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Bill Vogrin

Side Streets Columnist

  • Side Streets: First black governor of Massachusetts has family roots Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    What historic link possibly could exist between the Pikes Peak region and Deval Patrick, the first black governor of Massachusetts who was raised by a single mother in a Chicago housing project? A team of genealogists recently turned up strong ties and, in the process, uncovered a...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs cop celebrated for 35 years helping people, finding solutions

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    No matter who was in the squad car next to him, officer Bobby Jeffords was always the "good cop" during his 35-year career on the Colorado Springs Police Department. "Bobby is a unique soul," said Linda Schlarb, who owns Old Town Propane. "We've often kidded him. His partner is the...

  • Side Streets: Urgent email leads to rescue of local neighborhood association

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    In September, an email swept through Stratmoor Hills on the southern edge of Colorado Springs. It was a call to residents of the unincorporated neighborhood to assemble at the local fire station. At the assembly, residents would resuscitate or extinguish the Stratmoor Hills...

  • Side Streets: Old 168, rotting and rusting, could have new life ahead

    Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Pop quiz: Where is Antlers Park located? What monuments exist there? Would you pay to restore them or mind if they were moved? These are important questions if you, like me, value the history of Colorado Springs and its founder, Gen. William Jackson Palmer. They are especially...

  • Side Streets: Bridging this gap will take time, money

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    In a summer of monsoon rains, the afternoon of July 12 featured a particularly nasty thunderstorm. In Briargate, a deluge of rain and hail caused flash flooding in Cottonwood Creek and many smaller drainages east of Chapel Hills Mall near Rampart High School. Neighbor Vic Andrews...

  • Side Streets: Mayor Bach 
delivers on 

    Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    It took two months to get the attention of City Hall concerning the mangled guardrail on Rockrimmon Boulevard. But once Mayor Steve Bach found out, he didn't waste any time getting his team launched. Less than 10 days after my column detailing the frustration of Mitch Logue and...

  • Side Streets: Collection sheds light on Jewish life in Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Sun, Nov 9, 2014

    Retired teachers Jane and Bob Neff felt an obligation to give back to their community. So as the 40th anniversary of Temple Shalom approached in 2011, they scanned hundreds of photos and made digital copies for a slide show. It was a natural outgrowth of their retirement business,...

  • Side Streets: Witnessing domestic violence leaves columnist wondering what he should have done

    Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    Next time, I'll know what to do. I didn't Wednesday night as a troubling scene unfolded before me and my family at a restaurant near Woodmen Road and Interstate 25. The man in the booth next to us glared across the table at a teenage girl, leaned in and growled ominously. "Shut...

  • Side Streets: Oldest brick home in Colorado Springs needs urgent preservation help

    Updated: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    From the laying of its foundation in 1873, the home of Maj. Henry McAllister made headlines and became a symbol of the commitment Colorado Springs founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer had toward his fledging resort town. At the time, a world financial crisis and local crop failures...

  • Side Streets: Brown Bombers enshrinement a miracle 65 years in making

    Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Miracles do happen. I witnessed one Tuesday night. A miracle 65 years in the making. That's certainly the belief of the five surviving members of Colorado Springs' all-black baseball team, the legendary Brown Bombers. They were among the honorees Tuesday when the Colorado Springs...