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  • A study of the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire recommends that crews fighting similar fires that spread into urban areas be trained in both structure protection and traditional wildland firefighting tactics.  Alex Maranghides, fire protection engineer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST says the investigation shows defensive measures specifically designed for the wildland urban

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  • Camping fees for Colorado Parks and Wildlife are going up to help keep up with rising maintenance and utility costs.  The fee increase will be anywhere from $2-$10 a night depending on the campsite, with the exception of primitive campsites that don’t have electrical outlets or restrooms nearby.
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  • Community leaders in the Pikes Peak region are taking on the issue of chronic homelessness, and they’re seeking public engagement at a summit in Colorado Springs.  A collaborative group called Continuum of Care is looking to create a 5-year plan for addressing homelessness in Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
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  • The El Paso County Clerk’s office is urging voters to contact them if they have yet to receive a ballot.  KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.  About 340,000 ballots went out in El Paso County last week. Election officials expect about 40-50% to be returned before Election Day.
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  • The Colorado Springs Police Department has received a grant of $600,000 to purchase 500 body cameras. The department plans to assign the cameras to about 470 police officers who work closely with citizens.
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  • The city of Woodland Park is taking the next step in planning for traffic issues in and around the city.
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  • A group opposing a proposed sales tax measure for road repairs in Colorado Springs has launched its campaign. The ballot initiative, if passed, would institute a sales tax increase of approximately $50 million a year for five years to help pay for road repairs.
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  • Inquiries into last month’s spill of toxic wastewater into the Animas River in Southwestern Colorado continue on Capitol Hill.  The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Wednesday into the spill at the request of lawmakers from Colorado and New Mexico.  Republican Senator Cory Gardner testified, asking why the EPA took so long

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  • The 143rd Colorado State Fair closed on Monday with strong attendance, but the discussion continues on whether to move the fair out of Pueblo. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports. More than a half million people attended the 11-day event this year, surpassing 2014.
    The sun sets over the Colorado State Fair.The sun sets over the Colorado State Fair.
  • The Colorado State Fair is full swing in Pueblo this week, and early numbers show a possible increase in turnout over last year. The Fair saw an average of 45,000 people a day over opening weekend, a 2% increase in attendance says Chris Wiseman, Colorado State Fair General Manager.
    Carnival rides are part of the attraction each year at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.Carnival rides are part of the attraction each year at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
  • The USA Pro Challenge recently announced the route for this year’s bicycling race, and as expected, Colorado Springs was not among the stage cities.  KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.  The race provides an economic boost to all of Colorado, bringing in over $100 million statewide.
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  • Rains this week have stalled roadwork on Kiowa and Bijou streets in downtown Colorado Springs. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.  The roads were milled and ready for paving when the recent heavy rainfalls hit, causing them to deteriorate. Colorado Springs Street Division Manager Corey Farkas says while they can’t plan for the weather, it hasn’t affected the project

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  • The City of Colorado Springs is currently accepting proposals from architectural and engineering firms to design the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.  Over 600,000 people reach the summit of Pikes Peak each year, according to the city’s numbers.
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  • Army leadership is seeking public input in light of changes and cuts that could affect the Pikes Peak Region.  KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports on a community listening session held Tuesday.  The Army is looking to reduce the number of active duty soldiers by at least 40,000.
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  • Experts from western states are gathering in New Mexico to talk about drought and its impacts on recreation and tourism.  KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.  A video from the Western Governors Association shows a montage of streams and water formations affected by drought, some dry and barren.
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  • El Paso County is undergoing a master plan process to get public input for the new Falcon Regional Park.  The 215-acre park site is east of the Meridian Ranch Development near Falcon High School.
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