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September 12, 2022


Pueblo’s Comanche Coal Plant in Crisis

CORE Electric Co-Op Says It Will Drop Out Due to Xcel “Mismanagement”

One week after the Drake power plant shut its main generators for good, the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo found itself in a sudden crisis. The state’s largest electric co-operative, CORE, announced Sept. 6 it was pulling out of all investments in Unit 3 of the Comanche coal plant, citing what it called “mismanagement and incompetence” by the plant’s operator, Xcel Energy.

CORE CEO Jeff Baudier said that ever since the latest coal unit at Comanche came online in 2010, it has gone through constant breakdowns and repairs. He said Xcel had “driven the plant to dysfunction.” CORE filed a lawsuit against Xcel last year against the constant breakdowns, and a trial is scheduled to start in October 2023. However, CORE’s disinvestment is immediate, and calls into question whether the plant can remain solvent. CORE’s stake in Comanche is approximately 25%, while Holy Cross Energy owns 8%. The rest is owned directly by Xcel.

Xcel, based in Minneapolis, already announced it would close Unit 3 in 2031, which would end coal generation in the Pueblo area. Xcel has been a source of controversy in Colorado along many fronts. Pueblo County officials faced a firestorm of criticism last winter after proposing that Comanche be converted to nuclear power, and eventually dropped the proposal. More recently, Xcel has faced protests from the residents of Bijou Basin, north of Peyton, where the company is building part of a $2 billion transmission line loop called the Colorado Power Pathway.

Pikes Peak Women Podcast  Focuses on Military Moms

On today's Elevating Pikes Peak Women,  we’re discussing being a military spouse in Colorado Springs.

Host Mary Lou Makepeace interviews two different military spouses, Magdalena Dover and Shannon Soto. They discuss their experiences as military spouses, the differences in branches, moving with a family, and much more in this episode we've titled Military Moms.
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Mary Lou Makepeace, Marcy Morrison, Denise Abbott, Karole Campbell, Lindy Conter, Susan Davies, JJ Frazier, Kimberlie Griffis, Melissa Marts, Michelle Ray, Beth Roalstad, Deb Walker, Kayla Zowada

Concrete Couch Announces Fall Schedule

Concrete Couch will start a series of free fall classes at Concrete Coyote Park, 1100 S. Royer. The programs begin Sept. 10, but please sign up as early as possible as some classes may fill up.

MONDAYS – Citizen Science, 3-4 p.m., contact
MONDAYS – Bike Program, 4:30-5:30 p.m., contact
TUESDAYS – Trails, 3:30-5:00 p.m., contact
TUESDAYS – Jam Band, 5:00-7:00 p.m., contact
WEDNESDAY – Tree Care, 400-6:00 p.m., contact
SATURDAY – Grab bag, 9:00-11:00 a.m., contact
SUNDAYS – Stories on the Land, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (second Sunday of the month only), contact

RSVPs for all classes are at the Concrete Couch web site calendar,


September Members’ Meeting on Youth Activist Training Recap

We are planning a late-afternoon potluck and get-together on September 24 for PPJPC members to be held at Knights of Columbus Hall from 5:15 to 8:00 p.m. KoC Hall is immediately behind the main Penrose Public Library at 20 N. Cascade. This event planned to take place around the Sept. 21 International Day of Peace. We will hold an annual meeting in early 2023, but in the meantime, we will update members on our work during 2022. Now that Covid restrictions have eased, we hope you can join us for face-to-face conversations!


Peak Environment Podcast 92 Looks at Applying Green Standards to Stormwater Infrastructure

Stormwater management is a critical environmental concern for a large urban area like Colorado Springs. City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy discusses the city’s new green infrastructure standards for development and redevelopment. He also shares some planned and some completed capital projects, and gives us an overview of the strategic vision of the Stormwater Enterprise. 

Podcast listeners can find this episode by searching for Peak Environment on their podcast app.

You’ll find Podcast 92 here:

Also, check out Podcast 91 on native plants and the watershed.Learn about the newly revived Kathleen Marriage Garden at Sondermann Park, and how you can incorporate native plants into your landscape and help support a healthy watershed. Colorado Native Plant Society Executive Director Maggie Gaddis and Fountain Creek Watershed District Interim Executive Director Alli Schuch talk about the history of the garden, how it was brought back to life, and how native plants help support a healthy watershed. They also discuss National Pollinator Month.

Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
Fountain Creek Watershed info
Fountain Creek Watershed Map
Fountain Creek Brewshed Alliance Map
Colorado Native Plant Society

Register to Virtually Attend the Next Sustainability in Progress meeting
Sustainability in Progress: Stormwater Green Infrastructure Plan
Jul 20, 2022 08:00 AM

You’ll find Podcast 91 here


Citizens Project Holds 30th Anniversary of Founding

Citizens Project held its 30th anniversary party at Boot Barn Hall Sept. 8, featuring performances by The Reminders and Joseph Lamar. Citizens Project Executive Director Mike Williams said that a key goal in the coming year will be to energize youth to vote. This is important not just for presidential and midterm years, he said, but also to show the relevance of races for school boards, city councils, and county commissions. Richard Skorman, owner of Poor Richard’s and a co-founder of Citizens Project in 1992, said that before the nonprofit put most of its energy into defeating the anti-gay Amendment 2, members had worked to reduce the influence of evangelical Christians on school boards. Given the sharp rightward turn of school boards in the last two years, he said, it’s evident that Citizens Project will have to go back to its roots and challenge the same things it was challenging in 1992, such as book bannings and board actions against teachers.



Ukrainian Rout of Russian Forces in Izium Could Lead to Unstable Week

In a normal war, Ukraine’s utter rout of Russian forces in the northeast part of the country Sept. 9-10 would lead to serious truce talks. However, there has been nothing normal about the Russian invasion since Feb. 24. Vladimir Putin has presented the incursion as a “de-Nazification operation” (not a war) that Russia cannot and must not lose. Therefore, even though major military supply lines have been cut, Putin will turn in the final analysis to long-range standoff weapons, including possible use of tactical nuclear weapons, as a “Hail Mary” pass to prove that Russian forces cannot be defeated. However, Russian journalists embedded with troops in the Ukraine, normally the most hawkish of pundits, posted furious blog entries over the weekend against Putin and the military - and they were allowed online in Russia. This could indicate the government is unstable. The role of peace activists does not change: encouraging efforts to enter true peace talks, and discouraging further militarization and military sales or weapons acquisitions on either side. The chances of this happening during the month of September, however, look slimmer by the hour.
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