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Side Streets: Goodbye Colorado Springs, it's been fun

Side Streets: Snit over Colorado Springs pond evokes memories of sprawling ranch that became Briargate
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, Jun 28, 2015

When Ron Sherman saw a recent Side Streets column about a landscaping pond on the Briargate Business Campus, he flashed back to his youth when he...

Side Streets: Waldo Canyon fire anniversary doubly sad as vandals destroy memorial children's bench
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Three years ago today, the Waldo Canyon fire exploded down the Front Range into Mountain Shadows, killing two, destroying 346 homes and causing...

Side Streets: Add peacock to the list of critters roaming neighborhoods of Colorado Springs
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Gary and Julie Scheer received a shock as they opened the door to their Pulpit Rock neighborhood home on a recent Sunday morning.

"I went out...

Side Streets: Colorado Springs residents shocked to learn 'neighborhood' park and pond was private property
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, Jun 21, 2015

For 21 years, Joanne and John K'Miller have enjoyed walking their dog to their neighborhood park in Briargate and strolling around its pretty...

Side Streets: Sundance film about lives of Native Americans on Pine Ridge to be screened in heart of Ute Indian territory
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sat, Jun 20, 2015

It's red carpet time in Colorado Springs.

On Saturday night, One Nation Walking Together - a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of...

Side Streets: Explosion of weed complaints catches Colorado Springs code enforcers short-handed
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Let me guess: Your neighbors' weeds are waist-high and attracting bugs and critters and collecting trash.

You are not alone.


Side Streets: Security lights become insanity lights for neighbors and trigger dispute over light intrusion
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, Jun 7, 2015

There was obvious desperation in Sheila Colonese's plea.

"I am having a major disagreement with my neighbor behind me," Colonese wrote in an...

Side Streets: Wagon Man's latest convictions reflect on society, not him, expert says
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Fri, Jun 5, 2015

Early Thursday, Phillip "Wagon Man" Cargile left the van where he sleeps and trudged down to the Colorado Springs Municipal Courthouse to again face...

Side Streets: Manitou woman's life stronger than ever - even as rotting home is threatened
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, Jun 3, 2015

MANITOU SPRINGS - How are you spending your summer vacation? No doubt you will have more fun and relaxation than Diane Fitzkee.

Her summer...

Side Streets: Online archive, unique museum keep Colorado Springs' long love affair with bowling alive
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, May 31, 2015

Before there was bumper bowling, midnight bowling, cosmic bowling, color-pin bowling or elf bowling, Colorado Springs had plain old 10-pin bowling....

Side Streets: Colorado Springs homeowners blame city inaction on erosion as yards, fences, decks fall in creek
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, May 27, 2015

During three days of torrential rain, hail and snow last week, next-door neighbors Monika Buckley and Doris Munson stood at their windows and watched...

Side Streets: Manitou Springs woman carries on husband's love of all things weather
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, May 27, 2015

Barb Nichols doesn't need to read the paper, watch TV news or consult online weather sites to know how much rain has fallen in Manitou Springs during...

Side Streets: Cragmor neighbors declare Chicago developers' plan 'monstrous' and vow to 'chase them out'
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, May 24, 2015

Cragmor residents are vowing to stop a proposed housing complex they say would be akin to a fortress towering over the working-class neighborhood of...

Side Streets: Manitou Springs lands in national spotlight with 'peanut pushers' museum exhibit
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Fri, May 22, 2015

Manitou Spring, the village that gave us coffin races and fruitcake tossing competitions, is unveiling it's latest quirky celebration: a fest for the...

Side Streets: Next-door neighbors warily watch landslide, wonder why taxpayers won't fund improvements
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, May 20, 2015

It's been a stressful week for next-door neighbors Monika Buckley and Doris Munson in Rockrimmon as they've kept one eye on the skies, watching for...

Side Streets: Strange saga of Pulpit Rock neighborhood resumes as junk cars return, vanish
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, May 17, 2015

The "Side Streets" hotline was ringing like crazy last week from residents of the Pulpit Rock neighborhood who wanted to report that Greg Heskin was...

Side Streets: Colorado Springs man no longer has front-yard lake after investigation
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Fri, May 15, 2015

A note of thanks popped up in my email the other day from D.C. Hayes, who wrote to say that recent torrential rains had not left his yard flooded, as...

Side Streets: No peace in Red Rock Valley as neighbors shoot high-powered rifles at home ranges
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Mon, May 11, 2015

More than a year ago, Wayne Hughes and his neighbors were startled by the sound of high-powered rifles being fired repeatedly in the residential...

Side Streets: Last of Cripple Creek's legendary Mackin family selling out after nearly 70 years
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Mon, May 11, 2015

This summer, Manitou Springs resident Bonnie Mackin plans to sell her family home in Cripple Creek, a beautiful century-old Victorian that she and...

Side Streets: Colorado Springs pioneer home gets historic grant after column reveals threat
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, May 6, 2015

Last August, members of the McAllister House Museum Committee shed tears when they learned they had been denied a grant to restore the crumbling...

Side Streets: Wagon Man goes from hero to defendant for pulling wagons in Colorado Springs
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Tue, May 5, 2015

A week ago, Phillip Cargile, aka Wagon Man, was praised as a hero for saving a man being bludgeoned with a hammer outside a west Colorado Springs...

Side Streets: Colorado Springs trash truck driver forges unique friendship with 10-year-old girl
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, May 3, 2015

As a toddler, Xiao Jonas loved it when the big, red Bestway Disposal garbage truck pulled up in front of her Stetson Hills home each Friday...

Side Streets: Neighbors underwhelmed by vague plan for former Colorado Springs school
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Losing a school can devastate a neighborhood or be the catalyst to re-energize an entire area.

Consider how the rebirth of Ivywild Elementary...

Side Streets: Stratmoor Hills residents enraged by talk of changing beloved neighborhood sign
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, Apr 26, 2015

In a vacant lot along Cheyenne Meadows Road, far back from Venetucci Boulevard across from The Broadmoor World Arena, is a tall, six-sided stone...

Side Streets: Colorado Springs man offers no defense for accumulated junk cars, quickly convicted
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Fri, Apr 24, 2015

A five-year battle that pitted one man against his neighborhood and city code enforcement officers over unlicensed and junk vehicles and debris he...

Side Streets: Goose Lady of Green Mountain Falls already busy tending flock, hopeful she won't be punished
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, Apr 22, 2015

It's only April, and already the Goose Lady of Green Mountain Falls has rescued two orphaned baby ducks dumped in the small scenic lake in the...

Side Streets: Flagpole a mini United Nation as Colorado Springs man airs flag collection daily
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Sun, Apr 19, 2015

It was Friday, so of course a Canadian flag was flying over John King's east-side Colorado Springs house. That's because Friday was Constitution Day...

Side Streets: Wagon Man convicted of obstructing traffic in bizarre trial in Colorado Springs
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Fri, Apr 17, 2015

Justice was patient, tolerant, a little frustrated and ultimately swift in finding Phillip Cargile, aka the Wagon Man, guilty Wednesday of...

Side Streets: Some Colorado Springs residents aim to stop Broadmoor's stable project
By: Bill Vogrin - 0 Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Skyway residents have gathered 200 signatures on a petition opposing a request by The Broadmoor hotel to rezone an 8.5-acre residential parcel so it...

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