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Dan Boyce / CPR News

Scores of Black Lives Matter protesters marched to the alleged home of a Colorado Springs police officer to mark the one-year anniversary of the fatal incident in which he and another officer shot De’Von Bailey, a 19-year-old black man.

A dusky photo of community members holding signs, marching to protest police brutality in downtown Colorado Springs.
Bryan Oller / KRCC News

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. 

Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

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.

Shanna Lewis / KRCC

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.

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.

Gov. Polis Issues Statewide Face Mask Order

Jul 16, 2020
Kevin J. Beaty / Denverite

After pleading, prodding, cajoling, using both friendly and harsh language, and appealing to the better civic sensibilities of Coloradans everywhere, Gov. Jared Polis has finally done what he's been resistant to do.

The governor has issued a statewide face mask order.

Panoramic view of blue sky and grasslands, with trees framing the sides.
Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has a few ideas about parks to explore around the Pikes Peak Region. This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Davies shares two lesser-known spaces for rest and relaxation that will help you get away from the crowds and enjoy the outdoors.

Photo Courtesy Rocky Mountain ADA Center

Social distancing, masks and quarantines continue as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on. How are people with disabilities, like those who are deaf or blind, adapting in ways that fit their needs while still staying safe?

KRCC's Abigail Beckman spoke with Emily Shuman of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center for some insight.

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

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. 

Panoramic picture of the Springs Rescue Mission, large building with walls of windows, while folks line up outside to go in.
Courtesy of Springs Rescue Mission

The City of Colorado Springs recently distributed more than $700,000 in grant funding to local organizations focused on issues of homelessness and housing stability.

The city received the money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city's Community Development Division apportioned it among 11 organizations.

Photo Courtesy Matt Cavanaugh

Our 'My Mountain' series continues as we highlight people's personal connections to Pikes Peak. Today, we hear from Lieutenant Colonel Matt Cavanaugh. He's stationed at Peterson Air Force Base and reached out to share his perspective of America's Mountain as well as a bit of history.

Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

For wide trails and adventures in the Pikes Peak Region, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has some suggestions for places to explore.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Davies shares a few parks to visit to help avoid overcrowding and maintain social distancing while enjoying the outdoors.

Courtesy of Pueblo City Schools

Pueblo's School District 60 is closer to making two new high schools a reality as designs for the new East and Centennial schools were recently presented to the community.

David Santisevan / The World Journal

A statue of frontiersman Kit Carson was vandalized in Trinidad this week. Someone wrote the word "murderer" across the front and back of the base in black spray paint.

Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

For hiking and biking around the Pikes Peak region, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has some new places to explore.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, where we highlight some possibly lesser known areas to get outside, Davies shares two spots with views of water and easy walkability.

Bryan Oller / KRCC

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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Jun 30, 2020
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Hart Van Denburg / CPR News

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has approved a variance for El Paso County that allows for more people in indoor and outdoor businesses.

Courtesy of Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College plans to resume in-person classes in a little less than two months for the fall semester.

The college will continue to offer online opportunities and pilot hybrid in-person and digital classes.

Courtesy Pueblo Parks and Recreation

City Park on Pueblo's west side now has a newly restored historic entrance.

The city of Pueblo constructed a grand entryway to the 157-acre park in 1905. It featured Colorado granite pillars topped by ornate Italian statuary.

Courtesy of Poetry 719

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.

Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

As parks, trails and nature centers continue to open to the public, local park officials still encourage visitors to avoid crowding popular spaces and continue social distancing. 

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition shares two easy trails with scenic views.

Shanna Lewis / KRCC

A century ago the U.S. Forest Service's first landscape architect argued for protecting wilderness, but that didn't stop him from also making it easier to drive into the nation's forests. Arthur Carhart wrote the agency's first recreation plan and completed it in June 1920. It was for the San Isabel National Forest west of Pueblo.

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

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

Courtesy of Susan Davies / Trails and Open Space Coalition

As people plan summer adventures to enjoy the outdoors, it's important to continue maintaining social distancing guidelines and avoid overcrowded areas.

This week on Nature's Neighborhood, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition shares two shorter hikes with wooded views.

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

Colorado Springs City Council had its second work session on Tuesday around the formation of a police advisory committee.

Two groups presented proposals on the idea. Both plans called for increased communication, transparency and accountability for the Colorado Springs Police Department. 

Bryan Oller / KRCC News

City Council convenes Tuesday to continue discussions on forming an advisory committee for the Colorado Springs Police Department. Kevin Mitchell is a community organizer and member of the Empowerment Solidarity Network, one of the groups coordinating protest efforts in the city.