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Palmer High School Alumni Honors New Hall of Famers

Palmer High School's Homecoming Game is September 26th. At halftime, the newest inductees to the CSHS/Palmer Alumni Hall of Fame, are also introduced. Their induction will be the next day at the…Continue

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2014 HHS Homecoming Alumni Weekend: September 12th & 13th 2014

We’d like to invite…Continue

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Started by Teila Tankersley Aug 13.

Handicap Parking FINE INCREASES...

I have touched on this subject before I thought, but I cannot find any thing. ANYWAYS, I have breaking news to let out! But first, let's back up a bit:From my side of the fence (handicapped and…Continue

Started by Jay Smith Jul 19.

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Comment by Anna Hodges on June 2, 2013 at 2:20pm

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Last week marked Colorado Springs’ first-ever “Amazing Race” recycling challenge.

Arriving from Arizona, in route to their home base in Michigan, 24 students from Calvin College stopped by Bestway Disposal’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF), Southern Colorado’s only recycling facility, as part of their school’s “Amazing Race” competition. They competed head-to-head in a 1 ton recycling challenge, sorting through a never-ending stream of recyclables. It was smelly, sticky, grimy, and at times, dizzying. Calvin students quickly realized how challenging and valuable the job is of a MRF staffer.   

Since opening in June 2012, the MRF has processed over 5,000 tons of inbound material and diverted over 10,000,000 pounds of material from local landfills. To get a firsthand look at the MRF, contact Alicia Archibald, Recycling Education, Bestway Disposal, to schedule a tour for your school, community group or organization. Or, learn more at

Comment by Ronnie Cook on September 21, 2012 at 11:03am

The next PIKES PEAK OPRY SHOW AND DINNER is September 29th at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Owner and band leader Ronnie Cook was with the Flying W Wranglers for 13 years and now continues to entertain in a different venue. The BBQ meal is excellent. The entire family will enjoy the show with great music and comedy. For prices and times call 719-683-7865.

Comment by Ronnie Cook on June 22, 2012 at 12:11pm

The Pikes Peak Opry has been in business since December 2011 and continues to entertain families in the Pikes Peak area. Ronnie Cook worked at the Flying W Ranch for the last 13 years as a Flying W Wrangler, along with other duties such as band leader, sales and promotion. Ronnie also worked at the Lazy B Chuckwagon in Estes Park, Colorado. Ronnie and his wife Elaine have been in the entertainment business for many years and know how to do it right. Each Saturday performance includes a great Texas BBQ dinner. Call 719-683-7865 to make a reservation for your entire family. More info can be found at See you there!

Comment by Jo O'Rourke on March 25, 2012 at 12:06am

Bravo Belly Dance classes are held each Sunday in the Brickhouse Studio located at 115 North Tejon St.

Certified Instructor Valerie Bravo and her students make American Tribal Style belly dancing a sisterhood affair. Call 719-216-9951 to join a class.

Comment by Sharron Clark on October 20, 2011 at 7:17pm
Comment by Sharron Clark on October 20, 2011 at 7:08pm

El Paso County Republican Women's Club (EPCRW) believe that literacy and love of books begins in the home! EPCRW invites you to donate "New Books for Newborns" to military families at Ft. Carson.  We only collect clean, NEW books suitable for children under three (3) years.  These books include "board" books with sturdy cardboard pages and "soft" books.  An average of 185 babies are born at Evans Hospital each month, so this program is ongoing.  Hospital staff add the "new books" to tote bags with a variety of donated gifts for the families of the new babies.   EPCRW members donated books and cash to buy books over the past year.  Pictured are Maternity Ward head Army Nurse Decampili (camoflage fatigues), staff and EPCRW club historian, Marsha Brewer, club secretary Sharron Clark, and Volunteer Chairwoman, Fran DiOrio. Please open your hearts and help us buy or collect more books for our soldiers'new babies.  For more information on donate, please contact Sharron Clark

Comment by lisa czelatdko on October 5, 2011 at 6:36pm
‎"COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be closing Interstate 25 at Woodmen Road tomorrow night, allowing crews to install a large sign across the highway. 
Beginning at 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, all lanes of northbound I-25 will be closed at the Woodmen Road Interchange (Exit 149). All traffic will detour via the off- and on-ramp, with the traffic signals adjusted to provide additional “green” time for the northbound traffic traveling through the intersection at the bottom of the ramp. Some slowing should be expected through the area.
All lanes of northbound I-25 will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m. on Friday. "
Comment by Anna Hodges on September 18, 2011 at 12:52am

Yes, you are seeing correctly. At approximately 11:00 p.m. tonight (09-17-2011) I have just tucked in for a restful night's sleep. But, what is all that noise? It sounds like street racers tearing up and down South Carefree. I begin to pray for God to watch over our neighbors and our neighborhood.

Then, screeeech! "What the heck was that?! Okay, I have to go and see what in the world is going on out there. Why can't people just go home and go to bed at this time of night?" I grumbled.

I ran to the sliding glass doors leading to the back yard and saw neighbors walking toward the street. My teenaged son comes tearing up the stairs, "Mom, mom there's a bunch of people outside in the street like a dog or something got run over! I heard this loud screech and then a big bang and looked out the window and, look, see all those people?"

I opened up the front door and looked outside and sure enough, there were four or five guys hovering over something lying next to the curb. One of them was stroking the thing's head, talking too low to understand what they were saying. "I think maybe someone's dog did get hit by a car," I surmised. (I whispered to God that is was not a person.)

Pretty soon, a black car turned onto our street, pulled a u-turn and parked in front of our house. A minute or two later a woman got out and walked over to the young men yelling at them and cursing like a sailor, "Why were they speeding down the road like that!? Now look, this poor deer is hurt. Do people have to go speeding down the road like that? Can you see how bad it's hurt? Can she get up? ... wildlife. No, they're not coming, they don't care. We called 911. Someone will probably have to put it out of its misery." I guessed that she and her friend in the car must have seen it happen.

I tried to call our neighbor, who is a cop, to see what we should do. Well, at this late hour, he does not answer. He is probably at work anyway. I wonder, "Maybe I should call 911 too. Oh wait, here come some police cars."

"Wow!" My son says, "One, two, three, four! Gees, how many cops are there? It's just a hurt deer." There were three or four police cars and one silver unmarked one, all with their lights flashing. I told him that they needed to block traffic in this near lane so there is not an accident, and they can look at the deer.

We watched as the police officers told the people to go on home and they left, their heads down and their shoulders drooping, obviously feeling very sorry for the deer. The deer tried to get up, and the woman from the black car went back over to see if she could help. She stooped down to try and calm the deer. It looked like she was crying, and by this time, so was I. The policeman quietly told her to just go, they would take care of it. Two of them grabbed two of the deer's legs and pulled it out of the street and onto the grass. "They will have to shoot it I am afraid," I sighed.

The deer raised its head and tried again to get up, but its legs must have been broken. The officers spoke in hushed tones and one went to his car and came back with a black rifle with what looked like a silencer on it. "Oh, whew, good. I am glad they have a silencer." I whispered. He put the gun up close to the deer's head, "BOOM!" "Oh, my gosh! That must be a pretty big gun to be so loud even with a silencer."

The deer tried again to raise its head. "Gee Whiz!" I exclaim. "That shot didn't kill it at such close range? He will have to try again." I am really feeling sad for this pathetic animal now. The officer came back with the rifle, the other one backed up toward his car, my son put his hands over his ears and came back into the house. I stepped inside with my hands over my eyes, another "BOOM!" I peaked around the door frame and it looked like this time it was a clean shot. The deer was very still.

The officers talked for a while and then two of the cruisers left, and a sheriff's SUV pulled up behind the others, lights flashing. They chatted for a bit, and then they all left. (I am thinking someone from the Wildlife and Game department will come and pick up the deer.)

I ran and grabbed my camera to take a picture because I felt the need to write about this.

Well, it is 12:30 a.m. and the deer is still there. Hopefully it will be gone by morning.

I am angered that some fool's stupidity has killed this innocent, beautiful animal, but I am so very glad that it was not a human being. I dread even the thought of it.

Comment by Jennifer West on September 8, 2011 at 4:12pm
Check out "What's Happening in Your Area" for the Pregnant Pause tomorrow Sept 9th at 9:09am 215 S Tejon.

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