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January 2015
January - March Print Edition
January 5
January 12
January 19
January 26
February 2015
February 2
February 9
February 16
February 23
March 2015
March - May Print Edition
March 2
March 9
March 16
March 23
March 30
April 2015
April 6
April 13
April 20
April 27
May 2015
May - July Print Edition
May 4
May 11
May 18
May 25
June 2015
June 1
June 8
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 2015
July - September Print Edition
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 2015
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31
September 2015
September - November Print Edition
September 7
September 14
September 21
September 28
October 2015
October 5
October 12
October 19
October 26
November 2015
November 2
November 9
November 16
November 23
November 30
December 2015
December 7
December 14
December 21
December 28

Articles by Subject


Business
Changes
1/6/15: Westside Pioneer to print 6 times in 2015; next issue comes out Jan. 14
2/15/15: King Soopers renovation includes medical clinic; work could last till fall
2/28/15: Siblings with shared dream are latest innkeepers at Old Town Guesthouse
3/19/15: Crane closes 25th Street for a day - meteors and zombies... or roof repair?
3/29/15: Recently installed sign announces existence of Old Colorado City Welcome Center
5/20/15: King Soopers closes urgent-care at Grandview store, opens larger one at Uintah
6/8/15: OCC Welcome Center stays closed to tourists without volunteers to man it
6/10/15: Tesla Supercharger now available for guests, drop-ins at B&B in Old Colorado City
6/12/15: New owner of long-time nut and fruit shop in Old Colorado City
8/6/15: 37-year jewelry store in Old Colorado City 'downsizes' in one-block move up the avenue
12/7/15: Carrie McKee to become new leader of Westside-based Junior Achievement
Events
1/7/15: Recognition finally arriving for Millicent Young, other women pilots in WWII WASP program
2/9/15: Ice-carving competition fetes Valentine's Day in Old Colorado City Feb. 14
3/22/15: Merchants bring 'Mad Hatter' to Old Colorado City March 28
3/29/15: Old Colorado City restaurant hosts fundraiser for teen-supporting arts group April 6
4/15/15: Taste of OCC event April 26; foundation has plan, price now for Bancroft restrooms
4/26/15: Deluge tries, fails to dampen spirits at Taste of OCC in Bancroft
5/12/15: Writer from Texas to sign copies of new book at Westside coffee house May 18
5/13/15: Territory Days May 23-25; Air Force Honor Guard and Drill Team from D.C. to perform on Memorial Day
5/25/15: Territory Days draws close to 100,000 despite rain first 2 days
5/30/15: Summer-Saturday season opens for Farmers Market in Bancroft Park June 6
8/7/15: 1-day, 1,000-foot waterslide to be set up on South 21st Street near Argus
8/15/15: Photo fun: A good day to slide - watery times on 21st Street Aug. 15
10/8/15: Oct. 17 festival in Old Colorado City features 11th annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off
10/18/15: Old Colorado City has its biggest giant pumpkin ever in 11th annual weigh-off
10/25/15: With Halloween on a Saturday, 3,000 or more possible for OCC's annual Safe Treats
10/26/15: Last day of the season Oct. 31 for Farmers Market in Bancroft Park
11/1/15: Photo essay: Waves of costumed kids (and some adults) overflow OCC for Safe Treats
11/9/15: Concrete Couch to benefit from restaurant's art-related fundraiser Nov. 16
11/13/15: Pikes Peak Studio Tour includes Westside locations Nov. 14-15
12/6/15: 3 'enchanted outlaws of romance' team up for book-signing Dec. 12 at Bookman
12/10/15: Westside family-owned restaurant to be featured on Food Network show Dec. 18
New
1/15/15: Westside Pioneer's January-March print edition distributed to news outlets
3/4/15: Westside Pioneer's March-May print edition published
3/16/15: Pet emergency clinic opens on West Uintah; available on weekends only for now
2/23/15: Next Westside Pioneer in print to come out March 4
4/23/15: New business: Boutique shop in 2600 block of Old Colorado City
4/23/15: New business: Owner of new upholstery shop has 50 years experience
4/27/15: Westside Pioneer to offer next print edition May 6
5/1/15: From Millibo to Black Box - theater still thriving at Pecan Street site
5/6/15: May-July print edition for Westside Pioneer now available at outlets
5/19/15: First-year business: chiropractic office at Bijou and Spruce streets
6/21/15: Racing burro is namesake for new neighborhood coffee house at Walnut and Bijou
6/30/15: Westside Pioneer's July-September print edition to come out July 8
7/3/15: In third year, Westside microbrewery offers tasting room, newly added patio
7/8/15: Westside Pioneer publishes July-September print edition
8/26/15: Boutique/gallery opens at 26th Street and Colorado Avenue
8/26/15: Westside Pioneer publishes next bimonthly print edition Sept. 2
9/3/15: Westside Pioneer publishes September-November print edition
9/22/15: New store in Old Colorado City offers home enhancements, gifts
9/23/15: 'Grass station' offers win-win for motorists using medical marijuana
10/8/15: Independent paint store opens in Red Rock center where Blockbuster used to be
10/24/15: Westside business offers house-call behavior training for dogs, cats, horses
11/9/15: New retail shop in Old Colorado City offers merchandise about heroes
11/12/15: November-January print edition of Westside Pioneer published, distributed
12/11/15: Holistic/arts market opens in Old Colorado City's 2500 block

Community
Arts
1/28/15: Simpich presents his puppet adaptation of 'Oliver Twist' Feb. 4-March 29
2/11/15: 3 Westside locales in book featuring Springs' 'Historic Homes'
2/15/15: Kicks Jazz Band featured in New Horizons show Feb. 20 at First Free
3/24/15: Old Colorado City's First Friday ArtWalk starts 10th season April 3
4/7/15: Former Coronado teacher publishes book; signings on Westside April 18, 20 & 24
4/22/15: Second ArtWalk of the season May 1 in Old Colorado City
5/8/15: McFarland, author and Pioneer columnist, to receive PPLD's Golden Quill award
5/23/15: Summer music series to bring live shows to Bancroft, Bear Creek Park starting in June
5/28/15: Old Colorado City to host next First Friday ArtWalk June 5
6/25/15: July 3 next in ArtWalk series for participating Old Colorado City galleries/shops
7/29/15: New musical, 'It's a Dog's Life,' scheduled at Black Box Theatre Aug. 6-22
7/31/15: Next First Friday ArtWalk Aug. 7 in Old Colorado City
8/7/15: Free, outdoor live music at Bear Creek, Bancroft and Gold Hill Mesa
8/6/15: Key part for Dave Hughes in PBS documentary telling little-known side of Hedy Lamarr - as WWII inventor
10/1/15: Next First Friday ArtWalk Oct. 2 in Old Colorado City
10/3/15: 'Dance Mile' to rock Bancroft Park, Old Colorado City for three hours Oct. 10
10/12/15: Who were all those colorful, dancing people on West Colorado Avenue the evening of Oct. 10?
10/30/15: Signing opportunity Nov. 7 for fifth book by Westside author
11/12/15: New Horizons Band schedules concerts on Westside Nov. 16 and 20
11/16/15: 40-year area clay artist to be feted at Old Colorado City gallery Nov. 20-21
11/29/15: Last Old Colorado City ArtWalk of the season Dec. 4
1/1/16: 'Meet-and-greet' Jan. 11 for musicians interested in New Horizons Band
Charitable
1/16/15: No change in Golden Circle lunches at Westside Center with Silver Key now managing
4/4/15: Chance to support charity for developmentally disabled by eating at restaurant April 12
6/4/15: Garden of the Gods Rotary welcomes Osborne Trust grant applications from charitable nonprofits
9/9/15: Volunteer tutors needed for Literacy Center; can be as young as 14
9/26/15: Donations requested for 11th annual Coats & Cans Community Drive through Nov. 13
10/22/15: First step in Silver Key move to east side - large new kitchen at Murray location
10/29/15: Food donations requested by Silver Key to help needy seniors at Thanksgiving
11/2/15: Assistance League's annual Fun Fair raises money for charity at Shrine Club Nov. 6
11/2/15: Teen Court event with El Pomar Foundation supports restorative justice program for teens
11/2/15: Westside restaurant donating proceeds to SKSF Nov. 8 - but you need the flyer!
11/4/15: 20 grants (totaling $119,600) from Osborne Trust to nonprofits aiding needy
12/18/15: Family asks viewers of annual Christmas display to leave donations for Westside CARES
Groups/Clubs
1/31/15: 'Westsiders Club' to hold first-time breakfast gathering Feb. 7 at OCC restaurant
4/1/15: Westsider, Coronado High senior earns Eagle Scout honor for Fine Arts Center project
5/7/15: Whittlers club offers 31st annual show at Shrine Club May 16-17
6/5/15: Ranger from Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site to talk on controversial incident at Pikes Peak Posse dinner June 8
6/9/15: Girls of the West to stop and meet public in Bancroft Park when Range Ride comes up avenue June 17
6/14/15: Fundraising 'challenge' for military charities accompanies Range Ride through Westside
6/17/15: Range Riders follow long-ago tradition in taking route up Colorado Avenue
7/28/15: BBQ for Colorado Day Aug. 1, Westsiders Club gathering Aug. 8
8/9/15: Expect classic cars by the hundreds at Good Times Car Show Aug. 16
8/16/15: Wheel photos: Nearly 400 vehicles in Good Times Car Show Aug. 16
8/24/15: New Horizons welcomes experienced and beginning musicians as 14th season starts
8/27/15: Major volunteer project builds new playground for Westside Boys & Girls Club
9/10/15: CSPD citizen-training class focuses on home safety Sept. 16
11/5/15: Military uniforms welcome for annual USO Dance at International Dance Club Nov. 14
12/31/15: Portrayal of Buffalo Bill at Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners Jan. 11
Humane Society
10/15/15: Reducing feral cat population focus of Humane Society's spay/neuter day Oct. 21
In Memoriam
7/22/15: In memoriam: T.J. McGinty, Westside entrepreneur, philanthropist
7/26/15: In memoriam: Floyd Frame, area band leader, known for concerts in Bancroft Park
7/30/15: In memoriam: Tom Hendrix, WWII veteran, long-time Westsider, volunteer
11/27/15: In memoriam: Ron Baalman, OCC Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory owner
12/1/15: In memoriam: Henry "Duke" Boswell, WWII hero, Westside resident/teacher
Neighborhoods
3/2/15: OWN town hall March 12 to include board election, community updates
3/13/15: OWN board set for coming year; members hope to continue picnic tradition
7/6/15: OWN hosts 15th annual Westside Neighbors Picnic July 18 at Community Center
7/18/15: Photo essay: BBQ, conviviality at OWN's annual Westside Neighbors Picnic
8/29/15: Westsider, 19, surprises doctors with active life despite heart transplant as infant
1/1/16: Holland Park struggles with drivers detouring Chestnut closure; meeting Jan. 12
Old Colorado City History Center
1/11/15: Weather forces cancellation of Civil War reenactor's program at History Center
2/1/15: George Washington reenactor in evening program at History Center Feb. 13
3/8/15: Monthly presentations at OCC History Center continue through May; tunnels talk March 14
3/10/15: Who really saved the cabin? Dave Hughes makes case for Thayer Tutt
3/30/15: Museum 'surprises' on view in April 10 History Center program
4/27/15: Descendant of AdAmAn co-founders to speak on 'Frozen 5' at History Center May 9
5/4/15: Rediscovered photog from 1930s-'60s featured again in fundraiser for OCCHS
6/17/15: 'My Life As a Whore' - presentation at OCC History Center June 26
7/5/15: History Center's 'Tunnel Tales' plays off Colorado City's wild-time legends July 19
7/22/15: Old Colorado City Historical Society 'overwhelmed' by turnout for July 19 Tunnel Tales
7/28/15: 'Legendary Ladies' featured in Colorado City's 156th birthday celebration Aug. 8
9/5/15: The importance of ice in pre-refrigeration days - History Center talk Sept.11
9/17/15: 'Haunted Histories' replaces Cemetery Crawl Sept. 26 in OCCHS quest for broader appeal
10/2/15: Reenactor to portray Union soldier as History Center marks Civil War's sesquicentennial
10/7/15: OCCHS pleased with inaugural 'Haunted Histories' event at Fairview Cemetery
11/3/15: Presentation on Pearl Harbor, Dolittle Raid at OCC History Center Nov. 14
11/22/15: Spotlight on old-time characters, museum exhibits in free History Center event Dec. 5
12/9/15: About 200 at OCC History Center for first-time Holiday Open House
12/29/15: Historic Alliance presentation at Old Colorado City History Center Jan. 8
Old Colorado City Library
1/5/15: International affairs discussion group to hold first meeting at OCC Library Jan. 14
2/9/15: Volunteers welcomed to help create Old Colorado City Library tile project
4/5/15: Dates nearing for installation of colored tiles on OCC Library's ramp walls
4/26/15: Library ramp-wall mural project moves forward; volunteer workdays set through May 7
5/7/15: Final push to finish OCC Library tile mural, with celebration May 16
5/21/15: Old Colorado City Library unveils finished tile mural; community participation lauded
10/18/15: Issue of grandparents raising their children's children topic of OCC Library talk Oct. 24
1/1/16: 2nd year for international affairs discussion group at OCC Library; meeting Jan. 13
Ongoing Issues
1/7/15: Fountain Creek flood-plain relief seen with south-downtown homeless-center plan
1/18/15: Pioneer's picks for top 20 Westside stories of 2014 - numbers 1-7
1/18/15: Pioneer's picks for top 20 Westside stories of 2014 - numbers 8-14
1/19/15: Pioneer's picks for top 20 Westside stories of 2014 - numbers 15-20 & honorable mention
1/25/15: Why we love the Westside and Pleasant Valley...
2/6/15: Coronado forum probes MMJ, youth pot-smoking ties; 19 dispensaries now on Westside
2/24/15: Input requested from older adults on aging services plan
3/25/15: City hosts meeting on Camp Creek flash-flood issues at Glen Eyrie April 1
4/19/15: Citing legal concerns with transient camps, OWN backs off from creek cleanups
5/4/15: Councilman King sets May 12 meeting on city entitlement $, other issues
5/10/15: Navigators organization, owner of Glen Eyrie, quietly does its part to deter, control Camp Creek flooding
7/3/15: United Way seeks citizen ideas on local infrastructure issues at meeting July 10
7/29/15: Drake decommissioning among options as Utilities seeks citizen input on electric future
7/29/15: Who's been stealing Old Colorado City's flowers? Call the police if you know
7/30/15: City asks public for ideas on spending up to $4 million in federal entitlement funds
10/20/15: Comments being taken through Nov. 15 on Springs Utilities electric plan
10/23/15: Free counseling for seniors on Medicare Part D at regional planning agency through Dec. 7
Public Safety
1/22/15: Westsider on committee publicizing commissioning of USS Colorado submarine
2/8/15: CSPD announces citizen-training class schedule for first half of year
3/7/15: Police volunteer group seeks 'Ambassadors' to help OCC tourists, provide 'extra eyes'
3/9/15: Monthly CSPD citizen-training class focuses on fire safety March 18
3/23/15: 'It's OK to say no' to panhandlers - new signs, video unveiled at ATF meeting
4/9/15: Changed date, location for CSPD's citizen-training class in April
4/19/15: Mass car burglaries around Kiowa's 2800 block; CSPD asks victims to call
4/20/15: Local law enforcement 'saturates' avenue corridor from Mobile Command Post April 20-24
5/13/15: Sheriff's Office statement on Hobby Lobby shooting: Escaped felon drew knife on officers
6/12/15: Public-safety volunteering subject of presentation at Gold Hill Station June 17
6/26/15: Mule deer plague case confirmed in Pleasant Valley; first in county this year
8/4/15: Colorado Springs Police respond to rise in complaints about Bancroft Park vagrancy
8/24/15: Proposed city 'sit-lie' law would put stop to sidewalk layabouts in downtown, Old Colorado City
9/10/15: CSPD citizen-training class focuses on home safety Sept. 16
9/14/15: Gold Hill station a 'Back the Blue' stop for Thank a Police Officer Day Sept. 19
9/21/15: City sets fire mitigation meeting for Midland neighborhood Sept. 29
10/5/15: Police have 2 suspects in discovery of 'bottle bombs' in Garden parking lot
10/16/15: Faced with opposition, councilmembers tone down, postpone sit/lie ordinance
10/29/15: ACLU scrutiny, Supreme Court decision lead city to suspend most of its panhandling laws
11/9/15: Police announce holiday-season foot patrols in Old Colorado City, downtown
11/27/15: 3 dead, suspect in custody in Westside Planned Parenthood shootings
12/9/15: 5 officers wounded in Planned Parenthood shooting released from hospital
12/13/15: Westside incident in Colorado Springs police blotter sounds like a TV crime show
12/15/15: Fire-mitigation grant for vegetation removal in Midland area lasts through April
12/16/15: Westside boy walking to school reportedly escapes man who demanded his backpack
Space Foundation
1/8/15: 'Astronaut' theme for Space Foundation Discovery Center Star Days Jan. 10
1/26/15: 'I Love Space' is Feb. 7 Star Days theme at Space Foundation's Discovery Center
3/1/15: Star Days focuses on the weather March 7 at Space Foundation's Discovery Center
4/17/15: Activities/demonstrations from international space agencies for Discovery Center's Star Days May 2
5/3/15: Opening May 12 for new interactive center at Space Foundation
5/23/15: 'Great Balls of Fire' traveling exhibit arrives, new interactive learning area opens at Space Discovery Center
6/15/15: 'Summer of Discovery' offers interactive chances through Aug. 14
7/14/15: Former astronaut, International Space Station commander at Discovery Center July 16-18
12/1/15: Space Foundation's Discovery Center offers Star Wars-themed activities Dec. 5
Westside Community Center
1/12/15: 'Parents Night Out' - monthly program is YMCA's first at Westside Community
2/5/15: Free tax help at Community Center for 'low and moderate income filers'
2/9/15: Outreach Clinic at Community Center seeing uninsured patients - appointment needed
3/5/15: YMCA 'meet and greet' at Westside Community Center March 13
6/1/15: Westside Community Center offers activities through summer
12/13/15: 5 years for aikido class at Westside Community Center

Land
Construction
1/9/15: 124-unit hotel being built on site of former North Chestnut Street roadhouse
1/27/15: 9 years after first proposal, home construction seen this year in Uintah Bluffs development
4/6/15: Gold Hill Mesa expanding to northeast corner of Lower Gold Camp & 21st
5/7/15: Care facility taking shape in project across from Coronado High
6/19/15: Humane Society groundbreaking June 25 for building 'expansion and renovation'
7/13/15: Gold Hill Mesa: Homebuilding in Filing 4, grading in Filing 5, plans for Filing 6
7/23/15: Wide range of veteran services/programs to be offered at 'campus' being built off Moreno Street
11/14/15: Gold Hill Mesa construction filling in around 21st and Lower Gold Camp
11/14/15: Opening around Feb. 1 estimated for care facility being built on Fillmore
Development Proposals
1/30/15: City Council reverses Planning Commission denial of Westside church's major expansion plan
3/17/15: 3 neighborhood meetings, but consensus remains elusive on concept for apartments off Lower Gold Camp & Moreno
4/21/15: 3rd MMJ dispensary proposed in Old Colorado City; no option for public comment
5/19/15: Neighborhood meeting May 26 on proposed brewpub at 702 W. Colorado
6/29/15: Penrose-St. Francis proposes major hospital campus at Fillmore and Centennial
6/29/15: Rezoning would allow offices to be built on lowered knoll south of Fillmore Street
8/15/15: Controversial avenue brewpub plan goes to Planning Commission Aug. 20
8/20/15: Compromises worked out to buffer West Colorado Avenue brewpub from residential property
9/8/15: Proposed 12-story hospital at Fillmore & Centennial goes to Planning Commission Sept. 17
9/21/15: Public hearing on proposed Centennial/Fillmore hospital campus postponed to October
9/28/15: Breaks on parking, residential proximity in final vote on planned West Colorado Avenue brewpub
10/6/15: 4-story, 46-unit apartment building proposed at southwest corner of Spruce and Kiowa
10/19/15: Hospital concept for Centennial and Fillmore gets Planning Commission thumbs-up
11/30/15: Despite height concerns, City Council greenlights Penrose-St. Francis hospital proposal on Centennial
Development Issues
3/8/15: Rural-style neighborhood off Mesa Road writes master plan to keep it that way
Real Estate - General
9/14/15: 124-unit Woodspring Suites (originally Value Place) opens on North Chestnut
9/14/15: 20-unit Gabion Apartments development completed on West Monument Street

Opinion
Cobweb Corners
1/8/15: City first built reservoir off 19th Street in the '20s
1/26/15: Puzzle may be solved for streetcar diner
2/8/15: The first railroad in Colorado
2/21/15: The real start of local aviation history
3/5/15: The Old Town building that Spec saved
3/21/15: Some early Colorado Springs mayors
4/3/15: An odd little neighborhood
4/24/15: The 26th St. bridge collapse... and a mystery building
5/14/15: Fred Barr and his camp in 1922
6/6/15: The roads people drove before Uintah Street
6/22/15: Don't make fun of the tourists!
7/6/15: Tough landing at the Manitou airport
7/21/15: The train station for both Roswells
8/11/15: Why it's called Shooks Run
9/4/15: The man who built the Husted House
9/22/15: Call General Palmer! But could you?
10/14/15: Blasting Ute Pass to make 2 lanes in the 1930s
11/2/15: The mysterious telegraph operator
11/23/15: When the city bought Balanced Rock
12/14/15: A royal visitor... on iron wheels
Editor's Desk
1/22/15: To Stories of the Year... and beyond!
2/14/15: Springs Utilities is asking for input, so...
3/14/15: Drake and pot - emissions to fear?
3/27/15: Tough to say 'no' when we're gamed to say 'yes'
5/1/15: What's to stop a Baltimore in Old Colorado City?
6/9/15: Back in time with the Cimarron interchange
7/28/15: What makes the Westside the 'best side'
8/17/15: Proposed brewpub recalls spectre of Kum & Go
9/14/15: Sunk by a sinkhole... and more!
10/31/15: A conversation with the ACLU
11/29/15: How we'll cover the shooting
12/18/15: 'Implicit bias'? Why stop there?
General
1/23/15: Entrepreneurship in American history
2/14/15: A Charge to Keep: the Magna Carta at 800
2/19/15: Plea to FCC on Net Neutrality vote - Don't mess with the Internet!
3/9/15: The history and danger of administrative law
4/7/15: A calf named Lucky
4/27/15: Media should care about traditional values
5/18/15: Ukraine's agony and America's indifference
6/11/15: Bringing home the bum lambs
7/1/15: The disappearance of the 5-cent ice cream cone
7/20/15: Practical thoughts on immigration
8/12/15: Race relations and law enforcement
9/3/15: Rebirth of the Sagebrush Rebellion
9/17/15: How the West (side) was won: A brief history in two films
9/25/15: Football and the American character
10/20/15: Climate-change believers no more zealous than skeptics about fire mitigation
11/9/15: Thanksgiving: So much to be thankful for
12/4/15: Little cause for celebration in federal budget deal
12/23/15: Christmas censorship has a long history
Guest Columns
2/5/15: Guest column from OWN: Town hall, candidate forum planned
3/20/15: Guest column from OWN: Who we are and what we do
3/31/15: 'Strong mayor' latest of multiple government system changes in Colorado Springs history
4/22/15: Westside charter principal: 'Fatigue... frustration' resulting from new state testing regimen
5/18/15: Guest column from OWN: Who we are and what we do
5/21/15: Guest column: Library mural 'so much more than pieces of fired clay'
7/9/15: Guest column from OWN: Westsiders invited to picnic; side dishes welcome
9/5/15: Guest column from OWN: Bike boulevards meeting; electronic newsletter
10/26/15: Gas and Grass is not a win-win for the Westside
11/22/15: Guest column from OWN: Concern about city suspension of panhandling laws
12/23/15: County taking steps to make Bear Creek Park safer for goats
Letters
3/24/15: Letter: Templeton Building funded in 1891 from lot sales for Midland Railway
5/22/15: Letter: Clearing work from 2012 may have helped control recent Camp Creek flooding
5/22/15: Letter: Contrary to column, Baltimore-type riot not likely in Old Colorado City
10/1/15: Letter: 2-laning OCC 'will create more of a traffic mess during the summer'
12/5/15: Letter: Pleased to see 'West End' project coming together
12/26/15: Letter: Editor's Desk column criticizing implicit bias 'spot on'
11/18/15: Letter: Home-rule Springs shouldn't have to suspend its panhandling laws
12/28/15: Letter: Critique of the 4 Pikes Peak Summit House options
Meet a Westsider
1/16/15: Betty Baker
3/7/15: Rosemarie Lovato
6/11/15: Amelia Aldaz
12/5/15: Dave Dombach
What Do You Do
7/20/15: Jami Sunkel
9/25/15: Jamie Bequette

Outdoors
General
2/3/15: Fence removal turns 19th Street detention pond into publicly accessible open space
2/13/15: Westside home earns Rocky Mountain region 'Habitat Hero' selection
3/27/15: Volunteer training, orientation event at Catamount Institute April 1
3/31/15: Volunteers needed for trail work, Garden preservation, Waldo Canyon Fire rehab
5/25/15: Rain, flooding force closures of Red Rock Canyon, Midland Trail segment
6/23/15: Volunteer workday to clean up and pull weeds at Mesa Wildlife Preserve June 27
6/24/15: Fireworks legal in El Paso County (but not in city); Sheriff's Office defines rules
9/22/15: Informational meeting Oct. 1 at Extension Office for prospective Master Gardeners
9/24/15: Volunteers requested for county-led Fountain Creek cleanup Sept. 26-Oct. 4
9/29/15: County sponsors free hazardous waste drop-off near Citizens Service Center Oct. 3
10/4/15: RMFI seeks volunteers this fall for 9 more Garden workdays, 3 at Red Rock
Bear Creek Nature Center
1/16/15: Training offered to become Bear Creek Nature Center interpretive volunteer
6/22/15: Artists invited to submit works for Bear Creek Nature Center fundraiser show
6/26/15: Fundraising campaign in fall to bolster Ballot Issue 1A allotment for Bear Creek Nature Center exhibits
8/5/15: Back to full staff, days of operation, Bear Creek Nature Center offers 'Happy Trails' event Aug. 14
9/4/15: 'Nature Works' Art Show fundraiser at Bear Creek Nature Center Sept. 11-12
11/4/15: Runners to dress as bears in 3-K 'theme' race to benefit Bear Creek Nature Center Nov. 14
11/25/15: 'Candelight' event, annual Bear Creek Nature Center fundraiser, Dec. 4
City/County Parks
3/12/15: Free class on organic methods offered by Bear Creek Garden Association March 14
2/24/15: County Parks public meeting March 11 to provide info on its Westside-area doings
3/25/15: Bear Creek Dog Park cleanup April 4; volunteers welcome
4/16/15: County's April 25 'Tackle the Trash' open to volunteers, includes Bear Creek Park cleanup
5/18/15: Proposed Bear Creek equestrian skills course topic of public meeting May 27
5/30/15: Intemann, Palmer trails reopen in Section 16; rest of Red Rock Canyon still closed
6/3/15: Archery camps offered through summer by El Paso County at Bear Creek Regional Park
7/3/15: City upgrade project to close Section 16 Trailhead through early August
7/24/15: Volunteers to pull noxious weeds requested for Bear Creek Regional Park Aug. 1
9/7/15: Volunteer leader steps down after helping Dog Park become 'world class'
10/25/15: Annual 'Ghouls & Stools' event to clean up Dog Park off 21st Street Oct. 31
11/7/15: Wyoming goats chomping weeds around Bear Creek Garden through mid-November
11/10/15: Goats leave Bear Creek Park early; off-leash dog incidents main reason
11/19/15: Maureen Tuttle takes over as president of Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park
Garden of the Gods
2/3/15: 10th annual Bighorn Day at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Feb. 14
2/14/15: Possible record crowd at GoG Visitor Center's 10th annual Bighorn Day
3/1/15: 1st of 7 exhibits revealed at GoG Visitor Center; will be open to public May 16
4/5/15: Earth Day celebrated April 18 at GoG Visitor Center, Rock Ledge Ranch
4/24/15: Climate changes to cool weather for a day; Earth Day still popular at GoG Visitor Center, Rock Ledge Ranch
5/3/15: 20th anniversary event for Garden of the Gods Visitor Center May 16
5/14/15: Non-stop rains kept city from clearing out Camp Creek sediment basin; Foothills Trail suffers from high flows
6/12/15: Starlight Spectacular cycle ride starts, finishes at GoG Visitor Center June 20
6/23/15: Renovation done, GoG Visitor Center brings back nature, history presentations
10/7/15: 'Fossil Day' - new event at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center Oct. 10
10/13/15: Good crowd for first-ever Fossil Day at GoG Visitor Center; could become annual event
Norris-Penrose Event Center
6/26/15: Working cowboys featured in Ride for the Brand Rodeo July 3 at Norris-Penrose
Red Rock Canyon
1/28/15: Don Ellis speaks on Red Rock Canyon at Pikes Peak Posse dinner Feb. 9
4/4/15: Annual meeting of Friends of Red Rock Canyon at Westside Center April 13
4/29/15: Vandalism to trees on the rise at Red Rock Canyon
7/2/15: Red Rock Canyon reopens, but volunteer workdays scheduled to finish flood repairs
8/19/15: Friends of Red Rock Canyon Talk and Walks scheduled; preregistration necessary
8/26/15: Added trail workdays in September for flood damage in Red Rock Canyon
9/14/15: 'Talk and Walk' Sept. 16 on Red Rock Canyon's geologic history
11/16/15: Two more volunteer workdays to finish flood fixes at Red Rock Canyon
Rock Ledge Ranch
1/22/15: Horse that helped pull Rock Ledge Ranch wagon for 17 years passes on
3/30/15: Rock Ledge Ranch celebration April 11 for its early city leader, the late Gene Smith
5/23/15: Rock Ledge Ranch opening day June 3, 'Homespun Fun' with sheep-shearing June 6
5/27/15: Recently installed windmill adds to Rock Ledge Ranch's historical style
6/14/15: Shearing, sheepherding bring favorable season start for Rock Ledge Ranch
6/29/15: July 4 at Rock Ledge Ranch includes patriotic music, historical figures, old-time games
7/4/15: Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site 'Family Fourth' July 4 - photos
7/11/15: Patches, solo cow at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site for about 10 years, passes on
7/15/15: Four bands, food and drink in Fiddles, Vittles & Vino July 26 at Rock Ledge
7/22/15: Rock Ledge hosts Theatreworks' annual 'Shakespeare at the Ranch' July 30-Aug. 22
7/27/15: Photo essay: Fifth straight Fiddles & Vittles sellout for Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site July 26
8/31/15: Annual Labor Day vintage baseball game at Rock Ledge Ranch Sept. 7
9/7/15: Photo essay: Action at the annual Rock Ledge Ranch Labor Day vintage baseball game
9/12/15: Historically reminiscent greenhouse is fundraising goal of Folk Art Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch Sept. 18-20
9/21/15: 6th annual American Indian Powwow at Rock Ledge Ranch Sept. 26
9/28/15: Free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch for annual Harvest Festival Oct. 3
11/2/15: 'Oink' event at Rock Ledge Ranch Nov. 14 offers insights to early settlers' lives
12/12/15: Holiday Evening at Rock Ledge Dec. 19 offers 1800s-style Christmas festivities
12/31/15: Natural Christmas trees can be recycled for $5 donation at Rock Ledge Ranch
Trails
8/20/15: Cimarron/I-25 work requires three-month detour for Bear Creek Trail's I-25 underpass
8/27/15: Higher-ground relocations in reopened Foothills Trail through Garden; current surface temporary
9/23/15: City builds 'shortcut' to Midland Trail from Highway 24 and 26th Street

Politics
City/County
2/2/15: City Council votes for pay-as-you-go stormwater plan; Camp Creek future uncertain again
2/25/15: Forum sharpens Westsiders' focus on candidates for mayor, at-large council
3/14/15: 2 charter questions also on ballot in April 7 city election
3/14/15: Muncipal election ballots mailed; 2 nearby dropboxes for Westside voters
4/7/15: Suthers, Makepeace to run off for mayor; Bennett, Strand, Murray voted onto council
4/8/15: City election: Both charter questions pass, slightly reducing 'strong mayor' powers
4/27/15: Voters in city mayor runoff election have until May 19 to submit ballots
5/19/15: Suthers easily elected Colorado Springs mayor in runoff with Makepeace
6/6/15: Council President/Westside resident Merv Bennett optimistic about working with new mayor
7/13/15: Sallie Clark rises to president of National Association of Counties - first to do so from Colorado
10/13/15: 28 Westside roads could benefit from 2C ballot issue passing; 2D includes Palmer Mesa Trail
11/3/15: Colorado Springs election: Ballot issues for roads, trails both pass by big margins
Meetings/Talks
2/19/15: Forum for mayor, at-large council candidates at Westside Community Center Feb. 24
4/7/15: Assistant secretary of state to speak at Garden of Gods Club April 16
5/12/15: District 20 State Rep. Carver to hold town hall for constituents at Early Colleges
State/Region
3/19/15: PPACG chair/Manitou Springs mayor: 'Economic consequences' in EPA ozone plan

Projects
General
12/10/15: Demolition begins for Olympic museum complex near ATB Park; groundbreaking seen in spring
Flood Control
1/13/15: City to remove fence around 19th Street detention pond, invites the public to offer ideas for amenities
2/10/15: Flood repairs force closure of road segment by County Parks building
3/9/15: Flood preparedness meeting March 18 for North and South Douglas drainages
3/10/15: County Parks' Creek Crossing to live up to its name again this month
3/21/15: City flood repairs include Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon
No Man's Land
2/22/15: Avenue right of way transfer marks 'major first step' in No Man's Land roadway rebuild
5/6/15: Utility costs, time concerns arise in No Man's Land upgrade study
6/11/15: Complications in No Man's Land project study lead to postponement of public meeting
11/25/15: WAAP works through issues - 'No Man's Land' construction to start after mid-2016
Summit House
9/29/15: Open house Oct. 7 on 'initial concepts' for new Summit House atop Pikes Peak
10/3/15: Options for new Pikes Peak Summit House share ideal of enhanced experience
12/7/15: Online public survey available on options for new Pikes Peak Summit House
Utilities
5/11/15: Groundwater infiltration concerns force Utilities to continue closure of West Colorado's 3000 block
5/13/15: Utilities reopens Colorado Avenue at 3000 block, but groundwater infiltration concerns remain
9/23/15: Water-main project on 21st Street to continue nights into October; 2nd phase in December
11/16/15: End of November seen to finish water-main replacement on North Chestnut
12/28/15: Utililties project to briefly 'twin' its half-acre water tank off Manitou Boulevard

Schools
General
6/16/15: District 11's new K-8 summer school series seeks to 'ignite curiosity' in students
6/18/15: Free summer breakfasts, lunches for ages 18/under, courtesy of D-11 and federal program
7/16/15: Academy ACL only Westside school to top state, district averages in annual standardized testing
8/11/15: District 11 schools - including 10 on Westside - to reopen for 2015-16 year
9/17/15: Pirate statue from former Pike Elementary relocates to Russell Middle School
11/24/15: Westside schools schedule seasonal events between Dec. 3 & 18
12/19/15: Comparing lower state school test scores with those in past could be 'apples and oranges'
Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning
1/26/15: School-choice presentation at Westside charter school on night of Jan. 27
3/10/15: Relocation of major artifacts symbolizes change of school site from Pike to AcademyACL
Bristol Elementary
10/23/15: 5,000 tomes to sort through in first-time book fair at Bristol Elementary Oct. 29
Buena Vista Elementary
2/26/15: Buena Vista Elementary's Feb. 24 presentation of 'Alice in Wonderland' - 3 photos
Coronado High School
1/9/15: 8th-graders invited to frosh orientation night at Coronado High Jan. 14
1/28/15: Community invited to Feb. 4 Coronado Parent Forum on marijuana issues
2/10/15: Coronado High hosts scrimmage for new robotics game Feb. 14
2/16/15: Scrimmage with 15 schools helps Coronado robotics prep for regionals
2/17/15: Coronado's student-sponsored senior citizen dance Feb. 28; will be at the school this year
4/13/15: Coronado/D-11 robotics team qualifies for world championship - 6th time in 7 years
5/3/15: New Coronado student president to help lead more community-oriented Homecoming Parade this fall
5/13/15: Coronado High School to graduate close to 290 at ceremony May 19
5/21/15: Donations to Goodwill truck at Coronado May 26-June 7 will improve school's baseball field
5/27/15: Wide range of drop-off possibilities at annual Dump & Donate Day June 6 at Coronado
6/3/15: After 20 enthusiastic years at Coronado, athletic director ready to 'throttle back' in retirement
9/13/15: Coronado Homecoming Parade Sept. 19 in OCC; 10 a.m. start this year
9/20/15: Fun except for the funding - 35th annual Coronado Homecoming Parade through Old Colorado City'
10/19/15: Holiday Bazaar in 5th year fundraising for Coronado band and orchestra Oct. 24-25
11/3/15: Coronado High drama students to perform play, 'Almost, Maine,' Nov. 12-14
11/8/15: How popular is Coronado? 14 alumni now on Westside high school's staff
Holmes Middle School
1/31/15: Holmes places 14 in district judging for annual Reflections arts competition
Howbert Elementary
4/2/15: Howbert principal describes 'building-wide effort' in support of recent all-computer standardized testing
9/25/15: Sponsors still sought for Howbert Elementary's 2nd annual Walk-A-Thon Oct. 1
10/10/15: In 2nd year, Howbert Elementary's Walk-A-Thon tops inaugural with $16,000 for school
Jackson Elementary
1/9/15: Jackson Elementary students' art on display in 3 locations around town
1/16/15: 2 photos from Jackson Elementary's 'Garden' musical Jan. 15
2/9/15: Scholarship fund starts in memory of long-time Jackson staffer
Midland Elementary
7/15/15: Food or no food, Midland Elementary garden will be a learning experience for students
Other than District 11
8/23/15: Enrollment up, Mountain Song School quests for smoother path in 3rd year
West Campus
2/16/15: 4 math-inclined West Middle Schoolers make video for competition, hope people will vote for it
2/21/15: Service club, neighboring church step up to fill needs at West Campus
4/3/15: Judy Hawkins, first principal of 'West Campus,' to retire after current school year
5/11/15: Long-time Westside school secretary Karon Burch leaves behind a cheerful legacy... and a customized desk
7/13/15: New West Campus principal: 'It's a privilege to be in this role'
10/30/15: WWII veteran to speak at West Campus Veterans Day assembly; public invited
11/15/15: Photo essay: West Campus' Veterans Day assembly spotlights two who served in World War II

Transportation
General
4/12/15: New creek trail through Westside part of $42M-$118M regional nonmotorized proposal
7/9/15: Contract for bike/pedestrian bridge over Fountain Creek beside 31st Street
9/2/15: Proposal for West Cucharras 'bicycle boulevard' at public meeting Sept. 10
9/15/15: Public can comment on draft Regional Transportation Plan through Oct. 9
11/23/15: New bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Fountain Creek at 31st Street opens
Cimarron/I-25
2/5/15: Demolition northwest of Cimarron/I-25 preparing for interchange project later in year
2/26/15: Contractor selection announced for Cimarron/I-25; $116 million project could start before April
4/17/15: Preliminary work starts on Cimarron interchange; no major I-25 impacts seen till 2016
5/18/15: Cimarron/I-25 contractor to host open house May 26 at City Auditorium
5/29/15: Cimarron/I-25 project plans revealed; relatively minimal traffic impacts foreseen
6/8/15: Proof that history doesn't die - I-25 and its local interchanges date back to 1960
7/9/15: Midland Trail underpass to ATB Park to close permanently; interchange-related detour to begin
8/31/15: Major earthwork getting started for Cimarron/I-25 interchange project
10/5/15: Cimarron/I25 interchange project busy with workers, equipment in several locations
11/6/15: 7-hour Cimarron-to-Nevada closure of I-25 scheduled night of Nov. 14
3/10/15: State plans 'shortcut' easing 8th & Cimarron traffic as part of interchange project
11/20/15: Interchange work: overnight closures (Fillmore), Bear Creek Trail reopens (Cimarron)
Fillmore/I-25
1/15/15: This time they really mean it - Fillmore/I-25 project about to start
2/7/15: Fillmore/I-25 interchange project begins affecting motorists
4/15/15: Major construction milestones coming up in Fillmore/I-25 interchange replacement project
7/2/15: Fillmore/I-25 to close overnight July 9 and 12 for south-bridge girder placement
7/10/15: Plan change: Fillmore/I-25 to close overnight July 12 and 13 for girder work
7/14/15: Photo essay: Night life at the Fillmore interchange - how those 90-ton girders got installed
7/30/15: South-bridge deck pour to close Fillmore Street, I-25 at interchange Aug. 4
8/5/15: Photo essay: Pouring the deck for the Fillmore/I-25 interchange's new south bridge
8/19/15: Grade realignments to close Fillmore at I-25 interchange for two weekends
8/25/15: Photo essay: What happened while the Fillmore/I-25 bridge was closed Aug. 21-24
8/31/15: South bridge to open at Fillmore/I-25; old bridge to be sawed lengthwise starting Sept. 10
9/11/15: Photo essay: Cutting the old Fillmore bridge down to size - Phase 1
9/17/15: Photo essay: Cutting the old Fillmore bridge down to size - Phase 2
11/6/15: Interchange project means no more left turns from/to Sinton Road at Fillmore
12/3/15: Photo essay: New north bridge at Fillmore/I-25 takes form with girder placements
12/19/15: Bridge deck pour to close Fillmore, I-25 at interchange overnight Dec. 22
12/22/15: OCC History Center closed for holidays, to reopen Jan. 6
Major Roads
3/12/15: Powers Boulevard usurps West Uintah Street in city transportation priorities
4/13/15: Colorado Avenue repairs west of 31st prelude to major 'Gateway Project'
5/1/15: Flash-flood protocol change may mean fewer Ute Pass closures this summer
5/12/15: Project upgrades concrete along King Street; paving work scheduled in 2016
6/13/15: City Streets plans night work to fix potholes on 30th south of GoG Road
6/15/15: Where are city tunnel fixes? Upper part of Gold Camp Road, except 'Lower'
7/29/15: Bridge work to cause delays on Colorado Avenue near I-25 July 30-31
8/3/15: 26th Street latest major Westside roadway to get prepped for overlay
8/3/15: Passenger in left-turning car dies in Aug. 2 accident at 31st Street and Highway 24
8/11/15: Hole in bridge over Douglas Creek closes Chestnut Street both ways
8/11/15: Hole in bridge closes Chestnut Street - $500K approved to start repair effort; interim drainage-control work begins
8/18/15: Overlay on 31st-to-24 avenue segment prelude to coming major project
9/9/15: City Engineering: Chestnut Street bridge rebuild could take a year
9/30/15: City primed for Old Colorado City with 2-lane avenue, bike lanes, reverse diagonal parking
10/2/15: City sets open house Oct. 8 on plans to replace closed-off Chestnut Street bridge
10/9/15: Public asked for feedback on 4 alternatives to replace Chestnut Street bridge
11/12/15: City chooses arched culvert design for replacement of closed Chestnut Street bridge
Transit
1/21/15: Transit proposal includes changes to Routes 2, 4 & 14 through Westside; meetings scheduled
4/1/15: City Transit changes: Saturday service, detour for Route 4; shorter ride for Route 14
12/2/15: 6 new Mountain Metro buses; signal on back could lead to city 'yield' law