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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Greg Coopman - January 22, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Greg Coopman - January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021
On KRDO's "The Extra" Friday, host Shannon Brinias was joined by Greg Coopman, host of "Senior Talk", a weekly show on KRDO News Radio airing Sundays at 8 am, to talk about aging issues.  More information is at Senior Talk with Greg Coopman.  
The Extra with Andrew Rogers - Alex McShiras - January 21, 2021

The Extra with Andrew Rogers - Alex McShiras - January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Attorney Alex McShiras with Pikes Peak Immigration talks about changes to immigration policies under the Biden administration.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Mayor John Suthers - January 19, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Mayor John Suthers - January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

Mayor John Suthers talks about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the local economy, Space Command and more. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - CASA of the Pikes Peak Region - January 18, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - CASA of the Pikes Peak Region - January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021

Today on "The Extra", we’re talking to CASA of the Pikes Peak Region as well as one of the nonprofit’s Business Partners - the owner of several local Supercuts salons here in Colorado Springs.  We will be touching on how CASA has been helping kids throughout the pandemic and the importance of local businesses continuing to give back to the community even during hard times.  Our guests were Angela Rose who is the Executive Director of our local CASA Program, and Heather Heinbaugh, who financially supports CASA through her four Supercuts salons.  For more information, look here:  casappr.org .  To visit one of Heather Heinbaugh's Supercuts salons which support CASA, the locations are:  Market Center at 4484 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., in Stetson Hills at 6046 Stetson Hills Blvd., in Constitution South at 5861 Constitution Ave, and at Falcon Landing at 7747 Academy Blvd.

The Extra with Andrew Rogers - Antoinne Glover - January 15, 2021

The Extra with Andrew Rogers - Antoinne Glover - January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

Antoinne talks about what his show is all about, real estate and more.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - CDOT- January 14, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - CDOT- January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021
On Thursday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by CDOT's Michelle Peulen and Brad Bauer.  Bauer is the CDOT Maintenance supervisor for El Paso county, and he explained how CDOT prepares for upcoming winter storms, the differences between treatment materials, between treating and pre-treating, and why it's so important to "Bow to the Plow".  Peulen also offered details on the restored funding and timeline for the Powers/Research highway improvements, set to start in summer of 2021. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Better Business Bureau - January 13, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Better Business Bureau - January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021
On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias shared with listeners the idea of Making 5 Resolutions to Stay Fraud-Free in 2021, brought by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.  BBB VP of Marketing Paul Meyers-Bennett and BBB VP of Development and Operations Adah Rodriguez also discussed Covid-19 Vaccine scams and "Miracle" weight loss scams.  For more information, go to bbb.org
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Reggie Ash - January 12, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - Reggie Ash - January 12, 2021

January 13, 2021

On Tuesday's "The Extra," Reggie Ash, Chief Defense Development Officer for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss the recent USSSPACECOM inspection committee visit as part of the evaluation process for the permanent headquarters decision.  This followed a virtual site visit in late December.  Ash told listeners how President Trump received a briefing this week regarding the findings, and that a decision is anticipated next week.  

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum - January 11, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum - January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum opened in late July 2020, and in the time since, has garnered awards and recognitions, while opening its doors to the community with special programming for educators and anyone interested in the history and future of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  With the Tokyo Games fast approaching and the Beijing Winter Games coming at the start of 2022, now may be the time to plan your visit to the Museum.  "Extra" host Shannon Brinias spoke with Chris Liedel, CEO of the USOPM and Doug Price, CEO and Executive Director of VisitCOS.  For more information about the museum and planning your visit, go to usopm.org
The Extra with Andrew Rogers - Jay Garvens and Justin Hermes - January 8, 2021

The Extra with Andrew Rogers - Jay Garvens and Justin Hermes - January 8, 2021

January 8, 2021

Jay Garvens and Justin Hermes talk about the economic outlook of 2021.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - January 6, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - January 6, 2021

January 7, 2021

Dr. Rocky White talks about the COVID-19 vaccine, the phases of distributing the vaccine and more. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - January 6, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021
For more than 30 years, the Empty Stocking Fund has been helping individuals and families experiencing crisis, and assisting others in attaining self-sufficiency.  On KRDO's "The Extra" on Wednesday, host Shannon Brinias spoke with the Empty Stocking Fund's Deb Mahan, as well as representatives of two partner agencies, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMIColoradoSprings.org) and Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center (veteranscenter.org) Such partner agencies serve more than 300,000 neighbors in need in our community each year.  More information about the Empty Stocking Fund can be found here.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - January 5, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021
On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by guest Jeff Chostner, Pueblo County District Attorney and author, about his new self-published book, "A President Comes to Pueblo."  The book focused on the August 17th, 1962 visit by President John F. Kennedy to Pueblo to tout the federal Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, a visit that came just 15 months before the 35th President's assassination.  To purchase the book, call Chostner at 719-545-4048 or email him at chostner@pueblocounty.us.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - January 4, 2021

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021

As the City of Colorado Springs enters its 150th year, the City is getting ready to celebrate the milestone with an array of activities available all year.  On Monday's "Extra" show, the city's cultural services manager and director of the Pioneers' Museum Matt Mayberry joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss the city's history:  On July 31, 1871 a group of citizens along with General William Jackson Palmer gathered at the southeast corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade avenues and declared Colorado Springs as an established city within the state of Colorado. They sealed their declaration by driving an iron stake into the ground. On July 31, 2021, Colorado Springs, now the 39th largest city in the United States, will officially turn 150, and its citizens will once again gather to celebrate.  More information on how to participate in activities and learn more about how the city's events will mark the sesquicentennial can be found at ColoradoSprings.gov/150   and  cspm.org/cos150.   Mayor John Suthers has also issued a challenge to the city's residents to take part in the Tree Challenge, to add 1,871 new trees to our canopy of green. 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 31, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 31, 2020

January 4, 2021

On the Extra on New Year's Eve day, host Shannon Brinias talked with guest Tim Kranz, Board Chair of the Give! Campaign about the initiative for charitable giving through donations and volunteer time as part of IndyGives.  Give! is a year-end philanthropic initiative created to encourage everyone in the Pikes Peak region to give back and get involved with local nonprofits, with a particular emphasis on catalyzing philanthropy from those 36 and younger. Since 2009, Give! has enabled 223 local nonprofits to raise $13 million from over 94,654 donations while helping them access matching grants, media exposure and capacity-building training from local and regional experts. Give! is the nonprofit civic arm of the Colorado Publishing House and receives support from the Colorado Springs IndependentColorado Springs Business Journal and the Pikes Peak Bulletin. For more information, please visit indygive.com.  Other guests were Tonia Nifong, with the Arc of the Pikes Peak Region indygive.com/arc and Tom Shephard, founding director of the Youth Documentary Acadmy indygive.com/yda.  Tom also mentioned the Rocky Mountain PBS partnership documentary series, which can be viewed at youthdocumentary.org/ourtime

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 29, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 29, 2020

December 29, 2020

On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Gary Butterworth, CEO, Pikes Peak Community Foundation and  Leslie Sabin, Vice President of Finance and Operations, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, about how during this challenging time, now is a critical period to consider a gift to those who have been serving the most vulnerable in our community – kids and families, seniors, essential workers and more.  The guests discussed  the Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s mission and work. 

More information can be found at ppcf.orgrally-for-restaurants/emptystockingfundco.org/, and indygive.com/.  For more information about tax implications of donations, go to irs.gov or contact the Community Foundation for more information.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 28, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 28, 2020

December 29, 2020

On Monday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Howard Black, who previously served as Public Information Officer for Colorado Springs Police Department, as he describes his new role of spokesperson for the Office of the District Attorney Fourth Judicial District. In this role, Howard described the goals of the incoming Michael Allen, District Attorney Elect, and the transition for the entire DA staff.  

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 23, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020

On Wednesday's "The Extra", volunteers are getting ready to open up the phone lines at NORAD's Santa Tracking center to take calls and provide updates on the progress of the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus, as he makes his rounds across the globe. Starting at 4:00 am MST on Christmas Eve, children of all ages are invited to call in via phone at 1-877-HI-NORAD, or email at [ mailto:noradtracksanta@outlook.com | noradtracksanta@outlook.com ] . You can also explore NORAD's dedicated website with fun, engaging games and information at noradsanta.org Our thanks to guest Captain Nathaneal Callon, USAF, Northcom Communications Officer.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 22, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 22, 2020

December 22, 2020

On Tuesday's "The Extra", did you know that more than 275 million cell phones are in use and discarded as consumers move up models in 2020? Computers, too, are often destined for uncertain futures as consumers upgrade to newer models. Recycling technology provides a way to prevent e-waste and tech-waste from ending up in landfills. Host Shannon Brinias spoke with Kimberly Johnston of E-Tech Recyclers, a local business providing such service to customers as well as a learning environment program. More information can be found at etechrecyclers.com

The Extra with Andrew Rogers - December 21, 2020

The Extra with Andrew Rogers - December 21, 2020

December 21, 2020

Susan Edmondson, President and CEO of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, talks about the Downtown Partnership, the importance of supporting small business and more.

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 17, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 17, 2020

December 17, 2020
 On "The Extra" Thursday, host Shannon Brinias talked with guests about the "Bundle Up for Small Business" campaign underway in Colorado Springs and El Paso County, helping small businesses weather a difficult period due to the pandemic, and also the competition of out-of-area big online retailers on a shut-in consumer market.  Guests Aikta Marcoulier, Executive Director of the Small Business Development Center and Kayla Huthoefer Nelson, Economic Development Project Manager for the El Paso County Economic Development, spoke about a recent pulse survey showing more than half of the business-owner respondents categorized themselves as struggling and in need of financial assistance.  The creation of the #BundleUp4SmBiz campaign is aimed at urging more shoppers to shop local, and when you do, post pictures and videos on social media using that hashtag!  More information can be found at pikespeaksbdc.org/bundleup and at elpasoco.com and click on Economic Development.  
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 16, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 16, 2020

December 16, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" Wednesday, host Shannon Brinias talked to the folks from the Colorado Springs Young Professionals about their 17th Annual Toy Drive, supporting Christmas Unlimited.  Founder Jon Severson discusses how the need is great as families throughout our region are impacted by Covid closures and business shutdowns, as he asks the public to step up to help.  More information about drop-off locations for toy donations can be found at facebook.com/COSYoungPros . 
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 15, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 15, 2020

December 15, 2020

On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Greg Phillips, Director of Aviations for the Colorado Springs Airport, talking about holiday travel numbers and how they are being impacted by pandemic travel slowdowns.  He also talked about exciting developments at the airport, namely, the upcoming arrival of Southwest Airlines, set to begin flights in and out of COS in mid-March. Phillips says improvements for the airline's operations will begin in earnest as 2021 starts. He also talked about a promotion to encourage people to utilize the long-term parking lot.  More information can be found at  FlyCOS.com

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 14, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 14, 2020

December 14, 2020

On Monday's "The Extra", we put the spotlight on the William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center, which opened in June as a premiere destination for sports medicine, health and human performance. Our guests, Steve Johnson, PhD – Professor, Human Physiology & Nutrition, Co-Executive Director of Hybl Center and Bill Lueck, MHA – Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Director, New Development, Co-Executive Director of Hybl Center joined host Shannon Brinias and Doug Price, CEO of VisitCOS to teach listeners about all the Hybl Center includes, such as: 

 

      • Sports medicine and human performance clinical, testing and counseling services
      • Full imaging suite including MRI (run by our partners at PenRad Imaging), radiography, C-arm, X-ray, ultrasound, body composition, and DEXA scan equipment
      • Space for faculty and other experts to conduct groundbreaking research
      • Custom treadmills that can support bikes, wheelchairs, multiple people and can elevate 30 degrees with speeds up to 40mph
      • A nutrition laboratory and kitchen
      • Altitude room with treadmills and bikes, environmental chamber, outdoor turf field, 60-meter track and classroom and lecture space.  

The Hybl Center is a collaboration between UCCS and Penrose-St. Francis Centura Health.  More information can be found by calling 719-776-4925  or at hyblcenter.org

 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 10, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 10, 2020

December 10, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", Michelle Puelen, Communications Manager for Region 2, CDOT, joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the many projects that are underway around the region to help improve safety and traffic flow.  For more project information, go to codot.gov.  To get travel information, go to cotrip.org
  • 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
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 9, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 9, 2020

December 9, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra, host Shannon Brinias sounded a festive note to help listeners protect against scammers.  Jonathan Liebert, CEO, and Adah Rodriguez, VP of Development, both with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado shared a list of what they're calling, "The 12 Scams of Christmas," providing useful information to consumers and the public to guard against losing personal information and/or money to crooks acting in bad faith this holiday season.  They also discussed an important new partnership with Pikes Peak Area Crimestoppers.  More information can be found at bbb.org
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 8, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 8, 2020

December 8, 2020

On Tuesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias talked with Cecilia Harry, Chief Economic Development Officer of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC about a number of issues involving the business climate for existing businesses and attracting new organizations to the region.  Harry talked about the Chamber's work with El Paso County Health Department and potential for variance programs to bring relief from strict capacity restrictions.  She also discussed an upcoming State of the Region event and the next Chamber Connect/State of the City address.  Harry recently was named "40 under 40" (a list of emerging leaders shaping the chamber of commerce ndustry) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  More information on these events and the information Harry presented can be found at:  Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and Chamber Connect Events

 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 3, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

We’ve seen unprecedented impact from the coronavirus pandemic, and certainly, the impact on business and manufacturing has presented a very distinct challenge.  What are the lessons imperative for businesses to learn out of this experience?  What should consumers take note of?  How did we go from a health crisis to shortages of toilet paper, canned food and other consumer items? Harvard Business School professor Dr. Willy Shih discusses how the pandemic affected supply chains globally and what are the long-term strategies.  Dr. Shih is the author, along with Gary Pisano, of the book "Producing Prosperity–Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance".  It is available for purchase through Dr. Shih's website here and through Amazon here

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 2, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020

What would you do with $5 million to help your community?  The City of Colorado Springs' Community Development Division needs to prioritize how to spend approximately $5 million to support affordable housing, homelessness prevention, economic development, non-profit assistance and neighborhood improvements for low-income populations. The City receives this money through a federal block grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  On Wednesday's "The Extra", guests Barb Van Hoy with the City of Colorado Springs and Beth Roalstad, Executive Director, Homeward Pikes Peak, discussed how the 2021 Action Plan is developed and why community input is needed, in advance of a live virtual event Wednesday night that is open to public participation.  The event runs from 6pm to 7pm and can be accessed by going to coloradosprings.gov/cosaction2021.  There, you can also find out information about obtaining an interpreter or taking part in a text survey.  More information about Homeward Pikes Peak can be found here: homewardpp.org

 

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 30, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", Mayor John Suthers joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the coronavirus pandemic, responses at the local, state and federal level, the recent change to Level Red on the Covid-19 state dial, the advancement of Colorado Springs as a finalist location for U.S. Space Command, and a host of other topics.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 25, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

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. 

More information can be found at  downtowncs.com/skate and downtowncs.com/holiday

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 23, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 23, 2020

November 23, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by two co-owners who've established a new neighborhood market that's hoping to fill a void identified by business leaders in Colorado Springs' downtown core as  a lack of access to food products and fresh produce.  Stacey Poore and Aubrey Day say the products they purvey actually represent a domino effect of other local businesses that benefit when people "shop local" i.e. growers, distillers, winemakers, bakers, etc.  The ability to bring downtown dwellers and visitors such items enhances the livability of the downtown core. Their Bread & Butter Neighborhood Market can be found at 602 S. Nevada Avenue.  More information can be found at breadandbuttermarket.com.  The market is open daily 7am-7 pm, with slightly more limited hours for liquor sales. 
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 19, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020
Three-and-a-half trillion dollars.  That's how much e-retailing generated in 2019, and by the year 2023, online sales are expected to account for 22% of all purchases worldwide.  Adah Rodriguez and Paul Myers-Bennett of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado joined host Shannon Brinias on Thursday's "The Extra" to talk about the next frontier in online retailing, and how to spot and protect yourself from online purchase scams.  The guests also discussed their new BBB Business Impact Report, and how listeners can see more of their findings.  For that report and more information, visit bbb.org
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 18, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 18, 2020

November 18, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Aidan Ryan, Communications and Marketing manager for the Colorado Springs Airport, to discuss exciting developments at the airport, newly branded "Colorado's Small Airport."  Ryan talked about the arrival of Southwest Airlines to the southern Colorado market, and what's expected to happen in mid-March, when Southwest begins flights.  She also talked about a holiday parking promotion to bring another cost-conscious reason for travelers to choose COS.  While it's been a discouraging year for airline-related businesses due to the pandemic, with numbers depressed, Ryan talked about how the Colorado Springs Airport offers a more-distanced alternative. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 17, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020
For more than 50 years, the organization Silver Key has been serving seniors, by ensuring they have the choice of safely and healthy aging with independence and dignity.  On Wednesday's "The Extra", host Shannon Brinias was joined by Derek Wilson, Chief Strategy Officer, and Dayton Romero, Director of Services and Wellness, to talk about the many programs and services offered, such as the food pantry, delivered meals, guardianship and counseling services, the 5 Wishes initiative, the Silver Key Friends Thrift Shop, and the V.E.T.S. program.  For more information, visit SilverKey.org.
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 16, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020
On Monday's "The Extra", guests Rachel Beck, VP of Governmental Affairs; and Cecilia Harry, Chief Economic Development Officer with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss initiatives, the business response to election results and how the Chamber's facilitating business responses to the pandemic. More information about the Chamber of Commerce & EDC, and its Regional Recovery Council (in partnership with El Paso County Public Health) , and its Call to Action to businesses to encourage employees to telecommute can  be found here:  coloradospringschamberedc.com
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 12, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 12, 2020

November 13, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", Michelle Puelen, Communications Manager for Region 2, CDOT, joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about the many projects that are underway around the region to help improve safety and traffic flow.  For more project information, go to codot.gov.  To get travel information, go to cotrip.org
  • 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
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 11, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 11, 2020

November 11, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", the discussion focused on how to navigate the stressors of the holiday season, while also leaving yourself open to improving family relations.  Hilary Bridges and Sarah Bailey from Kids Crossing joined host Shannon Brinias, discussing some of the resources offered to help support foster families through their placement and counseling services.  Bridges and Bailey encouraged anyone listening who thinks they might be interested in becoming foster parents to contact them to learn about the process.  The clinic services are available to ALL families on Medicaid throughout the Pikes Peak region, not just those who are foster parents.  For more information, go to   kidscrossing.com. or call  (719) 632-4569 and ask for Sarah Bailey.  Kids Crossing is also appealing to listeners to take part in their Virtual Giving Tree as a way of making the holidays better for children in foster care.  More information can be found at the group's website  kidscrossing.com
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 9, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 9, 2020

November 9, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" Monday, host Shannon Brinias discussed the impending addition of Southwest Airlines flights in and out of Colorado Springs Airport, set to start March 11th, 2021.  Guests Bernadette Maisel, Senior Director of Program Initiatives at the Space Foundation, and Doug Price, CEO of VisitCOS talked about the details of the deal, how it will impact the region, the new options local travelers will have, and what this says about the momentum of the region as a tourist attraction, especially to locales like the Space Foundation's Discovery Center, not just post-pandemic, but throughout the pandemic as well.  More information can be found at visitcos.com , discoverspace.org and coloradopsprings.gov/flycos
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 4, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 4, 2020

November 4, 2020
On Thursday, November 12th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. we will be hosting a Medicare Hotline sponsored by Optum Colorado Springs, to answer your questions about Medicare Annual Enrollment period.  For "The Extra", we are joined by Dr. Kendra Robison, one of the Medical Directors with Optum Colorado Springs to talk about why it's so important to address your coverage. More information at cosprings.optum.com
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 2, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020

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

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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 29, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020
On Thursday's "The Extra", Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss a wide variety of issues facing the city and region.  They spoke about the rising coronavirus numbers and the potential that state epidemiologists may recommend further limits on public activities.  Mayor Suthers urged voters to pass Measure 2A which will prevent the ratcheting down of future years' budgets due to lower tax revenues in 2020.  Mayor Suthers also discussed the important economic news involving Southwest Airlines starting flights in and out of Colorado Springs Airport and efforts to be chosen as the permanent home of U.S. Space Command. 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 28, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" on Wednesday, guest Laurel Prud'homme, Vice President of Communications for Downtown Partnership shared how the organization is working to boost downtown experiences with retailers, restaurants and other small businesses that want to attract visitors through the winter months and the all-important holiday season.  Prud'homme talked about the changes coming for "Skate in the Park", the ice rink set to take shape downtown and the covid 19 prevention methods that are being employed to keep skaters safe.  Advance ticket purchase is required.  She also told listeners about other fun activities like "Holidays with my Gnomies", a scavenger-type event, pop-up shopping and the "Holiday Stroll".  More information can be found at DowntownCS.comDowntownCS.com/holiday and DowntownCS.com/skate
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 27, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020
On KRDO's "The Extra" Tuesday, host Shannon Brinias discussed the newest Covid-19 resurgence which has put El Paso County on the brink of seeing variances under the "Safer at Home" restrictions be more severely limited.  Guests Dr. Robin Johnson, Medical Director, El Paso County Department of Public Health; and Dirk Draper, CEO, Chamber of Commerce & EDC, discussed mitigation plans to slow the spread of coronavirus and how businesses need to be considering moving more employees back to telework options.  More information and resources can be found at Chamberedc.com/telecommuting-toolkit and elpasocountyhealth.org.   
 
GRIT in the Time of COVID - The Extra with Ted Robertson - Kathryn Dosch/Lori Jarvis - October 21, 2020

GRIT in the Time of COVID - The Extra with Ted Robertson - Kathryn Dosch/Lori Jarvis - October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020

G.R.I.T. in the Time of COVID
*FREE* On-Line Resiliency Training
www.LetsTalkGrit.com

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

Venetucci Farm’s Legacy Preserved and Carried On - The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - October 20, 2020

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.

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The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - Arts in the Time of COVID - October 19, 2020

The Morning News Extra with Ted Robertson - Arts in the Time of COVID - October 19, 2020

October 20, 2020

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.

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The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 12, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 12, 2020

October 15, 2020
An American journalist and her mother were murdered in Turkey, but a quick investigation and prosecution led to a conclusion of domestic violence that some have questioned.  Moreover, questions have been raised as to why the U.S. didn't investigate the case?  The slayings of Halla Barakat, 24, and her mother Orouba, 62, an activist fierce critical of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, held similarities to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  Recently, a United Nations official tasked with investigating extrajudicial killings expressed interest in further investigating the Barakat murders.  The murders have been the subject of a  new co-investigation by ABC News and  Reveal from the Center for Investigative reporting.  Extra host Shannon Brinias discussed the case with lead reporter Fariba Nawa from her base in Istanbul.  "Justice for Halla" aired on ABC' Nightline and is reported in podcast form.  To listen to the podcast of the ABC/Reveal report, click here for Reveal link.  For further information on the investigation on the ABC News website, click here
 
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 14, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020
On Wednesday's "The Extra", representatives of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Southern Colorado joined host Shannon Brinias to talk about political-based scams that may have crooks masquerading as legitimate candidates, campaigns or social-activist groups calling or texting potential victims.  VP of Development and Operations Adah Rodriguez and Quality Assurance Coordinator Alexxis Barton also discussed Amazon Prime Day scams, robocalls, password safety, cyber security, and the BBB's upcoming 26th Annual Night of Excellence on October 22nd from 4pm to 6pm.  The event this year is free and virtual, as the organization honors a half dozen outstanding area businesses. More information can be found at bbbsc.org.  For more information about reporting scams, you can go to BBB.org/ScamTracker or IC3.gov/Complaint.  
The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 13, 2020

The Extra with Shannon Brinias - October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020
On Tuesday's "The Extra", guest Rachel Beck, VP of Governmental Affairs with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC joined host Shannon Brinias to discuss the upcoming election and ballot measures and propositions voters will be deciding in 2020.  Beck discussed the Chamber's positions on Proposition 118 on Paid Medical Leave and much more.  More information about the Chamber's positions can be found at Chamber's 2020 Ballot Guide and more information about the Chamber of Commerce & EDC can be found here:  coloradospringschamberedc.com