Side Streets   Neighborhoods, people and issues

Blog: Guardrail erected after Side Streets campaign saves neighbors

Aug 27, 2014

For years, the intersection where Vindicator Drive meets Rockrimmon...

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Side Streets: Hit me with your best shot - of icy water

Aug 24, 2014

By now, the entire nation knows about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge....

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Blog: Bid for chance to soak Vogrin in ice water

Aug 24, 2014

By now, the entire nation knows about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge....

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Blog: It's a miracle on Dale Street! Colorado Springs tree saved from chainsaws

Aug 22, 2014

When I last saw Carol Willis in April, she was hugging a massive old...

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Side Streets: It's a miracle on Dale Street! Colorado Springs tree saved from chainsaws

Aug 22, 2014

When I last saw Carol Willis in April, she was hugging a massive old...

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Side Streets: Even in island paradise, there's no place like home in Colorado Springs

Aug 20, 2014

No matter how far I roam, it seems I never leave my life as a...

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Side Streets: Downtown Colorado Springs building serves as a spooky time capsule

Aug 10, 2014

The surprises at Zeezo's costume and magic store in downtown Colorado...

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Blog: Mysterious death wall, furnace, map make Colorado Springs building a spooky time capsule

Aug 10, 2014

The surprises at Zeezo’s costume and magic store in downtown Colorado...

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Side Streets: An odd tale of a Park-n-Ride and a No-Parking-Lot

Aug 8, 2014

The oval-shaped parking lot near Woodmen Road and Interstate 25 is...

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Blog: A tale of two parking lots has Colorado Springs resident scratching his head

Aug 8, 2014

The oval-shaped parking lot near Woodmen Road and Interstate 25 is...

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Side Streets: Pikes Peak Ascent is all about slowing down

Aug 6, 2014

Tom Everson of Omaha, Neb., spent Tuesday shipping hundreds of T-shirts...

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Blog: Springs native will carry 87 on Pikes Peak Ascent with message to motorists to slow down

Aug 6, 2014

Tom Everson of Omaha, Neb., spent Tuesday shipping hundreds of T-shirts...

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Side Streets: A corner 
view to all
 the changes 
downtown

Aug 3, 2014

From his perch high above the Busy Corner at Pikes Peak Avenue and...

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Side Streets: Urban fair unlike anything Colorado Springs has ever seen

Aug 1, 2014

Over the years, I've been to many county fairs and a few state fairs....

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Side Streets: Mr. Safety clashes with Colorado Springs police over guns

Jul 30, 2014

Neighborhood safety in Colorado Springs recently took a big hit, and I...

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Time capsule a gift to future residents of Colorado Springs’ Old North End

Jul 25, 2014

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Colorado Springs couple’s life plays like ‘Love Story’ on piano

Jul 27, 2014

George King describes his 51-year career as he stands by the 15,000th...

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Side Streets: Longtime tuner works on 15,000th piano as he nears end of accidental career

Jul 27, 2014

All these years later, George King vividly recalls the exact moment he...

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Side Streets: Colorado Springs neighborhood sends messages into future, teaches us about community

Jul 25, 2014

The dining room table in Vic Appugliese's Old North End home is covered...

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Side Streets: Trash-raiding bear in Manitou a big reminder for many

Jul 23, 2014

Sybil Knighten was lying in bed Saturday night when she heard a noise...

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Side Streets: The rest of the story on the 1964 Pikes Peak Highway crash

Jul 20, 2014

Dean Yowell wants to set the record straight. Once and for all....

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Side Streets: For Colorado Springs pool proprietor, reopening a relief after much frustration

Jul 18, 2014

For 42 years, Rose Rook taught children to swim in her Village 7 Swim...

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Side Streets: A salute to Buffalo Soldiers with statue

Jul 16, 2014

Black soldiers, many of them freed slaves, played a huge role in...

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Side Streets: A special night at the zoo

Jul 13, 2014

Clad in a ballcap and fashionable tennis shoes, Vivianna Stewart...

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Side Streets: Church is packed for Peggy's big party

Jul 11, 2014

Hallelujah for Side Streets readers. You made Peggy Shivers' 75th...

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Side Streets: Let's give bike share a spin in the Springs

Jul 9, 2014

In case any of you were wondering, I spent much of the past two weeks...

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Side Streets: A private Colorado Springs man and his '67 Corvette

Jun 22, 2014

This started out as a story of buried treasure. Then it turned into...

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Side Streets: Retired Colorado Springs parks director sculpts nicest lawn in city

Jun 20, 2014

Doesn't it seem like there's always one guy in the neighborhood whose...

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Side Streets: A fond farewell to Gazette reporter Dave Philipps

Jun 18, 2014

Today, just two months after we gave Dave Philipps a champagne toast in...

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Side Streets: Scandal with sheriff is nothing new in the Pikes Peak region

Jun 15, 2014

You might think the Pikes Peak region has never seen anything like the...

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Side Streets: Dire predictions about Colorado Springs street bypass come true

Jun 13, 2014

Next-door neighbors Ruth Wagner and Phyllis Smith predicted this would...

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Side Streets: Colorado Springs woman rescues community swimming pool

Jun 11, 2014

When Jacque Thurman couldn't find anyone to throw a lifeline to the...

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Side Streets: Vision of help goes beyond our borders

Jun 8, 2014

It started with a newspaper photo of a cross-eyed boy sitting on...

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Side Streets: Let's give Peggy a party for the ages

Jun 6, 2014

Peggy Shivers is coming up on her 75th birthday and to mark her...

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Side Streets: Help mend an angel's broken wrist

Jun 4, 2014

If you are dying for some historic fun this summer, pencil in the...

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Side Streets: Tahama Springs hits bump on road to restoration

Jun 1, 2014

For the group working to restore Tahama Springs as a free-flowing...

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Side Streets: Colorado Springs was the 'real world' for Watergate conspirator, minister Jeb Magruder

May 30, 2014

You don't need to be an American history buff to be interested in the...

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Side Streets: Buried arts treasure found at Colorado Springs hotel

May 25, 2014

Buried in a basement boiler room of the 112-year-old Albany Hotel,...

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Side Streets: Newly sculpted walking paths, flowers brighten Colorado Springs

May 23, 2014

To passers-by, the entrance to Discovery Park off Pebble Way in the...

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Side Streets: Ex-Colorado Springs cop recalls his time as black member of Ku Klux Klan

May 21, 2014

In January, I stumbled upon a display at a small museum honoring Ron...

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Side Streets: Mental illness at the root of violent Colorado case

May 18, 2014

Ben Poynter turned 29 in prison Sunday. He likely will turn 39 in...

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Side Streets: Stars in the making at an intimate venue

May 16, 2014

Last week, my wife, Cary, and I had front-row seats for a sold-out...

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Side Streets: Proposed restaurant dividing Colorado Springs residents

May 14, 2014

Residents of the Shooks Run neighborhood east of downtown Colorado...

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Side Streets: Put pedal to pavement, get outside, enjoy art

May 11, 2014

If you enjoy public art displays, street performers, art galleries and...

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Side Streets: Legislators saw value in mission of Safe2Tell

May 9, 2014

How important is Safe2Tell, the nonprofit agency created by a Colorado...

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Side Streets: Gearing up for week's commute challenge around Colorado Springs

May 7, 2014

On Tuesday, I experienced my most pleasant commute to work in months....

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Side Streets Extra: Dispute over name sank deal between May Museum, Disney

May 4, 2014

Turns out Walt Disney kept pretty busy during his July 1956 visit to...

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Side Streets: May Museum remains a classic attraction

May 4, 2014

Deep in Rock Creek Canyon about 8 miles south of Colorado Springs...

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Side Streets: Intriguing crew talks the walk at state park

May 2, 2014

There's not much I enjoy more than a hike in the forest. Add an...

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Side Streets: Historic timepiece gets some TLC

Apr 30, 2014

After several months in rehab, a 114-year-old street clock is back in...

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Side Streets: When gun is drawn, instinct takes over

Apr 27, 2014

The angry, disheveled, stocky man stormed in the kitchen door to...

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Side Streets: Old maple to leave a hole in our lush forest

Apr 25, 2014

Recently, Carol Willis returned to her home near Colorado College to...

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Side Streets: All-black baseball team 'finally' earns spot in Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame

Apr 23, 2014

Sylvester Smith seemed stunned and asked me to repeat what I said. So...

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Side Streets: Community steps up to transform park entrance eyesore

Apr 20, 2014

Last week, I told you about a woman who was unable to get permission to...

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Side Streets: Willing Colorado Springs-area landscaper frustrated by red tape

Apr 18, 2014

Danielle Keenan takes pride in her home in Claremont Ranch, an...

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Side Streets Extra: Gazette's Pulitzer Prize award result of dogged quest to right a wrong

Apr 15, 2014

Something very special happened Monday in Colorado Springs....

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Side Streets: Disaster nothing new for area so be prepared

Apr 13, 2014

Disasters are a very real part of life in Colorado. - Things here burn....

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Side Streets: Babe Ruth visit part of Colorado Springs' baseball history

Apr 11, 2014

As the Sky Sox prepare for their home opener Friday evening at Security...

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Side Streets: Wagon Man’s treatment evidence of Aspenization in Manitou Springs

Apr 9, 2014

Alas, it turns out Wagon Man was, in fact, too funky for Manitou...

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Side Streets: School has 140 years of teaching deaf, blind students

Apr 6, 2014

Don't be fooled by the imposing old stone buildings of the Colorado...

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Side Streets: Sky Sox have Melvin Barhite to thank for name

Apr 4, 2014

In recent days, baseball players for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox came...

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Side Streets: Pat on the rump to public servants doing the right thing

Apr 2, 2014

Who doesn't like an attaboy now and then? I sure do and I like giving...

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Side Streets: This Colorado Springs building is worth restoring

Mar 28, 2014

It's no secret that I love the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. I...

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Side Streets: Rocky Mountain National Park still enchants writer after decades

Mar 26, 2014

ESTES PARK - A fresh coat of wet snow made the coyote easy to spot as...

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Side Streets: Readers debate the tragedy of Joe Rivera's death

Mar 23, 2014

Last Sunday I told the story of Joe Rivera, a star high school athlete...

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Side Streets: Right buyer could get swim club splashing

Mar 21, 2014

It's a bit of a fixer-upper. But with nearly an acre in the middle of...

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Side Streets: Some emails, like 'power hour' at The Pinery, just make us laugh

Mar 19, 2014

I don't know about you, but I get some goofy email. And I'm not...

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Side Streets: Joe Rivera's tragic life, death illustrate complexity of Colorado Springs' homeless issue

Mar 16, 2014

They are known as the homeless. Street people. Panhandlers, beggars,...

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Side Streets: Man says it's crazy Colorado Springs lets houses sit condemned; he's trying for change

Mar 14, 2014

Curtis Olson hates seeing boarded-up homes, like the string of...

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Side Streets: Time change a timeless experience at Pioneers Museum

Mar 12, 2014

If you are like me - and for everyone's sake let's hope not - then you...

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Side Streets: Putting the springs back in the Springs

Mar 9, 2014

In Monument Valley Park along the west banks of Monument Creek in...

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Side Streets: Shuttered shop was skater's hangout

Mar 7, 2014

Tim Burke wandered around Ethan's Room Skate Shop on Thursday and just...

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Side Streets: Building community around Colorado Springs 1 book at a time

Mar 5, 2014

After the Waldo Canyon fire roared through Mountain Shadows in June...

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Side Streets: Rock Ledge Ranch rich with history in Colorado Springs

Mar 2, 2014

Talk about your living history. To most Colorado Springs residents,...

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Side Streets: Racing back in time at the old Colorado Springs greyhound park

Feb 23, 2014

With its rusting roof, peeling paint, tattered window coverings and...

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Side Streets: A blueprint for settling disputes in HOAs

Feb 21, 2014

Colorado lawmakers should provide alternatives for residents to settle...

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Side Streets: Court lets Wagon Man walk free this time

Feb 19, 2014

The Wagon Man walked! After a bizarre 90-minute trial, Phillip Cargile...

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Side Streets: A life that epitomized meaning of Olympics

Feb 16, 2014

As the Winter Olympic Games continue in Sochi, Russia, I can't stop...

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Side Streets: Guardrail curtails lane's rash of smash

Feb 14, 2014

Last Friday afternoon, as snow fell on Colorado Springs, Elke Dickinson...

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Side Streets: Some in Peregrine tired of towers, too

Feb 12, 2014

Remember the dozens of wireless antenna towers going up in the...

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Side Streets: Rest of the stump story is quite a tale

Feb 9, 2014

Often, the rest of the story is as interesting as the original. That's...

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Side Streets: Memoir details life, challenges of black businesswoman

Feb 2, 2014

Mention legendary businesswoman Fannie Mae Duncan and typically you'll...

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Side Streets: Florissant fossil found a home at theme park

Jan 31, 2014

If you've ever visited Disneyland in California, chances are you walked...

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Side Streets: Mr. Affordable Housing is retiring and it's a blow to region's working poor

Jan 29, 2014

The working poor - folks who want to own a home and achieve the...

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Side Streets: Pictures spotlight 127 years of Colorado Springs, western US history

Jan 26, 2014

Who doesn't like old photos? Especially when they give you a glimpse...

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Side Streets: History of blacks in Colorado Springs being preserved

Jan 24, 2014

In an old classroom of the former Buena Vista School, retired nurse...

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Side Streets: Meaningful justice, one person at a time

Jan 22, 2014

I spent a month in the Manitou Springs Municipal Court on Tuesday...

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Side Streets: Descendant of pioneering families leaving Colorado Springs with cherished memento

Jan 19, 2014

In a week or so, Anna Lee Magee will pack up Samson, her stuffed trophy...

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Side Streets: Safe2Tell founder fighting for students

Jan 17, 2014

Next week, Colorado Springs native Susan Payne will go to Denver to...

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Side Streets: Upscale Colorado Springs neighborhood preparing to battle gun range

Jan 15, 2014

Preparations for war are underway in Pinecliff, a normally serene and...

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Side Streets: Paper route brings back memories to soak up

Jan 12, 2014

The news of The Gazette's move to the Busy Corner in downtown Colorado...

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Side Streets: Sequel to share Black Forest fire's 'defining moment'

Jan 8, 2014

The sequel is rarely as good as the original. (Need I mention...

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Side Streets: Christmas is a time for giving, reflection

Dec 25, 2013

I love Christmas because it conjures some of the best memories of my...

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Side Streets: Gazette looking forward to new building, hope

Dec 21, 2013

As I write this, I am settling into my new desk in The Gazette's...

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Side Streets: A house where history blossomed

Dec 20, 2013

On Sunday, I told of the history our community lost on Thanksgiving Day...

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Side Streets: Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace was a downtown Colorado Springs champion

Dec 18, 2013

Amid the celebrations over the City for Champions project clearing a...

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Side Streets: Fire destroys piece of Colorado Springs history

Dec 15, 2013

When fire gutted a 125-year-old house on the edge of downtown...

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Side Streets: Antenna towers divide Broadmoor residents tired of asking 'Can you hear me now?'

Dec 13, 2013

Dozens of antenna towers are popping up across the Broadmoor area to...

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Side Streets: Is Wagon Man too funky for Manitou Springs?

Dec 11, 2013

It makes me sad to think I finally found someone too unique for funky...

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Side Streets: Be extra careful with bears around

Dec 8, 2013

A few weeks ago, Gazette photojournalist Michael Ciaglo was cruising...

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Side Streets: Hope for an end to sidewalk rescues

Dec 6, 2013

For years, Duncan MacDonald tried to patch the public sidewalk in front...

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Side Streets: Apartment projects add to Colorado Springs traffic concerns

Dec 4, 2013

With images of their frantic escape from the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire...

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Side Streets: Why be thankful? Start with family

Nov 27, 2013

In keeping with the tradition of Thanksgiving, I've been thinking about...

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Side Streets: Why do some in Colorado Springs want to live behind walls, gates?

Nov 24, 2013

For years, Kissing Camels and Crystal Park were the only gated...

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Side Streets: Compromise may smooth sidewalk concerns

Nov 22, 2013

From the side of her century-old house, Mary Tatum can watch children...

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Side Streets: Three teams everyone can rally around

Nov 20, 2013

Team Kidney Bean won a thrilling victory of a lifetime. Team Side...

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Side Streets: Photographer Bob Jackson recalls photo of Lee Harvey Oswald that captured history

Oct 19, 2013

Bob Jackson vividly remembers hearing gunfire erupt from the sixth...

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Side Streets: After 40 years condemned, Colorado Springs house may be ordered cleaned up by court

Nov 17, 2013

After unsuccessfully trying to get the Joseph O'Brien family to fix up...

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Side Streets: Solving life worries a doughnut at a time

Nov 15, 2013

Recently, I reintroduced readers to the Breakfast Club, a group of...

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Side Streets: Learning a lesson in what really matters

Nov 13, 2013

Perspective is a funny thing. It can distort and warp your impressions...

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Side Streets: Trees from fires cut into useful lumber

Nov 10, 2013

When Andy Stauffer's company, Colorado Timber Homes, was rebuilding a...

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Side Streets: Colorado Springs rallies for courageous teenager

Nov 8, 2013

Need your faith in humanity restored? Consider how various groups are...

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Side Streets: Colorado Springs men forge friendships over cars, coffee

Nov 3, 2013

Six days a week, since 1976, a group of Colorado Springs men has met...

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Side Streets: Coincidence or divine intervention? Couple delivers groceries to Colorado Springs woman

Nov 1, 2013

Once again I am amazed at the generosity of Side Streets readers. And...

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Side Streets: Flowers are said to possess powers

Oct 30, 2013

It's not every day someone sends you blessed, healing, miracle rose...

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Side Streets: Cemetery for pioneering Colorado Springs family completed

Oct 27, 2013

Last week I spent a really pleasant morning in a cemetery. That's not...

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Ramblin' Man: Able-bodied motorists use handicapped parking - a lot

Oct 26, 2013

Is it tempting? You pull up in front of a store, you're in a hurry,...

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Side Streets: Seen any aliens in Colorado or beyond? Share your UFO story

Oct 23, 2013

It's funny the stuff we've come across in the newsroom as we clean out...

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Side Streets: Brown Bombers now a Colorado Springs sports hall of fame contender

Oct 18, 2013

On Sunday, I introduced readers to the five surviving members of the...

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Side Streets: Students go the extra mile to help the hungry in Colorado Springs

Oct 16, 2013

On Wednesday morning, students at Divine Redeemer Catholic School will...

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Side Streets: All-black baseball team a living Colorado Springs history lesson

Oct 13, 2013

Quick, name any championship team of the semi-professional Colorado...

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Side Streets: Colorado Springs talent might have chance to make it big

Oct 9, 2013

On Sunday evening, after a marathon day of singing, dancing, comedy and...

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Side Streets: 'Cursed' mountaintop home bedevils Manitou Springs until the end

Oct 9, 2013

Tom McGee's house on the summit of Iron Mountain isn't exactly an...

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Side Streets: Pretty pond in Garden of the Gods is also a stinky mess

Oct 6, 2013

A once-in-a-generation pond in the Garden of the Gods is creating...

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Side Streets: Goodbye, Gold Camp Speedway near I-25

Oct 4, 2013

So you are thinking about buying a nice, shiny sports car and you want...

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Hdy hdy hdy hdy

Oct 4, 2013

After 50-some years of peaceful living in Cragmor, Mary Simon said...

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Hdy hdy hdy hdy

Oct 4, 2013

Ken Lewis no longer has one of the worst jobs in Colorado Springs. For...

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Side Streets: The excavator won, of course, and McGee house no longer haunts Manitou Springs

Oct 3, 2013

The excavator won. Tom McGee’s controversial house, which he built in...

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Side Streets: Going home can be difficult

Sep 25, 2013

On Sunday, I took an unexpected stroll down memory lane with some...

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Side Streets: City shows big heart in feeding the hungry

Sep 22, 2013

My weeklong experiment living on a food stamp budget of $4.50 a day...

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Side Streets: City Auditorium is where we really live

Sep 19, 2013

Where in Colorado Springs can you relax and catch a friendly roller...

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Side Streets: Tough choices in the grocery store on a food-stamp budget

Sep 18, 2013

Seeds Community Cafe, with its motto "Order What You Want, Pay What You...

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Side Streets: Challenge to eat on $4.50 a day

Sep 14, 2013

For the next week, I'm going to survive on a food budget of just $4.50...

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Side Streets: Readers all have tales of Springs speed spots

Sep 12, 2013

All I have to do is mention speeding, schools and neighborhoods to get...

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Side Streets: Residents can request SMART trailers

Sep 10, 2013

Amy Berger is worried about speeding in her neighborhood north of...

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Side Streets: He's the hair therapist in Colorado Springs, and not slowing down

Sep 7, 2013

Imagine a job where you set your own hours. There's no phone ringing...

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SIDE STREETS; Colorado Springs veterans forced to find new lunch spot

Sep 6, 2013

The failure of a small, family-owned and operated business is painful...

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Side Streets: Colorado Springs streets all need an Edward

Sep 5, 2013

When Edward and Mildred Ezzell bought their home in the Eastborough...

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SIDE STREETS: "Who we are" in Colorado Springs not a simple query

Sep 1, 2013

Back in a previous life, when I was city editor of The Gazette, I...

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SIDE STREETS: New roof brings peace of mind for fire danger

Aug 29, 2013

Thanks to a hard weekend of work by a crew of six men, I have a new...

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Side Streets: Colorado Springs street clock in need of restoration

Aug 26, 2013

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is the city’s attic where all our...

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SIDE STREETS: Flamingo Friday is more than a party

Aug 12, 2013

If you are headed home at the end of the workweek, and you happen to be...

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SIDE STREETS: Black Forest newspaper publisher still going strong

Aug 10, 2013

In the aftermath of the Black Forest fire, with her home in ashes, with...

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SIDE STREETS: Colorado Springs woman is living legacy of Stratton's philanthropy

Aug 8, 2013

On Tuesday morning, in a parking lot on Bijou Street at Cascade Avenue,...

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SIDE STREETS: Century-old Colorado Springs house remains condemned 40 years later

Aug 3, 2013

Remember 1973? Richard Nixon was president of the United States,...

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SIDE STREETS: First Friday celebration brings attention to vibrant public art

Aug 5, 2013

If you didn't happen to be in downtown Colorado Springs on Friday...

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SIDE STREETS: What birthday gift would you give Colorado Springs?

Aug 1, 2013

Gen. William Jackson Palmer did more than just found Colorado Springs...

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SIDE STREETS: Lawn parched? Not in one water-weary area of Widefield

Jul 29, 2013

WIDEFIELD - While homeowners across the Pikes Peak region have...

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SIDE STREETS: Don't become a Colorado Springs flood victim, heed these tips

Jul 27, 2013

After a year of wildfires and floods, I confess I'm a little tired of...

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SIDE STREETS: Story behind Rockrimmon Trail detour involves safety ... and intrigue

Jul 25, 2013

In recent weeks, a short section of the Rockrimmon Trail was blocked by...

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SIDE STREETS: New Year's resolution sparks big food drive in Colorado Springs neighborhood

Jul 22, 2013

Leslie Patterson was doing some year-end self-evaluation and decided...

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SIDE STREETS: Close call with small wildfire prompts big response in Colorado Springs neighborhood

Jul 20, 2013

On the night of June 13, during the height of the recent Black Forest...

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SIDE STREETS: Social media a platform for suicide threats, quests for meth

Jul 18, 2013

On Sunday evening, I was stopped cold by posts on my Facebook stream....

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SIDE STREETS: A chance to learn about our Thoreau

Jul 15, 2013

It's always fun to discover a hidden gem. That's how I felt recently...

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SIDE STREETS: Wildfire insurance creating a ruckus

Jul 11, 2013

Calls and emails continue to roll in over my recent column on State...

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Side Streets: Cigarette butts cause fires, add to pollution

Jul 1, 2013

As the Black Forest fire raged a few weeks ago, I got a call from...

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SIDE STREETS: Insurance demands for fire mitigation may mean big changes in communities

Jun 29, 2013

On June 10, State Farm Insurance Co. mailed 12,000 letters to...

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SIDE STREETS: Mountain Shadows is transformed again one year after Waldo Canyon fire

Jun 26, 2013

The day after the Black Forest fire erupted on June 11, Mike Hausman...

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SIDE STREETS: Communication network for Black Forest fire victims had its start years ago

Jun 24, 2013

When El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn reached out to homeowners...

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SIDE STREETS: Insurance catastrophe team helps pick up pieces after fire

Jun 20, 2013

An old friend called to meet me for lunch Tuesday. After catching up on...

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SIDE STREETS: Eavesdropping while heroes worked

Jun 18, 2013

Last week, many of you no doubt watched on TV and read the newspaper in...

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SIDE STREETS: 'Wagon Man' in Colorado Springs brings a 'happy heart'

May 31, 2013

A large U.S. flag flapping in the breeze drew my attention to the side...

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SIDE STREETS: Readers share their coyote stories, and tips to scare them off

May 30, 2013

Readers are sounding off about the recent coyote attacks on two...

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SIDE STREETS: Urban gardening about to become a year-round affair

May 27, 2013

The trailer hitched to the back of Larry Stebbins' pickup truck is...

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Side Streets: Bloodshed finally led to coyotes' destruction in Springs

May 25, 2013

Frank VerHey was disappointed but not surprised at headlines last week...

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SIDE STREETS: Four-legged veteran was hero to many

May 23, 2013

Mitra Singh is planning a memorial service for a hero: her friend and...

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SIDE STREETS: See how Colorado Springs neighborhood makeup has changed

May 20, 2013

In my mind, I have a visual map of Colorado Springs. Maybe you do,...

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SIDE STREETS: Big changes coming to Cragmor parking situation

May 18, 2013

This should be a quiet time for Cragmor, the little neighborhood across...

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Side Streets: It was an honor to watch Warrior Games in Colorado Springs

May 14, 2013

On Sunday, I stood next to the bicycle race track at the Warrior Games...

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SIDE STREETS: Why we showed the owls in Colorado Springs

May 13, 2013

Did we mess up by telling the Pikes Peak region about the Great Horned...

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SIDE STREETS: 83-year-old Colorado Springs Sears saleswoman still going strong

May 11, 2013

Mary Bigler isn't quite Rosie the Riveter, the World War II icon of...

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SIDE STREETS: Xeriscape bill awaits Colorado governor's signature

May 9, 2013

Water-guzzling Kentucky bluegrass and other nonnative turf can no...

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SIDE STREETS: Readers pitch their show ideas

May 6, 2013

Turns out there are more Honey Boo Boo wannabes in Colorado Springs...

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SIDE STREETS: Sandbagging must be a neighborhood effort

May 3, 2013

Debbie and Jesse Cisneros heard the warning about dangerous flash...

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Humbled to be part of museum's fire exhibit

Apr 29, 2013

Last week, I was humbled by an email I received. It came from Leah...

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SIDE STREETS: Honored and humbled to be part of Waldo Canyon museum exhibit

Apr 26, 2013

Last week, I was humbled by an email I received. It came from Leah...

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SIDE STREETS: Today is a good day to meet your neighbors

Apr 26, 2013

Did you know today is a holiday? Well, it’s more of a wannabe holiday...

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SIDE STREETS: Ski Lane saga has no end in sight

Apr 24, 2013

The story of Ski Lane is a real cliffhanger. Six years ago,...

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SIDE STREETS: Help Lucy add to Ollie's stories of life in segregated Springs

Apr 19, 2013

Oliver Bell used to tell stories of growing up in Colorado Springs,...

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SIDE STREETS: Readers teach boys about Colorado, generosity

Apr 19, 2013

Side Streets readers did it again! Recently, I told you of requests...

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SIDE STREETS: Desire to help, heal drives firefighter/pastor

Apr 17, 2013

Jeff Martin is devoting his life to helping people heal. Seven days a...

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SIDE STREETS: Looking for the next Honey Boo Boo

Apr 12, 2013

On any given day I get some odd calls and email. For example, on...

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SIDE STREETS: How much should the Wagners have to take?

Apr 11, 2013

How much does one family have to put up with in its neighborhood?...

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SIDE STREETS: Readers come to the rescue again

Apr 10, 2013

Side Streets readers are the best. When a con artist is scamming...

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SIDE STREETS: 'Worst-case scenario' playing out at Too Tall Townhomes?

Apr 5, 2013

Tom Fendon fears he and his neighbors in the Dublin Terrace Townhomes...

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SIDE STREETS: Mystery shrouds family of 'Little Saint Rose'

Apr 5, 2013

Last week, 11 charges of animal cruelty were read against William E....

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SIDE STREETS: Everyone welcome as playoffs begin for Super Bowl of history

Apr 2, 2013

History is one of my favorite subjects. I read history for fun. Watch...

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SIDE STREETS: Hey, buddy! Can you spare your spare?

Mar 29, 2013

March ended Sunday without Joe Hanson getting a new kidney. It was...

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SIDE STREETS: Help teach these kids about Colorado

Mar 28, 2013

A handwritten letter came to The Gazette newsroom recently from a...

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SIDE STREETS: After long wait, contents of burned van a disappointment

Mar 27, 2013

After nearly 11 weeks of waiting, Ethelyn Bauer finally got to see what...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: New video of HOA town hall meeting

Mar 23, 2013

The new state HOA boss wants Colorado Springs residents to know he’ll...

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SIDE STREETS: Fire deemed accidental yet van impounded for months

Mar 21, 2013

In the predawn hours of Jan. 11, a passenger van owned by Ethelyn Bauer...

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SIDE STREETS: HOA xeriscape bill advances, effort to create HOA czar stalls

Mar 20, 2013

While gun control debate has dominated the Colorado General Assembly,...

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SIDE STREETS: Painting is of a love story we all can enjoy

Mar 15, 2013

In 2007, Peggy Shivers’ beloved husband of 38 years, renowned artist...

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SIDE STREETS: Open records an asset in everyday life of neighbors

Mar 15, 2013

In December, I was working on a nice little story about an apartment...

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SIDE STREETS: Thanks roll in from grateful Side Streets readers

Mar 13, 2013

Who doesn’t like an “attaboy” now and then? I certainly do. And I...

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SIDE STREETS BLOG: Smoking ignites expensive court battle for HOA

Mar 13, 2013

Smoking has been banned from most public buildings. It is forbidden in...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Report of con artist leads to arrest

Mar 12, 2013

An angry Side Streets reader, furious that a con artist was cheating...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Photo gallery of sparring bucks

Mar 10, 2013

Early Sunday morning, eight young bucks and one old buck gathered in...

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SIDE STREETS: Scary encounter with con artist sparks Neighborhood Watch organizer

Mar 8, 2013

Marie VanRemortel was going door-to-door in her Mountain Shadows...

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SIDE STREETS: Seats limited, RSVP needed for HOA Boss town hall meeting

Mar 7, 2013

Longtime neighborhood activist Jan Doran has a few things she wants to...

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SIDE STREETS: Activist passionate that neighborhoods must be allowed to talk

Mar 6, 2013

Can we talk? Just us neighbors? Maybe to organize to fight a...

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SIDE STREETS: New HOA boss says we're not just a big bunch of complainers

Feb 28, 2013

Are residents of the Pikes Peak region just a bunch of complainers or...

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SIDE STREETS: History center focuses on man who made Red Rock Canyon possible

Feb 27, 2013

Perhaps you love the Red Rock Canyon Open Space for all it offers:...

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SIDE STREETS BLOG: Joyful noise not welcome in Houston neighborhood

Feb 27, 2013

Side Streets reader Scott McKeever saw this story in Houston and shared...

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ANCIENT HISTORY

Feb 25, 2013

 To hikers, bikers, dog walkers and climbers, the Red Rock Canyon...

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SIDE STREETS: The man behind the canyon

Feb 25, 2013

Since the first pioneers laid claim to it in 1866, Red Rock Canyon has...

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SIDE STREETS: And now the rest of the story of the Rockrimmon buck, and it isn't pretty

Feb 22, 2013

There’s good news to report about the Rockrimmon buck released by...

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SIDE STREETS: You bet, pardner, we still honor our Old West roots

Feb 22, 2013

Ben Pinello Jr. just proved there’s still a little of the Old West left...

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SIDE STREETS: White flag waved in fight over big, white fence

Feb 20, 2013

The owner of a big white fence on Cheyenne Road is waving a white flag...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Heins, the sign painter and historian, dies

Feb 20, 2013

Ray Heins, the longtime Colorado Springs sign painter, died Wednesday...

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SIDE STREETS: Big white fence in middle of controversy

Feb 15, 2013

Driving up Cheyenne Road, the tall, white fence surrounding the...

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SIDE STREETS: Modest sign painter quite an artist and darned good historian, too

Feb 15, 2013

Ray Heins has always considered himself just a sign painter. During a...

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SIDE STREETS: Stench of death, not roses, hangs over historic shrine

Feb 13, 2013

On this day of love, happiness and bouquets of roses, there is none at...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Friends help stranger get back her camera six years later

Feb 12, 2013

Ellen Ritt thought she’d never see her camera again after it plunged...

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SIDE STREETS: Recycling business leaves neighborhoods behind, flourishes

Feb 8, 2013

Once Tim Keenan got his business out of his garage, to appease his...

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SIDE STREETS: Bankrupt townhomes could be abandoned by bank

Feb 6, 2013

Will the “Too Tall Townhomes” finally get knocked down to size? Or...

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SIDE STREETS: Convenience stores trigger neighborhood anxiety

Feb 1, 2013

This is the tale of two convenience stores. One story is complete and...

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SIDE STREETS: Sometimes, a life starts badly and there just isn't a happy ending

Feb 1, 2013

In December, news broke of a newborn found abandoned near a trash bin...

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SIDE STREETS: 'Back Pages' reveal Drake, Wasson were people before becoming hot-button issues

Jan 30, 2013

Last week, I read an interesting item in The Gazette about Martin...

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SIDE STREETS: Planners slap down tiny neighborhood's attempt at master plan

Jan 25, 2013

In 2009, neighborhood advocate Dave Munger asked the Colorado Springs...

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SIDE STREETS: Couple may have front-row seat for flooding

Jan 25, 2013

Since 1976, Frank and Barbara Sanders have lived quietly on the...

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SIDE STREETS: Broken antlers the only thing left behind by Rockrimmon buck

Jan 23, 2013

Readers this week were reporting the Rockrimmon buck with the mangled...

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SIDE STREETS: Two lives dedicated to service and shaping young men

Jan 18, 2013

When I heard the Boy Scouts were honoring volunteer Robert Savage for...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Armstrong jersey a symbol of sport's worst cheat

Jan 17, 2013

The wall in the Pioneers Museum was bare where the professional bike...

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SIDE STREETS: Neighbors, attorneys can't agree if HOA covenants ban parking

Jan 17, 2013

Terry Bott thought she did everything right when she bought her home in...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Injured mule deer buck draws a crowd

Jan 11, 2013

An injured mule deer buck continued Friday to rest on a ledge of a...

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SIDE STREETS: Private social media site designed for neighborhoods

Jan 11, 2013

As social web sites have exploded, neighborhoods have taken advantage...

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SIDE STREETS: Little Joey escapes, makes 'miraculous' recovery as abductor lurks

Jan 11, 2013

Little Joey came running up to greet me with a smile on his face. He...

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SIDE STREETS: Buck with magnificent antlers may be ultimate victim of love

Jan 9, 2013

Just before Christmas, a buck with a large, magnificent set of unusual...

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SIDE STREETS: Lawmaker has plans to tighten grip on HOAs

Jan 4, 2013

When Sen. Morgan Carroll sponsored the Homeowners Bill of Rights in...

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SIDE STREETS: HOAs not a favorite subject of incoming House Speaker

Jan 4, 2013

Incoming Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino brings a very personal...

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SIDE STREETS: Activist fears state regulations may prompt volunteer HOAs to quit

Jan 2, 2013

Longtime neighborhood activist Jan Doran was surprised to learn...

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SIDE STREETS: Remembering a few who made huge contributions to the region

Dec 21, 2012

As we sit poised to start a new year, let’s not forget some of the...

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SIDE STREETS: Couple's holiday village a 'gift of love' to retirement home

Dec 20, 2012

Looking for an Irving Berlin, old-fashioned Christmas experience far...

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SIDE STREETS: HOA's $50 parking fine now adds up to thousands for homeowner

Dec 20, 2012

In 2009, I introduced Side Streets readers to Ron Pace under a...

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SIDE STREETS: Transparency coming to homeowners associations

Dec 18, 2012

If you volunteer on a homeowners association board, you better create a...

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SIDE STREETS: Poverty, medical need draw Springs eye surgeon to island

Dec 14, 2012

Last December, Dr. Ingrid Carlson was in the Caribbean scuba diving and...

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SIDE STREETS: Defying HOA covenants turns into a nightmare

Dec 12, 2012

For the third straight Christmas season, Richard and Alisha Cuevas are...

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SIDE STREETS: Ivywild welcomes 'oblongabout' as cure for goofy intersection

Dec 7, 2012

In most neighborhoods, installation of a roundabout at a busy...

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SIDE STREETS: Christmas just isn't the same without a tree

Dec 7, 2012

Sometimes, you accidentally discover a way to help the community....

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Men behind Vail, Ski Broadmoor have crossed trails many times

Dec 6, 2012

 As prep school skiers in New England, Pete Seibert and Steve...

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SIDE STREETS: Celebrating Lorraine Crocker's century in the Springs

Dec 5, 2012

Lorraine Crocker recalls as a child running to the railroad tracks to...

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SIDE STREETS: New Gazette owners can expect great work to continue

Dec 3, 2012

When the first plume of smoke rose over Waldo Canyon at noon on...

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SIDE STREETS: Here lies the Hillside Neighborhood Association, RIP

Nov 30, 2012

On Saturday afternoon, a few dozen Hillside neighborhood residents will...

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SIDE STREETS: Broadmoor lights ignite holiday spirit

Nov 27, 2012

Before the holidays are over, get yourself down to The Broadmoor hotel...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Do we still have a little of the Old West left in us?

Nov 16, 2012

When Ben Pinello Jr. was diagnosed with cancer a couple years ago, he...

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SIDE STREETS: Teen's pencil sketch morphs over decades as inspiration hits

Nov 16, 2012

Inspiration is a funny thing. When Susan Janty was 14, she had an...

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SIDE STREETS: Good grief! Museum links Snoopy, NASA and Springs bedroom

Nov 16, 2012

If you enjoy the Peanuts comic strip created by the late Charles M....

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SIDE STREETS: Help plant the seeds of community by volunteering in Mill Street

Nov 14, 2012

Did you close your garden for the winter but still find yourself with...

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SIDE STREETS: Neighborhood activists remain on high alert

Nov 6, 2012

Residents of the Stratmoor Hills neighborhood are understandably...

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SIDE STREETS: Armstrong jersey in museum is a powerful symbol

Nov 2, 2012

In the main hallway of the Pioneers Museum, a showcase holds a...

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SIDE STREETS: Political rantings echo across the centuries

Nov 1, 2012

On the eve of the national presidential election, consider these words...

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SIDE STREETS: Show compassion to grieving families

Oct 31, 2012

This was supposed to be a triumphant tale praising the Woodland Park...

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Unlikely trio team up in inspiring love story

Oct 31, 2012

For years, two women have attended nearly every Air Academy High School...

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SIDE STREETS: HOA grants disabled woman fenced yard for service dog

Oct 26, 2012

Claire Farrer and her companion, Phoenix, were jumping with delight....

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SIDE STREETS: Phantom inspires woman's spooky career

Oct 25, 2012

As a 7-year-old girl living on a small farm east of Colorado Springs,...

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SIDE STREETS: Parents fight to preserve memorial to sons who died in wreck

Oct 19, 2012

Under sheltering pine trees on a quiet edge of the Woodland Park High...

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SIDE STREETS: Pumpkins, sunflowers and squash transform front yard

Oct 18, 2012

Rebekah Shardy’s front yard changes dramatically with the seasons. In...

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SIDE STREETS: Take down signs on fence that highlight bad blood

Oct 17, 2012

Signs along a fence advertise a neighborhood feud: “No Trespassing” and...

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SIDE STREETS: Resident doesn't trust Utilities' smart meters

Oct 12, 2012

 When Craig Warren realized Colorado Springs Utilities had...

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SIDE STREETS: Faith in mankind restored by reporter, mechanic

Oct 11, 2012

Every day, newspaper headlines document the latest human cruelty,...

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SIDE STREETS: Smoke pouring from neighbor's chimney leads to burning question

Oct 9, 2012

Luanne Wiley is dreading the onset of winter. Instead of looking...

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SIDE STREETS: Explosive growth of UCCS causing growing pains for neighbor

Oct 5, 2012

When anything expands rapidly, often there are growing pains. It’s true...

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SIDE STREETS: Great tips from readers about greening up your home

Oct 4, 2012

Due to wildfire and hail, there is a surge in home construction and...

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SIDE STREETS: Soccer mom vows to simplify life and faces struggle

Oct 3, 2012

Kerry Reifel wanted to simplify her life. She wanted to eliminate...

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SIDE STREETS: Ratings confirm Springs not as hip as Boulder

Sep 28, 2012

Lists are great. They make for great conversations and arguments....

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WHAT LIES BENEATH: Springs' coal-mining history leaves a maze of tunnels - and potential problems

Sep 27, 2012

Susanne Arens thought the vacant lot next to a McDonald's restaurant in...

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SIDE STREETS: Cragmor residents say UCCS students flunking civics lessons

Sep 27, 2012

For years I wondered how, more than a century ago, the hillside coal...

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SIDE STREETS: Museums are great, especially when they are free

Sep 26, 2012

For years I’ve noticed the fiberglass-and-metal sculpture of a huge,...

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SIDE STREETS: An army in orange will be working for those who served in camo

Sep 21, 2012

A vacant lot in Fountain will be transformed into a sea of orange...

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SIDE STREETS: Too Tall Townhomes rot as neighbors add up losses

Sep 21, 2012

Remember the “Too-Tall Townhomes” that Todays Homes built “by mistake”...

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SIDE STREETS: Beware the school kiss-and-go zone where nothing is sacred

Sep 20, 2012

Susan Fraser was walking her son and the family dog to school when she...

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SIDE STREETS: First Baptist keeping the faith 140 years later

Sep 13, 2012

Neighborhood churches play an important role in their communities....

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SIDE STREETS: Time to celebrate a job well-done

Sep 12, 2012

Ledell Reynolds is one of those people we tend to overlook. Rarely do...

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SIDE STREETS: Bijou Hill residents say Pinery project not very neighborly

Sep 7, 2012

For more than a decade, there’s been a battle going on for Bijou Hill,...

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SIDE STREETS: Goats are cheap protection against wildfire

Sep 7, 2012

Richard Serby and other residents along Mesa Road had front-row seats...

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SIDE STREETS: Cumbre Vista neighbors win round but fight far from over

Sep 6, 2012

Residents of Cumbre Vista neighborhood near Powers Boulevard and...

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SIDE STREETS: Gardeners on the Edge harvesting more than veggies

Aug 31, 2012

Melissa Marts loves to walk the alley behind her home, which borders...

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SIDE STREETS: They survived Waldo Canyon fire and have video to prove it

Aug 23, 2012

Firefighters weren’t the only people staring down the throat of the...

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SIDE STREETS: Before rushing to rebuild, test for geohazards

Aug 23, 2012

As folks make plans to rebuild their homes in Mountain Shadows after...

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SIDE STREETS: Once a '96 Subaru, now a Dragon Ship

Aug 22, 2012

It was one of those cars that made me stop and stare. No, not a...

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SIDE STREETS: Remembering the 'blast' and cowboys and cattle drives

Aug 17, 2012

Bet ya didn’t know Fountain was founded before Colorado Springs. Or...

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SIDE STREETS: 'We give them coffee with love'

Aug 17, 2012

It’s common for Starbucks customers to order coffee and get a muffin or...

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SIDE STREETS: Ice cream, cookies and history are the perfect Sunday

Aug 15, 2012

Neighborhood ice cream socials are great. Throw in the dedication of...

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SIDE STREETS: Can't neighbors, developer just talk things out?

Aug 10, 2012

When the emails started rolling in mentioning a developer in the Cumbre...

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SIDE STREETS: Stormtrooper on curb during fire evac no Jedi mind trick

Aug 10, 2012

During the frantic evacuation to escape the Waldo Canyon fire on June...

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SIDE STREETS: Nightmarish end to Field of Dreams

Aug 8, 2012

The baseball field with its backstop, perimeter fence and wooden...

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SIDE STREETS: HOA wants disabled woman's service dog to run in rocks

Aug 3, 2012

Claire Farrer is 75 and fighting a disease that caused the discs in her...

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SIDE STREETS: Take your pick: sodium, ceramic, LED or neon

Aug 2, 2012

Clear your calendar the week of Oct. 8. We all have a big test to take....

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SIDE STREETS EXTRA: Watch Waldo Canyon fire burn on computer animation

Aug 2, 2012

Want to watch the Waldo Canyon Fire? The folks at SimTable.com sent...

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SIDE STREETS: 'If Mountain Shadows can burn that bad, what hope is there for us?'

Aug 1, 2012

When Woodmoor resident Carolyn Streit-Carey watched the Waldo Canyon...

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SIDE STREETS: Step back in time, meet historic figures at Evergreen

Jul 20, 2012

I love cemeteries. They are windows on the past. You can tell when an...

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SIDE STREETS: Apathy toward HOA leads to unpleasant surprise

Jul 20, 2012

Matt Elmstedt wishes now that he hadn’t been apathetic about his...

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SIDE STREETS: Taylor's acre keeps owner's past alive

Jul 17, 2012

The big sign, painted on the side of a two-story barn at the corner of...

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SIDE STREETS: 10 years of holding up a mirror to neighborhoods

Jul 17, 2012

It’s unbelievable to me, really. You probably don’t believe it either....

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SIDE STREETS: Neighbor tends to home, garden — and city streets

Jul 17, 2012

 Jacqueline Maujean doesn’t think there’s anything special...

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SIDE STREETS: Venetucci Farm feels empty without schoolchildren's joy

Jul 17, 2012

 SECURITY - On a cold, gray day in Colorado Springs, Nick...

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SIDE STREETS: Manitou quacker falls quiet, Homer may leave a duckling legacy

Jul 17, 2012

 MANITOU SPRINGS _ Maybe you remember Homer the duck and the...

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SIDE STREETS: North End loses Theater of Mankind’s eccentric master

Jul 17, 2012

 The Theater of Mankind is closed.  No longer will North...

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About SIDE STREETS Bill Vogrin started writing Side Streets in July 2002 to highlight the extraordinary people of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region and reflect the issues that impact the daily lives of residents.

To Reach Bill
By phone: 719-636-0193
By e-mail: bill.vogrin@gazette.com
By mail: 30 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite #100 ., Colorado Springs, Co. 80903

INSPIRATION for SIDE STREETS
Heywood Broun was a crusading columnist for The Tribune and The World in New York City from 1912 until 1939. Just months before his death in 1939, Broun wrote: "I would like to see some columnists do the side streets and the suburbs and chronicle the joys and tragedies of the ordinary run of people."

To read more in print
Side Streets is published each Monday, Thursday and Saturday in The Gazette of Colorado Springs.

HELPFUL NUMBERS
Emergency: 911
Police non-emergency: 719-444-7000
Fire non-emergency : 719-385-5950

More Police numbers
El Paso County Sheriff: 719-390-5555
Colorado State Patrol: 719-635-4501
Airport Security: 719-550-1976
Child Abuse 24-hour hotline: 719-444-5700
Crime Stoppers: 719-444-STOP
Domestic Violence Hotline: 719-633-3819
Drug Hotline: 719-444-3111
Jail/Criminal Justice Center: 719-390-2000
Vehicle Impound: 719-578-6754

COMMUNITY NUMBERS
Better Business Bureau: 719-636-1155
Code Enforcement: 719-444-7891
Graffiti Removal Hotline: 719-634-5713
Humane Society: 719-473-1741
Neighborhood Justice Center: 719-520-6016
Parking Enforcement: 719-444-7891
Pothole Hotline: 719-385-6808
Victim Assistance (DA): 719-520-6049

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION HELP
Colorado HOA Information Office and Resource Center
Gary Kujawski, HOA Information Officer gary.kujawski@dora.state.co.us 303-894-2355