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This tax season, Pikes Peak Community College is partnering with Denver-based Piton Foundation through the Tax Help Colorado program to help hard-working families become more financially secure.  IRS-certified PPCC accounting students will prepare and file tax returns free of charge for people with household incomes of less than $54,000 a year. 


This free service will be offered by appointment only every Saturday, Feb. 3-March 24, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at PPCC, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Aspen Building, 2nd Floor Rotunda.

This is the first year the service is provided by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 719-502-4829 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In addition to getting their taxes done for free, taxpayers may be eligible for valuable, refundable tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit. Tax preparers are trained to ensure the families they serve get the best refund possible. The program also helps PPCC students develop customer service skills, achieve practical, hands-on experience, serve their community and earn college credits.

Last year, PPCC accounting students helped 606 families file their tax returns.

“Not only is this a great community service provided by our students to help lower-income families save on their taxes, it also provides them with vital experience for entering the job market,” says Melissa Allen, PPCC accounting department chair and site coordinator.

Tax Help Colorado operates 24 free tax sites statewide; last year, they provided free tax assistance to over 8,750 people, helping them claim nearly $14 million in tax refunds, including nearly $5 million from the EITC.  In addition, the program saved families more than $2.2 million in commercial tax-preparation fees. Learn more about how Tax Help Colorado positively impacts the lives of families by reading past client stories.

A list of all the Tax Help Colorado sites, as well as the locations of other free tax assistance sites in Colorado, is available by calling 2-1-1 or visiting TaxHelpCO.org. You can also follow Tax Help Colorado on Facebook (facebook.com/taxhelpcolorado) and Twitter (@TaxHelpCo).

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The building that until recently housed a Denny's at the Markets at Mesa Ridge in Fountain is being converted to a Black Bear Diner.

Headquartered in Mount Shasta California, Black Bear diner is a restaurant chain in the western United States which features homestyle cooking and comfort foods.

From the website: "Black Bear Diner, founded in 1995, is a fast-growing, community-oriented, family dining concept that offers a one-of-a-kind experience in a fun, bear-themed atmosphere. Black Bear Diner was born from a desire to bring home-style comfort food classics and personal service back to the dining experience."


Black Bear has over 100 locations including 2 in Colorado Springs at Citadel Crossing and Garden of the Gods.

The new location is across from the Chase Bank and behind the UC Health Emergency Room.

For more information visit www.BlackBearDiner.com

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By Ed Duffy

 

Update 01/22/18

El Paso County Sheriff reports the suspect has been taken into custody.

 

Latest Update from EPC (11:05am): Victim from shooting on Easy Street was revived during life saving efforts enroute to the hospital. Updates will be given as they become available. We are still looking for Christopher Martinez. Call 911 if you know of his whereabouts.

At just after 8:10 am this morning, my wife Linda and I got a knock on the door. Our neighbor, from 111 Easy Street informed us that someone had been shot. Linda went next door to see if she could help the victim, while I started searching our newly installed security camera system to see what I could pull up.

More info from the EPCSheriff Twitter feed

We later learned that the shooter is the ex-boyfriend of a woman who was staying over next door, along with her current boyfriend. The shooter shot the boyfriend and punched the ex girlfriend in the face before returning to his vehicle and driving off.

Sure enough on our video we see the vehicle pass by once, come back the other way a few minutes later and park. A man gets out and walks toward the house (off camera). About 3 minutes later a second person steps out of the vehicle from the passenger side as the alleged shooter returns. Both then get back in the vehicle and drive away.

 

 

 

For the latest from the El Paso County Sheriff's Department, follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EPCSheriff

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On January 1, 2018, John Register of Colorado Springs, Colorado and William Passig Perno, MBA, added their skills and passion to the Amputee Coalition board of directors for a three-year term. Board leadership shifts include John “Mo” Kenney, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, stepping into the role of board chair and Jeff Cain, MD, serving as vice-chair.

Bill Perno

Perno’s expertise in healthcare strategy and operational management is reflected in his current role as Vice President / COO of Mount Camel Health Partners in Columbus, OH and past President of West Florida Health in Tampa, FL. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix, is an Air Force veteran, and has held volunteer leadership roles with the American College of Healthcare Executives, Junior Achievement, Forest Lake Retirement Center and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. “I see opportunity in bringing an operational healthcare perspective to the Amputee Coalition,” said Perno. “As an amputee, I believe that helping to shape outcomes by being part of the healthcare delivery conversation is critical for a healthy future for all of us.”
 

John Register

Register, an athletic professional, is a medal-winning Paralympic competitor and is now the associate director of Community and Veterans Programs, United States Olympic Committee, Paralympic Division. His leadership skills are evident in his founding of the Paralympic Military Sport Program and his inspirational public speaking. “Now more than ever is the time for people to share their stories and experiences,” said Register. “Speaking out can help the entire community by clarifying the importance of things like getting the healthcare and support people need.”

Kenney, a prosthetist and an amputee, has served on the Amputee Coalition board for three years. He brings an urgency to the issues facing people with limb loss and limb difference. “Making it easy to get the care and support you need is a high priority for me. As a clinician, I want to be sure that the focus is on getting people the best possible care – not on paperwork and policy,” said Kenney.

Jack Richmond, president & CEO of the Amputee Coalition, believes that the board brings a unique perspective to the goal of growing the impact of the organization. “Our board brings personal experience in living with limb loss as well as expertise in areas like healthcare delivery that we want to influence,” Richmond commented. "We continue to deliver great programs that help support people who are affected by limb loss and limb difference.”


About the Amputee Coalition
The Amputee Coalition has served the nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States for more than 30 years. Our mission is to empower them through education, support and advocacy and to promote limb loss prevention. We do this through effective initiatives such as the Amputee Coalition National Limb Loss Resource Center and our peer support training program, as well as growing events such as the Amputee Coalition National Conference, the Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, and regional Limb Loss Education Days. To learn more about the board and opportunities to work with the Amputee Coalition, call 888.267.5669 or visit amputee-coalition.org.

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Grant money to connect local families with the great outdoors

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The Great Outdoors Colorado board awarded a $1,393,955.50 grant to the City of Colorado Springs and its Out the Door! Pikes Peak coalition for the group’s work to get youth outdoors. The grant is part of GOCO’s Inspire Initiative, which aims to connect families with the great outdoors. Out the Door! Pikes Peak is one of several coalitions in Colorado working to address specific community barriers keeping youth from getting outside.


“Out the Door! Pikes Peak coalition has been developing plans for the past two years to serve residents in the Hillside neighborhood and help youth and their families enjoy the outdoors. This grant will help us put those plans into action.” said Tilah Larson, senior grants analyst for the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. Out the Door! has identified the community’s primary barriers to getting outside as lack of time, gear and familiarity with outdoor spaces and programs, as well as transportation.

Approximately half of the GOCO Inspire funds will be used to make improvements to Prospect Lake Nature District at Memorial Park. The Prospect Lake Beach House will be renovated to serve as a launching area for outdoor activities and include an information center and gear library. At Fountain Park, a bike park will be built to include a paved skills course and bike demonstration area. Outdoor education will be integrated into School District 11 and the Prospect Lake Beach House and Hillside Community Center will serve as programming hubs. Out the Door! Pikes Peak plans to create 30 youth and community job opportunities and impact more than 3,800 youth through these improvements and programming plans.

The Out the Door! Pikes Peak coalition includes the City of Colorado Springs, School District 11, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mile High Youth Corps, Kids on Bikes, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Catamount Institute, Fountain Creek Watershed District, North Cheyenne Canon and Garden of the Gods Interpretive Programming, UpaDowna, and YMCA/LiveWell Colorado Springs, along with several community-based partners.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance Colorado’s parks, trails, open spaces, rivers and wildlife. The GOCO board announced a total investment of $20 million in 40 projects in 28 counties following its meeting on Dec. 15. To date, GOCO has invested $51.6 million in El Paso County projects and conserved more than 8,000 acres of land. GOCO funding has supported Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Ute Valley Park, the Incline reconstruction and other projects.