The Palmer Lake Town Council abandoned talks to disband the local fire department Wednesday, committing instead to draft a ballot measure for the fall election that would increase property taxes to support the agency.
The town said in a recent post to its Facebook page that it was considering closing the department and forming an agreement that would allow Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District to handle emergency calls there.
But town officials appeared to have abandoned that plan due to public pressure, even before about 100 people — many in support of the fire department — crowded town hall for the Wednesday night meeting. “I think it would be a total disgrace to let this mayor, this town council and this city do away with our fire department,” said Ron Kruger, a former Palmer Lake Fire Chief whose father helped found the department more than 80 years ago.
Colorado Springs Gazette
After seeing so many preventable fires, former firefighter and Larkspur resident Grant Van Der Jagt said enough was enough.
"The trauma of firefighters seeing death, seeing something that was preventable, it haunts you. It's something that lives with you," he said.
Van Der Jagt developed the Fireball. He said the cantaloupe-sized ball is an "airbag for the oven."
He says it can extinguish a fire in seconds.
Van Der Jagt said a group of firefighters worked together in an attempt to find a solution to help prevent common kinds of fires.
The Fireball melts the ball and in seconds it explodes.
“The Fireball shifts the atmospheric pressure. So the fire is further away from its source when it’s hit. Then, it’s smothered with the powder," Van Der Jagt said.
KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver
They may not officially be neighbors yet, but that didn’t stop the Aspen Fire Protection District from hosting a barbecue for North Forty residents at Station 62, 43 Sage Way Road. A fire truck was on display — much to the delight of a few children at the event — as were the most recent concepts for the district’s subsidized housing project.
It’s all part of an ongoing public outreach effort, Fire Chief Rick Balentine said.
“We didn’t want to get too far down the road with actual design,” he said. “Tonight’s more about massing and scaling and just get more input from the community to see how we can make it as good a project as possible.”
Currently, 18 units are in the works: 13 townhomes, four apartments and one single-family home totalling 22,892 square feet and more than 40 beds in housing capacity. Additionally, the blueprint shows a 2,280-square-foot, two-room, multi-purpose building and 15,485 square feet of underground parking.
Aspen Daily News
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Canyonlands Fire is 100% contained and fire crews said the fire's final acreage reached 34 acres.
The fire is entirely on Bureau of Land Management lands and no structures are currently threatened. The fire is burning about nine miles northwest of Canon City. It was started by lightning on July 9.
Residents in the area can expect to see smoke periodically rising from the fire area, especially during the afternoon hours.
Firefighters will map out the fire perimeter Wednesday to provide a more accurate determination of the actual fire acreage.
There are no road closures at this time. Temporary flight restrictions over the fire area will be lifted on Wednesday.
KRDO-TV ABC 13 Colorado Springs
The oldest building in Denver’s Union Station neighborhood was a lonely relic for a long time, but that only added to its intrigue. “Everyone who is an architect in Denver had seen this building sitting in what used to be a wasteland of parking lots and storage areas and fenced utility areas,” says Kevin Stephenson, principal and founding partner of Denver’s Boss Architecture. “There’s this very interesting, perfect little historic red brick building that’s been sitting on that corner forever, abandoned for many, many years.”
Known as Hose House No. 1, the 1881 landmark on the corner of 20th Street and Chestnut Place is the oldest fire station still standing in Denver. Over the years, an entirely new streetscape grew up to surround the increasingly derelict structure, yet still it remained untouched. That is, until Focus Property Group began developing the adjacent Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station, and recognized the historic building’s potential.