More Ryan Handy Articles

Ryan Handy

Fire/Flood/Drought Reporter

  • Expect another Colorado Springs Christmas without snow

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Santa Claus has two days until he officially appears on NORAD's radar, and one could only hope that the jolly old fellow is polishing his sleigh bells and tying his last bows before the long night spent circling the globe. While the weather on the North Pole on Sunday was distinctly...

  • Longest Night Vigil remembers the Colorado Springs homeless people who died

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Nate was a 23-year-old starting to try his hand at songwriting. Mary Beth loved cowboy boots. And Ray had just built his tee-pee, where he was thrilled to sleep. All three were homeless in Colorado Springs, and all three died this year. As the sun set on the longest night of the...

  • 6 teens cited for trespassing in Colorado Springs

    Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Six teenagers, three under the age of 18, were cited for trespassing early Sunday morning after Colorado Springs police found them hiding in an abandoned building in central Colorado Springs. Just before 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a burglary alarm at 777 Vondelpark...

  • 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...