Colorado Springs

6:15am

Tue September 2, 2014
Firefighters

Statewide, The Volunteer Fire Force Is Critically Understaffed

Lt. Mike Heckard talks to firefighters at the beginning of their weekly training session at the all-volunteer station in Peyton, Colo., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Volunteer firefighters protect about half of Colorado’s residents, with solely volunteer departments being responsible for about 70 percent of the state’s land surface.

And they are significantly understaffed.

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7:00am

Sat June 14, 2014
Business

For Small Business Friendliness, Fort Collins Tops Denver

Fort Collins received high rankings from small business owners.
Credit Aaron Olaf / Flickr - Creative Commons

Fort Collins and the rest of the Front Range are no strangers to ranking high in economic development. A new survey places the city as the second highest in the nation when it comes to hiring new workers. Colorado Springs also received high rankings, but Denver’s reputation is faltering.

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5:44am

Wed June 11, 2014
Wildfires

Black Forest Fire: Lessons Applied, Lessons Learned, Cause Undetermined

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 6:42 pm

Burned trees abut a road in the Black Forest fire burn area. Picture taken 06/21/13.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released a report looking at the response to the Black Forest Fire Tuesday, nearly one year to the day after the devastating fire began. 

 

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1:26am

Tue May 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 5:57 am

This flea market in Colorado Springs and the Obamacare exchanges are versions of the same thing — marketplaces where sellers display wares and shoppers browse and buy.
www.csfleamarket.com

Billions of dollars went into creating state marektplaces, and we know about 8 million people signed up. But it's actually still to early to declare success or failure. So, what can we say about what the public is getting for its money.

First, if you want to visualize what these marketplaces are, what the $4 billion-plus in federal grants to states paid for, think: flea market.

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12:55pm

Fri May 16, 2014
Military

Two Colorado Soldiers' Advocates Sue For Access To Fort Carson

Wikimedia Commons

Claiming that they’ve been illegally barred from entering a base south of Colorado Springs, Robert Alvarez and Georg-Andreas “Andrew” Pogany have filed suit in U.S. District Court.

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