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30 Mentors in 30 Days: Big Brothers Big Sisters of CO need more volunteers for mentor2.0 program

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136 Colorado Springs high school students to participate in the first year of mentor2.0

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado (BBBSC) is looking for 30 Mentors in 30 Days for our brand new mentor2.0 program that begins this fall with the Atlas Preparatory High School freshmen class. The need for mentors by September 21 is to allow mentor2.0 staff to match each and every 136 freshmen to begin in this critical mentorship to help them succeed throughout high school as well as prepare them for college or the workforce.

mentor2.0 is a unique opportunity that BBBSC, Atlas Prep, the City of Colorado Springs, and local corporate sponsors are partnering together to build tomorrow’s leaders by mentoring students from underserved communities striving for college and post-secondary success. This program will develop the next generation workforce here in Colorado Springs and across the state. The model is innovative, high impact, and provides a flexible volunteer opportunity for mentors to have a critical part in long-term academic and career success.

For many of these students, they will be first generation high school graduates, who statistically graduate both high school and college at dramatically lower rates. In Colorado, only 67 percent of economically disadvantaged student’s complete high school and only 43 percent enroll in college compared to the 90 percent and 62 percent of non-economically disadvantaged students respectively, to their more affluent peers. The importance of success in education drives the need for increasing the support every student receives throughout their entire high school tenure.

We are excited to see the impact of this special one-to-one mentoring between local professionals and high school students in the Colorado Springs community. While mentor2.0 develops the skills necessary for college success, students will also be served through the college exploration, application, and transition process.

The average student-to-counselor ratio in the U.S. is 471 to 1. With mentor2.0, every student in the program has a mentor matched with them to ensure true college-readiness and success. BBBSC calls for you to consider getting involved in this exciting and meaningful mentoring opportunity and to sign up by September 21.

If you have a degree, can send one email a week, and can attend one evening event a month, you are a perfect candidate for mentor2.0. If you would like to find out more about becoming a mentor, or for any media inquiries to hear more about this great partnership and program, please contact Program Manager, Ben Gallegos-Pardo at 719.323.5831. You can apply now online at bbbsc.imentor.org.

Ybarra's boxers in Aurora Golden Gloves

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This weekend Ybarra's Boxing Club traveled to Aurora,CO.to participate in the CO. Golden Glove Boxing Show. Xavier Montoya took first place in the 14-15yr old 95lb open division. Xavier says that it was a good tough fight but add that we train for different styles of boxing. 

"Our Coaches prepare us for everything that's coming our way. I want to be a world Champion and I'm working really hard to reach my goal."

Coach Ybarra and Coach Leo Rivera say that Xavier is on track and works hard at practice to reach his goals in and out of the ring.

We also have 8yr old Victor Rodriguez up and coming, who took first place in the 8-9yr old 70lb novice division. Victor won a unanimous decision in his boxing match. Congratulations to both of them!

For more information call 719-237-6982 website: ybarrasboxingclub.com.

Local boxers do well in AK and CA

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Earlier this month, LuisJoe Ybarra Jr. from Security-Widefield, Colorado, placed 3rd in the Title Nationals in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Next, Luisjoe Traveled to Oxnard,CA. this past week and took the 2016 P.A.L. National Title by Storm in the 125lb 15-16 year old open division.  LuisJoe said it's tough to box all week and come out on top every time. “But that's what I expect from myself.” LuisJoe says, “If you want to be the best, you can't be like the rest,you have to train hard, work hard and rise above the rest.  I went to Oxnard, CA. With one thing in mind, and that was  to capture the  P.A.L. National Title.” And he did just that.

LuisJoe also says that he is proud to represent Security-Widefield, Fountain and Colorado Springs and the State of Colorado. “I want to thank my mom and dad and my sister for always believing in me. Thank all my coaches, starting with my Dad, Coach Leo Rivera, Coach Santos, Coach Sonny Duncan. These coaches put in a lot of their time to help not only me but everybody at the gym who wants to be a champion. My dream is to go the 2020 Olympics and win the gold medal and represent my country; the United States of America.”

Also traveling with LuisJoe was Xavier Montoya who placed 2nd in the 90lb 13-14yr old open division.  Xavier will be moving on to the next weight class, where he knows that the competition will be even harder. Xavier says “I’ll have to work harder, no problem. Let's do it. I am ready for what comes my way. That's what we train for. We have the best trainers.”

For more information call: 719-237-6982 website: ybarrasboxingclub.com 

Security-Widefield boxers compete in Junior Olympic Regionals

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Two boxers from Ybarra's Boxing Club in Widefield traveled to Phoenix, Az to compete in the Regional Junior Olympics,

LuisJoe Ybarra Jr, boxed in the 15-16yr old 125lbs open division and placed 3rd overall in the competition. Xavier Montoya placed 2nd in the 85lb 13-14yr old open division. Both of them will now travel to Hot Springs, Arkansas on the 7th of June to compete in the Title Nationals.

Congratulations to both of them.for more information visit: ybarrasboxingclub.com or call 719-237-6982

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity celebrates 30 years of building affordable housing.

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Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) is marking its 30th year in its mission to eradicate poverty housing in El Paso County. To date, PPHFH has constructed 138 affordable homes in the community and assisted more than 500 low-income families in achieving their dream of home ownership.


To celebrate their 30 years of service in the Pikes Peak region, PPHFH is kicking off a “30 years. 30 days. 30 dollars” campaign in April. This campaign is designed to raise awareness of the continued need for affordable housing in El Paso County and invite community members to get involved in PPHFH’s efforts to provide low-income families with decent, affordable homes.

Community members can join the conversation online on PPHFH’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PikesPeakhabitatforhumanity) or via Twitter (@PPHabitat), or learn more about PPHFH and the campaign online at www.pikespeakhabitat.org.


Building a house takes a community. Give $30 and start building dreams.

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial partner to improve the lives of El Paso County family.

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Thrivent Financial renews national Habitat for Humanity partnership in 2016 with $12 million commitment

PIKES PEAK HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, CO (March 31, 2016) – Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity has been awarded $15,000 from Thrivent Financial to support the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program, an ongoing multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial, which helps create safe, decent, affordable housing across the globe.



Locally, the program will help fund the construction of one home in Fountain, Colorado in 2016.

“Working in partnership with Habitat families to help them build or repair their homes is an inspiring experience,” said Nancy Albertson, a financial representative with Thrivent Financial. “I enjoy working alongside members -- who generously donate their time and talents -- to strengthen our community.”
Thrivent Financial is committing $12 million nationally to the 2016 partnership, which will be used to serve families and mobilize volunteers through three programs: Thrivent Builds Homes, Thrivent Builds Repairs and Thrivent Builds Worldwide.

 Thrivent Builds Homes focuses on improving communities by helping Habitat build homes in partnership with low-income families. In the local area, one Thrivent Builds Homes will be built this year.

 Thrivent Builds Repairs provides for the repair of existing homes in partnership with families who don’t have the resources or ability to make the repairs themselves. The Thrivent Builds Repairs program completed one repair in Colorado Springs in 2013.

 Thrivent Builds Worldwide allows Thrivent members and others to give financially and volunteer their time as they travel to international or domestic locations for a week or more at a time to build Habitat homes and experience other cultures.

Since the national partnership’s inception in 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have now committed $226 million and 4.7 million volunteer hours around the world.

“We are extremely grateful to Thrivent Financial and its members for their continued support of Habitat for Humanity,” said Kris Medina, Executive Director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. “Because of this generosity, more families will have a safe, affordable place to call home.”
Thrivent Financial remains the largest non-governmental supporter of Habitat for Humanity International.

For more information about Thrivent Builds programs, visit Thriventbuilds.com. To learn about local volunteer opportunities, visit www.pikespeakhabitat.org.

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Manitou Incline Trail Enhancement Phase 2

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The existing rules and regulations will be enforced on the Incline
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - The City of Colorado Springs, in conjunction with the City of Manitou Springs, will start phase 2 improvements to the Mt. Manitou Incline (Incline) on August 22, 2016.  Construction is anticipated to last for four months and will take place between Tie 1 and Tie 1525. During this time, the Incline will be closed for recreational use. For more information on the construction project, please visit www.coloradosprings.gov/incline.

The Incline project has four major goals: improved safety, enhanced user experience, long-term sustainability of the trail and increased accessibility.  Work will include repairing and replacing damaged retaining walls, cleaning up the mess of rebar and loose debris, adding additional drainage structures, stabilizing the existing ties, and stabilizing the surrounding slopes. Currently, there are several failed drainage structures. During construction, additional drainage structures will be added.  The increase in structures will greatly help reduce the velocity of water, a critical factor in reducing erosion and ensuring the long-term viability of the Incline.  

Funding
The project cost is one million dollars. Funding is made possible by a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant and Trail, Open Space and Parks Funding (TOPS).The City of Colorado Springs is responsible for the general oversight, trail enhancements, and maintenance of the Incline and to apply for grants for fund improvements, per the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Manitou Springs.

Enforcement of the existing rules and regulations on the Incline
In 2010, the cities of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, in conjunction with the citizens of the Pikes Peak Region developed the Site Development and Management Plan for the Mt. Manitou Incline (Incline). This document serves as the road map for the cities to follow while operating, maintaining, and overseeing the Incline.
 
During the public process, rules and regulations were established to ensure the safety of all users. These rules were approved by both City Councils when the Site Development and Management Plan was adopted in 2011. After the Incline was legalized in 2011, the rules were posted at the base of the Incline.  Due to the lack of compliance, the cities are partnering together to begin enforcing the rules. Violators of the rules will be issued a citation and will be required to appear in Manitou Springs Municipal Court.
 
The rules and regulations of the Incline include:


Hours of Operation:


April 1 – October 31:               6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
November 1 – March 31:       6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Littering is prohibited.  Trash receptacles are provided at the trailhead.
Open fires and open burning are prohibited at all times.
Unreasonable noise is prohibited; noise levels will be determined per the Manitou Springs Noise Ordinance.
Smoking is prohibited.
Pets are not allowed on the Incline.
Trespass during partial or full closures as posted at the trailhead(s).
Creation of rogue trails is prohibited.
Tampering with construction (such as vandalism, harassment, trespass, etc.)

SouthSideBusiness.com sees record number of unique visitors in March 2016

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SouthSideBusiness.com hit a new traffic record in March of 2016, surpassing the previous record set last summer by over 500.

According to AWStats, the site had 6,394 unique visitors for the month, 12,700 total visits, 57,988 pageviews.

Google Analytics shows 64% of traffic comes from Colorado with about 70% of that coming from the Colorado Springs area.

Thanks to everyone for helping us to continue to grow.

If you'd like to advertise your business with SouthSideBusiness.com for as little as $25/month (six month minimum) contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Happy Cats Haven’s April Foods Kibble Drive

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Press Release (MoxieGirlPR)

Did you know there are an estimated 10,000 abandoned cats in the Pikes Peak Region?

Abandoned, unspayed female kittens can get pregnant at 4 months old, each producing hundreds more kittens in her lifetime. Without human care, cats–and especially kittens–in unmanaged colonies can experience great suffering from hunger, predators, disease and the elements.

We take calls year round from people for our TNRCare (Trap-Neuter-Return) program. It’s often the case that people with the biggest hearts for our outside feline friends have the fewest resources to help them. Our TNRCare program helps us help these outside colony cats have decent lives, eliminating objectionable behavior like fighting and mating, and helping them be good neighbors. This in turn helps out the people in our community.

We are continually distributing cat food to those who are managing outdoor cat colonies, so that they can keep these cats fed and cared for. During our April Foods Kibble Drive, we are asking supporters to drop off dry cat food (even bags that have been opened) to be used for the colony cats.  

You can also support them financially. A $30 donation to our TNRCare Fund goes directly to a spay or neuter which prevents hundreds if not thousands of needless feline deaths in our region, mostly in kittens. Please help us continue our TNRCare program by dropping by with your donations in April (or anytime!) during open hours: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12-4 and Thursday evenings 5-8.

Where:
Happy Cats Haven, 1412 South 21 St, Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

When:
April 1-April 30, 2016

Why:
At Happy Cats Haven, we take in homeless cats and kittens and find them new, forever homes.

We are a no-kill (limited admission), non-profit adoption center and serve Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.  

Ybarra's crew takes Golden Gloves

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LuisJoe Ybarra Jr, wins his 7th consecutive Golden Glove Title in the 15-16yr old 125lbs open division by defeating Bradon Torres from Denver.

“It felt good.” said Luisjo. “It gets harder every year But I wouldn't have it any other way. My goal is to be the best in boxing and to do that you box everybody that steps in ring with you, which I consider my house. I am really enjoying myself, but I know to reach the 2020 Olympics games you have to put in the hard work every day in the gym and stay mentally and physically ready all the time. It's all about the training and listening to the coaches and I Have the best trainers; my dad, Coach Leo Rivera, coach Sevn Santos and Coach Sonny Duncan. With their experience and knowledge of the sport of  boxing you can't go wrong. it's like every other sport or everything you want to do, you have to sacrifice and learn how to improvize with what's in front of you at that moment by making a quick adjustment. It could be a different combination or a fade, footwork, anything that would take your opponent off his game. It's great I love it.”

Xavier Montoya also won his 4th Golden Glove Title in the 13-14yr old 85lb  open division. Xavier defeated Jairo Villalobos in the finals from Longmont CO. Xavier said  “Man it feels good to be in the gym and just keep working and learning with my bro LuisJoe.” Xavier added “We have lots of fun just working out and being in the gym with everybody, it's like having a whole new family it's awesome.”

Karina Galvan, Victor Rodriguez and Elijared Bautista also won their first Golden Glove Title in their respective weight classes in the novice division by being unopposed.

So there you have it five Colorado State Golden Glove Champions. For more information call:719-237-6982 or go to our site www.ybarrasboxingclub.com
And check us  out on our Facebook

 

 

Stay out of Fountain Creek for a while

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From Council member Sharon Thompson (from city manager Scott Trainor):

Sometime between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm on March 28th, the city of Woodland Park’s main wastewater lift station failed. It is estimated that between 400,000 to 600,000 gallons of raw sewage was sent down Fountain Creek. In response, Colorado Springs Utilities enacted their Fountain Creek recovery plan which pumps water directly out of Fountain Creek into a large holding pond on South Academy Boulevard. That water is then pumped up to their treatment plant on Las Vegas Street. Fortunately, they are estimating that the majority of the sewage has been captured through this process and will be treated. Colorado Springs Utilities are, at this time, taking water samples from the creek to monitor contamination levels. The have expressed concerns, however, that some of the sewage may have been frozen in ice in the creek, and may be released as it thaws. In the meantime, downstream communities are being asked stay out of the creek and avoid contact with creek water until the release has been mitigated.

The Springs Health and Fitness - Executive Profiles

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Press Release (RedEnergyPR.com)

The Springs Health and Fitness recently celebrated their grand opening in Colorado Springs.

They’d like to introduce a couple of their key staff.

Melissa Drake General Manager The Springs Health & Fitness

Melissa Drake of EXOS | Medifit has joined The Springs Health & Fitness and will serve as General Manager. Drake brings to The Springs a diverse background in corporate health and wellness, sports marketing and management and more than 12 years of experience in the fitness industry. An active participant in giving back to our military community, Drake serves on the board of directors for local nonprofit, Barks & Boots, whose mission is to say “thank you” to those who serve and their K9 counterparts.

Mark Wagner Performance Program Manager The Springs Health & Fitness Mark Wagner has joined The Springs Health & Fitness and will serve as Performance Program Manager. As an EXOS Certified Performance Specialist, Wagner brings to The Springs a Bachelors and Masters in Exercise Physiology and more than six years of experience in performance training.
Finishing in the top five percent of the 2011 and 2012 Men’s Health Urbanathlon in Chicago and having trained some of the top executives and athletes in the world, Wagner is deeply passionate about performance enhancement.

For more information on The Springs Health and Fitness, visit www.TheSpringsFitness.com or find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheSpringsFitness

Colorado Springs seeks volunteers to serve on Ethics Commission

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The City is seeking two volunteers to fill open positions on the Independent Ethics Commission. The Independent Ethics Commission is appointed by City Council to review ethics complaints and inquiries submitted by citizens through the City Attorney regarding a matter involving an elected official, an appointee including members of boards, committees and commissions appointed by City Council or the Mayor, or an independent contractor. The Commission meets for the purpose of either considering an inquiry for consideration or investigating a written complaint as set forth in Section 1.3.103(K) of the City Code, which calls for members to have expertise in ethical matters, acquired through education or experience.

Please send applications and resumes before Friday, February 26, 2016 to Eileen Gonzalez, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail the information to City Council; P.O. Box 1575; Colorado Springs, CO 80901.

            Applications can be found at www.coloradosprings.gov under “City Council” then by clicking on “Boards & Commissions”. For questions or more information, please call (719) 385-5452.

U.S. Air Force Academy Becomes Firewise Community/USA®

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Press Release (CO State Forest Service)

The U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs has received recognition as a Firewise Community/USA® after completing the criteria required of the national program.
 
James Donahey, forester with U.S. Air Force Academy Natural Resources, and Diane Strohm, a natural resources manager with Academy Natural Resources, spearheaded the local Firewise effort.  The Natural Resources department at the U.S. Air Force Academy has been strategically reducing fuels for over a decade. Donahey and Strohm, both U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees, work closely with Academy Fire Chief Ken Helgerson and his staff in planning fuels management activities.
 
“Creating a fire-resilient Academy is one of our foremost objectives, so to be recognized as a Firewise Community is a great acknowledgement of all of our ongoing efforts to reduce fuels and educate our residents and cadets,” said Donahey. “The more communities along the Rampart Range that take the initiative to develop Fire Safe Councils and implement Community Wildfire Protection Plans, the more prepared we will be for events like the Waldo Canyon Fire and the Black Forest Fire.”
 
Much of the Academy's focus has been on establishing fuelbreaks along roads, ridges and installation boundaries, to increase the chance of halting a fast-spreading wildfire and enhance firefighter access and safety.
 
Woody fuels also have been cleared in close proximity to numerous structures. Creating such defensible space is critical in defending these values at risk. The Academy has thinned forests and cleared fuels in proximity to its housing areas, and plans to begin clearing around individual residences this year. Recent projects have addressed defensible space around the historic Cadet Lodge, a favorite meeting place for cadets and other Academy staff, and the historic Scout Huts. The latter are still utilized by Boy Scout troops, who volunteered their time to clear brush and other woody debris in proximity to each structure.          
 
Firewise Communities/USA is a program of the National Fire Protection Association. Five steps are necessary for a community to receive the Firewise Communities/USA designation:
 
1.            Obtain a wildfire risk assessment from the state forestry agency or fire department
2.            Form a Firewise board
3.            Create an action plan based on the wildfire risk assessment
4.            Conduct a “Firewise Day” event
5.            Invest a minimum of $2 per capita in local Firewise actions for the year.  
 
Dave Root, assistant district forester with the Colorado State Forest Service Woodland Park District, has been working with the Air Force Academy to achieve their Firewise Community recognition. He says that the Academy provides a highly visible example that others can follow.
 
“A Firewise Community can be as structured as the Academy, or as informal as a cul-de-sac,” he said. “What makes a Firewise Community is when neighbors understand wildfire as a common threat, best addressed by working together. Any group of neighbors taking action can be recognized.”
 
The Academy will host a Firewise event and recognition ceremony this spring related to National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 7. More details will be available in the near future.  
 
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The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) provides technical forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.

City of Colorado Springs infill plans ready for public review, Council Action

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The public is invited to review and comment on a proposed new chapter of the City Comprehensive Plan that provides direction, priority and emphasis for infill and redevelopment throughout the mature areas of Colorado Springs.  The City Infill Steering Committee has been actively working to develop this new Comprehensive Plan chapter, and is recommending a separate more detailed and updateable Infill Action Plan that includes several dozen strategies for City action (some of which are already are being implemented).   During its more than 15 months of work the Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Jill Gaebler and co-chair Councilman Andy Pico, heard from a wide variety of other infill experts and stakeholders.  The Committee also includes representatives from the Planning Commission, neighborhoods, infill developers and other community interests.
 
            “On behalf of the Steering Committee, I am excited about both the culmination of this planning effort and the prospect of even greater focus on infill and revitalization, which are essential to fiscal integrity of the City and quality of life of all of our residents”, notes Councilwoman Gaebler, “I’m looking forward to using these documents as guides to support both public and private reinvestment in our community.”  
 
“The City has already made progress on several of the recommendations included in the Action Plan and we are poised to move forward with others.  As part of the review and adoption process for these documents we welcome public input including suggestions for making them better,” Planning and Community Development Director Peter Wysocki said.
 
Drafts of both the Infill Chapter and the Action Plan are available for review here or by visiting ColoradoSprings.gov and typing in the word “Infill” in the search function.  A formal recommendation on these documents is anticipated to be made by the Planning Commission at its January 21, 2016 meeting, followed by action by City Council in February to recommend adoption of the chapter.  A complete list of upcoming meetings is available on the City’s website.

The 12 Strays of Christmas

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From December 13th to Christmas day 2015, Phil Long family of Dealerships worked in conjunction with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) to find forever homes for twelve stray animals. Dubbed, “The 12 Strays of Christmas” this program found homes for many of these animals. They consisted of six dogs and six cats.
 
Daniels Long Chevrolet paid the adoption fee of all these animals in order to help facilitate their quick adoption, and to ensure that the pet’s future family would have more money to care for the pet. Daniels Long also put together gift baskets that went with each critter to help them feel at home with their new family.
 
These 12 animals weren’t the only beneficiaries of this holiday campaign. Over $10,000 was raised, and 10,000 animals found new homes. To see the 12 animals on Phil Long’s website visit www.phillong.com/12-Strays-Christmas
 
About Phil Long Dealership
Phil Long Dealerships is the largest privately owned auto group in the state of Colorado. They have been serving Colorado for over 40 years, and remain committed to providing excellent customer service and community outreach. Learn more at www.phillong.com/History.

El Paso County Parks Survey Seeks Public Input on Plans for Fountain Creek Regional Park

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El Paso County Parks is asking for public input by participating in a community-wide survey regarding the development of the master plan for Fountain Creek Regional Park.


The master plan includes the entire 460-acre regional park, including Willow Springs Ponds, playfields, picnic pavilions and the Hanson Trailhead area. Survey questions will assess favorite features of the park, existing facilities and maintenance and additional improvements or activities users would suggest.


The survey is available online now through Sunday, Jan. 17 at:
http://www.peaksurveys.com/…/fo…/Content/fountaincreek_1.htm


Results from the survey will assist El Paso County in managing the park, determining desired improvements and developing plans for upgrades and additions to Fountain Creek Regional Park.

After completion and analysis of the survey in late January 2016, citizens will be invited to participate in two public meetings. Both will take place at the Fountain Creek Nature Center (dates and times to be announced). The January meeting will present the results of the online survey, provide additional information about the park, and ask for further citizen input. The second public meeting, scheduled for March 2016, will present a summary stakeholder input, and alternatives for the Master Plan and proposed future improvements for Fountain Creek Regional Park. The master plan is scheduled to be completed in June 2016. Improvements to Fountain Creek Regional Park were outlined by parks staff when the 2014 revenue retention issue 1A was presented to voters and received overwhelming support.


A link to the survey can be also found on the Planning Division page of the Community Services Department website along with other project information at: El Paso County Park Planning


For more information contact Ross Williams, El Paso County Community Services Department Park Planner at 719-520-6984, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Casting Call - Fountain Community Theater

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Fountain Community Theater will having audition/casting call for our February production of "With Friends Like These" on Saturday the 2nd of January from 11 am to 1 pm and Monday the 4th of January from 5pm to 7 pm at the Heritage Event Center 737 Dale Street, Fountain, CO 80817. Cast needed: 1 female fifties to sixties, 1 female late twenties and 1 female mid thirties, and 3 males late thirties to early forties, 1 male mid twenties and one male fifties to sixties.

Here is a synopsis of the play:

With Friends Like These
By: Robert Lynn
  
February 5th, 6th, and 7th and 12th, 13th 


Whoever said dating is easy hasn't dated Julie! Roger is ready to propose to his girlfriend, Julie, but first he must introduce her to his mother. It's one romantic disaster after another when Roger's meddlesome friends and neighbors get involved - especially when sweet, sexy Candy moves in next door. There are many ways to propose to your girlfriend, and there are many more ways to disastrously propose to your girlfriend. Some people might say that Roger is simply unlucky in love, but that's rarely the case when you have friends like these.

UC Health Emergency Rooms and Toys for Tots show off Christmas Booty

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UCHealth Emergency Room locations once again teamed up with Toys for Tots at all 17 of their facilities across Colorado serving as Toys for Tots drop sites. UCHealth collected unwrapped toys for children ages 0-12 through December 13 this year.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is the largest outreach program in the Department of Defense and collects and distributes an average of 16 million toys nationwide each year.

For more information on Toys for Tots visit www.toysfortots.org.

For more information on UC Health visit www.uchealth.org.

About UCHealth UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group, and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West.

As our troops deploy again

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Troops from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade and the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment stationed at Fort Carson have received Deployment Orders. They will depart before Christmas for assignment in Afghanistan. Their mission, essentially, will be to support US National Guard Units in the Aviation Mission. However, as we all know full well, prior missions such as this one, have escalated into full-scale conflicts. We must, therefore, ensure that contingency plans are in place for troop evacuation or re-enforcement as the situation develops.

 

ONCE MORE THEY GO

 

Once more they go, to serve on foreign shore,

As they have proudly gone, so many times before.

They go wherever they are sent, as in the past,

To ensure that our Freedoms will forever last.

And no matter what the duty: In the air, at sea, or desert sand,

Our Troops will serve with honor, do the best they can.

And terrorism will never destroy the way we live,

Not as long as they have one more life to give.

They join the daring Doughboys who fought the Hun,

In the hedgerows and trenches of World War One;

And our gallant GI Joes, who made the Axis run,

Who struck down the Swastika and the Rising Sun.

They are part and parcel of those who boldly fought

The war in Korea which was, sadly, soon forgot;

And who served in Vietnam, that most unpopular war,

Who suffered wounds to the spirit that left an ugly scar.

They seek the same oasis in the desert sand,

As did the Gulf War heroes in that dry, parched land.

They march in step with the millions who waved goodbye,

Who left home with this promise: “We will do...or die”.

They leave with our full support for their noble stand

And we honor their service to their Flag, their Land

Our hope is that they all return home safe and well,

And we will never forget those who gave their all.... and fell.

Frank J. Montoya. CW3, USA, Retired                                                                                                                                              Poet Laureate, City of Fountain, Colorado           

LuisJoe Ybarra wins Silver Glove in Wheatridge

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Press Release

Luisjoe Ybarra Jr, who attends Widefield High School, wons his 7th straight State  Silver Glove title last week in Wheatridge, CO.

Luisjoe defeated Christian Patino in the 14-15yrs old 125lbs open division to win the title. Luisjoe will be going to Reno,NV on January the 3rd to compete in the 2016 Youth National Championships and Junior Open.

If you would like to help out Luisjoe financially to make sure he gets the opportunity to represent Security-Widefield, Fountain and Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado you may make a donation to the Ybarra Boxing Club at the ENT CREDIT UNION. Ybarras Boxing Club is a non-profit organization. Luisjoe sparring  Sessions are open to the public on Wednesdays evenings from 5-7pm. Located at 30 Widefield Blvd, behind the BIG R. STORE.

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