It’s been two months since the Waldo Canyon fire ripped through the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, destroying nearly 350 homes in the process. As residents of the community sift through the damages, one of their own put together an effort to help clean up some of the downed trees and even the surviving vegetation. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

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Colorado Springs voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved plans to lease city-owned Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health…Residents in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area looking to purchase flood insurance should do so before September 8th in order to take advantage of a waiting-period waiver…Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton was recently chosen to build and operate the next Mars Spacecraft.

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Time is running out for residents living in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area to take advantage of a flood insurance waiting-period waiver…Pueblo City Council is set to consider extending city benefits to same-sex domestic partnerships, the Pueblo Chieftain reports.

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Time is running out for Waldo Canyon residents to take advantage of the flood insurance waiver.

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Colorado Springs’ Office of Emergency Management is hosting a resident preparedness meeting Thursday evening, focusing on updated information and current flood related issues. Read more for the full press release.

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Residents affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire have the chance to ask questions this evening to a panel of guests about the rebuilding process. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his staff addressed city layoffs and community development today at his monthly media conference…Federal officials say a 22-acre marijuana farm was discovered by firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon blaze…More Colorado layoffs have been announced by wind turbine maker Vestas…Stage Two of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race started in Montrose this morning.

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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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Senator Mark Udall says the federal response to the Waldo Canyon Fire serves as a good example of how agencies can work together. The comment comes after a meeting yesterday known as an After Action Review with forest officials, the military, and other firefighting agencies.

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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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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…Two groups trying to get measures on November’s ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday…The newest class at the Air Force Academy is being formally accepted into the school’s cadet wing.

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Organizations tasked with distributing donated funds to residents affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire came together this morning to talk about how they are doing just that. For the Pikes Peak United Way and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, funds don’t go straight to individuals. Rather, they go to area nonprofit organizations directly [...]

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Visible smoke rose over the weekend from the Waldo Canyon burn area. Fire officials say they expect this, especially with the hot temperatures and lack of recent rainfall…President Barack Obama yesterday visited the University of Colorado Hospital to meet with family members of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater…A Colorado film buff who witnessed the mass shooting at the screening of the Dark Knight Rises, urges people to use the tragedy to make the world a better place.

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Like yesterday, officials say residents should expect to see smoke from the interior islands of the Waldo Canyon burn area. Hot temperatures and lack of recent rainfall means the burning and smoke activity is something they expect, and there is no growth potential. Still, a helicopter will be dropping water on them today to keep [...]

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Authorities have started to remove the bodies of 10 people killed early this morning at a movie theater in Aurora. Meanwhile, Governor John Hickenlooper says no words can express the broken hearts over the senseless mass shooting….The Denver Post reports a delay in notifications during the Waldo Canyon fire meant residents were in homes as houses began to ignite; the city says they will conduct a review but believe they worked as quickly as possible.

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The Colorado Attorney General’s office is expected to file its arguments against a lawsuit challenging how the Legislature funds schools in a case that’s being heard by the state Supreme Court later this year…Forest officials are reminding people that the land within the burn area of the Waldo Canyon Fire is closed indefinitely.

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The Forest Service team that’s been working to determine burn severity in the Waldo Canyon fire area held a closed-door briefing yesterday with regional and federal groups to talk about flooding potentials. It’s still considered an emergency situation, and as KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, the changed landscape will have an effect for years to [...]

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The Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER, team held a closed briefing with other regional and federal groups today to talk about flooding potentials in the Waldo Canyon burn area…A lizard is on the loose in Teller County, prompting a reverse 911 call.

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Residents in and near the Waldo Canyon burn areas have been encouraged to purchase flood insurance if they don’t already have it. New federal legislation recently signed into law waives a 30-day waiting period for some new policies to take effect. Meanwhile, a team of scientists has been examining damaged land to understand the [...]

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Representatives from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the US Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the town of Cascade are hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow night (Friday) at 6:30 to provide information to the residents of Cascade, Green Mountain Falls, Chipita Park, and the Highway 24 corridor about the potential dangers of post-fire flooding, proper response in case of a flood event and mitigation efforts. The meeting is at Ute Pass Elementary School in Chipita Park.

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Fire officials announced last night that the Waldo Canyon Fire was 100% contained, but authorities say its still possible for people to see smoke…and, Colorado officials and an independent fundraising foundation are asking for public input on a proposal to pursue corporate sponsorships to help fund state parks.

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According to Inciweb, officials declared the Waldo Canyon Fire 100% contained as of around 7:20 PM. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Troy Nelson, the Incident Commander, could not find any smoke in the Blodgett Peak area at last check by air. Those near the Waldo Canyon burn area may continue [...]

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Official press release:

CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY

Exception to 30-day Waiting Period for Flood Insurance Coverage for Private Properties Affected by Flooding on Federal Lands Following the Colorado Wildfires

FEMA Encourages Residents to Purchase Insurance Policies Now July 10, 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Agency today announced, based on consultation with the U.S. Forest [...]

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