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    Grace Community Church Back-to-School Event
    The Falcon car show
    Peyton parents discuss arming teachers
    Colorado Karting Tour hosted in Calhan
    Problem intersections in Falcon – Part 7
    Heroes and horses
    Building and real estate update
 
  Grace Community Church Back-to-School Event

   
Grace Community’s Pastor Michael Anderson and his wife, Jenny, take time out for a photo with their children, (left to right )Brady, age 2, Reagan, age 7, Clark, age 9, and Reed, age 3, at the Aug. 18 Back-to-School event.Edward “Blake” Elkins, age 3, climbs into the bounce house at the church event. Besides the bounce house, the kids enjoyed other outdoor games like volleyball and corn hole. A cake walk and bingo added to the fun.
Jim Carner attended the Grace Community Church event, and talked about the goals and community feel the church is developing.A potluck and hamburgers and hot dogs delighted the palates of the people who attended the Grace Community Church Back-to-School event.

   
  
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  The Falcon car show

   
   
The Falcon Antique Car Show was held Aug. 25. It was sponsored by Falcon Senior Services. Photos by Cara Lord-Geiser
Charlie Dover poses with his 1955 Ford pickup.Don Watkins sits with his wife, Jeanne, in front of Jeanne’s original 1968 Charger.
Bill and Kathy Schwindt entered two trucks in the show. They are pictured here with their 1949 Dodge.

   
  
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  Peyton parents discuss arming teachers
  By Lindsey Harrison

   On Aug. 3, community members gathered at the high school in Peyton School District 23 Jt in Peyton, Colorado, to hear information about a proposal to create an armed security team made up of school staff members. A concerned parent, who works in law enforcement and asked to remain anonymous, hosted the meeting.
   
   The host said the decision to request the armed security team was three-fold: school shootings are a reality; schools are soft targets meaning they are relatively unprotected or vulnerable; and no school is immune.
   
   About 60 people attended the meeting, where they listened to presentations from Laura Carno, executive director for FASTER Colorado, and Marc Fitzwater, founder and owner of I68 Consulting Group. Both organizations offer firearms training, and both presenters explained the training process for their respective organization. FASTER stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response.
   
   The host explained some of his proposal’s criteria that each staff member who would like to participate in the training must meet. He said there will be a screening process through the training to determine if the staff member is mentally qualified to handle the responsibility; that information will be used in conjunction with employee records to verify each employee’s eligibility for the team.
   
   Additionally, the host said, according to the criteria, team members must carry a 9 mm weapon, although they would choose their weapon, purchase it and qualify through the training program.
   
   Carno, who brought the FASTER program to Colorado from Ohio in 2017, said her organization has already dealt with 25 school districts in Colorado. In each case, the district’s board of education has retained the authorization to permit each staff member to participate. The board can also revoke it if necessary.
   
   Following the presentations, audience members wrote down questions they had, and Carno, Fitzwater or the host addressed each one. Concerns included budget issues, school and employee liability and finding volunteers for the team.
   
   “I wish it was not true, but the only way to stop a person in the mindset of hurting or killing someone is to physically stop them,” the host said. “Not to necessarily kill them but to put them down until they can be apprehended and taken away. Why not give these people, someone who would display the selflessness to get in between a shooter and a student, the chance to defend themselves?”
   
   The host said he plans to present the proposal to the board of education soon but did not have an exact date.
  
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  Colorado Karting Tour hosted in Calhan

   The SBR MotorcycleSports Park in Calhan hosted the Colorado Karting Tour run on. The CKT races in several locations throughout Colorado every year and opens the race up to male and females, age 5 to 75! The Seigle Boys Racing is an outdoor go cart track open seven days a week to the public. The track is open at 22430 Spencer Road.   
Spencer Smith is a first year racer in the Junior 1 Cadet class.
 
Prior to the 4-stroke Briggs & Stratton JR2 race, No. 78 Timmy Trostell III, age 8, gets some last minute coaching from his dad, Tim Trostel.
 
After the Junior Cadet 1 race, No. 34 Allie Nelson and No. 51 Joelle Lewis push their carts in for weigh in.
 
Ivy and Lee Siegel are the owners and operators of SBR MotorSports Park.
 
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  Problem intersections in Falcon – Part 7
  By Lindsey Harrison

   In March, “The New Falcon Herald” began a series on problem intersections in the Falcon area. The first in the series focused on the intersection of Meridian Road and Londonderry Drive; the second focused on the intersection of Flower Road and Meridian Road and the intersection of Bent Grass Meadows Drive and Meridian Road; the third focused on the intersection of Highway 24 and Garrett Road; the fourth focused on the intersection of McLaughlin Road and Old Meridian Road; the fifth focused on the intersection of Rex Road and Meridian Road; and the last focused on the intersection of Meridian Road and Woodmen Road.
   
   According to those articles, failure to yield right-of-way and inattentive driving were the leading causes of accidents at each intersection.
   
   This month, the NFH focused on the intersection of Stapleton Drive and Highway 24.
   
   According to the Colorado State Patrol’s statistics team, 10 accidents occurred at that intersection between 2015 and June 2018. Half of the reported accidents resulted in injuries, and six of the 10 were caused by a failure to yield right-of-way. No fatal accidents occurred at this intersection.
   
   Just east of the intersection, however, a double-fatal accident occurred on July 24. The accident involved three vehicles, one of which was driven by a deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
   
   According to a press release from the CSP, Quinlan Linebaugh, the EPC sheriff’s deputy, has been charged with two counts of careless driving causing death and two counts of careless driving causing bodily injury as a result of the accident.
   
   Kenneth Wuerfele and Dorothy Wuerfele, the two victims killed in the accident, were from Peyton.
   
   Michelle Peulen, Colorado Department of Transportation communications manager for southeast Colorado, said a two-lane highway like this portion of Highway 24 can result in safety concerns based on a driver’s behavior. “On a two-lane roadway with a 55 mph speed limit, obviously we want you to be extra cautious,” she said. “If you can wait to pass until there’s a passing lane, do that. If you choose to pass, make sure you have a clear line of sight.”
   
   Peulen said CDOT has a proposed project that would make Highway 24 a four-lane highway from Garrett Road to Stapleton Drive, but there is no funding to pay for it. CDOT wanted to have the project ready to go in case funding can be procured, specifically from a measure that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, she said.
   
   “Every intersection in that area would have improvements, including acceleration and deceleration lanes and turn lanes,” Peulen said.
   
   Until that project can be completed, Peulen said it is imperative that people on any roadway wear seat belts, do not drive distracted, do not drive impaired, know the rules of the road and follow them.
   
   “It is almost alarming sometimes that there are folks out there who don’t understand the rules of the road,” she said. “Double yellow lines mean you cannot pass, even if you are stuck behind a slow truck. A dotted yellow line means it is OK to pass as long as it is safe to do so.”
  
This view is looking south across Highway 24 from Stapleton Drive. Photo by Lindsey Harrison
 
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  Heroes and horses
  Leslie Sheley

   The fourth annual Ranch Horse Round Up took place July 28 and July 29 at the Kit Carson Riding Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The annual event raises money to provide services to Pikes Peak Region Military Warriors and their families.
   
   The Kit Carson Riding Club and the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association put on a weekend of low-cost clinics and classes that introduced horse and riders of all ages and skill sets to the traditions of the ranch horse. One-hundred percent of the net proceeds will benefit this year’s three local nonprofit organizations: YMCA/Camp Shady Brook, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center and The Home Front Cares. In 2017, the event raised $10,000.
   
   The opening ceremony on Saturday –- the National Day of the Cowboy –- started with the El Paso County Mounted Patrol presenting the colors, joined by the KCRC queen and her entourage — Kimberly Lindgren, queen; Emily Few, queens’s aid and Riley Spurlock, princess. Dan Yopp, KCRC president gave the prayer, and Mickey Althouse, media representative for the Ranch Horse Round Up, sang the anthem.
   
   The event also included a military appreciation breakfast, benefit barbecue, silent and live auctions, activities for kids and wagon rides. A benefit concert featuring the band, Latigo, was cancelled because of weather. “Nothing makes us prouder as nonprofit organizations than knowing we are giving back to those who have gone through so much for their country and our continued freedom,” Yopp said. “It is a great feeling to know that because of this event, kids of fallen or injured soldiers will go to summer camp, soldiers will be able to address mental health needs, while other service members and veterans finding themselves in dire need could qualify to receive an emergency grant for essential life expenses such as housing and utilities.”
   
   The original organizers in 2015 were Dave Currin of the NVRHA and from both NVRHA and KCRC, Tom Cobb; and KCRC members Dan Yopp, Pam Cobb and Laura Hoff. “This is a volunteer-driven event, and it takes over 100 volunteer time slots to run the event,” Althouse said.
   
   Althouse said numerous local businesses supported the event through sponsorships of cash, services, goods and items for the silent auction. A sponsor crawl — participants received a brochure with all the sponsors listed — afforded people a chance to win prizes, if they visited the sponsors’ booths. Sponsors then marked the brochure every time someone visited them. “Visiting the sponsors is a great way to say thank you to them and let them know how much their support of the local military is appreciated,” Althouse said.
   
   Sunday’s closing ceremony began with all the volunteers and riders who participated in the classes walking and/or riding into the arena. They paid homage to members of the military — past and present — and announced class placements and champions and reserve champions for each age group. Sponsors and volunteers were recognized as well.
   
   Contributions are still welcome through http://nvrha.org (click on fourth annual Ranch Horse Round Up).
  
Numerous volunteers helped made this year’s Ranch Horse Round Up another big success. Photos by Leslie Sheley
 
The Kit Carson Riding Club Queen Kimberly Lindgren (far left) and Emily Few, aid, along with Riley Spurlock, princess, (far right) show off their horses that "ran" in the kids races.
 
The El Paso County Mounted Patrol presented the colors during the opening ceremony of the July annual Ranch Horse Round Up.
 
The traveling quilt, designed and made by Roxene Ballard, was a big hit at the Ranch Horse Round Up, an event that raises money to provide services to Pikes Peak Region Military Warriors and their families.
 
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  Building and real estate update
  By Lindsey Harrison

   Liberty Tree Academy
   The El Paso County planning commissioners unanimously approved a request by Liberty Tree Academy to allow for the location of a public charter school on Eastonville Road, about one-quarter-mile northeast of the intersection with Meridian Ranch Boulevard.
   
   Meridian Ranch
   The planning commissioner unanimously approved a request by GTL Inc., for the final plat of Winding Walk at Meridian Ranch Filing No. 1. The final plat, zoned planned unit development, creates 345 single-family residential lots on 113.9 acres and is located at the northwest corner of the Eastonville Road and Stapleton Drive intersection. The parcel is within the boundaries of the Falcon/Peyton Small Area Master Plan.
   
   Paint Brush Hills
   The EPC Board of County Commissioners approved the preliminary acceptance of certain streets within Paint Brush Hills Filing 13B, 13C and 13D subdivisions into the EPC road maintenance system. The total miles of county maintained roads increases from 2,193.78 to 2,196.07 miles. All public improvements in each filing have been completed and inspected.
   
   The commissioners approved the final release of a letter of credit for public improvements of the Paint Brush Hills Metropolitan District administration building for $3,906.40. All improvements have been completed and inspected.
   
   Fox Run Regional Park
   The BOCC approved a purchase order for $29,983 to Alfred Benesch & Co. for the complete design, specifications and construction management to repair the gazebo at Fox Run Regional Park.
   
   Reserve at Corral Bluffs
   The commissioners approved a request by Corral Ranches Development Co. for the final plat of a 33.12-acre parcel, zoned residential rural 5 to create six single-family residential lots and 2.89 acres of right-of-way. The property is located north of Highway 94, south of Blaney Road, east of Meridian Road and west of Hoofbeat Road; and is within the boundaries of the Highway 94 Comprehensive Plan planning area. The request also includes the second phase of the approved Reserve at Corral Bluffs preliminary plan. Water and wastewater services will be provided by individual well owners and onsite wastewater treatment systems.
   
   Largent subdivision
   The BOCC approved a request by D and D Management LLC, for the final plat to create one commercial lot on 1.22 acres, including a .05-acre tract to be dedicated to EPC for the future North Meridian Road right-of-way. The property is zoned commercial community and located at the southeast corner of the Meridian Road and Highway 24 intersection. It is located within the Falcon/Peyton Small Area Plan.
   
   EPC Land Development Code
   The commissioners unanimously approved a request by the El Paso County Planning and Community Development Department to amend the EPC land development code to eliminate the beneficial use agreement. This agreement allowed a landowner and the county to establish limitations and conditions whereby waste tires may be utilized in the construction of a fence.
   
   The request also included an amendment to allow caretakers’ quarters within the recreational vehicle park zoning district.
  
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