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Ken Sanders, center, received a Proclamation on April 19, 2018, from the Board of El Paso County Commissioners honoring his more than 29 years of employment in the Department of Human Services.

Sanders Retires After 29 Years With DHS

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners at its regular meeting Thursday, April 19, honored the retirement of Ken Sanders with a Proclamation recognizing his more than 29 years in the Department of Human Services. “His dedication and leadership have been critical in the accomplishments at the Center of Fathering, which has worked with thousands…

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Stage Two Burn Ban

Stage II Fire Restrictions

Due to the large fire conditions in the southern part of the county and the high wind conditions which have resulted in extreme fire weather the Sheriff’s office has ordered Stage II Fire Restrictions for all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County. The Stage II Fire Restrictions shall go into effect immediately and the…

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Fire Near Hanover #117Fire

Update: 4-20-18  11:50am The fire is 100% contained and evacuations have been lifted. Wildland hand crews, working together with firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment completed the containment line around the unsecured portions of the fire overnight. Even though the fire is fully contained, as a safeguard, firefighters will continue to monitor containment lines and extinguish…

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CSU Ex Classes

Harvesting Rainwater: Build Your Own Rain Barrel

Capturing rainwater from your roof is now legal in Colorado.  Colorado State University Extension presents: Harvesting Rainwater: Build Your Own Rain Barrel.  Rain water can be used to irrigate you garden or landscape.  Registration for the workshop includes information on the specific guidelines of the law, how to site and distribute harvested water.  Participants can…

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County Government Month

National County Government Month

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners proclaimed April as National County Government Month in El Paso County. The Proclamation, on Thursday, April 12, was made in conjunction with the National Association of Counties (NACo) which represents county governments nationwide. The theme set by NACo for 2018 is “Serving the Underserved.” Board President Darryl Glenn read…

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CAP Month Signs

Road Sign Campaign Pops Up Across County

Drivers in El Paso County may spot blue and white signs with messages about child safety and the prevention of child abuse and neglect on roadways in El Paso County. The temporary signs will be installed in public rights-of-way in more than nine different locations around El Paso County. The signs will be on display…

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WAAP Drone April

WAAP Drone Video

This drone video gives you an awesome view of the Westside Avenue Action Plan project going on in between Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City. The new bridge looks totally different from the air than it does from the ground. This roughly $35 Million project is still set to be complete by Dec. 2018.

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Pikes Peak SBDC April Workshops

Looking for a way to boost your own knowledge while helping your business? All of the workshops are listed online at www.pikespeaksbdc.org/workshops. The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering the following workshops in April: Monday, April 9, 2018 Introduction to SBDC Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Location: Pikes Peak SBDC, 559…

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Chosen video

Learn About Child Trafficking

The community can learn more about Child Trafficking Prevention at 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, with “Chosen,” a movie hosted by El Paso County Department of Human Services at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. The event features “Chosen,” a 20-minute film that tells the true story of two “all-American” teenage girls deceived…

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Now Enrolling for Citizens College

El Paso County is now enrolling citizens for a three-day Citizens College scheduled for May 9, 12 and 19, 2018. Citizens College is presented by the El Paso County Public Information Office. The program provides participants the opportunity to learn in a classroom-style, accelerated-education environment about the multi-faceted, statutory functions and customary services that El…

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