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Matt Steiner

Regional Reporter

  • Sheriff Maketa says cause of Black Forest fire may never be known, cuts short questions on personal scandal

    Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    A “concrete source of ignition” may never be found for the Black Forest fire, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Tuesday. Dismissing notions that his office has been distracted by recent allegations of improprieties, the sheriff addressed a horde of media representatives...

  • So long, graffiti, hello spiffy park: Rainbow Falls improvement project on the horizon

    Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Rainbow Falls is about to undergo a facelift. El Paso County officials envision a family-friendly park by mid-2015, adorned with picnic areas, spruced up landscaping and possibly a recreation area void of the omnipresent graffiti that has marred the park over the years. The...

  • Some burned out by the Black Forest fire rebuild with fire in mind

    Updated: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    People burned out by the Black Forest fire battled local fire officials in late 2013 over proposed requirements they use fire-resistant construction when rebuilding their homes. The Board of County Commissioners adopted updated construction guidelines, aligning El Paso County with...

  • Cause of devastating Black Forest blaze remains unknown

    Updated: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    Cindy Balch received an alarming phone call on the afternoon the Black Forest fire started. The 56-year-old, who lives on a small ranch with miniature horses, chickens and her three dogs on the 12000 block of Peregrine Way, said one of her workers stopped by after lunch June 11,...

  • Black Forest community grows stronger in fire's aftermath

    Updated: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    It's tough to see a silver lining in the two catastrophic wildfires that have ravaged the Pikes Peak region since June 2012. But in some neighborhoods, increased mitigation and stronger community bonds are two positive results. Black Forest firefighters and enthusiastic residents...

  • Black Forest property owner seeks confiscated equipment, answers from investigators

    Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Almost a year after the Black Forest fire ignited and rode high winds through 14,280 acres, the owner of property near where it started off Peregrine Way wonders why the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is holding more than $35,000 worth of her equipment. Cindy Balch stood in her...

  • El Paso County holds lessons for Indonesian TV crew researching disaster planning, recovery

    Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Fire and flood recovery efforts in El Paso County will soon be on television screens halfway around the world. A pair of journalists from KompasTV in Jakarta, Indonesia, toured the Black Forest Fire burn area and flash flood mitigation projects near Manitou Springs on Thursday and...

  • Flood advisory issued for Black Forest burn area

    Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    3 p.m. UPDATE:Up to an inch of rain has fallen in the area of the Black Forest burn scar, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. Additional rainfall of up to half an inch is forecast, which could cause minor flooding, according to the service. A small stream flood...

  • Commissioners confirm county computer files seized amid Sheriff Maketa investigation

    Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    El Paso County Commissioners Dennis Hisey and Amy Lathen stressed Thursday morning that the investigation into allegations against Sheriff Terry Maketa remains in its infancy. At an 8 a.m. press conference, the commissioners said independent investigators with the Mountain States...

  • El Paso County officials seek information for Maketa investigation

    Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    In the wake of a series of accusations against El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, county officials are asking all current and former employees to report any information that might be relevant to the allegations. In an email, the county stated it has a policy that prohibits...

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