Tag Colorado Springs

Dealing with Wildfire Damage to Water Supplies

Wildfires have a longer-lasting and more direct effect on communities than most people realize. Across the nation, countless cities and states receive their drinking water from nearby reservoirs, and when wildfires contaminate the main source of water for thousands in nearby cities, the watersheds take decades and cost millions to restore. Moreover, water polluted by remnants from fires creates an additional problem when it travels downstream to other locations. While

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CASA and the Fight against Child Abuse and Neglect

The growing rates of child abuse and neglect in Colorado Springs is alarming. A few years ago, more than 12,500 calls were made to the police department by worried community members concerning the wellbeing of children. As Abbie Burke notes, out of those 12,500 calls made, one thousand of them resulted in authorities discovering authentic cases of child abuse or neglect taking place. Cases of child maltreatment get turned over

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NORAD: Off the Beaten Path, but an Intriguing Colorado Feature

For decades, the simple words “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” have greeted millions of visitors, and for good reason. Colorado really is a colorful place, with snow-capped purple mountains, red sandstone spires, green forests, and rolling, golden prairies. Still, there’s nothing wrong with avoiding the tourist-trap locales you would expect to find in a travel brochure in search of places off the beaten path. Some of these spots are internationally famous

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Mystery and Motherhood: An Interview with Lindsay Hand

I stood in Lindsay Hand’s downtown art studio, feeling the creaks of the wooden floor beneath my feet and hearing the large building, filled with several art studios and offices, breathe and shift slightly around me. I held a coffee I’d just purchased from the Starbucks down the street and smiled at Lindsay. Her short cropped, brunette hair was curly, and she cleared a space in her daughter’s corner of

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Pick a Door, Any Door

“GED room, Mr. Parent speaking,” I said into the telephone receiver. “Mr. Parent, this is admin. We need you to go out and look at your car.” I didn’t recognize the voice but the request was troubling to say the least. My fears were reinforced by two different people who stopped me and said they were sorry. Crap, I thought. And for those of you who know me, yes, I

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Clean Living

Related companion pieces: Hard Living Park Living Colorado Springs sure has evolved since its founding in 1872 when the first stake was pounded into the ground near the intersection of Pikes Peak and Cascade Avenues. Those who pioneered the city were said to often stop near the center of town to marvel at Pikes Peak and the handsome Front Range mountains that seemed much closer than they really were. From

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