Westside Briefs:
Soil strengthening on I-25 near Bijou

       Two of three Interstate 25 southbound lanes north and south of Bijou Street have been closed between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. several days this month.
       Dependent on weather, the closures have allowed road crews to “strengthen the soil where several road surface concrete panels have settled and cracked,” a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) press release states.
       The work area covers a nearly half-mile stretch of southbound I-25.
       Roadway panel replacement, where needed, will begin once the soil is strengthened, the CDOT release adds.
       An update on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) work and a chance to meet new District 3 City Councilmember Sean Paige are the main items on the agenda for the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) membership meeting Thursday, Nov. 19.
       The location will be the West Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., starting at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. OWN is the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.
       According to OWN President Welling Clark, Don Sides of the city's CDBG area will explain recent public improvements and future plans for the older Westside and will take inputs from people with ideas for future projects. The federal stipend is chiefly used for new or upgraded sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
       Paige was appointed to council in October to replace Jerry Heimlicher. District 3 includes the older Westside, as well as the Cheyenne area and the downtown. “This will be a chance for people to have an informal meet and greet with Sean Paige,” Clark said.
       He added that he's also invited representatives from other area neighborhoods to attend the meeting, in case they also have questions to ask Paige. “Elected officials should know what the neighborhoods' needs are,” Clark said.
       The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association (CSYSA), which relocated to the old Pike school building this summer, will hold its mid-year auditions Saturday, Dec. 12
       Going from 9 a.m. to noon, the auditions will be inside the former school facility at 2510 N. Chestnut St.
       Musicians up to 18 years of age are invited to become members in one of seven CSYSA groups, a press release states, adding that “auditions for openings are by appointment and include groups traveling to New York City and Australia to perform in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House.”
       Audition music and instructions are available online at csysa.com under “About Us.”
       Founded in 1980, the CSYSA provides instrumental training and performance experience for 300-plus musicians 18 and under.
       For more information or an appointment, call 633-3901.
       Looking for a Coronado High School yearbook from years gone by?
       Some are available going back as far as 1990.
       According to Assistant Principal Tom Sandoval, the following books can be purchased ($10 each):
       - One each from 1990, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99.
       - 16 from 2001.
       - 4 from 2002.
       - 8 from 2003.
       - 8 from 2004.
       - 56 from 2005.
       - 93 from 2006.
       - 128 from 2007.
       - 111 from 2008.
       - 17 from 2009.
       For more information, call Debra Head at 328-3657 or e-mail headdj@d11.org
       Colorado Springs Police sent out a bulletin this week about a rash of vehicle break-ins at nearby trailheads.
       Since Sept. 1, police have taken 28 such reports at trailheads in the Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, Bear Creek Park and Cheyenne Canon, according to the report by Andrew Dukes and Eddie Orff of the Gold Hill Division.
       “The suspects are gaining entry into unlocked vehicles or breaking a window,” the report states. “The suspects are taking anything of value, but have a preference for wallets and purses containing credit cards, cash and other ID-related items. Once a credit card has been obtained,the suspects are using the cards to make purchases primarily in Colorado Springs; however, purchases have also been made in Castle Rock.”
       Police have made no arrests; however, the report states that “the suspects are believed to be two white or Hispanic males and one white or Hispanic female.”
       All the suspects are believed to be in their 20s. The suspect vehicle has been described as a white or tan sedan and a grey pickup.
       The ongoing police caution when parking at trailheads is to lock vehicles, roll up windows and leave nothing of value where it can be seen.

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