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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...


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 now enrolling citizens for a one-day Citizens... 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 weekend dealing with multiple fires, including one...


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 attending public events at parks in Fountain, Sec...


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...


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