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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

At the end of April, 2018, a total of 537,073 passengers will have traveled through the Colorado Springs Airport (COS), representing a 19.8 percent increase in year-to-date enplanements from April, 2017. During the month of April 2018, 69,555 enplaned passengers and 69,814 deplaned passengers travelled through COS resulting in a total of 139,782 passengers, of which 257 enplanements and 156 deplanements from charters are included in the total passenger count.  Frontier Airlines reported 84,549 passengers in year-to-date traffic, an increase of 73.1 percent from the previous year.

April’s year-to-date load factors (the percentage of seats filled with paying passengers) was down slightly at 1.3 percent from 2017. Delta reported an 86.5 percent load factor, with American at 85.9 percent, Frontier at 81.8 percent, and United at 79.4 percent.

On the night of Monday, April 16, a fire ignited on the roof of the airport, resulting in the closure of the main terminal at COS the late evening of Monday, April 16 through Tuesday, April 17. The closure resulted in 56 flights and 5,740 seats lost due to cancellations. Despite cancellations, airport passenger traffic increased 21.4 percent in year-over-year enplanements from April, 2017. COS reopened and resumed full operations on Wednesday, April 18. COS continues to complete construction and repair areas damaged by the fire.

COS currently serves 15 nonstop flights on 4 airlines. Just in time for the summer travel season, COS added four nonstop routes with Frontier Airlines. New service to Seattle, Washington, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, and an additional nonstop to Atlanta Georgia began on April 8. A new nonstop to San Antonio, Texas began on April 9.  Frontier has also restarted seasonal service to Washington-Dulles and Chicago O’Hare. Easy parking and shorter lines means you spend your vacation on vacation – not the hassle of getting there.

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Press Release (ElPasoCo.com)

On May 15, 2018, Nathan Parks pled guilty to voting twice in the 2016 General Election. Mr. Parks knowingly cast ballots in Colorado and Washington, resulting in a misdemeanor, according to the Colorado Revised Statute 1-13-710. As part of his sentencing, Mr. Parks will provide 30 hours of community service, pay all restitution and court fees, and serve a 12 month deferred sentence.

Nathan Parks, 54, had registered to vote in Colorado in August 2013, while maintaining his residency and voter registration in Clallam County, Washington. Mr. Parks had not cast any absentee ballots in Colorado until the 2016, General Election, where he also voted in Washington.

“Every vote is a voice and our office works hard to make sure that your vote is your voice. Voting twice in an election is illegal. Double voting decreases the public’s confidence that our election systems are fair” said Chuck Broerman, El Paso County Clerk & Recorder. “In Colorado, we make it easy to register and vote, but hard to cheat. As a result, voter fraud is rare in El Paso County. But as this case proves, when it does occur, the District Attorney’s Office, under Dan May, investigates and prosecutes.”

Additionally, on May 16, 2018, Bonnie Schrader appeared before the El Paso County District Court on allegations that she voted twice and forged a ballot signature, both within El Paso County. If convicted, the forgery charge is a class 5 felony (Colorado Revised Statute 18-5-102(1) (e)), and the charge of voting twice in an election is a misdemeanor (Colorado Revised Statute 1-13-710).

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Young bicyclists will have a place to ride and learn thanks in part to a donation announced today. El Pomar Foundation has donated $60,000 toward the completion of a youth bike park at Fountain Park, adjacent to the Hillside Community Center.

“We are grateful to El Pomar Foundation for this generous donation which will translate into valuable safety lessons and great fun for our local youth,” said Mayor John Suthers. “This is a wonderful example of how public-private partnerships can benefit our community as a whole.”

The bike park is one of several projects made possible in part by a Great Outdoors Colorado (COCO) grant and Generation Wild Initiative which aims to connect families with the great outdoors. The total cost of the bike park is approximately $200,000. This latest donation means The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department now has the necessary funding to begin construction. The bike park will be approximately 3 acres and is scheduled to open by this fall.

“We are excited and proud to provide programming at this facility for the newest bicyclists in our community,” said Daniel Byrd, Kids on Bikes executive director. The bike park will include a street skills course that helps teach young cyclists the rules of the road along with a mountain bike skills and obstacle course.

This donation is the first from The William J. Hybl Fund. “Olympic and Paralympic sports promote excellence, participation and peaceful competition, all of which are values which should be passed on to young people,” said William J. Hybl, El Pomar Foundation Chairman and CEO. “This fund supports Olympic, Paralympic and youth sports and so the ability to provide funds for the completion of this skills and obstacle course for kids is a terrific initial gift.”

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc. was selected to manage 830 Tenderfoot Hill Road, a 22,767 square foot office building on Colorado Springs southside. This is the second property Griffis/Blessing manages for the out of state owner. The building is over 85% occupied and home to tenants that include  SOCO Endo and Premier Healthcare.



The commercial management team lead by Liz Seeger, RPA, LEED AP, Portfolio Manager, with the assistance of Cortney Brunner, Management Assistant, Tiffany Koschwitz, Property Accountant, and Jim Leach, Maintenance Technician will oversee the day to day operations of the property.

“The assigned management team, who currently manage the owner’s other local office property, Mountain Shadows Professional Center, have over thirty years combined experience managing office buildings and this assignment is an ideal fit for them. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to grow our relationship and partnership with this ownership group,” says Commercial Department Vice President, Doris Wall.

Southern Colorado’s largest property manager of commercial and multifamily properties Griffis/Blessing is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver. It is also Southern Colorado’s largest manager of medical office space, with the exclusion of hospitals.  The organization currently manages over 4.6 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 8,000 apartment units located along Colorado’s Front Range. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.

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Press Release

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain will implement a temporary complimentary shuttle service from May 31-Sept. 15 to transport visitors to the summit. The shuttle is being launched due to an anticipated record-setting number of visitors combined with limited parking capacity in the summit lot, due to construction of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex.
 
“It is very important that visitors know what to expect before they arrive at Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, especially this summer,” said Jack Glavan. “We’re launching a shuttle service for the first time, which will be critical to providing safe and accessible parking for all visitors who wish to experience the summit, including the existing Summit House which will remain fully operational throughout construction of the new facilities. We’ve seen a steady growth of visitors year-over-year, and combined with the closure of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the highway is anticipating nearly a 50 percent increase of visitors who wish to access the summit. While the shuttle will certainly be a different experience than driving yourself to the top, our aim is to make the visitor experience just as good or better.”
 
The complimentary service budgeted for and provided by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, an enterprise division of the City of Colorado Springs, will impact visitors who intend to drive to the summit. No tax dollars will be used. Highway visitors who don’t plan to reach the summit by car – like fisherman, hikers and cyclists – can utilize the highway as normal. Seasonal highway toll rates will apply to all visitors, and purchasing online in advance is highly recommended.
 
Vehicles seeking to access the summit will be directed by parking attendants to one of two parking lots where they can connect with the shuttles, which are 15-passenger vans. The lots are located at the 7-mile and 16-mile highway markers and will be filled based on capacity. Shuttle wait times are anticipated to be between 5-10 minutes and will only stop in the designated shuttle parking lots and on top at the summit.
 
Although everyone is welcome to utilize the shuttle service, not everyone driving to the summit will be required to take the shuttle, including vehicles carrying persons with mobility disabilities or children in car seats. Motorcycles in groups of less than 10 and pre-approved busses and tours can also expect a parking spot on the summit. Persons with mobility disabilities who would like to use the shuttle will be directed to the 7-mile lot. The shuttles are unable to accommodate pets and bicycles. 
 
For additional Know Before You Go information, visit www.pikespeakcolorado.com. To view a Facebook Live interview with Glavan detailing the shuttle service, visit www.facebook.com/PikesPeakAmericasMtn/.
 
Construction of the new Summit Complex is anticipated to begin in June and last through the fall of 2020. When the complex is complete, it is expected that normal traffic patterns will return to the Pikes Peak Highway.
 
The new Summit Complex and Visitor Center, co-funded by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and private donations, will deliver a vastly upgraded visitor experience to better accommodate the record number of visitors who are enjoying Pikes Peak each year. Upgrades include an improved kitchen and expanded dining facilities, better retail space and an interactive, interpretive education area focused on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak. Frequent updates will be available on www.pikespeakcolorado.com.