Colorado Springs

A panoramic view of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, a white and red building with a large central tower.
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The Downtown Partnership's Art on the Streets program in Colorado Springs starts this Friday with a program engaging with issues of power and public space

Photo Courtesy Mary Webster-Walsh

As school districts across Colorado make adjustments to plans for the upcoming academic year, parents are faced with choosing the right learning environment for their children. 

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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. 

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Colorado Springs City Council has given final approval to an ordinance to form a citizens' accountability advisory committee for police transparency. The second vote on the ordinance passed 8 to 0, with council member Don Knight excused from the meeting. 

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Colorado Springs City Council is planning a second vote to form a commission on police accountability in mid-July. The council has held multiple work sessions over the past few weeks to discuss input from community groups on forming the commission.

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Poets and writers are adapting to a new reality in quarantine, where writing groups are hosted on Zoom and community open mics have gone virtual. 

KRCC's Elena Rivera spoke with three poets from Poetry 719, a community poetry organization in Colorado Springs, on what creating during a pandemic has looked like for them and how it has changed their work.

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Colorado Springs City Council members voted in favor of an ordinance that forms a commission to oversee police transparency and accountability in the city.

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As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more--but we also need to continue following social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition talks about two parks that will be a hit with the kids.

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People gathered for a ninth day of protests in Colorado Springs Sunday. By late afternoon, hundreds of people were gathered on and around the steps of City Hall, with cars honking as they drove by.

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As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more--but we also need to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks. This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition talks about two parks that could not be more different.

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers issued a curfew Wednesday, effective immediately, as protests sparked after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota continue in the city and across the country. The protests around police brutality also invoke the names of De'Von Bailey in Colorado Springs, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Tony McDade in Florida, Nina Pop in Missouri and others.

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For a fourth day, demonstrators were out in Colorado Springs to protest police brutality after the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.

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Protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd continued for a third day in Colorado Springs on Monday.

Andrea Chalfin / KRCC

Several hundred people came out to Colorado Springs City Hall Sunday for a demonstration against police brutality. The protest, like others across the country, comes after the death of George Floyd. Floyd, an African American man, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last week.

A picture of a blue lake with tall trees surrounding it.
Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

As the weather heats up, we're wanting to enjoy the outdoors more and more, but we also need to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid piling up at popular parks.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition shares a place to relax near a pond and a space to see horseback riding skills in person.

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Colorado Springs' Peterson Air Force Base will remain the home of U.S. Space Command for at least six more years.

The selection puts to rest, at least in the short term, a battle between cities across the nation jockeying for a piece of the military's nascent Space Force.

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Due to the new coronavirus, schools across southern Colorado have cancelled end-of-year events like prom and moved graduation services online. One organization in Colorado Springs has shifted their annual prom for LGBTQ youth into the digital space on Saturday, May 16.

A photo the isolation shelter: a large auditorium with folks standing in a circle, wearing masks, with beds and tables along the walls.
Courtesy of Amber Ptak / Community Health Partnerships

The isolation shelter at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium for people experiencing homelessness and COVID-19 symptoms has seen around 30 people since opening April 5.

At this time, it's unknown if they were positive for the new coronavirus. Jennifer Mariano, director of homeless programs with Community Health Partnership, said the location recently received COVID-19 testing supplies, and will begin testing people this week.

A picture of staff members from Inside/Out Youth Services behind a colorful rainbow background. Jessie Pocock, the director, is far left wearing a dark shirt, while the other three staff members are wearing white shirts.
Jessie Pocock / Inside/Out Youth Services

Almost overnight, the novel coronavirus has changed the way people provide community support. KRCC's Elena Rivera spoke with three people in Southern Colorado about how their jobs have changed and about their concerns for the vulnerable populations they serve.

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Urban forests are considered to be a key part of a sustainable city. They include the trees along streets, in parks, open spaces, backyards, and across the city. For Colorado Springs that’s hundreds of thousands of trees.

The City Forestry division is in the process of creating a strategic vision for Colorado Springs’ urban forest and they want to hear from residents. It's called the Urban Forest Management Plan.

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Colorado is among the places on the national radar for an emerging surge in possible COVID-19 cases. As of this past weekend, Colorado had seen nearly 5000 known cases, and 140 deaths as a result of the spread of the new coronavirus. 

In El Paso County alone, there have been 25 related deaths.

KRCC's Andrea Chalfin recently spoke with Dr. Tim Rummel, a pulmonary critical care doctor at UCHealth, on what it's like as the number of cases continues to grow.

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Making ends meet has been a challenge for businesses in downtown Colorado Springs as the state faces unprecedented restrictions due to the new coronavirus.

Panoramic picture of the Springs Rescue Mission, large building with walls of windows, while folks line up outside to go in.
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Homeless shelters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo are working to serve vulnerable populations even as their own funding and capacity is strained due to COVID-19.

A picture of a medical tent from UCHealth to screen patients for COVID-19.

UCHealth unveiled three new medical tents to screen patients with potential COVID-19 symptoms. UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central’s tent opened on Tuesday, with other tents at Memorial Hospital North and the freestanding emergency clinic in Fountain opening in the future.

The tents are in place to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in waiting rooms, said David Steinbruner, the associate chief medical officer for UCHealth Memorial.

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President Donald Trump riffed for more than an hour to a near-capacity crowd in Colorado Springs on Thursday night.

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President Donald Trump headlines a campaign rally in Colorado Springs Thursday evening with Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.

As candidates tour around the country to campaign, their stump speeches usually stay pretty much the same. But the local details they do add in can be pretty telling.

In that spirit, here are three Colorado-specific things to watch for in Trump's speech tonight.

Sen. Cory Gardner and their relationship

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Local GOP officials expect President Donald Trump’s “Keep America Great” rally on Thursday to draw a packed crowd to Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor World Arena fits just over 8,000 people. All the free tickets have been claimed online, according to organizers. Seating inside will be first-come, first-served. At 9:30 a.m., local law enforcement reported the parking lot at the venue was at capacity.

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Amazon has announced it will build a massive new order fulfillment center near the Colorado Springs airport, bringing more than a thousand new jobs to the economically distressed southeastern part of the city.

“This is the manifestation of great success for [the] southeast,” said Bob Cope, the city’s economic development manager.

“You're going to have so many jobs here and those people are going to want to… live close to work, others are gonna want to go out to lunch," Cope said.

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Troops at Fort Carson Army Post in Colorado Springs are conducting artillery training until next Tuesday and warn residents of potential loud noises, including at night.

A Fort Carson press release stated three brigades are taking part in the live-fire training, which started last week.

“Throughout this time increased noise and dust should be expected including in the evenings and throughout the night due to large-caliber training with live munitions,” the release said.