Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Wednesday morning.
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Exercise near Colorado Springs Airport to bring smoke, flames
Heads up for your commute this morning: Emergency responders will be participating in an exercise near the Colorado Springs Airport that will involve smoke and fire. Officials with the City of Colorado Springs said a mass casualty response exercise will be conducted with the Colorado Springs Airport, Pikes Peak Emergency Management and other agencies. People could see smoke, fire and several emergency vehicles from 7 a.m. to noon.
Pueblo Chile Fest happening despite the pandemic
As we work to rebound from the pandemic, we want to spotlight big events that are happening despite the changes COVID-19 brings. This month the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival is coming back. They’re doing it “Throwback Style” and bringing the event back to its roots, much smaller, and making it all about the farmers. Rod Slyhoff, president of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, said the first fest had 4,000 people or so back when it started 26 years ago. And how it has changed!
Back to summer with a hot and dry day
We're going to feel a bit more like we did in August today with sunny skies and hot weather this afternoon. The air is dry and the winds will be light through the day. We'll see sunshine across the region with just a bit of cloud cover over the high mountain summits.
Watch Again: KOAA Roundtable discussion on Community Voices and Diversity
News5 is always working with you to look for solutions to better our community and our homes for everyone. We asked your questions of local law enforcement, elected officials, and community representatives as we continue to have difficult conversations about incidents in our community and our nation. The panelists included Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski, Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding, Justina Ramirez, State Representative Tony Exum, and Fountain Police Chief Chris Heberer.
Finalists interview for police accountability commission this week
Applicants for the Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission in Colorado Springs have been narrowed down from over 800 people to 26. The list of finalists includes a wide variety of people, including a criminal justice professor, and two members of the group who presented this proposal to council originally. The commission is on track to be formed by the end of this month. There are still two days of virtual interviews this week. Members of the public are invited to call in and listen.
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