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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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. 

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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.

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Protesters gathered on Thursday afternoon outside of City Hall for a funeral procession to remember people in Colorado Springs killed by police. Protesters wore black and brought flowers and photos to carry as they walked through downtown.

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Colorado Springs City Council held a work session Thursday to talk about a proposed Police Advisory Committee.

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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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Colorado Springs City Council had a closed meeting Thursday to discuss creating an advisory committee aimed at addressing policing issues in the community. For folks like Samantha Christiansen, it's not nearly enough. She's a board member of the Chinook Center and the Empowerment Solidarity Network, two local organizations involved in coordinating protest efforts. 

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Protesters across Colorado and the country continue to call for police reforms in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. In recent days, people in smaller communities have also joined in, including in La Junta and Westcliffe. There have also been protests along the southern Colorado border. 

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Tuesday marked the first regular city council meeting in Colorado Springs since protests over police brutality began in the city. 

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Protesters across the country have gathered to denounce police brutality and demand action from their representatives. In Colorado Springs, protesters remember George Floyd, but also invoke the names of De'Von Bailey, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade and others. 

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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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A federal judge late Friday issued a temporary restraining order against the Denver Police Department, restricting police from using projectiles and chemical agents against peaceful protesters. A group of protesters had sued the department, alleging DPD's actions violated their First Amendment rights.

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The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission has concluded John Hickenlooper violated the state's ban on valuable gifts to public officials twice during his time as governor. However, they dismissed four other trips included in the complaint.

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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.

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Ten months after 19-year-old De'Von Bailey was shot and killed by two Colorado Springs police officers, his family has filed a civil rights lawsuit claiming his constitutional rights were violated.

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Some schools have shifted to virtual events and even parades to honor 2020 grads, but some mental health providers in local health systems are concerned that the emotional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on high school seniors may be delayed.

KRCC’s Abigail Beckman spoke with Dr. George Brandt, a child and adolescent psychiatrist within Centura Health, about what this could mean in the coming months.
 

Highlights from the interview:

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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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