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Commissioner's Corner

I pray all are well and will get to enjoy what should be a pleasant week of weather.  I enjoyed a nice weekend filled with a bit of work, attending the Air Force football game (which included a...


Inaugural Veteran of the Year Honoree is Leo F. Martinez

I pray all are well and enjoyed the first dusting of light snow to our area on Monday.    I am proud to announce that Leo F. Martinez is El Paso County Veterans Service Office's inaugural Veteran of the Year honoree.  His military career...


Fall Color, Creek Week and the County's Budget

I hope all are well and got to enjoy the few days of sun last weekend.  I did get out to see the turning colors of the aspens in the mountains, and this year I did remember to charge my camera...


Upcoming Events and Drafting a New Budget

I hope all are well and enjoying the start of autumn.  I wanted to highlight a few county events and our upcoming efforts to draft the new budget. A large portion of our time over the next two...


Happy Birthday to the Air Force, Our Constitution

I hope all enjoyed a nice week.  I had a good one, as I commemorated a few historical anniversaries and a birthday.  This past week we acknowledged Constitution Day, and the 70th anniversary of the... Full story


Let Us Never Forget

This past week, the country united in remembering the events of 9/11. Let us never forget to remember the fallen from that day in 2001, and indeed, an entire nation that was affected. And in light of... Full story


Labor Day Celebrations

I hope all are doing well and you get to enjoy a lovely week.  I enjoyed a great Labor Day weekend, highlighted by the Fountain Fall Festival parade and park events on Monday.  It was a pleasure to...


Thoughts and Prayers to Hurricane Victims

I hope all are doing well this week.  I wanted to pass along my support and prayers to those suffering down South from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Like others from our community also... Full story


Fort Carson History

Recently, the county proudly passed a resolution celebrating 100 years of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division, so I thought it would be great to highlight a bit of the history of our Fort Carson...


Preparing For A New School Year

As we start to reach the end of summer and we see the start of a new school year, I hope most of, if not all of you were able to enjoy some summer fun locally, or on vacation with your friends and... Full story


Update on Local Water Issues

I hope all are having a good week.  As I mentioned last week, I wanted to provide an update on the PFOS/PFOA drinking water situation.  I'll start by highlighting that since last year, all water... Full story


Commissioner's Corner

Good day.  I hope all are enjoying a nice week.  El Paso County is inviting everyone to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fountain Creek Nature Center at a free open house on Saturday,... Full story


Update About Local Well Water Issues And Related Open House

Good day, I hope all are enjoying a nice week thus far.  I wanted to get out information regarding an update on the PFOS and PFOA issues with our local well water.   El Paso County, local... Full story


112th El Paso County Fair

Good day.  I wanted to highlight the County Fair in Calhan this week.  I am looking forward to enjoying another great week of activities like I have the past several years, but this will be my firs...


Our Independence Day

I hope all were able to enjoy a great 4th of July, and took time to remember and commemorate the signing of one of the great documents of our country's history, the Declaration of Independence. I enjoyed a great day, and had the pleasure of spending... Full story


Celebrating Our Liberties

Celebrating Our Liberties Let me wish everyone an early happy 4th of July! As we enter the heart of summer and all its activities, let us reflect on our great county. We are celebrating the adoption... Full story


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 will be 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, CO... 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...


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