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Sat. 11/28/15
Aventa Credit Union Establishes the Garrett Swasey Memorial Fund
Aventa Credit Union - 11/28/15 10:21 AM
Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 28, 2015) -- In the wake of yesterday's tragic events at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs and the death of Officer Garrett Swasey, a police officer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), Aventa Credit Union has established the Garrett Swasey Memorial Fund. Garrett was a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police Department. Officer Swasey was on duty at the campus and responded in support of the Colorado Springs Police Department who were working the active shooter situation. Swasey leaves behind his wife and two children.

"Aventa Credit Union has been serving those who serve the City of Colorado Springs since 1957. We wanted to honor Garrett Swasey, who has been serving the community of Colorado Springs as a police officer, by setting up the Garrett Swasey Memorial Fund," said Greg Mills, President/CEO of Aventa Credit Union.

All funds raised from the Aventa's Garrett Swasey Memorial Fund will go to Garrett Swasey's wife and children. To make a donation, stop by any Aventa Credit Union branch or call Aventa Credit Union at 719.482.7600 or 800.555.6665.

About Aventa
Aventa Credit Union was founded in 1957 by the Colorado Springs Utilities Department. Today, Aventa has grown to more than 21,000 members and $159 million in assets. The credit union offers a wide-variety of financial products and services throughout their branches in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the San Luis Valley.
Fri. 11/20/15
Thu. 11/19/15
Joint training scheduled at Cheyenne Mountain
Peterson Air Force Base - 11/19/15 1:52 PM
Firefighters from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and Colorado Springs fire department will conduct joint training Nov. 21 at Cheyenne Mountain AFS.

A moth infestation has killed Douglas fir trees along Cheyenne Mountain's South Portal Road, presenting a safety hazard.

The firefighters will work together to remove those trees. Department crew members must conduct chain saw operators' training annually to keep their certifications current. Steep slopes and loose rocks will present challenges sometimes encountered in real-life emergency response situations. The joint training further cements the wildfire relationship the two agencies have developed during recent area fires, while keeping skills current.

The 721st Mission Support Group at CMAFS protects the overall security of the people and priority resources at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in support of national defense.
Wed. 11/18/15
Fort Carson Soldiers Help with Thanksgiving Feast
Harrison Dist. 2 - 11/18/15 5:33 PM
This Friday, Nov 20, Maj. Kevin Boyd of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and soldiers will put on a feast for all Centennial Elementary School families.

The feast starts at 10:40am, but soldiers will be there early to help Centennial staff set up.

Attached Media Files: 2015-11/1351/89630/2015_Carson_D2_Partner_CES_Thxgiving.pdf
Fri. 11/13/15
Schriever Engages in Emergency Response Exercises
Schriever Air Force Base - 11/13/15 4:51 PM
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Starting Monday, Team Schriever will engage in a week-long exercise to test and assess several emergency responses while accomplishing the mission.

The exercise is intended to ensure forces have and use the proper techniques, tactics and procedures as they protect the mission and the on base community. Additionally the exercise will test and validate mutual aid agreements with El Paso County emergency response forces and Flight for Life.

Scenarios will impact the base at large, including access on and off the installation.
Media members are invited to cover some of the more visual scenarios, including county and city responders.

Media wishing to cover the scenarios can contact the 50th Space Wing Public Affairs Office at 567-5040 for more specific details on dates and times.
Tue. 11/10/15
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 11/10/15 3:14 PM
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will have a board meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
Unified District Improvement Plan and Priority Improvement and Turnaround School Improvement Plan
Instructional Materials and Secondary Courses Approval
FY2015-16 District Employee Benefits Insurance Committee Annual Charge
Nondiscrimination Policies
Audit Committee Member Approval
Resolution 2016-15: American Education Week
2016 Mill Levy Certification

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The November 11 agenda is featured.
Fri. 11/06/15
Update on Sierra High School
Harrison Dist. 2 - 11/06/15 11:00 AM
21 Sierra High School students were served with misdemeanor charges by the Colorado Springs Police Department for their involvement in last week's incident. Three students were charged with 3rd degree assault, disorderly conduct, and interference with staff, faculty or students of educational institutions. Eighteen students were charged with disorderly conduct and interference with staff, faculty or students of educational institutions. District action is forthcoming. Thank you for your continued support of Sierra High School and our students.
Wed. 11/04/15
Russell Middle School Honoring Veterans and Active Duty Military
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 11/04/15 9:53 AM
Russell Middle School, 3825 E. Montebello Dr. W., will honor United States Veterans and active duty military with a remembrance and celebration assembly on Friday, November 6, 2015. The celebration will begin with a reception at 1:30 p.m., followed by an assembly from 2-3:40 p.m. The band, choir, orchestra, and dance team will perform. Distinguished veterans and active military from across Colorado Springs have been invited.

Donations for the Honor Flight Network will be collected at the door. Honor Flight Network is a no-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all of their sacrifices. Heroes are transported to Washington DC to visit and reflect at the memorials.
Tue. 11/03/15
Exercise scheduled at Air Force station
Peterson Air Force Base - 11/03/15 1:07 PM
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is participating in a homeland defense exercise Nov. 4.

Drivers may experience some delays on NORAD Road as well as entering and exiting the installation, as Airmen train for their homeland defense mission. The 721st Security Forces Squadron will conduct a traffic control checkpoint from 7-9 a.m. at the bottom of NORAD Road, near Highway 115. All users of the road will be required to show government identification. Broadmoor Bluffs residents and their guests will still be authorized to use the road during the exercise.

The 721st Mission Support Group protects the overall security of the people and priority resources at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in support of national defense.

Attached Media Files: 2015-11/974/89200/2015-11-04_CMAFS_exercise.docx