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.
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.
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: SizeUpCOS, COSopenforbiz and RISE Southeast COS.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 13, 2020
Jonathan Liebert, CEO Better Business Bureau Southern Colorado, and Adah Rodriguez, VP of Development and Operations, talk about COVID -19's impact on small businesses, COVID - 19 Contact tracing scams and more.
August 12, 2020
Michelle Peulen with C-DOT talks about the ramp metering project on I-25, seat belt campaign and more.
August 11, 2020
Matt Mayberry, City of Colorado Springs cultural services manager and Pioneers Museum director, and Jamie Fabos, City of Colorado Springs chief communications officer, talk about the City’s 150th Anniversary (or Sesquicentennial) happening on July 31, 2021, and how you can help celebrate all year long. Learn more here.
August 10, 2020
Doug Price with Visit COS and Austin Lawhorn of The North Pole Santa’s Workshop talk about what the North Pole is doing as they reopen. More info here.
August 6, 2020
On Thursday's "Extra" show, host Shannon Brinias talked about the Backpack Bash initiative, in which 10,000 backpacks filled with donated school supplies are being distributed to children in need across the Pikes Peak Region. The Backpack Bash is part of the Pikes Peak United Way's Colorado Springs Promise program. Shannon was joined by program director, Elizabeth Quevedo. While donations have been collected, there are still ways to volunteer for this effort. If interested, listeners can go to ppunitedway.org. If families are interested in receiving a backpack for their child, the final distributions will take place from Aug. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the following locations:
- Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road
- Tri-Lakes YMCA, 17250 Jackson Creek Pkwy in Monument
July 21, 2020
On KRDO Newsradio's "The Extra" on Tuesday, host Shannon Brinias spoke to local experts on how to care of children during the Covid-19 pandemic, as families and children deal with stressors associated with social distancing, business/school closures and other major changes. Lee Oesterle, Executive Director of Kids Crossing, a local non-profit placement agency, and Jenni Swogger, Assistant Mgr. for Kinship and Foster Care with El Paso County Department of Human Services were the guests. If you'd like more information, visit KidsCrossing.com; elpasoco.com. To report a suspected incident of child abuse or neglect, call the hotline: 1-844-CO4KIDS
July 16, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" on Thursday, host Shannon Brinias spoke to Rachel Beck, VP of Government Affairs for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce about legislative actions and initiatives that have great impact on businesses throughout the region. She will be a special guest of the Chamber's "Chamber Connect" Zoom event that they are holding, available to members at no charge. The Chamber's Nora Hardin, SVP of Membership, also talked about other opportunities available through the Chamber. More information can be found here: coloradospringschamberedc.com/.
July 15, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", CDOT Region 2 Communications Manager Michelle Peulen joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about important safety campaigns, a new service starting back up, and improvement projects on state highways. For more information on the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, you can view the news release here: clickitorticket-news , and for information regarding properly restraining children travelling in cars, click this link: carseatscolorado/. If you'd like information about Bustang service, go here: codot.gov/travel/bustang.
July 14, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias talked about the Girl Scouts' Gold Award with Ellie Schueler, one of the 44 young Colorado women earning Gold Awards in 2020, and Katie LoDolce, Girl Scouts of Colorado Highest Awards Manager. To find out more about Schueler's Gold Award project, click on the link here: Telling Our Story: Defining the Patty Jewett Neighborhood/. To find out more about Girl Scouts and the Gold Award, click this link here: GScoblog.org/.
July 13, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", we spoke to Alexea Veneracion, Communications Manager for Visit COS, and Aaron Winter, of the Flying W Ranch, on the weekend's reopening of the Flying W, an iconic special event attraction that was destroyed in the Waldo Canyon Fire June 26th, 2012. The Flying W Ranch originally was slated to reopen prior to Memorial Day weekend, but the Covid-19 pandemic delayed those plans. Under health department guidance, the Ranch has redesigned its dining and event space to have social distancing. More information can be found at www.FlyingW.com.
July 8, 2020
Enrollment for Colorado Springs School District 11 is open for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, although coronavirus concerns and health guidance are still being considered to provide for student and staff safety. On Wednesday's "The Extra", we discussed the adjustments being made and how the district is planning ahead with Superintendent Dr. Michael Thomas and Director of Communications Devra Ashby. More information can be found at d11.org. They're encouraging families to take part in an online survey to offer feedback on health safety issues.
July 1, 2020
Dirk Draper, President of the Chamber and Rachel Beck, VP of Government Affairs talk about what the Chamber does, the Regional Recovery Council, recaps of what is going on the Legislature, and more.
June 30, 2020
Scott Jenkins, Area Director of Collections and Mark Snedecor, Area Director of Recycling with Waste Management talk about how COVID-19 has changed their operations and more.
June 29, 2020
Jackie Walls with the Western Museum of Mining and Industry talks about all that you can experience at the museum and the Western Saloon Night fundraiser on August 1st from 6 to 9 pm. Find out more by clicking here.
June 25, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias and Mayor John Suthers discussed topics of importance in Colorado Springs, such as the city's response to the Black Lives Matter protests; Covid-19 crisis impacts; return of the tourist industry; and affordable housing.
June 22, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", our guest was El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, discussing how to conduct business with the county, such as renewing driver's licenses or license plates, or obtaining a marriage license in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Online appointments can be set by visiting epcdrives.com or online services are available at mydmv.colorado.gov. To handle appointment loads, the EPCAR has new Saturday Hours at 2 Office Locations, 8 am – 5 pm, Southeast Powers & North and Union Town Center Branch. For questions, you can call the EPCAR phone bank at 719-520-6240. We also talked about the impact of changes on the 2020 Primary Election. Ballots were mailed out 2 weeks ago, and are due back /must be received by 7 p.m. June 30th. Monday, June 22nd, is the deadline to put them in the USPS mail to arrive by the deadline. A number of drop boxes and service centers are available throughout the county to facilitate voting and receiving ballots. For more information, Visit epcvotes.com or call 719-575-VOTE (8683) for questions.
June 17, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", we showcased how local farmers and ranchers are working to preserve their land and water resources, and their way of life, and how the partnership that exists between them and the Palmer Land Trust. The Trust is dedicated to accelerating the pace of land and water conservation in Southern Colorado. Guests Ed Roberson, Conservation Director, Palmer Land Trust and Chuck Hanagan, owner of Hanagan Farms, near Swink, Colorado, shared their experiences and how they're dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, continuing to provide services and produce to Coloradans. They encouraged listeners to find out more, and check out their farmstands in Swink and at local Farmers' Markets. More information can be found at palmerlandtrust.org and hanaganfarms.com.