More Waldo Fire Articles

  • Retired teachers put 'good intentions' to work in gift for Waldo Canyon fire victim

    By Carol McGraw carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: 12 min ago

    Jane Neff calls them "good intentions" - all those pieced blocks and tops that quilters hope to finish someday, but never do. Most of such craft work disappears into closets never to be seen again until they end up in a garage sale or maybe an antique store. Neff, a retired teacher,...

  • CDOT looking for more mitigation opportunities after downpour overwhelms Waldo Canyon burn scar

    BY MATT STEINER matt.steiner@gazette.com —
    Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    While officials praised flood mitigation work up and down Ute Pass after rains caused road closures Wednesday, a more intense weather event three days later proved that millions of dollars of work can only do so much when heavy storms strike quickly. Saturday’s storm hit the Waldo...

  • Footage of Waldo Canyon Fire earns Colorado Springs firefighter a local Emmy

    BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Most firefighters don't win local Emmy awards. But Steve Schopper is not the average firefighter. He's an audio video specialist for the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and he is a volunteer lieutenant with the Manitou Springs Fire Department. The 61-year-old Schopper's footage...

  • Officials pleased with Ute Pass mitigation work, but say that 'true test' is yet to come

    by matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    As officials up and down Ute Pass praised more than a year's worth of flood mitigation work Thursday morning, at least one breach in the protection exposed itself after two strong storms hit the Pikes Peak region and the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar Wednesday. Mud and debris poured...

  • Flood mitigation efforts appear successful amid torrential rains in Colorado Springs area

    by LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    A widespread series of summer thunderstorms wreaked havoc in El Paso County on Wednesday, pounding the Pikes Peak region with rain, twice shutting down U.S. 24 and flooding several streets. The storm sent dark muddy water and debris rushing down the Waldo Canyon burn scar and rapidly...

  • U.S. Highway 24 closures subject of meeting between CDOT, business leaders

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Everybody agrees: Safety first. Nobody wants to see a repeat of last summer's tragedy, when a Teller County man died in flash flooding that also destroyed homes and damaged vehicles caught in the violent, debris-laden waters running off the Waldo Canyon burn scar. But it's been a...

  • Manitou Springs "better prepared" because of flood mitigation projects

    by matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Standing deep inside Williams Canyon next to concrete walls built to guide floodwaters, boulders, logs and other debris into steel nets and a sediment retention pond, Roger Miller paused briefly and let out a deep sigh when asked if Manitou Springs is safer now than during the summer...

  • Grants help Manitou businesses rebound from 2013 floods

    Katherine Blunt katherine.blunt@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    It's been almost a year since a series of floods damaged Manitou Springs, but some of the town's businesses are still recovering. To aid the healing process, the Manitou Springs Small Business Flood Recovery Fund recently allocated $100,000 in grants to 10 businesses. The recipients...

  • Flying W makes another step toward recovery with annual concert

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Wistful memories hung on like a sideways bareback rider for 350 people who gathered at the Flying W Ranch Saturday evening to hear their favorite Western songs in a setting that looks both familiar and unfamiliar. "I've only lived here 10 years, and every single person that ever came...

  • Losing house to Waldo Canyon fire inspired girl's book

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    A few months after Lily Rottenborn's house burned down with her best buddy, Hospital Bear, inside, Lily's teacher asked students to write about their experiences during the Waldo Canyon fire. Of the 27 students in Mrs. Tuttle's second-grade class at Chipeta Elementary School in the...

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