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June 19, 2013

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Tri-Lakes Region, Monument, Gleneagle, Black Forest and Northern El Paso County • Volume 48, Issue 25

Steady progress on Black Forest Fire over weekend Staff Report

Flames lick over a ridge top near Highway 83 and Northgate. Reports say that the fire is less than a quarter mile from Highway 83. Photo by Rob Carrigan

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office continues to do structure and damage assessments. According to Black Forest Fire’s Joint Informantion Center updated on Monday morning, June 17, the fire was 65 percent contained. The fire had updated acrage figures at 14,198 acres, and over 1,100 firefighters still working on the fire. Fire officials were hoping for containment by as early as Thursday, June 20. Evacuations bans were lifted in certain areas and the new evacuation boundaries are as follows:

West Boundary is Hwy 83 (Hwy 83 is OPEN) from Burgess to Walker; East Boundary is Meridian Rd, from Burgess Rd to County Line Road. Meridian Road is CLOSED to the Public but OPEN to residents with proper I.D.; South Boundary is Burgess Rd. - Burgess Rd is CLOSED from HWY 83 to Meridian Road; North boundary is Walker Road from Black Forest Road to Meridian Road; Hodgen Forest Ranch or the area between. Also open: Howells Rd. on the West; Milam Rd. on the East; Burgess Rd. on the South; and Crosslen Ln. and Ford Rd. on the North 83 is OPEN. Walker is CLOSED.

“Great Basin Team 2 assumed responsibility for initial attack (I.A.) support within a 30 mile radius of the Black Forest Fire. The team is being shadowed by the Butler County, OH. All Hazards Type 3 Incident Management team. Thunderstorm activity began to move in from the west and impacted the area. Thunderstorms possessed erratic winds, lightning and moisture. A lightning strike fire was reported in the Black Forest Fire area next to a residence was quickly extinguished by the homeowner,” according to the incident report

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D-20 schools in Black Forest still standing Damage to grounds around school, still monitoring situation By Lisa Collacott

l c o l l a c o t t @ o u rc o l o ra donews.com Black Forest is home to two Academy School District 20 elementary schools and the morning after the fire started the schools were still standing. Edith Wolford Elementary School and School in the Woods are still standing, according to D-20 Superintendent Dr. Mark Hatchell. Hatchell and D-20 Chief of Security Brian Grady were able to view the schools the day after the fire. In an email sent to parents Hatchell said there is some fire damage on the grounds of Edith Wolford Elementary School as well as School in the Woods but the buildings appear to be fine. They are still closely monitoring what is happening with the fire. Edith Wolford Elementary School is one of D-20’s

original schools. The school was named for a teacher who taught at the original Black Forest Log School located on Shoup and Black Forest Roads. It is not known if the original school house, which was built in 1922, is still standing. The school closed in 1945 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Edith Wolford Elementary School is located on Black Forest Road, north of Shoup Road and School in the Woods is located on Vollmer Road, east of Black Forest Road. Hatchell said in the email that the district is concerned about the students and staff members of the district that live in Black Forest. “We know that many students and staff members have lost their homes and a large number are currently being evacuated,” Hatchell said. “As we move forward and assess the impact of this natural disaster I know we will have many families and staff who need our help. We are working to come together as a district and put plans in place so that we can assist with those needs.”

Evacuees Janet and Heather Humphrey eat breakfast in the front aisle of the auditorium at Palmer Ridge High School during a packed town hall meeting Saturday morning. Photos by Rob Carrigan

Residents voice frustrations at community meeting Publisher of Black Forest News loses her home but remains dedicated to keeping residents informed By Lisa Collacott

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Academy School District 20 School in the Woods as it appeared two years ago. The school is in Black Forest located on Vollmer Road, east of Black Forest Road. The school is still standing but the grounds around it have received fire damage. Edith Wolford Elementary School is also still standing but has sustained fire damage to its grounds as well. File photo by Lisa Collacott POSTAL ADDRESS

During a community meeting for Black Forest resident emotions ran high for those seeking information about assistance, the status of their homes and when they would be allowed re-entry. Commissioner Darryl Glenn, whose district includes Black Forest, hosted the meeting to provide information on where residents can go for assistance with their needs. Many residents wanted information on the status of their homes and when they could go see their homes

but he reminded residents that particular information would have to come from the sheriff. Patty Baxter, head of the El Paso County Office of Emergency Management, told residents that Kathy Russell, also from emergency management, would be taking the lead on the re-entry process for residents. Meeting continues on Page 10

Black Forest resident Bonnie Kruse, during a briefing on the progress of the Black Forest Fire in Colorado Springs, Colo., Friday, June 14, 2013. Bonnie’s family lost five homes to the Black Forest Fire.

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Progression of Black Forest fire

Borders of Black Forest Fire as of June 13 at 8 p.m. Map Courtesy of El Paso County Sheriffs

Wednesday Evening, June 12

Fire has burned 8,500 acres Other areas are under voluntary evacuation By Lisa Collacott

lcollacott@ourcoloradonews.com By Wednesday night, June 12, the Black Forest Fire has consumed nearly 8,500 acres and burned nearly 100 buildings in just 24 hours. During a 5 p.m. news briefing, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said that it was anticipated that another 3,000 acres will burn. He said the possibility for the fire to spread was extreme. The fire moved northwest and northeast and was encroaching on Elbert County. It doubled back to properties still standing and threatened Colo. 83 which is now closed. The mandatory evacuation areas have extended north to Walker Road and east to Colo. 83. Up to 9,500 people

having been affected. The Flying Horse neighborhood is under a voluntary evacuation notice. A voluntary evacuation order has also been issued for Northern Colorado Springs for areas west of Interstate 25 and north of Old Ranch Road within Colorado Springs city limits. Maketa said they are looking at preliminary planning should an evacuation order need to be issued for neighborhoods east of Colo. 83. Maketa said people should be in Ready! Set! Go! mode. There were 487 firefighters from 28 fire districts assisting in the Black Forest Fire. The transition to the Type I Incident Command team will take place tomorrow at 6 a.m. Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed a disaster declaration for the Black Forest Fire. The sheriff’s website has a list of homes that are a total loss or partially

Thursday Morning, June 13

Photo from Hwy 83, just north of Northgate Road, 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 12. Photo by Rob Carrigan damaged and can be found at http:// www.epcsheriff.com/bff/Black%20Forest%20Fire%20-%20Residences.pdf.

Fire has grown to 15,000 acres, destroyed 360 homes High winds are fueling the fire By Lisa Collacott

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Bucket drops over the fire on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Rob Carrigan

The sheriff’s office will be updating the addresses frequently. So far at least 92 homes have been lost.

The Black Forest Fire has destroyed 360 homes making it the worst wildfire in the Colorado history. During a Thursday morning news briefing El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the fire has burned 15,000 acres and 38,000 people having been evacuated. During the night the mandatory evacuation had been extended up to County Line Road. The fire was still at zero percent containment Thursday morning and there are concerns that high winds will once again fuel the fire as it did yesterday.

“Wind is our number one threat,” Maketa said. High winds caused the fire to double back yesterday to its original starting point which was in the vicinity of Peregrine Way and Darr Drive. Maketa said the cause of the fire still has not been determined. A pre-evacuation notice is still in effect for those neighborhoods west of Colo. 83 from Northgate Boulevard to Colo. 105. Maketa said that the security is high in the evacuation areas with assistance from Monument and Palmer Lake Police Departments, Colorado Springs Police Department and the National Guard. There will be news brief at 5:00 p.m. in which Rich Harvey the incident commander for the Type I Incident Command team. Harvey was the incident commander for the Waldo Canyon Fire.


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Two die in Black Forest Fire Sheriff said they were trying to evacuate their property By Lisa Collacott

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Law enforcement meeting at Northgate Road and Highway 83 about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon just prior to mandatory evacuation order of Flying Horse area. Photo by Rob Carrigan

Two people have died as a result of the Black Forest Fire. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the remains of two people have been found. Maketa didn’t give the exact location but said the two individuals were found on a property in a heavily wooded area and it appears that they were preparing to evacuate. He said they most likely died on Tuesday, the day the fire started. Because of the two deaths there is now a criminal investigation underway. Forty-eight hours after the fire started it has burned 15,700 acres and 38,000 people have been evacuated, affecting 13,000 homes. The evacuation area has extended into Colorado Springs which includes the Flying Horse and Highlands Ranch neighborhoods. In unincorporated El Paso County the mandatory evacuation has extended to

the western edge of Fox Run Regional Park, Baptist Road to the north and Northgate Boulevard to the south. The number of lost homes still stands at 360. “I’m very hopeful that we didn’t lose any homes today. I’m optimistic. If we did we lost very few,” Maketa said. Rich Harvey, the Type I Incident commander, said there are now 750 firefighters on the fire and today they focused on making sure the south end of the fire near Shoup Road was contained. He said the fire is about five percent contained. “It’s not much progress. We have a long way to go,” Harvey said. El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn said they are working on creating a Black Forest Re-entry Response Team. Glenn also said he has personally seen The Pinery, School in the Woods and Black Forest Community Center and they are in good condition. He pointed out that fire fighters from Security and Boulder fought hard to make sure the fire did not touch the School in the Woods. Edith Wolford Elementary School is also still standing.

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Russell is a Black Forest resident who many residents know and a former lieutenant with the Black Forest Fire and Rescue. Other residents were concerned about pets that were left behind and voiced loud and clear that the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary must be allowed access back in to rescue animals. The animal sanctuary had been going into the burn area to retrieve animals but was escorted out on Friday. Residents and volunteers with the rescue said the volunteers with the animal sanctuary needed to get credentials to be let back in. Commissioner Peggy Littleton told residents that several volunteer organizations would be available to help residents sift through the ash to retrieve any items that may have survived the fire. “This community is here to help,” Littleton said. She also talked what to do if people need to evacuate and they should have a 72-hour kit ready however she was cut short when one person in the audience yelled, “We are already past that.” Littleton was met with applause when she told residents that she told law enforcement to shoot on sight if they see any looters. “We’ve already gone through enough trauma and heartache,” she said. There was a time for questions and answers and one resident asked if the next meetings could focus on those residents who don’t know where to go and who are scared and others asked if there could possibly be a location, perhaps in Monument, where residents can go instead of having to go to the Citizen’s Service Center on the Garden of the Gods. Some residents stood up and encouraged other residents including Judy von Ahlefeldt, publisher of the Black Forest News. Ahlefeldt has been a resident of Black Forest for 43 and was one of the many who lost her home in the fire. All the houses on her street burned down. She also lost one of her horses and the other was badly burned and receiving care. When the fire first started Ahlefeldt didn’t immediately leave. She spent an hour

The Black Forest fire rages into a towering inferno the day after it started. The fire was at zero percent containment nearly 48 hours after it started. Courtesy photo taking pictures of the fire for the newspaper. “I saw it crown,” von Ahlefeldt said. von Ahledeldt lives north of the slash/ mulch area, which is located on Shoup and Herring Roads. She said once the wind changed direction it headed straight towards her home. She was able to save very little of her own belongings. “I did save the newspaper archives,” von Ahlefeldt said. She said she knew that one day this type of fire would happen in Black Forest and might not have been as bad if more people would have mitigated. “It wasn’t a matter of if but when,” she added. She said recently a lot of mitigating was done at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center and that’s what saved those buildings. Also untouched were the buildings at the corner of Shoup and Black Forest Roads including the historic Black Forest Log School and the Black Forest Community Center. “That’s the heart of our community,” von Ahlefeldt said.

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Fire is holding, no new ground gained Still at five percent containment By Lisa Collacott

lcollacott@ourcoloradonews.com The Black Forest Fire is still at five percent containment but El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is very pleased that the firefighters haven’t lost any additional ground and there were no additional structures were lost on the second night of the fire. “Yesterday we gained tremendous ground,” Maketa said. Incident commander Rich Harvey said, “The corner is a long ways away but we are turning a corner.” Harvey said there are a lot of hot spots they are concerned about particularly on the northern edge and just east of Colo. 83 and Shoup Road, but firefighters have a dozer line along Colo. 83 and will focus on those areas today. He said they are working closely with the Westcott Fire Protection District, Black Forest Fire and Rescue and Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District in those areas. Maketa said on June 13 that the fire had burned 15,700 acres but at the June 14 morning news brief he said they now think it is between 13,000 and 15,000 acres. The number of homes lost now stands at 379. Maketa said they are still surveying 7,000 homes to see what the damage is. The list of homes can be found at http://www. epcsheriff.com/bff/Black%20Forest%20 Fire%20-%20Residences.pdf. The sheriff’s office is continually updating the list. Maketa said that investigators are narrowing down a point of origin for where the fire started. He requested that anyone with information or pictures that may be helpful to the investigation call 719-444-8393 or

County and fire officials were considerably more upbeat with cool weather and some rain as they announced 30 percent containment figures and down-graded evacuation status in areas west of Highway 83. Photo by Rob Carrigan email blackforesttipline@elpasoco.com. The number of people evacuated still remained at 38,000 by the afternoon of June 14. The National Guard set up a road block

at the corner of Voyager Parkway and Northgate Boulevard to block anyone from trying to get into the Flying Horse neighborhood where Discover Canyon Campus is located.

There was also one at the entrance to the Northgate Highlands neighborhood. Maketa said the sheriff’s office has not received any reports of looting.

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Smoke from the Black Forest Fire could be seen in Castle Rock on June 11. Photo by Virginia Grantier

BLACK FOREST FIRE AT A GLANCE

Police officers were going door-to-door Thursday afternoon when evacuation orders for the Flying Horse area were issued. Photo by Rob Carrigan

This is all that remains of trees and street signs at the intersection of Black Forest Road and Brentwood Drive. The Black Forest Fire has burned 15,000 acres and at least 360 homes and more evacuations have been ordered. Courtesy photo


Tribune Tri Lakes 6-26-13

June 26, 2013

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Police officers assist in Black Forest Fire Stepped in to help immediately, assisted with evacuations and patrols By Lisa Collacott

lcollacott@ourcoloradonews. com Firefighters haven’t been the only heroes during the massive Black Forest Fire. Police officers have been assisting with evacuations and protecting homes still standing. Not long after the fire started the Monument and Palmer Lake Police Departments were assisting the El

Paso County Sheriff’s Office in any they could. “We responded before they even asked,” Lt. Jason Vanderpool from the Palmer Lake Police Department said. Monument Police Department responded about 4 p.m. with five officers on June 11, the day the Black Forest Fire started. They sent seven officers on June 12, 10 on June 13, nine on June 14, seven on June 15 and five on June 16. “The police will continue to patrol over there until they are not needed any longer by El Paso County,” Pam Smith, Monument town manager, said. Vanderpool said Palmer Lake sent at least two officers per night.

Officers assisted with evacuations, escorts, check points and helped patrol the evacuated areas from looters. Officers worked 12hour shifts and many came in on their vacation and gave up days off to help. “They’ve been working around the clock and working very hard with El Paso County and other forces over there to make sure those areas are safe and people’s homes don’t get burglarized while continuing to do our own patrols,” Smith said. During a news brief Sheriff Terry Maketa said there has been a tremendous amount of support from law enforcement. Colorado Springs Police Department and Fountain Police Department also assisted.

Police officers were going door-to-door Thursday afternoon when evacuation orders for the Flying Horse area were issued. Photo by Rob Carrigan

Students, staff lose homes

Many students who attend D-38 and D-20 schools live in Black Forest area By Lisa Collacott

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said the couple were found in their garage and appeared to be getting ready to evacuate. During a news briefing when Maketa first announced two victims had been found Maketa said that someone who had spoken with the couple the afternoon of the fire said the two had said there was a glow to the west and they were preparing to leave. During a second conversation with the couple popping and cracking could be heard in the background. Marc Herklotz was a civilian contractor and Robin Herklotz was an Air Force contractor, according to a press release issued from Air Force Space Command. “The men and women of Air Force Space Command are saddened by the loss of these two members of our AFSPC family,”

Many students and staff members in both Academy School District 20 and Lewis-Palmer School District 38 were affected by the Black Forest Fire in some way or another. Three D-20 schools — Edith Wolford Elementary School, School in the Woods and Discovery Canyon Campus — were in the evacuation zones as well as Ray E. Kilmer in D-38. The fire came dangerously close to Wolford and School in the Woods but didn’t cause any damage to the buildings. DCC is located on Northgate Boulevard in Flying Horse and Kilmer is on Walker Road. Two D-38 schools, Lewis-Palmer High School and Bear Creek Elementary School, were in the pre-evacuation zone. Approximately 41,000 people were evacuated at one point and more than 500 homes are considered a total loss. D-20 is still confirming which students and staff lost their homes but as of June 17, 161 students living in 91 houses had their homes either destroyed or partially damaged. Twenty-two staff members have lost their homes. Two D-38 families lost their homes which impacted three students and five staff members also lost their homes. One staff member had their property damaged. In an email sent to parents of D-20 students Superintendent Dr. Mark Hatchell said, “The foundation of Academy District 20 is strong and the people even stronger. We will rise to meet the challenges before us. Our school district has been committed to our students, staff and community for more than 50 years. That

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A homeowner works hard Friday morning to evaluate damage in the Vessey area. Photo by Rob Carrigan

Black Forest residents return to properties Fire at 100 percent containment after little over a week By Lisa Collacott

lcollacott@ourcoloradonews.com Just a little over a week after the most destructive fire in Colorado history started, the fire is now 95 percent contained and some residents have been allowed to go home. As of June 20, the fire, which started on June 11, burned 14,280 acres and destroyed 509 homes. As of the morning of June 20, the fire was 95 percent contained and Rich Harvey, incident commander, was hoping for 100 percent containment by the evening. Harvey and his Type I incident command POSTAL ADDRESS

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9 Days 41,000 Evacuated 14,280 Acres burned 511 Homes destroyed 2 Lives lost

team were getting ready to leave and move on to another fire and the Type 3 management team was scheduled to take over on June 21. “The fire is not a done deal. The fire will not be left

unattended,” Harvey said. The fire also tragically took two lives. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims as 52-year-old Marc Herklotz and his wife 50-year-old Robin Herklotz of 6720 Jicarillo Drive. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has

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Birdy and Ben Robinett just before the tow truck arrived. Note the darkened license plate. Photo by Rob Carrigan

Color you can see from the air 1968 Ford Galaxie survives the Black Forest Fire 15910 Jackson Creek Parkway, #100, Monument CO (Monument Marketplace, next to Kohl’s)

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www.CarlosMiguels.com What are Dedication, Sacrifice, Commitment and Pillars of a Community? These are what our first responders and volunteers demonstrated in fighting and controlling the Black Forest Fires. People who willingly put their lives on the line to keep us safe. People who have families of their own, but without hesitation are the first to protect our families. These people, these heroes, walk among us every day. Sometimes in uniform, however, many times in civilian clothing blending in with us all. Take the time to walk over and shake their hands and say, “Thank you for your service. You are truly appreciated”. They ALL deserve our thanks. To all of you Police Officers, Sherriff Deputies, EMTs, Firefighters, Military Personnel, Health Professionals and Volunteers ...

“THANK YOU FOR KEEPING US SAFE!” We appreciate you more than you will ever know. - From the entire Carlos Miguel’s of Monument Family And a special thank you to Michael Muzi, a firefighter and member of our family.

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rcarrigan@ourcoloradonews.com Out there among the charred tree trunks, wreckage, incinerated dreams, ash-strewn memories, dust, and heartbreaking despair — I noticed some color. Bright orange red color. Ben Robinett, with his green jeans stained black, from days sifting around in the ash of what used be his home, the owner of that color had been looking for his car keys. He waved us over when we noticed the bright spot, during a media tour Friday, June 21. Black everywhere, but here, more than little bit of bright orange red. Robinett, a Fort Carson firefighter by

So, it was bye-bye Birdy, he thought. He had to leave it in the forest, in the minimal protection of the little hut. He expected to loose everything he had left behind. But today he is talking with the tow company, and despite looking through what are now the ashes of his house, he hasn’t found his car keys. It melted the gun safes, everything. The cover of the building is gone. And there is a little blistering of the paint on the passenger-side flank of the Galaxie. The five-gallon buckets nearby, are melted through. All-in-all however, good shape. The paint is burnt off the license plate in back, but hardly any damage to the car itself. What a wonderful spot of color she is? Bright Orange Red. Cardinal Color. A bright spot, among the shades of gray and black.

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trade, says it is color he has been told that you can see from the air. The color takes the form of a 1968 Ford Galaxie. “I have had it for about a year and a half. worked on it constantly. My dad was an auto mechanic, and I love to work on it for old times sake. Painted it (even inside the engine compartment, ) shined it up. It was about three quarters done. I know all about it. I was the fourth owner.” And that bright orange red was for a reason. “We called it ‘Birdy.’ I am a big St. Louis Cardinals fan.” Robinett was off shift when he learned the fire was burning and he and his family needed to evacuate. “Needed to get my six-year-old out of here. I had a trailer right over there and thought I might need it for a place to stay, and my 16-year-old drove her car out.”

A special seminar, titled School in the Woods: Lessons Learned from Creating a Nature Based School seminar will be offered,

July 4th 2013 Pancake Breakfast! 7:00-10:00 a.m. (free coffee from 6:30 on) at St. Peter Church & School in Monument CO.

Breakfast includes: pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, & coffee. Come join us for a delicious Independence Day breakfast!

Pricing for our guests at the St. Peter Pancake Breakfast is: Adults $7 • Children (under 12) $4 • Families $20 Military and First Responders in uniform - free Convenient location: Start of parade route, Jefferson Street and Lincoln Ave, St. Peter Church Gym and cobble stone street, one block south from street festival

Charity Fund Raising Event Sponsored by: Knights of Columbus Saint Peter’s Council 11514

Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Description: The two teachers who created Academy School District No. 20’s School in Woods will share learning experiences inspired by nature which teachers can implement in their classrooms, on their school grounds, or on field trips. Activities will be integrated with state standards

in Science, Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. Teachers should come prepared to spend an active day outdoors. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing (no sandals). This seminar is open to the public. Teachers may receive credit through Adams State College and/or BOCES. Fees and reservations apply, call (719) 748-3253 ext. 109 for details.

For more information, please visit http://www. nps.gov/flfo/forteachers/ professionaldevelopment. htm.

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To reach Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, travel 35 miles west on Highway 24 from Colorado Springs. At the town of Florissant, turn left onto Teller County Road No. 1 and travel 2 miles to the Visitor Center entra


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There will be a FireWise Community Day from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 29 at the Woodmoor Barn. There will be demonstrations and exhibits on: • El Paso County Office of Emergency Preparedness • Lessons learned from the Black Forest fire • Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District Crew and Engine • How to “harden” homes against burning embers — Home Depot • Replacing decks with fire resistant materials — Home Depot • Videos and advice from Woodmoor firewise volunteers about removing fuels

As around the home to createtion El Pa defensible space • Fire resistant plantPubl information from Green-dent branch Garden Servicesvacc infor and Home Depot • TLMFPD Sparky the Th Fire Dog and the U.S. For-will est Service Smokey Bearmy’s will make an appearance in C • Snacks and games forthe P part kids The event is sponsoredChur by the Woodmoor FireWise H p.m. Committee. For more informationanno call the WIA office at 719488-2693. This is event is open to the entire Tri-Lakes community. The Woodmoor Barn is located at 1691 Woodmoor Drive, across the street from Lewis-Palmer Middle School.

AspenPointe to offer Heartbreaking tour through burn area counseling for those County transitions to on call status for assistance affected by fire What is left of an ATV is in the foreground of this image in the Ravine area. Photos by Rob Carrigan

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After the Friday, June 21, media tour of the burn area of the Black Forest Fire, the El Paso County Joint Information Center for the Black Forest Fire transitioned to on-call status at 5 p.m. and the fire itself was termed 100 percent contained. Officials asked that anyone that needed to be in the burn area, please be aware of utility crews and others working to restore services. Those needing assistance, please call the following numbers: • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office emergencies at 911, non-emergencies at 390-5555 (24 hrs) • Disaster Assistance Center at 444-8301 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Humane Society for animal concerns at 473-1741 ex1 • Public Health for general con-

AspenPointe is offering counseling services to those who have been affected by the Black Forest Fire. The AspenPoints call center, 719-572-6100, is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Callers who need assistance between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. can call the crisis hotline at 719-635-7000. Kevin Porter, vice president of marketing said, “AspenPointe has staff at

Heartbreaking images in the Black Forest Fire burn area Friday morning, June 21. Rob Carrigan cerns at 578-3199 or www.elpasocountyhealth.org • Public Services Division for roads and culverts at 520-6460 (24

hrs) • Pikes Peak United Way for relief and recovery questions at 2-1-1 or from a cell phone 719-955-0742

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El Paso County’s Disaster Assistance Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road and is exploring placing personnel in facilities closer to the burn area in the coming days. “Once finalized, that information will be placed on the AspenPointe web site.” Those in need of behavioral healthcare can learn more about AspenPointe’s services by visiting www. AspenPointe.org or download a free app at the Apple and Google app marketplaces.

Tri-Lakes Cares is offering immediate assistance for fire victims with food, clothing and gasoline. Further relief can be obtained by appointment to secure household goods, prescriptions, pet food, child/senior care, rent assistance and other services. Tri-Lakes Cares is in need of heavy-duty flashlights and batteries, bug

repellent for the firefighters, hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, deodorant and disposable razors, financial contributions and volunteers who can help fill shifts of volunteers who have been evacuated. Visit Tri-Lakes Cares at 235 Jefferson Street in Monument for assistance or to donate. For further information call 719-481-4864.

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As residents begin to re-enter evacuation areas affected by the Black Forest Fire, El Paso County Public Health will open a Public Health Convenience Center for residents to get free water testing kits, tetanus vaccinations and distribute public health information. The Public Health Convenience Center will open June 20 at The Classical Academy’s East Campus, 12201 Cross Peak View, in Colorado Springs, located just west of the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart Range campus and east of New Life Church. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with hours to be announced based on availability of sup-

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said Gen. William L. Shelton, AFSPC commander, in a statement. “I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Marc and Robin during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” Most areas of Black Forest re-opened at 10 a.m. June 20 for residents to go back home or to their properties except for Darr Circle, Peregrine Way, Falcon Drive, 12715 Milam Road and 4150 and 4350 Shoup Road. These areas are still closed due to an asteractive crime scene investigation. 1675 Residents with Black Forest Fire ReRoad acing closn the

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plies. Public Health will offer the following services while supplies last: • Water testing kits. Test kits can be picked up and dropped off at the Public Health Convenience Center no later than 1 p.m. or at the El Paso County Public Health Laboratory, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, second floor, no later than 4 p.m. Return your sample the same day you collect it. Water testing fees will be waived for Black Forest residents who live in evacuated areas. • Vaccine clinics: Free tetanus (TDAP) vaccination or booster (TD) will be provided. Tetanus is a preventable disease that, if contracted, affects the body’s central nervous system. The bacteria that cause tetanus are usually found in soil, dust and

Entry Information Packets and red placards were allowed open entry to the burn areas. Access was allowed for residents at all road closure points and without restricted hours. The National Guard and law enforcement agencies that have been assisting El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will no longer be needed to secure check points after 8 a.m. June 22 when roads will be open except those around the crime scene. Maketa thanked the law enforcement agencies that have assisted them and said there are many stories of heroic acts from law enforcement and firefighters. He also said there were seven burglaries in the evacuation areas and they are being investigated. The June 20 press briefing was the last formal press conference.

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commitment will not waiver. Through adversity we will rise to even greater heights.” Staff and administrators from D-38 were able to get critical equipment and school records out of Kilmer before the fire moved in the school’s direction. There was no opportunity to retrieve any items from Wolford or School in the Woods. When DCC was still in pre-evacuation

status there were students at the school attending sports camps and students were sent home but there were no items removed from the school because the focus was on the students. “We’ll be providing any resources available to our student families and staff members,” D-38 Superintendent John Borman said. “What I love about our community is people are really quick to reach out to make sure everyone is all right. I’m really proud of this community. The key is to continue to reach out.” It is not known how many students were affected in Falcon District 49.

Fund set up for D-20 students, staff Special to The Tribune To support Academy School District 20 students and staff members who are victims of the Black Forest Fire, the Academy School District 20 Education Foundation has established the Black Forest Fire Support Fund. All funds collected will be used for education-related expenses.

In addition, the foundation has already pledged all proceeds from its annual golf tournament to this cause. Those who would like to donate can make checks payable to: Black Forest Fire Support Fund and mailed to Academy School District 20 Education Foundation, c/o Air Academy Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 62910, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-2910, attn: Deborah HaasHenry.

manure and enter the body through cuts or puncture wounds caused by contaminated objects, such as nails and splinters. Water wells in areas with no evidence of active burn damage are likely safe. However, Public Health will provide water testing kits and instructions for residents who would like their water tested. The center will be staffed by Public Health professionals and volunteers, with appreciation to The Classical Academy for use of the school building. “Water testing is not required,” said Public Health Director Jill Law. “However, for anyone who has concerns about the safety of their water we are offering basic water testing. We want to provide people with the peace of mind that comes with knowing their water is safe.”

Results are available within 72 hours after receipt of the sample in the lab. Results can be mailed, emailed or faxed. Those with a positive result will receive a call within 24 hours. For more information, call 719-5783199. The water will be tested for presence of coliform and E.coli bacteria. A positive sample should be considered an indication of possible contamination. If a coliform bacterium is detected, chlorination, repairs or modifications of the water system may be required and drinking bottled water is advised. Water testing instructions and information, as well as tetanus vaccine FAQs, are available on El Paso County Public Health’s website at www.elpasocountyhealth.org.

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Calhoun comes back to home after Black Forest Fire Air Force football coach was on vacation with his family when his neighborhood was evacuated during the Black Forest Fire By Danny Summers COLORADO SPRINGS - As the buffet line passed behind him, Air Force Academy football coach Troy Calhoun fielded questions about the upcoming season. at last week’s College Football Luncheon at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. But before he addressed his quarterback situation and tough schedule, he paused to reflect on the devastating Black Forest Fire, which caused the evacuation of his Flying Horse neighborhood. “We were out town a few days and just sort of monitored it from afar,” Calhoun said. “It was eerie. There’s just no other way to describe it.” Knowing there was little that could be done from a distance, Calhoun asked a neighbor to retrieve a pair of photos from his home, one of his daughter and one his son. “That was it,” Calhoun said. Several of Calhoun’s friends lost their homes in the fire. At last count, 509 homes were destroyed and nearly 14,500 acres burned. As Calhoun witnessed the devastation from afar via television and the internet, it became even more real when returned home and saw the carnage first hand. It also reminded him of last year’s Waldo Canyon Fire that destroyed 347 homes in the Mountain Shadows area of town and burned nearly 20,000 acres. “This tells you an awful lot about our community,” Calhoun said. “We come together in a resounding way. The people in Colorado Springs have been amazing, as well as the first responders.” While Calhoun’s home was unscathed, it brought to mind another fire that his family endured 14 years ago. That was when his mother lost her home and all of the family’s belongings in a single home blaze. “My mom had pretty much everything we had growing up in it,” Calhoun said. “I remember she said, `I’m going to give all of this to the grandkids, the letterman jackets and scrapbooks and those things.’ When someone sifted through it they said, `Joan, you’ve lost everything.’ She said, `No, I haven’t. We have our family, we have our friends. We lost every one of our things.’ It’s still in the eyes of the beholder. For each person that’s involved it’s a little bit different.

Air Force Academy football coach Troy Calhoun talked about his football team and his experience as an evacuee of the Black Forrest Fire during a luncheon on June 19 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Photo by Danny Summers “It puts in perspective what really matters,” Calhoun added. “Your family and friends. And make sure you have good insurance.” As far as his football team is concerned, Calhoun is taking sort of a wait-and-see approach until the start of fall practice. “We have nine returning starters, which means we have an awful lot of new spots, new positions to fill,” Calhoun said. “We haven’t had a single person prove that he deserves to be a part of the 2013 Air Force Falcon football team. We’ve had guys do good work academically, but the things that they have to do this summer with their military and leadership responsibilities has had an impact on what they can do on the football field. We’ll find out in August.” Calhoun is the only Falcons coach in the 100-plus year history of service academy

football to lead teams to at least seven wins and a bowl game in each of his first five seasons. Calhoun is 47-31 in six seasons after taking over a program that had posted three straight losing seasons before his arrival. He has posted wins at Notre Dame and Utah, and led the Falcons to a school-record six straight bowl games. Last season the Falcons competed in the Armed Forces Bowl and finished the season with a 6-7 overall mark. “For us, it’s always a new base line every single year,” Calhoun said. “You’d love to have 17 to 18 starters back. We have nine. You’d love to have redshirts. We have none. There’s always an awful lot of discovery that has to occur in spring ball and especially in August.” While there are no Colorado kids on this

year’s Falcons’ roster, Calhoun does understand the importance of home-grown talent. “Whenever we’ve had really good football teams at the Academy that have been bowl teams, we’ve always had Colorado kids,” he said. “I think we’ve seen high school football in this state continues to improve. And I think you can see that with the number of Division I signees every year.” Air Force opens its season Aug. 31 against Colgate at Falcon Stadium. The Falcons host Notre Dame on Oct. 26. Calhoun was joined at the banquet by new Colorado coach Mike MacIntrye, Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, CSU-Pueblo coach John Wristen and Northern Colorado coach Earnest Collins, Jr.

Air Force volleyball coach loses home in Black Forest Fire By Danny Summers COLORADO SPRINGS - Air Force Academy volleyball coach Matt McShane lost his home in the massive Black Forest Fire two weeks ago that destroyed more than 509 homes and burned nearly 15,000 acres. McShane and his wife, Dana, were coaching a volleyball camp at the Academy on June 11 when an athletic trainer first told him of the fire. The couple raced to their home - which sat about half a mile east down Wildridge Road from Edith Wolford Elementary School - and spent several hours packing, as well as gathering their two Labradoodles, before fleeing. McShane, who took over as Air Force’s coach in January 2010, learned that his home was destroyed the next day. He also saw video of the horrible destruction from an overhead television shot. McShane and his wife finally returned to their home about a week later. They were not allowed back into the area until receiving tetanus shots.

PRCA LEND HELPING HAND TO FIRE VICTIMS

In the aftermath of the Black Forest Fire the most destructive in Colorado history - a joint effort by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) produced several trailer loads of hay for the animals displaced by the blaze, which destroyed nearly 500 homes in the northern Colorado Springs area June 11-14. PRCA Industry Outreach manager Julie Jutten brought back a trailer load of hay from the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., on June 14 and subsequent donations were delivered to Penrose Arena in Colorado Springs by Mesalands Community College coach C.J. Aragon and New Mexico State coach Jim Dewey Brown. The CNFR donations came from trailers with Alabama, Texas, Wyoming and California license plates.00 Despite the disruptions caused by the Black Forest Fire, the committee for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo decided to go ahead with its annual Street Breakfast on June 19. The Range Riders collected money for the fire victims as part of this year’s downtown event.

HILL CLIMB TAKES PLACE SUNDAY

The 91st running of the famed Pikes Peak International Hill Climb takes place this Sunday on “American’s Mountain.” About 160 cars and motorcycles are expected to be showcased in what is America’s second oldest motor race behind the Indianapolis 500. In keeping with the race’s growing international reputation, entries have been received from drivers and racers from the United States, Japan, Latvia, France, Sweden, Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland, Poland, Korea and New Zealand. Motorsport journalists, broadcasters and website specialists will be covering the race from 20 nations - USA, China, Russia, Italy, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Austria, Japan, Belgium, Mexico, Switzerland, Brazil, Croatia and the Czech Republic. The popular downtown Fan Fest is Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. in downtown Colorado Springs. More than 30,000 fans are expected to attend. This event is free and features a large Budweiser beer garden,

Firefighter chili cook-off for the fans and more fun for race fans and families. Top race qualifiers will display their vehicles (cars, quads, motorcycles, etc.), give driver demos and be present for autograph sessions. In addition, the PPIHC mobile museum will be on-site and exclusive PPIHC merchandise will be available for purchase. Tickets to the 91st running will also be on sale. Hill Climb tickets are $40.00, but jump to $50 on race day. Tickets may be purchased on the PPIHC official website www.ppihc. com.

WANG ENJOYS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON

Kiersetn Wang, a 2011, Palmer Ridge High School graduate, completed her sophomore gymnastics season for the University of Florida. Wang set her collegiate floor exercise best of 9.90 at the Southeastern Conference Championships. Her season was highlighted by receiving the Scholar Athlete honor at the team’s annual awards banquet. She was also a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Wang is majoring in civil engineering.


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Human remains identified as Dylan Redwine Special to the Tribune

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) June 27 stating that items sent to them for tests had been identified as human remains and that they were identified as Dylan Redwine, according to police reports. The family has been notified. A variety of items including bones were collected during a 5-day search of Middle Mountain Road, according to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office. Middle Mountain is located north and within sight of Vallecito Lake. The searched area ranges in alltitude from 8,000 feet to 11,000 feet, and consists of deep canyons and dense forest.

About 45 personnel from law enforcement and search and rescue deployed and worked over 1,600 man hours during the 5-day search which concluded Wednesday afternoon. Groups taking part included: La Plata County Sheriff’s Office; Durango Police Department; Bayfield Marshal’s Office; Dept of Homeland Security; U.S.Forest Service; La Plata Search & Rescue; La Plata Mounted Redwine Patrol; AZSTAR K-9 teams (Arizona); members of the Southwest Drug Task Force; Necro Search; Upper Pine Fire Protection District; Durango Fire and Rescue Tactical Team; anthropologists and ar-

chaeologists from Fort Lewis College; FBI. Search teams negotiated steep drainages with extensive ground cover as they looked for clues. Sectors were treated as possible crime scenes. At times the searchers were almost shoulder to shoulder as they moved up and down the difficult terrain. The searches began last Saturday and ended Wednesday afternoon. The searches were not based on any recent tips nor new information, according to the Sheriff’s release. They were part of a series of followup searches conducted in the Vallecito area since snows melted this Spring, according to autorities. Dylan Redwine arrived at Durango-La Plata County airport on November 18th and was picked up by his father, Mark Red-

wine for a court ordered Thanksgiving holiday visit, according to previous reports. Elaine Redwine, Dylan’s mother reported him missing to La Plata County Sheriff’s Office the following day. Anyone with information related to Dylan Redwine’s disappearance are asked to contact La Plata County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Dan Patterson (970-382-7015) or Tom Cowing (970-382-7045). There is a local tip line (970-382-7511) where tips can be left on an answering machine that is regularly checked by Investigators. Persons can call the local Crime Stoppers at 970-247-1112. Persons can also call the hotline for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678).

Natural start ruled out Investigation is ongoing By Rob Carrigan

rc a r r i g a n @ o u rc o l o r a donews.com Investigtators have ruled out natural casues for the start of the Black Forest Fire. “With a high degree of certainty, we have ruled out any natural cause for the fire, such as lightning. Through the use of a CBI canine trained to detect accelerants, as well as specialized equipment and other investigative efforts, we have discovered no obvious signs of an accelerant, although it cannot be ruled out completely. Investigators are considering any number of intentional or accidental causes to the fire such as mechanical sources like sparks from machinery

or hot components on motors and exhaust systems,” according to Lieutenant Jeff Kramer, Public Information Officer, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. “Since the start of the Black Forest Fire on June 11, 2013, investigators from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office have led the effort to determine where the fire started and its cause. They have been assisted by the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Aurora Fire Department. Although the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, investigators have identified the area of origin in a wooded area; the specific location cannot be revealed at this time,” Kramer said. Cause continues on Page 9

A sign marks the site of where the MacDonalds home once stood in Black Forest. Their home was destroyed on June 11 -- Day 1 of the massive Black Forest Fire. Photos by Photo by Kellen MacDonald

A family’s story from the Black Forest Fire The MacDonalds are trying to make the best of difficult situation By Danny Summers

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Kellen MacDonald was at Sportsmen’s Warehouse near the Citadel Mall on June 11 when he received a text from his mother, Lainie, informing him that she was fleeing the family home. The reason, Lainie wrote, was that a huge dark cloud of smoke was building over the tree line surrounding their six acres of Black Forest property. “I didn’t believe her at first,” said MacDonald, 18, who graduated from The Classical Academy in May. “I

looked toward Black Forest, but I couldn’t see anything. Then we went around a corner and I saw this huge plume of smoke. It was surreal.” MacDonald never made it back home that day. That night he and the rest of the family took up temporary residence at the home of Rich Griffith - just south of the fire in Briargate. On June 13, MacDonald was informed that his family’s home at 12845 Holmes Road had been destroyed. It was one of 511 homes consumed by the raging fire - the most destructive in Colorado history. Like so many people who lost their homes, MacDonald wished he could have gathered some special belongings. His mom grabbed his 13-yearold brother, Quinn, and ran out of

the house as fast as she could as the smoke and flames began to build. All she was able to take with her was the strong box holding the family’s important documents, a lap top and their two 100-pound Bernese mountain dogs. “I lost all my awards from the past four years,” said MacDonald, who was the ace pitcher on the TCA baseball team. “All the special things I had from when I was playing. All my recruiting stuff. It was all gone.” Among the treasured documents MacDonald lost in the fire was his acceptance letter to Colorado School of Mines. Last winter, he signed a scholarship to play baseball for the prestigious school. “Before all this I was ready to head MacDonald continues on Page 9

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off to college, but now I feel an obligation to stay here and help,” MacDonald said. “I still want to go. I’m just not that excited right now.” MacDonald’s story, though tragic, is certainly not unique in this situation. The fire swept through the area so quickly and with so much force that there seemed to be little that firefighters could do. “The outpouring of love and support is more overwhelming than everything we owned,” Lainie said. “Even in this moment God has been faithful to us.” The day the fire broke out, Lainie was home enjoying the afternoon. About 2:45 she received a text from her friend, who was on vacation in Florida, informing her that she had seen video footage of a fire near the area around the MacDonald home. Lainie was caught off guard and didn’t believe her friend. Five minutes later she was in her car headed for safety. Prior to leaving, she texted her husband, Tim - who was at work - and informed him of the dire situation. “I probably could have taken time to take some more stuff, but it was worth it not to have my son endure the mental trauma that goes along with something like this,” Lainie said. “I wanted to keep his mental health intact.” Tim attempted to get back to the family’s home, but emergency personal would not allow him access. Chaos was everywhere. Thousands of people were evacuating as soon as possible. The smoke was so thick it was not healthy to be within the vicinity of the fire. About a week after their home burned to the ground, the MacDonalds

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This is the site of Kellen MacDonald’s room after the Black Forest Fire destroyed his family’s home on June 11. Photo Kellen MacDonald returned to scope out the area and see if they could salvage anything. Kellen found a sportsmanship award pin he received from Triple Crown and a rusty Swiss Army knife he was given only weeks before as a graduation gift. His mom found a few pieces of charred jewelry, as well as some broken pieces of China. On July 3, the family moved from a local hotel into temporary residence - at least for the next year - at a house in Flying Horse. Meanwhile, they are patiently working with the insurance company on how to make the best of a terrible situation. “We used to have six acres of Ponderosa Pines,” Lainie said with a smile. “Now we have six Ponderosa Pines on 5 ½ acres of charred burnt sticks. We’re going to call it Black Forest Meadows.”

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Fire marshals stress importance of mitigation Homeowners help the firefighters when they reduce fuels around the outside of the home By Lisa Collacott

lcollacott@ourcoloradonews. com By now everyone living in the Pikes Peak region has seen the destruction from the Waldo Canyon Fire and Black Forest Fire. For years local fire departments have been stressing the importance of mitigation because as they have said repeatedly about wildfires “it’s not if but when.” Margo Humes, fire marshal for Westcott Fire Protection District, said the department has received

two grants recently to do fire mitigation in Pleasant View Estates and Shamrock Ranch. A lot of mitigation was done along Colo. 83 to create a shaded fuel break and she said the Black Forest Fire did not cross over the shaded fuel break. “It made a difference,” Humes said. Humes and John Vincent, fire marshal for the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District, stress the importance of homeowners doing their part in saving their homes and that’s by fire mitigation. “As I’ve told the HOA’s when I’m briefing them, I am not going to die to protect your home. None of the fireman are,” Vincent said. “It should never be sacrificing life to save a property,” Humes added. “Homes are important to

us. We don’t want anybody’s home to burn. That’s what we’re trying to avoid but people have to help themselves to. We can’t do it all.” “We are not callous,” Vincent said, adding that fire departments have minimal resources to fight a fire. “If we spent the amount of money we spend on fighting a forest fire in pre-mitigation efforts we would spend less.” Vincent and Humes have been working to get the message of mitigation out and have even been approached by other towns and municipalities to give presentations. “John and I have really, really tried to get the message out to people. We continue to do so. We’ve had homeowner Mitigation continues on Page 10

Members of the Westcott Fire Protection District put tree branches in a chipper during a community clean-up day for Pleasant View Estates in May. The community has a bi-annual fire mitigation day. Local fire departments have stressed the importance of fire mitigating to protect homes from wild land fires.Photo by File photo by Lisa Collacott

Family looks for justice for Dylan Redwine Sheriff ’s office has not named any suspects, active investigation By Lisa Collacott

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The Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief team will remain in the Black Forest area through the end of July. Volunteers from around the United States are helping victims of the recent fire. Pictured from left to right are Wes Johnson (incident commander), John Wells (senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Black Forest) and Fritz Wilson (national executive director for disaster relief). Photo by Danny Summers

Disaster relief team lends hand to fire victims Volunteers will remain in the area through the end of the month By Danny Summers Volunteer teams representing Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief will remain in the Black Forest area until at least the end of July. That word came from Fritz Wilson, national executive director for disaster

relief, who has been in the area overseeing teams and projects. “Things are going really well,” Wilson said. “We’ve had volunteers in from California, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, Oklahoma and Washington. People from all around the country are coming here to help and lend a hand. “Many of our volunteers came from Moore, Oklahoma, where they were helping clean up after the violent tornado.” The relief workers are POSTAL ADDRESS

doing everything from operating heavy equipment and cutting down charred trees, to cleaning up ash to helping homeowners sift through soot trying to find valuables. Chaplains are also brought in to help residents deal with the emotional and spiritual trauma in their lives. “Every disaster is unique,” Wilson said. “Whether its fire, flood hurricane or tornado. For the people in Black Forest, this is their Katrina. “I try not to make too

many comparisons, but this is a big event.” The volunteers first arrived shortly after the fire erupted on June 11. As many as 125 folks are on location each week. Most of them are being housed at the First Baptist Church of Black Forest (10865 Black Forest Road). The over flow are staying at Vista Grande Baptist Church (5680 Stetson Hills Blvd.). “This is just another opportunity for us to do Relief continues on Page 10

The bracelets read “Hope for Dylan Redwine” and for seven months his family and friends held on to hope that he would come home. On June 27 the family was notified that the teen had been found but it wasn’t the ending they were hoping for. After investigators conducted a search of Middle Mountain Road near Vallecito Lake the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office received news back from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that human remains found during that search were that of Dylan. Now instead of searching for him investigators are now focusing on what happened to him. “We have no new breaks in the case. We have not labeled anyone as a suspect,” Dan Bender, public information officer for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, said. Dylan Redwine went missing Nov. 19, the day after arriving in Vallecito to spend Thanksgiving with his father during a court ordered visit. Dylan was 13-years-old at the time and was an eighth grader at Lewis-Palmer Middle School. Dylan and his mom had moved to the

Monument area from Bayfield a few months before. Dylan’s father, Mark Redwine, said he left his home to run errands that morning and when he returned Dylan was gone. During an interview with The Tribune in February Elaine Redwine, Dylan’s mom, said she had “hope that Dylan will come home safe.” Her thoughts were consumed with bringing Dylan home safe and wondering what happened to him. Elaine Redwine had Redwine to eventually return to her job but made the six hour drive to Durango every weekend to search for her son. The search of Middle Mountain Road was not based on any recent tips or new information. “The search of Middle Mountain Road was one of a series of searches since the snow melted. It’s an area we have searched in the past and we always intended to go back there,” Bender said. The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office along with several other agencies had been searching the area around Vallecito Lake since Dylan disappeared and had to wait for the snow to melt to go back into some areas. According to the Durango Herald Mark Redwine continues on Page 10

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association call us and ask us to do presentations,” Humes said. The areas in Black Forest and Mountain Shadows that have already burned are now safe from a wild land fire but its other areas like the remainder of Black Forest, Monument, Woodmoor, Palmer Lake, Gleneagle, Rockrimmon and the Broadmoor that are in danger of a wild land fire. Vincent said other areas like Summit County and Grand County, where the beetles have killed the trees, are in danger of a wildfire as well. “This state is going to be impacted so horribly along Interstate 70, Summit County (and) Eagle County all up in there, because if you’ve driven up there recently you’ll see almost all the trees are brown and dead from beetle kill,” Humes said. “The town of Vail, the fire marshal up there (said) it’s going to be horrific. It will impact this state because I-70 will shut down. It’s not just going to impact this state it will impact California, Utah, Arizona because they are going to shut that (I-70) down. You won’t be able to get through there because of the fire.”

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they haven’t had a chance to burn. There are too many trees per acre that haven’t been thinned out by fire so the beetles are thinning out the trees by killing EDITO them. your cl The U.S. Forest Service ideal model is ourcol 50 trees per acre but Humes said there are PROF thousands of trees on an acre now. “What we tell people is if you can’t look FRON up and see the sky you have too much canmeets opy,” Vincent said. “If the trees are touching the firs each other they’re too close,” Humes added. month Vincent and Humes said people also shouldn’t put mulch or grass up againstTRI-L their houses but instead use rock. PeopleInterna are concentrating on making homes harderevery W to burn but they should concentrate on thein Palm at 719 fuels close to the house. “If you get the fuels pushed back andfarmer thin them out how hard does your homeTRI-L have to be” Vincent said. “Don’t make theAfter H house harder to burn make your yard hard-third T er to get the fire in there.” locatio Humes said there is nothing wrong withnon-m people living in the forest and that theygo to w moved here for a reason but they need to TRI-L mitigate to protect their homes. ”We live in an area that is prone to thisNetwo (fire) and we’ve been in denial of where wethe firs live and mother nature is trying to correctTree Ca New m it,” Vincent said. Westcott and Tri-Lakes, as well as Blackis dela Forest Fire Protection District and Palmerno me Lake Volunteer Fire Department, will go toare $2 a home in their district and give the home-www.t owner a free assessment of the home andTRI-L property and what to do to reduce the riskmeets of losing their home in a wildfire. second

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office won’t release AMAT any more details in the case. Now that the search is over the family will(Tri-La now concentrate on bringing whoever is re-Associ Continued from Page 1 of each sponsible to justice. In a separate interview with the DurangoTri-Lak Redwine met with investigators and was taken up to Middle Mountain Road where Herald, Dylan’s older brother Cory RedwineDistric said, “It’s sad to hear he’s no longer with us,All Am Dylan’s remains were found. “It was horrific. It was unimaginable. No but it’s better than not knowing, wonderingwelcom parent should go up there in a situation like every single second of every single day. It’sfor mo nice to have closure. We found Dylan. ThatADUL this,” Mark Redwine told the reporter. In that February interview with The Tri- doesn’t really mean all that much if we can’tinterm bune Elaine Redwine said she believed that find justice and bring peace for him.” LewisThe Tribune attempted to contact ElaineMonda her ex-husband knew more than he was Redwine for this story but did not hear back719-31 telling. The two appeared together on the Dr. Phil by the time of deadline. A candlelight vigil took place on July 27BINGO show in February and accused each other of having something to do with Dylan’s disap- in Bayfield. Hundreds turned out for theLegion memorial. No word on whether or not there7 to 9 pearance. Post ho Since it is an ongoing investigation the will be one held in Monument. Palme Schola activit percen in priz conduc DECORATIVE ROCK - TOPSOIL - CERTIFIED COMPOST all are SOIL MIXES - BARK - MULCH - MASON / CONCRETE SAND - MOSS ROCK prizes. trilake PAVERS - RAILROAD TIES - BOULDERS - BUILDING STONE - FLAGSTONE more i

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Wood? We do not often think that our major product might be wood. The first buildings in Denver were from f he the Pike’s Peak Region. Not only that, but unt. it came from an area that has been in the on news a lot lately, Black Forest. Early ranchers knew their fortune was and in the trees. Long before the discovery of a ch, gold near Denver, they were cutting trees ena’ for lumber in Black Forest. J.A. Weir and Carl Husted were the primary saw mills in g was the forest, both doing business starting in the 1860’s. We know Mr. Husted because in his he later years he chose to live in Colorado the City. That is his house on 30th, and we unhe derstand a lot of that wood used was local. Once the railroads were built they did bring in hardwoods from the east. d The timber dealers in Chicago not only n to bought pine and fir from us, they sold us oak and maple. The pine they sold us came mainly from nd Michigan and locally it was called Chicago of pine. In 1878 Dr. Bell starts his saw mill up ary, in Manitou Park. Much of that lumber was used by General Palmer’s Rio Grande n, railroad, but also for houses in Manitou, Colorado City and Colorado Springs. There was competition with lumber f m- coming from the forests in Southern ColoEarl rado and New Mexico one the railroads n, reached there. A hundred years ago we or started getting lumber from the Pacific om- Northwest, and still do. Cripple Creek caused a huge demand hills for lumber and mills west of Pike’s Peak d 10 se s tate .

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prospered. The area west of Divide saw dozens of saw mills. This wood was really good for mine beams and railroad ties, but also boards too. Some of these mills lasted until about fifty years ago. Many of the old doors and windows used here were made from California White pine. Hickory, poplar and gum was from Tennessee. At one time box car loads of readymade doors and windows arrived every day, but there were problems. The woods and wood products like doors, brought into this area were quickly used. After a month or so they started to crack. Our dry climate was the problem. Letting the “foreign” wood dry out before it was used helped. Local door and window manufacturers had known that. Over the years lumber mills died out, but there are still a few around. Much of the damaged wood from the Hayman fire was cut for various uses. The demand for Waldo Canyon wood may not fare so well thanks to the difficulty of building access roads, but Black Forest wood has always been popular.

Bronc Day to be held Aug. 3. By Pat Hill

phill@ourcoloradonews.com The 75th annual Bronc Day festival in Green Mountain Falls begins at 7 a.m. Aug. 3 with a pancake breakfast at the fire station on Ute Pass Avenue. The main attraction, however, is the parade which begins at 10 a.m. This year’s Grand Marshals are John and Modenia Kramer. Modenia is a mainstay every year in the parade. Dressed in Victorian elegance, she is regal as she marches amid the horses, the bicycles and the antique cars. As some march in simulated drunken stupor, Modenia leads the temperance ladies who frown upon such public inebriation.

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of the mountain and line up and see who is the fastest.” Ilgen developed the idea years ago as he ran laps on the summit in preparation for the Pikes Peak Ascent. “I always had this thought that we could have a race at the summit,” Ilgen said. “It keeps with the tradition of Pikes Peak going back to 1936 when they first ran a race up the mountain. Those runners were pioneers. Now here we are almost 80 years later with the opportunity to explore this new frontier. How hard can we push ourselves in challenging environments?” The racing will begin with the women’s heat at 9 a.m., followed by the men at about 9:30 a.m. Encircled by a ribbon of gravel road, the mostly flat and broad summit of Pikes Peak is roughly the size of four football

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The parade features the Sister Nations Color Guard composed of Native American women army veterans representing various tribal nations. Also in the parade are the Al Kaly Pipe and Drum Corps, fire engines, floats, clown cowboys and gunfighters. After the parade, the festivities continue with a rubber-duckie race and a radio-controlled model boat race on Gazebo Lake. There will also be a 26-foot high air slide and Disney Bouncer. Entertainment includes Buck Goucher, renowned country and western artist, Indians performing tribal dances and the Rocky Mountain Gunfighters show. Multiple arts and crafts and food booths line the lake shore. For information, visit www.broncdayco.org.

fields. The course will be laid out by Scott Simmons, coach of the American Distance Project training group. The race will be chip timed with splits recorded. The Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile kicks off the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent week, with the race expo beginning in Manitou Springs on Friday (Aug. 16) followed by the Pikes Peak Ascent on Saturday (Aug. 17) and the Marathon on Sunday. The Pikes Peak Marathon is the thirdoldest marathon in the United States. Top runners from around the world annually come to the region to compete in the race, which begins at about 6,300 feet elevation in downtown Manitou Springs. Runners wind their way to the top of 14,110-feet Pikes Peak and back to down to the finish line in Manitou Springs. Ascent competitors finish at the top of Pikes Peak. “There are very few marathons in the world that even come close to this,” Ilgen said. “It’s the only one I know where the elevation goes to 14,000 feet.”

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The El Paso County Assessor’s Office has revised the number of homes that were destroyed in the Black Forest Fire. It was originally reported that 511 homes were destroyed but in a new report released to the board of county commissioners that number has been revised to 486. Photo by Rob Carrigan

Number of homes destroyed in Black Forest Fire revised Assessor’s count goes from 511 to 486 By Lisa Collacott

lcollacott@ourcoloradonews.com The El Paso County Assessor’s Office has revised the number of homes that were destroyed in the Black Forest Fire. It was originally reported that 511 homes were destroyed but in a new report released to the board of county commissioners that number has been revised to 486. That number includes 25 mobile homes. There were 30 detached garages destroyed and 37 homes were damaged. The total value of homes destroyed is

$85,444,052. The residential assessment is complete however the assessor’s office is still assessing out-buildings, commercial buildings and land and trees. They hope to have the assessment complete by July 19 or 20. County Assessor Mark Lowderman told commissioners in the report that five residential properties could not be assessed at the time of the initial assessment because of locked gates or debris. He said his assessors have appointments to assess those properties. The Black Forest Fire started on June 11 and within 24 hours the sheriff’s office had a list on their website of homes that had been destroyed or damaged. The list grew over the next several days.

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Black Forest churches help meet needs Provide food, clothing, furniture and other items to those affected by fire By Lisa Collacott

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The chapel at the Air Force Academy is frequented by more than 400,000 visitors annually. Photos courtesy of the Air Force Academy

Tourism looking healthy in Tri-Lakes region Summer numbers still coming in for many businesses and attractions By Danny Summers

Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com The massive Black Forest Fire that destroyed almost 500 homes and burned more 14,000 acres in June seems to have had only a slight affect - either way - on summer tourism in the Tri-Lakes area. Officials at the area’s top two tourist destinations - Air Force Academy Visitors Center and Chapel, and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry - had varying accounts of guests at their facilities. “We were affected (in 2012) from the Waldo Canyon Fire, just like everyone else was,” said Dave Futey, manager of the Western Mining Museum. “And even

though we were closed for three days this year because of the Black Forest Fire, in general, we’re on par with what we were two years ago.” The Black Forest Fire caused many businesses in the immediate area to close down for a time, or shorten their hours. The Mining Museum was on pre evacuation the third day of the fire (June 13). “Even when we were closed we had people show up a couple of days,” Futey said. “I guess they weren’t aware of the severity of what was going on.” Futey did not have exact numbers on summer tourism at the Mining Museum, but he did note that the museum experiences its busiest tourist season from late may to early August. “We usually see it pick up again after Labor Day and we see a bump for about a month,” he said. Futey added that school group volume is heaviest in April and May, and then

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again from September through early November. The Air Force Academy also was not able to provide exact figures on the number of tourists or guests that have passed through its gates. But John Van Winkle, the AFAs’ deputy chief, media relations, said that 156,000 people made their way into the visitor’s center from January through June of this year. During the time period in 2012, 184,000 had been counted. “There’s always going to be some fluctuation over the years,” said Van Winkle, who noted that 441,000 passed through visitor’s center all of last year. “The fires don’t help with tourism. “We might have better numbers with people who go to the visitor’s center than the gift shop or chapel. It’s hard to say.” The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce reported a steady flow of visitors this year. “It’s about the same as it’s been in previous years,” said office manager Kelli Rose. “During the summer months we get a lot more people that come in here. The two biggest things that they want to know about are Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods.” Rose added that folks wanting to explore the immediate Tri-Lakes area show interest in fishing and hiking its many trails. “They want to get back to nature, she said. Many attractions in the Pikes Peak region have reported increases in numbers of patrons. “We’ve been pretty consistent all summer,” said Jeff Wolin, a park ranger at Florissant Fossil Beds in Teller County. “We thought we might see a drop off with the

The Bible says to love one another and to look out for the interests of others and that is exactly what Black Forest Churches are doing in the wake of the Black Forest Fire. Since the fire the churches in Black Forest have stepped up to help their community and those in their own congregations as many of them have lost their own homes. The churches have been providing everything from monetary needs, clothing and furniture, clean-up of their properties and people that will help sift through the ash to find some memory or keepsake that might have survived the fire. “We have been giving money to those that have immediate needs,” Rev. Burl Kreps from Black Forest Community Church said. Kreps said the church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and churches across the country affiliated with UCC have been sending in donations to help. A church in Fort Collins sent $2,000 and one in Maine sent $1,000. Black Forest Community Church has also given prayer shawls to those who have lost their homes. “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on that,” Kreps said. Jan Duncan, director of ministries at Black Forest Lutheran Church, said they have provided food, clothes and household items to anyone that needs them. “We have teams of people going out to help with cutting down trees,” Duncan said. Duncan said 20 families in their congregation have lost their homes and they have really been assisting them. But many others have come into the church needing items. One woman came in specifically looking for patio chairs and Duncan helped her locate some. The First Baptist Church of Black Forest recently had a clothes distribution and provided clothing to over 200 families. They don’t have room to store any furniture but they are acting as the middleman for those that need furniture and those that have furniture to donate. “On Aug. 25 the church is inviting the 486 families that lost their homes to their Great Tailgate Round-up, an annual fall kick-off. They will provide dinner and an outdoor movie and will give away prizes. There will be another clothes distribution at the event and the North American Mission Board has sent bibles that will also be available at the event for the many people that lost their bibles in the fire. “We just want to love on them and let them know we are here. We are not about religion. We just want to help,” John Wells, worship pastor at First Baptist Church of Black Forest, said.

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pointThe fire is the second most ’s acmeddestrucive in Colorado history hen I nter-By Danny Summers Ma-Dsummers@ourcoloradonews.com

lling Reports in June indicated that the Black fice IForest Fire would likely make history as the most destructive in Colorado annals. But Ma-that might not be the case after all. y the Through July 15, the Black Forest Fire hasgenerated 3,630 claims, accounting for rightnearly $300 million, according to informaFace-tion released by the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association last week. Those numbers lag behind the 6,648 claims costing $453.7 million, from the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire - the most destructive in Colorado history. The Black Forest Fire destroyed 488 homes (that figure continues to be updat-

ed) and burned more 14,000 acres. Original reports had 511 homes destroyed, but that number was revised earlier this month. The fire began on June 11 and was finally out on June 20. The Waldo Canyon Fire consumed 347 homes and burned more than 18,000 acres. “Insured losses have so much to do with where a fire occurred and what type of properties were in that area,” said Carole Walker, executive director of the RMIIA, in a statement. Walker added that the Black Forest fire hit a more rural area containing a wide range of homes. They ranged from homes worth millions to dilapidated cabins and trailers. The Waldo Canyon Fire, on the other hand, hit the denser Mountain Shadows subdivision of northwest Colorado Springs where the majority of homes ranged anywhere from $300,000 $400,000, or more.

The value of claims from the Waldo Canyon fire rose nearly 29 percent from the preliminary estimate to a year after the fire, according to the RMIIA. Property owners have a year to file claims against their policies. Claims from the Black Forest fire are expected to rise in coming months. “Insurers think they have heard from those customers facing a total loss in Black Forest by now,” Walker said. Walker estimated that if the Black Forest fire could generate claims that would come in around $377 million. That would rank it as the second most destructive wildfire in state history in dollar terms. Walker and the RMIIA believes that due to the increase in wildfires in recent years, both homeowners and insurers seem to be better prepared to handle catastrophic losses.

In related stories, bomb squads from the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office used explosives last week to blow up trees that were burned by the Black Forest Fire, bypassing the typical way firefighters cut down the trees with chainsaws. Using explosives, the departments said, allows the trees to be removed from a safe distance. Crews tried the new technique on a handful of trees on private property located along Coachman Drive. All told, $29 million worth of trees were incinerated by the fire. That number was released by the El Paso County Assessor’s Office last week. It was based upon decreased property values. The Assessor’s office also said that the fire brought $116,308,348 of market value loss to area that was mostly dependent upon trees for its appeal.

I-25 expansion project update: Lane realignments at Woodmen Road rescheduled Special to The Tribune Lane realignments between Woodmen Road & North Academy Boulevard have been rescheduled for July 23-25. Drivers will see lane realignments in the segment of Interstate 25 between Woodmen Road (Exit 149) and North Academy Boulevard (Exit 150) July 23 through July 25. The first traffic shift, occurring July 24 at 5:30 a.m., will be in the northbound lanes of I-25. Traffic will shift to the right (east) to accommodate work in the highway median. The second traffic shift will impact southbound interstate traffic. That shift is scheduled to occur July 25 at 5:30 a.m. Again, traffic will shift to the right (west) as work shifts to the median. Daytime speed limits will remain at 55 mph after the lane

shifts but may be reduced during nighttime work. These previously announced lane realignments were rescheduled because of weather impacts. All work is subject to weather and equipment conditions. Project Construction Impacts Week of July 22 Below is listed the activity area, time and dates activity is scheduled to begin and end and potential impacts such as traffic, closures, utilities, access, etc. Northbound and southbound I-25, various locations between Woodmen Road and Baptist Road from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. July 21-27. Right and left shoulder closures. Woodmen Road on ramp to northbound I-25 from 8:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. July 23-24. On ramp closed for restriping. Southbound North Academy Boulevard on ramp to southbound I-25 from 8:30

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A sergeant responded to the intersection of Colo. 105 and Jackson Creek Parkway for a non-injury traffic crash. An officer conducted a patrol check in the 16000 block of Jackson Creek Parkway. One adult male was arrested. An officer responded to the Monument Police Department front lobby in regards to a criminal trespass auto report that occurred in the 600 block of Colo. 105. An officer was dispatched to the area of Mitchell Avenue and Second Street for a report of harassment. An officer of the Monument Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving the area of a prowler call in the 17000 block of Quarry Way. Upon contact it was found the vehicle was unrelated but the party possessed marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

July 9

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Colo. 105 in reference to a cold theft. An officer was dispatched to the area of Villa Grove in reference to an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was found to be reported stolen. An officer was dispatched to an address on Windy Creek Drive in reference to a report of an unlawful use of a financial transaction device.

July 10

An officer was dispatched to the 800 block of

Beacon Lite Road on report of a cold criminal trespass. An officer responded to the Monument Police Department to take a complaint regarding a stolen license plate. Officers responded to the 800 block of Beacon Lite Road in reference to a domestic violence (harassment). After their investigation officers determined the harassment was unfounded. Officers responded to the intersection of Jackson Creek Parkway and Leather Chaps Drive in reference a traffic accident. Officers issued a summons to one adult female. An officer was advised of a verbal harassment that had just occurred at Monument Lake. Case is under investigation.

July 11

An officer responded to a report of a menacing in the 15000 block of Struthers Road. An officer responded to the report of a fraud in the 16000 block of Elk Valley Trail.

July 13

An officer was advised that two women were attempting to shoplift from a business located in the 16200 block of Jackson Creek Parkway. One suspect was contacted and issued a summons the other suspect fled the scene.

July 14

Officers responded to Mt. Herman in reference to a report of menacing. Officers contacted the suspect vehicle in the 3600 block of Mt. Herman, the driver was suspected of driv-

ing under the influence. El Paso County Deputies issued a summons to one adult male. An officer responded to the 16200 block of Jackson Creek Parkway on the report of a theft that occurred on 5/16/2013. An officer responded to the 16200 block of Jackson Creek Parkway on the report of a theft that occurred.

July 15

An officer responded to the report of found property at Monument Police Department’s lobby. The property was first found in the 100 block of Jefferson Street and brought to the MPD lobby. An officer of the Monument Police Department was dispatched to an assault at the 15200 block of Struthers Road.

July 16

An officer made a traffic stop of a vehicle around Colo. 105 and Knollwood Drive. The driver was arrested on charges for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers took a report of a traffic accident which occurred in the 700 block of Baptist Road. Officers also investigated a harassment incident related to the traffic accident. Officers issued a summons to one adult male. A sergeant found a black wallet in the parking lot of Wal-Mart.

July 17

Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 16200 block of Old Denver Highway. Officers arrested one adult male for an outstanding warrant.

p.m. - 5:30 a.m. July 23-24 and July 24-25. Onramp closed for grading. Detour: North Academy Boulevard south to Woodmen Road; Woodmen Road west to I-25. Interquest Parkway onramp to southbound I-25 from 9 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. July 24-25 and July 25-26. Onramp closed for grading. Detour: Interquest Parkway east to Voyager Parkway; Voyager Parkway south to Briargate Parkway; Briargate Parkway west to I-25. Detour established for wide-load vehicles Vehicles exceeding 13-feet in width are required to use a Colorado Department of Transportation approved detour to avoid the I-25 expansion work zone. The detour is necessary because lane widths have been reduced in several areas between Monument and Woodmen Road in Colorado

Springs. For northbound vehicles, the detour is: US 24 Bypass (Mile Marker 139) east to Powers Boulevard; north on Powers Boulevard to Colo. 83; north on Colo. 83 to I-225; west on I-225 to northbound I-25. For southbound vehicles, the detour is: I-225 east to Colo. 83; south on Colo. 83 to Powers Boulevard; south on Powers Boulevard to US 24 Bypass; US 24 Bypass west to southbound I-25. To receive all future updates you must register through the CDOT website. Visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the bright green telephone in the upper right corner of the home page. A project website will be available in the next two weeks: www.southi25expansion.com. A telephone hotline is also available at 719-247-8339.

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iting ecific land.By Lisa Collacott itinglcollacott@ourcoloradonews.com Fire. ning Edith Wolford Elementary School stugentsdents will have the opportunity to add to www.their own personal libraries when school pro-starts. rs. Many students at the school lost everything they owned in the Black Forest Fire including any books they may have owned but thanks to Covered Treasures Bookstore

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in historic downtown Monument students will soon be able to build up their own personal collections. Covered Treasures has put together a book fundraiser and the books collected will be available for students to choose from during the ice cream social after school starts this fall. Paula Primavera, employee at Covered Treasures, said the books are available for all students not just those who lost their homes in the fire.

“Even the children that didn’t lose their homes, they still had trauma. Their friends have lost their homes,” Primavera said. Primavera said they are collecting new and gently used books specifically for kids age 4-11. They have had people drop-off board books for infants and toddlers so some students can pick a book for a younger sibling. “People have been so generous,” Primavera said. “There’s been an outpouring of love for this community.” Primavera said an author came to the bookstore and when she found out about the book drive she came back the next day with 50 books.

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and crafts. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry will bring a portable gold panning trough for kids to pan for gold and the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department will have their fire engines on hand. The kids will also be in for a special treat when 21 doves are released, compliments of Marilyn Burlage of Plumes of Colorado, to kick-off the party. The summer reading program started on June 1 and is an annual program. Kids don’t have to be done with their reading in order to take part in the party. “The program is to encourage children and teens to read over the summer to maintain

proficiency. They win prizes after certain reading goals are met,” Linda Fuqua-Jones, Palmer Lake Library supervisor, said. The Palmer Lake library is located at 66 Lower Glenway. If kids can’t make this party there are two other parties within the Pikes Peak Library District. The East Library will host a party at 10:00 a.m. on July 26 at George Fellows Park located behind the library. The East Library is located at 5550 North Union Boulevard. Another party will take place at the Fountain Library at 10:00 a.m. on Aug. 2. The Fountain Library is located at 230 South Main Street in Fountain.

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was e butSpecial to The Tribune meets d not The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking for your e thehelp to identify the rightful ownionalers of property that was recovburntered during a recent burglary intheyvestigation. ould The majority of the propmanyerty was stolen during residen-

tial burglaries within Colorado Springs and El Paso County in 2012 and 2013. Photographs of the recovered property can be viewed on the Colorado Springs city website at Springsgov.com. Click on the HOT TOPICS tab in the center of the page and open the link to Recovered Property. If you find property that you believe is yours, follow the direc-

tions on the webpage to contact the Colorado Springs Police Department. If anyone has information about this case please call 719444-7000; or you may call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719634-STOP (7867). You do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.

Students from Bear Creek Elementary School also stepped up to help and went around their neighborhood and collected 100 books and brought them in to the bookstore. The bookstore’s goal originally was to collect 600 books but they have well exceeded that. Primavera said they would like to have the same amount of books for each grade level and with monetary donations they will purchase books to meet that. New and used books in good condition will be accepted until July 31 at Covered Treasures bookstore located at 105 Second Street.

THINGS TO DO JULY 24, JULY 31 FREE CONCERTS. Historic Downtown Monument presents its 2013 concerts in the park summer music series from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays at Limbach Park. Blue Pepper Trio performs July 10. Inman Brothers perform July 17. Skean Dubh performs July 24. Jody Adams and the String Dudes performs July 31. Admission is free. Visit www.monumentmerchants.com. JULY 26 LIVE MUSIC. Bobby Jackson performs from 5:309:30 p.m. July 26 at MoZaic Restaurant. A solo pianist, Jackson will perform all original music. Check out his web site at http://bobbyjacksonrevival.webs.com/ . Call 719-481-1800 to make reservations. AUG. 2-4 CHAUTAUQUA. THE Town of Palmer Lake was the home of the first Rocky Mountain Chautauqua Assembly in 1887 and continued holding Chautauqua activities until 1910. The Chautauqua movement spread across the Nation from 1874 to 1930 and was the first mass educational and cultural movement in the Nation’s history. Educators, speakers, artists, and musicians brought educational, cultural, and recreational programs to ordinary people in the rural areas of the country. From Aug. 2-4, the Palmer Lake Historical Society will again help sponsor some of the events and activities that might have been experienced by these early Chautauqua-goers. Events include a movie and contest for best period costume at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Palmer Lake Town Hall; an ice cream social and walking tour of Old Town Palmer Lake at 1 p.m. Aug. 3 on Village Green; walking tours of Glen Park, Chautauqua Grounds and historic cot-

tages at 8 a.m. Aug. 4, and Chautauqua service at the Little Log Chuch at 10 a.m. Aug. 4. All events are free. Period costumes are encouraged at all events. Call 719-481-3963 with questions.

AUG. 4, 25, SEPT. 15 CONCERT SERIES. Awake the Lake is a group chartered to restore, preserve and enhance the natural landmark Palmer Lake and the beauty of its surrounding park land. The group presents a concert series from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 4, 25 and Sept. 15. All money the committee receives goes directly to project costs. Tickets available at The Villa, O’Malley’s, La Rosa, The Rock House, The Depot, moZaic, Palmer Lake Town Hall, The Speed Trap, Bella Panini, and The Chamber of Commerce. T-Shirts are also sold at various locations. All other inquires can be answered at www.awakepalmerlake.com. AUG. 15 WINE DINNER. Chateauneuf and Beyond wine dinner is at 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Join us for a taste of some Rhone-style wines from around the world.  The cost is $50/person plus tax plus gratuity for a four course gourmet meal paired with wine.  Menu details to follow. Call 719-481-1800 to reserve your seat.  AUG. 24 TASTE OF Palmer Lake. Check out food from Bella Panini, The Depot, MoZaic, O’Malley’s Pub, Rock House Ice Cream, Parked Pierogi, Simply Delicious Catering, Speedtrap, The Wine Seller and The Villa at the Taste of Palmer Lake from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 24. Tickets will be on sale at all Palmer Lake restaurants. It’s $15, or $18 day of the event. This is a fundraiser for Lakeside Improvements. Call 719-481-1800 for more details.

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D-38 seeks a mill levy override in November District has made $11 million in cuts over past few years By Lisa Collacott

lcollacott@ourcoloradonews.com The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Board of Education voted unanimously to seek a mill levy override in the upcoming November election. During discussion at a special meeting on July 26 board of education members said the district has been dealing with budget cuts for the past five years and it has come to the point where the district needs to take some action. The district has cut approximately $11 million from its budget over the past five years. An MLO is something that the district has talked about for years and with fees going up, the implementation of a bus fee and cuts to many programs the time to ask for an MLO has come. The district is one of the top in the state having been named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll three years in a row, is Accredited with Distinction and more than 85 percent of students go on to post-secondary education. But with cuts to programs and teachers and class size going up there is concern that students will not be afforded what former students have had. D-38 Superintendent John Borman and the board of education have spent the past year sharing their story with the community and Borman often shares a story of a student who struggled in his early educational years and was on an Individualized Education Program. But because of the programs D-38 offered and the exceptional teaching staff he graduated valedictorian and is now in medical school. “In order to do right by our kids we need help from our community,” Borman said. D-38 board member Mark Pfoff said that the district has tried their best to maintain their budget and still provide the level of education to the students that the district is known for. “We’re not known for providing an education. We’re known for providing an exceptional education to our kids,” D-38 board member Mark Pfoff said. “At this point, in going through this, we feel because of these cuts that we’ve made over the last few years, not because we thought it would be to make it better but because we had to, we can tell by looking at the trends and looking at the numbers and the data that’s coming to us and talking with students and parents and community members we know that the educational experience at Mill Levy continues on Page 7

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Master carver Sheldon Roberts carves an eagle out of a burnt tree at Edith Wolford Elementary School in Black Forest. Bill Fee, owner of Nature of Things Chain Saw Art in Manitou Springs, and his team were asked by Academy School District 20 to make some carvings of woodland creatures out of a few of the burnt trees in the playground to greet students when they come back to school in the fall. Photos by Lisa Collacott

Woodcarved animals welcome students back Animals carved from burnt trees bring new life to forest around school By Lisa Collacott

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tudents at Edith Wolford Elementary School in Black Forest have had a traumatic summer and when they go back to school in the fall there will be some sense of normalcy. There will probably be some burnt trees around the school as the fire came within feet of the building but waiting to greet them will be some friendly little critters. These critters aren’t of the furry kind but rather the wooden kind. Chainsaw artist Bill Fee of Nature of Things Chain Saw Art in Manitou Springs and his team went out to the school, at the request of Academy School District 20, and carved woodland creatures into some of the burnt trees. “We’re going to give them a second life,” Fee said. Fee has been a chainsaw artist for 18 years and has turned burnt trees in the Hayman and Waldo Canyon burn areas into works of art. At Wolford he has carved two squirrels, which is the school mascot, and two other trees measuring eight-feet high will have multiple animals carved on them such as eagles, raccoons and owls. “This will get the students talking about nature in their science classes and I hope to provide some inspiration to the art students,” Fee said. Fee said he doesn’t touch trees that may come back and aren’t dead. “These are black and burnt trees. There’s no doubt they are dead. Our hope is some of the growth comes back in the other trees,” Fee added. Fee said after a fire many people just want to cut all the trees down but some people are really attached to their trees and having a tree carved helps preserve it. Polyurethane is applied to the woodcarving so it does not decompose. He hopes that residents will drive by the school and see the carved woodland

A squirrel, which happens to be the mascot of Edith Wolford Elementary School, awaits the students when they come back to school. Four carvings were made by Bill Fee, a chain saw artist and his team. animals and get the idea to do the same with some of the trees on their property. “We’re really hoping that this catches on with Black Forest,” Fee said.

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Investigators search home of Mark Redwine La Plata County Sheriff ’s Offices: It’s part of ongoing investigation, third time father’s house searched By Lisa Collacott Authorities have searched the Vallecito home of Dylan Redwine’s father, Mark Redwine, nearly two months after the remains of the teen were found in rugged terrain nearby. Dan Bender, public information offi-

cer for the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, said the search was part of an ongoing investigation. In a statement sent to the media, Bender said he was only authorized to say that the La Plata County SherRedwine iff’s Office along with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant on Mark Redwine’s home on Aug. 14. “La Plata County Sheriff’s Office has no

comment and will have no comment regarding what was taken during the execution of the search warrant nor regarding the nature of yesterday’s search,” Bender added. “As we have stated in the past, we have not labeled anyone as a suspect in this case. Due to the active nature of this criminal investigation we have no further comments.” According to KUSA Channel 9 in Denver, Mark Redwine told reporters that investigators searched his home for three hours and removed sections of carpet and wood flooring and took a fireplace poker, clothing and a cell phone. Redwine also said investigators dug a hole in his yard underneath

an outdoor staircase. Redwine’s home has been searched before. Dylan Redwine went missing from his father’s Vallecito home on Nov. 19, the day after arriving for a court ordered Thanksgiving visit. Mark Redwine said he had left home that morning to run some errands and when he returned, Dylan was gone. Dylan Redwine was 13 at the time and had recently moved to Monument with his mother. After months of searching for him, investigators found remains on Middle Mountain Road near Vallecito Lake and positively identified them on June 27 as Dylan’s.

Group says voters need to decide on pot sales Group wants to overturn Town Council’s ban By Danny Summers

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Boy Scout Troop 70, chartered by the Black Forest Community Club, helped out serving the annual breakfast at this year’s festival. Photos by Rob Carrigan

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he weather and a spirit of renewal and support contributed to record tunouts at the Black Forest Festival this weekend. “It was bigger than ever,” said Sherrie Lidderdale Saturday, a volunteer with Black Forest Community Club working at the pancake breakfast sponsored by CenturyLink. “I have helped with it every year for at least the last 10 years. We counted 870 served this year. That’s 200 more than we have ever done before,” she said. “We helped serve a lot of people,” Troop 70 Scoutmaster Nate Dowden said. Troop 70 is chartered by the Black Forest Community Club and regularly meets in the club house. There was also volunteer help from the Wonderful Waldo Women from Colorado Springs. Festival continues on Page 2 POSTAL ADDRESS

Troop 70 and other volunteers served more than 870 at the annual breakfast, this year sponsored by Century Link. That is nearly 200 more than any recent year according to Sherrie Lidderdale, a volunteer with Black Forest Community Club.

Some Palmer Lake residents are not happy by the Town Council vote earlier this month to ban sales of marijuana for recreational use, and they plan to do something about it. According to Jim Adams, on Aug. 12, a group of Palmer Lake citizens filed a letter of intent to repeal the ordinance. The town clerk, Tara Berreth, received the letter that seeks to circulate a petition to overturn the council’s 4-1 vote on Aug. 8. “I’m just a normal citizen,” Adams said. “I want to be treated the same as anyone else who buys Budweiser. Men and women like me just want to go to the corner store and buy our 1/8 ounce of marijuana and go back to our house and smoke our pot. We don’t want to be bothered and we don’t want to bother anyone.” Amendment 64 was passed by Colorado voters in last November’s general election. It was a ballot measure to amend the state constitution, outlining a statewide drug policy for cannabis. The amendment makes the personal use, possession and limited home growing of marijuana legal for adults 21and older. It establishes a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. While El Paso County as a whole voted against the amendment, Palmer Lake residents passed the vote by about 55 to 45 percent margin, according to statistics kept by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Office. Some Palmer Lake council members who voted to ban the sales said they didn’t want their family-friendly town to become the Amsterdam of El Paso County. On July 2, town attorney Larry Gaddis and Berreth said the town must opt in Pot continues on Page 2

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