11 stories making headlines this week

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COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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The Colorado Springs I-25 gateway sign was recently modernized. It maintains its original structure to honor those who worked on it from 1988 to its installation in 1993.

Colorado CASA
, Court Appointed Special Advocates, launched its ‘’Change a Child’s Story’’ campaign to recruit 2,000 volunteers by the end of 2020 to advocate for children in the welfare system.

The third annual State of the Outdoors will be held at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium on Oct. 29, and its focus will again be to elevate the outdoor industry in the Pikes Peak region.

COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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The Starsmore Nature Trail was officially opened on Oct. 12, as was a new geology exhibit, “Mountains of Time” in the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center. The new trail provides better access to North Cheyenne Creek. The new permanent exhibit examines 2 billion years of geologic history.

The Pedal Station, a community biking center, is in need of bikes, according to nonprofit Kids on Bikes. Used bikes of any size can be dropped of at 1026 S. Tejon St. 

District 49 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 10 to launch its new Construction Trades Building at the Falcon Legacy Campus, Peyton.

Vickie Tonkins was elected chairwoman of the El Paso County Republican Party on Oct. 12. Wendy Miller was elected vice-chairwoman.

About 40 Park County teachers and dozens of support staff began a strike on Oct. 14 after the Park County School District refused to discuss teacher pay. Classes were cancelled.

The Decker Fire southwest of Salida swelled to more than 8,100 acres and was 30 percent contained as of Oct. 14.

City Council will host town halls to discuss accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, on Oct. 29 and Nov. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in City Hall.

EL PASO COUNTY
  • El Paso County

New runners who sign up for Bear Creek Nature Center’s 5th Annual Bear Run receive a bear suit with registration — and those who’ve participated before can dust off their old costume and run or walk for a discounted rate. Visit elpasoco.com/bearrun for more information and to register for this event. Funds raised benefit the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers group.

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