So far in 2021, 509 people have lost their lives in accidents on Colorado state highways, on track to exceed last year's death toll. On Thursday's "The Extra", Michelle Peulen, Communications Mgr. for Region 2, discussed the troubling trend, and what drivers can do to prevent accidents. She also discussed winter driving resources and upcoming project updates. More information at CODOT.GOV and COTrip.org.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", guest Rachel Beck, Vice President for Government Affairs for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC shared the organization's preview of Election 2021, along with the endorsements they're offering for 4 ballot measures facing voters. For info on the Chamber & EDC’s Ballot Guide, visit ColoradoSpringsChamberEDC.com/Ballot
For more info on the Chamber & EDC’s recent D.C. Fly-In trip, visit ColoradoSpringsChamberEDC.com/DC
On Monday's "The Extra", discussion centered around inclusion tourism, and diversity as they relate to Hispanic Heritage Month with guests Amy Long, of VisitCOS and Joe Aldaz, with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. More information can be found at COSconcilio.com.
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) recently opened a second ReStore in northeast Colorado Springs (6250 Tutt Blvd near Dublin Blvd). The first ReStore (411 S. Wahsatch Ave) opened in 2004. The Habitat ReStore is a home improvement store and resale center that sells donated furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity uses funds raised by its ReStores to help more families build, rehabilitate, and repair their homes. Also of note, this year marks the 35th anniversary of PPHFH. President & CEO of PPHFH Kris Lewis joined "The Extra", with information on participating and supporting the mission. More at PikesPeakHabitat.org. For information on the ReStore locations, call 719-667-0841.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", Derek Wilson and Jayme Holligan of Silver Key joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the Bountiful Bags program, which is underway. Donations are being collected through November 1st to help provide holiday meals to area seniors. The group is hoping to collect items to fill 1,300 bags. Also, if you're interested in volunteering, or joining Silver Key as part of their Reassurance Plus program, there's an information meeting planned for October 13th from 4pm to 5pm. More information is available at Silverkey.org or by calling the Silver Line at (719) 884-2300.
Pregnancy and infant loss is one of those topics not openly talked about in our society, even though it occurs among 1 in 4 women. So often, they suffer in silence and don’t have any form of support – through family members, friends, jobs, or even their health care providers. This can only be changed by bringing awareness to the unimaginable pain and grief that is experienced by those who deal with this terrible type of loss. Guest Crystal Gerlock is with A New Leaf Therapy, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a certification in Death and Grief Studies from the Center for Loss and Life Transition. Our other guest, Lindsey Dunbar, is a mentor for Miscarriage Matters Inc., which is holding a 5k in Pueblo. More information is at MyMiscarriageMatters.org.
On "The Extra" Thursday, it's National Substance Abuse Recovery Day. Joining host Shannon Brinias is author, Substance Abuse expert and Crisis Coach Scott H. Silverman, author of "The Opioid Epidemic: What You Don’t Know Will Destroy Your Family". Silverman spoke about the rising numbers of opioid deaths, misconceptions about recovery and recognizing addiction. As a recovering addict of nearly 38 years, he offers more resources on his website yourcrisiscoach.com, and encourages listeners who may have questions or concerns to text or call him at 619-993-2738.
The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 31 years old in 2021. It is the civil rights law that protects the rights of people with disabilities, the nation’s largest minority group. On the Extra Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain ADA Center is of 10 federally funded centers that provides free technical assistance, training and other services to COS and CO on the ADA – and it just received a new 5 year grant to continue operating in COS!
Medicaid for Long-Term Care is a need based, joint federal and state program that often enters the lives of senior citizens when it comes to paying for nursing home expenses. But many don’t understand the ins and outs of how to qualify and don’t realize that the cost of medical expenses that are paid for by Colorado’s Medicaid program are subject to a recovery by the state. Attorney Chad Spencer with the Hammond Law Group answered questions related to Long-Term Care Medicaid Planning. He's available for consultation at 719-520-1474 or by reaching out via ColoradoEstatePlan.com.
Andrew Rogers was joined on 'The Extra' by Barb Schlinker with Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty discussing the latestet in the Southren Colorado market.
Venetucci Farm has been a beloved community icon for decades. And, as it has come under the ownership of the Pikes Peak Real Estate Foundation, the Farm is embarking on new ways to connect the community, especially children, to the "land". On Thursday's "The Extra", Sam Clark, Executive Director of the PPREF, and Nikki McComsey, Founder of Gather Mountain Blooms joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the exciting events planned. They include Saturdays in October, when there will be a U-Pick Pumpkin Festival and Craft Fair; weekday kindergarten tours of the Farm and pumpkin giveaways organized through Catamount Institute; and Gather Mountain Blooms' business growing flowers for sale and creating a wedding venue at the Farm. More information at VenetucciFarm.org
Dr. C. Rocky White, Optum Colorado Springs - The Extra with Shannon Brinias - COVID Vaccines - September 22, 2021
On Wednesday's "The Extra", it's our "Ask the Doctor" show with Optum. Dr. Rocky White is the guest with the medical community's perspective on Covid-19 vaccines and boosters.
Andrew Rogers was joined by Rob Amerine, Senior Broker with The FBB Group to discuss the importance of successful small business transitions, Pros/Cons of starting vs buying a business as well as Pros/Cons of franchises
The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC recently welcomed Mark Bittle as its new vice president of membership.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado joined to talk about scam trends, how much is lost to scams nationwide and how to feel better about your charitable giving. More information on the topics is availableat BBB.org/ScamTracker and Ready.gov.
Representatives from Palmer Land Conservancy Ed Roberson, Matt Hiemerich and Dillon O’Hare talk about every Coloradoans favorite topic – the great outdoors.
On Thursday's "The Extra", leaders of the local non-profit CASA of the Pikes Peak Region joined KRDO News Radio to talk about their volunteer force that advocates for children in abuse and neglect cases. More information on the program and upcoming training opportunities, like one on Sept. 14th, can be found at CASAPPR.org.
On Wednesday's "The Extra", we spoke to Robin Adair of the Pikes Peak Region Office of Emergency Management about September being National Preparedness Month. Do you have plans in place to weather a storm or another type of emergency? More info at pproem.com
On Tuesday's "The Extra", organizers shared details of the Labor Day Liftoff, the 45th running of the event in Memorial Park, Sept. 4-6. More information can be found at labordayliftoff.com and you can get instant updates by texting "LDLO21" to 888-777.
In an effort to raise awareness for veterans experiencing PTSD and increase funding for the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center’s counseling programs, noted ultrarunner and U.S. Army veteran Tim Gore will participate on Sept 18-23, 2021 in the 150 mile Maah Daah Hey Trail Buck-Fifty trail run through the majestic North Dakota badlands. To donate, visit veteranscenter.org and click the red donate button in the upper right-hand corner or text 150 to 44321 to donate as well. On the "Extra", Gore and Charissa Thayer from Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center joined host Shannon Brinias.
On Tuesday's "The Extra", guest Andy Vick, Executive Dir. of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) spoke about cultural planning through the Arts Vision 2030 plan (ArtsVision2030.com), listing and discovering arts events on PeakRadar, and Arts Month 2021 (ArtsOctober). More information can be found here.
The arts at UCCS are coming alive this fall with theater and visual art programs aplenty. Guests Daisy McGowan, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art and Caitlin Lowans, UCCS Theatreworks, discussed the options. Links: entcenterforthearts.org/theatreworks and
Andrew Rogers was joined by Rich Lewis of Medicare Mentors as Medicare Mentors is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair with Optum Medical Group on August 28th from 10 am to 2 pm. The fair, located at Mt Carmel Veterans Service Center will focus on serving people who are 50 years old or greater and will feature doctors from Optum medical group, experts in Medicare, Estate Planning, Long Term Care, financial planning, physical therapy, vision, dental, home healthcare and so much more. Find more information and register at medicarementorsllc.com
On KRDO News Radio's "The Extra" Thursday, discussion about acupuncture as a way of dealing with pain and other medical complaints, and whether more patients are seeking relief via acupuncture due to pandemic anxiety. Guests are Kacey Wardle, President of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado acucol.com and Dr. Kathleen Blazek, a local acupuncturist and owner of Point Balance Acupuncture PointBalanceClinic.com
Girl Scouts of Colorado and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) just announced that the new Adventurefuls cookie will join the nationwide lineup for the 2022 Girl Scout Cookie season. On Wednesday's "The Extra", we talked to Girl Scouts officials about the new, tasty "Adventurefuls" cookie, named to inspire cookie lovers to take a delicious taste adventure just like Girl Scouts go on their own amazing adventures through the program. Information was also provided about membership and volunteer opportunities. More info can be found at GirlScoutsofColorado.org.
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.
CDOT's Michelle Peulen gives an update on current projects and upcoming projects.
Adah Rodriguez, VP Development and Operations at the BBB of Southern Colorado and Alexxis Barton, Quality Assurance Coordinator at the BBB of Southern Colorado talk about back to school scams.
The 36th Annual Space Symposium, hosted by the Space Foundation, is coming up this month, starting August 23rd. Guests Bernadette Maisel, senior director - program initiatives, Space Foundation; and Reggie Ash, Chief Defense Development Officer, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC were on. More info: spacesymposium.org.
Amy Long with VisitCOS and Dona Webb with the Royal Gorge Bridge highlight the Royal Gorge area.
The Hermes Team is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Goat Patch
Brewing to collect 200 backpacks filled with supplies (pencils, erasers, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, pocket folders, colored pencils, Kleenex, hand sanitizer) to be distributed to children in need. Collection happening at Goat Patch Brewing (2727 N. Cascade Ave #123) August 12th from 4p to 7p.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. More than 76,000 Coloradans are among the 6.2 million people in the U.S. – and over 50 million worldwide - living with the only major disease without prevention or a cure. What many people do not realize is that there are many programs and services available at no charge that can help families affected by Alzheimer’s cope with the disease and help their loved ones live better. Andrew Rogers was joined on 'The Extra' by RoseMary Jaramillo, Jim Herlihy, and Charlotte Long with the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.
A group of outdoor recreation and land conservation nonprofits recently announced the launch of Elevate the Peak, a collective visioning initiative charged with the development of a 10-year implementation plan to guide current and future land conservation and recreation efforts in the Pikes Peak region. Becky Leinweber from the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance and Ashlee Sack from Fremont Adventure Recreation joined Andrew Rogers on ‘The Extra’ to discuss the important role land conservation and planning plays in our region’s economy and way of life.
Dr. Hazem Ubaissi, Optum Medical Center Point - The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Sleep - August 2, 2021
Humans spend nearly a third of their lives asleep, and although the evolutionary purpose for sleep remains elusive, current sleep habits are the consequence of the industrial revolution and development of artificial light. Evidence suggests that losing sleep can cause problems with memory, particularly working memory, the process that allows people to hold information in an easily accessible way while working out a problem. People who are sleep-deprived also struggle with choosing what to pay attention to and regulating their emotions. On Monday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias discussed the issue of sleep with Dr. Hazem Ubaissi of Optum. To book an appointment with Dr. Ubaissi for Sleep Medicine services contact our team at 719-866-6627 or visit cosprings.optum.com.
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.
Dr. Rhonda Heschel, Pediatric Specialists - The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Child Immunizations - July 28, 2021
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.