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Colorado Springs/Pueblo News Releases for Fri. Oct. 28 - 4:07 am
Tue. 10/25/16
Peterson hosts retiree information day
Peterson Air Force Base - 10/25/16 12:00 PM
The 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB will host retirees from across the Front Range at the 2016 Retiree Information Day from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29.

The annual event includes a variety of free services to retirees including wellness and dental checks, flu shots and identification card renewal. There will also be informational tables from 45 various agencies including TRICARE, Medicare, Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, the U.S. Air Force Academy athletics program and the Pikes Peak National Cemetery, and light refreshments and door prizes.

The Peterson retiree office estimates there are 40,000 military retirees living in the local area.

The event takes place at the Peterson Club, building 1013, 260 Glasgow Ave. For more information about Retiree Information Day activities, call 719-556-7153 or 719-333-7877.
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 10/25/16 10:23 AM
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will hold a board meeting on Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
Instructional Materials and Secondary Course Approval
Policy JC: School Attendance Areas and School Building Capacity
Policy IJL: Library Media Selection, Adoption, Acquisition, and Reconsideration
Contract Award: Contract Modification 3 to CPS Charter School Contract
Resolution 2017-17: Native American Heritage Month
Policy JLCDB: Administration of Medical Marijuana

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The October 26 agenda is featured.
Fri. 10/21/16
Media Alert: Doherty Students to Conduct Mock Election Using State-of-the-Art Online Voting System
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 10/21/16 10:11 AM
On Tuesday, October 25, students and teachers at Doherty High School will conduct a mock election, and the media is invited to attend this event. Lab hours are 7 a.m.-- 4 p.m., and the best time for media to get the best visuals is 7:40-8:30 a.m.

Students will use a state-of-the art online voting system as they participate in a mock election program sponsored by the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), a national civic education program based at the University of Virginia Center for Politics. With millions of students expected to vote nationwide during the two-week voting period, October 17-October 27, the YLI Mock Election is the largest secure, student-only online mock election in the nation.

National and statewide results of the YLI Mock Election will be available the morning of Friday, October 28, 2016, on YLI's website at www.youthleadership.net.
Tue. 10/18/16
Base reports unplanned discharge
Peterson Air Force Base - 10/18/16 2:18 PM
An unplanned water discharge from a Peterson fire training area was discovered Oct. 12.

About 150,000 gallons of water being held in a fire training area retention tank was discharged into the Colorado Springs Utilities sewer system sometime in the last week. The tank held water that contained an elevated level of perfluorinated compounds, a residual component of aqueous film forming foam, a firefighting foam historically used at the base for emergency response.

Air Force officials reported the discharge to Colorado Springs Utilities within 24 hours after discovery, and an official report was made within a five-day window, as requested by CSU.

Authorities at Peterson discovered the discharge during a routine tank inspection Oct. 12. The tank is part of a system used to recirculate water to the fire training area.

"We take this type of event seriously, and will work diligently to determine the cause," said Lt. Col. Chad Gemeinhardt, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron commander. "We are committed to upholding environmental stewardship policies and procedures."

An investigation into the incident is ongoing to determine how the discharge occurred and a review is underway to determine if there are gaps in procedures or training.

"Peterson Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force are committed to protecting the environment and communities in which we call home," said Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander. "We take all environmental concerns seriously, and have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the discharge and to prevent it from happening again."

When PFCs were discovered earlier this year in well water south of the base, the Air Force proactively provided $4.3 million to filter and provide drinking water to affected residents while an investigation of potential source areas is conducted. Officials are confident these ongoing mitigation strategies are sufficient to address any potential contamination from the discharge.
This is a test for flash alert.
First Southern Baptist Church - CS - 10/18/16 11:04 AM
Today is October 18, 2016.
Fri. 10/14/16
Help Silver Key Fill Thanksgiving Food Bags!
Silver Key Senior Services - 10/14/16 3:18 PM
October 14, 2016, Colorado Springs, CO ---- Silver Key needs your help to fill Bountiful Bags for Thanksgiving throughout the entire month of October!

The Bountiful Bags project provides seniors who are enrolled in our Nutrition Services food programs with Thanksgiving meal fixings in November. For more than 20 years, Silver Key has invited the community to help us make the holidays special for the seniors we serve and this year is no different. Our goal is to fill 1,000 bags with all the trimmings for a memorable Thanksgiving meal for the seniors and their families. When you are shopping for your family, add a few items to your bag for seniors in need.

Thank you to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, American Society of Military Comptrollers, BKD, and Sherman & Howard for providing instant mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing and a portion of the canned green beans.

Items stilled needed are:
Cranberry Sauce: Whole Berry or Jellied, 14 or 16 oz. cans
Dessert dry mix or canned pie filling
Green Beans: 14.5 oz. cans
Turkey Gravy Dry-Mix: 0.87 (7/8) oz. packets
Yams / Sweet Potatoes: 29 oz. cans

Donations can be dropped off at Silver Key at 1625 S. Murray Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80916, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. until Nov 1. For more information about the Bountiful Bags project please go to www.silverkey.org or call Lorri Orwig at (719) 884-2313 or email her at lorwig@silverkey.org.
Wed. 10/12/16
Media Alert: Jenkins Middle School Receives 2016-18 PTA National School of Excellence Award
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 10/12/16 9:15 AM
Jenkins Middle School has received the 2016-18 PTA National School of Excellence Award. This is the second consecutive time that Jenkins has received this award. This award highlights the close partnership between the school and its families.

On Friday, October 14, Jenkins, 6410 Austin Bluffs Parkway, will have an award presentation, 9:15-9:40 a.m., in the cafeteria. The media is invited to attend this event.
Tue. 10/11/16
School District 11 Board of Education Meeting
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 10/11/16 11:33 AM
The Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education will hold a board meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m. The consent/action items on this agenda include:
Policy IHD: Adult and Family Education
Policy IJOC: School Volunteer Services
Policy EEAG: Transportation in Private Vehicles
Policy IJOA: Field Trips
Policy DJ: Procurement and Contracting
Resolution 2017-15: TABOR Reserves and Designations Applied to Fiscal Year Spending
Resolution 2017-16: ESP Week, October 17-21, 2016

To view the agenda, go to the Board of Education webpage, hover over meetings, and select BoardDocs Public Site. The October 12 agenda is featured.
Mon. 10/10/16
Carmel Middle School Update
Harrison Dist. 2 - 10/10/16 3:22 PM
Please see attached release for update and interview times with Dr. Spencer

Attached Media Files: Carmel Middle School Update
Media Alert: CDE to Announce 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 10/10/16 9:42 AM
On Tuesday, October 11, at approximately 9:20 a.m., representatives from the Colorado Department of Education will be at Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave., to announce the 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year. The media is invited to this event, and you are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. No pre-announcement interviews will be allowed.
Peterson holds fire demonstration
Peterson Air Force Base - 10/10/16 5:30 AM
Media are invited to attend the Peterson Fire Emergency Services Flight fire demonstration at 8 p.m. Oct. 12.

The live fire demonstration will be held at the base's fire training area, where firefighters will use water to extinguish a controlled propane fire in a lined training pit, simulating response to an aircraft crash.

As first responders to both Peterson AFB and the Colorado Springs airport, the demonstration highlights the firefighters' vital life-saving skills using environmentally safe techniques.

The demonstration is part of annual National Fire Prevention Week activities. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

"It's important we practice fire safety not just this week, but year-round," said Rodney Coleman, Peterson deputy fire chief. "During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives."

The theme for this year's awareness week is "Don't wait, check the date," encouraging homeowners to replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
Wed. 10/05/16
Panorama Middle School receives $450,000 grant from CO Health Foundation
Harrison Dist. 2 - 10/05/16 2:38 PM
See attached

You're invited to the community meeting Oct. 12 but we'd happy to coordinate a story before or after

Attached Media Files: 2016-10/1351/98228/2016_PanoramaHealthGrant.pdf
Tue. 10/04/16
Media Alert: Celebrities to Attend D11 Food and Nutrition Services Event at Sabin Middle School
Colorado Springs Dist. 11 - 10/04/16 9:37 AM
Celebrity personal trainer Eric the Trainer and legendary Tae Bo instructor Billy Blanks will join Colorado Springs School District 11's Food and Nutrition Services to discuss the importance of healthy eating, nutrition, and exercise, while they film for their television show, which airs on Spike TV. This event will take place at Sabin Middle School, 3605 N. Carefree Circle, on Wednesday, October 5, at 7:30 a.m. A group exercise session will take place in the courtyard, with light exercise to get everyone involved in health and wellness before the school day begins. Eric the Trainer and Billy Blanks will use the PA system to speak to students, parents, and staff throughout the event. A healthy pancake and sausage breakfast, with fresh fruits and homemade toppings, will be available for parents, students, and staff. The cost for parents/staff to eat is $3.20; students can use the school meal program.

Chefs from the American Culinary Federation Pikes Peak Chapter will be assisting CSSD11 Food and Nutrition Services to prepare the breakfast with produce and food donations from Colorado Pac and US Foods. The media is invited to attend this event.
Mon. 10/03/16
Peterson commander holds state of wing address
Peterson Air Force Base - 10/03/16 5:00 AM
Media are invited to attend the annual Peterson State of the Wing at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing and Peterson AFB commander, will discuss improvements within the base with key civic leaders in the Pikes Peak region. Schiess will also summarize his first year in command of the wing and highlight future goals for his final year as wing commander.

The goal is to educate local leaders about the wing's mission and current affairs, and create personal relationships between the military and community to help build working relationships.

The base plays a large role in the Colorado Springs economy, employing more than 10,000 personnel, including Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Army, Navy, Marines, Canadian forces and civilians, with an annual economic impact of about $1.26 billion.

Schiess and other wing leadership will have approximately 90 minutes to interact with congressional staff members, civic leaders, Colorado Thirty Group members and elected Colorado Springs officials. Base tours will also be available after the State of the Wing address.
Thu. 09/29/16