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D11 Chess Tourney at Palmer in October

District 11 High/Middle SchoolChess TournamentFriday, October 19, 20184:15 - 8:00 p.m., Palmer High School LibraryAll abilities welcome! Play every round.Entrance will be though…Continue

Started by Jay Smith Sep 20, 2018.

Looking For Palmer H.S. Alumni

With our Homecoming but just a few weeks away, this is a shout, again to try and find where are all of our alumni? I ask, because I am an alumnus from 1974. I am also a member of and former board…Continue

Started by Jay Smith Sep 12, 2018.

Palmer Homecoming and Alumni Hall of Fame

In the dictionary, the word “homecoming” is used in the sense of coming home, as well as for learning institutions welcoming their visiting alumni. It isn’t just a time for a bonfire, a dance and a…Continue

Started by Jay Smith Sep 12, 2018.

District 11 Chess Tournament at Palmer

The second quarterly School District 11 High School and Middle School ChessTournament…Continue

Started by Jay Smith Nov 19, 2017.

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Comment by Laurie Anderson on February 14, 2017 at 1:32pm


Colorado Springs families gaining energy independence with solar systems

Colorado ranks in the top five sunniest states—based on length of days, total hours of sun and number of clear days. It’s one of the reasons that adding solar energy systems has been so beneficial for Colorado Springs area residents.

“We’re finding that home owners are very receptive to having their own ‘personal power plant’ as a good way to save money on energy costs,” says Alex Valdez, EcoMark Solar CEO/President. “For the past 18 months, we have been actively going door to door in Colorado Springs and having conversations with residents about adding a solar energy system to their home. We’ve found that residents are very open to having the ‘energy independence’ that comes with owning your own solar energy system.”

Ralph and Zaida De Blasio, who live close to Fort Carson, and Tom and Vicky Fleecs, who live in central Colorado Springs, are two of the families who recently worked with EcoMark to add solar energy systems.

“I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner,” says Zaida. “We have a large family of four adults and four children living in our home so our energy bills were high. Our new solar system has made a big difference in our costs—allowing us to have money to spend on other things for our family. The staff at EcoMark was very respectful and answered all of the questions we had.”

“We compared several solar energy companies and decided that EcoMark gave us the best value for the new system,” explains Tom. “We have a large home of about 4,600 sq. ft. with a basement so we’re now able to save more than $150-$250 monthly on our energy bills. The system works well even with the snow we have had this winter. I also like that the system increases the value of our home.”

EcoMark Solar says its approach has been one of a consultant to potential solar buyers. “After our staff determines what kind of system works best for the home owner, we design the system and handle all of the details for the installation,” explains Valdez.

EcoMark offers systems free of third party interference and encumbrance so if the consumer decides to sell their home, no lease transfer is needed. “The real estate industry is finding that purchased solar systems add value to a home for sale but a leased system may be detrimental because buyers may not want to take on a long-term lease,” Valdez adds.

 “Today’s solar systems qualify for a 30 percent Federal tax credit that the customer captures and can use as they choose,” he explains. “We offer financing if needed and a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty that covers all major components. We want to help more people in more communities become energy independent and educate them about how solar can be instrumental in that goal.”

About EcoMark Solar

EcoMark offers design, installation and financing for solar energy systems. For more information, visit or call 720-432-6411 or 855-4ECO-411 (855-432-6411)



Comment by Anna Hodges on September 29, 2016 at 12:31pm

Finished red and black crocodile stitch ladies bag with inner pocket and double-sewn inner lining. Oh, am I so proud of this accomplishment. And just in time for winter accessories or that perfect gift for that special someone for Christmas! Available at Anna's Custom Crochet

Comment by Anna Hodges on September 21, 2016 at 12:46pm

Well, I have been away for some time, because I have been very busy trying to get my Anna's Custom Crochet up and running. I opened a store on if you would like to check it out or just share it around and spread the word.
Christmas is just around the corner and you will find a variety of items from baby booties to ladies fingerless gloves, boot cuffs, and gorgeous bags.
Don't let Christmas sneak up on you!

Comment by Anna Hodges on June 2, 2013 at 2:20pm

Comment by Brinn Pfeiffer on January 24, 2013 at 2:54pm


Last week marked Colorado Springs’ first-ever “Amazing Race” recycling challenge.

Arriving from Arizona, in route to their home base in Michigan, 24 students from Calvin College stopped by Bestway Disposal’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF), Southern Colorado’s only recycling facility, as part of their school’s “Amazing Race” competition. They competed head-to-head in a 1 ton recycling challenge, sorting through a never-ending stream of recyclables. It was smelly, sticky, grimy, and at times, dizzying. Calvin students quickly realized how challenging and valuable the job is of a MRF staffer.   

Since opening in June 2012, the MRF has processed over 5,000 tons of inbound material and diverted over 10,000,000 pounds of material from local landfills. To get a firsthand look at the MRF, contact Alicia Archibald, Recycling Education, Bestway Disposal, to schedule a tour for your school, community group or organization. Or, learn more at

Comment by Ronnie Cook on September 21, 2012 at 11:03am

The next PIKES PEAK OPRY SHOW AND DINNER is September 29th at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Owner and band leader Ronnie Cook was with the Flying W Wranglers for 13 years and now continues to entertain in a different venue. The BBQ meal is excellent. The entire family will enjoy the show with great music and comedy. For prices and times call 719-683-7865.

Comment by Ronnie Cook on June 22, 2012 at 12:11pm

The Pikes Peak Opry has been in business since December 2011 and continues to entertain families in the Pikes Peak area. Ronnie Cook worked at the Flying W Ranch for the last 13 years as a Flying W Wrangler, along with other duties such as band leader, sales and promotion. Ronnie also worked at the Lazy B Chuckwagon in Estes Park, Colorado. Ronnie and his wife Elaine have been in the entertainment business for many years and know how to do it right. Each Saturday performance includes a great Texas BBQ dinner. Call 719-683-7865 to make a reservation for your entire family. More info can be found at See you there!

Comment by Jo O'Rourke on March 25, 2012 at 12:06am

Bravo Belly Dance classes are held each Sunday in the Brickhouse Studio located at 115 North Tejon St.

Certified Instructor Valerie Bravo and her students make American Tribal Style belly dancing a sisterhood affair. Call 719-216-9951 to join a class.

Comment by Sharron Clark on October 20, 2011 at 7:17pm
Comment by Sharron Clark on October 20, 2011 at 7:08pm

El Paso County Republican Women's Club (EPCRW) believe that literacy and love of books begins in the home! EPCRW invites you to donate "New Books for Newborns" to military families at Ft. Carson.  We only collect clean, NEW books suitable for children under three (3) years.  These books include "board" books with sturdy cardboard pages and "soft" books.  An average of 185 babies are born at Evans Hospital each month, so this program is ongoing.  Hospital staff add the "new books" to tote bags with a variety of donated gifts for the families of the new babies.   EPCRW members donated books and cash to buy books over the past year.  Pictured are Maternity Ward head Army Nurse Decampili (camoflage fatigues), staff and EPCRW club historian, Marsha Brewer, club secretary Sharron Clark, and Volunteer Chairwoman, Fran DiOrio. Please open your hearts and help us buy or collect more books for our soldiers'new babies.  For more information on donate, please contact Sharron Clark


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