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January 2018
January - February Print Edition
January 1
January 8
January 15
January 22
January 29
February 2018
February 5
February 12
February 19
February 26
March 2018
March - April Print Edition
March 5
March 12
March 19
March 26
April 2018
April 2
April 9
April 16
April 23
April 30
May 2018
May - June Print Edition
May 7
May 14
May 21
May 28
June 2018
June 4
June 11
June 18
June 25
July 2018
July - August Print Edition
July 2
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30
August 2018
August 6
August 13
August 20
August 27
September 2018
September - October Print Edition
September 3
September 10
September 17

Articles by Subject


Business
Changes
1/13/18: New look for traditional Old Colorado City sign at Highway 24 and 26th Street
1/16/18: National, international expansion eyed as sale of Pikes Peak National Bank confirmed
2/18/18: Significant growth, 3 different names, same OCC insurance agency after 70 years
2/21/18: Big rent hike puts long-time Westside bookstore on the clock to find new home
3/8/18: Westside business for urban farmers relocates to 700 block of the avenue
3/16/18: Happy new chapter for Westside bookstore as new home is found
3/20/18: No need to change the sign: A new Susie at café on South 21st
5/17/18: 'Third generation' of owners for 70-year Westside garden center/nursery
6/12/18: 20-year Old Colorado City snack shop relocates to avenue's 2500 block
7/13/18: Junior Achievement relocating, selling former Goodwill building in OCC
8/14/18: Launch party by OCC Historical Society for Anderson's 2nd prayer-trees book
8/14/18: Long-time Westside business now focusing on dumpster rentals (roll-offs)
Events
3/14/18: Popular 'Mad Hatter' event returns to Old Colorado City March 24
3/23/18: Job fair seeks to fill 100 positions at private club/resort in Kissing Camels
4/10/18: Art and music at Westside restaurant's annual spring fundraiser April 23
5/12/18: 43rd annual Territory Days in Old Colorado City May 26-28
5/16/18: ROLL festival May 19 on Westside to include variety of bicycle-related activities
5/28/18: OCC's 43rd annual Territory Days thrives on good weather, behavior
6/2/18: Farmers Market, OCCHS Craft Fair back for summer Saturdays in Old Town
6/17/18: OCC Foundation pleased with Westfest, plans to bring event back in 2019
9/10/18: Fall-themed 'Aspens on the Avenue' art promotion in Old Colorado City Sept. 22
9/10/18: Taste of OCC music/food/drink event in Bancroft Park Sept. 23
New
1/7/18: Stories of the Year in Westside Pioneer January-February print edition
2/9/18: Cuisine from El Salvador featured in just-opened Old Colorado City restaurant
3/3/18: Westside Pioneer March-April print edition now available
4/11/18: Relocating from Manitou Springs, hair salon opens upstairs at Old Town Plaza
5/7/18: Westside Pioneer May-June print edition now available
5/16/18: Release of latest Michael Garman sculpture timed for his 80th birthday
6/14/18: Old-time gift shop opens in Old Colorado City, offering novelties, food items, more
6/27/18: Remodel adds outdoor seating for new restaurant/bar in historic Schmidt Building
7/1/18: Westside Pioneer July-August print edition now available
8/14/18: Owners of Old Colorado City music events venue open candy store close by
8/15/18: Former Old Colorado City business owners return with toy and game shop
8/27/18: Westside Pioneer publishes print edition for September-October

Community
Arts
1/7/18: Westside Calendar 2018
1/24/18: Opening Feb. 2 for music-themed art show at Old Colorado City gallery
2/19/18: New event to feature artist demonstrations in Old Colorado City March 3
3/22/18: OCC-Manitou shuttle added feature for this year's 'corridor' ArtWalk
4/27/18: New event, 'Old Colorado City in Bloom,' to spotlight local artists May 12
5/10/18: Hedy Lamarr as inventor - and Hughes' part in story - airs on PBS May 18
5/17/18: Reminiscing: The Westside Pioneer's Page 1 Territory Days paintings, 2004-2012
5/31/18: Paint the Town Blue summer series returns to Thorndale; first concert June 14
7/25/18: Palmer Land Trust enlists OCC ArtWalk, others in conservation awareness effort
Charitable
1/9/18: 250 students reading below grade level - Literacy Center needs volunteer tutors
4/8/18: Coronado again site of law enforcement dodgeball for charity April 21
4/13/18: Assistance League taking reservations for charitable 'Wacky Tea' April 28
5/1/18: 2018 'Yellow Book' out, lists over 800 services available to seniors
5/17/18: Call for volunteer one-to-one tutors in Literacy Center's summer session
7/27/18: One Nation Walking Together's annual powwow/fundraiser at Norris-Penrose Aug. 11
8/3/18: Community Center's nurse center, outreach clinic relocate to Westside CARES
Groups/Clubs/Classes
2/14/18: Medicare, Social Security classes offered through May by Area Agency on Aging
4/15/18: Free courses in mental-health first-aid training at county building in April, May and June
4/18/18: 4 free classes at PPACG in May for people nearing retirement age
5/8/18: Circus theme for Whittlers' 35th annual show at Shrine Club May 19-20
6/1/18: Dance by African-American Society at Westside Community Center June 15
6/13/18: Pastor hopes Sacred Heart Church's renovation/restoration can last 200 years
7/7/18: Medicare, Social Security classes offered through October by Area Agency on Aging
7/23/18: 140th Bishop family reunion set in Bear Creek Regional Park Aug. 5
8/1/18: Added Medicare 101 class to be offered at Old Colorado City Library Aug. 9
8/11/18: Revved up: OCC Car Show organizer hopes for 600-vehicle event Aug. 19
8/13/18: Free mental-health first-aid training classes offered at County Building
8/19/18: 535 vehicles on display shatters record for annual Old Colorado City Car Show
Humane Society
2/23/18: TV series to highlight adventures of Westside-based Humane Society
9/11/18: More than 1,000 expected for Pawtoberfest in Bear Creek Regional Park Sept. 15
Neighborhoods
2/19/18: Free park rentals, barricades May 4-13 - but apply now to beat the paperwork
2/25/18: Bicycle advocate to discuss possible Westside 'legacy loop' at annual OWN town hall March 8
3/30/18: Solving the mystery of the tree that's been lit up all night on South 26th Street
4/21/18: Live music, games in family-geared 'Fun Day' at Blunt Park May 6
5/10/18: Mild times at first-time Fun Day organized by OWN, CONO in Blunt Park
6/28/18: OWN invites Westside neighborhood to annual picnic in Bancroft Park July 15
7/22/18: Annual OWN picnic in Bancroft provides festive time for mayor, Westsiders
7/26/18: Gone, but he hasn't forgotten: former Mesa Springs neighborhood's VP
8/17/18: UPDATED: 'Chat' Sept. 4 to feature 'supportive housing' plans for homeless
8/30/18: Vagrancy snuffs 'backyard' park that neighborhood sought in 1990
9/7/18: Springs seen as popular place to be homeless - one takeaway from 'Chat'
Old Colorado City History Center
1/24/18: Old West railroad lore focus of Feb. 9 OCC History Center talk
2/26/18: Tales of Florissant-area ranch in Old Colorado City History Center talk March 10
4/3/18: Behind-the-scenes look at NORAD in Old Colorado City History Center talk April 13
4/27/18: Hear the songs of the Civil War at OCC History Center May 11
7/2/18: Former Colorado Avenue tunnel sites in Historical Society guided tours July 22
7/24/18: Historical Society's Tunnel Tales tours highlight Old Town's rowdy past
7/31/18: 'Major Pikes Pete' returns to OCC History Center for Founders Day Aug. 12
8/28/18: OCCHS: Talk on 1779 battle Sept. 14, 'Haunted Histories' at Fairview Sept. 15
9/18/18: 'Spirited' event by Old Colorado City Historical Society at Fairview Cemetery
Old Colorado City Library
5/18/18: Kickoff event June 1 for summer reading program at Old Colorado City Library
5/27/18: First time for OCC Library as lunch site in D-11's summer food program
7/28/18: In-house replacement again as OCC Library seeks permanent manager
Ongoing Issues
1/10/18: Pioneer's top 20 Westside stories of 2017: numbers 1-7
1/10/18: Pioneer's top 20 Westside stories of 2017: numbers 8-14
1/10/18: Pioneer's top 20 Westside stories of 2017: numbers 15-20 & honorable mention
1/25/18: Answers: Bancroft cabin window, Hwy 24/Ridge work, old bowling alley
2/14/18: Do citizens value historic preservation? City survey seeks answers for plan
3/31/18: Local homeless leaders 'confident' that city's problems won't keep worsening
5/8/18: Council comments tilt in favor of proposed waterway camping setback law
5/8/18: Numerous events - many of them free - on Westside in May and June
6/27/18: City ban on camping within 100 feet of waterway passes on 1st reading
6/30/18: No slacking off for events on Westside in months of July-August
7/15/18: Open house July 18 for draft of new city comprehensive plan - 'PlanCOS'
7/16/18: Conflicts with homeless ignored in comp plan draft, city told at open house
7/17/18: New city ordinance disallows camping within 100 feet of waterways
7/19/18: Phelps wants homeless shelter at Westside Community Center, but no plans now
8/26/18: Westside has events aplenty in September/October (list through 9/16)
9/2/18: Revitalization - the sequel: Old Town 'Corridor Assessment' Sept. 17-19
9/9/18: Avenue Task Force meeting Sept. 20 to target 'increased negative behavior'
9/14/18: Capsulizing 7 festive Westside events from Sept. 22 to Oct. 6
9/22/18: 3-day 'assessment' seen as first step toward unified Old Colorado City
Public Safety
1/9/18: Close call for Angler's Covey in homeless fire; meeting set Jan. 11
1/12/18: Homeless-fires meeting provides more questions than answers
2/5/18: Citizen questions invited at 'Coffee with a Cop' Feb. 23 at Westside restaurant
2/6/18: 'Video game' scenario for annual Coronado robotics scrimmage Feb. 17
2/15/18: City Council to discuss enforcement of laws governing illegal camping, fires
3/28/18: Summer wildfire, flood potential subject of community meeting April 11
6/3/18: Private security company hired to patrol Old Colorado City through Labor Day
6/11/18: Green-shirted volunteer 'Ambassadors' in Old Colorado City till Aug. 11
6/21/18: Sheriff's Office organizes Westside educational/resource event July 6-7
7/16/18: City Fire Department offers chipping service in Midland/Bott neighborhood week of July 30
8/1/18: Demonstration for park safety after woman blocked from using Vermijo restroom
8/26/18: 8 tickets in 1st month of law denying camping within 100 feet of waterways
Space Foundation
8/30/18: Space Foundation presenting inaugural 'Rocktoberfest' event Sept. 15
Westside Community Center
1/21/18: 'We're a family' - free fitness room in eighth year at Westside Community Center
3/21/18: Westside Community Center to offer Easter egg hunt, movie March 31
4/8/18: Westside Community Center Egg Hunt: 'You could tell they had a lot of fun'
5/15/18: 'Health and Fitness Day' for seniors at Westside Community Center May 30
8/5/18: More than 300 expected for Community Center's 2nd annual picnic Aug. 18
8/20/18: Numbers rise to 300 for Westside Community Center in second year of picnic

Land
Construction
5/9/18: Hotel opening, Mexican-food restaurant being built at Fillmore West Retail Center
Issues
8/17/18: Concept for former Champions golf site presented; property owners say no deal
Proposals
4/4/18: Concept for Midland-area RV Park (with tiny homes) unveiled at meeting
8/1/18: Community meeting Aug. 15 on proposal for former Champions Golf site
8/9/18: Ent Credit Union buys land, to build Westside 'hub' on Colorado at 30th

Opinion
Cobweb Corners
1/14/18: The puppy in Cripple Creek
2/5/18: How the town of Hartsel came to be
2/26/18: Coal used for cooking here into the 1960s
3/20/18: When Colorado City's fluorspar was bigger than gold
4/11/18: An auto race track at the Golden Cycle Mill
5/1/18: May 1946 - the Springs' first parking meters
5/22/18: A 2nd year for the race track on mill hill
6/14/18: 1st Chinese restaurant here in the 1940s
7/6/18: The post-World War II Goodyear homes
7/27/18: Unsolved 1946 fire destroyed Glen Eyrie School
8/20/18: The short-lived WWII soldier train excursions
9/11/18: The grander cars on the Midland Railway
Editor's Desk
1/18/18: Big media, their little papers and love viacopy-and-paste
2/19/18: Not talking about THAT again... uh
3/7/18: 'Public process' not always what it seems
3/25/18: Major media 'marches' into pick-and-roll
5/11/18: Does 'best practice' make perfect?
6/30/18: Crossed up at the crossing
8/21/18: Predicting a 1-way 'chat' Sept. 4
General
1/18/18: ESSAY: A response to the cry, 'I fear going to college'
2/4/18: EDITOR'S DESK (general topics): Was Watergate at all like 'Dossier-gate' ?
2/9/18: ESSAY: Democrats vote down denial of abortions after 20 weeks
3/4/18: SPEECH: Soldier with amputated leg tells about redeploying 5 times to Iraq
3/27/18: COLUMN: A blind date for April Fools
4/17/18: COLUMN: College journalism students strong in technology, not in judgment
5/8/18: ESSAY: Candidates at all levels should know Constitution
5/30/18: ESSAY: A return to the Waco massacre site, 25 years later
6/20/18: ESSAY: Why July 4 is the remembered date for American Independence
7/15/18: ESSAY: Supreme Court justices should refer to Constitution first
8/6/18: COLUMN: Looking everywhere for mountain goats
8/28/18: ESSAY: Disturbing bias findings in IG report on FBI, DOJ
9/19/18: COLUMN: Study confirms benefits of pregnancy centers
Guest Columns
2/4/18: Untold problems in city's Bancroft Park restroom plan
4/26/18: Skorman, Phelps outline city's plans to fix homelessness
Letters
2/2/18: Bancroft Park restrooms don't need to be 'technology-correct'
2/12/18: Bancroft Park no place for 'in your face' restroom building
2/13/18: What happens when Bancroft 'super bathroom' gets trashed?
2/23/18: Pioneer urged to 'keep talking' for true vagrant solution
3/9/18: Vagrancy on Westside 'simply out of control'
3/11/18: Traffic mayhem from simultaneous city, Utilities projects
3/19/18: Beggar problem - 'Quit just giving them stuff!'
4/2/18: Homeless housing plan - 'Build it and they will come'
4/17/18: 'Road dieting' traffic description has become 'gobbledygook term'
5/11/18: Bums 'breaking our laws and nothing is being done'
6/27/18: Planned restroom in front of Bancroft Park 'epitome of bad taste'
9/9/18: Planner of Westside park closed because of vagrants decries its loss
9/18/18: Suggest 'historically inspired design' for Ent project in 3000 block
Meet a Westsider
1/29/18: Mary Baker
9/6/18: Mark Kirkland
Meet a Westside Pioneer
7/8/18: Kem Winternitz
What Do You Do
3/12/18: Roberta Hardy
5/31/18: Barry Brinton

Outdoors
Bancroft Park
1/15/18: Bancroft work to occur during 'event season' after all; completion not till 2019
2/22/18: 2 break-ins at historic Bancroft cabin - discouraging for History Center
2/26/18: City Forestry removes 4 dead trees in southeast part of Bancroft Park
4/24/18: City going forward with Bancroft Park restroom... but not till after summer
6/22/18: Unsolved mystery: After $50K this year, no 2019 LART grant sought for Bancroft
6/26/18: City Parks finds money to implement Bancroft Park master plan in 2019
City/County Parks
1/22/18: Hike under full moon at Bear Creek Nature Center Jan. 31
4/6/18: Bear Creek Park, Dog Park among locations for 'Great American Cleanup' April 21
5/11/18: Plot openings remain at Charmaine Nymann Community Garden in Bear Creek Park
5/23/18: Archery school offers free chance to try the sport June 2 at Bear Creek Regional Park
6/11/18: 6 concerts at Bear Creek, 1 at Bancroft for summer Jazz in the Parks series
8/29/18: Meet County Parks staff, friends groups at Bear Creek Nature Center Sept. 13
Garden of the Gods
1/28/18: Annual event honoring bighorns at GoG Visitor Center Feb. 10
2/23/18: Garden of the Gods shuttle options to go before public at March 12 'open house'
2/27/18: 'Hip, healthy cafe' replacing traditional cafeteria at GoG Visitor Center
3/13/18: Suggested GoG traffic solutions include shuttle service, car-free days, parking fees
3/30/18: Volunteers welcome for RFMI's spring workdays in Garden of the Gods
4/5/18: Annual Earth Day at GoG Visitor Center, Rock Ledge Ranch April 21
4/5/18: City Parks to try 'Motorless Morning' April 22 for Garden of the Gods
5/2/18: Optional shuttle service to be offered at Garden of the Gods this summer
5/25/18: Free shuttle bus begins summer 'trial' operation in Garden of the Gods
7/2/18: Upbeat report on Garden of Gods shuttle experiment after about a month
8/8/18: Last gates being installed on Garden roadways; allows city to control access
9/13/18: Project begins to realign Foothills, Gateway trails in Garden of the Gods
9/14/18: $1 million pledged to Garden of Gods by 89-year neighboring gift shop
9/19/18: 2nd 'motorless morning' this year at Garden of Gods to last 7 hours Oct. 7
Norris-Penrose Event Center
6/11/18: COS Rodeo series offers interactive Old West experience from June to August
Red Rock Canyon
3/18/18: Work on landfill, illegal holding pond planned at Red Rock Canyon
8/2/18: Volunteers sought for new-trail workdays in White Acres area of Red Rock Canyon
Rock Ledge Ranch
5/21/18: Sheep-shearing event June 2 kicks off season at Rock Ledge Ranch
6/25/18: Reenactors, patriotic music in annual July 4 event at Rock Ledge Ranch
7/13/18: Grammy-winning group headlines 14th annual 'Fiddles" at Rock Ledge July 29
7/31/18: Grammy-winner pleases crowd as weather cuts Fiddles, Vittles & Vino a break
8/22/18: Annual vintage 'base ball' game at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site Sept. 3
9/4/18: Water pails, a 'stolen' chicken, suffragettes and, oh yes, a baseball game
9/5/18: In 4th year of festival fundraising, Rock Ledge greenhouse plan nears fruition
9/12/18: Competitive dancing expanded for Rock Ledge's annual Powwow Sept. 22

Politics
Meetings/Talks
1/19/18: Speech Jan. 30 at Pinery by visiting professor in CU-Boulder conservative diversity program
2/20/18: Political caucuses for both parties March 6; Precinct 133 new on Westside

Projects
Flood Control
5/23/18: Camp Creek project open house June 5; roundabout planned at 31st & Fontanero
6/16/18: Camp Creek study: Roundabout top priority for 31st, but city to review street as a whole
8/2/18: Just a little county bridge to a Westside RV park... but it's finally being built
Summit House
5/14/18: Early June eyed to start construction on new Pikes Peak Summit House
Utilities
1/30/18: Utilities: El Paso Boulevard to reopen in mid-February with completion of water line
3/5/18: El Paso Blvd. reopening delayed as Utilities adds gas-line project west of Columbia
3/16/18: Water main replacement temporarily closes Ridge Road access to Garden
5/21/18: 24th St. block closures (Pikes Peak to Uintah) to last till August
5/24/18: Water-main replacement starts months-long impacts to 21st Street north of Hwy 24
7/2/18: Major upgrades for 76-year-old water treatment plant at Mesa & Fillmore
7/18/18: Replacement of water valve, fire hydrant provides 'entertainment' for OCC shoppers
Westside Avenue Action Plan
1/3/18: No more driving Ridge Road between Colorado and Pikes Peak avenues1
1/31/18: Adams Crossing Bridge starting to take form in avenue project
2/18/18: Next public-info meeting on avenue project scheduled in Manitou Feb. 28
3/15/18: Surprises, complications help hike WAAP budget again - now $35.5M
4/9/18: WAAP project cone zone ongoing; bridge opening delayed several weeks
4/14/18: WAAP: Deal in place with RV park for property and easements around new bridge
5/1/18: Have coffee with the WAAP contractor May 16 at Buffalo Lodge
5/20/18: WAAP 'Coffee' reveals schedule issues - earliest bridge opening in late August
6/11/18: New on WAAP project: avenue lane shift; unchanged on project: flaggers
6/23/18: Stonewall, trees removed on Columbia for WAAP project; some of stones to be reused
7/30/18: WAAP project, old bridge survive historic storm flood event' July 23
8/12/18: WAAP officials: Much of project slipping into 2019; $5 million cost hike seen
8/14/18: Amid schedule, cost challenges, WAAP Coffee with Contractor set Aug. 29
8/31/18: Adams Crossing Bridge to open, Columbia Road to reopen in late September

Schools
General
8/10/18: With new D-11 head, Westside students back to school in mid-August
Coronado High School
2/2/18: Honors announced for Coronado High School performing arts students
2/15/18: Good news on annual testing for Coronado High as state moves from PARCC to SAT
4/18/18: Coronado High senior wins corporate scholarship as National Merit Finalist
Elementary & Middle Schools
1/26/18: 'Hobbiton,' labyrinth, elf village part of AACL playground that's under construction
3/27/18: Initial version of customized playground unveiled at Academy ACL
4/2/18: Attention, Jackson Elementary alumni: 50-year anniversary event April 20
4/21/18: Howbert Elementary enjoying 'outdoor school' program with Catamount Institute
4/25/18: Art, song, history enliven Jackson Elementary's 50-year anniversary
8/21/18: Double-digit growth for West Middle School in 2017-18 CMAS testing

Transportation
30th Street Corridor
3/2/18: Roundabout big enough for buses seen for main Garden of Gods intersection
5/31/18: 1st public meeting June 14 on 30th Street rebuild from Fontanero to Mesa
6/19/18: Traffic flow a likely issue when work starts on 30th Street in about 2 years
General
2/4/18: Regional transportation survey probes future 'lifestyle preferences'
3/14/18: 2C priority switch: 21st from Lower Gold Camp to Argus boosts Broadmoor
6/14/18: Haute Route bike event back June 29; U.S. headquarters now on Westside
Centennial Extension
7/9/18: Agreement puts Centennial extension on path to completion - 2021 at soonest
Fillmore/I-25
6/18/18: Fillmore/I-25 bridge named after Pearl Harbor survivor/author Don Stratton
Major Roads
2/4/18: Access limits permanent for Ridge Rd at Hwy 24; pedestrian bridge in the offing
3/6/18: Bicycle path, no congestion relief for cars in planned 21st Street project this year
4/6/18: Tag-team projects by Utilities, city on 2 sections of 21st Street through fall
4/16/18: Plan to 'diet' Walnut Street segment with bike lanes, redo Walnut/Bijou intersection
4/17/18: City roadwork to close 21st from avenue to highway for 6 to 8 weeks this summer
4/27/18: City, neighborhood in accord on 'dieting' parts of Walnut, Bijou streets
5/13/18: Hwy 24 projects - 31st Street lefts, Ridge Road crossing - could start in June
6/18/18: Roadwork to close Ridge between highway and avenue until mid-September
7/3/18: Westside's road-closure summer: Detours needed, flaggers omnipresent
8/8/18: More than a left-turn lane extension for CDOT project at 31st and Hwy 24
8/23/18: 21st Street project manager: Long-closed segment to reopen in mid-September
9/17/18: 21st Street reopening (avenue to Naegele) now set for end of September
Transit
1/19/18: City transit plan: Stops every half-hour for Route 3 on Saturdays
4/29/18: Bus stops on Route 3 now being offered every half-hour on Saturdays