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Western Heritage Events, Rabies Concerns

I hope all are enjoying a nice week.  As we continue through a hot and dry week, please remember to be cautious regarding wildfire threats.  Entering the summer season, I also wanted to remind resid...

 

Communities That Care, Improving Roads, Combating Marijuana Issues

I hope all are having a great start to your week.  I was away a few days last week for a statewide counties' conference and wanted to recount part of that, as well as thank all those that came out...

 

Memorial Day

I wanted to thank all those that came out to any of the areas' Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday, and I hope all enjoyed a great weekend. I am always proud to see the great support our residents have... Full story

 

Commisioner's Corner

Memorial Day As we focus on Memorial Day this weekend, I wanted to highlight the memory of those service members that have given their lives for our great country.   While I encourage all to... Full story

 

Cemetery Update:

I wanted to pass along some updated information regarding the planned Pikes Peak National Cemetery.  The Chairman of the PPNCC, Vic Fernandez, provided an update that the site’s specific address... Full story

 

Water Challenges, Family Fun Day at the Nature Center, Free Fishing

I hope all are well. Although we had a cold weekend, I am happy for the needed moisture from last week's snow and rain. This past week I got to participate in the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum... Full story

 

Clean up Went Well

I wanted to start off by thanking all those that volunteered and participated in the Great American Cleanup this past weekend.  It was a bit of a wet morning, but it was a great event that helped... Full story

 

County programs available in the Fountain Valley

I hope all enjoyed a wonderful week and Easter Sunday.  The weather made for a nice weekend and I got to enjoy a church potluck after Easter services.  Later, I took advantage of the great day by... Full story

 

Pikes Peak Great American Cleanup to be April 22

Good day.  I was happy to see additional rain and snow to the region this past week, as we have been in need of moisture to combat recent fire dangers.  I also hope that those that got some time...

 

Spring is in the Air

As we enter the spring season, I hope all are enjoying the rain and light snow from the past week.  We've been in need of moisture so I am happy that the region has gotten even just a bit of it.  I...

 

Commisioner's Corner

I’m often asked, “how can I learn more about what the County does?”  To help answer some of those questions we have a county program known as “Citizens College.”  El Paso County is... Full story

 

Volunteers Needed

I hope all are doing well. I wanted to highlight a few updates around our area. First, we are always looking for volunteers to help serve our county and community. There are currently two El Paso County committees in need of volunteers. The...

 

Fire Dangers, My Visit to Washington, D.C.

In light of our dry 2017, and recent fires, I wanted to highlight this concern this week.  We’ve seen several fires, including a 4000+ acre wildland fire just over a week ago.  We must be sure that efforts are made to help our local firefighters...

 

Big Johnson Reservoir Being Drained for Repair Work, Dredging and Removal of Silt

I hope everyone was able to enjoy Presidents Day. I’d like to thank our local fire departments, Wildland Fire, and our County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for their hard work this past...

 

Public Input Welcome at Parks Meeting is Next Week

Good day. I hope all have been able to enjoy the recent nice days of weather and gotten out a bit. I love getting out and enjoying our local and regional parks and trails. Some of my favorites include...

 

It's Been a Good Run

Looks like this will be my last column as a commissioner, that’s 624 in a row. Thanks goes to Patty St. Louis and the Fountain Valley News for letting me have all of those column inches to write...

 

Looking Back at 2016

Notable in 2016 was what did not occur – no natural disasters. No floods, we had the usual spate of grass fires to keep the Wildland Fire Crew and several rural fire departments on their toes. We...

 

Merry Christmas

What’s with Christmas being on a Sunday? Given the real reason for the season there’s just something not quite right about skipping church for brightly wrapped presents. Of course there are Christ...

 

The Next Four Weeks

Final (which in my case has double meaning) Balanced Budget has been delivered to the state. We’ve seen the budget process evolve as the economy has ebbed and flowed these past 12 years. Definitely...

 

Pearl Harbor Day 75th Anniversary

The bombing of Pearl Harbor - the surprise attack that brought the United States into World War II. For the Baby Boomers and younger it is an event that we learned about in our history books. For the...

 

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