COSMIX completes Ellston Street bridge

Structural work on the Interstate 25 bridges over Ellston Street has been completed as part of the Colorado Springs Metro Interstate Expansion project.

The bridges, built in 1959, have been widened to accommodate a third lane in each direction. The northbound bridge was widened 15 feet and the southbound bridge was widened 30 feet.

The new lanes will open when additional work is completed through that segment of the project.

Woodmen Rd. assessment complete, comment sought

The Woodmen Road Corridor Improvement Project’s environmental assessment has been completed for the portion of the road between Interstate 25 and U.S. 24, and is available for public review and comment though Jan. 30.

The document is available at; Colorado Springs city offices, 30 S. Nevada, Suite 401; El Paso County Department of Transportation, 3460 N. Marksheffel Road; Colorado Department of Transportation Region 2, 1480 Quail Lake Loop, Suite A; Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.; East Library & Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd.; Ruth Holley Branch, 923 N. Murray Blvd.; and Sand Creek Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd.

The proposal is to widen Woodmen Road to six lanes with two auxiliary lanes between I-25 and Academy Boulevard, six lanes between Academy and Powers boulevards, and four lanes from Powers to U.S. 24.

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A public hearing about the assessment is scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Jenkins Middle School Cafeteria at 6410 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Grants available for artists, organizations

Applications are available from the Colorado Council on the Arts for the 2007 Grants to Artists and Organizations. The deadline to apply is March 1.

The purpose of the program is to support arts and cultural activities that address one of the following goals:

  • Make the arts more accessible to all Coloradoans
  • Expand access to quality arts education for young people
  • Participate in local and regional economic development
  • Preserve and promote cultural heritage
  • Assist and encourage artists and art organizations
  • Strengthen the financial stability of the arts industry
  • Recognize diversity and inclusiveness
  • Encourage artistic excellence and support freedom of artistic expression

A key requirement of the program is that applicants must have matching funding support from local, regional or national sources. Grant proposals may be submitted by Colorado artists, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and municipalities.

Only online submissions will be accepted. To read the grant guidelines, register as an applicant and complete the application forms, visit, click Grants, then Apply for a Grant.

UCCS receives $4.6 million for homeland security

The Network Information and Space Security Center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will receive $4.6 million as part of the Defense Appropriations Bill. It is the fourth consecutive year the center has received federal funding for its work.

The money will allow the five-year-old facility to provide education and training to a broad range of individuals, such as first responders, small business operators, the space cadre and K-12 educators.

“The continued funding for the Network Information and Space Security Center at UCCS helps ensure that the best minds of our campus, our state and our nation work together to ensure the safety of America,” said Pam Shockley-Zalabak, chancellor of the university.

UCCS began its support of homeland security research and preparation of space professionals in the mid-1980s in cooperation with the U.S. Space Command. The center was under development prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but its mission was broadened to include homeland security.

Library district seeking papers for Pike symposium

The Pikes Peak Library District is seeking papers for a symposium highlighting the life of Zebulon Montgomery Pike.

“Spare No Pains, Zebulon Pike and his 1806-1807 Expedition, A Bicentennial Symposium” will be held June 3. The deadline to submit papers for consideration is Feb. 1.

Send proposals to Chris Nicholl, symposium co-chair, Pikes Peak Library District, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. For more information, e-mail

Library district seeking submissions for displays

The Pikes Peak Library District is seeking displays for 2006.

Requests will be accepted from individuals and organizations for display at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., or East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd.

To reserve a display case, e-mail or call 531-6333, ext. 2038.

Colorado Premium Vodka earns silver medal

For the second consecutive year, Colorado Premium Vodka has received a silver medal from The Beverage Testing Institute.

The institute tested more than 90 vodkas from around the world.

The parent company of Colorado Premium Vodka, Colorado Spirits Corp., is based in Manitou Springs.

Spacecon Specialty acquires Sprehe Interior

Spacecon Specialty Contractors LLC has completed its acquisition of Sprehe Interior Construction Inc.

Spacecon, a subsidiary of Irex Corp., is a drywall and interiors contractor. The company has more than 400 employees.