0 View Gallery View Comments Authorities searching for an at-risk woman released surveillance footage of her at a Walmart in Woodland Park. The footage shows Jane Mudder, 56, entering the store, at 9600 E. U.S. 24, and leaving in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, believed to be a 2016 model, on May 4. Mudder was last seen by her landlord May 5 in the Cascade area, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported. Mudder is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 122 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and a dream catcher tattoo on her right arm. Authorities are concerned for her safety and ask anyone with information about Mudder’s whereabouts to call Detective Andrew Thompson at 520-7238 or [email protected] … [Read more...] about El Paso County Sheriff releases footage of ‘at-risk’ woman missing for 6 weeks
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0 View Comments El Paso County wants insights from businesses and residents about internet service options. An online survey is to gather information for the county's Broadband Strategic Plan, which will analyze what private providers offer in the county, from fiber-optic broadband to wireless, and planned expansions of those networks. The study also will identify opportunities for regional collaboration and options on how to structure and fund broadband initiatives. Related: Manitou leaders want 'support' from Cog Railway specified in dollars The survey, open through the end of June, asks residents about their providers, whether they're satisfied, and if the county should play a role in ensuring access to high-speed internet. "We'd like as many residents and businesses as possible to complete the surveys so we have a clearer picture of where the needs are greatest," county IT Director Jeff Eckhart said in a statement. Those conducting the study also will interview business … [Read more...] about Frustrated with your internet service? El Paso County wants to hear from you.
0 View Gallery View Comments Help is available for El Paso County residents whose property was damaged in Wednesday's destructive hailstorm. People can dial 211 and leave their contact information and details about their needs at Pikes Peak United Way's information and referral line. A staff member will refer them to organizations that can help with assessing damage, removing debris, cutting trees, covering damaged roofs and broken windows and other immediate home repair needs, the county announced. County officials also are advising residents to check with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department to ensure that any contractors are licensed and have the required permits to work on their property. Related: How to avoid being scammed after a hailstorm Dumpsters will be placed in Fountain Creek Regional Park this week so residents can dispose of storm debris, a county news release says. The storm dumped hail up to 3 inches in diameter after 1 a.m., the worst overnight … [Read more...] about Dial 211 for help recovering from last week’s hailstorm in El Paso County
0 View Gallery View Comments Two El Paso County commissioner candidates have contributed thousands of dollars to their campaigns while working to pay off debts that led to past legal troubles. District 5 hopeful Vickie Tonkins has been taken to court three times in the past 15 years over debts totaling more than $20,000. District 1 candidate Calandra Vargas filed bankruptcy in 2013 with $120,000 in student loans that she said she's still repaying. The candidates, both Republicans, say they are working to resolve the debts, and their past financial hardships illustrate that they've worked hard to overcome obstacles and fulfill their responsibilities. The Gazette searched county and 4th Judicial District court records for cases involving any candidates in the county races and found that no other candidates have outstanding debts or have filed for bankruptcy. Related: The Gazette's Voter Guide The duties of county commissioners include approving the county's annual budget and … [Read more...] about Debts, financial difficulties in El Paso County candidates’ pasts
0 View Gallery View Comments Thousands of El Paso County residents filed insurance claims as homeowners, towns and agencies began assessing the damage caused by Wednesday's hailstorm. State Farm said it received about 700 homeowner claims and more than 2,180 auto claims following the hailstorm, and the United States Automobile Association said it had received more than 10,000 claims as of Thursday. The storm, with hail up to 3 inches in diameter, struck after 1 a.m. and is the worst overnight hailstorm to hit the region in more than 20 years. Homes in the Fountain area had windows busted out, roofs destroyed and siding shredded by the large hail which punched through vehicles' windshields and rear windows. Pikes Peak Community College's Director of Facilities Bob Rogers said about 250,000 square feet of roof and 70 state vehicles were damaged during the storm. Related: Colorado is ‘Hail Alley’ as shown by overnight storm in Fountain No injuries from the … [Read more...] about Thousands of El Paso County residents file claims for hail damage