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 By Longinos Gonzalez    Opinion 

Serve on the Planning Commission

Good day. I hope all are well and that many of you were able to get out and enjoy the County Fair last week. Today I want to highlight our county receiving national recognition for... — Updated 7/21/2021


Trading gravesites for street corners

I would like to ask a few questions regarding the roadside memorial at the corner of Caballero and Fountain Mesa. As is becoming accepted practice following a death in traffic,... — Updated 7/21/2021


Only the real stuff will do

Well, how is our coffee on these warmer days? I love mine no matter what, but it sure is hard to want to have that hot love of mine get all up in my body when it's 90 degrees out.... — Updated 7/14/2021


Gordon Rick, candidate for Fountain City Council

My name is Gordon Rick, and I am writing to ask for your vote. I am running for the Ward 1 Representative on the Fountain City Council. We need to improve our streets and roads. We... — Updated 7/14/2021


Resources for business, families

I hope all are having a great day. This week I want to remind our small businesses of the approaching deadline for the county's small business grants, as well as mention an open pos... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Mark Hillman    Opinion

Legislators targeted Colorado employers

When the Colorado General Assembly adjourned on June 8, small-business owners and job creators breathed a collective sigh of relief. After suffering through COVID-related... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Alice Trulson    Opinion

Another cursed vacation

Hello! Hello! Hello! I hope you had a wonderful celebration of our nation's independence or at the very least ate some great food at a cookout. We had some dogs on the grill and... — Updated 7/6/2021


Get ready for the county fair

Good day. I hope all are well and enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day. This week I want to remind everyone about the upcoming 2021 El Paso County Fair in Calhan from July 10-17. El... — Updated 7/6/2021


Don't give up your personal freedom

You may create instability and insecurity for your personal life if you put others in charge of your decisions.  The idea of a child or acquaintance "shouldering" your life's conce... — Updated 7/6/2021

 By Doug Lamborn    Opinion

Defense Community Teacher Support Act introduced

Last week, Representatives Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Ronny Jackson (R-TX), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Marilyn Strickland (D-WA) introduced the bipartisan Defense Community Teacher... — Updated 6/29/2021


County opens round 2 of business grants

I hope all are well this week and you enjoyed the cooler recent weather and rain. I want to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Independence Day this Sunday. Let us remember the... — Updated 6/29/2021

 By Liz Rosenbaum    Opinion

New study is here

CO SCOPE is here! (Colorado Study on Community Outcomes from PFAS Expoure) You can find out more every Saturday at the Metcalfe Farmers Market, and we have a local clinic location... — Updated 6/29/2021

 By Mark Hillman    Opinion

The True Meaning of Independence

As we observe the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, we should consider the unique form of government for which our Founding Fathers chose to risk... — Updated 6/29/2021

 By Alice Trulson    Opinion

Cars and RVs, Oh My!

Oh my word! Can you believe this weather and the green because of it? It is just fantastic. I no longer look out my window and see beige! We have Guinea fowl who have taken up as... — Updated 6/29/2021


Simple ideas to nurture meaningful connections

Play comes in multiple forms, and it all starts with connection. We "play" on social media, for example, by liking and engaging with updates from friends and family. Yet, within... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Alice Trulson    Opinion

Sweet, sweaty summer

Good, summer!! It is officially summer. Sweaty, sticky, and so disgustingly hot was all just our spring... Oh, you do have to wonder what is in store. I, for one, cannot wait. ... N... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Dean Ridings    Opinion

Local newspapers need your help

Newspapers were hit hard during the pandemic, just like other businesses. Advertising revenue, which was already in decline, dropped significantly. While more readers turned to... — Updated 6/23/2021


Coming up: business loans, county fair

Good morning. I hope all are well today. This week I wanted to provide an update on the re-opening of an El Paso County business loan program. Additionally, we will be following up... — Updated 6/23/2021


Invest in yourself

The best investment you can make is in yourself.  You can work, invest, save and accumulate wealth but what good is it if you ignore yourself? A friend of mine once said, "If I... — Updated 6/23/2021


Let's reframe aging by changing our words

By Janine Vanderburg, Changing the Narrative As we emerge from the pandemic and acknowledge the ageism it exposed, it's time to stop and think: What can we do collectively to end... — Updated 6/16/2021


Dollar General seeks to reshape small towns

By Brian Depew, executive director, Center for Rural Affairs Dollar General has become a ubiquitous feature of America's small towns. The discount retailer is opening about 1,000... — Updated 6/16/2021


A new county administrator; nominate veteran of the year

Good day, I hope all are well. This week I'd like to announce the naming of our new County Administrator and two requests for applications and nominations. The Board of El Paso... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Legislative session wrap-up

It was an honor representing Senate District 2 at the capitol again this past session. Many bills were passed unanimously, many more in a true bipartisan manner, and unfortunately... — Updated 6/16/2021


To pen name, or not to pen name?

I have the kind of last name that people struggle with. Salter is pronounced like it looks ("salt with an E-R," as my mother puts it), but many have found a multitude of ways to... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Dennis Hisey    Opinion

Tax relief, or sleight of hand?

SB21-293 CONCERNING PROPERTY TAXATION and another 100 words or so make up the title to a recently introduced bill that would temporarily lower the mill levy and create more classifi... — Updated 6/9/2021


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