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Ryan Handy

Fire/Flood/Drought Reporter

  • Long forgotten development plan raises rebuilding issues for Waldo Canyon fire victims

    Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    For more than 20 years, Parkside resident Donald Meaney's house had a view of the hillsides west of Mountain Shadows. After the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed most of his neighborhood, Meaney designed and rebuilt a new home - one that preserved the best of the old: the view. But a year...

  • El Paso County plans to put teeth into outdoor burning policy

    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    A few weeks ago, a late night burning of dead trees in Black Forest brought back nightmares to residents still traumatized by the horrific wildfire of 2013. Yet, the smell of smoke and the sight of flames could become more common in Black Forest, as residents and utility companies...

  • Hickenlooper calls on county reps for unity to deal with Colorado issues

    Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Speaking at a statewide meeting of Colorado counties Tuesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper encouraged a room packed with commissioners to move past the vitriol of the campaign season and look toward working together. "We heard from various counties talking about the Colorado way,"...

  • Woman found dead in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    A woman was found dead in a southeast Colorado Springs home on Sunday night, after what might have been a disturbance between her and a man, Colorado Springs police said. Police and firefighters were called to the home at 1205 Rushmore Drive just after 4:30 p.m. to respond to both...

  • Colorado Springs will get a Monday freeze, Tuesday thaw

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    December will be off to a wintry start in Colorado Springs, but never fear, spring temperatures are right around the corner. A Canadian cold front caused temperatures to drop dramatically along the Front Range on Sunday. After nearly breaking a high temperature record the day before,...

  • No perfect formula to determine how many homes were destroyed in Black Forest fire

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The nature of the Black Forest neighborhood - its isolation amid thick stands of old pine trees - made calculating the fire's losses difficult as county officials struggled to find destroyed homes in the woods. More than a year after the state's most destructive blaze, the number of...

  • Colorado Springs police: Mother may have helped convicted felon buy guns

    Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    The Saturday arrest of a suspected shoplifter turned into the booking of a twice-convicted felon and his mother, who police say helped her 28-year-old son buy firearms illegally. Phinehas McNeal and his mother, Ann McNeal, 54, were booked into the El Paso County jail after police...

  • Man seriously injured after hit by car in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    A man remains in serious condition Sunday after he was struck by a car while crossing Marksheffel Road Saturday evening, Colorado Springs police said. The man, who police had not been able to identify as of Saturday, was crossing Marksheffel at the Dublin Boulevard intersection when...

  • Black Forest Fire recovery process has been long and diverse

    Updated: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    There are 154 new homes in the Black Forest neighborhood, and nearly 18 months after the devastating fire more than half of the hundreds of houses destroyed are on track to being rebuilt. But home construction is a small part of how Black Forest residents measure recovery, a process...

  • Black Forest Fire announces finalists for new chief

    Updated: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    Four months after its fire chief resigned following a prolonged sick leave, the Black Forest Fire Department board has narrowed its search for a new chief to three finalists, including current acting Chief Jim Rebitski. The new chief, who will be announced Dec. 10, will replace...

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