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January 2015
January - March Print Edition
January 5
January 12
January 19
January 26
February 2015
February 2
February 9
February 16
February 23
March 2015
March 2
March 9
March 16
March 23
March 30
April 2015
April 6
April 13
April 20
April 27
May 2015
May 4
May 11
May 18
May 25
June 2015
June 1

Articles by Subject


Business
Changes
1/6/15: Westside Pioneer to print 6 times in 2015; next issue comes out Jan. 14
2/15/15: King Soopers renovation includes medical clinic; work could last till fall
2/28/15: Siblings with shared dream are latest innkeepers at Old Town Guesthouse
3/29/15: Recently installed sign announces existence of Old Colorado City Welcome Center
5/20/15: King Soopers closes urgent-care at Grandview store, opens larger one at Uintah
Events
1/7/15: Recognition finally arriving for Millicent Young, other women pilots in WWII WASP program
2/9/15: Ice-carving competition fetes Valentine's Day in Old Colorado City Feb. 14
3/29/15: Old Colorado City restaurant hosts fundraiser for teen-supporting arts group April 6
4/15/15: Taste of OCC event April 26; foundation has plan, price now for Bancroft restrooms
5/12/15: Writer from Texas to sign copies of new book at Westside coffee house May 18
5/13/15: Territory Days May 23-25; Air Force Honor Guard and Drill Team from D.C. to perform on Memorial Day
5/25/15: Territory Days draws close to 100,000 despite rain first 2 days
5/30/15: Summer-Saturday season opens for Farmers Market in Bancroft Park June 6
New
1/15/15: Westside Pioneer's January-March print edition distributed to news outlets
3/4/15: Westside Pioneer's March-May print edition published
2/23/15: Next Westside Pioneer in print to come out March 4
4/23/15: New business: Boutique shop in 2600 block of Old Colorado City
4/23/15: New business: Owner of new upholstery shop has 50 years experience
4/27/15: Westside Pioneer to offer next print edition May 6
5/1/15: From Millibo to Black Box - theater still thriving at Pecan Street site
5/6/15: May-July print edition for Westside Pioneer now available at outlets
5/19/15: First-year business: chiropractic office at Bijou and Spruce streets

Community
Arts
1/28/15: Simpich presents his puppet adaptation of 'Oliver Twist' Feb. 4-March 29
2/11/15: 3 Westside locales in book featuring Springs' 'Historic Homes'
2/15/15: Kicks Jazz Band featured in New Horizons show Feb. 20 at First Free
3/24/15: Old Colorado City's First Friday ArtWalk starts 10th season April 3
4/7/15: Former Coronado teacher publishes book; signings on Westside April 18, 20 & 24
4/22/15: Second ArtWalk of the season May 1 in Old Colorado City
5/8/15: McFarland, author and Pioneer columnist, to receive PPLD's Golden Quill award
5/23/15: Summer music series to bring live shows to Bancroft, Bear Creek Park starting in June
5/28/15: Old Colorado City to host next First Friday ArtWalk June 5
Charitable
1/16/15: No change in Golden Circle lunches at Westside Center with Silver Key now managing
4/4/15: Chance to support charity for developmentally disabled by eating at restaurant April 12
6/4/15: Garden of the Gods Rotary welcomes Osborne Trust grant applications from charitable nonprofits
Groups/Clubs
1/31/15: 'Westsiders Club' to hold first-time breakfast gathering Feb. 7 at OCC restaurant
4/1/15: Westsider, Coronado High senior earns Eagle Scout honor for Fine Arts Center project
5/7/15: Whittlers club offers 31st annual show at Shrine Club May 16-17
6/5/15: Ranger from Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site to talk on controversial incident at Pikes Peak Posse dinner June 8
Neighborhoods
3/2/15: OWN town hall March 12 to include board election, community updates
3/13/15: OWN board set for coming year; members hope to continue picnic tradition
Old Colorado City History Center
1/11/15: Weather forces cancellation of Civil War reenactor's program at History Center
2/1/15: George Washington reenactor in evening program at History Center Feb. 13
3/8/15: Monthly presentations at OCC History Center continue through May; tunnels talk March 14
3/10/15: Who really saved the cabin? Dave Hughes makes case for Thayer Tutt
3/30/15: Museum 'surprises' on view in April 10 History Center program
4/27/15: Descendant of AdAmAn co-founders to speak on 'Frozen 5' at History Center May 9
5/4/15: Rediscovered photog from 1930s-'60s featured again in fundraiser for OCCHS
Old Colorado City Library
1/5/15: International affairs discussion group to hold first meeting at OCC Library Jan. 14
2/9/15: Volunteers welcomed to help create Old Colorado City Library tile project
4/5/15: Dates nearing for installation of colored tiles on OCC Library's ramp walls
4/26/15: Library ramp-wall mural project moves forward; volunteer workdays set through May 7
5/7/15: Final push to finish OCC Library tile mural, with celebration May 16
5/21/15: Old Colorado City Library unveils finished tile mural; community participation lauded
Ongoing Issues
1/7/15: Fountain Creek flood-plain relief seen with south-downtown homeless-center plan
1/18/15: Pioneer's picks for top 20 Westside stories of 2014 - numbers 1-7
1/18/15: Pioneer's picks for top 20 Westside stories of 2014 - numbers 8-14
1/19/15: Pioneer's picks for top 20 Westside stories of 2014 - numbers 15-20 & honorable mention
1/25/15: Why we love the Westside and Pleasant Valley...
2/6/15: Coronado forum probes MMJ, youth pot-smoking ties; 19 dispensaries now on Westside
2/24/15: Input requested from older adults on aging services plan
3/25/15: City hosts meeting on Camp Creek flash-flood issues at Glen Eyrie April 1
4/19/15: Citing legal concerns with transient camps, OWN backs off from creek cleanups
5/4/15: Councilman King sets May 12 meeting on city entitlement $, other issues
5/10/15: Navigators organization, owner of Glen Eyrie, quietly does its part to deter, control Camp Creek flooding
Public Safety
1/22/15: Westsider on committee publicizing commissioning of USS Colorado submarine
2/8/15: CSPD announces citizen-training class schedule for first half of year
3/7/15: Police volunteer group seeks 'Ambassadors' to help OCC tourists, provide 'extra eyes'
3/9/15: Monthly CSPD citizen-training class focuses on fire safety March 18
3/23/15: 'It's OK to say no' to panhandlers - new signs, video unveiled at ATF meeting
4/9/15: Changed date, location for CSPD's citizen-training class in April
4/19/15: Mass car burglaries around Kiowa's 2800 block; CSPD asks victims to call
4/20/15: Local law enforcement 'saturates' avenue corridor from Mobile Command Post April 20-24
5/13/15: Sheriff's Office statement on Hobby Lobby shooting: Escaped felon drew knife on officers
Space Foundation
1/8/15: 'Astronaut' theme for Space Foundation Discovery Center Star Days Jan. 10
1/26/15: 'I Love Space' is Feb. 7 Star Days theme at Space Foundation's Discovery Center
3/1/15: Star Days focuses on the weather March 7 at Space Foundation's Discovery Center
4/17/15: Activities/demonstrations from international space agencies for Discovery Center's Star Days May 2
5/3/15: Opening May 12 for new interactive center at Space Foundation
5/23/15: 'Great Balls of Fire' traveling exhibit arrives, new interactive learning area opens at Space Discovery Center
Westside Community Center
1/12/15: 'Parents Night Out' - monthly program is YMCA's first at Westside Community
2/5/15: Free tax help at Community Center for 'low and moderate income filers'
2/9/15: Outreach Clinic at Community Center seeing uninsured patients - appointment needed
3/5/15: YMCA 'meet and greet' at Westside Community Center March 13
6/1/15: Westside Community Center offers activities through summer

Land
Construction
1/9/15: 124-unit hotel being built on site of former North Chestnut Street roadhouse
1/27/15: 9 years after first proposal, home construction seen this year in Uintah Bluffs development
4/6/15: Gold Hill Mesa expanding to northeast corner of Lower Gold Camp & 21st
5/7/15: Care facility taking shape in project across from Coronado High
Development Proposals
1/30/15: City Council reverses Planning Commission denial of Westside church's major expansion plan
4/21/15: 3rd MMJ dispensary proposed in Old Colorado City; no option for public comment
5/19/15: Neighborhood meeting May 26 on proposed brewpub at 702 W. Colorado
Development Issues
3/8/15: Rural-style neighborhood off Mesa Road writes master plan to keep it that way

Opinion
Cobweb Corners
1/8/15: City first built reservoir off 19th Street in the '20s
1/20/15: Puzzle may be solved for streetcar diner
2/8/15: The first railroad in Colorado
2/21/15: The real start of local aviation history
3/5/15: The Old Town building that Spec saved
4/3/15: An odd little neighborhood
4/24/15: The 26th St. bridge collapse... and a mystery building
5/14/15: Fred Barr and his camp in 1922
6/6/15: The roads people drove before Uintah Street
Editor's Desk
1/22/15: To Stories of the Year... and beyond!
2/14/15: Springs Utilities is asking for input, so...
3/14/15: Drake and pot - emissions to fear?
3/27/15: Tough to say 'no' when we're gamed to say 'yes'
5/1/15: What's to stop a Baltimore in Old Colorado City?
General
1/23/15: Entrepreneurship in American history
2/14/15: A Charge to Keep: the Magna Carta at 800
2/19/15: Plea to FCC on Net Neutrality vote - Don't mess with the Internet!
3/9/15: The history and danger of administrative law
4/7/15: A calf named Lucky
4/27/15: Media should care about traditional values
5/18/15: Ukraine's agony and America's indifference
Guest Columns
2/5/15: Guest column from OWN: Town hall, candidate forum planned
3/31/15: 'Strong mayor' latest of multiple government system changes in Colorado Springs history
4/22/15: Westside charter principal: 'Fatigue... frustration' resulting from new state testing regimen
5/18/15: Guest column from OWN: Who we are and what we do
5/21/15: Guest column: Library mural 'so much more than pieces of fired clay'
Letters
3/24/15: Letter: Templeton Building funded in 1891 from lot sales for Midland Railway
5/22/15: Letter: Clearing work from 2012 may have helped control recent Camp Creek flooding
5/22/15: Letter: Contrary to column, Baltimore-type riot not likely in Old Colorado City
Meet a Westsider
1/16/15: Betty Baker
3/7/15: Rosemarie Lovato

Outdoors
General
2/3/15: Fence removal turns 19th Street detention pond into publicly accessible open space
2/13/15: Westside home earns Rocky Mountain region 'Habitat Hero' selection
3/27/15: Volunteer training, orientation event at Catamount Institute April 1
3/31/15: Volunteers needed for trail work, Garden preservation, Waldo Canyon Fire rehab
5/25/15: Rain, flooding force closures of Red Rock Canyon, Midland Trail segment
Bear Creek Nature Center
1/16/15: Training offered to become Bear Creek Nature Center interpretive volunteer
City/County Parks
3/12/15: Free class on organic methods offered by Bear Creek Garden Association March 14
2/24/15: County Parks public meeting March 11 to provide info on its Westside-area doings
3/25/15: Bear Creek Dog Park cleanup April 4; volunteers welcome
4/16/15: County's April 25 'Tackle the Trash' open to volunteers, includes Bear Creek Park cleanup
5/18/15: Proposed Bear Creek equestrian skills course topic of public meeting May 27
5/30/15: Intemann, Palmer trails reopen in Section 16; rest of Red Rock Canyon still closed
6/3/15: Archery camps offered through summer by El Paso County at Bear Creek Regional Park
Garden of the Gods
2/3/15: 10th annual Bighorn Day at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Feb. 14
2/14/15: Possible record crowd at GoG Visitor Center's 10th annual Bighorn Day
3/1/15: 1st of 7 exhibits revealed at GoG Visitor Center; will be open to public May 16
4/5/15: Earth Day celebrated April 18 at GoG Visitor Center, Rock Ledge Ranch
4/24/15: Climate changes to cool weather for a day; Earth Day still popular at GoG Visitor Center, Rock Ledge Ranch
4/26/15: Deluge tries, fails to dampen spirits at Taste of OCC in Bancroft
5/3/15: 20th anniversary event for Garden of the Gods Visitor Center May 16
5/14/15: Non-stop rains kept city from clearing out Camp Creek sediment basin; Foothills Trail suffers from high flows
Red Rock Canyon
1/28/15: Don Ellis speaks on Red Rock Canyon at Pikes Peak Posse dinner Feb. 9
4/4/15: Annual meeting of Friends of Red Rock Canyon at Westside Center April 13
4/29/15: Vandalism to trees on the rise at Red Rock Canyon
Rock Ledge Ranch
1/22/15: Horse that helped pull Rock Ledge Ranch wagon for 17 years passes on
3/30/15: Rock Ledge Ranch celebration April 11 for its early city leader, the late Gene Smith
5/23/15: Rock Ledge Ranch opening day June 3, 'Homespun Fun' with sheep-shearing June 6
5/27/15: Recently installed windmill adds to Rock Ledge Ranch's historical style

Politics
City/County
2/2/15: City Council votes for pay-as-you-go stormwater plan; Camp Creek future uncertain again
2/25/15: Forum sharpens Westsiders' focus on candidates for mayor, at-large council
3/14/15: 2 charter questions also on ballot in April 7 city election
3/14/15: Muncipal election ballots mailed; 2 nearby dropboxes for Westside voters
4/7/15: Suthers, Makepeace to run off for mayor; Bennett, Strand, Murray voted onto council
4/8/15: City election: Both charter questions pass, slightly reducing 'strong mayor' powers
4/27/15: Voters in city mayor runoff election have until May 19 to submit ballots
5/19/15: Suthers easily elected Colorado Springs mayor in runoff with Makepeace
6/6/15: Council President/Westside resident Merv Bennett optimistic about working with new mayor
Meetings/Talks
2/19/15: Forum for mayor, at-large council candidates at Westside Community Center Feb. 24
4/7/15: Assistant secretary of state to speak at Garden of Gods Club April 16
5/12/15: District 20 State Rep. Carver to hold town hall for constituents at Early Colleges

Projects
Flood Control
1/13/15: City to remove fence around 19th Street detention pond, invites the public to offer ideas for amenities
2/10/15: Flood repairs force closure of road segment by County Parks building
3/9/15: Flood preparedness meeting March 18 for North and South Douglas drainages
3/10/15: County Parks' Creek Crossing to live up to its name again this month
3/10/15: State plans 'shortcut' easing 8th & Cimarron traffic as part of interchange project
No Man's Land
2/22/15: Avenue right of way transfer marks 'major first step' in No Man's Land roadway rebuild
5/6/15: Utility costs, time concerns arise in No Man's Land upgrade study
Utilities
5/11/15: Groundwater infiltration concerns force Utilities to continue closure of West Colorado's 3000 block
5/13/15: Utilities reopens Colorado Avenue at 3000 block, but groundwater infiltration concerns remain

Schools
Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning
1/26/15: School-choice presentation at Westside charter school on night of Jan. 27
3/10/15: Relocation of major artifacts symbolizes change of school site from Pike to AcademyACL
Buena Vista Elementary
2/26/15: Buena Vista Elementary's Feb. 24 presentation of 'Alice in Wonderland' - 3 photos
Coronado High School
1/9/15: 8th-graders invited to frosh orientation night at Coronado High Jan. 14
1/28/15: Community invited to Feb. 4 Coronado Parent Forum on marijuana issues
2/10/15: Coronado High hosts scrimmage for new robotics game Feb. 14
2/16/15: Scrimmage with 15 schools helps Coronado robotics prep for regionals
2/17/15: Coronado's student-sponsored senior citizen dance Feb. 28; will be at the school this year
4/13/15: Coronado/D-11 robotics team qualifies for world championship - 5th time in 6 years
5/3/15: New Coronado student president to help lead more community-oriented Homecoming Parade this fall
5/13/15: Coronado High School to graduate close to 290 at ceremony May 19
5/21/15: Donations to Goodwill truck at Coronado May 26-June 7 will improve school's baseball field
5/27/15: Wide range of drop-off possibilities at annual Dump & Donate Day June 6 at Coronado
6/3/15: After 20 enthusiastic years at Coronado, athletic director ready to 'throttle back' in retirement
Holmes Middle School
1/31/15: Holmes places 14 in district judging for annual Reflections arts competition
Howbert Elementary
4/2/15: Howbert principal describes 'building-wide effort' in support of recent all-computer standardized testing
Jackson Elementary
1/9/15: Jackson Elementary students' art on display in 3 locations around town
1/16/15: 2 photos from Jackson Elementary's 'Garden' musical Jan. 15
2/9/15: Scholarship fund starts in memory of long-time Jackson staffer
West Campus
2/16/15: 4 math-inclined West Middle Schoolers make video for competition, hope people will vote for it
2/21/15: Service club, neighboring church step up to fill needs at West Campus
4/3/15: Judy Hawkins, first principal of 'West Campus,' to retire after current school year
5/11/15: Long-time Westside school secretary Karon Burch leaves behind a cheerful legacy... and a customized desk

Transportation
General
4/12/15: New creek trail through Westside part of $42M-$118M regional nonmotorized proposal
Cimarron/I-25
2/5/15: Demolition northwest of Cimarron/I-25 preparing for interchange project later in year
2/26/15: Contractor selection announced for Cimarron/I-25; $116 million project could start before April
4/17/15: Preliminary work starts on Cimarron interchange; no major I-25 impacts seen till 2016
5/18/15: Cimarron/I-25 contractor to host open house May 26 at City Auditorium
5/29/15: Cimarron/I-25 project plans revealed; relatively minimal traffic impacts foreseen
Fillmore/I-25
1/15/15: This time they really mean it - Fillmore/I-25 project about to start
2/7/15: Fillmore/I-25 interchange project begins affecting motorists
4/15/15: Major construction milestones coming up in Fillmore/I-25 interchange replacement project
Major Roads
3/12/15: Powers Boulevard usurps West Uintah Street in city transportation priorities
4/13/15: Colorado Avenue repairs west of 31st prelude to major 'Gateway Project'
5/1/15: Flash-flood protocol change may mean fewer Ute Pass closures this summer
5/12/15: Project upgrades concrete along King Street; paving work scheduled in 2016
Transit
1/21/15: Transit proposal includes changes to Routes 2, 4 & 14 through Westside; meetings scheduled
4/1/15: City Transit changes: Saturday service, detour for Route 4; shorter ride for Route 14