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Danger at our Doorstep

A GUIDE TO PREPARE FOR COLORADO’S DISASTERS

Disasters are a very real part of life in Colorado. Things here burn. And flood. And they slide down mountainsides. And once in a while, things shake. We even get the occasional twister. This special section shows how locals can prepare for disasters that can strike in the Pikes Peak region.

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Colorado floods, 1-year anniversary: Rebuilding continues after death, devastation

Andi Chernushin walked through her home just yards from the banks of Cheyenne Creek on Wednesday. She pointed to bare studs where walls once framed her finished basement,...

Chopping scorched Flying W trees a valuable experience for fire crews

Chain saws roared and charred trees crashed on rain-moistened grass and brush at Flying W Ranch on Sunday, as a team of firefighters continued the daunting task of clearing...

Legislation sprouts from the ashes; disaster-related measures expected to win bipartisan approval

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are gearing up for the 2014 fire season, prepping to spend millions on a new firefighting air fleet, tax incentives for fire mitigation and ...

'Treatment train' a small step in solving stormwater issues

On a dry November day, the Millibo Art Theatre's new garden looked like just a bed of rocks snaking through breathtaking red, blue and white flowers. But in the rain, it can...

Manitou Springs

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...

Volunteer organizations prep for disasters, address strengths and weaknesses

Volunteers are the driving force behind disaster relief and recovery operations across the state, making recruitment, training and preparation an ongoing effort.

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  • Wildfire torches 100 acres near Fowler

    A large wildfire burning near Fowler has forced authorities to request that Hwy 50 be closed from the town of Fowler to Hwy 209, according to several media reports. Nine agencies are now on scene, according to the La Junta Fire Department, with most fire activity occuring along Hwy 50 at 67th Lane, south of the Arkansas River. There...

  • Former Black Forest fire chief Bob Harvey cleared by DA in use of fire district credit cards

    The El Paso County District Attorney's Office said it found no wrongdoing during an investigation into former Black Forest Fire Protection District Chief Bob Harvey's use of the district's credit card. Harvey put four charges on the card, all of which the DA's office declared were legitimate, according to a letter sent to the district's...

  • Royal Gorge continues comeback from wildfire with opening of tramway, theater

    The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park's effort to rebound from a devastating 2013 fire will take a major leap Saturday as it opens a new $4 million tramway and reopens its Plaza Theater. The June 2013 wildfire destroyed an aerial tram and all but four of the park's 52 structures, and damaged the 188-seat Plaza Theater. The Cañon City attraction...

  • Red Cross Hometown Heroes: Volunteer Cascade firefighters lauded for fire, flood work

    While Colorado Springs watched the Waldo Canyon fire burn eastward, a group of volunteer firefighters was stuck on the fire's west side, defending more than 400 homes in Cascade. Cascade's 15-person, all-volunteer crew worked straight through the first 24 hours of the devastating 2012 fire, which went on to burn more than 18,000 acres and...

  • Flying W chuck-wagon dinners to return to Colorado Springs

    The Flying W Ranch plans to rebuild on its old ranch site that was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire and once again serve its chuck-wagon dinners, Executive Director Aaron Winter said this week. The Flying W Ranch Foundation has not made a final offer to a contractor, but expects to break ground on a new building by Memorial Day. With any...

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  • Lack of votes holding up bill that could stave off water lawsuit for El Paso County

    DENVER - It's a "no-brainer" to pass a law this session that protects fire mitigation efforts in El Paso County from the threat of water rights enforcement, said Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. But his bill is facing an uphill battle. "We're still trying to find a compromise. I don't know whether we are going to get there or not,"...

  • Water basins could have costly legal ramifications for El Paso County

    More than two dozen El Paso County water basins that hold back flood debris and ensure local water quality are caught up in an unforeseen battle over water rights, putting the basins at the mercy of state lawmakers. Colorado Springs utility and stormwater managers, along with nonprofits charged with managing recovery in the Waldo Canyon fire...

  • Lawmakers clash with FEMA over Colorado flood debt letters

    WASHINGTON — Technically it's called a "recoupment" but U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is going with "clawback" to describe what the government has demanded of 255 households that received federal money after Colorado's 2013 floods. In letters mailed as early as November 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has insisted that these residents...

  • US to spend $57 million more on stream damage from '13 flood

    DENVER — The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday it will spend another $57 million on recovery work on Colorado rivers and streams that were damaged by the 2013 flood. Most of the work will be done in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties, along with other projects in Jefferson, Morgan and Weld counties, officials said. Projects can...

  • El Paso County commissioner to testify before Congressional committee

    El Paso County officials are concerned that proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act could jeopardize flood and fire recovery projects, delaying them in layers of government approval. The Environmental Protection Agency's "Waters of the U.S.," proposed last spring, would update the Clean Water Act and close loopholes when it comes to...

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