SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKS FOR HELP LOCATING MISSING RUNAWAYThe El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Arvesto Goebel, DOB 5/11/1999. He was last seen on April 21 in the B Street area.Goebel is approximately 5’07 tall, 115lbs, with blond hair and green eyes.If anyone has information as to his whereabouts, or if anyone has seen him, please contact Deputy Lowther via dispatch 390-5555 reference case #16-5354.
AAA TO PROVIDE FREE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE ON BIKE TO WORK DAYAAA Colorado will be providing complimentary bicycle roadside assistance to all participants in Bike to Work Day on Wednesday. Transportation service will be provided when a bicycle is disabled or inoperable. AAA Colorado must be able to safely reach the bicyclist from any normally traveled, maintained road or a trail head. The bike will be secured to the service vehicle, and taken to wherever the bicyclist wants to go-work, home or a bicycle repair shop. Call 800-AAA-HELP to receive assistance.Service vehicles are not equipped to repair a bicycle or change a flat tire. Complimentary transportation service is limited to 7 miles. Bicyclists will be responsible for mileage over 7 miles at the provider’s prevailing rate.“Offering bicycle service is another great benefit for our AAA Colorado members,” said Linda Cavanagh, CEO and president of AAA Colorado. “Whether our members are riding for fun or commuting to work, we’ll be there to offer assistance if their bicycle breaks down.”
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON LEGACY LOOP DESIGNThe new Legacy Loop Trail Head is envisioned as a central gathering place and point of departure for accessing the Legacy Loop Trail, Monument Creek, the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, Shooks Run Corridor, downtown, and many other destinations by foot or bike. To facilitate way finding, a public interactive workshop will tap into the community’s creative spirit by asking participants to provide input to the visual positioning trail users will encounter along Legacy Loop.The public is invited to a meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday at City Auditorium, 221 East Kiowa St. Bicycle parking will be available inside the auditorium. On-street vehicle parking will also be available or attendees can park in the City parking garage at Nevada and Colorado avenues.The purpose of the Legacy Loop is to create trail access through and around the heartbeat of the city, downtown. During the workshop, the project team will introduce design concepts for the trail head gathering place, parking lot and trail wayfinding design and asking the public to weigh in. For more information about the study, visit coloradosprings.gov/legacyloop.
MOTH AERIAL TREATMENTS IN MOTIONThe Pikes Peak region is currently experiencing a near-epidemic infestation of two species of defoliating moths in our forests; the Douglas-fir tussock moth and western spruce budworm. Their activity causes thousands of trees to become defoliated, or have the needles eaten down to the branch or twig. These trees are brown and appear dead, though many might not be. To protect our forests, the City of Colorado Springs’ Forestry Division is implementing an aerial treatment plan to spray approximately 4,000 acres that began Tuesday.The treatment will take place for 7-10 days and is subject to change as application operations are highly weather dependent. The city has hired Frontier Helicopter, who is using a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter to apply a biological control pesticide treatment. North Cheyenne Canyon, Blodgett Peak Open Space, Jones Park, portions of Cheyenne Mountain State Park, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, isolated sections of the Pike National Forest and some Broadmoor amenities will experience road and trail closures for short periods during treatment. For more information on the progression of the spraying, you can view the maps by visiting coloradosprings.gov/tussock.
COUNTY ACCEPTING CARDS FOR TAX PAYMENTSThe Office of the El Paso County Treasurer is now able to accept credit and debit cards for the payment of property taxes as well as Sheriff’s Office citations (tickets only).“Quite frankly, this is long overdue,” said El Paso County Treasurer Mark Lowderman. “We’ve been working out kinks since I took office almost two years ago to make sure that we could comply with state statutes as well as the county’s finance and auditing procedures. We have been able to offer credit or debit card payments for online property tax payments and that option is still available and now we’re pleased to be able to offer the card payment option for folks who come into our office as well.”There will be a vendor charge of 2.75 percent for the use of credit and debit cards. That fee will go directly to the vendor for processing and accounting requirements.The Treasurer’s Office is on the second floor of the El Paso County Citizens Service Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road. Free parking is available at Citizens Service Center where citizens can conveniently access the services of the Clerk and Recorder, the County Treasurer and County Assessor as well as El Paso County Public Health, the Department of Human Services, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and the Colorado Procurement and Technical Assistance Center.More information from the Treasurer’s Office as including property tax statements and due dates can be found at: http://trs.elpasoco.com/Pages/default.aspx
CITY IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERSThe City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to serve on the following boards and commissions:Independent Ethics Commission: Reviews ethics complaints and inquiries submitted by citizens through the City Attorney regarding a matter involving an elected official, an appointee including members of boards, committees and commissions appointed by City Council or the Mayor, or an independent contractor. Meets for the purpose of either considering an inquiry for consideration or investigating a written complaint as set forth in Section 1.3.103K of the City Code.Downtown Review Board: Reviews downtown development applications using the Downtown Colorado Springs Form-based Code regulating plan. Members are needed to represent either the Shooks Run Neighborhood HOA or the Mill Street Neighborhood HOA. In addition, an at-large seat is available.Public Arts Commission: Coordinates programs to promote art in public places, makes recommendations on donations or purchases of public art and art displays in public buildings, participates in the Art on the Street Program and supports the expansion of public art in visible sites throughout the community.For more information on the boards and commissions, visit coloradosprings.gov, click on City Hall, Boards and Committees.Please submit your application by July 8. The application web forms can be found and submitted here.Applications and resumes can also be emailed to Jacquelyn Puett at email@example.com or mail to City Council, Attention: Jacquelyn Puett, P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.