Despite Mask Wars, Americans Support Aggressive Measures To Stop COVID-19, Poll Finds

With the national death toll from COVID-19 passing the grim 150,000 mark, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds broad support for a single, national strategy to address the pandemic and more aggressive measures to contain it. Two-thirds of respondents said they believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other countries, and most want the federal government to take extensive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus, favoring a top-down approach to reopening schools and businesses. Loading... ...

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A dusky photo of community members holding signs, marching to protest police brutality in downtown Colorado Springs.
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Monday marks the one-year anniversary of De'Von Bailey's death. Bailey was a Black Colorado Springs teenager who was shot and killed by police.

Two local organizations, Empowerment Solidarity Network and MOVE, have planned a march to remember Bailey and demand justice. 

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When John Register walked around a corner into one of the 13 exhibits in Colorado Springs' new U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, he couldn't quite believe what was on display.

"I saw that they had my leg from Sydney, Australia, and I didn't know it was here," Register said.

It was with that prosthetic limb that he won the silver medal hanging around his neck — in the long jump during the 2000 Summer Paralympic Games. He of course knew he had donated the leg to the museum. 

Photo Courtesy Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

Today on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition shares information about two urban hikes in Colorado Springs.


  •   Join artists and friends in their studios, their homes, yards, basements and their corner of the world with the on going Smokebrush Foundation For the Arts Interplanetary Art Club.  Share vision, processes, farming tips, and big ideas.
  • On August 4, the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center presents "Effective Market Research for Small Businesses".  Brush up on your secondary research skills and discover the wealth of free information available to you.  Tickets available on line.
  • These and many other events can be found at peakradar.com/virtual.

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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler visited the Colorado Smelter Superfund site in Pueblo on Monday, July 27.

Some 1,900 south Pueblo properties were potentially affected by lead and arsenic left behind by a silver smelter that shut down in 1908. To get these toxins cleaned up the EPA placed the area on its National Priorities List in 2014.

Photo Courtesy Alan Peak

When Richard Mulledy was growing up in Colorado Springs, there was no trail running along the city’s Fountain Creek. Who would have wanted to walk along the pollution-laden waterway? It was little more than an overgrown ditch for the region’s erratic and sometimes massive flash floods.

Photo Courtesy Kirsten Ford

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has places for you to explore on opposite ends of El Paso County. Both have space for ample social distancing with a few other perks as well.



  • •   Through July 25, the Bemis School of Art will present a virtual workshop introducing basic Japanese calligraphy, brush mark-making and Sumi ink drawing, geared for ages 16-adult.  Tickets available online.
  • This summer, Crafted Colorado Handmade Market will showcase the best that local, small businesses have to offer.  You'll find fresh produce, meat, gourmet food, artisans, and more!  View, order, and pay online.  Orders are placed Monday through Friday, ready for pick up on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
  • These and many other events can be found at peakradar.com/virtual.

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Springs Utilities

Colorado Springs Utilities has committed to closing the coal-fired portions of the Martin Drake Power Plant by 2023 -12 years earlier than originally planned - and investing significantly more in renewable energy. The Ray Nixon plant, south of the city, will be converted to non-carbon resources by 2030. The goal is for the utility to achieve 80 percent carbon reduction by 2030, as called for under new state rules made last year, and set a course for 90 percent renewable energy generation by 2050.

The No. 2 American military officer, Air Force Gen. John Hyten, says the Pentagon must do more to create a diverse force and also must deal with the rising problem of sexual misconduct by looking for answers outside the military.

Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made his remarks in a wide-ranging interview with Steve Inskeep on NPR's Morning Edition.

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