Officials are beginning the bidding process for aerial mulching over portions of the Waldo Canyon burn zone…The US Small Business Administration continues to offer low-interest loans for residents affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, and flooding and mudslides related to the fire…Senator Mark Udall calls this year’s fire season a wake-up call for policymakers and the public.

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Wood façade of old building with barn, stone building and windmill in background.

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President Barack Obama focused on women’s health at a campaign stop in Denver this afternoon…The Colorado Department of Agriculture says a cow that died in Logan County in northeast Colorado had anthrax, and about 50 other dead cattle at the same ranch may have been exposed…Gov. John Hickenlooper has reportedly called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to talk about Sunday’s shootings at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee that left seven people dead including the gunman.

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Today is the last day to register for unemployment assistance for residents affected by the Waldo Canyon fire…The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved low-interest disaster loan assistance for farmers, ranchers, businesses, homeowners and nonprofit organizations affected by wildfires, flooding and mudslides…Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…State budgets across the country are starting to show signs of stability according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey says his department is still numb after the death of one of his officers…Governor John Hickenlooper is separating from his wife of ten years, Helen Thorpe…and, the artist Christo is once again delaying the timeline for his Over the River project amid legal challenges against agencies that have given approvals for it.

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The governor and his wife say neither had an affair and they’d gone through extended couples counseling before reaching their decision, one which they say was mutual and amicable. They say they remain close friends, and are going on a family vacation together this summer with their ten year old son. Hickenlooper will move into the Governor’s Mansion and says the split had nothing to do with the recent tragic events that Colorado has experienced.

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Members of Governor John Hickenlooper’s TBD initiative tasked with taking on some of the state’s biggest policy challenges are now looking ahead to the next steps in the process. Advisers met with the Governor yesterday to analyze the data and offer their feedback. A final report is due in November. Bente Birkeland has more [...]

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A Colorado Springs police officer was killed today after the officer’s motorcycle crashed with a vehicle, the Gazette reports…Governor John Hickenlooper says a relief fund to help victims of the Aurora shooting has already reached nearly 2 million dollars.

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(“Colorado 83 with Pikes Peak” by Myron Wood, May 1973. Copyright Pikes Peak Library District, courtesy of Special Collections. Image Number: 002-1293.)

Two cowboys on horseback driving herd of cattle along Colorado Highway 83, with snow-covered Pikes Peak in background.

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DENVER ­— Thursday, June 28, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced this evening that Colorado’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration has been received, reviewed and accepted by the White House.

“This evening we learned from the White House that our disaster declaration request has been accepted. We appreciate the quick review and response,” [...]

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Colorado State University-Pueblo is providing emergency shelter for its employees and Colorado Springs residents who have been evacuated from their homes. It will open its Greenhorn Residence Hall beginning tomorrow, June 28 at 7 a.m. until Thursday, July 5 at
4 p.m.
There will be approximately 200 beds available. Those needing housing [...]

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Mandatory evacuation order has been issued for:

The Kissing Camels area, including south of Garden of the Gods Road, west of Centennial Blvd, east of 30th Street, north of Fillmore St. and Fontmore Road.
Residents are asked to leave the area immediately and may not return home. If residents choose not to comply with [...]

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I-25 Southbound is closed at Interquest Parkway. No southbound traffic is being allowed on I-25 at Interquest, Briargate Parkway and Academy Blvd. All southbound ramps are open from Woodmen Road south. All of northbound I-25 remains open.

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo., –  The installation commander has issued an evacuation order for all residents in Pine Valley Housing on the Air Force Academy.

Effective immediately, all residents need to depart the installation.

If you have not already made evacuation arrangements, please report to the main gate (Gate 1) of Fort Carson.  Identify [...]

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Waldo Canyon Fire behavior continues to change and be aggressive. A new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for:

Rockrimmon and Woodmen Valley, west and north of Woodmen Road and I-25 and west and north of Rockrimmon Blvd and Vindicator Drive.

Pinon Valley and Pine Cliff, west and north of Garden of the Gods [...]

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Mandatory Evacuation Order Rockrimmon, Woodmen Valley, Pinon Valley and Pine Cliff

Waldo Canyon Fire behavior continues to change and be aggressive. A new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for:
· Rockrimmon and Woodmen Valley, west and north of Woodmen Road and I-25 and west and north of Rockrimmon Blvd and Vindicator Drive.
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Colorado Springs, CO- Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has set up a second emergency small animal evacuation shelter at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center located at 3650 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO, 80909. This second site is will help accommodate animals of evacuees in the new mandatory evacuation areas.

The Freedom [...]

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Provided by El Paso County, Monday evening (6/25)

CIERRE:

US 24 cerrado en las dos direcciones entre Cave of the Winds y Crystola.

Red Rock Canyon Espacio Abierto, Parqué de Garden of the Gods, Palmer Park, Cheyenne Canon Park, Pikes Peak Highway y High Drive estan CERRADOS. Por favor evite juntarse afuera a [...]

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Investigators are seeking the public’s help for possible leads to the exact cause of the Waldo Canyon Fire. U.S. Forest Service Investigators are looking for people who were in the Waldo Canyon area at or around time of ignition and may have seen something that will help the investigators.  If you were [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper has declared a statewide fire ban, and a ban on private fireworks…The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments voted unanimously yesterday to approve an addition $5 million in funds for the widening of Interstate 25 north to the county line.

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The Governor’s TBD initiative is hosting six public meetings across the state this month. The goal is to hear from as many Coloradans as possible about the big policy challenges facing the state. Lawmakers in both parties praise the initiative, but many question what will come from it. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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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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