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.
- 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
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
GRIT in the Time of COVID - The Extra with Ted Robertson - Kathryn Dosch/Lori Jarvis - October 21, 2020
G.R.I.T. in the Time of COVID
*FREE* On-Line Resiliency Training
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Over 100 events/activities will be happening with some of them highlighted with links below:
- PikeRide https://artsoctober.com/special-program/pikeride-public-art-tour/
- Litter Letter Project artsoctober.com/special-program/litter-letters/
- Community Conversations artsoctober.com/special-program/community-conversations/
- Making the Film Rook. artsoctober.com/special-program/making-the-film-rook/
- Virtual Theatre Showcaseartsoctober.com/special-program/virtual-theatre-showcase/
- Cyber Poetry Festival artsoctober.com/special-program/cyber-poetry-festival/
- City of Fountain artsoctober.com/special-program/the-city-of-fountain-celebrates-arts-month/
- Halloween Hip-Hop https://artsoctober.com/special-program/halloween-hip-hop/
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
- Check your voter registration at www.Govotecolorado.gov
- Make sure information is up-to-date or change your address
- Register to vote
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.
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.
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.