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This week: Helicopter training will bring noise; gatherings, public discourse

By: The Gazette
October 20, 2013 Updated: October 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

Colorado Springs residents might notice a noisy start to this week: A battalion of Army helicopters will blast away on a Fort Carson training range starting Monday.

The post said AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from Fort Carson's 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment will hone gunnery skills from Monday to Halloween.

The Apache is essentially a flying tank that can take out targets with a chain gun on its nose, free-flight rockets and Hellfire missiles. Fort Carson has a training range that allows helicopter crews to use every weapon in their arsenal while flying in high-altitude conditions that mimic Afghanistan.

But it can get loud and dusty, the post warned.

"Noise complaints should be directed to the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-5996," the post said in a news release.

Here's what else is coming up this week:

-- The Black Forest Fire Mentoring Connections Subcommittee will meet 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at The Pinery, 12375 Black Forest Road. El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton, liaison to the Black Forest Long Range Recovery Planning Committee, will host the meeting to keep fostering connections between Waldo Canyon fire mentors and families from the Black Forest fire through their recovery process.

-- The El Paso County Board of Health is expected to decide Monday whether to approve a needle exchange program at the office of the Southern Colorado AIDS Project.

If approved, the program would be the first of its kind in the Pikes Peak region. It operates by allowing drug users to turn in their old, used needles in exchange for new, clean syringes.

Similar programs have been established across the nation to reduce the spread of AIDS and Hepatitis C.

The board meeting is 2:30 p.m. at the El Paso County Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road.

-- Fort Carson's Exceptional Family Members Program will hold a class for military parents of special needs children about how to tell their kids about "the birds and the bees" 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday at the Army Community Service Aspen Room, Building 1526. Learn about how to introduce the topic, what terms to use and prevent victimization. RSVPs are required. Contact Jessica Brown or Sunny Ginter at 526-4590.

-- A community meeting to discuss improvements to the Camp Creek drainage corridor, which traverses the city's west side, will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St. This project focuses on improving public safety and protecting private and public property from flooding and erosion. Any one interested in the Camp Creek project can find updates on the City's website at or follow #CampCreek on Twitter.

-- Families of children who have food allergies or sensitivities will learn how to keep their kids safe during Academy School District 20's annual Food Allergy Summit at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district administration building, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive. Danny Soteres, a local physician and founder of a support group for families of students with severe allergies, will be the keynote speaker. Demonstrations of proper EpiPen use and other information also will be available. Hosted by the district's Parent Academy, the event is free and open to the public. To register, go to

-- The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force, City Council and the El Paso County Board of Commissioners, will host three public meetings to gather citizen feedback on stormwater management and discuss recent proposals. The meetings are:

6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Conservation and Environment Center, 2855 Mesa Road.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at Leon Young Service Center, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 W. Cheyenne Road.

-- Colorado Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia will speak at a meeting of aerospace professionals and educators at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on Friday. He also will be on a panel that will discuss the future of the aerospace industry in Colorado. The American Insitutue of Aeronautics and Astronautics is sponsoring the all-day symposium, which is open to anyone intersted in the subject. Registration is $40 for professionals and $25 for students. For information visit www.aiaa-rm.orgor call Professor Taylor Lilly at 255-3430 or

-- El Paso County Parks and the Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park will hold their "Ghouls and Stools" day on Saturday. They are looking for volunteers to come to The Dog Loop from 9 a.m. to noon and help clean up dog poop. The Dog Loop is near 21st and Rio Grande streets. Buckets, bags and rubber gloves will be provided. For more information call 520-6983 or 520-5098.

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