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Colorado Springs/Pueblo News Releases for Thu. May. 23 - 9:47 pm
Thu. 05/23/24
YMCA opening outdoor pools May 25th: Monument Valley and Wilson Ranch Pools will be open to the public
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region - 05/23/24 8:38 AM

Colorado Springs, CO—The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is excited to announce that the Monument Valley and Wilson Ranch outdoor pools will open on Saturday, May 25th, for the 2024 summer season! 

Thanks to a partnership with the City of Colorado Springs, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is in its twelfth year of operating these two city-owned outdoor aquatic centers. The partnership continues to provide the community with a place for families to have fun together and empower people to be healthier in spirit, mind, and body. 

YMCA Members and nonmembers can purchase passes to gain entry to the outdoor pools. Hours of operation for Wilson Ranch are Monday through Sunday, 10:00am - 6:00pm, and Monument Valley are Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm. 

Each pool will have one lap lane and 2.5 hour block scheduling will again be put in place should a pool reach capacity. Similar to last season, a fast pass line will be offered at Wilson Ranch Pool for anyone that has purchased a pool pass.

Seasonal, monthly, and day passes for the pools are all available, and early bird pricing is in effect until May 24th. All pricing, and Frequently Asked Questions information is available on the YMCA website at https://ppymca.org/membership/pool-pass.


Wed. 05/22/24
Thunderbirds arrive May 28
Peterson Space Force Base - 05/22/24 3:30 AM

Media are invited to Peterson Space Force Base for the arrival of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at 1:15 p.m. May 28. The Thunderbirds will perform May 30 as part of the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation.

Media will have the opportunity to view the arrival and interview a pilot about the team’s precision-flying mission and the capabilities of the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. 

Media should RSVP by 9 a.m. May 28 at d1.pa@spaceforce.mil">sbd1.pa@spaceforce.mil

For more information about the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, go to https://www.airforce.com/thunderbirds/overview.

Tue. 05/21/24
THE Colorado Springs School District 11 Introduces the D11 Teacher Impact Award, Thanks to a Generous Donation from The Dakota Foundation (Photo)
Colorado Springs SD 11 - 05/21/24 9:27 AM
Laura Bomersbach Steele Elementary School
Laura Bomersbach Steele Elementary School

The Colorado Springs School District 11 is thrilled to announce the introduction of the new Teacher Impact Award, made possible by a generous donation from The Dakota Foundation. This prestigious award honors and celebrates our educators' exceptional dedication and achievements.

Yesterday, administrators from D11 proudly recognized and rewarded four of our most outstanding teachers with an incredible gift of $11,000 each. The Teacher Impact Award is given to educators whose students have demonstrated significant growth and achievement, as evidenced by data indicating more than one year’s growth within a single school year. Winners were selected based on this data and recommendations from principals, colleagues, and students.

These exemplary teachers embody the D11 standard of excellence, and we are immensely grateful for their unwavering commitment to the students and families of our district. Please join us in congratulating our 2024 Teacher Impact Award recipients:

Kyle Yeh, Coronado High School

Julie Lounello, Sabin Middle School

Sandra Briggs, Mitchell High School

Laura Bomersbach, Steele Elementary School

D11 Superintendent Michael Gaal expressed his gratitude, stating, "The #1 way to student achievement is access to high-quality instruction. In THE Colorado Springs School District 11, we are humbled to have support from the Dakota Foundation and the Board of Education to celebrate our most excellent teachers with $11K cash rewards for demonstrating that over this last academic year!"

The Dakota Foundation is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives and recognizing the profound impact of exceptional educators. Through their generous contributions, they aim to foster a culture of excellence and growth within school communities. The non-profit was founded in 1997 by A. Bart Holaday to focus his philanthropic efforts toward social entrepreneurship and enhance self-sufficiency. The Dakota Foundation, in partnership with Pikes Peak State College, has also been instrumental in the development of The Mitchell Promise and subsequently, The D11 Promise, which provides a path to free college for qualifying students across D11. 

Congratulations to the Teacher Impact Award recipients of The Colorado Springs School District 11! Your dedication and impact are making a lasting difference in the lives of your students.

Attached Media Files: Laura Bomersbach Steele Elementary School , Sandra Briggs, Mitchell High School , Julie Lounello Sabin Middle School , Kyle Yeh Coronado High School

Mon. 05/20/24
The Colorado Springs School District 11 and Colorado College to host first ever High School Graduations at Ed Robson Arena in Downtown Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs SD 11 - 05/20/24 3:35 PM

The Colorado Springs School District 11 is incredibly excited to announce that the High School Graduations for Coronado, Doherty, Mitchell, and Palmer will be held at the distinguished Ed Robson Arena at Colorado College on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, and Wednesday, May 22, 2024. The D11 Class of 2024 are the FIRST high school graduates to have ceremonies held at this prestigious location in the history of Ed Robson Arena on the campus of Colorado College. This exceptional venue will provide the highest quality experience our students and families deserve, at no cost, and closer to home! With a state-of-the-art AV system, the experience for families and friends in attendance and watching at home will be unparalleled.

This new venue, renowned for its architectural beauty and cutting-edge facilities, perfectly matches the unparalleled academic excellence emerging from District 11. It reflects our commitment to providing an extraordinary environment that celebrates the hard work and achievements of our graduates.

We are tremendously thankful to Colorado College, the Downtown Partnership, and all local businesses and neighbors who have worked with us to make this an unforgettable experience for our students and families. Their collaboration and support have been instrumental in ensuring that this milestone event will be a memorable celebration of our students' accomplishments.

Join us in celebrating the remarkable journey of the D11 Class of 2024, as they step into the future with the excellence and distinction that have become the hallmark of our district. 

Press is encouraged to attend. 

Graduation Details:

Doherty High School: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 9:00am. Students will arrive by police escort at 7:15am. 

Coronado High School: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 3:00pm. Students will arrive by police escort at 1:15pm. 

Mitchell High School: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 9:00am. Students will arrive by police escort at 7:15am. 

Palmer High School: Tuesday, May 22, 2024 at 3:00pm. Students will arrive by police escort at 1:15pm.


Fri. 05/17/24
Schriever SFB Guardian identified as missing hiker
Peterson Space Force Base - 05/17/24 3:15 PM

U.S. Space Force Sgt. Lucas Macaj, a Schriever Space Force Base Guardian, has been identified as the missing hiker whose remains were recovered May 16, 2024, in Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Macaj was a space operator for the 8th Combat Training Squadron, part of Space Delta 8 headquartered at Schriever SFB. 

“Space Delta 8 is a family and we have lost one of our own,” said Col. David A. Pheasant, Space Delta 8 commander. “I extend my deepest personal condolences to family, friends and teammates who will be grieving through their loss. We will make every effort to ensure those within our team grieving this loss have full access to the trained helping agencies available.” 

Macaj joined the Space Force in August 2023 as an interservice transfer from the U.S. Marine Corps. His USSF awards include the Air and Space Longevity Service Award

Macaj’s remains were recovered as the result of an intensive search by Rocky Mountain National Park search and rescue personnel. Multiple agencies and organizations assisted with search and recovery efforts including Flight for Life Air Ambulance, the State of Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC), and Colorado Army National Guard assisted with air reconnaissance operations. Also assisting were the Colorado Search and Rescue Association (CSAR), Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States, Larimer County SAR Dog Team, assisted by Boulder County Sheriff Dog Team, as well as Park County SAR Dog Team and El Paso County SAR Dog Team.




D11 Family Hosts Angelman Syndrome Walk at Freedom Elementary; More than 10,000 Walking for a Cure in celebration of 25 years (Photo)
Colorado Springs SD 11 - 05/17/24 11:44 AM
Freedom Elementary School
Freedom Elementary School

Colorado Springs, CO – May 18, 2024 – This Saturday, May 18th, from 10 AM to 1 PM, The Colorado Springs School District 11 Freedom Elementary School will host the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) Walk, organized by a dedicated D11 parent, whose daughter has Angelman Syndrome and is a student at Freedom Elementary. This event is not only a celebration of those living with Angelman syndrome but also a crucial fundraiser for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to transformative research, world-class clinical care, impactful advocacy, and essential family support for over 30 years.

The event is spearheaded by D11 parent and Walk Coordinator for Colorado’s ASF Walk, Liz Thompson, whose daughter, Cami, is a Kindergartener at Freedom Elementary. Cami faces unique challenges associated with Angelman syndrome, a rare neurogenetic condition that affects her ability to walk independently and communicate verbally. Despite these challenges, Cami has thrived in her first full year in the K-12 system, thanks to the exceptional support of Principal Rochelle Williams, the special education team, and her dedicated teachers at Freedom Elementary.

Angelman syndrome is caused by the loss of function of a particular gene during fetal development, resulting in severe neurological impairment present at birth and lasting for a lifetime. Symptoms vary and include severe developmental delays, speech impairments, seizures, walking and balance disorders, and frequent laughter and excitability. While there is no definitive count, it is estimated that Angelman syndrome occurs in one in every 15,000 live births.

The ASF Walk at Freedom Elementary aims to bring together families, friends, and community members to raise awareness and funds to support those affected by Angelman syndrome. Participants can expect a day filled with joy, camaraderie, and hope, as well as opportunities to learn more about Angelman syndrome and the work of the ASF.

For more information about the event or to donate, please visit the Angelman Syndrome Foundation's website.



The official 2024 Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) Walk Press release is attached. 


Event details:

WHO: Open to the public, Individuals with Angelman syndrome and their families, friends, and supporters from the Greater Colorado Springs area.

WHAT: 2024 Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF) Walk

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2024

Check-in: 10 AM

Walk begins: 11:15 AM

WHERE: Freedom Elementary School

5280 Butterfield Dr.,

Colorado Springs, CO 80923


Attached Media Files: 2024 ASF Walk Press Release , Freedom Elementary School , 2024-05/7361/172390/Liz_and_Cami_Thompson_ASF_Walk_Organizer_at_Freedom_Elementary.jpg , 2024-05/7361/172390/Volunteer-Opportunities.jpg , 2024-05/7361/172390/EVENTS.jpg , 2024-05/7361/172390/banner5.jpg , 2024-05/7361/172390/2021-walk-banner-768x231.jpg , 2023 ASF Walk_Cami Thompson Finish Line

Statement regarding missing Guardian
Peterson Space Force Base - 05/17/24 9:03 AM

Note to media: As a matter of Department of Defense policy, identities of deceased personnel will not be released until 24 hours after next of kin notifications have been completed. In accordance with that policy, Space Base Delta 1 will be releasing a statement today at 3:15 p.m.