Westside Briefs:
FOGG aids Camp Creek clearing

       The Friends of Garden of the Gods (FOGG) has donated $20,000 to assist with clearing Camp Creek upstream from the Garden of the Gods, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and the Pleasant Valley neighborhood.
       “Camp Creek was identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as a target area that needs work to help prevent debris jams and flooding following the Waldo Canyon Fire,” said City Forester Paul Smith.
       The project will include three phases, starting this month. Phase 1 will clean up stormwater debris, including washouts from the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar and loose objects such as stumps and tree limbs. Phase 2 will involve the removal of all “non-native invasive wood species,” such as New Mexican locust, which can entangle debris and cause flooding, Smith said.
       In Phase 3, scheduled next spring, plans call for the area to be sprayed to prevent the return of invasive species.
       The FOGG donation will pay for Phases 2 and 3. According to Julie Smith of City Communications, Phase 1 will also cost about $20,000 and is being funded from previous donations.
       “This project is very consistent with our mission of protecting the Garden of the Gods Park,” said FOGG President John Demmon. “We want to continue to do all we can to preserve and enhance its natural and historic assets for residents and visitors.”
       FOGG partners with the city on maintaining the Garden and provides volunteer assistance in the Visitor & Nature Center, located just outside the park.
       Incline history Nov. 9
       An illustrated history of the Manitou Incline will be presented Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St
       The speaker will be Eric Swab, whose Incline exhibit just opened at the Manitou Heritage Center. He has also completed three historical site surveys for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, the Manitou Incline being the last of these.
       The admission cost is $5 for non-members of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), which owns and operates the center.
       The talk will follow the Incline from its early-1900s beginning as a vehicle to aid in the construction of a water pipeline from Engleman Canyon to the Manitou hydroelectric plant, through its years as a popular tourist ride to the top of Mount Manitou and its eventual closure in 1990.
       'Roots' at Westside Center
       The Lost Junction Band will play in the Pikes Peak Blues Community Roots in the Hood acoustic series at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
       Opening for Lost Junction will be Marty Gordon and Sonny Derin, a Blues Community press release states.
       Admission is a $5 suggested donation that includes food and snacks.

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