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Ryan Handy

Fire/Flood/Drought Reporter

  • County commissioners decree ensures Bear Creek park will never be sold

    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Come rain, shine, high water or the end of the world, Bear Creek Regional Park Open Space will remain undeveloped for all time, thanks to a new El Paso County Board of Commissioners decree. Not that the county's largest open space was in danger of going anywhere, said Dave Rose, a...

  • Nine from Pikes Peak region chosen for state House committees

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    El Paso County lawmakers hold spots on most of the Colorado House committees for the 2015 legislative session that begins Jan. 7. House committees, which focus on topics including business affairs, local government and the environment, are part of the bill process that sends measures...

  • Government funds help form a 'community quilt' for Black Forest mitigation

    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    For the first time since it was settled more than a century ago, community fire prevention projects are starting in Black Forest, with the help of state and federal fire mitigation grants. Cutting down trees and cleaning up dead pine needles are nothing new to many residents of Black...

  • Storm dumps little snow on Colorado Springs; a few area schools on delayed start

    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Colorado Springs residents hoping to get a seasonal dump of snow in the Pikes Peak region instead got a trace amount from Sunday's storm. "For us we were by no means calling for this to be a big deal at all," said Brian Bledsoe, chief meteorologist with Gazette news partner KKTV....

  • Former Hotshot gets the call as new Black Forest fire chief

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Bryan Jack, a Monument native and former Pike Interagency Hotshot crew member, has been appointed chief of the Black Forest Fire Department. Jack was a finalist for the position with acting Chief Jim Rebitski and Scott Van Boerum, a former contractor hired by the federal government...

  • Colorado Springs working on plans for water shortage

    Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    The fate of water in Colorado Springs is tied to that of the Colorado River, a Western Slope river facing the worst drought in its history and jeopardizing water use from California to Kansas. Colorado Springs Utilities, the state's second-largest municipal water provider, closely...

  • Candidates for Black Forest Fire Chief available in meet-and-greet

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Black Forest residents are invited to a meet-and-greet Tuesday night with the three candidates for chief of the Black Forest Fire Department. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the fire station, at 11455 Teachout Road. The department has spent months searching for a new chief since...

  • Mountain Shadows residents lose round on two-story house; lawsuit possible?

    Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Colorado Springs City Council will not hear the appeal of two Mountain Shadows residents who claim the city wrongfully permitted a two-story home to be built in the fire-ravaged community of Parkside, Councilman Don Knight said Monday. Donald Meaney and Debby Zawacky, both of...

  • Firearm use out of self-defense 'absolutely authorized', Cañon City chief says

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    A preliminary investigation has found a Cañon City police officer was "absolutely authorized for the use of firearms" out of self-defense in a weekend shooting that left a Penrose man temporarily without the use of his arms after the man allegedly stabbed the officer, the Cañon City...

  • Neighbor helps save Colorado Springs-area woman from pit bull attack

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    A woman walking her four small dogs in Security-Widefield had to get stitches Sunday after two dogs attacked her in her neighborhood on Kiva Road, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. The attack happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when two pit bulls ran up from behind the...

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