On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Robin Adair, Community Preparedness Coordinator with Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management, to talk about the importance of summer weather preparedness. It’s still severe summer weather season, and we have a lot of time to be outside. That also means we should think about risks there are in the great outdoors, and how we get ready for them. More information can be found at ready.gov/severe-weather and pproem-ecc.com.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", Optum's Rhonda Heschel, C-PNP, PMHS, a Pediatric Specialist joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about getting children and teens back into their normal well-child visit routines, and the importance of regular vaccinations. To schedule an appointment or ask more questions, call Rhonda at (719) 597-8704 or visit their offices at 6071 E. Woodmen Rd., Suite 105 in Colorado Springs.
On Tueday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Catherine Hammond, Founder and President of Hammond Law Group, with information on the three biggest challenges in setting up your estate plan. The Hammond Law Group, link here, is offering free workshops on Tuesday, August 10th and Saturday, August 14th, as well as a free webinar on Tuesday, August 3rd. To register for webinars or in-person workshops, visit ColoradoEstatePlan.com or call 719.520.1474
Andrew Rogers was joined by Greg Couch, CEO of the Police Integrity Project a new organization of police advocates for transparency and anti-corruption in law enforcement, looking to bring change from within, not from new legislation.
Last week, Safe Passage broke ground on a new co-located children’s advocacy center on the westside of Colorado Springs. Safe Passage is a nationally accredited children’s advocacy group, and the new Center will that provide hope and healing to children who have experienced abuse and neglect, through a communal space bringing together key partner agencies. Guests Maureen "Mo" Basenberg, Exec. Dir. of Safe Passage, was joined by CSPD's Lt. Tim Stankey and Kidpower's Exec. Dir. Jan Isaacs Henry to talk about the project. More information can be found at SafePassageCAC.org.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", we spoke to the folks from Silver Key, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of our area's seniors. Derek Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer and Jayme Holligan, Director of Volunteer Engagement and Community Relations, joined host Shannon Brinias to share information on services offered, rebounding from the pandemic, and ways to volunteer. They explained about the "5 Wishes" campaign, link here , with details on an informational session scheduled for July 27th at 8:30 am. That session will be carried on Facebook Live and via Zoom, as well as on-site with prior registration. They also talked about Silver Key's 50th Anniversary Gala, August 7th, 6-10pm, at Boot Barn Hall. More information can be found at SilverKey.org/gala/ or by calling 719-884-2300
Director of Aviation Greg Phillips has the latest from the Colorado Springs Airport.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", The age of which scammers target continues to get lower and the Better Business Bureau is seeing an increase in the number of teens under the age of 18 fall victim to scams. Contrary to what many believe, The Better Business Bureau has found that young people are at far greater risk of being scammed than seniors. In 2020, 56.6% of people age 18-24 who were exposed to a scam ended up losing money. By contrast, fewer than one third (31.9%) of those 65-plus who were exposed lost money. Guests today included Jonathan Liebert, CEO of the BBB of Southern Colorado and Adah Rodriguez, VP Operations and Development, BBB of Southern Colorado. For more information: BBB.org/scamtracker , stopfraudcolorado.gov, and ftc.org .
Rachel Beck joined the show to talk about bills involving affordable/attainable housing, transportation and pandemic relief. More information at CSCEDC.com
Doug Price and Susan Davies from Visit Colorado Springs discussing hidden gems around the region, as well as trail improvement plans and best outdoors practices.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias discussed the growing sport of pickleball with guest Joe Johnson, President of the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association. PPPA has over 1000+ members and they play almost daily at area courts, including at Monument Valley Park and Bear Creek Park. Pickleball is played on a badminton-sized court (indoor or outdoor) with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It requires a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball. PPPA offers $20 annual membership, and free lessons; more information can be found at PikesPeakPickleball.com.
Two of our areas largest higher education institutions are going back to in-person classes this Fall and Dr. Lance Bolton, Pikes Peak Community College President, joined "The Extra" to talk with us in detail about some of those plans; how PPCC has adapted to the pandemic; and how getting back to school will benefit the community’s economy. More information is available by calling 719-502-2000 or at ppcc.edu. Dr. Bolton works in close collaboration with administration at UCCS to smooth transitions for students transferring credits; more information can be found at uccs.edu.
Florissant Fossil Beds is an excellent place to learn about and enjoy the wonders of the night sky. On Wednesday's "The Extra", park ranger and lead interpreter Jeff Wolin from the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the recent certification as an International Dark Sky Park and upcoming Dark Skies events. The next event is July 9th, with monthly events following. For more information on that, go to nps.gov/flfo/night-sky-programs . For more information on how to work to reduce light pollution, go to darksky.org/get-involved
With learning loss feared due to the pandemic, what is the best way to address and remedy that loss? How we can help get our kids caught up and back on track developmentally. On Wednesday's "The Extra", representatives from CPCD join host Shannon Brinias.
We’re a couple of days away from the Friday deadline for a U-S Intelligence report on unidentified aerial phenomena that’s due to Congress. According to unnamed officials said to have been briefed on the contents of the government report, it did not find evidence that the unexplained aerial phenomena that Navy pilots have witnessed in recent years are alien spacecrafts, but the report also does not definitively say they are not. CU Boulder expert, Dr. Carol Cleland joined host Shannon Brinias to share her insights. Dr.Cleland is director of CU Boulder’s Center for the Study of Origins, and studies how scientific discovery has, throughout history, hinged on anomalies––or phenomena that researchers can’t explain in terms of our current understanding of the world.
On "The Extra" Monday, host Shannon Brinias was joined by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers to talk about the city's 150th birthday aka the Sesquicentennial, transportation legislation, Downtown development plans, pandemic recovery, growth along the Powers/ Mark Sheffel corridor, and where we stand with planned relocation of US Space Command, among other subjects. More information about the Sesquicentennial can be found here: coloradosprings.gov/cos-150.
Colorado is one of America’s largest producing oil and gas states, even after COVID’s impact is felt in that sector and other industries, so we’re talking billions, not millions, in terms of economic impact to the state. All of this work continues despite a number of political and regulatory headwinds on the home front, along with a new Presidential administration that has a differing viewpoint on energy policy. Lynn Granger, Executive Director, American Petroleum Institute Colorado; and Dan Haley, President & Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Oil & Gas Association joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to discuss all things oil and gas production in Colorado.
On KRDO's "The Extra" Thursday, the City of Colorado Springs has grown into the 39th largest and most desirable city to live in the United States, leaps and bounds away from its humble but meaningful beginning in 1871. Through July 31, 2021 the Colorado Springs community will embark on a communitywide celebration of our city’s rich history, marking the city's Sesquicentennial Celebration. Guests Blake Zink, Special Events Coordinator, with the City of Colorado Springs and Leah Witherow, Curator of History, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the multitude of events and exhibits that are planned. More information's available at coloradosprings.gov/cos150 and cspm.org.
Megan Leatham, the Executive Director of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb joined Andrew Rogers on "The Extra" to discuss the race to the clouds on June 27th, 2021.
CDOT's Michelle Peulen gives an update on current projects and upcoming projects.
On Monday's "The Extra", Chief Innovation Officer Amy Long of VisitCOS joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about exciting upcoming events and attraction openings, including the opening of the new Pikes Peak - America's Mountain Summit House June 30th and the Western Street Breakfast Wed., June 16th. For more information on these events and much more, visitcos.com/travel-tools/visitor-guide.
Vanessa Zink and Jenifer Furda joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to talk about the upcoming Beards, Bonnets, and Brews Festival and the other events to mark Colorado Springs' Sesquicentennial this June.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias talked with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Southern Colorado about Small Business Celebration 2021. The annual Small Business Week Celebration and Awards Banquet is a free virtual event on June 10th from 3pm-pm; pikespeaksbdc.org/smallbusinessweek.Winners in five categories will be announced. The BBB's experts also discussed travel scams, avoiding airfare, hotel and rental car scams. More information at travel scams.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Dirk Draper, CEO and President of Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC, reflecting on his time at the helm of the organization prior to his upcoming retirement at the end of the year. More information on taking part in Chamber activities can be found at cscedc.com.
Lauren Ripko with the First and Main Town Center joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to discuss the First and Main Town Center Summer Concert Series and what went into putting the event back together in the post-COVID-19 era.
Vail Resorts is preparing for summer operations at its five Colorado resorts. On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Will Shoemaker, Communications Manager, Vail Resorts (based at Crested Butte Mountain Resort) to talk about the offerings and events planned for the summer season. Following a reduced operating footprint last summer, guests can look forward to more activities on tap at the resorts for the upcoming summer season. From mountain biking and tubing, to kayaking, stand-up paddling and other lake activities, more information can be found at any of Vail Resorts' individual resort websites or epicpass.com for links to those resorts.
On Wednesday’s “The Extra”, a look back at the historic Great Flood of 1921 in Pueblo, an event that devastated the booming Southern Colorado community at the confluence of the Arkansas and Fountain rivers. Filmmaker Justin Bregar joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about his documentary on the flood, premiering on Rocky Mountain PBS and YouTube on Thursday, June 3rd at 7 pm.
Scott Mann joined Andrew Rogers on ’The Extra’ to discuss his film "Last out: Elegy of A Green Beret" a story of modern combat, based on real-life events. Scott wrote and produced the film which started out as a stage play that will be open on a limited basis this Memorial Day. Scott also discussed the meaning of Memorial Day from his perspective as a 23-year Army veteran, 16 of which was spent as a Green Beret.
On Thursday's "The Extra", Dr. Geoffrey Lim, a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs fellowship-trained surgeon with Optum, joined host "Shannon Brinias" to answer questions during National Melanoma Awareness Month, discussing definitions, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. To schedule an appointment with Optum Dermatology, you can reach out to the team at 719-228-0400. Dr. Lim is located at Optum offices at 1633 Medical Center Point in Colorado Springs.
It was 16 years ago that the fight over Terry Schiavo's medical care, and preceding years of litigation, brought the issue of disability planning to the nation's attention. On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by guest Catherine Hammond, founder of the Hammond Law Group, to talk about planning for disability, the challenges that arise for loved ones when someone becomes incapacitated, and the options for making sure someone can take care of your financial and medical affairs if you're unable to. For more information, go to ColoradoEstatePlan.com. A webinar is being held next Tuesday, June 1st at 2:00, where attendees can get more information on estate planning.
On Monday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias spoke to Stephen Holley, co-founder of "Carry the Load", and ret. US Army Colonel Mark Elliott, Global Head of Military Affairs for JP Morgan Chase. "Carry the Load" is a non-profit venture that aims to connect Americans with the true meaning of Memorial Day through fundraising rallies and relays, one of which is set to pass through Colorado Springs Thursday May 27th, and Friday, May 28th. Through this event, donations made to "Carry the Load" on Facebook will result in matching fund donations by JP Morgan Chase. A ceremony at Pikes Peak National Cemetery to mark "Carry the Load"'s path through Colorado Springs is set for Friday morning at 7:45 am, although pre-registration is advised. More information can be found at Pikes_Peak_National_Cemetery_2021.pdf
On "The Extra" Thursday, Curbside Culture was in the spotlight. It's a program that brings the performing arts out into the community by facilitating small-scale performances outside of private residences, places of business, and other gathering spots. It came about during the COVID-19 pandemic, but even as restrictions ease, the program is continuing to connect artists with small-scale gigs. Guests Andy Vick, Executive Director, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region was joined by participating artists Jeri Jorgensen (violinist) and Ryan Flores (musician). More information about the artists, and how to participate or to engage them for performances is available at peakradar.com/curbsideculture.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias focused on the Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR), which, in 1981,began as a small collection of support groups and currently provides services to meet the needs and challenges the Parkinson’s community faces each day. The group is marking its 40th anniversary in 2021. Guests Jodi Brown, Executive Director, and Seth Dean, Director of Development discussed critical programs and services which have a meaningful impact on the quality of life for those affected with Parkinson’s disease. They also talked about an upcoming fundraiser, the Vitality 5K, set to take place simultaneously in 4 Colorado cities on June 6th. The location in Colorado Springs is Venezia Park at Briargate Parkway and North Union. In Pueblo, the site is the Pueblo Riverwalk. You can also do the walk in a virtual way to allow more people to participate from their own venues. More information can be found at parkinsonrockies.org or by calling 303-830-1839.
May is National Foster Care Month, Jon Karroll with Special Kids Special Families joined Andrew Rogers on ‘The Extra’ to talk about the need for foster cares families in Southern Colorado as well as the other work Special Kids Special Families does in our community.
Preview of the Small Business Week happening from June 7th to the 10th.
This week is Armed Forces Week, and on "The Extra", Reggie Ash, Chief Defense Development Officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC talks about the organization's Military Affairs Council, the effort to have the Biden administration reconsider the decision relocating U.S. Space Command, and this Friday's "Armed Forces Outstanding Enlisted Awards Ceremony", taking place via Zoom and accessible on the Chamber's website. More information: cscedc.com
For over 100 years, Junior Achievement has been inspiring and preparing young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver JA lessons, but who also share their experience. Volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. By delivering powerful, proven lessons that promote financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship to students in grades K-12, Junior Achievement is making a positive impact here in Southern Colorado. Andrew Rogers was joined on ‘The Extra’ by Anji Roe Wood, President & CEO, and Lauren Kunze, Director of Program Strategy & Partnerships, for Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado