Abigail Censky

Colorado Springs' second annual Sustain-a-Fest on Saturday marked a revival of city-sponsored interest in sustainability, organizers and participants said. Held a week in advance of Earth Day, the event drew a mix of around 300 people who came to check out the booths, neighbors interested in the live-music and food, and Middle Shooks Run park-goers who stumbled upon the event. By the end of the day, event organizers hoped for 500 or more people to come out. Gusts ruffled plastic tents while people milled around booths and exhibits put on by the City's Office of Innovation and Sustainability and more than 30 nonprofit partners.

Rona O'Keefe wanted hair. Human hair. Just some hair to help the newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patient afford a wig. But when she asked on the North Springs Mamas' Facebook page whether anyone planned to get a haircut, more than 20 strangers volunteered to chop their locks for her wig. Now O'Keefe, a 54-year-old real estate photographer, has about 20 bags of hair, including her own, to go toward cancer patients' wigs. Local stylists volunteered to help with her collection. And a new Facebook group, North Springs Mamas Hair Donations, is bedecked with photos of chopped ponytails and smiling women modeling their new haircuts. One woman who promised to donate her hair found out a week later that her husband

There was no empty chair on the stage at Saturday's "empty chair" Town Hall for Our Lives. Instead, lifesize cardboard cutouts of Rep. Doug Lamborn and Sen. Cory Gardner were propped behind the eight panelists. Colorado State House Rep. Larry Liston, Republican, was the only elected official there; the other seven panelists were there to campaign. The event was billed as "empty chair" by Town Hall Project, the organization that coordinated more than 123 town halls across the country. While the event was formally organized by Andrew Smith, a candidate for Colorado House District 16, the impetus came from the organization, which serves as a DIY kit for grass-roots organizing of town halls.

Marchers wore brightly colored costumes from the Mexican state of Jalisco and carried signs that proclaimed "Si Se Puede," Spanish for Yes, one can, the slogan popularized during the United Farm Workers movement, as they celebrated Cesar Chavez Day on Saturday. The 50 or so marchers occasionally broke out in chants as they meandered through the Colorado College campus, but the gathering was more celebration than protest. "There's a bigger celebration, bigger presence in Denver and I'm trying to bring it back down here to the Colorado Springs area," said organizer Don Martinez who has been coordinating the event for the past five years. This is the first year it was held at Colorado College instead of Acacia Park.


A person was shot Friday night near Airport Road and Academy Boulevard. Officers received several calls reporting gunfire in the area between about 9:45 p.m. and 11 p.m., police reports said. The victim suffered minor injuries. The shooter has not been located.

A red flag warning has been issued for Colorado Springs from noon until 7 p.m. Saturday, meteorologists say. The National Weather Service reported high fire danger throughout El Paso County as southerly winds increase, with gusts reaching 25 to 30 mph along and east of the Interstate 25 corridor. The weather service predicted a high of 65 degrees for Saturday with a mix of sunshine and clouds. Temperatures will remain in the 60s throughout Sunday before chances of showers and thunderstorms begin Monday afternoon, possibly turning into snow late Monday night.


A 32-year-old Colorado Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular assault in a crash that hospitalized three other people Thursday afternoon, police said. Christopher Davis was driving a GMC Yukon southbound on Tutt Boulevard, passing other southbound vehicles by driving in the left-hand turn lane, when he drifted into oncoming traffic, smashing head-on into a northbound GMC Sierra, police said. The three people in the GMC Sierra were hospitalized with severe injuries. Davis also was taken to a hospital, where he was treated before being booked into El Paso County jail, police said. The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of Tutt Boulevard, police said.

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