Westside Briefs:
High National Counties office for Clark

       Delegates participating in the National Association of Counties' (NACo) annual conference July 24 elected Westsider/El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark as its second vice president through July 2014.

Sallie Clark

       The election puts her on a path to become NACo president in July 2015 (she willbecome first vice president in '14).
       Clark, who has worked with NACo since becoming a county commissioner in 2005, said that her key goals as a NACo officer are “telling the story about the importance of counties in providing services and working to reduce unfunded federal mandates.”
       Her district includes the Westside as well as Manitou Springs and the Ute Pass area. She was appointed last year to serve on the NACo Board of Directors. She also serves on numerous NACo steering committees and policy groups.
       NACo is the official organization representing approximately 3000 counties in Washington D.C.
       RTA street improvements
       Milling/paving work began last week on Fontmore Road between Mesa and 31st Street, with completion envisioned by the end of July, according to Jeff Briscoe of Martin Marietta Materials, the contractor with the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA).
       Similar work on Eighth, Ninth and Limit streets, also expected to last about two weeks, has been rescheduled to start Aug. 6, Briscoe said.
       The upgrades in both locations follow previous concrete work (curb, gutter and sidewalk).
       Bishops back for 135th
       The 135th annual Bishop Family Reunion will be in Bear Creek Regional Park Aug. 4.
       The tradition started Aug. 19, 1878, when family members gathered to honor the birth of twins Oliver Fredrick “Fred” & John Edward “Edd” Bishop.
       Fred Bishop, a Westside resident and the son of the twin by that name, is now the family patriarch.

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