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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb drivers compete for new prize

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain has created a new prize for drivers in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). The Competitor Challenge provides a platform for PPIHC riders, drivers, fans, sponsors and organizers to give back to the mountain by contributing to fundraising efforts for the new, sustainable and state-of-the-art Pikes Peak Summit Complex, which will open in the fall of 2020.

Drivers have until June 30 to raise funds in this online challenge, and the driver who raises the most money will win a crystal trophy and a spot on the donor wall in the new Visitor Center atop Pikes Peak. Donald Wickstrum (@FastestPastor), a rookie from Monroe, Wis., is leading the challenge with $6,000 raised as of Wednesday (June 26). The driver challenge officially ends June 30, and the winner will be announced on July 1. Fans are encouraged to support their favorite competitor by visiting https://donate.givetopikespeak.org/competitorchallenge.

“From those who race to the clouds each year in the Hill Climb to the millions who have stood atop the summit, Pikes Peak holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many, and we hope its admirers will support us in this journey to preserve and protect the mountain we all love,” said Jack Glavan, manager of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.

A $60 million capital improvement project, the new Summit Complex is co-funded by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, an enterprise of the City of Colorado Springs, and private donations. No tax money is being used. Those who would like to donate outside of the driver challenge can do so at www.givetopikespeak.org or by emailing campaign.dl@coloradosprings.gov for additional information on how to contribute.

The Visitor Center will deliver a vastly upgraded visitor experience to better accommodate the record number of visitors who enjoy Pikes Peak each year. It will replace the Summit House, which was built in 1963, and upgrades include an interactive, interpretive education area focused on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak, an improved kitchen, and expanded dining facilities and retail space.

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Preparedness Day at UCHealth Park

A day of baseball, fun and safety preparedness

Residents are invited to enjoy some Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball and participate in “Community Emergency Preparedness Day” at UCHealth Park July 14. The gates will open at 3:00 p.m. The game starts at 4:00 p.m.

Post-game activities will allow families to learn about emergency preparedness through interactive demonstrations such as Police and Fire Department displays as well as preparedness information booths will be on hand. Game ball delivered by UCHealth’s new medical helicopter “LifeLine”.  

Families can also participate in a scavenger hunt to win Vibe tickets, interact with and get autographs from Vibe players and learn useful safety information for the whole family.

“With the immense growth in our community, it’s more important now than ever before to be prepared for any type of disaster. The more people in the community that are prepared, the more resilient the community will be” said Jim Reid, Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management Director.

Many first response and/or emergency preparedness partners from the community will be on-hand to highlight community preparedness.

  • American Medical Response (AMR)
  • Colorado Springs Fire Department 
  • Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
  • Colorado Springs Police Department 
  • El Paso County Search and Rescue
  • El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
  • Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region 
  • UCHealth “LifeLine” Medical Helicopter
  • American Red Cross of the Pikes Peak Region
  • UCHealth
  • United Way 2-1-1
  • U.S. Forestry Department
  • Home Animal Assistance 

Tickets

Partners

The event is hosted by the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency management, UCHealth, and AMR.

Event dates

Location UCHealth Park (map)
4385 Tutt Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Date/Time Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:40pm

Traffic Crash 500 Block of west Colorado Avenue

On July 9, 2019, at approximately 6:29 PM, officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department observed a serious injury traffic crash in the 500 block of West Colorado Avenue. Officers were traveling eastbound behind a red Oldsmobile SUV when they witnessed the SUV strike two legally parked vehicles along the right side of the road. Before officers could activate their emergency lights, the driver accelerated in an attempt to flee the crash.

Officers activated their lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle. While fleeing, the SUV struck a Ford van in the 500 block of West Colorado Avenue. The van’s driver was in the process of unloading their vehicle when the SUV struck both the driver and the van. The van was parked in the outside through lane with its hazard lights flashing at the time of the crash.

Officers immediately rendered first aid to the van’s driver, with the assistance of an off-duty nurse, until emergency medical crews arrived and assumed medical care. The victim was then transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. The driver of the SUV, identified as 30-year-old Tara D. Studer of Colorado Springs, was not injured in the crash.

The Major Crash Team responded to the scene and assumed responsibility for the investigation. It was determined that Ms. Studer was driving under the influence of alcohol and she was subsequently arrested for Vehicular Assault (a felony), DUI, Reckless Driving, and Driving Under Restraint and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on these charges. This investigation is continuing.

Update Traffic Fatality Tutt Blvd and Alderney Way

Updated Release

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, the Colorado Springs Police Department began an investigation into a single vehicle fatal traffic crash, south of the intersection of Tutt Boulevard and Alderney Way.

The driver in that crash has been identified as 28 year old Matthew A. Headley of Colorado Springs.  Mr. Headley was driving a motorcycle, at a high rate of speed, southbound on Tutt Boulevard when he ran off the right side of the roadway just south of Alderney Way. 

Mr. Headley, who was not wearing a helmet, died on scene as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.  There were no other vehicles involved in the incident.  Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

Mr. Headley is the 22nd traffic fatality and the fourth motorcyclist to be killed in Colorado Springs this year.

Prior Release

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at approximately 9:00 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified of a single vehicle crash, south of the intersection of Alderney Way and Tutt Blvd.  Upon arrival, officers located the driver of the vehicle deceased on scene.  The Major Crash Team responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a single motorcycle was travelling southbound on Tutt Blvd passing Alderney Way, when the vehicle failed to negotiate the curve in the road, striking the right curb and ejecting the adult male driver from the motorcycle.  It is unknown at this time if speed or impairment is a factor in the crash.

This is the 22nd traffic fatality in Colorado Springs in 2019; there were 23 traffic fatalities this time last year.

This traffic investigation is in the early stages and additional information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477

Red Light Camera Warnings

On April 9, 2019, red light safety cameras were implemented at two Colorado Springs intersections in an effort to prevent dangerous red-light running. Motorists were given a 30-day education and warning period before $75 violations, confirmed by CSPD staff, were issued to the registered owner.

Official numbers show that during the warning period:

  • 1,128 possible violations were sent to the CSPD
  • CSPD sent 898 warning violations
  • 839 of the 898 warning violations were captured at the Platte and Chelton intersection
  • 59 out of the 898 warning violations were captured at the Lexington and Briargate intersection

In an effort to provide accurate and transparent data, the CSPD will publish updated monthly statistics on its website: https://coloradosprings.gov/police-department/page/red-light-safety-camera-statistics

Please note that published statistics will be from 60-days prior. This is because it takes approximately 60-days for a month’s violations to be properly processed between the vendor, CSPD, and the courts. For example, in August we will release the statistics for May, in September we will release to statistics for June, etc.

For more information on the program, please see the Colorado Springs Police Department’s website at: https://coloradosprings.gov/redlightsafety

Death Investigation 3400 Block of Springnite Dr

Updated Post:

On July 4, 2019, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy for the victim involved in the shooting that took place in the 3400 block of Springnite Drive on July 3, 2019. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Paul Miller of Colorado Springs. Mr. Miller’s death is the 12th homicide investigation in the City of Colorado Springs in 2019.  At this time last year, the city had 15 homicides.

Original Post:

On July 3, 2019, at approximately 6:58 pm, officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department responded to a residence in the 3400 block of Springnite Drive for a reported shooting.  Upon arrival, officers located a 35 year old male inside the residence who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim was transported from the scene to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officers located an adult male suspect in the home and placed him in custody.  The Colorado Springs Violent Crimes Section responded to the scene and assumed responsibility for this investigation. 

The suspect in this incident has been identified as 56 year old Michael A. Mills, a resident of Colorado Springs.  Mills was arrested for 2nd Degree Murder and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

This is still an active investigation and anyone with information or who is a witness to this event is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

Death Investigation 200 Block of University dr

Updated Post

UPDATE: On July 4, 2019, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy for the victim involved in the assault that took place in the 200 block of University Drive on July 3, 2019. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old David Hagen of Colorado Springs. Mr. Hagen’s death is the 11th homicide investigation in the City of Colorado Springs in 2019. At this time last year, the city had 15 homicides. This continues to be an active and open investigation.

Original Post

On July 3, 2019, at approximately 5:28PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department responded to a call of an assault in progress at an address in the 200 block of University Drive.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a life threatening wound to his upper body, believed to have been caused by an edged weapon.  The male was transported to a local medical facility where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Homicide/Assault Unit responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation.  It is believed that officers have identified and contacted all parties involved in this incident and there is no apparent danger to the public.

While the El Paso County Coroner will conduct an examination to make the final determination of the cause and manner of death, this case is being actively investigated as a homicide. 

Anyone with information or who is a witness to this event is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

Traffic Fatality Tutt Blvd and Alderney Way

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at approximately 9:00 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified of a single vehicle crash, south of the intersection of Alderney Way and Tutt Blvd.  Upon arrival, officers located the driver of the vehicle deceased on scene.  The Major Crash Team responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a single motorcycle was traveling southbound on Tutt Blvd passing Alderney Way, when the vehicle failed to negotiate the curve in the road, striking the right curb and ejecting the adult male driver from the motorcycle.  It is unknown at this time if speed or impairment is a factor in the crash.

This is the 22nd traffic fatality in Colorado Springs in 2019; there were 23 traffic fatalities this time last year.

This traffic investigation is in the early stages and additional information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477