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Press Release: 7/17/13

By Colorado Springs Together July 19, 2013, 6:54 PM (view comments)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2013

Contact:
Bob Cutter, bob.cutter@coloradospringstogether.org, 719.330.9075
John Henry, prguy14@aol.com, 719.433.3025
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org


Colorado Springs Together closes Mountain Shadows center

(Colorado Springs) -- Colorado Springs Together, the citizen-led nonprofit organization coordinating the rebuilding and recovery of Mountain Shadows the neighborhood affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, announces the closing of its community center which was opened shortly after the fire in 2012. The center, located in Mountain Shadows at 6840 Centennial Boulevard, Suite A, will close Thursday afternoon.

Recovery after the Waldo Canyon Fire is moving quickly, with 91 homes now rebuilt, and another 119 in various stages of construction. More than 60 percent of the 347 homes lost to the fire are either rebuilt or under construction.

“The hundreds of Mountain Shadows residents who used the Colorado Springs Together Center for meetings, consultation with our volunteers about insurance, debris removal or rebuilding, and for reconnecting with neighbors during the earliest months of the recovery from the Waldo Canyon Fire know well the value that this asset brought,” said Bob Cutter, president and founder of Colorado Springs Together.

Colorado Springs Together’s leadership made the decision to close the center based on declining use, which reflects the continued fast pace of rebuilding. Colorado Springs Together will continue its work to support the recovery and neighborhood enhancement in Mountain Shadows until the end of 2013.

According to recent figures released by the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, an insurance industry-supported consumer education and outreach organization, the Waldo Canyon Fire continues to be the most costly fire in Colorado history, with $453.7 million of insured loss from approximately 6,648 claims.

Colorado Springs Together was founded immediately after the Waldo Canyon Fire to serve as the primary community organization to bring the community spirit and substantial resources of the businesses, nonprofit organizations, government entities and citizens of the Pikes Peak Region to restore the lives, homes and neighborhoods impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach provided the initial impetus for the founding of Colorado Springs Together.


Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

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Press Release: 5/28/13

By Colorado Springs Together May 31, 2013, 12:57 PM (view comments)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2013

Contact:
Bob Cutter, bob.cutter@coloradospringstogether.org
John Henry, prguy14@aol.com
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org


Over Half of homes lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire now have Building Permits

(Colo. Springs) -- The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department reports that 176 permits to rebuild homes lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire have now been issued. The fire destroyed 347 homes in late June 2012. The first permit to rebuild was issued on July 24, 2012, just 14 days after the fire was declared contained.

“What a powerful tribute to the spirit of those living in Mountain Shadows,” said Bob Cutter, president of Colorado Springs Together, the citizen-led initiative leading the rebuilding effort after the Waldo Canyon Fire. “We are unaware of any comparable rebuilding effort in the nation that attained a 50 percent number in less than one year.”

Cutter and the leadership team of Colorado Springs Together point to the cooperation between public, private, and nonprofit sectors to eliminate roadblocks in the rebuilding process as part of the reason for the fast pace of recovery. Numerous people and organizations have been part of this successful effort over the last 11 months from community volunteers to companies and organizations who helped in every facet of the recovery: from debris removal to crisis counseling to offering discounts to home owners who had to replace the entire contents of their homes.

Some key success factors included the development of a streamlined process for obtaining rebuilding permits by Pikes Peak Regional Building Department and the remarkable work by Colorado Springs Utilities to restore service to the entire neighborhood within two weeks of the fire. The early work by Samaritan’s Purse to help home owners sift through the debris and the quick deployment of a debris removal process by GE Johnson and other contractors were instrumental in achieving a quick start to recovery.

“However, the biggest factor of all is the will, dedication and tenacity of those affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, who accepted what happened, then got down to the hard, sometimes tedious, always heart-wrenching process of rebuilding,” Cutter said.


Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

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Press Release: 1/29/13

By Colorado Springs Together May 31, 2013, 12:43 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2013

Contact:
Bob Cutter, bob.cutter@coloradospringstogether.org
John Henry, prguy14@aol.com
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org

 

100 Permits Issued to Rebuild in Mountain Shadows

The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department reports that 100 permits to rebuild homes lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire are now issued.

Construction on dozens of homes is already well underway in the neighborhoods most affected by the fire, but the issuing of permits approaching one-third of the total homes lost represents a major milestone for Colorado Springs Together, the citizen led partnership of private, public and non-profit sectors along with neighbor representatives formed to facilitate and coordinate rebuilding and repair in Mountain Shadows.

“We have the utmost respect for the spirit and courage that those who lost homes have exhibited,” said Bob Cutter, president of Colorado Springs Together. A total of 347 homes were lost in the fire, and many more were damaged.

“Understandably the emotional impact of the losses has been significant, but we know that the insurance claims process, while slow for some property owners, is well underway, with most companies having settled the majority of their claims,” said Cutter. “Not that there aren’t claims remaining to be settled, because there certainly are, but one look at the building activity and we can see the rebuilding process is moving forward.”
 

Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

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Press Release: 9/7/12

By Colorado Springs Together September 07, 2012, 9:14 PM (view comments)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2012

Contact:
Bob Cutter, Colorado Springs Together, 719.330.9075, bob.cutter@coloradospringstogether.org
Jim Boulton, Classic Homes, 719-785-3259
John Henry, 719.433.3025, PRguy14@aol.com
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org

First permit to rebuild Parkside home lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire

The first permit to rebuild a home that was lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire in the Parkside neighborhood was issued by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. The permit, issued to Classic Homes, is to rebuild at 2523 Hot Springs Court in the Parkside community.

“This is great news,” said Bob Cutter, chairman and president of Colorado Springs Together, the not-for-profit organization founded to serve as a catalyst for the restoration and rebuilding process across the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. “Parkside was hit particularly hard by the fire but we knew it would come back; the property owners are overcoming many challenges unique to their community and are dedicated to getting their neighborhood restored.”

Jim Boulton, Mountain Shadows representative and vice president of Classic Homes said, “We know it’s a difficult and painful process for the families that have been devastated. We view this as a privilege to be able to help facilitate the families in the rebuild process.”

More than 140 of the 178 homes in Parkside were lost or sustained significant damage in the fire; Parkside is a patio-home community founded in the latter 1980s.

For more information, visit www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org.
 

Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

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Press Release: 7/25/12

By Colorado Springs Together July 26, 2012, 2:06 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2012

The Media Contact:
Bob Cutter 719.330.9075
John Henry 719.433.3025
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org

Mountain Shadows rebuilding milestone:  first permit to rebuild is issued

Colorado Springs Together is pleased to announce the first permit issued to rebuild a home taken by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Mountain Shadows. The home, at 2770 Yankton Place, is owned by Joseph F. Boyd and Trish Nelson-Boyd.

Mr. Boyd credited his insurer, State Farm, in quickly reaching a fair settlement, as well as the City of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) for what he termed “very positive forward movement” in approving the permit to rebuild. He also expressed appreciation to Classic Homes of Colorado Springs for assisting with the rebuilding process.

“The announcement of the first building permit for the Boyd’s home is strong endorsement of the way in which public agencies including the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, various departments within the City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities are working to speed property owners through the requisite processes to rebuild,” said Bob Cutter, chairman and president of Colorado Springs Together (CST), the not-for-profit organization founded to serve as a catalyst for the restoration and rebuilding process across the Mountain Shadows neighborhood.

As the Waldo Canyon Fire continued to burn after devastating neighborhoods in the north west of Colorado Springs, CST started bringing citizens, representing those affected by the fire, together with public agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations and associations, all united by a single purpose: to restore the lives, homes and neighborhoods impacted by the fire. The group has been working hard to streamline the rebuilding processes for property owners affected by the fires.

“For the first permit to rebuild to be issued just 14 days after the fire was declared contained, that’s outstanding news for all of us who lost our homes in the fire,” said Francine Hansen, president of the Mountain Shadows Community Association and a member of the CST leadership team. The home owned by Francine and her husband Dick was also lost.

Cutter echoed Hansen’s comments, “After such a traumatic event, a speedy process is the strongest tool we have at our disposal to help people and give them confidence and hope for the future of the neighborhood.” Cutter added, “Everybody wins if, as a city, we move quickly to help restore the neighborhood and help maintain the great community spirit present in Mountain Shadows”

“In expediting the plan review; permit and inspection processes, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department is fully committed to the successful and timely restoration of the Mountain Shadows Community, to ensure that our neighbors may return to some degree of normality in their everyday lives,” said Bob Croft, special projects coordinator for the PPRBD.

In addition to streamlining the process of issuing permits, a one-stop option for debris removal was announced by CST, along with an easing of rules by the Federal Emergency Management Agency enabling property owners adjacent to the Waldo Canyon Fire to have virtually instant federal flood insurance protection from potential damage caused by a flash flood in the burn area.

A similar option for the removal of landscaping and trees destroyed by the fire is being investigated by CST. Proper care must be exercised because it’s more than simply pulling out the damaged plants and trees. The remaining root system can be a defense against soil erosion. The damaged vegetation covers private and public land including parks, trails and open space.

Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

Please visit: 
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org
www.facebook.com/ColoradoSpringsTogether
www.twitter.com/COS_Together

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Press Release: 7/13/12

By Colorado Springs Together July 13, 2012, 7:10 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2012

The Media Contact:
Jeff Thomas
30dps
719-380-9996 x25
COStogether@30dps.com
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org

Colorado Springs Together releases information on debris removal

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, July 13, 2012 — The leadership team for Colorado Springs Together, a non-profit organization established to coordinate the recovery and restoration of neighborhoods impacted by Waldo Canyon Fire, is announcing additional details on its proposed debris cleanup and removal process.

Colorado Springs Together has developed a strategy to coordinate and expedite the physical rebuilding of the affected streets and neighborhoods. A dedicated debris removal task team of Colorado Springs Together was established to produce a consolidated plan for the removal of debris across the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, including from both private homes and public spaces.

While this first phase will focus on debris removal only, the next phases will include other aspects of the cleanup process including the removal of burned vegetation and trees along with the mitigation of the affected lots to avoid rain run-off and storm water damage prior to reconstruction. The group is recommending that current foundations are left in place to support new construction or to be removed at the time of new construction, if the foundation is determined to be damaged and unusable, so that the disturbance of the soil is minimized.

"Our objective with this plan is three-fold,” said Bob Cutter, Founder and President of Colorado Springs Together. “We want to remove the debris quickly and effectively across the neighborhood to minimize the impact on the people who are living there, ensure the site is safe with minimal potential for erosion, and to provide a simple, quick, worry-free solution to the affected people.”

A Colorado Springs contractor, two individual property owners, and their insurance companies are collaborating on a two-site pilot debris removal and cleanup project on Monday 16th July 2012.

All those in attendance are expected to learn from the process with improvements being implemented at subsequent lots throughout the community. The Colorado Springs Together team believes this is the best approach to meet the needs of the residents in the Mountain Shadows community, at the same time respecting the right of citizens to select their own contractor to clear their own lot should they desire. Residents interested in becoming part of the bulk cleanup process will be able to sign up at www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org or with one of the Colorado Springs Together representatives who will be at the demonstration event on Monday. Having expressed interest, neighbors will be able to meet with their insurance companies and GE Johnson representatives.

“The removal of the debris from the Mountain Shadows neighborhood has been the number one priority since the team started meeting on July 3rd.” It would be wonderful if all those who lost their homes would sign up for this opportunity and we could remove the debris one whole street at a time,” said Cutter. Taking this approach could result in all fire debris being removed from the Mountain Shadows community by the second half of August. This approach will probably be financially and environmentally attractive, minimizing the worries and liability of the affected citizens.

The two-site demonstration will take place on Monday, July 16 at 8 a.m. for 2635 Trevor Lane and at 9 a.m. for 5547 Majestic Drive. These locations were chosen because the nature of their destruction epitomizes the range of complexity, which will be seen in the debris removal process. Debris removal is a multifaceted, tedious undertaking, requiring appropriate precautions that must take into account health, safety, liability, consistency, financial, and environmental concerns, as well as adhere to government regulations and codes concerning air quality and debris removal.

Because of these issues, the El Paso County Health Department, Colorado Springs Utilities, Stormwater Engineering, and the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department will all be at the demonstration along with residents and the media.

For more information, visit www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org.

For health concerns regarding the effects of cleanup and debris, please seek help from:

El Paso County Health
719-313-8866
Tom Gonzales
TomGonzales@ElPasoCO.com
www.ElPasoCountyHealth.org/Services/Waldo-Canyon-Fire-Information

 

Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

Please visit: 
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org
www.facebook.com/ColoradoSpringsTogether
www.twitter.com/COS_Together

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Press Release: 7/11/12

By Colorado Springs Together July 12, 2012, 3:58 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 11, 2012

Media contact:
Cindy Aubrey, Chief Communications Officer
City of Colorado Springs
719-385-5254
719-492-0234
caubrey@springsgov.com
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org


Colorado Springs Together releases additional information on relief efforts

(COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, July 11, 2012) – The leadership team for Colorado Springs Together, the non-profit organization incorporated on July 3 to be a central clearing house for Waldo Canyon Fire recovery information, services and resources, is announcing additional details on relief efforts.

This is a community-driven volunteer effort led by Mayor Steve Bach and his wife Suzi, with 100% of donations going directly to restoring the Mountain Shadows community. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community who will determine a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated by the fire.

Relief efforts

  • An integrated list of residents is being developed by the city, individual HOAs and the Mountain Shadows Community Association. This electronic list will be integrated with the Colorado Springs Together website to ensure all residents get immediate and accurate notification of news and information during the restoration process.
  • Today, Wednesday, July 11, City staff met with Mountain Shadows representatives to discuss ongoing security patrols. This will ensure appropriate security is recommended during all phases of rebuilding, especially prior to and during debris removal.
  • Thursday, the City Forester and staff will determine a timeline of disposition of trees on public property to prepare for safe removal of dead trees in the near future as part of the overall clean-up efforts.
  • A dedicated debris removal task team has been charged with establishing the process for private homeowners to initiate their own individual plans as well as a broad-based approach to a neighborhood-wide debris removal plan for public spaces and right of ways. The plan will accommodate the needs of private homeowners and insurance companies, but focus on quick removal of the public area burned materials including landscaping damaged in the fire.
  • The new website is already expanding with updates on how to select contractors, connections to new resources being made available through donations and the latest announcements from FEMA, waiving the 30-day flood insurance on a case-by-case basis. Residents will be able to use the site as their first stop in looking for critical information.


Funding
Funds will be raised directly from companies and individuals and integrated with other philanthropic initiatives, including the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012, created by Governor John Hickenlooper. This will ensure that this organization is the focal point of efforts dedicated to those people most impacted by the fire. Donations of in-kind support are also accepted.

Ent Credit Union has generously stepped up as the first financial contributor of cash with 30dps, Hogan Lovells and Stockman, Kast, Ryan and Co., CPAs, providing large in-kind donations. We look forward to announcing many more significant contributions from local philanthropists and businesses that have already been in contact with the organization and are very supportive of its single mission focus.

Organization focus

  • Helping people through this transition period, especially if they have lost homes, while maintaining and enhancing the Mountain Shadows community spirit at all levels.
  • Mounting an unprecedented coordination effort to speed up the recovery, rebuilding and restoration process, supporting a community vision to be better than before.
  • Combining these two strategies will help ensure that Mountain Shadows comes back better and more vibrant than before despite the devastation caused by the fire.

Other specific action steps include:

  • A temporary community center to take over from the Disaster Recovery Center within the next few weeks. The center will be located within the Mountain Shadows community.
  • Appointment of a board of directors for the organization.
  • A benefit concert to be jointly sponsored by The Mountain Shadows Community Association, Colorado Springs Together and the City of Colorado Springs oversight committee.
  • Development of the process to ensure effective allocation of funds using the experience of J.D. Dallager, (CEO Pikes Peak United Way) Peter Maiurro, (Vice President El Pomar Foundation) Bob Cutter, (President of Colorado Springs Together) along with neighborhood representatives Francine Hansen and Chuck Fowler, representing Mountain Shadows Community association and Parkside HOA respectively. The money will be focused on maintaining a community during the rebuilding phase and providing community assets as a memorial to the events of the last week of June 2012.

 

Colorado Springs Together Leadership Team:

Name Company Involvement
John Cassiani President, Housing & Building Assn. Home Construction
Terry Storm CEO, Pikes Peak Association of Realtors Housing/Accommodation
Joe Raso CEO, EDC & Chamber of Commerce Business Community
Bob Cutter President, Colorado Springs Together Team Leader
John Henry Colorado Springs Together Public Relations
Carol Odell CEO, Better Business Bureau Vendor/Contractor Quality
Jeff Thomas CEO, 30dps Marketing/Web/Social Media/PR
C.J. Moore Public Affairs Director, Kaiser Permanente Public Affairs
John Cook Partner, Hogan Lovells Legal
Steve hochstetter Partner, Stockman Kast Ryan Accounting/Finance
J.D. Dallager CEO, Pikes Peak United Way Caregiving Organizations
Peter Maiurro VP, El Pomar Foundation Philanthropy/Funding
Lt. Col. Roger Sherman 21st Space Wing USAF Volunteer Coordinator
Brian Olson Sales & Tax Administrator, EPC County Government Support
Francine Hansen President Mountain Shadows Assn. Neighborhood Representative
Chuck Fowler President Parkside HOA Neighborhood Representative
David Neville President, Vantage Heights HOA Neighborhood Representative
Jim Johnson CEO, GE Johnson Construction Major Construction Planning
John Putnam Principal, Putnam Assurance & Risk Ser. Insurance
Bret Waters Director, Emergency Response City of CS City/Government Support
Brent Schubloom Systems Extension Manager, C.S.U Utility/Energy Solutions
Cathy Grossman VP, Ent Federal Credit Union Marketing Support
B.J. Scott Exec. Director, Peak Vista Foundation Healthcare
Scott Hente Colorado Springs City Council Community/Govt. Support
Bob Croft Development Coordinator, Reg. Bldg. Dept. Permits/Building Code/Support
Donna Nelson City of Colorado Springs City Government
Kyle Campbell Interim Director of Planning, City of COS Building Code & Requirements
Mark Rohlena CEO, Catholic Charities Long Term Recovery Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

Please visit: 
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org
www.facebook.com/ColoradoSpringsTogether
www.twitter.com/COS_Together

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SCAMS ON RISE AFTER WILDFIRES

By Colorado Springs Together July 11, 2012, 1:53 PM (view comments)

SUTHERS: SCAMS ON RISE AFTER WILDFIRES
STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF CON ARTISTS

BY HOWARD PANKRATZ

The Denver Post

Con artists are taking advantage of Colorado’s devastating fires to pull a variety of scams, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Monday.

One particularly disconcerting activity involves charitable giving, with people having received robocall solicitations asking them to donate money, Suthers said. There have also been reports of people going door-to-door collecting for alleged relief agencies, he said.

He warned that reputable organizations like the Red Cross do not solicit charitable contributions that way and people should donate directly to known organizations and be wary of supporting “sham” groups.”

“We need people to report scams that prey on their good intentions so we can stop these practices,” Suthers said.

The types of scams range from the fake charity collections to home repair and construction fraud.

Suthers said that after natural disasters, scam artists posing as door-to-door repairmen, contractors or handymen will pressure consumers into signing up for alleged “great deals” on home repairs.

He advises to check with the Better Business Bureau and ask for written contracts and references.

“People should be skeptical of anyone who shows up at their doorstep offering discounted home repairs and never enter into contracts based on a door-to-door sales pitch. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Suthers said.

As far as insurance fraud, he said, it comes in many forms.

Most insurance companies employ or contract for their own adjusters to evaluate property damage and assist in filing claims, Suthers said.

But in Colorado, consumers can also hire their own adjusters to help negotiate insurance payments.

He said some unscrupulous “public” adjusters will charge an exorbitant fee for their services and then disappear.

Others might refer homeowners to disreputable contractors from whom they get kickbacks.

“Consumers should not be fooled by these con artists who gain their trust and personal information like Social Security and credit card numbers to then commit identity theft,” Suthers said.

Consumers are urged to report deceptive practices by calling the Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Line at 1-800-222-4444 or filing an online report at www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov.

Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies can help at 1-303-894-7490 or 1-800-930-3745 or online at www.askdora.colorado.gov.



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The intent of the website is to set appropriate, well-coordinated priorities for the rebuilding and restoration of the impacted areas, and to offer immediate and long-term resources for those left in need in the wake of the disaster. The scope of the website is in its earliest stages, and will continue to evolve and expand, ultimately encompassing all aspects of the restoration process.

Those who would like to assist in the restoration of the affected neighborhoods will be able to volunteer their time as well as donate money on the website. According to Cutter, "The funds donated will go satisfy the unmet needs of the victims, to assist in the restoration of the affected neighborhoods and to maintain and grow a sense of community that has been torn apart by the fire.”

Rather than replace other organizations offering relief, the Colorado Springs Together initiative will be linking to and partnering with those organizations. Cutter states, “We are a leadership team that coordinates and focuses the efforts of many organizations to have the most impact to rebuild and restore quickly, and by doing so, give the affected people hope for the future.”

Colorado Spring Together is dedicated to bringing together the substantial resources within the Pikes Peak Region. Focused efforts of local businesses and citizens will ensure full restoration comes about quickly and effectively. To give or receive assistance, visit www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org.

Also visit:
www.facebook.com/ColoradoSpringsTogether
www.twitter.com/COS_Together

Colorado Springs Together Leadership Team: 

Name Company Involvement
John Cassiani President, Housing & Building Assn. Home Construction
Terry Storm CEO, Pikes Peak Association of Realtors Housing/Accommodation
Joe Raso CEO, EDC & Chamber of Commerce Business Community
Bob Cutter President, Colorado Springs Together Team Leader
John Henry Colorado Springs Together Public Relations
Carol Odell CEO, Better Business Bureau Vendor/Contractor Quality
Jeff Thomas CEO, 30dps Marketing/Web/Social Media/PR
C.J. Moore Public Affairs Director, Kaiser Permanente Public Affairs
John Cook Partner, Hogan Lovells Legal
Steve hochstetter Partner, Stockman Kast Ryan Accounting/Finance
J.D. Dallager CEO, Pikes Peak United Way Caregiving Organizations
Peter Maiurro VP, El Pomar Foundation Philanthropy/Funding
Lt. Col. Roger Sherman 21st Space Wing USAF Volunteer Coordinator
Brian Olson Sales & Tax Administrator, EPC County Government Support
Francine Hansen President Mountain Shadows Assn. Neighborhood Representative
Chuck Fowler President Parkside HOA Neighborhood Representative
David Neville President, Vantage Heights HOA Neighborhood Representative
Jim Johnson CEO, GE Johnson Construction Major Construction Planning
John Putnam Principal, Putnam Assurance & Risk Ser. Insurance
Bret Waters Director, Emergency Response City of CS City/Government Support
Brent Schubloom Systems Extension Manager, C.S.U Utility/Energy Solutions
Cathy Grossman VP, Ent Federal Credit Union Marketing Support
B.J. Scott Exec. Director, Peak Vista Foundation Healthcare
Scott Hente Colorado Springs City Council Community/Govt. Support
Bob Croft Development Coordinator, Reg. Bldg. Dept. Permits/Building Code/Support
Donna Nelson City of Colorado Springs City Government
Kyle Campbell Interim Director of Planning, City of COS Building Code & Requirements
Mark Rohlena CEO, Catholic Charities Long Term Recovery Group

 

Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

Please visit: 
www.ColoradoSpringsTogether.org
www.facebook.com/ColoradoSpringsTogether
www.twitter.com/COS_Together

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Colorado Springs Together News Top

Mountain Shadows: In the News

December 2013

12.11.13 Gazette: Six months after each of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, rebuild permits skyrocketed.


12.11.13 Pikes Peak Courier: Mitigation efforts still underway after fires and floods.

12.1.13 Gazette: High spirits at feelings of hope abounded at second annual tree lighting ceremony.

November 2013

11.25.13 Gazette: Mountain Shadows Starbucks to close; neighbors feel a sense of loss.


11.18.13 Fox 21 News: With rebuilding at 70%, Mountain Shadows recovery is moving quicker than expected.

October 2013

10.31.13 KKTV: Boy recreates haunted house in Mountain Shadows over a year after his home burned down.


10.26.13 Fox 21 News: As homes are rebuilt, Mayor Bach welcome families back to Mountain Shadows.


10.13.13 Gazette: Steve Weed's project generates funds from keepsake art to benefit fire-affected neighborhoods.

 

10.2.13 KKTV: $40,400 raised at "Ashes to Art" auction fundraiser for fire memorial in Mountain Shadows Park.

September 2013

9.22.13 Gazette: CST calls for artists to create Waldo Canyon Fire Memorial
 

9.8.13 Gazette: Neighborhood is slowly returning to a sense of normalcy as neighbors are able to return.

9.2.13 KKTV: Hikers Flock To Blodgett Peak After It Reopens

August 2013

8.30.13 Gazette: Reclaimed Blodgett Peak area re-opens Saturday


8.28.13 Independent: Can't spark their interest on a Waldo review


8.25.13 9News: Academy cadets help with Waldo Canyon Fire cleanup


8.24.13 Pueblo Chieftain: Fountain Creek district to study fire runoff water quality


8.23.13 KKTV: Flying W Ranch Hosts First Concert Since Waldo Canyon Fire


8.21.13 Gazette: Reuters video of the Waldo Canyon fire


8.21.13 Reuters: Revising the Waldo Canyon fire


8.21.13 Gazette: Flag that survived Waldo fire finds new home on wall at The Drive In


8.21.13 Gazette: Mountain Shadows Community Association to build contact database


8.14.13 KOAA: Flying W Ranch to hold benefit dinner


8.13.13. KRDO: Waldo Canyon debris flows: How much more?


8.13.13 KOAA: CDOT to close Hwy. 24 for every Flash Flood Warning


8.13.13 Gazette: Manitou Springs works to restore normalcy amid ongoing storm threats


8.12.13 Fire Engineering: APCO Files Project Initiation Notification to Develop a Standard for Application Integration


8.12.13 Gazette: Grass-roots groups sprout in wake of devastating Colorado wildfires


8.12.13 Gazette: Grant sought to offer crisis counseling for Black Forest fire victims


8.5.13 Gazette: Black Forest fire recovery group set to go


8.3.13 Gazette: Event was priceless, new beginning; Manitou morphing

July 2013

7.31.13 Gazette: Black Forest Together to take lead in helping residents recover from fire


7.30.13 Gazette: Business leaders pulled together for recovery after Waldo


7.28.13 Gazette: Some say Waldo Canyon fire recovery group could have done more


7.26.13 Gazette: YEAR ROUND GARDENING: Preparing your yard for the next wildfire


7.26.13 Gazette: Fire survivors to mentor Black Forest residents


7.24.13 Gazette: New flash-flood maps available for Waldo Canyon burn area


7.17.13 KKTV: Colorado Springs Together Closing Mountain Shadows Community Center


7.17.13 KKTV: Community Uses Technology to Help Prevent Major Wildfires


7.15.13 KKTV: Waldo Canyon Fire Still Most Expensive Wildfire In State History

 

7.12.13 Gazette: Thousands around Colorado Springs must be wary of the big black wave of mud


7.11.13 Kickstarter: What's Your Story? Waldo Canyon Fire Colorado


7.11.13 Gazette: Wildfire insurance creating a ruckus


7.11.13 Yahoo: The Economics of Wildfire


7.11.13 Z6Mag: Mudslide in Colorado Closes Hwy 24 for Three Hours


7.8.13 City of Colorado Springs: Waldo Canyon Fire Remembered Part 3


7.9.13 Fox 21: Moving Forward: Waldo Canyon Fire Anniversary


7.6.13 Gazette: Dynamite! Pikeview quarry back in business
 

7.5.13 Gazette: Tour of burn areas helps teachers understand fire, forest ecology
 

7.3.13 ABC7: Waldo Canyon Fire scar poses a 10-year flash flood threat

June 2013

6.29.13 Gazette: Insurance demands for fire mitigation may mean big changes in communities


6.28.13 KOAA: Blodgett Peak Open Space could reopen by the end of summer


6.28.13 CSBJ: Region creates permanent group to cope with disasters


6.27.13 KKTV: Year Of Perseverance Marked With Waldo Canyon Fire Anniversary Event


6.27.13 Gazette: Mercy's Gate helped Waldo Canyon and Black Forest victims


6.26.13 Gazette: Hundreds gather to commemorate first anniversary of firestorm in Mountain Shadows


6.26.13 Fox 21: Facing the flames to carry victims, recsue trapped families


6.26.13 Fox 21: A new beginning and a sign of hope


6.26.13 Denverpost: Waldo Canyon fire: A year later, life returning to normal


6.26.13 CBS Denver: Wildfire Recovery Picks Up A Year After Waldo Fire


6.26.13 Fox 21: Remembering the Waldo Canyon Fire one year later


6.26.13 Fox 21: Mayor Bach reflects back on the Waldo Canyon Fire


6.26.13 Gazette: Mountain Shadows rises year after horrific blaze


6.25.13 Gazette: Mountain Shadows celebration on Wednesday


6.23.13 Out There Colorado: Forest regrows after Waldo Canyon fire, but pines take years to mature


6.23.13 Gazette: A Waldo Canyon fire interactive timeline


6.23.13 MarkUdall: Udall Marks Waldo Canyon Fire Anniversary, Calls on Congress to Do More to Help Communities Prepare for, Recover from Wildfires


6.23.13 Out There Colorado: Residents trying to recover their lives after Waldo Canyon fire


6.21.13 9News: Insurance cost of Waldo Canyon fire: $453 million


6.21.13 PPLD TV: Waldo Canyon Fire - Community Response


6.21.13 PPLD TV: The Waldo Canyon Fire - Seeing the Destruction for the First Time


6.20.13 Springs Bargains: New Waldo Canyon Fire Exhibit Opening at the Pioneers Museum


6.19.13 CBS4: Couple Who Rebuilt After Waldo Canyon Offers Hope To New Victims


6.19.13 CBS Denver: Couple Who Rebuilt After Waldo Canyon Offers Hope to New Victims

 

6.18.13 Gazette: Rebuilding destroyed Mountain Shadows home took time for couple


6.17.13 Fox 21: Waldo Canyon Fire survivor Carla Albers shares experience with Black Forest Fire Victims


6.16.13 Rocky Mountian Views: Colorado Springs Together


6.16.13 Fox21: Waldo Canyon Fire survivor reaches out to Black Forest victims


6.15.13 Our Colorado News: Waldo Canyon Fire victims to mentor Black Forest victims


6.10.13 NFPA: The Waldo Canyon wildfire in Colorado Springs


6.10.13 Gazette: El Paso County to get nearly $9 million to rehabilitate burned landscape


6.7.13 Gazette: Investigation into Waldo Canyon fire has stalled, detective says


6.5.13 Gazette: Trail talk: A little help from friends goes a long way


6.5.13 CSPM: Q&A with Jerri Marr, US Forest Service — The Waldo Canyon Fire
 

6.5.13 KRDO: Flying W Ranch will remain closed for summer


6.4.13 KOAA: Flood preparedness meeting highlights trouble spots


6.4.13 KRDO: City concerned about flash flood filled with debris

May 2013

5.30.13 KVOR: Colorado Springs Together Interview with Mark Goldberg


5.30.13 Gazette: Waldo Canyon burn scar shows signs of life


5.30.13 9News: Flood threat 'significant' in Waldo Canyon area


5.30.13 KUNC: Waldo Canyon Home Rebuilding Efforts Soar Above 50 Percent


5.30.13 Gazette: Help create The Gazette's Waldo Scrapbook


5.30.13 Gazette: Nursing homes prepare for evactuations


5.30.13 Gazette: Emergency-preparation event offers free food, local services

5.30.13 7News: 90 percent of Waldo Canyon claims now settled
 

5.30.13 Gazette: More Colorado Springs building permits issued in wake of fire


5.28.13 Gazette: Pikes Peak region schools get emergency plans in order

5.28.13 Channel5: Waldo Canyon Fire Impacted Areas Reopen


5.28.13 Gazette: More Colorado Springs building permits issued in wake of fire


5.28 Fox21: Flood preparedness meetings set for Waldo Canyon burn scar


5.23.13 KOAA: Springs water quality report out


5.18.13 KKTV: Springs Neighborhood Practices Fire Evacuation


5.17.13 KRDO: Saturday, May 18 events


5.17.13 Gazette: Two USFS studies highlight fire impacts in urban zones
 

5.16.13 KKTV: Convicted Waldo Canyon Fire Burglar Receives 72-Year Sentence


5.15.13 Gazette: Flood study to pinpoint areas most at risk


5.14.13 KKTV: More Sandbags Available This Week
 

5.8.13 KKTV: Communities Come Together For Wildfire Preparedness
 

5.8.13 Independent: Study shows regular floods can be lessened, but nothing will hold back the big ones
 

5.6.13 The Scribe: Student studies Twitter's role in Waldo Canyon fire coverage
 

5.4.13 The Mountain Jackpot: May 7 Deadline for Waldo Fire Economic Injury Loans


5.3.13 CS Business Journal: Summer Symphony helps Philharmonic turn corner


5.3.13 El Paso County CO YouTube Channel: Waldo Canyon Fire Watershet Assessment Study Presentation


5.3.13 9News: April snow didn't eliminate fire danger
 

5.3.13 Gazette: Colorado Springs tourism industry looks to rebound


5.3.13 Gazette: Sandbagging must be a neighborhood effort


5.2.13 Gazette: Flood danger from Colorado wildfire burn scar to last for decades


5.2.13 CSMNG: Colorado Air Force Reservists ready to fight wildland fires


5.2.13 Colorado Springs Business Journal: CVB lunch highlights progress, path ahead
 

5.2.13 CSMNG: Waldo Canyon fire teaches lesson of preparedness

5.2.13 Gazette: El Paso, Teller events highlight wildfire awareness
 

5.1.13 Mountain Jackpot News: Be Prepared for Floods

5.1.13 Gazette: Dispatcher Did Not Report Waldo Canyon Fire Location

April 2013

4.29.13 Denver Post: New Approach to Home Inventory
 

4.29.13 Gazette: Waldo Canyon Fire Museum Exhibit
 

4.28.13 KRDO: Flood Risk not Affecting Housing Sales


4.28.13 KKTV: Tree Planting in Mountain Shadows

 

4.27.13 Gazette: Fire Recovery Managers Added to City


4.26.13 Gazette: 2 Million Dollars Towards Local Causes


4.26.13 Summit Daily: Online Risk of Wildfire Tool
 

4.26.13 Fire Engineering: Colorado Springs Bakery Triumphs


4.25.13 KOAA-TV: Extra Patrols in North Cheyenne Canyon
 

4.24.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Events for Waldo Canyon Fire Victims
 

4.24.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Changes in Leadership and Stormwater Money
 

4.24.13 Gazette: Fewer Smokers and Fewer Wildfires
 

4.23.13 KKTV: Fire Chief Retires

4.23.13 Gazette: Firefighting Unit Gets Ready for Wildfire Season


4.23.13 Radio Colorado College: What Needs to be Included in Recovery

 

4.22.13 Gazette: Arrest of Man Stealing from Burn Area


 4.22.13 Gazette: Flying Ranch Reopening this Summer

 

4.21.13 Gazette: Similarities Between Waldo Canyon Fire and Canadian Fire 10 Years Ago

4.20.13 KOAA-TV: Brother and Sister Duo Plant Trees for Waldo Canyon Fire

 
4.19.13 Wildfire Today: What worked and did not Work During Fire Fighting Efforts
 

4.19.13 Gazette: Approving Flood Mitigation Funds


4.18.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Making Changes in Communication



4.18.13 CBS Denver: Sheriff Report Reflects on Waldo Canyon Fire

4.18.13 Fox 21 News: Fox 21 News Receives Award for Coverage of Waldo Canyon Fire

4.18.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Problems Mentioned in Sheriff's Report
 

4.17.13 Gazette: Changing Homeowner's Insurance Bill
 

4.17.13 Mountain Jackpot News: Rampart Road to Remain Closed 
 

4.17.13 Gazette: Using Emergency Funds for Mitigation

4.14.13 Denver Post: Living with Forrest Fires

4.13.13 Gazette: Free Sandbag Distribution

4.12.13 KKTV: Considering a Firefighting Fleet 

4.11.13 Gazette: Life in the Red Zone

4.11.13 Gazette: Communities Must Step Up to Fight Wildfires
 

4.10.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Ignoring What Went Wrong During the Fire

4.10.13 Fire Engineering: Colorado Springs' New Emergency Operations Center

4.10.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Not Everything In the Fire Went Wrong

4.10.13 Fox 21 News: "Faces of the Fire" Tribute


4.10.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Climate Change and Waldo Canyon Fire

4.10.13 Our Colorado News: Missing Loan Issue


4.10.13 Gazette: Hente's Waldo Canyon Fire Mementos

4.9.13 Gazette: Tuesday Meeting Cancelled

4.9.13 KKTV: Free Sandbags

4.8.13 Property Casualty360:  Praising Response to Fire

4.8.13 Colorado Springs Independent: New Emergency Operations Center

4.8.13 Gazette: Reopen Rampart Range Road

4.8.13 Coloradoan: Fighting Over Homeowner Policy Legislation

4.5.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Using Twitter to Communicate


4.4.13 Mayor Steve Bach: City Releases final After Action Report

4.4.13 Gazette: Partnership for Recovery

4.4.13 KRDO radio: Changes in Water Quality

4.4.13 Pueblo Chieftain: Preparing Properties for Wildfires
 

4.3.13 Huffington Post: Report Praising FIre Response


4.3.13 Gazette: Waldo Canyon Fire Report to be Released

4.3.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Organizing Insurance Assistance Without Help


4.2.13 Gazette: High-end Insurance Company Comes to Colorado 

4.1.13 Gazette: Increase of Local Home Construction

March 2013

3.29.13 Gazette: The Need for Flood-Risk Information 
 

3.29.13 CS Fresh Ink: CC Conference Services Recognized 


3.28.13 Our Colorado News: Preparing for Future Wildfires

 

3.27.13 Gazette: Mitigation Helped Stop Fire


3.27.13 KKTV: Sandbags will be Given to Residents at Risk of Flood

 

3.26.13 KOAA-TV: Baseball Game Commemorates Waldo Canyon Fire
 

3.24.13 KRDO radio: Experts agree on Lessons Learned from Waldo Canyon Fire

3.21.13 Wildfire Today: Lessons from Waldo Canyon Fire


3.21.13 Gazette: 91-year-old Woman Sues Insurance Company After Fire
 

3.21.13 Gazette: How Lawmakers Want to Prevent Future Fires

3.20.13 Gazette: No Date Set for Opening Forest Burned by Waldo Canyon Fire


3.20.13 Colorado Connection: Chick-Fil-A Brings Recognition to Waldo Canyon Firefighters

3.20.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Why Flooding After the Waldo Canyon Fire May be Worse than Expected


3.15.13 CBS Denver: Lawmakers Want Colorado To Have Its Own Wildfire-Fighting Planes


3.14.13 Gazette: City Officials See Neighborhood's Rebirth After Fire

3.14.13 Gazette: Waldo Canyon Fire Review to be Completed Over the Next Few Weeks

 3.14.13 Gazette: AMR's response to the Waldo Canyon Fire

 3.13.13 Gazette: New Hope in Mountain Shadows

 3.13.13 Gazette: Return to Mountain Shadows

 3.12.13 Gazette: Con Artist Update


3.11.13 Gazette: Neighborhood Watch Group Formed After Con Man Discovered


3.11.13 Gazette: Head of U.S. Forrest Service to visit Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Zone


3.8.13 Cheyenne Edition: Faces of the Fire Presents Individual Stories (pg 6)


3.6.13 Colorado Springs Independent: Waldo Canyon Fire Sparks Scientific Research
 

February 2013

2.27.13 7 News Youtube: Waldo Canyon Fire Emergency Notification 

2.27.13 7 News: Emergency System Never Tested Before Waldo Canyon Fire
 

2.27.13 KOAA-TV: Emergency System's Failed Calls

2.27.13 CBS News: Waldo Canyon Fire Alert System Problems


2.25.13 Mayor Bach: Touring the Burn Zone

 

2.25.13 Gazette: Colorado Springs Together's Changing Goals

2.25.13 Gazette: Show of Human Side of Fire

2.25.13 Gazette: Building and Moving On the Right Way

2.23.13 KRDO radio: Bikes Donated to Kids affected by Waldo Canyon Fire

2.22.13 7 News: Pressuring for Wildfire Relief Funds

2.22.13 CBS News: Colorado Politicians Asking for Money

2.22.13 The Republic: Waldo Canyon Fire Could Become Colorado's "Hurricane"

2.22.13 Colorado College Catalyst: Working Towards Long-Term Recovery

2.19.13 Insurance News: Money Spent on Insurance Without Return After Waldo Canyon Fire

2.15.13 Gazette: Communication During the Waldo Canyon Fire


2.11.13 Gazette: The Effects on Insurance of Living in the Red Zone

 

2.7.13 KRDO radio: Rising Insurance Premiums in Colorado


2.6.13 Gazette: Burglary During Construction of New Homes


2.5.13 Gazette: Two People Found Guilty of Theft During the Waldo Canyon Fire

2.5.13 Fire Engineering: Federal Officials Asked to Visit the Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Zone


2.4.13 Canon City Daily Record: Royal Gorge Feeling the Effects of the Waldo Canyon Fire


2.4.13 Fox 21 News: Finding out Who Started the Waldo Canyon Fire

January 2013

1.31.13 Colorado Springs Business Journal: The Cause of Insurance Rate Increases


1.31.13 Fox 21 News: 100 Permits Milestone

1.30.13 KOAA-TV: One-Third of Waldo Canyon Fire Residents Rebuilding

1.29.13 Colorado Springs Independent: 101 Permits for Rebuilding in the Waldo Canyon Fire Burn Area

1.26.13 Gazette: Meeting on Insurance Complaints


1.26.13 KRDO radio: Lawmakers and Insurance Companies Facing Mountain Shadows Residents Frustration



1.24.13 Gazette: Returning Home Feels Bittersweet


1.22.13 Gazette: Loved Pine Tree to be Replaced

1.18.13 El Paso County Youtube: Press Release of Federal Funding for Waldo Canyon & Wildfire Recovery
 

1.18.13 FOX 21 News: Emergency Watershed Protection program not passed

1.16.13 Gazette: Baby Calf Waldo Reintroduced to Mother


1.16.13 Pikes Peak on the Cheap: United Policyholders Giving Free Claim Resources


1.12.13 Gazette: Fighting Insurance Deadlines

1.9.13 Gazette: Residential Ideas for Park Reconstruction
 

1.8.13 Colorado Springs Business Journal: Lobbying for Disaster Funds


1.7.13 Gazette: Colorado Springs Together Park Project


1.7.13 Gazette: Waldo Canyon Fire Fund Disbursements


1.5.13 Gazette: Residents Seek Political Help for Insurance Grievances

December 2012

12.24.12 Gazette: Replanting After the Fire


12.23.12 CBS News: Signs of Hope, from Painting to Print

 
12.23.12 Gazette: Rebuilding well underway in Mountain Shadows after Waldo Canyon Fire
 

12.18.12 DVIDS: Firefighters Recognized
 

12.16.12 Gazette: Christmas Caroling Over Construction Noise
 

12.13.12 KOAA-TV: Learning from the Fire 6 Months Later
 

12.12.12 Denver Post: Toughening Up Fire Codes
 

12.3.12 Gazette: Remapping Recovery Efforts
 

12.2.12 Denver Post: Public Adjusters Coming to Colorado

November 2012

11.30.12 KKTV: Christmas Tree Lighting
 

11.29.12 KRDO radio: Exhibit Commemorates Waldo Canyon Fire
 

11.29.12 ABC News: Two Suspects of Waldo Canyon Fire Burglary
 

11.25.12 Denver Post: Colorado's changing homeowner insurance claims profile
 

11.25.12 Gazette: Debris removal and the few remaining properties to be cleared
 

11.16.12 Gazette: Vendor Fair helps home-based businesses within the burn area recover some income post-fire

11.11.12 Gazette: Residents see environmental mitigation of Waldo Canyon burn area
 

11.9.12 KOAA-TV: "Living Symbol" of hope and recovery, 30 foot fir tree, is donated and planted in time for the holidays
 

11.9.12 KRDO: A new community Christmas tree is erected for Mountain Shadows

11.8.12 Gazette: Convention & Visitors Bureau recognizes efforts of first responders and other teams
 

11.7.12 Colorado Springs Independent: Property values in Mountain Shadows remain stable despite the Waldo Canyon Fire
 

11.4.12 Gazette: In light of devastation, traditional and responsive community events can be important


11.3.12 KRDO-TV: Community holiday giveaway was a huge success with over 130 families attending

 

11.2.12 Gazette: The community comes together to help residents still be able to experience a special holiday season

 

October 2012

10.31.12 Colorado Springs Independent: Waldo Canyon Fund Update
 

10.14.12 Denver Post: Mountain Shadows outpaces other communities in rebuilding after fires
 

10.7.12 Gazette: Parkside neighborhood working through issues


10.7.12 Gazette: Buyers in foothills neighborhoods not deterred by Waldo Canyon Fire

 

10.6.12 KOAA-TV: Invasive weed found in Mountain Shadows and Waldo Canyon Fire burn area can eradicate other vegetation


10.6.12 KRDO radio: CST's Bob Cutter reviews CST and progress in rebuilding from Waldo Canyon Fire

 

September 2012

9.27.12 Springs Gov: Air Force Academy to help with erosion control and mitigation projects


9.16.12 Denver Post: Local construction industry discusses rebuilding in burn area

 

9.15.12 Gazette: Children in the burn area receive free sports gear, fulfilling Aurora shooting victim's wish

9.14.12 Colorado Springs Business Journal: CST announces discount card program to businesses; card distribution to residents coming soon
 

9.13.12 Gazette: CST announces discount card program to businesses; card distribution to residents coming soon
 

9.2.12 Gazette: Neighbors unite to protect properties during community-wide sandbag workday

August 2012

8.31.12 Gazette: Neighbors nourish garden that survived Waldo Canyon Fire
 

8.22.12 Colorado Springs Independent: Overview of CST plans, activities
 

8.21.12 KKTV: Small Business Administration here to help individuals, too
 

8.17.12 KOAA-TV: Colorado Springs Together recovery center opening in Mountain Shadows neighborhood


8.15.12 Colorado Springs Independent: Parkside HOA, homeowners, concerned over streets and irrigation system

 

8.9.12 Colorado Springs Business Journal: Small Business Administration sets up shop to provide loans


8.7.12 KOAA-TV: Residents assume the risks when taking out permits for debris removal


8.6.12 Denver Post: Investigations into Waldo Fire Canyon cause continue

 
8.5.12 Gazette: Colorado Springs Together rises from ashes
 

8.3.12 Gazette: Donated funds will be used by non-profits to support Waldo Canyon Fire victims

July 2012

 7.31.12 Gazette: U.S. Senate committee to hold hearings on Colo. wildfires, including Waldo Canyon Fire

 
7.27.12 Gazette: Efforts of Type 1 fire team during Waldo Canyon Fire

 
7.25.12 Gazette: first permit issued to rebuild 30 days after loss of home

 
7.20.12 Gazette: Review of Waldo Canyon Fire to look for lessons learned 

 
7.16.12 KKTV: Debris removal demonstrated for Mountain Shadows residents

 
7.11.12 Los Angeles Times: Waldo Canyon Fire 100% contained

 
7.7.12 Huffington Post: Waldo Canyon Fire 98% contained

 
7.6.12 MSNBC: Photo from space of Waldo Canyon Fire burn area

 
7.5.12 KRDO-TV: Point of origin for Waldo Canyon Fire found

 
7.2.12 ABC News: 1,500 fighting Waldo Canyon Fire; residents get first look

 
7.2.12 The Atlantic: Photo essay of damage from Waldo Canyon Fire

June 2012

6.30.12 KUSA: President Obama thanks firefighters, tours Waldo Canyon Fire burn area

 
6.29.12 Denver Post: Preliminary list of properties destroyed in Waldo Canyon Fire is released

 
6.29.12 KKTV: Second death reported resulting from Waldo Canyon Fire

 
6.28.12 KDVR: 346 homes lost to Waldo Canyon Fire

 
6.27.12 CBS News: More than 30,000 evacuate from Waldo Canyon Fire

 
6.27.12 USA Today: Waldo Canyon Fire doubles in size overnight

 
6.27.12 Christian Science Monitor: Waldo Canyon a firestorm of "epic proportions"

 
6.26.12 Gazette: Flying W Ranch lost in Waldo Canyon Fire

 
6.23.12 Gazette: Residents pack up and worry about fire breaking out