Forecasters say the storm over the Waldo Canyon burn scar yesterday that produced flash flooding through Williams Canyon was quick-moving and dropped six-tenths of an inch of rain in about 15 minutes. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.

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.6 of an inch of rain in 15 minutes caused flash flooding yesterday, sending debris onto Highway 24, temporarily closing some roads, and damaging about 20 homes.

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Highway 24 was briefly closed today due to a mudslide and debris in the roadway. The El Paso County Sheriff’s office is reporting that 20 homes have been damaged, 6-8 of them significantly. No injuries reported. Colorado Ave and Manitou Ave are reopening. Canon Ave at Park remains closed at the control of Manitou Springs Police Department. MSPD is the lead agency for the remainder of the incident.

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Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and El Paso County officials released a new preliminary flash flood risk analysis today for areas in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar. The report models a specific rain event that has about a 10% chance of occurring in any given year. Patty Baxter with the El Paso County Office […]

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Manitou Springs City Council took the last step tonight to approve the legal opening of the Manitou Incline to hikers, beginning Friday, February 1st.

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This month we’re bringing a special fall arts show to the airwaves, highlighting all kinds of creativity in the region.

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While top cyclists prepare to hit the pavement in the USA Pro Challenge next week and the Leadville Trail 100 race kicks off tomorrow, world-class runners have also come from all over to Manitou Springs to take part in the 57th annual Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent this weekend. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has this […]

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After the fires and a long hot summer, we find ourselves trying to find new ways to stay cool every day. This past weekend we decided to hike from Soda Springs Park through Manitou along Fountain Creek. What we saw along the way was equally refreshing—dozens of quaint bridges, otherwise inconspicuous murals, lovely mineral […]

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Text of the Press Release:

With the Waldo Canyon Fire nearly 100% contained, it is important for residents to be vigilant regarding post-fire flash flooding. The burn area is our watershed, with steep canyons that drain into Fountain Creek. With a good percentage of the vegetation in that area gone and charred debris left behind, […]

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Authorities are assessing damages after a powerful, slow-moving storm made its way through eastern El Paso County yesterday, damaging homes and cars…Today is the deadline for Governor John Hickenlooper to sign or veto bills passed during this year’s legislative session…A bill in Congress aimed at clarifying the status of the Manitou Incline unanimously passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday.

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Pueblo’s City Manager is stepping down after leaving the scene of a minor traffic incident…Manitou Springs has leased a parking lot in an effort to help ease traffic issues this summer…Fire managers have requested an additional helicopter to help fight a nine-square-mile wildfire in southwestern Colorado near the Utah border…and, anti-tax activist Doug Bruce is expected to be released from Denver County Jail tomorrow.

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The history of the Manitou Incline dates back to the early 1900s. Long gone are the cable cars that carried passengers up 2,000 vertical feet over a mile-long track. The rails are gone too. But remaining are the ties, which create a trail that’s become an incredibly popular outdoor exercise and recreation destination. Yet […]

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As tourist season fast approaches, we tag along with locals Jim Jackson, Birgitta DePree, Don Goede and Warren Epstein for a tasting and tales tour of the gurgling fonts that give Manitou Springs half its name.

Here in Part 2 you’ll learn which spring is most likely to make you angry and which spring […]

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As winter releases its hold on the region and gives way to warmer temperatures and the green leaves of spring, we thought it an appropriate time to visit the topic of Parks and Open Space.

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Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs City Councils agreed unanimously yesterday to approve an inter-governmental agreement for managing the Manitou Incline…and, Gov. John Hickenlooper is stepping into a dispute between local governments and the oil and gas industry over drilling by forming a task force to examine the issue.

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Jurors in Colorado Springs have convicted a woman accused in the death of a tow truck driver who was dragged by her vehicle…With the help of local hospitals, school districts, and other community players, the Pueblo Health Department has determined the health priorities they’d like to address over the next five years…and, Manitou Springs […]

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the state will get $205 million as part of a multistate settlement with the nations five largest national banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo…Frontier Airlines has announced plans to expand routes available at the Colorado Springs airport…The Colorado Springs parks board has approved a […]

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Local artist Sean O’Meallie stopped by to discuss his brain baby, The Manitou Chair Project. The installation itself which consisted of lining chairs down the center of Manitou Ave. for a half a mile was completed on October 9th. O’Meallie shares dozens of images from the day of the installation and talks about what’s […]

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Let’s embrace the goodness of summertime bemusements with this slide show of the Manitou Penny Arcade’s unofficial museum of stencil art set to an audio collage of sounds from the games.

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Rainbow Falls lies along Fountain Creek above Manitou Springs, but because of visits by people with spray paint, many have come to know it by a different name: Graffiti Falls. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska set out to explore efforts to clean up the area, and discovered what some see as art, others see as vandalism.

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A hydrological study is underway that’s looking into the feasibility of creating public mineral water bathing facilities in Manitou Springs. The 60-thousand dollar study is being conducted by the City of Manitou Springs and the non-profit Mineral Springs Foundation. The results of the feasibility study, part of a voter-approved initiative, are due in August. KRCC’s […]

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Western Skies returns to the KRCC airwaves as a new one-hour monthly program that focuses on one specific topic. This month, we’re looking at the issue of tourism. We have a round-table that discusses the past, present, and future of tourism in the Pikes Peak region. We also revisit rafting issues that cropped […]

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(“Grace Greenwood”, ca. 1860. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-8837. Portrait of journalist Grace Greenwood (1823-1904). As a correspondent for the New York Times, Ms. Greenwood climbed Pikes Peak to the Army Corps’ Signal Station on November 22, 1873.)

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