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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - May 6, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - May 6, 2020

May 6, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", we focused on scammers targeting victims during the coronavirus pandemic.  Our guests Jonathan Liebert, CEO of the BBB Southern Colorado, and Adah Rodriguez, VP of Development and Operations of the BBB Southern Colorado, spoke about a recently completed study looking at Covid-19 scams.  We also talked about preventative measures that people can take to protect their Zoom calls from "Zoom-bombers".
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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - May 5, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

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/

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - May 4, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", we talked to El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman about how offices are going to reopen to online appointment-holders only starting Monday, May 4th.  Appointments can be scheduled at epcdrives.com.   Starting May 9thSaturday hours will be available at 2 office locations, on SE Powers and the Union Town Center Branch.  The Clerk and Recorder's Office has a phone bank for questions:  719-520-6240.  For questions about Driver's License Services, go to MyDMV.colorado.gov.  Broerman also advises ensuring voter information is up-to-date by visiting GoVoteColorado.gov

 

Important Primary Election dates:
  • 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
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 30, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020
On Thursday's "Extra", we focused on the plight of people struggling with addiction while also confronting the pressures of dealing with the pandemic.  Also, we'll hear about the triggers that might cause people to relapse or fall into problematic drinking or drug-taking.  Our guests included a local man in recovery, as well as mental health specialists:  Vincent Atchity, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado and Jess Barry, Regional Outreach and Aftercare Manager for Sandstone Care Colorado.  
 
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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 29, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020
On "The Extra" on Tuesday, we talked with Rachel Beck, VP of Government Affairs for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC, about efforts to support and advocate for local businesses as we move through the pandemic crisis.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 28, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", we talk to Tessa's Interim CEO Anne Markley and Outreach Coordinator Rica Molet about April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and efforts to provide support and resources to victims.  More information can be found at tessacs.org or by calling their helpline 719-633-3819.   Wednesday, April 29th, is Denim Day.  Wear a bit of denim and post about it on social media to raise awareness. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 27, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers talks about transitioning the city from the "Stay-at-Home" order to a "Safer-at-Home" status, and how the data supports making gradual steps toward reopening.  Mayor Suthers describes some of the challenges faced in returning to a new normal, and how the city budget will be impacted.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 20, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 20, 2020

April 24, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", how do parents and students who are new to distance-learning find out about "best practices" in helping kids learn? We spoke to Tillie Elvrum of the Colorado Coalition for Cyberschool Families about learning strategies for families suddenly plunged into e-learning environments due to coronavirus pandemic school closures.  More information can be found at : coloradocyberfamilies.org/.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 23, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 23, 2020

April 23, 2020

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

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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 22, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 22, 2020

April 22, 2020

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

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 21.2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 21.2020

April 21, 2020

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.
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 16, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 16, 2020

April 16, 2020

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.  

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 15, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 15, 2020

April 15, 2020
Wednesday on KRDO Newsradio's "The Extra", as people become physically isolated during the pandemic, Facebook has partnered with local communities, state and local governments, and small business in Colorado.  We talked with Facebook's Head of Public Policy and Community Engagement Ana Martinez about ways the company is helping communities get through this difficult time.  Important links:  facebook.com/grantsforbusinessfacebook.com/businessfacebook.com/community/faith, and facebook.com/journalismproject.  
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 14, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", we spoke about all aspects of coronavirus with Dr. C. Rocky White, Medical Director of Specialty Services for Optum in Colorado Springs.  He discussed the virus' rate of spreading, how it impacts patients, how the medical community is responding and what the future might be for finding a vaccine. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 13, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020

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.  

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 9, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020

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. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 8, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", we talked to Rebecca Jewett with the Palmer Land Trust about the role played by our open spaces and public lands in helping individuals cope with the challenges of the pandemic and coronavirus restrictions. We also discussed how the Trust impacts local farming efforts, and how you can support farmers.  palmerlandtrust.org 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 7, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", we talked with Dr. Vinh Chung, board-certified dermatologist with Vanguard Skin Specialists.  He spoke of the pivot VSS has taken in coordinating a new program of Virtual Visits, as well as finding the way to wellness during this crisis.  More information can be found at  vanguardskin.com
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 2, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", we spoke with Colorado Department of Transportation Region 2 Communications Manager, Michelle Peulen, who emphasized that Colorado roadways remain open during the coronavirus crisis and outlined CDOT's project outlook for 2020. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 1, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

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. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 31, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020

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

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 30, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020
Monday on "The Extra", Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers described the city's response and collaborations during the coronavirus pandemic.   In our podcast, he describes the main priorities of ensuring health, safety and welfare; keep the city operating, and to prepare for the dramatic downturn in revenues that's likely to happen.
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 26, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020
On "The Extra" Thursday, we examined the issue of human sex trafficking in Colorado, and how a Colorado Springs group wants to aid the victims of these criminal enterprises find healing and empowerment.  We talked to Sister Rose Ann Barmann (OSB) and Pat Welsh, who serve on the group's board of directors.  They're working to establish Bakhita Mountain Home, a residential facility that will provide women victims safe haven, trauma-informed therapy and life-enhancing skills.  More information can be found at www.bakhitamountainhome.org.
Arts and Culture is Standing Tall! - The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - Andy Vick and Angela Seals - March 23, 2020

Arts and Culture is Standing Tall! - The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - Andy Vick and Angela Seals - March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020

In the midst of a crisis, arts and culture is alive and fighting.  The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region's Andy Vick and Angela Seals are working to bring resources and relief to artists and keep them connected with the community in some intriguing ways.

Learn More About COPPeR's Response to the Virus Here

Listen Now! 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 19, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020

On "The Extra", we spoke with Andy Gunning, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and Jody Barker, Director of the Area Agency on Aging.  The Agency on Aging provides information on the availability of services for older adults and their caregivers that helps them achieve their long-term goals of maintaining independence.  They encourage the public to call (719) 471-2096 for information on resources available from an extensive database to connect you with the organizations best suited to help you.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 18, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  In honor of this very important awareness month Dr. Abbass Shafii, with Optum Gastroenterology, will be discussing the importance of colon cancer screenings, methods of screenings, detection rates, signs and symptoms and the overall importance of GI health. Dr. Shafii has 22 years of experience in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He has performed over 40,000 GI procedures and is committed to providing compassionate and quality health care to our community. Join us for this month’s Ask the Doctor segment where we will talk more about the importance of this topic with Dr. Shafii directly.  If you have any questions about colon cancer or general GI health be sure to submit them today!  Learn more about Dr. Shafii and Optum services visit cosprings.optum.com  

 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 17, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 17, 2020

March 17, 2020

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 Gary Butterworth and Cindy Aubrey to talk about the organizations and how they work.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 16, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020

The topic of suicide prevention is especially critical in Colorado given the high suicide rate in our state and in El Paso County.  Programs like Zero Suicide and other collaborative efforts by Community Health Partnership are aimed at driving down those numbers.  Our guests on "The Extra" joined us by phone: Amber Ptak, Interim CEO, Community Health Partnership; Melissa Hansen, Suicide Prevention Project Manager, Community Health Partnership; and Andrea Wood, Zero Suicide coordinator, UCHealth. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 12, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

On "The Extra", we hosted special guests from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, including Communications Manager Rachel Wright and "Panya", the bull python.  How the zoo is working on new exhibits, helping conserve species and planning exciting events for the upcoming spring/summer season.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 11, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020
Housing in Colorado Springs:  On "The Extra", we spoke to Darsey Nicklasson, developer of Blue Dot Place and Casa Mundi, as well as James McMurray, executive committee member with the Urban Land Institute, about housing issues.  Affordability, developers' challenges, and growth projections all sparked conversation, with information about an upcoming housing forum in which the public can take part.  More information here.
 

ULI Colorado: Affordable and Attainable Housing in Colorado Springs: Click here
 
Casa Mundi: Click here.
 
Blue Dot Place: Click here.
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 10, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020
Finding out about cold cases still unsolved in the Pikes Peak region.  Tuesday on "The Extra", we were visited by Crimestoppers' representative Howard Black, and other area county Sheriffs. 
 
Listen now to hear the evidence left behind.
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 9, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020
On "The Extra", we brought you exciting information about upcoming opening of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum with CEO Chris Liedel and VisitCOS CEO Doug Price.  This podcast includes what visitors to the museum can expect, offerings that will go beyond exhibits, and designing a museum with cutting-edge technology. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 4, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 4, 2020

March 4, 2020
The Extra's Shannon Brinias talked to representatives of the Better Business Bureau about scammers taking advantage of this being an election year, as well as the year of the 2020 Census.  How best to protect yourself, your family and your personal information.  Also, don't be victimized by falling prey to scammers hooking you with pitches tied to coronavirus.  Listen to our podcast. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 3, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020
Talking to CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Pikes Peak.  CASA leads the effort to provide a "voice" to children who are impacted by the legal system.  Volunteer recruitment efforts are ongoing with special events coming in the months of March and April.  
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 2, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra" on KRDO Newsradio, host Shannon Brinias spoke with Andrea Mensink of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC about the organization's work, upcoming events and intriguing projects which are on the horizon.  The organization holds a Chamber Connect event that is open to members and non-members.  This month, the event will offer a panel discussion about legislation in Colorado bringing a public health option to the state.  The Chamber Connect event is Tuesday, March 3rd, at 11:15 am.  The venue can be found at cscedc.com.  Mensink also speaks at length about exciting community projects including Amazon locating a distribution facility near the Colorado Springs Airport and In-N-Out's planned distribution center and retail restaurant on the city's north side.  She also discussed the upcoming Athena Awards, honoring businesswomen of distinction in the community.  Listen to "The Extra" weekday mornings starting at 9:00 am with host Shannon Brinias.