sheriff (non-emergency)
El Paso County Sheriff's Office
210 S. Tejon St., 520-7100

Weather information
Road information hotline

Weather forecasts

Driver's licenses and registration
Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles

Austin Bluffs branch
Full-service office with reinstatements, new license issuing, traffic records and motorcycle drive tests.
4420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Suite 188, 594-8701

Centennial Hall branch
Renewals of regular Colorado licenses. No hearing requests.
200 S. Cascade Ave.,

Chapel Hills branch
Renewals of regular Colorado licenses. No hearing requests.
Chapel Hills Shopping Center, 1710 Briargate Blvd., Suite 350, 520-6240

Powers branch Renewals of regular Colorado licenses. No hearing requests.
5650 Industrial Place, Suite 100, 520-7939

Victims' services
Colorado Springs Police Victim Advocacy Program Ensures that crime victims understand their rights and have their needs met through the criminal justice process.
705 S. Nevada Ave., 444-7529

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)
Contains an online victim services directory.

Poison control
Rocky Mountain Poison Center 800/222-1222

Rape crisis
An abuse, rape and domestic violence aid and resource collection.

TESSA Rape Hotline 633-3819

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN routes callers to the nearest rape crisis hotline.
800/656-HOPE (4673)

Runaway information
Colorado Springs Police Department 444-7554

Shelters and services
See the Yellow Pages for other shelters and services geared toward distinct populations.

Colorado House and Resource Center Providing transitional housing and assistance to the highly motivated homeless.
21 S. Wahsatch St., 325-0100

Homeward Pikes Peak Links people with services; also distributes city survival manual.

Marian House Soup kitchen for the working poor, people with disabilities, homeless and hungry, fixed-income, seniors and struggling families. Offering hot meals 365 days per year.
14 W. Bijou St., 475-7314

Peak Vista CHC Homeless Clinic Providing health-care and dental services for the homeless.
722 S. Wahsatch Ave.,

R.J. Montgomery Salvation Army New Hope Center
Homeless shelter offering meals, showers, laundry facilities and counseling.
709 S. Sierra Madre St.,

Springs Rescue Mission
Bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor and needy while providing for them physically.
5 W. Las Vegas St., 632-1822

Urban Peak Colorado Springs
To help youth ages 15-20 who are homeless, runaways or in at-risk situations, permanently exit street life.
423 E. Cucharras St., 630-3223

Veterans Affairs Homeless Program (including the Crawford House)
Offering medical care, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, housing and employment services to veterans.
25 N. Spruce St., Suite 207, 667-5588, 667-5586

Domestic violence services and hotlines

A Turning Point
Offering domestic violence classes for perpetrators, as well as drug and alcohol treatment and anger management classes.
5160 N. Union Blvd., 550-1011

Centro de la Familia
Professional help to break the cycle of violence. Focuses on Spanish-speaking populations, and those of Hispanic and Latino origins.
802 S. Nevada Ave., 227-9170

Colorado Legal Services Specializing in assisting low-income victims.
617 S. Nevada Ave., 471-0380

Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team
Offering education and advocacy for victims. Accepts high-risk-for-lethality cases through referrals, outreach and requests for immediate response.
705 S. Nevada Ave., 444-7813

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care and counseling.
800/799-SAFE (7233), 800/787-3224 (tdd)

Offering prevention, intervention and treatment services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.

Domestic violence hotline
320 S. El Paso St., 633-1462

Children, youth and family protective services

CASA of Colorado Springs
Training volunteers to advocate for victimized children and to educate the community about abuse and neglect.

701 S. Cascade Ave., 447-9898 (ext. 1011 for after-hours emergencies only)

Child Welfare Hotline
Assesses all child abuse and neglect allegations.

Chins Up
Colorado Springs-based, community services arm of Griffith Centers for Children. Working in the home, especially regarding issues of child abuse and neglect, to support families with children up to 18 years of age. Also provides some foster care services.
10 N. Farragut St., 327-2005

Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline
Entry point for all child abuse reports, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
444-5700 Griffith Centers for Children, Inc.
Offering residential treatment for emotionally disturbed male adolescents.
17 N. Farragut St., 636-2122

KIDPOWER Teaching kids to use their own power to stop abuse, assault and abduction. Offering family, teen and parent workshops, as well as a workshop for kids with developmental disabilities.
627 N. Weber St., Suite 6, 520-1311

Safe Passage (formerly Children's Advocacy Center)
Provides forensic interviews and exams, court preparations, referrals and counseling.
423 S. Cascade Ave.,

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Offering counseling services and information about child-abuse-related issues.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

Addiction groups and services

Cocaine Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous 632-8500

Narcotics Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous

Smokers Anonymous

Sex Addicts Anonymous

Alcohol addiction

Pikes Peak Al-Anon/
Alateen Service Center
A nondenominational fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics sharing experiences and advice.
304 S. Eighth St., Suite 105, 632-0063

Alcohol Receiving Center (detox)
115 S. Parkside Drive (aka The Lighthouse), 572-6340

Pikes Peak Area Service Office, Alcoholics Anonymous 701 S. Cascade Ave., Suite B, 573-5020

Halfway houses (Alana Recovery Homes)
Offering safe, healthy, clean, sober living environments for alcohol addicts with a desire to recover.
Prairie House (main office)
519 Prairie Road
Men's Platte House
543 E. Platte Ave.
Men's Pine House
616 N. Pine St.
Women's Promise Place
411-413 Prairie Road
Men's Wahsatch House
1602 S. Wahsatch St.

Tobacco addiction

Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership
Works to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke among adults and youth through education, prevention and cessation support.
301 S. Union Blvd., 578-3265

Colorado Quitline 800/639-QUIT (7848)

Colorado Quitnet

Treatment programs

A Turning Point
Offering domestic violence classes for perpetrators, as well as drug and alcohol treatment and anger management classes.
5160 N. Union Blvd., 550-1011

Riegel Center Offering intensive outpatient chemical dependency program. Serving people with insurance or who can self-pay.
825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 776-8741

Cedar Springs Inpatient rehab for adults 18 and older, intensive outpatient for adults and Driving With Care Level II program. Also providing substance-abuse education for adolescents.
2135 Southgate Road, 633-4114

Psychotherapy Services
Specializing in chemical dependency including alcohol. Also offers DUI education and therapy and substance-abuse evaluations.
223 N. Wahsatch Ave. #202, 447-9800

AAA Treatment Centers Providing DUI and substance-abuse counseling services, including anger management, victim empathy and adolescent treatment.
1773 S. Eighth St., 520-9220
5875 Lehman Drive, 520-9220

Positive Change
Group of independent practitioners offering outpatient substance-abuse evaluation and treatment.
1120 N. Circle Drive, Suite 11, 578-9730

Other help

Pikes Peak United Way
518 N. Nevada Ave., 632-1543 (or dial 211 for help)

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
2220 E. Bijou St., Suite 154, 637-1617


Pikes Peak Library District
Briargate 9475 Briar Village Point, 260-6882
Carnegie (Special Collections, El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center, El Paso County Bar Law Library and Community Breast Cancer Resource Center) 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333
Cheyenne Mountain 1785 S. Eighth St., 633-6278
East 5550 N. Union Blvd, 531-6333
Fountain 230 S. Main St., Fountain, 382-5347
Monument 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370
Old Colorado City 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 634-1698
Palmer Lake 66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, 481-2587
Penrose 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333
Rockrimmon 832 Village Center Drive, 593-8000
Ruth Holley 685 N. Murray Blvd., 597-5377
Sand Creek 1821 S. Academy Blvd., 597-7070
Ute Pass 8010 Severy Ave., Cascade, 684-9342

Colorado Springs City government

City Hall
107 N. Nevada Ave.,
385-CITY (2489)

City Administration Building
30 S. Nevada Ave.,385-2489

City Manager Lorne Kramer
107 N. Nevada Ave., 385-5455

City Clerk
Kathryn Young
30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 101, 385-5103

City Planning Commission
30 S. Nevada Ave. #301,

Municipal Court 224 E. Kiowa St., 385-5922

City Councilors

Scott Hente: District 1 P.O. Box 1575, 385-5487
Darryl Glenn: District 2 P.O. Box 1575, 385-5493
Jerry Heimlicher: District 3 P.O. Box 1575, 385-5470
Margaret Radford: District 4 >P.O. Box 1575, 385-5492
Colorado Springs City Council also includes a mayor and four at-large councilor seats, all of which were being contested in a city election at press time. Visit for names and contact information.

Police and fire


Colorado Springs Fire Department
375 Printers Pkwy., 385-5950


Police Operations Center
705 S. Nevada Ave., 444-7595

Police chief Richard W. Myers
705 S. Nevada Ave., 444-7401

Falcon Division (Northwest)
7850 Goddard St., 444-7240
Gold Hill Division (Southwest)
955 W. Moreno Ave., 385-2100

Sand Creek Division (Southeast)
4125 Center Park Drive, 444-7270
Stetson Hills Division (Northeast)
4110 Tutt Blvd., 444-3140

State Patrol
Colorado State Patrol
18 E. Arvada St., 635-0385

El Paso County government

County Administrator
Jeffrey H. Greene
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-7276

County Commissioners Office
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-7276

County Commissioners
Wayne Williams (R): District 1
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6411
Douglas Bruce (R): District 2
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6412
Sallie Clark (R): District 3
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6413
Dennis Hisey (R): District 4
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6414
Jim Bensberg (R): District 5
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6415

Other elected county officials
Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Terry Maketa
210 S. Tejon St., 520-7204
County Clerk & Recorder
Robert Balink
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6216
County Assessor
Mark Lowderman
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6600
County Treasurer
Sandra Damron
27 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6666
County Coroner
Dr. Robert Bux
2743 E. Las Vegas St.,

County Courthouse
270 S. Tejon St., 448-7650

District Attorney's Office
D.A. John Newsome
105 E. Vermijo Ave., 520-6169
Check Fraud
Civil Litigation Unit
Economic Crime Division
Felony Prosecution
Juvenile Offender Services
Juvenile Prosecution
Misdemeanor/Traffic Prosecution
Neighborhood Justice Center
Special Victims Unit
Victim/Witness Division
Volunteer Program
For more information, call 448-7798 or visit courts.state

State government

General information

House representatives
Kent Lambert (R):
District 14 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-2937

Bill Cadman (R):
District 15 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-5525

Larry Liston (R): District 16 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-2965

Stella Garza Hicks (R): District 17 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-3069

Michael Merrifield (D): District 18 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-2932

Marsha Looper (R):
District 19 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-2946

Amy Stephens (R):
District 20
Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-2924

Bob Gardner (R):
District 21
Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-2191

Senate representatives
Dave Schultheis (R):
District 9
Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-4835

Ron May (R): District 10 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-2737

John Morse (D): District 11 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-6364

Andy McElhany (R):
District 12 Colorado State Capitol
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/866-4880

U.S. Congressional representatives

U.S. senators
Wayne Allard (R)
521 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20510

Ken Salazar (D) 702 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C., 20510

U.S. representatives
Doug Lamborn:
District 5 (including Colorado Springs)
Local office: 3730 Sinton Road, Suite 150, Colorado Springs,
Washington office: 437 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,

Diana DeGette: District 1 Colorado office: 600 Grant St., Suite 202, Denver, 303/844-4988
Washington office: 1527 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,

Mark Udall: District 2
Colorado office: 8601 Turnpike Drive #206, Westminster,
Washington office: 100 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,

John Salazar: District 3
Colorado office: 813 Main Ave., Suite 300, Durango,
Washington office: 1531 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,

Marilyn Musgrave:
District 4
Colorado office: 5401 Stone Creek Circle #204, Loveland,
Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,

Tom Tancredo: District 6
Colorado office: 6099 S. Quebec St., Suite 200, Centennial,
Washington office: 1130 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,

Ed Perlmutter: District 7
Colorado office: 12600 W. Colfax Ave. #B400, Lakewood,
Washington office: 415 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C.,

Civil rights offices (state, local)
For a list of legal rights, including regulations, judicial decisions, and more, visit

American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado

Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Mail services

United States Postal Service
800/ASK-USPS (275-8777)
2940 N. Prospect St.
201 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
1828 S. Wahsatch Ave.
1540 S. Eighth St.
2641 E. Uintah St.
3655 E. Fountain Blvd., Suite 106
2921 N. Murray Blvd.
5925 Galley Road
4356 Montebello Drive
360 W. Otis St.
6628 Delmonico Drive, Suite A
3526 Hartsel Drive
4551 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.
5020 N. Academy Blvd.
204 S. 25th St.
3637 Star Ranch Road
5001 Centennial Blvd.
3526 Hartsel Drive
7820 N. Academy Blvd.
5755 Kittery Drive
1611 McDonald St.
307 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs
8585 Criterion Drive
5136 Community Center Drive, U.S. Air Force Academy
8006 Ute Pass Ave.
12225 Voyager Pkwy., Suite 4
11570 Black Forest Road
5050 Pikes Peak Hwy., Cascade
101 S. Santa Fe Ave., Fountain
2360 Vandenberg Drive, Suite 3c24, U.S. Air Force Academy
10560 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls
545 Third St., Monument
300 W. South Ave., Woodland Park
900 Tamarac Pkwy., Woodland Park
13055 Bradshaw Road, Peyton
23355 State Hwy. 94, Suite 5, Calhan

UPS Stores
7645 N. Union Blvd., 590-7111
445 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Suite C, 576-2880
2910 N. Powers Blvd., 572-8018

Trash and recycling
Check the Yellow Pages for information on residential curbside pickups and recycling, as well as roll-off services.


Colorado Springs Landfill
Accepting tires (until July 2007), appliances, mattresses and boxsprings, but no hazardous materials.
1010 Blaney Road (six miles east of Highway 24), 683-2600

Midway Landfill
Accepting tires (until July 2007), appliances, mattresses and boxsprings, but no hazardous materials.
Exit 119 off Interstate 25, Fountain, 382-8383

Recycling facilities

All Around Antifreeze Recycling
Free recycling of automotive antifreeze.
2625 Platte Place, 471-2119

El Paso County Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility
Accepting paint and related products, automotive waste and electronics.
3255 Akers Drive, 520-7878

Rocky Top Resources
Yard waste recycling (nothing painted, stained or treated), land clearing, retail and contractor mulch and rock sales.
1755 E. Las Vegas St.,

Essentials Pueblo

Pueblo Police Department
130 Central Main St., 719/553-2538

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office 909 Court St., 719/583-6125

Domestic violence/Family protective services

CASA of Pueblo
803 W. Fourth St., Suite T, 719/583-6326

Pueblo Department of Social Services
212 W. 12th St.,

Emergency resources

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo
Offering homeless prevention counseling.
429 W. 10th St., Suite 101, 719/544-4233

El Centro de los Pobres

Pueblo Cooperative Care Center
Offering emergency food, prescriptions and clothing.
325 W. 10th St., 719/543-7484

Pueblo YWCA Family Crisis Center
Primarily a shelter for battered women and their children. Offering assistance to homeless women and children on a space-available basis. Also providing counseling for domestic violence, case management and referrals, and group education.
801 N. Santa Fe Ave., 719/542-6904

Wayside Cross Gospel Rescue Mission (Pueblo Rescue Mission)
Serving adult men and women. Offering a place to stay and a meal for the night, also referrals to other community services. Required chapel nightly.
728 W. Fourth St., 719/545-5744

Offering emergency shelter for families with children, as well as transitional and permanent housing services and other supportive services.
1008 N. Grand Ave., 719/545-8776

Help lines

Pueblo Rape Crisis Services
Hotline: 719/549-0549

Suicide Prevention Center Help Line
719/544-1133, or 719/564-5566 (teen line)

Addiction treatment programs

Parkview Hospital
Adult chemical dependency unit, 719/584-4343
Adolescent treatment unit, 719/584-4457

Alcoholics Anonymous Central Service Office, South Colorado

Essentials Teller County

Teller County Government
540 Manor Court, Woodland Park, 719/687-3048

Teller County Sheriff 11400 U.S. Hwy. 24, Divide, 719/687-9652


How do I get to ___?
Navigating your way around the Springs is easy. We only have two main thruways and the mountains are west, so just look toward them and you'll do fine. We're one of those cities where people use cardinal directions to get you down the road.

Is this town really conservative?
Yes and no. Yes: There are gobs of churches and a large military presence, and occasionally, an event or public debate shows off our serious right-wing sector. No: There's also a healthy liberal presence in some parts of town, and a few voices of dissent. The Springs really can be a fairly easygoing environment as well.

Is it true the Olympic Training Center is here?
Yup. If you go running or biking in Monument Valley Park, you just may see someone really fast and tricked-out zooming by you. Could be an Olympian, or at least a wannabe.

Is there a lot of UFO activity here?
You're looking for the San Luis Valley, a few hours Southwest of here.

So, you can't smoke in bars and restaurants here anymore?
Nope. Take a deep breath.

When will the all highway and bridge construction, happily dubbed COSMIX, be done?
Winter of 2007 ... we hope.

Can I wear my Crocs, sweatpants and a tank top to the grocery store?
You bet your Camaro you can!

Based on the last question, I have to ask: Is it true this town lacks culture?
There are smatterings of local color all over town, from cowboys to indie hipsters to crunchy neo-hippies to ski bums. No, this isn't some chic, trendy mecca where outsiders will look for fashion cues or the next art trend. But many who've lived here a while say that things are getting better. If our major art museum getting a facelift this year is any indicator, we're on the up-and-up. Be optimistic. Rome wasn't built on sniveling or whining.


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