Manitou Springs Parks and Recreation and Public Works crews found more than 50 monuments or grave markers toppled or broken at Crystal Valley Cemetery on May 26. Large amounts of trash and a small burn area were also found in the cemetery. “It is disheartening to see such disregard and damage towards the memories of our community’s loved ones,” said interim Manitou Springs Police Department Chief Bill Otto. “We have heightened our patrols around the cemetery and are urging anybody with information to anonymously contact the Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, where they could receive a cash reward.” Manitou Springs Parks and Recreation Department will be contacting the families and plot owners of gravesites that have been irreparably damaged. Individuals with information can reach Crime Stoppers at crimestop.net or at 719-634-7867.
Colorado Springs Utilities has started a $77.5 million upgrade of electric, natural gas and water meters that will extend to 2023, designed to promote smart utility usage and efficiency. For more: csu.org/Pages/SmartMeters.aspx.
Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a “state of emergency” in youth mental health on May 25 based on the number of youths requiring services. It’s a first in the 117-year history of the hospital system. “The reality is that health challenges facing kids have gone beyond crisis levels, and the organizations that serve kids are overwhelmed,” a news release said.
Colorado Springs Police Department is asking citizens to participate in a survey about use of force. Take the survey by June 25 at tinyurl.com/4wamd2jb, or go to a police substation.
Colorado adults who get vaccinated will automatically be entered for one of five chances to win $1 million in a program called “Colorado Comeback Cash.” The first $1 million winner will be announced June 4. Vaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be entered to win scholarship money.
Folks who work in downtown Colorado Springs will be able to enjoy food truck lunches as local food trucks once again converge on the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. Eight local food trucks will serve a variety of meals, snacks and desserts from 11 a.m-1:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 31.
A semi truck carrying 91 cattle rolled onto its side on Highway 24 on May 25, with two people suffering minor injuries. Colorado Springs Police Department, with help from multiple local and state agencies and Calhan Sale Barn, transferred 69 of the cattle to a new hauler, but 22 died in the incident. Both lanes of Highway 24 were closed until 6 the following morning.