Hickenlooper asks for more federal aid for wildfires

Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking for more federal help for communities affected by wildfires this summer. The governor sent a letter to President Barack Obama yesterday, seeking additional money.   “The current disaster declaration does not account for the significant infrastructure losses and repairs the communities directly incurred as a result of these wildfires,” the […]

Dems, Repubs put differences aside during fire fundraiser

In an election year, Democrats and Republicans seldom get together on a single issue. But this year in Colorado Springs, that’s not the case. Both parties are getting together for a fundraiser for Pikes Peak United Way’s Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund. The event is 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Penrose House […]

Social media campaign invites locals on a stay-cation

A group of local residents is turning to social media to help drive business to the Springs in the wake of the Waldo Canyon fire. The campaign isn’t going after out-of-towners. The group is targeting locals in a campaign they dub, “MYtinerary: All the Adventure, None of the Baggage.” The group, with an Ingenuity grant […]

Insurance claims require recollection of belongings

Ben Johnson guides people through the memories of their hallways and dresser drawers. He walks with them through their imaginations to the bathroom and through the closets and basements of the homes they’ve lost to fire. “Usually, it’s not something people want to do right away,” said Johnson, a general insurance adjuster for Farmers Insurance. […]

Insurers say Waldo fire not enough to bump premiums

With news this week that the Waldo Canyon fire is the most expensive wildfire for insurance companies in Colorado’s history, rumors started to fly about increasing premiums and full coverage becoming harder to get. “I think there’s a concern that there will be an immediate impact to insurance premiums,” said Carol Walker, executive director of […]

Local hotel owner floats idea of Tourism Marketing District

Colorado Springs hotels ought to kick in money to form a Tourism Marketing District, said one long-time hotel manager/owner who helped start the San Diego Tourism Marketing District five years ago. Bob Rauch, president of San Diego-based R.A. Rauch & Associates, Inc and a co-owner of Colorado Springs Quality Inn & Suites at Garden of […]

Oil, gas industry responds to wildfires with statewide donations

The Colorado oil and gas industry has committed more than $400,000 to the state’s fire relief efforts, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, an industry trade group. The amount doesn’t include charitable giving by company employees or matching funds by companies, said the press release announcing the donations. Contributions: – BP gave $100,00 […]