Prime 10 Tales Learn in 2020 Round Colorado Springs | The newspaper | Colorado Springs Information
2020 saw a wealth of news to be remembered for a long time, from the COVID-19 pandemic to elections, protests, forest fires and beyond. Here’s a look back at some of the most read stories in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region on gazette.com.
The COVID-19 pandemic
Colorado Governor Jared Polis, right, tracks the cart with the first shipment of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine early Monday, December 14, 2020 with Patrick Belou, logistics specialist in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s laboratory , to a freezer in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)
There have been nearly 330,000 cases and more than 3,800 deaths from the coronavirus. Some key moments:
– Governor Polis tells superintendents that schools in Colorado should prepare for the possibility of not opening this fall
– Polis lockdown Colorado in response to a pandemic
Protesters march down Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs blocking traffic during a rally on Black Lives Matter on Saturday, May 30, 2020. About 1,000 protesters marched in downtown Colorado Springs. Protests have erupted across the country after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis earlier this week. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
After two days and nights of anger in cities across America, more than 1,000 people marched in Colorado Springs to protest the death of a black man, George Floyd, who cried he couldn’t breathe when a white Minneapolis police officer hit a knee stopped his neck.
As in other cities, what started peacefully during the day with a little uniformed police presence, beginning with a meeting in the afternoon at City Hall and later in Acacia Park, became confrontational at night. Read more here.
The Gannon Stauch case
FILE – The slogan on many posters for missing boy Gannon Stauch in February 2020 was “Leave no stone unturned”. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Letecia Stauch remains in El Paso County Jail on charges of the murder of her 11-year-old stepson Gannon Stauch, who went missing in late January. Letecia Stauch is expected to attend a court hearing on January 19, 2021, which will focus on a competency assessment designed to assess whether she is mentally fit for law enforcement. Her initial assessment by state mental health experts found that she was mentally fit for a trial. However, the proceedings against them are suspended pending a decision by a judge. Read more here.
Colorado forest fires
FILE – Lt. Stephen Gibson is working on a roadblock and checkpoint, restricting access to the mandatory evacuation zone for the Cameron Peak fire on October 17, 2020. The Cameron Peak fire, fueled by scale-dry conditions and strong winds, began in August. 13, burning 208,913 acres while destroying 461 structures, including 42 primary homes. (Forrest Czarnecki / The Gazette)
Three of the largest forest fires ever to devastate the ground in Colorado broke out in 2020, burning more than 500,000 acres of land. The Cameron Peak Fire, East Troublesome Fire, and Pine Gulch Fire were fueled by a year of drought and recorded high temperatures and forests full of beetles and dry vegetation. The state’s three largest forest fires weren’t the only ones burning up swathes of forest and bush. The Grizzly Creek fire, which burned outside of Glenwood Springs, and the CalWood fire, which burned outside of Boulder, proved costly and harmful. Read more here.
FILE – The Phoenix 30 Quad-Copter is one of the drones marketed to the police force by Maryland-based UAV Solutions.
The mysterious swarms of drones over Colorado that pissed off the governor, law enforcement, and residents may not be so mysterious after all.
While no one has taken responsibility, and even the Federal Aviation Administration has claimed ignorance, the answer could be a secret air force program designed to keep prying eyes away from nuclear missile silos. Read more here.
14s in heels
Erin Ton completed her 57th Colorado Fourteener in September 3020.
In August, 22-year-old Erin Ton climbed her 57th 14th. An achievement that every experienced hiker can marvel at. But Ton went one step further. She completed many of the walks with a pair of black high heels with straps. “When asked why she would even try, Ton says,” It’s more like that, why not? ” Read more here.
In-N-Out arrives in Colorado Springs
FILE – Customers enter the new In-N-Out burger restaurant on the southeast corner of InterQuest and Voyager Parkways in northern Colorado Springs on Friday morning November 20, 2020. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)
In-N-Out Burger, the overpopular fast food chain that announced it was expanding to Colorado three years ago, opened its first restaurant on a Friday morning in late November on the north side of Colorado Springs, southeast of InterQuest and Voyager State of Parkways in the Victory Ridge development.
It became the 72-year-old chain’s 359th restaurant, and Colorado became its seventh state. Read more here.
The US Olympic and Paralympic Museum opens
FILE – People listen to speakers during a ribbon cutting ceremony on the opening day of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs July 30, 2020. Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers made comments and attended the ceremony. The $ 88 million museum took three years to build and is considered the most accessible and interactive museum in the United States. (Chancey Bush / The Gazette)
The designers at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in downtown Colorado Springs consulted with past Olympic athletes to make the 60-foot, 13-gallery museum as comprehensive as possible with information and practical options. The museum opened on July 30th. Read more here.
Rising real estate prices
FILE – As housing demand remains strong and inventory levels remain low, Colorado Springs property prices continue to rise.
A new report shows that Colorado Springs property prices remain among the most expensive in the country. Some local real estate agents fear that this will damage the city’s reputation as an affordable place to live. The average price of single-family homes sold in Colorado Springs in the fourth quarter of 2019 rose to $ 322,200, up 5% from the year-ago quarter, according to a report by the National Association of Realtors. Read more here.
Amazon invests in the city
FILE – Amazon.com Services paid $ 6.33 million to Colorado Springs for 69.2 acres in the Peak Innovation Park at Colorado Springs Airport to build a 4 million square foot distribution and sorting center. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
To secure its future in the city, Amazon has bought land at Colorado Springs Airport, where it will build a 4 million square foot distribution and sorting center, a commercial project that will be one of the largest in the city and that could spur additional development in the commercial area of the airport. Read more here.
Space Command optimism
It was a year of premiere and cautious optimism, best summed up by the US Air Force’s announcement in May that Colorado Springs would be “temporary” home for the next six years under a plan announced by US Republican Representative Doug Lamborn of the US space command will be. Read more here.
Ready to go southwest
Southwest Airlines announced in October that it would expand service to Colorado Springs Airport, ending decades of advertising by city officials to bring the country’s largest airline to southern Colorado. The first flights are planned for March. Read more here.
El Paso County broke previous turnout records with 84.3% of active voters casting their votes in the 2020 general election. Read more here.
Don Ward dies
In a loss that stunned colleagues and viewers alike, 55-year-old KKTV news anchor Don Ward died in August. Ward died hiking Mount Cameron in Park County. Read more here.
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