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Kathy Boe
Kathy Boe, Founder and CEO

Boecore Inc., a woman-owned aerospace and defense engineering company in Colorado Springs, has been awarded the Shared Early Warning System (SEWS II) Engineering and Contractor Logistics Support (SEWS II) contract from the Department of Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC).

SEWS II is a 5-year, $93 million follow-on IDIQ contract to the SEWS contract. The system provides critical near-real-time early warning information of ballistic missile launches, not only to the U.S. but also to Combatant Command (CCMD)-sponsored foreign partner-nations. Boecore, along with teammates Northrop Grumman and CACI, will be responsible for sustaining, maintaining, testing, deploying, securing, and training this worldwide system. Work on SEWS will take place primarily in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“SEWS is a high-visibility mission system providing time-sensitive information to a wide variety of foreign partners. We are extremely pleased to be entrusted with the sustainment and operation of this critical system,” said Boecore Chief Development Officer Scott Boe. “We are excited to provide exceptional mission operations, software, cyber and network engineering services to the AFLCMC customer, as well as provide challenging growth opportunities for our employees.”
This win expands Boecore’s role in designing, developing, maintaining, and securing critical Command and Control, Missile Defense, Radar, and Satellite systems for the nation’s defense. Boecore has grown by 60 people in 2017 and expects to hire another 50 by the end of the year to support the SEWS II contract and several other expanding programs. Most of these new hires are in highly technical positions such as systems engineers, software developers, cyber security engineers, network engineers, knowledge management and space training. Part of Boecore’s recent growth has been attributed to its expanded investment in its research and development innovation lab, where cyber and software tools and processes are developed to address its customers’ most pressing challenges.

Founded in 2000, Boecore Inc. is a woman-owned small business headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a regional office in Huntsville, Alabama, and satellite offices in California, New Mexico, Washington, North Carolina, and Virginia. With 275 highly skilled employees, Boecore specializes in cybersecurity, software solutions, systems engineering, enterprise networks, and mission operations.

Boecore has earned a national reputation for integrity and performance, serving as a trusted partner supporting a variety of government and commercial customers, including the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NORAD/NORTHCOM, U.S. Navy, and Department of Homeland Security.

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by Ed Duffy

What is all this painted rock business about?

The newest craze in social media isn’t online. It’s outside. Rock painting and hiding and seeking groups are popping up across the country. What’s the point? Just fun. People paint river rocks with cool designs or messages or whatever and hide them in public places. When you find one, you can keep it or rehide it, but you’re encouraged to take a picture of it and post it on the group’s Facebook or other social media page. The rocks will usually have the name of the group on it somewhere, often on the back. Some will have signatures or names of their creators, some wont.

The biggest local Facebook group is 719 Rocks! with over 17,000 members and growing. The group is open to the public. People post pictures of their creations before they put them out and when they find some. They also share tips on techniques and subject matter and where to hide/find rocks.

Local businesses are getting into it as well. Cogstone Brewing Company will give you a special deal on pizza if you find and bring back one of their rocks. Easy Street Designs will give you up to $1 off any purchase of $1 or more if you bring one of their rocks back to the shop. Of course, you can also just keep them or rehide them if you like. Chick-Fil-A has put out a number of Eat More Chicken  themed rocks featuring their famous cow. Lotion Bar Cafe in Widefield hosted a bring your own rock to paint day, providing work tables, paints, brushes and pointers. Dozens of people showed up to create new treasures to hide.

You’ll also find cartoon characters, super heroes, text messages, logos, flags, designs. Some are great pieces of art. Some are just to contribute to the hunt. One clever set out there is a “quilting rock”. If you find it, you’re asked to add a design to one of the blank squares and rehide it.

Some general, common sense guidelines; don’t put rocks where people aren’t supposed to be. In parks, keep them near the trails. Putting them on grass that’s going to be mowed at some point is a bad idea. Always respect private property. Most businesses are fine with the whole thing, but if they ask you to refrain, honor their request. I don’t put any where one can easily see them from the road, as I don’t want to encourage people looking for rocks while they drive.

As for where to get the rocks, don’t take rocks from medians or landscaping where they were obviously put there by the property owner. You can get 2”-4” river rock at KW Schramek Landscaping in Fountain, for about $5 for a 5 gallon bucket. Other material places would probably also be happy to sell you a bunch cheap. You can also find them in creeks or around your house. Again, the main thing is, always respect other people’s property.

It’s a lot of fun both making and hiding. You can do it yourself or take the whole family. Be safe. Be alert. Have fun.

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Dunkin Donuts features hot and cold beverages, doughnuts of course, frozen drinks and hot and cold sandwiches and wraps.

The shop has a drive through and indoor and outdoor seating. 

You’ll find them at 6650 Mesa Ridge Drive, Fountain, Colorado, behind Chase Bank and next to Lowes. They’re open from 4am to 10pm daily. You can reach them at 719-392-2096. For more information visit or their Facebook page.

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Press Release

The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners has approved changes to the Commissioner District boundaries, selecting Option 3 unanimously.  The Clerk and Recorder’s Office had proposed three options for redistricting on May 25, which began a 30-day public comment period for citizens to provide their input.

“We greatly appreciate the people who participated in their county government by offering their comments,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.  “There was a substantial increase in comments received during this redistricting process which shows the level of commitment of citizens to be involved in shaping our county. It also indicates our office’s dedication to accessible, transparent governance through the open houses we hosted and publicizing the public comment period.”

The Clerk’s Office received a record 266 comments on the district proposals, and followed up with those who submitted comments. Comments were submitted via email, forms, voicemails/phone calls, and in person. Comments received within the 30-day public comment period, May 25-June 24, were presented to the Board of County Commissioners at today’s meeting, June 29.  In addition, people attending the meeting were afforded the opportunity to address the Board, voicing their opinion, before the Board voted on the Commissioner District proposals.

There was a committed effort by the Clerk’s Office to inform the public and give the redistricting process high visibility in the community.  Two open houses at the Clerk’s Office gave people an opportunity to view the map options on a larger scale, and personally address questions or concerns to Clerk Chuck Broerman and Strategy and Development Manager Mattie Albert. Through press releases, social media postings and the Clerk’s website the public was kept apprised of the redistricting issue as well as the timeline for them to be involved by submitting comments.

Today’s Board vote brings the redistricting process to finalization before the July 1 deadline mandated by Colorado law.  County Commissioner District boundaries may be redrawn every two years to keep districts relatively equal in population. The districts were last examined and boundaries redrawn in 2015.  This year, the deviation between County Commissioner Districts’ populations was enough (3.06%) to warrant redistricting. 

You can view Option 3 here.

View the individual district maps here.

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The Widefield Running & Walking Club, led by Erik Nelson, Cross Country Coach for Widefield High School, is looking for participation from the local community. The newly formed club has a diverse group of runners and walkers. The club meets every Thursday night at 6:00 pm at the Widefield Community Center, 715 Aspen Drive. Club members run or walk, at their own pace along a 5K course that loops back to the start at the community center.

“I want people in this community, Widefield, Security, Fountain and surrounding areas to see people out running and walking and having fun doing it. Especially the kids in the area and I’m hopeful that seeing their community invested in running or walking will encourage kids to do the same,” said Erik Nelson.

Whether you are a competitive runner, just getting into the sport or someone who enjoys a good walk, the Widefield Running & Walking Club can help you achieve your goals. There are no fees and kids are welcome. You can run or walk with your dogs as well.

The Widefield Running & Walking Club is a community club formed to encourage its local neighbors to get out and run for fun. Please contact Erik Nelson at 719-659-9931 or Don Byers at 719-231-0169 for more information.