El Paso County Colorado

El Paso County Colorado

El Paso County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2014 Census, the population was 663,519. Wikipedia

El Paso County Colorado

El Paso County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2014 Census, the population was 663,519. Wikipedia

Mar 3, 4:31 PM

$50K from Fairgrounds Corporation Will Improve Facilities and Boost Fair Entertainment 2017 El Paso County Fair Scheduled July 15-22 At its regularly scheduled meeting today the Board of El Paso County Commissioners received a $50,000 contribution from the non-profit Fairgrounds Corporation to be used to improve facilities and support the 2017 County Fair as well as ongoing 4-H programs in El Paso County. The Fairgrounds Corporation was formed in 2010 to manage the liquor license at the County Fairgrounds in Calhan, Connie Johnson, President of El Paso County Fairgrounds Corporation told Commissioners, each year it gets even more exciting. Per the Fairgrounds Corporation by-laws, the annual fund balance from each year of operations is reinvested to support the County Fair, Fairgrounds facility and 4-H programs for the upcoming year. If the proposed 2017 fund balance uses are approved, the Fair Corporation will have contributed $289,000 to support the County Fair, Fairgrounds Facility and 4-H since its inception in 2010. Johnson noted that a special World of Outlaws show at the Fairgrounds racetrack last year drew lots of race fans and contributed to an especially good year for revenues. For 2017, the Fairgrounds Corporation funds will be used to replace inadequate refrigeration equipment, install new barrier fencing for the race track and purchase a portable sound system. The funds will also be used to support 4-H programs at the Fairgrounds and help to underwrite the costs of promotion and entertainment for this years El Paso County Fair. Commissioners Board President Darryl Glenn accepted the contribution with great thanks, This is great, Glenn said. We definitely appreciate all your hard work and dedication. The 2017 El Paso County Fair will run July 15-22 at the Fairgrounds in Calhan. You can find more information about the upcoming racing season and the 2017 County Fair at: www.elpasocountyfair.com

Feb 24, 10:00 PM

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is seeking community-minded citizen volunteers to serve on the El Paso County boards and commissions. http://bcc.elpasoco.com/VolunteerBoards/Pages/default.aspx

Feb 24, 9:00 PM

El Paso County, CO, Feb. 24, 2017 El Paso Countys Fountain Creek Nature Center and Bear Creek Nature Center announce the events and programs for March 2017 which includes: Fountain Creek Nature Center 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817 719-520-6745, www.ElPasoCountyNatureCenters.com Nature Adventures: Wild about Wolves Thursday, March 2, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Children, ages 3-6 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. $3 per person including adults & siblings. Reservations required 520-6745, limit 24 participants. Building for the Birds Saturday, March 4, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Build a nesting box for common backyard birds; learn who they are and their nesting habits. Children must be accompanied by an adult able to handle nails, hammers, etc. Materials provided. $7 per member, $8 per non-member. Reservations required 520-6745. Volunteer Orientation Saturday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attend this orientation to learn more about becoming a volunteer. Applicants must be 18 or older. Contact Paula at 520-6387 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com for an application and to register. Twos & Threes Outdoors: Curious Coyotes Thursday, March 9, 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Share the joy of your 2 or 3 year-old childs discovery as he or she enjoys a story and an exploration hike outdoors. $3 per person including adults & siblings. Reservations required 520-6745. Reptiles & Amphibians Up-Close & Personal Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Join Pikes Peak Community College Zoo Keeping students for an up-close and personal visit with live reptiles and amphibians. Sponsored by PPCC The Wild Things volunteers. $2 per member, $3 per non-member. Reservations required 520-6745. Environmental Education Leader Training Tuesday & Wednesday, March 21 & 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Train to become a leader for environmental education school field trips at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Learn our techniques and programs for connecting students to the wetlands and surrounding ecosystems. Application, interview, and commitment to leading spring and fall field trips is required before registering. Contact Paula at 719-520-6387 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com. Bear Creek Nature Center 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 719-520-6387, www.ElPasoCountyNatureCenters.com Same Tree, Different Day Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, photographed a tree behind his home every day for a year. He soon recognized that this exercise in creativity was becoming a metaphor for life. Join Mike for a multimedia presentation about living with awareness and reaching goals. Preregistration required. $4 per member, $5 per nonmember. Active Adults Series: Urban Art Hike Saturday, March 11, 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. For 19 years, the annual Art on the Streets exhibit has transformed Downtown Colorado Springs. Led by Downtown Partnership staff, this tour samples the currently installed pieces and offers insight into the artists who created them. Meet at Wild Goose Meeting House. Prepayment required. Arrive at 9:30. Tour begins at 10 AM. $10 per person. Nature Explorers: Gnaw-it-All Rascals Wednesday & Thursday, March 15 & 16, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Children, ages 4-5 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Sustainability Series: Organic Vegetable Gardening-Tips for Success Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Taught by Bear Creek Garden Association gardeners and Mike Estes, owner of Ricks Garden Center. Topics include: vegetables that do well in the region; plant protection in April-May; organic pest control and fertilizers; square foot gardening. $3 per member, $4 per nonmember. Little Wonders: Knowing Our Noses Wednesday, March 22, 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. Discover the world of nature with your 2-3 year-old. Interactive activities and a short hike make this the perfect introduction to the outdoors for your child. Child must be accompanied by an adult. $3 per person including siblings and adults. Environmental Education Leader Training Thursday & Friday, March 23 & 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Train to become an Environmental Education leader for school field trip programs at Bear Creek Nature Center. After your application and interview process, learn our techniques and programs for connecting students to the foothills and surrounding ecosystems. Contact Paula at 520-6387 or bcfcvolunteers@gmail.com. Spring Break Camp: Journey through Space Monday-Friday, March 27-31, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lets discover the natural wonders beyond Earth! Learning to play & adventure through the universe without leaving the ground. Camp features environmental stewardship themes with daily play in the woods, habitat exploration, hikes, games and stories. Grades 1-5. Limit 30 children. Prepayment required. $130 per member child, $140 per nonmember child. Scholarships available. Email mariapetkash@elpasoco.com or call 520-6972 for information.

Feb 23, 8:00 PM

Dennis Hisey to Serve as Interim Director of Pikes Peak Workforce Center Former County Commissioner Will Fill Director Vacancy on a Temporary Basis Only El Paso County Administrator Henry Yankowski today announced the appointment of Dennis Hisey to serve on a temporary basis as the director of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center (PPWFC). I reached out to Dennis Hisey because it may take two or three months to recruit and hire a permanent Workforce Center Director and Dennis has the knowledge, experience and community service background to help us through this transition period. Yankowski continued, Colorado is one of only a few states that use a local control model for Workforce Center operations and Dennis was very much instrumental in establishing that model which has been very helpful in tailoring training programs to meet local employment needs. Yankowski stressed that Hisey is expected to serve only on a temporary basis until a permanent director is in place. Im honored to be asked to serve PPWFC through this transition period, Hisey said. During my twelve years on the Workforce Consortium and Executive Boards I have had the opportunity to work closely with Charlie Whelan and the excellent team he has put in place. I have also worked closely with the private business, industry and education and trade leaders in developing community partnerships that form the foundation of effective workforce training efforts and Ive had the opportunity to learn the best practices of successful workforce training programs all over the country. Hisey concluded, This is only a temporary interim assignment and I will not be seeking the permanent position but I want everyone at PPWFC and our community partners to know that we will be working hard to ensure that PPWFC continues to be a highly effective resource to employers and job seekers throughout the region. Hisey will receive $9,426 per month as Interim Director, the same rate of pay as the retiring director. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center serves employers and job seekers in El Paso and Teller Counties. It is funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). During the last program year, the PPWFC served more than 43,000 clients including 10,000 veterans and more than 1,000 young adults. The PPWFC team hosted 260 custom hiring events for employers and eight regional job fairs for job seekers. PPWFC has satellite offices throughout the region with its main office on the first floor of the El Paso County Citizens Service Center at 1575 Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs. For more information logon to: www.ppwfc.org