Forge Evolution and the Teen Court program is a local nonprofit and has been in Colorado Springs for the last 27 years. CEO Morgan Mote says their new name has come with some exciting new programs, including a Monday night drop-in program 5-7pm for kids ages 10-19. More information can be found at ForgeEvolution.org.
Utility bills are more expensive now than last winter. On KRDO's "The Extra", we talked with Kristina Iodice, PIO for El Paso County Department of Human Services about resources to help those in need. In particular, the seasonal Low-income Energy Assistance Program, also called LEAP. Additional programs run year-round to help those experiencing hardships.
For info on LEAP, visit colorado.gov/CDHS/LEAP
To apply for LEAP or other assistance programs, visit CO.gov/PEAK
- A hotline is also available to help applicants: 1-866-HEAT HELP or 1-866-432-8435
- Website –humanservices.elpasoco.com
Jay Garvens, host of the Jay Garvens Show joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to talk about home prices, inflation, and interest rates. For more information, call or text Jay at 719-330-1457.
On Monday's "The Extra", are you a beginner gardener just waiting to get started? Or are you a veteran gardener looking toward advancing your knowledge and growing skills? We hosted Harding Nursery's Sharon Harding Shaw for a special call-in show highlighting tips and advice. More info at HardingNursery.com.
Ben Darby of The Main Street Insurance Agency joined Andrew Rogers on ‘The Extra’ to talk all things insurance coverage. The New Year is a great time for a policy review and to make sure that you’re properly covered. To get a hold of Ben, call or text 719-464-4704
On KRDO's "The Extra", guest Michelle Peulen, Region 2 Communications Manager for CDOT shared information on ongoing and upcoming road projects throughout the Pikes Peak area. She shared updates on projects like the I-25 South Gap, MAMSIP, and the Powers / Research Interchange. She also shared winter driving resources that can be accessed by going to codot.gov/travel/winterdriving. Also, for current conditions, consult COTrip.org.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", health-focused alerts for consumers looking to up their physical and mental well-being in 2022, from the experts at the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. More info at BBB.org or by phone (719) 636-1155, M-F 8a-5p.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", we spoke to the founder of the Hammond Law Group about the need for family discussions early on when it comes to avoiding family feuds and relationship damage when a loved one passes away. More at coloradoestateplan.com.
On Monday's "The Extra", tourism and air travel into Colorado Springs remain a big priority with the region's leaders. Numbers indicate 2021 was better than predicted, and out-performed many similar-sized cities. We spoke with VisitCOS Chief Innovation Officer Amy Long and Aidan Ryan, Marketing & Communications Manager at the Colorado Springs Airport, who shared more on the growth and what's anticipated in 2022. More at VisitCOS and FlyCOS.
Justin Hermes, host of Real Estate Realities on KRDO NewsRadio joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to about setting smart goals for the new year. Reach out to Justin with any questions about investment properties anytime at 719-232-1063.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", we tackled a thorny subject, of mask mandates in schools. One Academy School District parent, Lara Matisek, is hoping to push D-20 to re-implement recently lifted mask rules at one school, because her daughter has chronic asthma and would be unduly exposed to potential harm when she returns to in-person classes. Matisek and her family's lawyer Josh Young joined host Shannon Brinias on the Extra to talk about how they are asking the district to comply with ADA accommodation requirements.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", we featured guest Kristoffer Carter, an author/speaker/consultant who works with executives in the business world and recently had published a new book, Permission to Glow: A Spiritual Guide to Epic Leadership which was named by Men's Journal as one of the best self-help books of 2021. Carter talked about completing 2021 strong, and making room for your best possible 2022, as well as specific ways you can prepare for a fresh new year, no matter how busy and demanding your holiday plans are.
More at thisepiclife.com.
On Monday's "The Extra", we feature an in-depth journalistic series by ChalkBeat Colorado reporter Jason Gonzalez on low Hispanic male graduation rates from Colorado universities and how Hispanic males are being particularly left behind when it comes to seeing Colorado high school graduates go on to college. According to his research, Gonzalez found just 41% of Hispanic men at Colorado’s public four-year universities make it to graduation. At community colleges, less than a third graduate. If you'd like to read more about this series, Part 1 is linked here. Part 2 is linked here.
On Thursday's "The Extra", we talked to USAF Capt. Sable L. Brown, Public Affairs Officer for NORAD & USNORTHCOM about "NORAD Tracks Santa", an effort to help kids, parents and grandparents follow along on Santa's progress Christmas Eve. It's a tradition that started back in the 1950's, by accident. You can join in on the journey by exploring their website: NORADSanta.org or by calling (877) HiNORAD (877-446-6723). NORAD would like to thank their partners, volunteers and sponsors. You can also follow along via social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram.
Dr. Kern Low, Optum Colorado Springs - The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Holiday Health - December 20, 2021
On Monday's "The Extra", Dr. Kern Low, Medical Director at OptumCare Colorado Springs, joined KRDO News Radio to discuss common “side effects” of the holiday season – including heightened levels of depression, anxiety and stress – that can lead to unhealthy behaviors such as overeating, lack of sleep and even alcohol or drug abuse. For info on Optum in Colorado Springs, visit Colorado Springs Family Physicians & Urgent Care | Optum (cshp.net)
Andrew Rogers was joined by Dan Stuart, President of the AdAmAn Club, along with New Member Priscilla Clayton, and Past-President Don Sanborn to talk about the history of the club and their annual New Year’s Eve Climb. Learn more about the AdAmAn Club at adaman.org.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", Rachel Beck, VP of Government Affairs at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC discussed priorities at the upcoming 2022 Legislative session and Governor Jared Polis presenting his "State of the State" to a southern Colorado audience. More information at CSCEDC.com.
Justin Hermes with ReMax Properties and host of Real Estate Realities on KRDO NewsRadio joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to recap the Colorado Springs Real Estate Market for 2021, what to expect as we head into 2022, the latest developments in the city. Justin can be reached at 719-232-1063
- MAMSIP I-25 between S. Academy and Santa Fe
- I-25 South Gap Project
- Hwy. 50 and Purcell Interchange project
- and others
On Wednesday's "The Extra", Adah Rodriguez and Jonathan Liebert from the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado shared the "Twelve Scams of Christmas", along with ways to protect consumers by shopping local. More at BBB.org.
On Monday's "The Extra", we focused on Colorado Gives Day, an initiative to make it easier for generous donors to find one-stop-shopping in their holiday giving plans. December 7th is Colorado Gives Day. On the Extra, we talked to representatives of the Community First Foundation, Safe Passage, the Palmer Land Conservancy and NAMI-Colorado Springs. More information at ColoradoGives.org
Ramsey personally and best-selling author and mental health expert Dr. John Delony joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to get a "holiday season checkup" As we’re still coming out of the pandemic, everyone is been under a lot of stress, what should we be keeping in mind as we’re heading into the stressful holiday season? Holiday conversations are a stereotype…for a reason. With the added stresses of the political climate/covid/etc, what should be done to keep the holiday gatherings from becoming a warzone? The holiday season always brings up thoughts of loss/grief, what should people know as they process these feelings this year? And, looking ahead, soon everyone will be turning to new years resolutions, is there anything we should be using as an “emotional/relational reset or resolution” for 2022?
Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent? Throughout the Pikes Peak region, we have many children in foster care and many others looking for a safe and loving temporary home that could make a forever difference in their lives. Would you consider providing a child a home as we approach 2022 and ponder New Year's resolutions and turning over a new leaf. On Thursday's "The Extra", we talked to Ben Schoch, Placement Coordinator with Kids Crossing and Sarah Bailey, Recruitment and Retention Specialist for Kids Crossing about the mission and their current Holiday Toy Drive. If you're interested in learning more, visit kidscrossing.com.
COVID has certainly taken a toll on the creative industry. The Ent Center for the Arts was barely open when it was forced to shut down due to restrictions on large, in-person gatherings. But it is wonderful seeing theatre performances, art exhibitions, and events coming back to life. There is lots going on at the Ent Center for the Arts this holiday season and beyond. For more infornmation, go to EntCenterfortheArts.org
On Tuesday's "The Extra", the show focused on Medicare Mentors with Rich Lewis and Ann-Noel Spencer. If interested in more information, call 719-886-3377.
Giving Tuesday is a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give. Giving Tuesday, which was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good, will be celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Andrew Rogers was joined on 'The Extra' to discuss how giving impacts our community, and the world by Kevin Farley, Director of Marketing & Communications for Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Chris Aaby, President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southern Colorado Chapter.
We know Black Friday is very important for a number of small businesses in the area. On the Extra we talk to the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership, Colorado Springs City Council Member and owner of Poor Richard's Downtown, Richard Skorman, Amy Mogck co-owner of Theo’s Toys, and Lisa Quintana owner of The Ten Spot in Manitou Springs to discuss the importance of keeping out Black Friday dollars local.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", the holidays are upon us, but the special season can pose a hazard for your finances. Host Shannon Brinias was joined by local financial planner Dave Geffre, who runs the personal budget services business, BudgetwithDave.com. He talks about holiday budgeting, how to create a budget, tips and tools to help keep track of spending, and ways to prioritize purchases. You can contact him at (719) 510-2791 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrence Wagoner, Founder, and CEO of Spark Mindset joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to discuss what Spark Mindset does to provide CyberSecurity and STEM education to students and adults from underprivileged or rural backgrounds, and how this program that started in Colorado is starting to expand into other states.
Dr. Kendra Robison, Optum Colorado Springs - The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Flu Season - November 16, 2021
On Tuesday's "The Extra", Optum's Dr. Kendra Robison joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss flu season.
Colorado has joined the ranks of other states requiring employers with over 5 employees to offer employees a retirement savings plan or enroll their eligible workers in a state-sponsored Roth IRA plan. The Colorado Secure Savings Program (Senate Bill 20-200) was signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis in July 2020. Andrew Rogers was joined on 'The Extra' by Kathleen Fox, President of Payroll City to shed more light on that new program and to talk about options for employers statewide.
On "The Extra" Monday, we learned about changes being wrought through The Pikes Peak Community Foundation, in partnership with The Denver Foundation and Latino Coalition for Community Leadership. The group recently announced it has awarded more than $1.2 million in grant funding to twelve Southeast Colorado Springs nonprofits through the Transforming Safety Initiative. Guests included:
- · Mina Liebert, Pikes Peak Community Foundation
- · Emily Patterson, The Trust for Public Land (nonprofit awardee of TSI grant)
- · Jeresneyka “Jere” Rose, The Trust for Public Land (nonprofit awardee of TSI grant)
- · Alissa Smith, Inside Out Youth Services (nonprofit awardee of TSI grant)
Ramsey personality and best-selling author Ken Coleman joined Andrew Rogers on ‘The Extra’ to discuss his new book, ‘From Paycheck to Purpose: The Clear Path to Doing Your Work to Love.’ Ken outlined the steps to make work not a four-letter word. The book is available for preorder now, ahead of its November release.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", we're learning about the exciting developments with the opening of Colorado College's Ed Robson Arena. Guests Lesley Irvine, Colorado College's Vice President & Director of Athletics, and Doug Price, VisitCOS' CEO & Executive director talked about how Robson Arena fits into the City for Champions Projects, along with providing a venue for non-hockey events as well. "Coach" Irvine also talked about the varied athletic programs and how the public can join together to support CC. To learn more: cctigers.com/index.aspx.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers joins "The Extra" to talk about Election 2021 and Local Measures 2C and 2D, as well as Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations; Measure 2C road project progress (link here); and U.S. Space Command.
Jay Garvens of the Jay Garvens Show and Churchill Mortgage Colorado joined Andrew Rogers on 'The Extra' to discuss the local market. El Paso County and other areas are seeing property values increase by nearly 20% in the past year. What is driving these increases, and what should consumers be doing now to take advantage of what is currently going on? Jay breaks that down and more.
individuals know the warning signs, understand the importance of early detection, and learn how to be proactive about reducing their risk.
More information can be obtained through the organizations' helplines: 800-272-3900 and 866-232-8484.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", Colorado Springs Airport Communications Specialist Dana Schield talked about the economic impact of COS, "Colorado's Small Airport," found in a 2020 study to be responsible for 25,093 jobs and $3.42B in business revenue for the region. Discussion also talked about COS' 8 nonstop destinations and ease of connections, along with an upcoming holiday parking promotion. More information is at FlyCOS.com.