Posted inHealth, News

Colorado wants more mental health providers for Medicaid patients. But getting approved can take months.

Woodland Park psychologist Chris Estep spent decades helping foster children and Colorado prison inmates with mental health issues, so when he opened a private practice two years ago, he wanted to take patients on Medicaid across the eastern half of the state.  He’s still waiting for permission after filing an application 14 months ago.  Estep, […]

Posted inColoradans, Environment, Housing, News, Outdoors

Inside Colorado’s attempt to police the growing number of homeless camps in national forests

WOODLAND PARK — The campfire is smoldering and a dozen hamburger buns are scattered in the dirt along the edge of the campsite as Earl Huie approaches a 1984 Dodge pickup that he’s seen before.  Huie, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer, has already warned this camper that it’s illegal to live in the […]

Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, News, Technology

Software antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison

MADRID — John McAfee, the creator of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in his jail cell near Barcelona in an apparent suicide Wednesday, hours after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the United States to face tax charges punishable by decades in prison, authorities said. The eccentric cryptocurrency promoter and tax opponent whose […]

Posted inColoradans, Crime and Courts, News

Someone claimed a driver ran a red light in a small Colorado town. That’s all it took to get a ticket.

Jake Turnbull managed to anger a local within minutes of driving his sporty Suzuki Sidekick into Woodland Park. Turnbull, 28 and living in Colorado Springs, was cruising through the picturesque small town on the north slope of Pikes Peak a few weeks back, his fiancée and pup along for the ride with plans for an […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: The election, the Capitol attack and Black Lives Matter come to a kindergarten classroom in rural Colorado

If you had driven 17 miles from Colorado Springs to my hometown of Woodland Park during the 2020 presidential election, the first thing you’d see would be a large Confederate flag. During the election, our county, Teller, was pronounced “Trump County” on a banner prominently displayed on private land and a truck would drive up […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

Third Colorado man faces federal charges, including allegations he assaulted officer, after U.S. Capitol riot

A Woodland Park man with alleged ties to a radical militia group is facing federal criminal charges in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building after authorities say he was spotted wielding a baseball bat and attacking law enforcement officers. Robert Gieswein, 24, is the third Colorado man charged following […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Politics and Government, Water

Water is Colorado’s most critical resource. So why isn’t it central to every local land-use decision?

In the early 1980s, the small city of Woodland Park started strategically planning how to protect its water supply for the future.  “Because we have all junior water rights and a limited water supply, we knew we must be very careful about how we grow,” said Sally Riley, planning director for Woodland Park, which is […]