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.
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.
Monday on KRDO's "The Extra", we marked June 15th as Global Elder Abuse Awareness Day, by talking to El Paso County Department of Human Services' Aric Bidwell, Adult and Family Services Manager, and Dayton Romero, with Silver Key Senior Services and with the El Paso County Elder Abuse Coalition. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is a chance to shine a light on the problems of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. Amid changes and adaptations in response to the global health crisis, many seniors and at-risk adults may be even more isolated or stuck in unhealthy or dangerous situations without a means to seek help. More information can be found at humanservices.elpasoco.com and SilverKey.org. If you'd like to find out more about the services offered, you can also call the Silver Line at (719) 884-2300. If you have concerns about elder abuse, you can call law enforcement through 911, or the DHS Abuse Prevention Services at 719-444-5755. More information can also be found at Colorado.gov/PEAK or by calling Adult Services 719-444-5500.
On KRDO News Radio's "The Extra" on Tuesday, we focused on National Family Month, the period between Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day, and speak with Hilary Bridges, Assistant Executive Director and Ben Schoch, placement coordinator with Kids Crossing, a non-profit child placement agency dedicated to supporting foster parents and those children who touch their hearts and influence their lives. Providing safe, stable homes for children through foster care or through reunification is a mission we can get behind! For more information, click KidsCrossing.com.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", we focused on the renewal of an urban area, dubbed the "New South End," which has as focal points the Downtown Stadium, future home of the Switchbacks, and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum. Host Shannon Brinias talked with guests Jeff Finn, Vice President, Norwood Development Group and Laura Neumann, Project Lead, Weidner Apartment Homes about the changes and the exciting 177-unit project called the Mae on Cascade. More information: MaeonCascade.com and SwitchbacksFC.com.
On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias spoke with Dr. Beth Jewell, Community Health Partnership and Phyllis Albritton, Colorado Safety Net Collaborative about the resources available to the uninsured and underinsured, for accessing health care through free or low-cost clinics. More information can be found at ppchp.org/access-to-care and ppchp.org, or by calling (719) 632-5094. You can also find out about how to support the mission or volunteer to serve, by contacting Community Health Partnership.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias spoke with General Robin Rand (Ret. US Air Force), CEO of the Gary Sinise Foundation, which is dedicated to our nation's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need by creating programs to support and strengthen them. During the pandemic, the foundation created an "Emergency Covid-19 Combat Service Campaign." Actor Gary Sinise founded the non-profit, and will take part in the Memorial Day Concert airing on PBS stations Sunday evening before Memorial Day. More information can be found at garysinisefoundation.org.
On Monday's "The Extra", we're joined by Doug Price, CEO of Visit COS and one of the people featured in the campaign for Spirit of Community Day, Claire Swinford, Director of Urban Engagement at Downtown Partnership. They joined us to discuss the impact of the arts and culture community during this time and how the community has embraced Virtual First Friday.
On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias spoke to guests Jennifer Mariano with Community Health Partnership and Andy Barton with Catholic Charities about helping the region plan for and provide a full range of emergency, transitional and permanent housing and other services directed toward the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Even as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, the groups' Continuum of Care has stepped up to support the effort with the opening of an isolation shelter. For more information, go to ccharitiescc.org and ppchp.org.
May in National Foster Care Awareness Month, a time for us to recognize that we all play a role in enhancing the lives of children in foster care. On Tuesday's "The Extra", we talked to Lee Oesterle, Executive Director of Kids Crossing and Jenni Swogger, with the El Paso County Department of Human Services about the need locally. More information can be found at KidsCrossing.org and humanservices.elpasoco.com/child-protective-services/foster-care/.
- May 15 - UOCAVA Ballots will be sent
- June 1 - Last day for voters affiliated with a political party to change/withdraw their affiliation if they wish to vote in a different party's primary election
- June 8 - Ballots Mailed, Secure Ballot Boxes open
- June 8 - Citizens Service Center Voter Service and Polling Center Opens
- June 22 - 4 additional VSPC Locations Open
- June 22 - Recommended deadline for mailing in ballots by USPS
- June 30 - Election Day, Ballots must be received by 7 pm
- Information at epcvotes.com
A group of 34 Colorado nurses and other healthcare providers from Centura Health traveled to New Jersey this week to assist in lifesaving measures underway for coronavirus patients at New Jersey hospitals. On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias talks with Centura Health's Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer Amy King, who traveled with the group as an administrative ambassador. New Jersey's death toll from Covid-19 is more than 5,000, with some 96,000 people testing positive for the virus. More information on the group's mission can be found at centura.org.
The Covid-19 outbreak is prompting organizations like the Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Pikes Peak United Way to provide guidance on how people can reach out for help and fund those who need a "hand up". Join Shannon Brinias and guests Mina Liebert and Cindy Aubrey to talk about the organizations and how the Emergency Relief Fund has reached an important milestone. Learn more at PPCF.org and PPUnitedWay.org.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", worried about how to help your children weather the emotional rollercoaster brought on by the pandemic? An expert from Children's Hospital Colorado, Dr. Jessica Hawks, talks to us about coping methods, warning signs and options for families to keep kids healthy. More information and ideas can be found here:
- Helping kids cope with the new coronavirus: Click here.
- Resources from our community partners, such as virtual activities, etc. for kids: Click Here.
On Thursday's "The Extra", we spoke to Aram Benyamin, CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities about the organization's Covid-19 operational response, how employees are being aligned to provide safe service, and the utility's customer assistance efforts, which include payment options and plans. You can find out more information at csu.org or by calling 719-448-4800.
On Monday's "The Extra", we discussed how to employ responsible use of Southern Colorado's open spaces, parks and trails while looking for ways to decompress and exercise during the coronavirus pandemic. Also, reminders about how to enjoy Saturday's USAFA graduation ceremony, since the public isn't allowed to attend. Listen to Doug Price, CEO and President of Visit COS and Susan Davies, CEO of the Trails and Open Spaces Coalition.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and on "The Extra", we welcomed El Paso County Commissioner Kami Bremer and the county's Department of Human Services Executive Director Julie Krow to talk about coping strategies, resources for families and how the processes for investigating cases has been impacted by coronavirus. The information hotline is 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.
On "The Extra", we talked to Jonathan Liebert, CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado about the ways scammers are focusing on coronavirus and Covid-19 as ways to lure victims into financial losses, as well as targeting people working from home.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", we spoke to Gary Butterworth, CEO of Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Cindy Aubry, CEO & President, Pikes Peak United Way about the Emergency Relief Fund and 211 emergency line. A food distribution planned by Care & Share is set for 2:30 pm Thursday, April 2nd, at Mitchell High School. To find out more, seek out PPUnitedWay.org and PPCF/relief.