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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 30, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", Mayor John Suthers joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the coronavirus pandemic, responses at the local, state and federal level, the recent change to Level Red on the Covid-19 state dial, the advancement of Colorado Springs as a finalist location for U.S. Space Command, and a host of other topics.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 25, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias chatted with Laurel Prud'homme, Vice President of Communications for Downtown Partnership about planning for the critical holiday shopping season by supporting small businesses.   They also talked about: 

  • Black Friday is for small retailers, too
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Artists Sunday
  • How to dine outdoors!
  •        Holidays with my Gnomies program – scavenger hunt, QR code shopping, adventure packages & a Holiday stroll, December 9, 4-8 p.m. 

More information can be found at  downtowncs.com/skate and downtowncs.com/holiday

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 23, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by two co-owners who've established a new neighborhood market that's hoping to fill a void identified by business leaders in Colorado Springs' downtown core as  a lack of access to food products and fresh produce.  Stacey Poore and Aubrey Day say the products they purvey actually represent a domino effect of other local businesses that benefit when people "shop local" i.e. growers, distillers, winemakers, bakers, etc.  The ability to bring downtown dwellers and visitors such items enhances the livability of the downtown core. Their Bread & Butter Neighborhood Market can be found at 602 S. Nevada Avenue.  More information can be found at breadandbuttermarket.com.  The market is open daily 7am-7 pm, with slightly more limited hours for liquor sales. 
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 19, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020
Three-and-a-half trillion dollars.  That's how much e-retailing generated in 2019, and by the year 2023, online sales are expected to account for 22% of all purchases worldwide.  Adah Rodriguez and Paul Myers-Bennett of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado joined host Shannon Brinias on Thursday's "The Extra" to talk about the next frontier in online retailing, and how to spot and protect yourself from online purchase scams.  The guests also discussed their new BBB Business Impact Report, and how listeners can see more of their findings.  For that report and more information, visit bbb.org
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 18, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Aidan Ryan, Communications and Marketing manager for the Colorado Springs Airport, to discuss exciting developments at the airport, newly branded "Colorado's Small Airport."  Ryan talked about the arrival of Southwest Airlines to the southern Colorado market, and what's expected to happen in mid-March, when Southwest begins flights.  She also talked about a holiday parking promotion to bring another cost-conscious reason for travelers to choose COS.  While it's been a discouraging year for airline-related businesses due to the pandemic, with numbers depressed, Ryan talked about how the Colorado Springs Airport offers a more-distanced alternative. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 17, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020
For more than 50 years, the organization Silver Key has been serving seniors, by ensuring they have the choice of safely and healthy aging with independence and dignity.  On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Derek Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer, and Dayton Romero, Director of Services and Wellness, to talk about the many programs and services offered, such as the food pantry, delivered meals, guardianship and counseling services, the 5 Wishes initiative, the Silver Key Friends Thrift Shop, and the V.E.T.S. program.  For more information, visit SilverKey.org.
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 16, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", guests Rachel Beck, VP of Governmental Affairs; and Cecilia Harry, Chief Economic Development Officer with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss initiatives, the business response to election results and how the Chamber's facilitating business responses to the pandemic. More information about the Chamber of Commerce & EDC, and its Regional Recovery Council (in partnership with El Paso County Public Health) , and its Call to Action to businesses to encourage employees to telecommute can  be found here:  coloradospringschamberedc.com
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 12, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 12, 2020

November 13, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", Michelle Puelen, Communications Manager for Region 2, CDOT, joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the many projects that are underway around the region to help improve safety and traffic flow.  For more project information, go to codot.gov.  To get travel information, go to cotrip.org
  • MAMSIP - CO 94 work and I-25 paving
  • I-25 Ramp metering in Colorado Springs
  • I-25 South Gap Project
  • I-25 Cable Barrier project between Pueblo and Colorado Springs
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 11, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 11, 2020

November 11, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", the discussion focused on how to navigate the stressors of the holiday season, while also leaving yourself open to improving family relations.  Hilary Bridges and Sarah Bailey from Kids Crossing joined host Shannon Brinias, discussing some of the resources offered to help support foster families through their placement and counseling services.  Bridges and Bailey encouraged anyone listening who thinks they might be interested in becoming foster parents to contact them to learn about the process.  The clinic services are available to ALL families on Medicaid throughout the Pikes Peak region, not just those who are foster parents.  For more information, go to   kidscrossing.com. or call  (719) 632-4569 and ask for Sarah Bailey.  Kids Crossing is also appealing to listeners to take part in their Virtual Giving Tree as a way of making the holidays better for children in foster care.  More information can be found at the group's website  kidscrossing.com
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 9, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 9, 2020

November 9, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" Monday, host Shannon Brinias discussed the impending addition of Southwest Airlines flights in and out of Colorado Springs Airport, set to start March 11th, 2021.  Guests Bernadette Maisel, Senior Director of Program Initiatives at the Space Foundation, and Doug Price, CEO of VisitCOS talked about the details of the deal, how it will impact the region, the new options local travelers will have, and what this says about the momentum of the region as a tourist attraction, especially to locales like the Space Foundation's Discovery Center, not just post-pandemic, but throughout the pandemic as well.  More information can be found at visitcos.com , discoverspace.org and coloradopsprings.gov/flycos
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 4, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 4, 2020

November 4, 2020
On Thursday, November 12th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. we will be hosting a Medicare Hotline sponsored by Optum Colorado Springs, to answer your questions about Medicare Annual Enrollment period.  For "The Extra", we are joined by Dr. Kendra Robison, one of the Medical Directors with Optum Colorado Springs to talk about why it's so important to address your coverage. More information at cosprings.optum.com
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 2, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020

On KRDO's "The Extra", we're counting down to Election Day 2020 by talking to El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.  Broerman shared information on the 35 Voter Service and Polling Centers that are open, and the services provided like registering to vote or updating voter records, voting on an ADA Ballot Marking Device or getting a replacement ballot.  He also urged voters to go early to drop off ballots or seek services in-person, due to the volume of voters expected on November 3rd.  So far, Broerman reports about 300,000 of El Paso County's registered voters have returned ballots, a trend which looks to easily eclipse to the turnout in 2016 of roughly 327,000 voters.  He projects final election turnout will hit 375K.  

  • Don’t forget to sign the back of your ballot envelope
  • All ballots due by 7:00 pm, Election Day.  Postmarks do not count.
  • Visit epcvotes.com or call 719-575-VOTE (8683) for questions

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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 29, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss a wide variety of issues facing the city and region.  They spoke about the rising coronavirus numbers and the potential that state epidemiologists may recommend further limits on public activities.  Mayor Suthers urged voters to pass Measure 2A which will prevent the ratcheting down of future years' budgets due to lower tax revenues in 2020.  Mayor Suthers also discussed the important economic news involving Southwest Airlines starting flights in and out of Colorado Springs Airport and efforts to be chosen as the permanent home of U.S. Space Command. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 28, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" on Wednesday, guest Laurel Prud'homme, Vice President of Communications for Downtown Partnership shared how the organization is working to boost downtown experiences with retailers, restaurants and other small businesses that want to attract visitors through the winter months and the all-important holiday season.  Prud'homme talked about the changes coming for "Skate in the Park", the ice rink set to take shape downtown and the covid 19 prevention methods that are being employed to keep skaters safe.  Advance ticket purchase is required.  She also told listeners about other fun activities like "Holidays with my Gnomies", a scavenger-type event, pop-up shopping and the "Holiday Stroll".  More information can be found at DowntownCS.comDowntownCS.com/holiday and DowntownCS.com/skate
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 27, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" Tuesday, host Shannon Brinias discussed the newest Covid-19 resurgence which has put El Paso County on the brink of seeing variances under the "Safer at Home" restrictions be more severely limited.  Guests Dr. Robin Johnson, Medical Director, El Paso County Department of Public Health; and Dirk Draper, CEO, Chamber of Commerce & EDC, discussed mitigation plans to slow the spread of coronavirus and how businesses need to be considering moving more employees back to telework options.  More information and resources can be found at Chamberedc.com/telecommuting-toolkit and elpasocountyhealth.org.   
 
GRIT in the Time of COVID - The Extra with Ted Robertson - Kathryn Dosch/Lori Jarvis - October 21, 2020

GRIT in the Time of COVID - The Extra with Ted Robertson - Kathryn Dosch/Lori Jarvis - October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020

G.R.I.T. in the Time of COVID
*FREE* On-Line Resiliency Training
www.LetsTalkGrit.com

According to a study done in August 2020 by the Colorado Health Foundation, 53 percent of Coloradoans surveyed reported increased mental health strain, like depression, anxiety or loneliness, due to COVID-19.  While our community might be positioned for a strong economic recovery, how are we managing our mental health to ensure we come out stronger on the other side of the pandemic?  

Kathryn Dosch, Director, Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic UCCS, and Lori Jarvis, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness, joined us on The Extra to share information about "GRIT", or, a Greater Resiliency Information Toolkit.  

Listen Now to Learn How You Can Gain from GRIT!

Venetucci Farm’s Legacy Preserved and Carried On - The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - October 20, 2020

Venetucci Farm’s Legacy Preserved and Carried On - The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

For more than 50 years, Venetucci Farm has given away free pumpkins to children across the region. Even with the challenges we have faced in 2020, Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Catamount Institute are partnering to ensure they deliver on the longstanding legacy of Nick and Bambi Venetucci. In this edition of The Extra, talking about the 2020 pumpkin giveaway,  its educational and historical components, Sam Clark, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s Real Estate Foundation, and Chris Aaby (OH-bee), Executive Director, Catamount Institute.

Learn More About Bambi Venetucci and Dammi La Mano

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The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - Arts in the Time of COVID - October 19, 2020

The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - Arts in the Time of COVID - October 19, 2020

October 20, 2020

Joining us for this edition of The Extra with information on how the arts are engaging creatively during this moment, are Daisy McGowan, Director and Chief Curator of the Galleries of Contemporary Art and Caitlin Lowans, Artistic Director for Theatreworks Colorado Springs.

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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 12, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 12, 2020

October 15, 2020
An American journalist and her mother were murdered in Turkey, but a quick investigation and prosecution led to a conclusion of domestic violence that some have questioned.  Moreover, questions have been raised as to why the U.S. didn't investigate the case?  The slayings of Halla Barakat, 24, and her mother Orouba, 62, an activist fierce critical of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, held similarities to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  Recently, a United Nations official tasked with investigating extrajudicial killings expressed interest in further investigating the Barakat murders.  The murders have been the subject of a  new co-investigation by ABC News and  Reveal from the Center for Investigative reporting.  Extra host Shannon Brinias discussed the case with lead reporter Fariba Nawa from her base in Istanbul.  "Justice for Halla" aired on ABC' Nightline and is reported in podcast form.  To listen to the podcast of the ABC/Reveal report, click here for Reveal link.  For further information on the investigation on the ABC News website, click here
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 14, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", representatives of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Southern Colorado joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about political-based scams that may have crooks masquerading as legitimate candidates, campaigns or social-activist groups calling or texting potential victims.  VP of Development and Operations Adah Rodriguez and Quality Assurance Coordinator Alexxis Barton also discussed Amazon Prime Day scams, robocalls, password safety, cyber security, and the BBB's upcoming 26th Annual Night of Excellence on October 22nd from 4pm to 6pm.  The event this year is free and virtual, as the organization honors a half dozen outstanding area businesses. More information can be found at bbbsc.org.  For more information about reporting scams, you can go to BBB.org/ScamTracker or IC3.gov/Complaint.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 13, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", guest Rachel Beck, VP of Governmental Affairs with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss the upcoming election and ballot measures and propositions voters will be deciding in 2020.  Beck discussed the Chamber's positions on Proposition 118 on Paid Medical Leave and much more.  More information about the Chamber's positions can be found at Chamber's 2020 Ballot Guide and more information about the Chamber of Commerce & EDC can be found here:  coloradospringschamberedc.com
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 12, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", we brought attention to an important collaboration just announced in conjunction with Arts Month 2020.  It's the Avenue Creative Circuit, a new joint effort designed to bring attention to the "circuit" of arts offerings in three main geographical areas:  Downtown Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.  This Creative Circuit represents our region's highest concentration of historic and creative experiences -- museums, galleries, boutiques, businesses, public art and more.  The Circuit will be a tool to help creatives and entrepreneurs, residents and visitors work together to create a new heritage.  Guests Claire Swinford, Director of Urban Engagement for the Downtown Partnership, and Doug Price, CEO and Executive Director for VisitCOS chatted with host Shannon Brinias about the joint effort, and the Circuit's Solidarity Mobile Mural Project.  More information can be found at creativecircuit.org.  You can also find out all about Arts Month by going to ArtsOctober.com brought to you by Peak Radar.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 8, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 8, 2020

October 8, 2020

On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by CDOT's Region 3 Communications Manager Michelle Peulen and Safety Communications Manager Sam Cole, discussing a number of safety initiatives as well as new and continuing projects in southeast Colorado.  Cole spoke about a rise in highway fatalities in El Paso County, and the need to drive more safely through motorcycle awareness, ending distracted driving and knowing the danger of driving while high on marijuana.  Peulen gave updates on projects such as ramp meters on I-25, the Highway 50 Purcell Interchange project in Pueblo West, the I-25 Gap Project, Highway 24 construction and the impending start of the Highway 94 improvement project, also known as MAMSIP.  More information can be found at codot.gov/news

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 7, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020

On Wednesday's "The Extra", the discussion focused on Arts Month 2020, with guest Andy Vick, Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), showcasing organizations and individuals in El Paso and Teller Counties.  Vick described the new Arts Month website, at ArtsOctober.com.  October is segmented into 4 Theme Weeks:

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 6, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 6, 2020

October 6, 2020

During this global health crisis, humor can be a way of boosting immunity by elevating your mood, a topic explored on Tuesday's "The Extra".  Humor has been found to have short-term and long-term health benefits, such as: stimulation of organs via enhanced intake of oxygen during laughter; increased release of endorphins; lowered heart rate and blood pressure; release of stress-fighting neuropeptides; and easing of depression symptoms.  Host Shannon Brinias and her guest Bill Stainton discussed strategies for utilizing humor as a coping mechanism, as well as the need for people to apply innovative thinking to their everyday lives.  Stainton is a Certified Professional Speaker inducted into the speakers' association Hall of Fame, as well as a 29-time Emmy Award winner for "Almost Live", a weekly comedy show.  Stainton writes a frequent blog discussing these topics.  More information can be found at BillStainton.com.  

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 5, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", we discussed World Habitat Day with Kris Medina, CEO and Executive Director of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.  World Habitat Day was designated more than 30 years ago by the United Nations General Assembly to draw attention to the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live and the promotion of recognizing the basic right of everyone to adequate shelter.  Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity relies on the efforts of volunteers, donors and the operation of its ReStore for its programs helping to advocate homeownership and affordable housing.  It also just announced a second ReStore in northeast Colorado Springs.  More information can be found at PikesPeakHabitat.org
The Extra with Shannon Brinias -October 1, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias -October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020

On today's "The Extra", we’re talking to CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, a local nonprofit that works to advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect. Child abuse was already a crisis before the pandemic, and now it’s an even bigger crisis. This morning, we’re going to be touch on how CASA helps kids, how COVID-19 has affected their mission, and what community members can do to pitch in.  Our guests are  Angela Rose who is the Executive Director of our local CASA Program and Howard Black who is on the Board of Directors at CASA, previously the Public Information Officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department.  More information at casappr.org.  More information about their virtual informational classes for volunteers can be found at this link.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 30, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

On KRDO's "The Extra" on Wednesday, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the upcoming Election 2020.  He described how ballots will be mailed October 9th, and early returns of ballots will enable his office to receive them and reduce the time for tabulation needed on Election Day.  He says once a registered voter receives their ballot, they can begin researching candidates, measures and issues.  In El Paso County, there are, in addition to the Presidential race, eleven statewide measures and thirteen local measures and issues depending on which precinct you reside in.  Ballots must be received by election offices or in any of the 37 drop boxes located around the county by 7 p.m. on November 3rd, Election Day 2020.  For more information, govotecolorado.org and epcvotes.com are good sources of information.  You can also call  719-575-8683.  To follow your ballot, you can access a service with real-time information at colorado.ballottrax.  

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 29, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 29, 2020

September 29, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" on Tuesday, Optum Medical Director Dr. Kern Low joined host shannon Brinias to discuss the importance of flu vaccinations.  Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.  Optum is offering flu vaccinations with in-person appointments at all of their sites and drive-up vaccinations by appointment at select locations, including the Briargate location off of Research Parkway and their southwest location off of Tenderfoot Hill Street.  To schedule a flu vaccination with Optum, please call 719-522-1133 or visit cosprings.optum.com. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 28, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 28, 2020

September 28, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", the show focused on the transformations brought by the group "Kids on Bikes", an organization founded in 2005 to provide access to bikes, opportunities to ride, and education and empowerment to children throughout Colorado Springs.  Executive Director Daniel Byrd and volunteer Jessica Verplank discussed the important work that's being done so that kids can lead happy, healthy and active lives through bicycling.  There are bike camp programs, after-school programs and an "Earn a Bike" program, as well as much more.  Byrd shared how the group has moved into a new space at 2222 Bott Ave. in Colorado Springs, which they share with Mountain Equipment Recyclers. More information about the program can be found at KidsonBikes.net
or by emailing pedalstation@kidsonbikes.net.  You can learn more about Mountain Equipment Recyclers at merecyclers.com
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 24, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

On KRDO's "The Extra" Thursday, our topic was the Fountain Creek watershed.  The watershed is a crown jewel for our region - with its diverse wildlife, abundant recreational opportunities, and as an economic driver.

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District is the governmental agency charged with managing this 927 square-mile footprint of land and water from Palmer Lake to Pueblo.  Guests Bill Banks and Alli Schuchs, the district's Executive Director and Outreach Coordinator respectively, joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about how the watershed works, what the District does to maintain and improve it, and the upcoming Creek Week Cleanup to get volunteers involved in this important work.  More information can be found at fountain-crk.com and Fountain Creek Week.  

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 23, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

On KRDO's "The Extra" on Wednesday, CEO Lynne Telford of Care and Share Food Bank of Colorado joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the pandemic's impact on the non-profit's services and how many it served.  Care and Share also is planning a new food pantry in east Pueblo that will be called Sunny Side Market, occupying a spot near a closed Safeway, to provide more access to food distribution for those in need in the Pueblo area.  More information can be found at CareandShare.org and Sunny Side Market Pueblo

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 22, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

Neighborhoods are the backbone of driving the growth and energy of Colorado Springs.  One area of the city that is seeing enhancements and investment is Southeast Colorado Springs. From a new Amazon distribution center to the development of Panorama Park, activity abounds on the southeast quadrant of the city.  The progress is spearheaded by individuals, developers, government agencies and community groups, all playing a role in creating economic opportunity and community empowerment throughout the southeast.  On Tuesday's "The Extra", guests Yemi Mobolade, small business development administrator of the City of Colorado Springs; Darsey Nicklasson, developer of Mosaica (artist rendering shown), a new planned multi-family community; and Joyce Salazar, community outreach coordinator with RISE Coalition joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the initiatives.   More information can be found at:  SizeUpCOSCOSopenforbiz and RISE Southeast COS. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 21, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020
Tuesday on KRDO News Radio's "The Extra", it was a return to the airwaves for former KRDO News Anchor Jon Karroll, now the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator with non-profit Special Kids Special Families.  Jon and colleague Sandra Dunlap joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss the mission of SKSF, and how its various programs offer community support services to families and are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities throughout their life span.  SKSF was founded to provide respite and specialized care for children with disabilities and special needs.  Now, it also provides foster care placement services, and a variety of other programs.  Sandra discussed an upcoming opportunity on Tues., Oct. 6th, to discuss training for becoming a foster parent; meanwhile, Jon talked about an upcoming fundraiser, the organization's 9th Annual Night of Comedy on Saturday, October 10th from 6p-7:30p.  This year, the event will be a virtual event, with remote viewing of Comedian Steve Mazan's performance, with a live silent auction taking place among viewers.   More information can be found at YouTube.com/sksfcolorado and sksfcolorado.org/event.  If you'd like information about foster care, call Sandra at  (719) 447-8983. 
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 15, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra", lawyer Catherine Hammond discussed the "7 Deadly Mistakes People Make in Estate Planning."  Hammond is the founder of the Hammond Law Group, specializing in estate planning, probate, trust administration and Medicaid planning.  More information can be found at Colorado Estate Plan .   Hammond Law Group offers free webinars and workshops to educate the public about estate planning. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 14, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

On Monday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias and guests discussed the construction progress of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex, a 38,000-square-foot complex which will include a newly designed and constructed Summit Visitor Center including a mechanical space and the Colorado Springs Utilities communications facility. The U.S. Army is also constructing a new High-Altitude Research Laboratory, which they will fund. The existing Summit House, constructed in 1963, will remain fully operational to visitors throughout the construction process. The new Summit Visitor Center, designed by local firm RTA Architects in partnership with GWWO Architects of Baltimore, is being constructed by local contractor GE Johnson.  It will offer sweeping views and feature digitally interactive displays focused on the history of Pikes Peak.  Guests on the show are Stuart Coppedge, lead architect for the Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project with RTA Architects, and Sandy Elliott, Operations Administrator for Pikes Peak – America's Mountain.  They discussed  the project status, what visitors can expect next year,  how this project will be more sustainable, the Living Building Challenge, project funding and several ways to get involved in giving to the summit.  (Rendering below provided by RTA Architects/ GWWO Architects)  More information can be found at:    Pikes Peak Summit Complex project and Give to Pikes Peak .

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 10, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", Colorado Department of Transportation's communications representatives Bob Wilson and Michelle Peulen joined host Shannon Brinias to share the latest updates on progress on the I-25 Gap Project.  They also discussed winter driving safety and the ongoing Ramp Metering project adding lights to on-ramps on I-25 northbound and southbound through Colorado Springs.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 9, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

As if fearing the health-related consequences of the COVID-19 was not enough, there’s also a fair amount of financial uncertainty related to recession and an unstable economy. People all across the United States are wondering how they’ll pay their bills and make ends meet.  On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias talked with guestsPaul Meyers Bennett, VP of Marketing; and Adah Rodriguez, VP of Development and Operations with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado about Student Loan Scams, a Tracking Code Trick and the BBB’s Night of Excellence.  More info at bbb.org/local-bbb/bbb-of-southern-colorado.  

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 8, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", discussion focused on the ongoing efforts to provide support to Pikes Peak region restaurants as they seek creative, innovative ways to deal with increased safety regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic.  VisitCOS' Doug Price was joined by additional guests: Greg Howard, Owner of Slinger’s Smokehouse & Saloon and President of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Colorado Restaurant Association; and Ari Howard, Owner and Operator of Streetcar 520.  More information can be found at VisitCOS.com, Slingersmokehouse Colorado Restaurant BingoPatty Jewett Bar & GrillStreetcar 520
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 3, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 3, 2020

September 3, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias and guest Jim Reid, Regional Director of the Office of Emergency Management, spoke about the need for people to make emergency plans and create emergency kits to help tide them over in case of a disaster, natural or human-caused.  More information can be found at pproem.com and ready.gov.  To sign up for text alerts regarding emergencies, go to elpasoteller911.org
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 2, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 2, 2020

September 2, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", we spoke to Kayah Swanson, Director of Public Relations & Marketing for the Pikes Peak Library District, about the many resources available through the PPLD for families whose children are involved in online learning.  Study guides have been created and are available for parents overseeing lessons, while homeschool families can also find resources.  More information can be found herehere & here.  For general information about the library, go to ppld.org
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 1, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias spoke with Cecilia Harry, Chief Economic Development Officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.  She shared details of membership benefits, the Chamber's new SizeUp tool and how economic development information is provided to companies looking to relocate to the Pikes Peak region.  More information can be found at here
The Extra with Shannon Brinias -August 31, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias -August 31, 2020

September 1, 2020

On Monday's "The Extra", Dr. Geoffrey Lim, a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs fellowship-trained surgeon with Optum, joined host "Shannon Brinias" to debunk a number of skin care myths and bring about understanding of best practices in how we care for our skin.  For instance, did you know allowing a wound to "breathe" is not the best way to care for a cut?  Listen to learn more of the debunked myths. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias -August 27, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias -August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra", Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers joined host Shannon Brinias discussing the projections for sales tax revenues during the Covid-19 pandemic, how airport project development is doing, how the city has utilized Cares Act funding that's been distributed, and how the TABOR measure facing voters in November, if passed, would help prevent drastic impacts in 2021. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 26, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 26, 2020

August 26, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" Wednesday, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about how his office is encouraging citizens to prepare for the election, correcting misinformation, protecting against voter fraud, warning citizens against ballot harvesting and sharing best practices as part of the Covid-19 national debate.  To prepare to vote in the upcoming election, you should:  
  • Check your voter registration at www.Govotecolorado.gov
  • Make sure information is up-to-date or change your address
  • Register to vote
More information can be found at GoVoteColorado.gov or epcvotes.com; or call  719-575-VOTE (8683) for questions
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 25, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 25, 2020

August 25, 2020

Many parents are wondering how to keep their kids connected, despite fears over COVID-19.  As local school districts work on the best options for each of the areas they serve, which include in-person learning for younger students or hybrid or remote-only options, most after-school clubs, sports, and other extra-curricular activities have been postponed—at least for now. But, not Girl Scouts!   The organization has taken this crisis and turned it into an opportunity to offer innovative and safe ways for girls to make new friends and learn life skills.  Host Shannon Brinias was joined on "The Extra" Tuesday by Girl Scouts of Colorado's Katie Singleton, Chief Membership and Program Officer, and Emily Speck, Mission Delivery Manager.  More information can be found at girlscoutsofcolorado.org

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 24, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

On "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias crunched the numbers with economist Chris Salviati of ApartmentList.com after the release of the company's rental growth report, and what it shows about the trends in Colorado Springs, where rents are up 0.7% since start of the pandemic.  Rental rates have grown 2.1% year-to-year, with the median rental cost of a 2BR apartment at $1,285 per month.  This contrasts to the national trend and the trend across Colorado as a whole, which have been mostly flat due to the coronavirus pandemic.  You can listen to the podcast, plus read the full report at  apartmentlist.com/rent-report. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 20, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

On Thursday's "The Extra", the show focused on the "Art on the Streets" program coordinated by the Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with artists and sponsored by US Bank and Norwood.  Guests Claire Swinford, Downtown Partnership's Director of Community Engagement and Gregg Phillips, contributing artist, joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about how to enjoy the artworks, and why they're so important in elevating community engagement.  More information can be found at downtowncs.com/live/aots, and greggdeal.com

The Extra with Andrew Rogers - August 19, 2020

The Extra with Andrew Rogers - August 19, 2020

August 19, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", guests spoke about "Curbside Culture", a program to bring the arts to your neighborhood in a way that's socially safe in this pandemic time.  Guests talking about the program were Andy Vick, Executive Director, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region; Mistia Fallon, Director, with Dragonfly Aerial Company; and Jordan McHenry, Executive Director of  Colorado Springs Dance Theatre.  For more information, click on this link
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 18, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020
On KRDO News Radio's "The Extra" Tuesday, host Shannon Brinias was joined by Colorado Springs Airport's Director of Aviation Greg Phillips, talking about the positioning of "Colorado's Small Airport" as a preferred travel option.  Phillips also talked about growth and new development at the airport and surrounding area.