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NOTICE OF PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

US50 West Access Open House Notice

The City of Cañon City and their consultant Atkins in association with the Colorado Department of Transportation will hold a Public Open House for the US Highway 50 West Access Control Plan on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at City Hall, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212. The Access Control Plan is a long-range plan for future access to US 50 as growth occurs between the western most city limits and 15th Street. For more information, contact the consultant project manager, David Sprague, Atkins North America, Inc. at US50_ACP@canoncity.org

Marshall Felch's Ghost Story

Marshall Felch Ghost Story Flyer

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a special reading of Marshall Felch’s ghost story by Dan Grenard. Join us at the museum to hear a tale of Dead Man's Canyon as written by Marshall Felch. Published in 1884, the story begins when Felch is asked to track down the lover of a young woman from Vermont. The tale leads to unexpected discoveries and chilling apparitions. The presentation will be held in the museum’s Program Room on Wednesday, October 30th at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Chatauqua Event at the Public Library

Chautauqua Event - Edgar Allan Poe
“Once upon a midnight dreary”…. From The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

We all know the first line of this poem but do we know anything about the man who wrote it or why? Now is your opportunity to learn about the man behind The Raven.

David Skipper will be performing a Chautauqua event as Poe on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the United Presbyterian Church located at 701 Macon Avenue in Canon City.

Chautauqua performances are a great way to learn about an event or person from history. The performance is entertaining and educational for all; school age and up.

Free admission, donations will be accepted.  Call 719-269-9020 for more information.

Historic Preservartion Committee

CAÑON CITY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
VACANCY ANNOUNCED

The City of Cañon City is inviting community-minded volunteers with a knowledge of local history, historic preservation, and/or architecture to serve on the City’s new Historic Preservation Commission. This five-member commission with two alternates will meet once a month (unless there is no business) and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning the overall preservation of the city’s historic character. The committee will publicly review applications for construction, alteration, restoration, or demolition affecting proposed or designated historic districts, sites, and structures. The committee will also set criteria and design standards for review of historic structures. In addition to regular meetings, special workshop sessions may be conducted on occasion. The members of the committee will serve staggered terms: one member for 1 year; 2 members for 2 years; 2 members for 3 years and 2 alternates.

Any person interested in donating a few hours every month to help preserve the historical character of the community is urged to send a letter of interest, outlining your experience and reasons for wanting to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o City Clerk Cindy Foster Owens, P.O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO  81215-1460 before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019. Interested persons willing to serve do not need to reside within the city limits of Cañon City. You may call Lisa Studts, Museum Director at 269-9036 for more information.

Contractor Meeting Notice

2019 Contractor Meeting Flyer

The Cañon City Economic Development Department and Building Department together with the Cañon City Area Fire Protection District will be hosting a Contractor Meeting to discuss the 2018 Building Code Adoption. We would like to receive any input from contractors, architects, engineers, etc. with any concerns regarding the adoption of the 2018 International Codes. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at City Hall in the meeting room next to council chambers. For questions or additional information please contact Building Official Kathy Ulsh at kulsh@canoncity.org.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

The Canon City Area Fire Protection District will initiate fire restrictions to Stage Two fire restriction beginning on Tuesday October 8, 2019 at 12:00 pm. As Fremont County and surrounding areas of Southern Colorado continue to experience deteriorating, critical fire conditions leading to extreme fire behavior potential it is imperative to provide for the safety of our community. Given these conditions, certain fire restrictions will be necessary. In order to accomplish this goal, the following restrictions will be in place for all of the Canon City Area Fire Protection District:

A copy of the full "Open Burning/Open Fire Restrictions" can be found here.

These restrictions are the same as the current restrictions enacted by the Fremont County Sheriffs Office.

Certain areas of the District; including Dawson Ranch, Dakota Hideout, Red Canyon Park, Temple Canyon Park, and Royal Gorge Park; should exercise additional precautions due to the additional hazards of being in a Wildland/Urban Interface area with heavier fuel loads and lack of adequate water supplies.

~David DelVecchio, Fire Chief

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE CITY OF CAÑON CITY 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET

The budget hearing on the 2020 Proposed Budget will be held on October 21, 2019. The public hearing will be conducted in Council Chambers at City Hall, 128 Main Street beginning at 6:00 p.m. The proposed 2020 budget will be considered for the following estimated appropriations:

Total Appropriations
General Fund $15,139,408
Special Revenue Funds $1,732,385
Capital Projects Fund $6,386,864
Enterprise Funds $16,302,604
Internal Service Fund $2,481,642
TOTAL BUDGET $42,042,903.00

Copies of the 2020 proposed budget are available for public inspection at City Hall, 128 Main Street, in the City Clerk’s office and in the office of the Finance Director. A copy of the proposed budget is also available at the Cañon City Library, 516 Macon Avenue. The proposed budget may also be viewed on the City’s website at http://www.canoncity.org/Departments/Finance/2020_proposed_budget.pdf

Any interested citizen of the City of Cañon City may inspect the proposed 2020 budget at any time prior to its final adoption on November 18, 2019 and file or register any objections thereto, and may appear and be heard at any of the scheduled public budget hearing.

Lego Club New Day & Time

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The LEGO CLUB at the Cañon City Public Library will meet at a new time and day.  Visit the library during the first Friday of each month from 3-4 pm to participate in LEGO CLUB.  This event is FREE and fun for all ages!

Water Main Failure & Repair Notice

UPDATE:
Crews will be working all night to repair the water main on 10th & Oak. We are anticipating early morning before water is restored to residents in the affected area. We thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to resolve this as quickly and safely as possible.

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There is a water main failure at 10th & Oak resulting in some customers sensing low water pressure. Crews are on-site working on getting the water main shut down for repair. Residents in the affected area will be without water while crews are working on the repair. We will update as more information becomes available.

Escape Game at the Public Library

flyer for breakout event at the library

The Canon City Public Library will be hosting a Break Out Box the 2
nd Friday of each month from 3–4 pm.  This fun game is geared towards kids ages 11 to 17.  There will be a new theme each month. Be prepared for lots of fun problem solving and working as a group. Contact the public library at 719.269.9020 to register or for more information. Registration is required.

National Public Lands Day

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Tomorrow (Sat 9/28) is National Public Lands Day and entrance to all national parks is FREE!

Colorado is home to four national parks: Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Which one will you visit?

Author Talk with Tracy Beach

Author Talk flyer for Tracy Beach discussing book Michael at the Canon City Public Library
The Canon City Public Library will be hosting an author/book talk with Tracy Beach on Saturday, October 5th at 2 p.m. at the library located at 516 Macon Ave. Tracy will be sharing facts about her latest published book “Michael”.  This true crime murder mystery takes place here in Colorado. Tracy has tracked, researched, and investigated this terrible event as she does in all of her books with great tenacity. She will have signed copies of her books available for sale. This event is free to the public.

Application of Lawn Fertilizer

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Improper or over-application of fertilizer can lead to excessive algae and weed growth in our local waterways. Just 1 pound of over-application of fertilizer on the average lawn can lead to 34.2 pounds of excessive algae growth – that’s 1 ton for every 60 homes! You can prevent nutrient pollution by fertilizing at the proper time with the correct amount. Fertilizing in the early fall promotes healthy root systems, leading to stronger more resilient lawns and plants.

Other tips to prevent fertilizer pollution include:

  • Perform a soil test to determine what kind and amount of fertilizers to apply and adjust fertilizer spreaders to apply the correct amount.
  • Sweep up any spills or overspray of fertilizers on sidewalks or pavement.
  • Consider using slow-release fertilizers and don’t apply fertilizers when rain is forecast.
  • Consider planting species native to this region to decrease the amount of water and fertilizer needed.

Contact the Canon City Stormwater Program at 276-5265 for more information or visit our webpage on What Can I Do To Help?

2A CONSTRUCTION UPDATES

Main Street:
  • Main Street will be closed between 9th St and 15th St periodically Monday 9/23 – Friday 9/27 for lane striping and crosswalk markings. Do not park on Main St during this time period.
Forge Rd:
  • Paving operations will be underway Monday 9/23 – Wednesday 9/25 on Forge Rd between Valley Rd and Shiloh Rd. Expectant longer delays.

Yard Waste

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Yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, and other plant material contain nitrogen and phosphorus (collectively described as nutrients). As this material decomposes the nutrients are released; which can lead to excessive algae and weed growth in our local waterways. This excessive growth removes oxygen from the water and can upset the aquatic ecosystem. It also directly leads to a decline in Colorado’s drinking water quality. Grass clippings from just one lawn mowing can generate up to 100 pounds of unwanted algae if it ends up in our waterways. Additionally, grass clippings and other yard waste can plug storm drains leading to localized street flooding. You can help prevent this by bagging or composting your grass clippings and yard waste or by leaving grass clippings on your lawn to add nutrients to the soil as they decay. Contact the Canon City Stormwater Program at 276-5265 for more information or visit our website page on What Can Residents Do to Help.

Motor Oil Disposal

Recylce Used Motor Oil

Did you know that 1 gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 1 million gallons of water! Dumping used motor oil, other automotive fluids, and other substances such as paint or chemicals into the street or storm drain is prohibited by City Code. Stormwater runoff will carry substances in the street or storm drains through our storm sewer system into the Arkansas River or other local waterbodies without being treated first. Help prevent pollution by recycling used motor oil at your local automotive parts retailer and by properly disposing of all chemicals. Contact the Canon City Stormwater Program at 276-5265 for more information or visit our website at https://bit.ly/2mnmRdQ

Historic Preservation Commission

CAÑON CITY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
VACANCY ANNOUNCED

The City of Cañon City is inviting community-minded volunteers with a knowledge of local history, historic preservation, and/or architecture to serve on the City’s new Historic Preservation Commission. This five-member commission with two alternates will meet once a month (unless there is no business) and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning the overall preservation of the city’s historic character. The committee will publicly review applications for construction, alteration, restoration, or demolition affecting proposed or designated historic districts, sites, and structures. The committee will also set criteria and design standards for review of historic structures. In addition to regular meetings, special workshop sessions may be conducted on occasion. The members of the committee will serve staggered terms: one member for 1 year; 2 members for 2 years; 2 members for 3 years and 2 alternates.

Any person interested in donating a few hours every month to help preserve the historical character of the community is urged to send a letter of interest, outlining your experience and reasons for wanting to serve on the Historic Preservation Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o City Clerk Cindy Foster Owens, P.O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO  81215-1460 before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019. Interested persons willing to serve do not need to reside within the city limits of Cañon City. You may call Lisa Studts, Museum Director at 269-9036 for more information.

Pet Waste

Scoop The Poop Pet Waste Contains Harmful Bacteria That Ends Up In Our Waterways

Do you realize that in Colorado alone, pets can generate approximately 390 MILLION pounds of waste per year? If not picked up, rain and snowmelt can wash that waste into the Arkansas River and other local waterways where it will release nutrients as it decays, possibly causing excessive growth of algae and weeds. Plus dog waste can carry bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that will also be released as it decays. So please help prevent pollution by picking up after your pet and putting the waste in the trash container. Contact the City Stormwater Program at 276-5265 to receive a free pet waste baggie dispenser and remember to stop into City Hall to pick up a complimentary vehicle litter bag. Supplies are limited so get yours today!

National Pollution Prevention Week

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September 16-22
is National Pollution Prevention Week with September 22nd as World Rivers Day. Pollution Prevention is an effective way to protect our environment and economy by eliminating pollution at its source before it is generated.
 
One form of pollution is littering, which is more than just a blight on our natural environment. It impacts our quality of life and enjoyment of our natural and built landscapes; it is costly to clean up and litter eventually ends up in our waterways where it impacts water quality, humans and wildlife. Make a commitment this week to help prevent pollution by taking a small step in everyday behavior – don’t throw trash on the ground or out of your vehicle. Pick up litter and place it where it belongs – in the trash can! And remember, littering is against City Code – you can be fined if caught.
 
Stop by City Hall to pick up a complimentary vehicle litter bag this week!

Old-Timers Coffee – Local Legends and Ghost Stories

Local Legends Old Timers Flyer

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about local legends and ghost stories of Fremont County. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about the stories and legends told around the county. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. The program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, October 3rd at 9:00 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Hike With a Paleontologist!

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a moderate geology and paleontology hike with Paleontology Education Liaison with the Bureau of Land Management and the museum, Andrew Smith. Participants will have a chance to see a quarry site and enjoy activities focused on paleontology. Please be advised this event requires participants to hike and stand for the majority of the time. Interested parties should go to museum.canoncity.org and click on events or calendar to register for the hike. Please register online or contact the museum for more information. This program will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The program is free and open to the public but this is a registered event with limited space.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Skyline Drive Closure

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Update 9/12/19
Due to unforeseen circumstances with the material, Skyline Drive will not be ready for use until Saturday, September 14th. Street Dept. personnel will have the drive open for use no later than 8:00am Saturday morning. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this project.
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Skyline Drive will be closed Tuesday, September 10th through Thursday, September 12th for seal coat operations; weather permitting. For questions, please contact Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at 269-9027.

Facade Improvement Grant Program

The City of Cañon City will start accepting applications for the Facade Improvement Grant Program on September 16, 2019. The intent of the grant program is to assist small businesses with improving and upgrading existing building facades in Cañon City, especially among Historic Downtown Cañon City and along the Highway 50 corridor. The program seeks to bring new life to existing buildings or (sign) structures, which do not conform to current standards or are in need of a “facelift.” By assisting property owners to upgrade the appearance of their buildings, the aesthetic environment of Cañon City is enhanced, thus improving the economic vitality for all businesses and the City as a whole. For more information and to download a program packet and application, please visit http://www.canoncity.org/businesses/facade_improvement_grant_program.php

State Road Paving Scheduled Sept 16

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The Colorado State Department of Transportation will be paving Rainbow Drive from the traffic lights (east) through the intersection of East Main on Monday, September 16th.

Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop flyer for Sep 13, 2019
Come join the Cañon City Police Department at Rollers Donuts at 9 am on Friday, September 13, 2019, for a no agenda conversation with our officers.

Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Notice of Construction - N 12th St

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PAVEMENT RECONSTRUCTION &
SIDEWALK, CURB & GUTTER REPLACEMENT

N. 12th Street: Main Street to College Avenue

Beginning the middle of September, North 12th Street from approximately Main Street to College Avenue will be closed for street reconstruction and associated sidewalk replacement. Work will continue through late November.

Streets will be closed to traffic during the majority of the work and detours will be in place. Closures to driveways will be intermittent. No parking on the street will be allowed, for the safety of your property and timely completion of the work. Crew's will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. 

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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Friends of the Museum ~ Old Timey Movies

Old Timey Movies Flyer

Cañon City, CO— The Friends of the Royal Gorge Regional Museum will be showing Old Timey Movies that were filmed in Fremont County Thursday nights in September starting Sept. 12th through Sept. 26th at 6:30 pm. The movies will be shown at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center with a suggested donation of $4.00 per person with free popcorn available.

The movies will include some old silent westerns from the 1910s on the first night to western movies filmed at Buckskin Joe in the seventies the following Thursdays. Come enjoy and have a swash-buckling good time while helping to raise money for preserving our local history.

The Museum and History Center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the Museum and History Center are regularly Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036, or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Studio OH Tech Club

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The Canon City Public Library has created a new tech club called “StudiOH”. StudiOH will be held on the third Friday of each month from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This program is geared for students ages 11-17 and will feature hands on events with CAD programs, coding, 3D printing, audio, video editing and programming, web and graphic design, and much more.

Registration is required and space is limited. Call 719-269-9020 for more information or stop by the library at 516 Macon Ave to sign up.

Library Card Sign Up Month

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September is library card sign up month! Visit the Cañon City Public Library today and sign up for a card.

City Hall Closed in Observance of Labor Day

City Office Closed on Labor Day

City offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 2, 2019.

Notice of Construction

PAVEMENT RECONSTRUCTION (FORGE RD) &
SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT (BELLOWS CT)

Forge Road: Shiloh Drive to Bellows Court
Bellows Court: At Forge Road Intersection

Beginning the first week of September, Forge Road from approximately Shiloh Drive to Bellows Court will be restricted to one-lane local traffic only for road reconstruction and paving. Local traffic will be restricted to residents of Wolf Park, Kodiak Circle, and Bellows Ct and the businesses on Forge Rd. Construction is scheduled through late October / late November of 2019.

Please use caution and anticipate traffic delays during this time. Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible. 

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. 

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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CDOT Your Transportation Plan Survey

Coloradans have until September 3rd to provide input and feedback to CDOT on the issues that impact them the most. Visit https://yourtransportationplan.metroquest.com/ to tell them where problems exist and what CDOT’s priorities should be over the next 10 years!

School Zone Flashers on Field Avenue

With the implementation of full-day kindergarten and completion of the road improvements, the Field Ave reduced speed zone is now effective for a split time frame, similar to S. 4th Street, effective and lights flashing only from 7:00am to 8:30am and from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

Remember to slow down in the school neighborhoods and that fines are doubled for violations in those reduced speed zones.

Old-Timers Coffee – Eight Mile

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about living, working, and growing up in the Eight Mile area. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences of Eight Mile over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. The program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, September 5th at 9:00 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Historic Bicycle Tour – Architecture

Architecture Bike Tour Flyer
Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour about architecture along Main Street and the surrounding area. Participants will have the chance to take a leisurely bike ride while learning about the area. Highlights include the Fremont County Administration Building, Presbyterian Church, and the State Armory. This program will be held on Saturday, September 7th at 6:00 PM. Plan to meet for the tour at the Fremont County Administration Building at 615 Macon Ave. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but participants are welcome to register at museum.canoncity.org under events or calendar if they would like to check the waiver early. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

PRESS RELEASE

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ST. SCHOLASTICA

City staff has met with Phil Lund regarding the St. Scholastica Development and we are happy to say the development is back on track. The City does realize that the Planned Development District process is cumbersome and needs some work. We are working on redeveloping that process.

City Council will hear on second reading the rezoning of the St. Scholastica property on September 3, 2019. Staff has agreed to expedite the minor subdivision of the property and we are waiting on the submission from Phil Lund and the St. Scholastica Development team, due to the City by September 6, 2019.

The City recognizes the importance of this development and all developments in our City. We are working with this developer to help make this project successful and add additional housing and economic development opportunities to Cañon City. We are working on becoming more business friendly and are willing to work with all developers to make sure that all projects are successful. We are aware that the general public feels that the city is hard to work with in regards to new business and development. We want to change that perception and are working hard to make the process as straightforward and streamlined as possible.

~Ryan Stevens, Interim City Administrator

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Chip Seal Operations

UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen equipment issue at A-1 ChipSeal, the start date for chip seal operations in Cañon City has been pushed to starting on Tuesday, September 03, 2019.

The City of Cañon City will be conducting chip seal operations from Aug. 29, 2019 thru Aug. 30, 2019, pending any inclement weather. Below are a map and a list of the streets being chip sealed. For the safety of everyone, please slow down through the work zones. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience. If there are any questions regarding this project, please contact Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at (719) 269-9027.
2019 Chip Seal Map

2019 Chip Seal Street List

2019 General Election Candidate Petition Deadline

Next Monday, August 26th at 5pm is the deadline for getting your candidate petition filed with the City Clerk! We are still needing candidates for the District 4 opening.

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2A UPDATE

Myrtle & S. 4th Street
Paving was completed on Myrtle and S. 4th Street just in time for school. Striping and crosswalk markings are planned to be completed on Monday 8/26. Numerous miscellaneous items need to be completed so it is still an active construction zone, therefore, caution is still advised.
 
Main Street & S. 12th Street
Paving was completed last weekend on Main Street from 12th Street to 14th Street and S. 12th Street from Main Street to US50. Those roadway segments have been reopened.  Main Street from 9th Street to 12th Street is now closed.

Candidate Petition Deadline August 26, 2019

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2019 General Municipal Election
There is one week left to submit your Candidate Petitions for City Council or Mayor! Petition packets MUST be picked up in person at City Hall and can be picked up during normal business hours, Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm. All petitions must be filed with the City Clerk no later than Monday, August 26th.


Squash Illiteracy Program

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The Canon City Public Library has an adult literacy program and they are looking for volunteers to be tutors and participants to be learners!

They are having a get together during the Farmer’s Market at Veteran’s Park on Tuesday, August 27th from 9am–12pm. They will have squash related snacks and be able to answer questions regarding the program.

2A UPDATE

Paving is wrapping up today on Myrtle and S. 4th Street so they can be opened just in time for school on Monday.  Numerous miscellaneous items need to be completed so it is still an active construction zone, therefore, caution is still advised.

Paving will be completed this weekend on Main Street from 12th Street to 14th Street and S. 12th Street from Main Street to US50. On Monday, those roadway segments will be reopened and Main Street from 9th Street to 12th Street will be closed.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Photo of Sewer Line work on 9th Street
UPDATE 9/14/19  8:00 am:
9th Street is patched and back open.
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8/9/19: The new sewer line on 9th Street that is being installed by the Fremont Sanitation District for the Washington School project is nearing completion. The road should be open by Wednesday, August 14th.

CCHS Lockdown Drill

On Sunday, August 18, 2019 at approximately 3:30 PM, the Cañon City Police Department, in conjunction with the Cañon City Fire Department and Cañon City School District, will be conducting a live Lockdown Drill at Cañon City High School. The purpose of this exercise is for emergency responders to practice the skills they would use in an emergency response to a school incident such as an active shooter and to demonstrate that response to Cañon City School District employees.

A common goal of emergency response drills is to develop a higher level of preparedness. Conducting these drills in a safe, controlled environment allows each agency to evaluate their response so that adjustments to emergency plans can be made and practiced to improve the services we provide.

Those living and traveling in the area may see a large emergency services presence. We ask that the public be aware of this and try to avoid the area as there may be road closures. The drill is expected to be completed at about 6:30 PM.

Steven Huskey
Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department
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School Zone Flashers

The Street Department will be turning on all school flashers on Wednesday 8/14 in preparation of school starting Monday 8/19. For questions, please contact Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at 269-9027.

District 4 Candidates

Candidate Petitions for openings in City Council are being accepted until the August 26th deadline. We are still needing candidates for the District 4 opening. The areas in pink on the map outline District 4. Petitions can be picked up at City Hall during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. For questions, call City Clerk Cindy Foster Owens at 269-9011.

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Community Agency Funding

The City is accepting applications for Community Agency Funding. The purpose of this program is to support charitable groups and organizations to directly benefit the health and well being of Cañon City residents and neighborhoods. Available funds will be considered based on the following categories: Community Service, Youth Education, and Quality of Life.
 
Applications and documentation must be submitted to the City Administrator’s office no later than 5:00 PM on September 6, 2019. For more information and to download an application visit http://www.canoncity.org/departments/community_agency_funding.php

STEM Activity Day

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Cañon City, CO
—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused activity day. The drop-in program will have a variety of hands-on activities including bridge building challenges. Participants will have a chance to test their raft building skills or experiment with different types of paper airplanes. The program is geared towards elementary age but all ages are welcome to join. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Saturday, August 17 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

2A Main Street Construction

Main Street from 11th Street to 14th Street will be reopened Thursday, August 8th and should remain open through the next week.  The week of August 19th, Main Street will be closed again from 9th Street to 12th Street.

Beginning Thursday, August 8th, 12th Street between Royal Gorge Blvd (US50) and Main Street will be closed until the week of August 19th.

12th Street north of Main Street will remain closed.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. 

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

MARIPOSA ROAD WORK AND CLOSURE

Mariposa Road will be partially closed Wednesday, August 7th through Saturday, August 10th to repair low-water crossing on the road. Detours will be set in place directing traffic to 9th Street. Valley Rd/Oak Creek Dr/Dawson Ranch will not be accessible via 4th Street or 1st Street. 1st Street will be closed at New York and 4th Street closures will stay the same as they have been.

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed the Engineering Department at 719.269.9011, 8AM–5PM Monday–Friday. The City appreciates your patience and cooperation!

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National Night Out

Cañon City Police Department Invites the Community to Celebrate National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, between 5 PM and 7 PM, the Cañon City Police Department will be observing our 6th Annual National Night Out. The event will be held at the Macon Plaza on N. 5th Street between the Library and Art Center buildings. We are inviting the public to attend this event which will provide information to help make our community a safer place to live. There will be pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks provided for attendees. Resources include:

  • Safety Demonstrations
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Kids Activities with Officers
  • K-9 Demonstration
  • Touch a Truck
  • Impaired Driving Goggle Obstacle Course
  • Safety Raffle prizes to include a RING doorbell
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together in a positive and fun environment.

In order to accommodate some of the display vehicles that will be on hand, North 5th Street between Main Street and Macon Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic.

For more information this event please contact CCPD Crime Prevention Coordinator BJ Cerda at 719-276-5600, ext.3917.

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2A UPDATES

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Main Street
  • Phase I (11-14th Street) continues.  No traffic or parking is be allowed on Main Street from 11th to 14thStreet.
  • Underground piping work in Phase I is complete in Phase I.
  • Curb, gutter, and sidewalk replacement in Phase I is nearing completion.
  • Paving of Phase I (11-14th Street) is scheduled for the week of August 5th.
  • Phase II (S. 12th Street from US50 to Main St) schedule to begin the week of August 5th.
  • Businesses on the south side of Main Street can still be accessed via Royal Gorge Blvd(US50) to 11th Street, 12th Street, 13th Street, or 14th Street.
  • Businesses on the north side of Main Street can still be accessed via Macon Ave Blvd to 11th Street, 12thStreet, 13th Street, or 14th Street.
  • Activities in the Middle School ball fields can be accessed from 14th Street and Greenwood Ave only.
S. 4th Street & Myrtle Ave
  • Curb, gutter, and sidewalk replacement is nearing completion.
  • Paving is scheduled for the week of August 5th.
  • Roads are closed for the entire extent of project– S. 4th Street from Royal Gorge Blvd (US50) to Dalmatian Drive and Myrtle Ave from 4th Street to 6th Street.
  • Only local traffic allowed and there is be limited access to private driveways.  No thru traffic is allowed.
  • Centennial Park can be accessed only from the west via S. 4th Street.
Continued patience of all drivers, residents and business owners is appreciated!

Historic Bicycle Tour – Arkansas Riverwalk

Informational Flyer for Riverwalk Bike Tour

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour along the Arkansas Riverwalk. Participants will have the chance to take a leisurely bike ride while learning about the area. Highlights include the history of industries along the river and Sell’s Lake. This program will be held on Saturday, August 10th at 6:00 PM. Plan to meet for the tour at the Sells Lake Trailhead off 9th Street and Sells Avenue. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but participants are welcome to register at museum.canoncity.org under events or calendar if they would like to check the waiver early. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Chess Tournament at the Public Library

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The Canon City Public Library will be hosting another chess tournament for all ages on Wednesday, July 31st at 11:00 am.  Only 16 slots are available so register early! You can sign up at the front desk of the library at 516 Macon Ave or call 719-269-9020.

National Day of the Cowboy

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Cañon City, CO—
The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center is hosting the Friends of the Museum program titled “Mule Skinners, Jehus, and Whips: How Cowboys Shaped Early Fremont County” on Saturday, July 27th at 1pm. The program will be a panel presentation on how early settlers of Fremont County played a pivotal role in building roads to the surrounding mining camps. From the use of pack mules, freight wagons, and stagecoaches, early transportation routes were vital to this community. Jim Nelson, Jean Toto, and Betsy Denney will present this program using old historic maps, artifacts, and old photographs from the museum’s collection. The program is free and open to the public. Please join us in commemorating the legacy of the American Cowboy.

The Museum and History Center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the Museum and History Center are regularly Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.For more information, call the museum at 269-9036, or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

2019 National Night Out

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Please come out and join the Cañon City Police Department for a fun and safety filled family event with food, games, and community togetherness. This year, National Night Out will be held at Macon Plaza (between the public library and Fremont Center for the Arts) on Tuesday, August 6th from 5pm to 7pm.


Rock Painting with the Library

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The Cañon City Public Library's final event for A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program is on Thursday, July 11th at 2 pm. They will be painting rocks with The Fremont Center for the Arts in Macon Plaza. This is a free event and all ages are welcome!

Tip A Cop

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The Cañon City Police Department, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies, is participating in the 2019 Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop event on July 14, 2019. The event will start at 12:00 PM at the Canon City Chili’s restaurant and will end at 8:00 PM. During this time Law Enforcement officials will work together with Special Olympics Colorado athletes to earn your tips. Your donation will directly benefit Special Olympics Colorado Athletes.

The mission of the Special Olympics Tip-A-Cop is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. Special Olympics is a program that daily reaffirms our beliefs that with hope, love and dedication, we can see achievement and self-worth realized by any individual. It is our belief that persons with intellectual disabilities, by their involvement in Special Olympics, show the community at large the true meaning of sports and a pure joy towards life.

For more information contact BJ Cerda at the Canon City Police Department at 719-276-5600 ext.3917, Jan Gordon at jg@SpecialOlympicsCO.org (303-877-3565), or Jan Radnoti at jradnoti@SpecialOlumpicsCO.org (805-405-1045).

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City offices closed for the 4th of July

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Water Bulk Station Closure

WaterStation_Closure4thThe Bulk Water Station office will be closed to take payment on your bulk water account on:

  • July 3rd at 3 pm
  • July 4th for the Holiday
  • July 8th–July 16th

Please make sure you have money on your account to access water.

Historic Bicycle Tour – Tunnel Drive

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour on Tunnel Drive. Participants will have the chance to take a leisurely bike ride while learning about the area. Highlights include geology and a history of Cañon City’s water system. This program will be held on Saturday, July 13th at 6:00 PM. Plan to meet for the tour at the Tunnel Drive Trailhead off Tunnel Drive. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but participants are welcome to register at museum.canoncity.org under events or calendar if they would like to check the waiver early. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Introduction to Genealogy: Tracing Your Female Ancestors

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a program for anyone interested in learning more about genealogy and how to research their ancestry. The program will be led by Terri Meeks and will explore how to use census, vital, land, and military records and will focus on how to trace female ancestors. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Saturday, July 13th from 1:00-3:00 PM and is free and open to the public. This program is a registered event with limited space. Visit museum.canoncity.org and click on calendar or events to register. 

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

2A UPDATE

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Main Street
  • Phase I (11th-14th Street) is underway. No traffic or parking will be allowed on Main Street from 11th to 14th Street.
  • Asphalt milling operations began today.
  • Businesses on the south side of Main Street can still be accessed via Royal Gorge Blvd (US50) to 11th Street, 12th Street, 13th Street, or 14th Street.
  • Businesses on the north side of Main Street can still be accessed via Macon Ave Blvd to 11th Street, 12th Street, 13th Street, or 14th Street.
  • Activities in the Middle School ball fields can be accessed from 14th Street and Greenwood Ave only.
 
S. 4th Street & Myrtle Ave
  • Roads are closed for the entire extent of project now – S. 4th Street from Royal Gorge Blvd (US50) to Dalmatian Drive and Myrtle Ave from 4th Street to 6th Street.
  • Only local traffic allowed and there will be limited access to private driveways. No thru traffic is allowed.
  • Asphalt milling operations are complete.
  • Approximately 1/3 of the curb and gutter installation is complete.· Centennial Park can be accessed only from the west via S. 4th Street.

The patience of all drivers, residents, and business owners is appreciated!

CDOT Your Transportation Plan

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CDOT launched a new statewide planning effort called Your Transportation Plan. They plan on taking a fresh look at their investment priorities and asking people across Colorado what matters to their lives and what transportation can do to get them there. Over the next several months, residents can join in this effort using a new tool at YourTransportationPlan.com to provide input on transportation trends and issues that impact them the most, identify specific needs using an interactive map, and give feedback on CDOT’s transportation vision and goals.

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Summer Concert Schedule

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Blossoms in the Park Summer Concert Series
Concerts are every 1st and 3rd Tuesday through June, July & August in Veterans Park, 6 PM until 8 PM.

City Fireworks Show

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There will not be a fireworks show off Skyline Drive this year. The 4th of July fireworks have been canceled/postponed the past few years because of the Fire Bans and High Fire Danger. The City had to make the decision whether or not to budget for 2019 fireworks in September 2018. Due to past years' cancellations and the drought our area and state has been under, the city did not budget for fireworks this year.

We know that many people look forward to a fireworks show during the 4th of July, and although we will not be having a fireworks celebration this year, the City of Florence will be holding theirs at Pioneer Park. They will also be holding their yearly famous Wet/Dry parade earlier in the day. Visit the City of Florence’s facebook page to view a schedule of events. The City of Cañon City supports our neighboring communities and encourages our residents to attend any nearby celebrations that are being held.

In addition, Fremont Community Foundation will be holding their annual Flashback on Main Street on Saturday, July 6th from 3:00–11:00pm with music by Six Bucks and a Flight, Mr. Majestic, and Hell’s Belles. It’s going to be a great time. We wish everyone a fun and safe celebration!

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Social Security 101 Watch Party

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging is partnering with the Social Security Administration to provide the third year of Social Security 101 classes. This year, the Cañon City Public Library is excited to offer a live webinar and provide access to people who are unable to attend events in Colorado Springs.

The educational presentation is for people approaching retirement age, adult children and interested people. This session will cover many of the common retirement questions including:

  • Eligibility for retirement
  • How age affects retirement benefit
  • How work affects retirement benefit
  • How non-covered pensions (PERA) can potentially affect your Retirement and Survivor benefits.
The Canon City Public Library will be streaming the event at 516 Macon Ave on Tuesday, June 25th at 4 pm.

Notice of Construction

PAVEMENT RECONSTRUCTION

& SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT

 Main Street- 9th Street to 14th Street
12th St- From RGB to Greenwood Ave

Street reconstruction and associated sidewalk replacement is planned this summer on Main Street. Work will begin during the last week of June continue through August.

Streets will be closed to traffic during the majority of the work and detours will be in place. Closures to driveways will be intermittent. Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible. 

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. 

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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Bubble Soccer at the Library

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The Cañon City Public Library will be hosting “Bubble Soccer” for all ages on Thursday, June 20th at 2 pm in Macon Plaza. They will have lots of fun and games for everyone. If you haven't already, sign up for summer reading fun, it’s not too late!

Reporting Potholes Guide

Flyer with link to Reporting Potholes to City, County, State agencies

City...county...or state roads/streets. How do I report potholes? Well, we have come up with a handy sheet to help you contact the correct agency!
 
The following link will take you to an interactive pdf with working links to online reporting forms.

2A Street Construction Notice

PAVEMENT & SIDEWALK RECONSTRUCTION

South 4th St- Ellsworth Ave to Dalmatian Drive
Myrtle Ave- S 4th St to S 7th St

Street reconstruction and associated sidewalk construction is planned this summer along South 4th Street and Myrtle Ave. Work will begin mid-June and continue through August.

Streets will be closed to traffic during the majority of the work and detours will be in place. Closures to driveways will be intermittent. Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation.

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

Flood Warning

The National Weather Service in Pueblo has issued a Flood Warning for The Arkansas River At Canon City from late Thursday night until further notice.

At 1:15 PM Tuesday the stage was 9.5 feet. Flood stage is 10.0 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. Forecast...Rise above flood stage by after midnight Friday morning and continue to rise to near 10.2 feet by after midnight Saturday morning. Additional rises are possible thereafter. Impact...At 10.0 feet...Minor flood. Minor overbank flow occurs into low lying areas along river. Water overtops screens at Canon City water supply intake.

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Library Summer Reading Program

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The 3rd special program for the Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program is Summer Soak Down! Join in the festivities in Macon Plaza on Thursday, June 13th at 2 pm. Bring your own soak-er and towel; water will be provided, be prepared to get wet.

There is still time to sign up for the summer reading program and win prizes!

The bidding has begun on our silent auction, stop by and bid on one, or two items.  All proceeds from the silent auction go toward purchasing prizes for readers.

PEDDLER REPORTS AND LICENSES

There has been an increase in reports of door-to-door salesmen/peddlers in the City. All peddlers must be licensed through the City. In addition, any peddler that is licensed through the City will have a license and a badge with their photo on it. Currently, the City only has one licensed peddler. For safety reasons, we want to remind the public to be sure to ask for a license and badge before letting a peddler into your house.

9th & Main Traffic Light Outage

Update: The traffic lights @ 9th & Main are back in normal operation.

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Update: The control box did take a lightning hit, fried the controller and several circuit boards, and it may take until tomorrow to replace everything needed. If not finished tonight the signal will continue in the 4-way red flash mode. We thank you again for your patience while we get this fixed.

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The traffic lights at 9th & Main may have taken a lightning strike. The lights are currently in a 4-way red flash pattern and they will continue in this mode (4-way stop) until our electrician can correct the problem. At this time it is estimated it may take 1-2 days to fix. We will update on this post. We thank you for your patience while we work on this issue!

Poster Contest

POSTER CONTEST FOR NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2019 : SAFE CANON CITY 2030

Who May Enter:

Any adult or child who resides in Cañon City.

Posters must be submitted by July 1st to be displayed in the Police Department Lobby and voted on by August 5th.

First place posters in each age group will be notified at National Night Out during festivities on August 6th, 5pm-7pm, at Macon Plaza.

Contest Divisions:

  • Division 1 : Ages 1-7 (PARK & RECREATION AREAS)

  • Division 2 : Ages 8-14 (NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE ARTIST RESIDES)

  • Division 3 : Ages 15-18 (MAIN ST)

  • Division 4 : Ages 19-UP (CANON CITY AS A WHOLE)

Poster Specifications:

  • Completed poster size must be 11” x 17”. Posters may be illustrated on either the vertical or horizontal format.

  • Designs should be submitted on quality tag, poster illustration board, or heavy paper. Construction paper may be used, but winning entries must be mounted on quality tag poster.

  • There is no limitation on the use and number of colors.

  • There is no limitation on the type of media - such as print, crayon, felt pen, etc. - used on the poster design; however, wood, plastic, glass, or metal should not be part of the poster. Collage materials should not be used. Glued-on pieces will disqualify the poster.

  • Lettering and Drawing: The poster design may incorporate freehand letters only. Stenciled, pre-printed, manufactured stick-on or press-on letters or tracings may not be used and will disqualify the poster. Lettering should be clearly legible, even if used as part of the poster design. Cut paper / stencils (free-hand or pre-drawn stick-on stencils) are not permitted and will disqualify the poster.

  • Poster designs may not incorporate any copyrighted characters (i.e. comic and/or television characters), photographs, and magazine or newspaper illustrations.

  • Drawings must be original, correct in safety concept, and the exclusive work of the person entering the contest in idea, design and execution. All artwork should be positive in approach.

  • There must be contact information form securely fastened to the back of the poster. Information must be printed clearly and legibly.

  • DO NOT place name, etc. on the front of the poster. Display this information on the back of the poster only.

Poster Theme:

Every poster and slogan must harmonize with the 2019 poster contest theme: Safe Cañon City 2030

Contestants must illustrate the above theme which is in relation to first responders and community safety. What will it look like in the year 2030? The theme on the poster must be exactly as shown above, to include all punctuation.

Contest Deadline:

Posters must be delivered to the Cañon City Police Department no later than July 1st to be displayed and voted on by the Police Department and the Community.

First place posters in each division will be displayed at National Night Out 2019 at Macon Plaza.

Judging:

Criteria for the selection of award-winning posters are:

  • Safety Content- Relationship of the poster design to the First responders and community safety theme.

  • Originality - Originality of the poster and how the idea is expressed in the poster design

  • Artistic Quality - Artwork and its execution

  • Visual Impact - Visual impact of the poster design

Prizes:

Prizes will be awarded at National Night Out 2019 for the four age groups.

Please contact B.J. Cerda, Crime Prevention Coordinator, at 719-276-5600 ext.3917 with questions.

Library Late Open on June 3

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The Canon City Public Library will be opening at 11:00 am Monday, June 3rd. B.O.O.K. (babies on our knees) will be held at 11:00 am.

BUSINESSES ARE OPEN!

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A reminder that even though there is water main replacement and pavement reconstruction occurring on Main Street (9th St to 14th St), businesses are still open! #supportlocalbusiness

Museum Exhibit Opening

Exhibit Opening: “Suspended Through Time: 90th Anniversary of the Royal Gorge Bridge”

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will be having an exhibit opening on Friday, June 7th between 4:00pm-6:00pm.  This exhibit is a fascinating glimpse into the unique 90 year history of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.  Please come join us while out and about Cañon City during First Friday downtown.  Refreshments will be available. This event is free and open to the public. 

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center is located in the old Cañon City Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd., Cañon City, CO 81212. The museum is always free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information contact the museum by calling (719) 269-9036, email us at historycenter@canoncity.org or visit our website at https://museum.canoncity.org.

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Silent Auction for Summer Reading Program

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The Summer Reading Program 2019 “A Universe of Stories begins Monday, May 28th at the Canon City Public Library, as well as our silent auction. We are very excited for this program and opportunity to promote summer reading for everyone at every age!  

We are hosting a very large silent auction of crafts, quilts and artwork to raise money to support the reading programs and prizes. Our community has donated many beautiful silent auction items. Bidding will begin Tuesday, May 28th. The auction will end Friday, July 12th

Come to the library located at 516 Macon and bid early and bid often! Let’s support and encourage our community to read all summer long!

Memorial Day Closure

City Offices Closed on Memorial Day

City offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

Historic Bicycle Tour – Orchard Park

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour around the Orchard Park area. Participants will have the chance to take a leisurely bike ride while learning about the area. Highlights include a meteor story and a history of the apple industry. This program will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 6:00 PM. Plan to meet for the tour at Cañon Exploratory School at 2855 North 9th Street. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but participants are welcome to register at museum.canoncity.org under events or calendar if they would like to check the waiver early. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Painting Volunteers Needed!

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We are still in need of painting volunteers! Painting is scheduled for June 3-7 and June 10-14. Please contact Meg Olsen at meg.olsen@canoncityschools.org or Glenda DeBekker at 719.276.5265 to be put on the list. There is also a sign-up sheet at City Hall near the display of the Top 10 artwork submissions. Come by, check them out, and sign up!


Old-Timers Coffee – The Postal Service

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about working for the postal service in Fremont County. Share your stories of your experiences in the post office over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, June 6 at 9:00 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Backstory: The Men Who Actually Built the Bridge

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Cañon City, CO—
The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a special program on the men who built the Royal Gorge Bridge. The program, led by Terri Meeks, will uncover the history of these men through genealogy. The presentation will be held in the museum’s Program Room on Saturday, June 8th at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Event

Library Summer Reading Program 2019 Kickoff Event: A Universe of Stories
Summer Reading Program

"A Universe of Stories" presents:

Meghan Casey's "Space-A-Cade"
Thursday, May 30th
2:00 pm
Canon City Public Library
516 Macon Ave

Meghan is a wonderfully talented ventriloquist, you will find her characters both silly and hilarious. Join us for a fun filled hour of entertainment! Free program and entertaining for all ages.

Museum Day Camps

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will host a series of day camps in June and July. The camps will be held at the museum from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM and are free. June day camps are open to children between the ages of 6-7. July camps are open to children between the ages of 8-10. Participants may choose which camps to attend. Activities will include gallery tours, hands on activities, crafts, and a snack. Topics and dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, June 12 (Ages 6-7): Pioneers, Westward Expansion, and the Rudd Cabin
  • Wednesday, June 19 (Ages 6-7): Paleontology
  • Wednesday, June 26 (Ages 6-7): Bridges and the Royal Gorge
  • Wednesday, July 10 (Ages 8-10): Pioneers, Westward Expansion, and the Rudd Cabin
  • Wednesday, July 17 (Ages 8-10): Mining and King Coal
  • Wednesday, July 24 (Ages 8-10): Paleontology
  • Wednesday, July 31 (Ages 8-10): Bridges and the Royal Gorge

Visit museum.canoncity.org to register online or contact the museum at (719) 269-9036 for more information. Camps are free but these are registered events with limited space.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Library Memorial Day Closure

The Cañon City Public Library will be closed for Memorial Day from Saturday, May 25th through Monday, May 27th.
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Eastridge Campground Closure

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The Royal Gorge Eastridge Campground will be closed for a special event starting Thursday, May 16th and reopened to the public starting Monday, May 20th.

Road Closure Notice

The Street Department will be closing New York Avenue between 1st & 2nd Street on Monday 5/13 and Tuesday 5/14 for asphalt restoration. For questions, please contact Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at 719.269.9027.

Library Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program Flyer 2019

The Canon City Public Library will be offering a Summer Reading Program for all ages starting Tuesday, May 28th through Friday, July 12th.  This year the theme is “A Universe of Stories”.

Every Thursday at 2 pm we will host a special program for all ages, and all programs are free. 

Read and enter the weekly drawings for prizes. Prizes for top readers, bingo board game, 100 things to do before you are twelve, crafts and much more…

There will be an end of the year pool and pizza party for all participants.

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

REPLACEMENT OF WATER MAIN &
PAVEMENT RECONSTRUCTION

Main Street: 9th Street to 14th Street
including portions of 12th Street

Water main replacement is underway and street reconstruction is planned this summer on Main Street.  Work will continue through August.

Streets will be closed to traffic during the majority of the work and detours will be in place.  Closures to driveways will be intermittent.  Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation.

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

Community Meeting

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Hike With a Paleontologist!

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a geology and paleontology hike with Paleontology Education Liaison with the Bureau of Land Management and the museum, Andrew Smith. Participants will have a chance to see a quarry site and enjoy activities focused on paleontology. Please be advised this event requires participants to hike and stand for the majority of the time. Interested parties should go to museum.canoncity.org and click on events or calendar to register for the hike. Please register online or contact the museum for more information. This program will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The program is free and open to the public but this is a registered event with limited space.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Library Closed for Blossom

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The Canon City Public Library will be closing at 2 pm on Friday, May 3rd and all day Saturday, May 4th for Blossom Festivities. We wish everyone a happy, safe and fun blossom weekend!

Historic Bicycle Tour

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Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour around a local cemetery. Participants will have the chance to take a leisurely bike ride while learning about former Cañon City residents. Interested parties should go to museum.canoncity.org and click on events or calendar to register for the event. Please register or contact the museum for more information. This program will be held on Saturday, May 11th at 6:00 PM. The program is free and open to the public but this is a registered event with limited space. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

Public Arts Mural Program

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Mountain View Core Knowledge School and the Cañon City Stormwater Program would like to thank all of the students who submitted art work for the mural project at the 4th Street Viaduct.  One hundred thirty-four pieces of art were submitted from area students Kindergarten to 12th Grade.  Sixty-eight of those were chosen to be featured in the art show at the Fremont Center for the Arts during the month of February.  The public was asked to vote on their top three choices at the art show and via online voting.  We had fantastic participation from the public – 490 ballots were cast through the two avenues with a total of 1,395 votes! 

Painting of the murals will occur the weeks of June 3-7 and June 10-14.  The Public Arts Mural Committee is looking for both student and adult volunteers to assist in the painting.  Citizens who wish to either volunteer or donate materials for the painting of the murals should contact Glenda DeBekker at grdebekker@canoncity.org or Meg Olsen at meg.olsen@canoncityschools.org.

The Mural Committee wishes to congratulate the following students on being chosen the Top 10 Citizen’s Choices during the art show at the Fremont Center for the Arts in February.  These art submittals will be incorporated into the murals.

  • Alexandra Weatherill CCHS 12th Grade (chosen by City Council to be featured on the large support)
  • Leilani Medina Home School 6th Grade (2 entries in the top 10)
  • Creative Kids 4H Club various grades
  • Natalie Henry MVCKS 2nd Grade
  • Quinn Witkowski MVCKS 2nd Grade
  • Emily Rabinovitz MVCKS 7th Grade
  • Gavin Reddick, Thor Shelver, Joel Riva and Mason Coleman joint submittal MVCKS 4thGrade
  •  James Henry MVCKS 4th Grade
  • Taylor Garruto MVCKS 5th Grade

 

2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run

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The Cañon City Police Department, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies and Starpoint, is participating in the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 18, 2019. This year’s theme is "Super Hero Fun Run/Walk". The event will start at 8:00 AM at the Canon City High School football field and ending ceremonies with recognition of athletes will start at 10:00 AM.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. Special Olympics is a program that daily reaffirms our beliefs that with hope, love and dedication, we can see achievement and self-worth realized by any individual. It is our belief that persons with intellectual disabilities, by their involvement in Special Olympics, show the community at large the true meaning of sports and a pure joy towards life.

LETR is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  Law enforcement (the Guardians of the Flame) and athletes, light the "Flame of Hope" at events and competitions throughout the state to embody unity and inclusiveness. During the months of May and June, law enforcement throughout Colorado will be carrying the “Flame of Hope” during the 2019 Torch Run Series. Run Series. 

For more information and to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run residents can visit the Special Olympics class page at: https://www.classy.org/event/royal-gorge-region-law-enforcement-torch-run/e230246 or contact BJ Cerda at the Canon City Police Department at 719-276-5600 ext.3917.

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National Drinking Water Week

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The City of Cañon City Water Department invites you to join in commemorating 147 years of service to Cañon City’s public health. As part of National Drinking Water Week, the City Water Department is recognizing the generations of Cañon residents who ensured that our community had an ample supply of safe drinking water.

When you stop to think about it, the need for a safe supply of drinking water really can’t be overestimated. Clean water is essential to our lives and lifestyles, every single day. American communities have not always enjoyed the benefits of having an ample supply of safe drinking water at their disposal. In fact, less than a century ago, thousands of Americans died every year from waterborne diseases like typhoid, cholera and dysentery. Because of the persistent threat from these illnesses, community public health officials, doctors and engineers banded together to form local systems for drinking water disinfection and delivery.

The City of Cañon City Water Department and City residents have worked together to help ensure the standard of living we all now enjoy. We want to let you know a little bit more about how we have done it. You are invited to an Open House at our Water Treatment Plant at 103 Tunnel Drive on Friday, May 10th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for informative tours of our facility and have available staff to answer your questions about your water supply. Water Treatment Plant tours will begin at the top of each hour. If you have a group that would prefer a private tour or at another time, please contact Travis Payne, Cañon City Water Treatment Plant Chief Plant Operator, at 269-9019. Please come join us!

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S. 4th Street Construction

Construction work on S. 4th Street will continue through the summer. Water main installation is underway and street reconstruction will start at the beginning of May. Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.
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Chess Tournament

Canon City Public Library will be hosting a chess tournament on Wednesday, May 15th at 11:00 am at the library (516 Macon Ave).  All ages are welcome to this free event.

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ROAD WORK AND STREET CLOSURE NOTICE

Centennial Park
Access to Centennial Park from Griffin Avenue will be closed next week starting Monday, April 22nd for new pavement being installed. People can still access the park from the north side crossing the bridge into the park. Paving should be finished by the end of next week, weather permitting.

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The Street Department will be closing north 9th Street between Forest & Whipple on Monday, April 22nd Wednesday, April 24th for asphalt restoration.

Tree City, USA - Arbor Day


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"The City of Cañon City has been named Tree City, USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 39th consecutive year", Parks Director Rex Brady said today."

Municipalities entering the nationwide program receive the designation on the recommendation of the state foresters. Communities must meet the following standards to qualify: they must have adopted a city tree ordinance; have a comprehensive urban forestry program; and annually observe Arbor Day", Brady added. The City first received recognition in 1980 as a result of its tree maintenance and planting program and its Dutch Elm Disease Program.

The public is invited to participate in the City’s observance of Arbor Day on Friday, April 26th 2019 at Centennial Park Playground, 221 Griffin Avenue. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 am and will include the planting of a tree and presentation of a Tree City, USA plaque to Mayor Preston Troutman from the District Forester John Grieve with the Colorado State Forest Service.

A community's tree planting program is a living memorial to the citizens' concern for our quality of life. The beauty of the trees, their practical benefits, will last for years to come", John Rosenow, Executive Director for The National Arbor Day Foundation said. “An effective community forestry program is an ongoing process of renewal and improvement, a program of tree planting and care that continues through the years", Rosenow said. "The Tree City, USA award is an excellent indication that there is a solid foundation for that process of improvement."

The City of Cañon City encourages everyone to come out and celebrate with us on Friday, April 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Centennial Park to recognize the valuable asset that we share as a Tree City, USA.
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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT
S. 4TH STREET
BETWEEN ELLSWORTH AVE AND DOUGLAS AVE

Water Main Replacement is continuing on S. 4th Street.

The S. 4th Street Viaduct will be closed to traffic Tuesday, April 16th through Wednesday, April 17th.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. 

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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WATER DEPT UPDATE

ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT TESTING & WATER MAIN FLUSHING

The Cañon City Water Department needs to push back the initial start date of the annual fire hydrant testing and water main flushing. The Water Department anticipates beginning its annual program of exercising fire hydrants throughout the system on Monday, April 22, 2019. The purpose of this program is to remove sediment and tuberculation from the water mains, which improves the water quality.

Flushing will begin at the western end of the system and work toward the eastern end. It will take about 6 weeks to complete. You may experience cloudy water or low pressure for a short period of time during this flushing program. Should you have questions, please call the Cañon City Water Department at 269-9022.

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Walt Disney Chautauqua Performance

Authentic Walt Disney Chautauqua performance
by David Skipper


Monday, April 29, 2019
6:30 pm

701 Macon Ave
United Presbyterian Church


It's Anything Can Happen Day Mouseketeers!  Join Walt Disney, as portrayed by Chautauqua actor and scholar David Skipper, as he takes you on a magical and nostalgic journey into yesterday's tomorrow.  Come dream and imagineer with Walt as he shares his childhood memories and experiences that molded him as one of the 20th Century's greatest innovators and entertainers.  Learn how Mickey Mouse was created, how he forged animation into a new art form, how his fascination with trains led to the development of Disneyland and how his interest in urban development led to the creation of his concept for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT).  He will also talk about his experiences in live action motion pictures, especially Mary Poppins, the Worlds Fair in New York and demonstrate some of his audio-animatronics.  Walt will takes questions from the audience after his presentation, but remember it is 1966 and questions should only be asked during the period of his life from 1901-1966. After the Q&A with Walt, David Skipper will step out of character and respond to questions as a Disney scholar.

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Public Arts Mural Program Top 10

Top 10 Citizen Choices

The Public Arts Mural Program Committee is pleased to announce the top 10 citizen choices for the art work to be used in replacing the existing murals at the 4th Street Viaduct.  These top 10 choices will be presented to City Council at the Council meeting on 4/15/19 so they may choose the art work to be used on the large support.  The remaining art work will be used in the rest of the murals as the committee determines.  Painting of the murals will occur in late May or early June.  We welcome any citizens who would like to volunteer their time and/or supplies for the mural painting.  Watch for the dates to be announced in the next couple of weeks.  If you are interested please contact Glenda DeBekker at grdebekker@canoncity.org.

Additionally, the Committee is pleased to announce that one of the submitted art pieces was chosen by Fremont Adventure Recreation to be featured on the back cover of their 2019 Student Adventure Guide, published April 1st.  Congratulations to Elijah McBride, Mountain View Core Knowledge School, 5th Grade!

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT
S. 4TH STREET
BETWEEN MYRTLE AVE AND DALMATIAN DRIVE

Water Main Replacement is beginning Monday April 8, 2019.

S. 4th Street will be closed to traffic during construction. Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation.

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Cañon City Police Department, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies and Starpoint, is participating in the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run on May 18, 2019. Participating agencies include the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo Department of Public Safety, Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado State Patrol, Cañon Minimum Center, Florence Police Department and Custer County Sheriff’s Office. This year’s theme is “Super Hero Fun Run/Walk”. The event will start at 8:00 AM at the Canon City High School football field and ending ceremonies with recognition of athletes will start at 10:00 AM.

The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement worldwide. Special Olympics is a program that daily reaffirms our beliefs that with hope, love and dedication, we can see achievement and self-worth realized by any individual. It is our belief that persons with intellectual disabilities, by their involvement in Special Olympics, show the community at large the true meaning of sports and a pure joy towards life.

LETR is Special Olympics’ largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  Law enforcement (the Guardians of the Flame) and athletes, light the "Flame of Hope" at events and competitions throughout the state to embody unity and inclusiveness. During the months of May and June, law enforcement throughout Colorado will be carrying the “Flame of Hope” during the 2019 Torch Run Series. Run Series. 

For more information and to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run residents can visit the Special Olympics class page at: https://www.classy.org/event/royal-gorge-region-law-enforcement-torch-run/e230246 or contact BJ Cerda at the Canon City Police Department at 719-276-5600 ext.3917.

Steven Huskey
Administrative Sergeant

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Canon Proud Trash Vouchers

Did you miss out on getting a trash voucher this year? Good news - we have 200 more to give out! Come to City Hall on Monday, April 8th with proof of residency to get one. These went fast last time and we expect the same this round so get there early.
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ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE

Temple Canyon Road will be closed to all traffic for road reconstruction starting tomorrow, April 3, 2019. This project is anticipated to take 2-4 weeks to complete. Updates will be given during this time. See map of road closure within Temple Canyon Park. https://bit.ly/2FRLYws

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**UPDATE**

On 03/29/2019 at about 11:06 AM, Dakota Lee (21) of Cañon City was taken into custody on the previously mentioned felony warrant after officers safely de-escalated the situation. The charges in that warrant are:

  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Second Degree Assault
  • Menacing
  • False Imprisonment
  • Child Abuse
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Harassment
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Domestic Violence
Additional charges are pending and will be filed at a later time. There are no outstanding suspects related to this case. During this incident no one was injured.

During this situation, Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies assisted the Canon City Police Department with traffic control at road closures.

We would like to thank the community for their patience during this time.
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On Friday, March 29, 2019 at approximately 7:20 AM, officers with the Cañon City Police Department responded to the area of 2485 E. Main St. to arrest a subject on a felony warrant. The suspect has not come out and officers are still on scene at this time.

There is no threat to the community, but area residents have been evacuated as a safety precaution and the area is closed to all traffic. The community is asked to avoid the area and find an alternate route until the situation is resolved.

At this time, this is an active situation and updates will be provided as they become available.

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ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT TESTING & WATER MAIN FLUSHING

Beginning Monday, April 15, 2019, the Cañon City Water Department will begin its annual program of exercising fire hydrants throughout the system.  The purpose of this program is to remove sediment and tuberculation from the water mains, which improves the water quality.

Flushing will begin at the western end of the system and work toward the eastern end.  It will take about 6 weeks to complete.  You may experience cloudy water or low pressure for a short period of time during this flushing program.  Should you have questions, please call the Cañon City Water Department at 269-9022.

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HISTORIC SCHOOL TOUR

Did you grow up in Canon City?  Did you or your kids go to school here?  The Friends of the Museum and History Center are holding an open house/tour of four local schools on Saturday April 20th from 1 pm to 5 pm. The cost of the school tour is $20.00 for adults and kids 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult.  Tickets may be purchased at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center, Mane Tamer, Tailored West, Touch of Love, Vintage Revival, and Big D Superfoods in Florence. Please pay by cash or check, exact change would be greatly appreciated.

The four schools that will be open on this tour are the Cañon City Middle School (soon to be rebuilt), Lincoln Elementary, Madison and the old Garden Park Schoolhouse. This will be the last time the public will be able to tour the Middle School before the major renovations/alterations begin. 

The school tour is a fundraising event by the Friends of the Museum Board to raise money for a digital scanner and archival supplies needed to preserve and digitize the Cañon City Daily Record Collection housed at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum. This collection includes 283 bound volumes of the Daily Record and thousands of copy prints/photo proofs, and film negatives taken for the local newspaper.  This collection is a priceless source of facts and local memories worth preserving for future generations. Come out and help us make this happen!  Donations are always accepted too!! For more information please call the Museum at (719) 269-9036.

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Frozen to the Cabin Floor

The Canon City Public Library will be hosting local author Tracy Beach. Tracy will be talking about her latest book about Baby Doe Tabor titled, “Frozen to the Cabin Floor” on Saturday April 13th at 2 pm.  This program will be at the Canon City Public Library 516 Macon Ave.  Tracy will have copies of her book for sale the day of the program.

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LAKESIDE CEMETERY CLEAN-UP WEEK

Parks Department employees will begin the annual Lakeside Cemetery clean-up week on April 15th, 2019 in preparation for Memorial Day.

Employees will discard old tattered or faded plastic flower decorations during the cleanup.

If you have decorations in Lakeside Cemetery you wish to save please remove them prior to April 15th, or they may be discarded.

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ROAD CLOSURE

15th Street from Central Avenue to South Street will be closed beginning Monday, April 1, 2019, thru Wednesday, April 3, 2019, while Fremont County crews conduct roadwork. Please plan ahead for your commute during this time. As always, we appreciate your cooperation and patience. Drive safely!
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CCPD Volunteer Coordinator

The Cañon City Police Department is recruiting for a Volunteer Coordinator. Must have experience working with volunteers and must pass a background check. Submit resumes or questions to Jill Filer at jafiler@canoncity.org by April 30, 2019.
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Poetry Open Mic Event

The Canon City Public Library is hosting an open mic event on Friday, April 5th from 6-7 pm. All ages are welcome to come and share a poem, rap, or story with the community. Light refreshments will be available.

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WILDLAND FIRE TRAINING EXERCISE

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The Canon City Area Fire Protection District in conjunction with Fremont County will be conducting a wildland fire training exercise on  March 23, 2019 in the area of Phelps and South Streets.  The training exercise will be East of the Phelps and North of South street. This controlled, live fire training will be performed during daylight hours.  Smoke will be visible from the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond.  This exercise is weather pending and may be rescheduled.

We appreciate your support and understanding during this valuable training opportunity.  If you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to call the Canon City Area Fire Protection District Station One at (719) 275-8666 or stop by 1475 North 15th Street, Canon City Colorado.

Public Arts Mural Submissions and Voting

Voting is still open on submissions for the Public Arts Mural Program. Please vote online at https://bit.ly/2FpEfFS

Vote for your top 3 choices - one vote per household per day.

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Canon Proud Trash Vouchers

That was a record! We have given out all of the trash vouchers available to city residents. We are happy to see citizens take advantage of the Cañon Proud Clean-up Program. Please remember to redeem your vouchers before the April 30th deadline.

County residents may call (719) 276-7410 or stop by the Fremont County Administration Building, Room 105 (615 Macon Ave) to see if they have remaining vouchers. Proof of residency required.

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Canon Proud Clean-up Campaign

2019 CAÑON PROUD! CLEAN-UP BEGINS MARCH 18

Local officials and businesses are once again gearing up for the annual Cañon Proud Clean-Up Campaign. A limited number of trash vouchers for free disposal of household trash, furniture, construction debris, brush, logs, leaves and yard waste will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to Cañon City and Fremont County residents beginning on March 18th and ending on April 30th.  Trash vouchers are good for free disposal of ½ ton (one regular pick-up truck bed filled no higher than the sideboards) at Twin Enviro’s “Phantom Landfill” at 2500 Fremont County Road 67 (north of the airport), Penrose, 372-6671. (Amounts of trash in excess of ½ ton will be charged extra on site.)  Hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm; Monday through Saturday. 

Cañon City residents may pick up a voucher from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday at City Hall, 128 Main Street. Those living outside the City limits may pick up a voucher from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday (they are closed on Friday) at Room 105 of the Fremont County Administration Building, 615 Macon Avenue. Proof of residency is required when obtaining a voucher.  Only one voucher will be issued per household. Free disposal will end on April 30, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  All loads must be covered, and no commercial haulers or contractors qualify for these vouchers.

Partners in this event include Twin Enviro Services, R.D. Recycling, Junk Masters, and Call it Gone Metal Recyclers. In addition to the trash disposal vouchers, the following partners will accept recycling, appliances, vehicles, and specific metals; please contact them directly if their services are desired:

  • R.D. Recycling, located at 1501 High Street (719-641-0630 or 275-2052) will accept appliances Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for free disposal. They will also pick up large loads in bulk. Brass, aluminum, and copper will be purchased at prevailing rates.  They will purchase automobile batteries for $3 each.
  • Junk Masters (call or text 429-4590 or 429-2219) will pick up scrap metal, appliances, vehicles/campers, batteries, pipe, wire, machinery, etc., for free. They will not accept TVs, wood, tires, furniture, paints or other household chemicals or trash.
  • Call It Gone Metal Recyclers (call or text 671-7062) will pick up all cars, trucks, campers.  They will also pick up all metals, appliances and batteries. They also have clean up services.

As always, no tires, dead animals, or hazardous wastes will be accepted at any site.

Construction Notice from Canon City Schools

Please see the following information from Cañon City Schools regarding construction at Cañon City Middle School.

Parents of CCMS students,

Over Spring Break we will begin construction on our new building. You will begin to see many changes around the campus and we will work hard to ensure we communicate these changes with you in a timely manner. Below is an aerial map of the Cañon City Middle School campus with our new parking guidelines for parents, buses and staff members.

As of March 25th 2019 the west parking lot just off of 12th St. will be closed, this area will not be available for parking or parent drop off. Our current bus lane on the east side of the campus will change to parent drop off. The buses will now drop off on Main St. in front of our campus.  Please see the map and the summary we have provided.

Quick Look At The Traffic Plan:

  • Parent drop off will be the bus lane, highlighted in RED. Please enter off of 14th St.
  • Bus drop off will now be on Main St. in front of the building.
  • Staff and event parking will now be on 12th St. and Greenwood St.

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Name our White Deer

Thank you for all of your name suggestions! It was tough but we have narrowed down the names to the following six based off popularity, meaning, and uniqueness. Please vote for your favorite name in the following poll. Poll closes Monday, March 18 at 5pm.


VOTE HERE

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photo credit: Rich Flubacker

Online Voting For Public Arts Mural

Public Arts Mural Submissions & Voting

Due to the overwhelming public participation which the previous poll/survey could not handle, we had to set up a new survey! We thank the community for your outstanding support of this project.

The online voting for the Public Arts Mural is now reopened here. Online voting will be open through March 31st.

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WWI Craft Day

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a free drop-in craft day. Visitors can explore the museum, do activities, or make their own biplane after going through the World War I exhibit. The program is geared towards elementary age and younger but all ages are welcome to join. This drop-in program will be held at the museum on Saturday, March 23 between 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email tohistorycenter@canoncity.org.

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SCAM ALERT

On March 5th, 2019 Fremont County Deputies received numerous calls regarding a possible scam.

Citizens reported receiving phone calls from people claiming to be members of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a ‘civil matter.’ Some citizens report calling the phone number and getting a phone tree sounding like the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller would then identify themselves as a Sergeant with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and state that there is an ongoing issue and needs to speak with them.

This is a SCAM.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office will NOT call you asking for money or your personal/financial information in lieu of handling a warrant for arrest. If you have received this phone call or voicemail, DO NOT call them, meet with them, or give them money or any information, personal or otherwise.

If you have questions or concerns, you can meet with a Deputy in person at the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office or call FreCom dispatch at 719-276-5566 to speak with a Deputy by phone.

Sergeant Megan Richards
Patrol Division
719-276-5552 (office)
719-276-5566 (dispatch)
Megan.richards@fremontso.com

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Coffee With A Cop

Join the Canon City Police Department at MUGS on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 8:30–10:30am for Coffee with a Cop.

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Public Arts Mural Program Voting

UPDATE: 
Due to the number of votes we are receiving we have reached our capacity for online voting. Voting is still available at the Fremont Center for the Arts, Wed–Sat, 10am–4pm.

The Public Arts Mural Program is a joint program between Mountain View Core Knowledge School and the Cañon City Stormwater Program.  Its purpose is to engage local students and the public in environmental education by creating murals around the theme “Clean Environment and the People and Animals That Depend On It”.  The artwork can incorporate area attractions, businesses, people, animals and the environment.  The murals will replace most of the existing murals at the 4th Street Viaduct.  One existing mural which is still in good shape will be touched up.  Artwork chosen for the murals may be used as part of a collage of artwork or may be stand-alone pieces.  Murals will be painted on six pylons measuring 2’ x 3’ x 8’, each with four faces, and one 23’x 8’ support with two 2’ end supports.

Sixty-eight pieces of art have been chosen from the 134 submitted by Cañon City students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade, including home school and alternative school students and a local 4-H club.  The artwork is being displayed at the Fremont Center for the Arts in the lower Youth Art area.  The Art Center is open to the public at no cost Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.  Please stop by and view the show and vote for your favorite pieces to be included in the murals. Please vote for your top three choices in person or 1 vote per day online.  The Public Arts Mural Committee will submit the top 10 choices to Cañon City Council in April for selection of the art for the large support.  The committee will arrange the rest of the chosen artwork as best fits the areas to be painted.  Painting of the murals will be done in May.  The committee would like to thank every student that submitted art for this year’s mural program.

Online voting will be open until March 31, 2019.

 

Zia Rides is Coming to Caon City!

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Zia Rides is excited to announce their first event in Colorado with the Royal Gorge Six and Twelve in Cañon City, CO on Saturday, May 18, 2019. When looking for new race locations, Zia Rides looks for four very important things: a cool town, a great venue, awesome trails, and a location that is not already overrun. We struck the jackpot with Cañon City. The town is awesome and totally behind the event, and there is so much for families to do in the area with Royal Gorge Bridge minutes away from the venue. The venue at the Royal Gorge East Ridge Campground is beautiful and spacious with the Arkansas River Gorge one direction and snow capped peaks the other. Cañon City has a professional trail builder adding trail all the time, and the trails are fantastic and fun with beautiful views.

~Zia Rides

For more information and to register visit http://ziarides.com/event-register/royal-gorge/

Our Time Is Now

SBR Fanatics and Supporters:

It was a great run and to make the finals of a competition is a great accomplishment.  I think we have all said it throughout this competition - we are already winners because of what the Small Business Revolution has done to bring people together and to work on a common interest or goal.  The true measure of success moving forward is how we take this experience and momentum and grow as businesses and as a community.  We have a lot of great things happening in Cañon City right now but now is not the time to stop, it is just the opposite, we have to keep the momentum moving forward.  Just because the Small Business Revolution series is going to Searcy, Arkansas it doesn’t mean that our goal has ended.  We entered into this competition to solve challenges that our businesses face, the competition is over but the challenges still exist.  It is now time to roll up our sleeves and come up with solutions.  I am looking for group of champions to help me organize strategies to overcome the following challenges:

  • How do we better engage local consumers to support our local businesses?
  • How do we extend the tourist season into the shoulder seasons and provide a longer period for economic spending from tourists?  We tried the lodging tax twice and it didn’t pass. We are going to need to be creative to overcome this challenge.
  • Drawing People from Highway 50 – The City is currently working on the wayfinding and signage program to improve directional and informational signage throughout Cañon City, including the standardization of nomenclature for the downtown signage.  Signage will help but activity brings activity.  What else can be done to draw traffic from Highway 50?
  • Business Owner/Entrepreneur Workshops – Business owners typically get into business because they are passionate about a service or skill that they have but may not have the skills needed to operate a business.  What workshops do business owners and entrepreneurs need access to in order to increase their chances for success?

Don’t forget to sign up for the May 20th Deluxe Marketing Seminar: https://bit.ly/2ECYmju

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you want to help out with one of these groups.

Our time is now!

Ryan Stevens
Economic Development Director
719-429-1658

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Rain Barrel Making Workshop

The Cañon City Stormwater Program to Host Rain Barrel Making Workshop

Cañon City, February 28, 2019 – The rainwater that falls on your roof during a storm can impact our community’s rivers and creeks. When rainwater flows across hardened surfaces like roofs and roads, it carries pollutants directly into local waterways. This pollution builds up over time, affecting our drinking water, recreation and local wildlife. Excessive runoff from big storms can also overwhelm stormwater systems and contributes to flooding.

Rain barrels are a simple tool for collecting rainwater and reducing flood risk. The simple devices attach to your home downspouts and capture rainwater before it picks up pollution. Rain barrel water can be used to augment watering of gardens and lawns. Collecting rainwater can also help save a few dollars on your water bill.

The Cañon City Stormwater Program is hosting a rain barrel making workshop in conjunction with the Pueblo Community College, Fremont Campus Senior Mini-College on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:45 pm.  Workshop attendees will learn about Colorado regulations concerning rain barrels, water conservation, stormwater and water quality.  Attendees will build their own 55-gallon rain barrel from a recycled food grade plastic drum and learn how to properly install and maintain it. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Registration for this workshop, and all courses offered during the 2019 Senior Mini-College, is open from March 4 through March 15, 2019.  Registration can be done via walk-in at PCC or by telephone.  Course information and registration information can be found in the Cañon City Daily Record and the Cañon City Shopper.  Cost for registration is $10/day or $45 for unlimited classes.

For more information, please contact:
Glenda DeBekker
Stormwater Technician, City of Cañon City Stormwater Program
719-276-5265 
grdebekker@canoncity.org
http://www.pueblocc.edu/Fremont/Senior-Mini-College

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Public Arts Mural Program Exhibit at Fremont Center for the Arts

Starting this First Friday & throughout the month of March, the PUBLIC ARTS MURAL PROGRAM will be featured in the Fremont Center for the Arts Studio Gallery. It will showcase sixty-eight environmentally themed, submitted student artwork for replacing fading and peeling existing murals.
 
First Friday Reception is March 1st from 4:30-7:30 pm and you will be able to vote on your top 3 favorite pieces to be featured in the murals. Voting will continue through March 21st at the FCA.
 
Online voting will also be available starting March 1st and continue through March 31st. More details to follow.

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Citizens Police Academy

Applications for the Cañon City Police Department spring/summer Citizens Police Academy are being accepted! If you want to see the "ins and outs" of your local police service operation please join them for this class! Registration is open and applications can be picked up at the front desk at the station or downloaded here! Registration closes May 20, 2019. Class begins June 4, 2019. For more information please contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Billie Jo Cerda at 719-276-5600. We hope to see you there!


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What's Your Capital Library Program

The Canon City Public Library will be hosting another program by Richard Gibson. Richard will be presenting “What’s Your Capital?”  on Saturday, March 9th at 2 pm.

Richard’s program will feature small towns across America that claim to be the  ___________Capital of the World. He will be entertaining us with fun and engaging trivia and tidbits of information.

This program is free and open to everyone school age and up.

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Old-Timers Coffee – Dairy Industry in Fremont County

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about the dairy industry in Fremont County. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about the dairies and the industry over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, March 7 at 9:00 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email tohistorycenter@canoncity.org.

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Building Division Notice

The Building Division will be closed for three days starting Monday, March 4th through Wednesday, March 6th for ICC Training. For questions during this time, please call and leave a detailed message with the Certified Building Official, Kathy Ulsh, at 719-429-4245. Phone calls will be returned throughout the day during training breaks or at the end of the day. We ask and thank you for your patience during this training.

 

THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone that voted for Cañon City in the Small Business Revolution. Voting for Cañon City isn't just about winning a competition. It's about the people who work SO hard to keep Main Street and our city alive.

Win or lose, we need to support our small businesses on Main Street, throughout the city, and the people behind them! Thank YOU for making Cañon City the incredible city that we are.

Last Day to Vote!

SBR Fanatics and Supporters:

Today is the last day! Voting ends at 9 pm local. You all did great getting the word out yesterday, it was the most activity we saw all week. We have to top it today! 

I still have postcards at my office if anybody wants to go and hand them out. I plan on going to Colorado Springs later to hand out cards and push the vote. If you are able to get out and promote let me know. 

Don't miss today's Facebook “Epic Giveaway.” Vote and share!

This is the final countdown! www.VoteCanonCity.com

Ryan Stevens
Economic Development Director

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Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration

The Canon City Public Library and the 7th Grade Middle School Choir are partnering in a celebration for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on Friday, March 1st at 4 pm at the library (516 Macon Ave). 

Join us for games, songs and entertainment. We will read stories and have a photo booth along with other activities. Light refreshments will be served.

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Two Days of Voting Left

There are only two days left in the Small Business Revolution competition! Let's win this!!! Vote daily at www.VoteCanonCity.com.FacebookFrames_CanonCityCO

Centennial Park Restroom Closure

Centennial Park Restrooms will be closed for the foreseeable future due to new sewer line construction. We will update when construction is complete and the restrooms are back open. Thank you for your patience!

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Day 2 - Small Business Revolution

Small Business Revolution Fanatics and Supporters:

It is day two of eight and we are running a marathon.  Make sure that you remember to reach out to your networks, customers, vendors, and whoever else you can think of to vote for Cañon City.  Social media is a great tool but sometimes the best connections can happen face to face.  I was at the Downtown Business Alliance meeting last night and spoke about SBR strategy and the things that we still needed to do.  After the meeting I met Brian Monahan, who has never been to one of our meetings before, and he mentioned that his brother is an Instagram influencer with 80,000 followers.  It is easy to get stuck behind a computer asking people to vote but make sure you are still making the human connection too, you never know what doors might open. www.votecanoncity.com

Ryan Stevens
Economic Development Director

We Are Finalists!

Cañon City, Colorado was just named as a top six finalist in the running to win a $500,000 revitalization grant for six of its small businesses and to be featured on season 4 of The Small Business Revolution series on HULU. 

Everyone has done a great job with #mycanoncity but we still need your help.  Please vote once per day per email address at www.votecanoncity.com. Voting is from Tuesday, February 12th until 7 pm MST on Tuesday, February 19th.  We need to reach as many potential voters as possible so please reach out to your networks and ask them to vote.

We love all of our small businesses and we want to see them all succeed.  Please vote once per day, per email address at www.votecanoncity.com.  A vote for Cañon City is a vote for our small businesses.

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Thank You City of Pueblo For Your Support!

News Release and Updates

Update  2/13/2019
On February 11, 2019 at approximately 9:14 AM, officers with the Canon City Police Department were dispatched to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 200 block of West New York Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located one adult male with a gunshot wound. The victim, who was identified by the Fremont County Coroner's Office as David Draper, 54, of Canon City, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation results indicate that the gunshot was not self-inflicted. The shooting was an isolated incident and appears to be the result of ongoing issues between the residents of the home. Three parties were in the home at the time of the incident and only one sustained a gunshot wound. The individual who is believed to have fired the shot killing the other person, RanaId Kenter Chardoul, 67, of Canon City claimed self-defense and was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The other resident of the home involved in this incident, a woman, was identified at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The Colorado Bureau of  Investigation Crime Scene Unit responded to assist the Canon City Police Department in documenting and collecting the evidence at the scene. No charges have been filed at this point, and a review of the circumstances will be completed with the District Attorney's Office once the investigation is completed.

-Steven Huskey, Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department

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This morning, February 11, 2019, at approximately 9:14 AM, officers with the Canon City Police Department were dispatched to the 200 block of West New York on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they found a male outside the residence that was bleeding. Another male was found deceased inside the residence. His identification is being withheld until next of kin can be made. The male that was bleeding was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

At this time all persons involved have been accounted for and there is no threat to the community. This is an active investigation. Updates to this release will follow as information becomes available.

-Steven Huskey, Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department

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Street Closure Notice

The Cañon City Street Department will be closing Myrtle Avenue between South 4th and South 5th on Saturday (2/16) & Sunday (2/17) for culvert installation.

If you have any questions, please contact Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at (719) 269-9027.

Thank you all for your cooperation!
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PRESS RELEASE

Kevin Easter Internal Affairs Investigation File

On January 5th, 2018, the Cañon City Police Department received an allegation of misconduct from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation against a single officer, Kevin Easter, which was discovered during a pre-employment process. The allegation involved potential misdemeanor criminal conduct while Easter was employed with the Cañon City Police Department. Chief Harvey directed an administrative investigation be conducted, but first requested the Colorado Attorney General’s Office Criminal Investigation Division to conduct a criminal investigation prior to pursuing the administrative investigation. The reason for requesting a criminal investigation prior to completing an administrative investigation is that the United States Supreme Court has ruled that any statements made by an accused officer to employers about potential criminal conduct under threat of losing one’s employment can not be used in a criminal prosecution (see Garrity v. New Jersey, 385 U.S. 493 (1967)). As a result, most police agencies conduct a criminal investigation into alleged criminal conduct by officers prior to conducting an administrative investigation to ensure that statements are admissible during subsequent criminal trials.

The purpose of administrative investigations is to investigate violations of agency policy for continued employment, while criminal investigations determine violations of law. For this reason, administrative investigations can only investigate employees of the police agency conducting the administrative investigation. Kevin Easter is the only member of the Cañon City Police Department accused in this administrative investigation.

Administrative investigations, often referred to as internal investigations, are crucial to ensuring that police officers maintain the highest level of integrity while serving the public and removing those who violate the public’s trust. Witnesses to police misconduct are often very reluctant to report incidents based on a misperception that they will be subject to retaliation. To encourage both citizens, police witnesses, and even accused officers to report police misconduct, the confidentiality of administrative investigations may be maintained under Colorado law from disclosure to the public and even inside police agencies. The Cañon City Police Department responded to DA Chilson’s legal demand for the administrative investigation file but wants to ensure that the public and police employees continue to feel safe reporting police misconduct.

We will not tolerate misconduct within the Cañon City Police Department and protecting the process that ensures the highest level of integrity within our ranks was our intent with requesting the court to determine the admissibility of the Easter administrative investigation into his criminal trial. Transparency is important to maintain the public’s trust and for that reason Chief Harvey requested an external police agency conduct the criminal investigation that was to be used in the criminal trial against Kevin Easter. It is important for the public to remember that the allegations against Kevin Easter are an anomaly and the members of the police department continuing to serve the citizens of Cañon City possess the highest level of integrity, or they won’t be working for me.

~Daric Harvey, Chief of Police

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Mural Project Deadline Extension

The deadline for submittals for the Public Arts Mural Project has been extended until Feb 15th. Please submit hard copy art works to Meg Olsen at MVCKS, 890 Field Ave., Canon City, CO 81212.

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Regional Stormwater Educational Seminar

Registration is still open for the Regional Stormwater Educational Seminar held on February 13, 2019 at the Occhiato University Center Ballroom on the CSU Pueblo Campus. Click on the image below for more information and to download the application.

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Small Business Revolution Rally

The Small Business Revolution series is coming to Cañon City and we want to give them a warm welcome. Help us welcome the host Amanda Brinkman and her crew to Cañon City and help us show the SBR crew why #mycanoncity should be on season 4.

When: Thursday, January 31
Where: 500 Block of Main Street
Time: 5:55 pm

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Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tournament

New Year, New Game (Nintendo Switch) in our teen space here at the Canon City Public Library!  

Every Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm in the teen room we are hosting a tournament. Free and lots of fun!

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Old-Timers Coffee – High School Days of the 1970s

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about high school in Fremont County in the 1970s. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences, fads, terms, clothing, and hangouts over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, February 7 at 9:00 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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City Closures

City Hall, the Cañon City Public Library, and the Royal Gorge History Museum will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance and honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Free Tax Preparation

The Canon City Public Library and AARP are partnering to offer free Colorado and Federal tax preparation and e-file, on Saturdays from 12-4 pm, starting February 9th through April 6th 2019. 

This free service will be by appointment only; it is available to anyone, any income. Call 719-999-8502 to schedule your time.

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Light of Hope

A candlelight vigil in honor of those impacted by suicide will be from 6:30-7 p.m. on Jan. 24th at 701 Main St. (in front of Vintage Revival). Attendees are welcome to arrive anytime after 6 p.m., the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Speakers are Jessica Cobler, chairperson for the annual Out of the Darkness Walk; Cañon City Police Chief Daric Harvey; and Brian Turner, Solvista Health.

This event is hosted by the CCPD and is sponsored by Solvista Health.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, call the 24-Hour Suicide Hotline (800) 273-8255 or the Solvista Health 24/7 Crisis Line (719) 275-2351 or text the Colorado Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 38255.
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Community Forum on Addiction Crisis in Fremont County

On Thursday, January 17 at 11:30 am at the VFW (215 N. Cottonwood Ave.) there will be a Community Forum and Q&A with Community Leaders about the current addiction crises in Fremont County. Come to ask questions and join the discussion!
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Small Business Revolution

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Have you heard that Cañon City is in the top 10 for the Small Business Revolution TV show?

What does that mean? Cañon City is still in the running for the TV show and the $500,000 prize. Amanda Brinkman and the Small Business Revolution film crews are coming to Cañon City on January 31st and February 1st with some crew arriving on January 30th.

What do we do now? Let’s welcome our guests with open arms. Make sure that your store/business is prepared to be on filmed. Some business owners are putting up signs and window displays. The Daily Record will be printing some signs that you can put in your window. This competition is open to all local, independent businesses.

What’s next? 

Social Media: Continue to use social media. Post stories about your business using the hashtag #mycanoncity and #smallbusinessrevolution. Post stories to the Small Business Revolution Facebook page. Encourage your customers to be engaged and post stories to your Facebook page about why they shop local.

Reception: Local, independent business owners are invited to a reception for the Small Business Revolution. The SBR Team would like an opportunity to talk with as many business owners and community leaders as possible so we are hosting a reception where business owners can interact with the SBR team.

Date: January 31st, 2019

Location: Cañon Royal Event Center - 523 Main Street

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (later if needed)

Be involved: Dave & Lynda Lambert are heading up an image committee that is organizing cleanup events on Main Street. If you would like to be involved, call Dave at 719-371-7008. If you would like to organize a cleanup event for another business district in town, email Ryan Stevens at erstevens@canoncity.org for a list of potential volunteers.

SBR film crews will be filming in Cañon City on January 31st starting at 2:00 PM and February 1st from 8 AM to approximately 2 PM.

If you have questions, please call Economic Development Director Ryan Stevens at 719-429-1658.

Other Notes:
There will be a separate application process for businesses to be on the show after a winning community has been selected. Being interviewed during the community visit does not mean that the business will be selected as one of the six businesses. 

The competition is open to locally owned businesses beyond Main Street.

STEM Activity Day

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused activity day. The drop-in program will have a variety of hands-on activities including bridges, towers, and paper airplanes. The program is geared towards elementary age but all ages are welcome to join. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM with a special presentation by Glenda DeBekker at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Public Service Announcement

Snow and Ice Covered Sidewalks Pose Significant Safety Hazard

With cold weather expected this time of year, it is important that everyone take responsibility for making sure sidewalks are safe and passable. This is especially important to ensure the safety of children who walk to school, and the many pedestrians who regularly walk in Cañon City.

City ordinance requires that property owners and tenants must clear sidewalks immediately after snow stops falling of snow and ice.

Snow-free sidewalks are more than a convenience; they are a matter of public safety. Property owners are urged to shovel sidewalks as soon as possible.

Private parking lot snow piles should not be plowed into City streets or onto City sidewalks.

Old-Timers Coffee – High School Days of the 1950s

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about high school in Fremont County in the 1950s. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences, fads, terms, clothing, and hangouts over a warm drink and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Wednesday, January 23 at 1:30 PM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Regional Stormwater Educational Seminar

Registration is open for the Regional Stormwater Educational Seminar held on February 13, 2019 at the Occhiato University Center Ballroom on the CSU Pueblo Campus. Click on the image below for more information and to download the application.

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Closure Notice

City Offices will be closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

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Planning Commission Volunteer

The City of Cañon City needs a community minded citizen volunteer to serve on its PLANNING COMMISSION.

This seven-member Commission meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 6:00 p.m., and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning zoning, subdivisions and other land use and development issues. Special workshop sessions may also be conducted from time to time. The vacant position will be filled at interviews to be conducted by the City Council on a date to be determined.

If you live within the city limits of Cañon City and are willing to donate a few hours each month to serve this community, please send a letter of interest outlining your abilities and reasons for wanting to serve on the Planning Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o Cindy Foster Owens, City Clerk, P. O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO  81215-1460. Letters of interest should be received no later than December 21, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Committee members.

Public Arts Mural Project

The City of Cañon City Stormwater Program and Mountain View Core Knowledge School are partnering to promote environmental awareness through a public arts mural project. This is a multi-year project to replace existing murals and add new ones which focus on different aspects of environmental awareness. Designs and murals will be done by Cañon City K-12 students. The first murals will be done on the 4th Street Viaduct supports, replacing most of the fading existing murals.  

Mural designs are now being accepted from all K-12 students, including home-schooled students and students enrolled in alternative programs, who wish to submit a design. The deadline for entries is February 1, 2019. Hard copy colored pencil, paintings or marker drawings need to be submitted to Meg Olsen, c/o Mountain View Core Knowledge School, 890 Field Ave, Cañon City, CO 81212

A committee will be choosing the final designs which will be featured in a gallery exhibition at the Fremont Center for the Arts next year. Citizens who wish to donate time or materials to the project are encouraged to contact Glenda DeBekker at 
grdebekker@canoncity.org or Meg Olsen at meg.olsen@canoncityschools.org. Watch for updates on the Cañon City website and Facebook page.

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Coffee with a Cop

Come join the Cañon City Police Department for Coffee with a Cop this Wednesday, December 12, from 8:00-9:00 am at Muggs (1520 Royal Gorge, Cañon City). This is an agenda-free, no barriers, problem-solving opportunity to have a relaxed informal conversation about what matters to community residents. Coffee with a Cop removes the typical barriers that come between officers and residents and it's as beneficial for residents as it is for officers!

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Please join us tomorrow, Saturday, December 8th at 5:00 pm for the City of Cañon City’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Depot Park (9th & Royal Gorge Blvd). Live holiday music will be performed by The Cañon City High School Marching Band Brass Ensemble. Mayor Preston Troutman will be turning on the Christmas Tree lights. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be available.

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Planning Commission

The City of Cañon City Needs a community minded citizen volunteer to serve on its PLANNING COMMISSION.

This seven-member Commission meets regularly on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 6:00 p.m., and functions as an advisory board to the City Council on matters concerning zoning, subdivisions and other land use and development issues. Special workshop sessions may also be conducted from time to time. The vacant position will be filled at interviews to be conducted by the City Council on a date to be determined.

If you live within the city limits of Cañon City and are willing to donate a few hours each month to serve this community, please send a letter of interest outlining your abilities and reasons for wanting to serve on the Planning Commission to: Cañon City Council, c/o Cindy Foster Owens, City Clerk, P. O. Box 1460, Cañon City, CO  81215-1460. Letters of interest should be received no later than December 21, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. The City reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Committee members.

Recognition of Jeri Stately

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Mayor Preston Troutman, the Cañon City Council and City Clerk Cindy Foster Owens recognize Jeri Stately, who offered her 40 years of professional experience to serve as the city's interim clerk this year. During her eight month tenure, she seamlessly maintained the council's agenda preparation and meeting organization, legal notice requirements, meeting minutes, document and records management, liquor license administration and coached and mentored the new city clerk. Pictured are council members Frank Jaquez, Ashley Smith, Foster Owens, Stately, Troutman, Jim Meisner and Kaitlin Turner.

~Courtesy of Carie Canterbury, Cañon City Daily Record

Stormwater Prioritization Committee

Cañon City Council is seeking members for the
Stormwater Prioritization Committee.

An exciting opportunity exists for individuals who wish to serve on the Stormwater Prioritization Committee. Letters of interest are being accepted for this newly formed committee. This committee was created to identify and prioritize an $8 million dollar investment over the next three years in stormwater capital improvement projects based on City Council adopted prioritization criteria. The City Council desires to have citizens represent each of the following eight drainage basins in the City.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit a letter of interest to City Council, c/o Cindy Foster Owens, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81215. Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 3, 2019. For more information or questions, contact City Clerk Foster Owens at 269-9011. The City Council reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of members.

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Housing Needs Assessment Community Meeting

The City of Cañon City is a participant in a regional housing needs assessment study being led by the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Government and completed by a consultant. A community meeting will be held Monday, December 3, 2018, at 9:00 am at City Hall, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, lower level council chambers. This meeting will allow attendees to provide feedback on what they see as housing issues and opportunities in the community. See the UAACOG press release below for more details.

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Please join us on Saturday, December 8th at 5:00 pm for the City of Cañon City’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Depot Park (9th & Royal Gorge Blvd). Live holiday music will be performed by The Cañon City High School Marching Band Brass Ensemble. Mayor Preston Troutman will be turning on the Christmas Tree lights. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be available.

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Road Work Update

  • Work on Central Ave and Field Ave Intersection today and tomorrow. Paving will begin on Wednesday. Avoid route if possible.
  • Work on Field Ave will be substantially complete this week – weather pending.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Closure

City offices will be closed this Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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2019 Regional Stormwater Seminar

The City of Cañon City is once again pleased to announce our Regional Stormwater Seminar in conjunction with the City of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Pueblo West and the Pueblo Dept of Public Health and Environment. The seminar will be held on February 13, 2019 at the CSU-Pueblo Campus from 8 am to noon. The seminar is designed to assist developers, contractors, builders, engineers and other interested parties wanting to learn about municipal and state stormwater regulations. The cost is only $20 per person, which includes a continental breakfast. See the attached flyer for more information.

FAR Receives Local Leadership Award

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Mayor Preston Troutman and the Cañon City Council recognized Fremont Adventure Recreation during the Nov. 5 council meeting for receiving the Local Leadership award which is given to individuals or organizations dedicated to creating a better community through trails. FAR is the first recipient of this award. Pictured in the front row are FAR members Megan Numsen, Joan Sindler, Shawn Weatherill, Brian LeDoux, Ashlee Sack, Adam Hartman and Brian VanIwarden. Pictured in the back row are council members Amanda Cochran, Ashley Smith, Frank Jaquez, Dolly Gonzales, Mayor Troutman, John Hamrick, Kaitlin Turner and Jim Meisner. 
~ Carie Canterbury, Cañon City Daily Record


Retire the Tire!

We are all out of tv vouchers but there are still tire vouchers remaining. If you need to get rid of old tires, come to City Hall (128 Main Street) to pick a voucher up for free disposal of up to 4 tires! Must be a city resident and show proof of residency. See flyer below for details.

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Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Hero Award

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Mayor Preston Troutman and the Canon City Council on Nov. 5 recognized Adam Gonzales, the youth librarian at the Canon City Public Library, who was awarded the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Hero Award and the support of early literacy in the state of Colorado. Gonzales has worked at the library 11 years. Pictured are council members Frank Jaquez, Amanda Cochran, Dolly Gonzales, Kaitlin Turner, Gonzales, Troutman, Ashley Smith, Jim Meisner and John Hamrick.
~ Carie Canterbury, Cañon City Daily Record

City Offices Closed Veterans Day

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Holidays on the Home Front

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a special program on holidays during times of war. The program will cover what the holiday season was like for the soldiers on the front lines and those left behind on the Home Front during wars such as WWI, WWII, and others. The presentation will be held in the museum’s Program Room on Saturday, November 17th at 1:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Construction Notice

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Field Ave from Central Ave to South Street will be open tomorrow, Wednesday 10/31, along with South Street, for all traffic all directions.

MVCKS drop off and pick up can return to pre-project arrangement. All Harrison School access will be via South Street except buses.

Intermittent closures will happen in the future for completion of miscellaneous work and striping.

Raynolds Ave detour will remain open for the duration of this project.

Paving operations are scheduled to begin next week on Field Ave north of South Street, weather permitting.


2018 Leaf Pick-up Program

The City of Cañon City announces its 2018 Leaf Pick-up Program. 

Program pickup of bagged leaves will begin on November 13th, concluding on Dec. 3rd. The City crews will be picking up leaves only one time. A detailed schedule of pickup days and locations is listed below.

Again this year, residents who wish to have their leaves picked up must bag their leaves due to federally mandated stormwater regulations. Leaves may no longer be raked into the gutter for loose pickup by the City. Bagged leaves should be placed on the property owner’s property near the curb, NOT in the street or the gutter as in past years. No loose leaves will be picked up by the City, and raking leaves into the street and gutter is a violation of water quality regulations for which property owners may be ticketed.

Residents who have their leaves bagged, but do not wish to wait until the scheduled pickup, can drop the bags at the Public Works Facility at 1525 South 9th Street between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Monday November 5thAll leaves must be bagged and should be dropped in the posted area, no drop offs will be accepted during off-business hours.

Leaf Pickup Schedule
Schedule may change subject to inclement weather.

Nov. 13th
1st – 5th Streets from Macon to Pike

Nov. 14th – 15th
5th – 6th Streets from Macon to Harding

Nov. 16th – 19th
7th – 9th Streets from Macon to Candlewood – Skyline Loop

Nov. 20th – 21st
10th – 11th Streets from Macon to Monroe

Nov. 26th – 28th
12th – 19th Streets from Main to Harding/Central

Nov. 29th – 30th
Fremont Drive – Central from 19th to Raynolds to include Central North to City limits and East Main from Cameron to Raynolds and HWY. 50 to Fowler Ave.

Dec. 3rd
From the Arkansas River to Highland Ave. from Grape Street to Logan Street.

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Old-Timers Coffee – High School Days of the 1960s

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about high school in Fremont County in the 1960s. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences, fads, terms, clothing, and hangouts over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, November 1 at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email tohistorycenter@canoncity.org.

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Veterans Day Ceremony at Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery

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Notice of Veterans Day Ceremony

Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery – 11:00 AM
1350 South 1st Street, Cañon City, CO

Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery will have their annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, November 3rd, starting at 11:00 A.M. – a week before Veterans Day on the 11th.

Our ceremony honors those veterans who are buried here, from the Civil War to the present time, and we also honor all veterans who have served our country in many ways.

This is a unique ceremony and features several members of the community including members of the Marine League, American Legion, and the Cañon City High School ROTC Color Guard.  Our featured speaker will be Al Augustine, a Viet Nam Veteran, and the Fremont County Veteran Service Officer.

Greenwood Cemetery is an important part of the history of this area, as it was first used in 1865 and it has been designated as a National and State Historic Site as well as a local landmark site.

We invite the public to please join us at the Cemetery, located at the top of South First Street, on the west side.

~ Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery Committee

Watermain Leak Alert

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at approximately 6:30 p.m. a 12" PVC watermain located to the east of the intersection at McDaniel Blvd. and Fry Ave. ruptured, causing an interruption of water service to a large number of households in the southwest area of Cañon City, including the Wolf Park and Dawson Ranch subdivisions.

Under normal circumstances a leak in this location would have not caused an interruption in service of this magnitude because the areas that were affected are normally supplied water from the One Million Gallon Water Tank located in Dawson Ranch. However, the City Water Department had emptied the tank in September to allow a contractor to replace the coating systems on the tank.

To maintain water supply to the area with the tank out of service, the pump station on Forge Road that normally fills the tank is operating 24 hours a day. When the leak occurred the demand for water at the leak was so great that it robbed the water supply feeding this pump station. This caused the pump station to lose pressure and shut down thus causing the loss of water supply to the area.

Once the leak had been isolated our Operators were able to bring the pump station back on line to begin restoration of water service. Even though the pump station was back on line by 10:00 p.m. residences may still have had issues with no water due to air trapped in the watermains as of this time.

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018 our Operators began opening more fire hydrants to relieve air that was still entrapped in the watermains. During this time residences may still be experiencing cloudy water or low pressure issues with their water supply. If you are experiencing any of these issues please contact the Water Department at 719-269-9022 or the Water Billing Department at 719-269-9015.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that this interruption in water supply may have caused.

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Fall Stormwater Tip

Now that the trees have decided it’s officially fall, please remember to bag all leaves and yard waste and place in your dumpster for pickup by your trash company. It is against City Ordinances to place leaves and other yard waste in the gutter of the street. The City of Cañon City will be doing its annual leaf pick-up at the end of November and beginning of December. We will post more information on leaf pick-up in the next few weeks. Thank you!

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Fall Cleanup 2018

As part of the “Keep Cañon Clean” initiative, the City of Cañon City is collaborating with Cañon City Tire and Twin Enviro for the second annual “Retire the Tire” and “Get Rid of the Beast Before the Feast” programs. Residents of Cañon City will be able to pick up vouchers for tire and/or tv disposal starting Thursday, November 1st . Limit of one voucher per household (physical address) within city limits. Vouchers will be available at City Hall, 128 Main St., Cañon City during the business hours of 8am–5pm, Monday–Friday. This program will run from November 1st through December 1st. For questions please call Code Enforcement at 719.269.9011.

Retire the Tire
  • Drop off tires at Cañon City Tire:
    1504 Royal Gorge Blvd, Cañon City, CO 81212
  • Drop off ONLY during business hours: 7:30am-5:30pm M-F, 8am-3pm Sat (must present voucher)
  • Maximum tire size of 20”
  • No Rims
  • Up to four (4) tires

Get Rid of the Beast Before the Feast
  • Drop off TVs at Twin Enviro “Phantom Landfill”:
    2500 County Road 67, Penrose, CO 81240
  • Drop off ONLY during business hours: 7:30am-4:00pm M-Sat (must present voucher)
  • Voucher covers up to $70
    (up to 50 diagonal inches)
    *$1.40 per diagonal inch > 50” out of pocket
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Fall Clean Sweep Saturday Synopsis

The City of Cañon City partnered with Twin Enviro for another Clean Sweep Program this past Saturday. The Fall Clean Sweep Program succeeded in placing four dumpsters at two separate locations on October 6, 2018. The program began at 8:00 a.m. and ended around 3:30 p.m. Three of the 30 cubic yard dumpsters were completely filled and the fourth dumpster was approximately 90% full. Items disposed of mainly included furniture, tree limbs, and yard debris. The city has collaborated with Twin Enviro in the past on a cleanup/voucher program. This is the second time this type of program has been launched by Code Enforcement.

The City would like to thank Bonnie Kelly, the driver for Twin Enviro, who was very cooperative and encouraging during this event; City staff Joelene Inman and Patrick Mulready who helped supervise/coordinate at each dumpster location and provided social media photos/updates throughout the event; Canon City Police Department Volunteers Doug Vivod, Rochelle Reiter, and Vicky Szeliga; and Cañon City citizens for participating in this cleanup effort!

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

CAÑON CITY 2A 2018 STREET IMPROVEMENTS–PARK AVE

Replacement of the water line on Park Ave from S. 9th Street to S. 12th Street was completed this week. Beginning next week, reconstruction of the pavement will begin. The road will continue to be closed until the end of November.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineer at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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Fall Clean Sweep Saturday

A reminder that Fall Clean Sweep Saturday is tomorrow, Saturday, October 6th from 8am-3pm (or until dumpsters are filled). City residents may bring items to the locations listed below for disposal during the stated times; no early/late dumping. There will be staff and/or volunteers monitoring the two locations but they will not be able to help move items at all; citizens will need to bring their own person-power. Updates to when dumpsters are full will be provided on twitter twitter.com/CanonCityGov and facebook facebook.com/canoncitygov.

Dumpster Placement and Time Frames
• Location #1
Two (2) 30 yd. dumpsters
832 & 834 N. Raynolds Ave.
Across Street (West Side)
9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. (or until full)

• Location # 2
Two (2) 30 yd. dumpsters
128 Main St.
South Parking Lot off HWY 50 (NW side)
8:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. (or until full)

Not Allowed
• Tires
• Electronics (examples: TVs and computers)
• Hazardous Materials (examples: paints, weed killer, Freon)
• Large appliances (examples: washer, dryer, freezer, refrigerator, hot water heater)

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Fossil Excavation Demonstration

For National Fossil Day, the museum is hosting Bureau of Land Management Educational Liaison and paleontologist Andrew Smith for a demonstration on how paleontologists excavate fossils. The program will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20th from 1pm to 2pm at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center. Both kids and adults are welcome to come and learn about the tools and techniques used by professionals to carefully unearth a fossil.  Participants will have an  opportunity to excavate a fossil during the presentation. The demonstration is free and open to the public.  

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Deer Damage Prevention Information

Please see the flyer below for ways to prevent deer damage. For more detailed information visit CSU Extension or download their fact sheet.

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National Community Planning Month is Here!

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All month long we are celebrating the lasting value that holistic planning and sound urban design practices can bring to Cañon City. Get to know the planners in your community; learn about the local planning initiatives underway; and maybe even attend your first planning-related meeting.

National Community Planning Month is a time to highlight the important role of planning in our communities. Planning is a comprehensive practice that encompasses issues of economics, environment, and equity. Planning establishes a vision for long-term viability of place while providing day-to-day guidance on design and development. While many people may not realize it, planning has a significant impact on their day-to-day life. From where they live, to how they commute, to the type of home they live in, planning plays a vital role in a person’s life and well-being.

Planners have the unique expertise to comprehensively address the impacts of today’s actions on tomorrow’s communities. Planners do not just focus on where to locate (or site) a building, but also consider how that decision impacts the safety of the community, the existing character of the community, how it impacts the environmental resiliency, and if the decision encourages social and economic diversity.

Planners work for the greater good. Planners work closely with professionals from different fields such as public health, recreation, and engineering to make communities safer, stronger, and healthier. The planning profession is very diverse and includes professionals who may focus on areas of expertise such as: mobility, housing, the built environment (urban design), the natural environment, recreation, and/or catastrophes and resiliency.

Want to learn more about plans in progress at the City or adopted regulating plans? Visit the City’s website at  http://www.canoncity.org/departments/departments/community_development/planning.php

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

CAÑON CITY 2A 2018 STREET IMPROVEMENTS – FIELD AVE

Beginning the week of October 1st, Field Ave from Central Ave to South Street will be closed for reconstruction.

There will be significant changes in traffic patterns in the area:

  • Traffic on Central Ave will have to stop at Raynolds Ave. (see map)
  • Parents dropping off and picking up children at Harrison School and MVCKS will be re-routed to Raynolds Ave connecting temporarily to South Street. (see map)

The work zone will be dynamic so we ask all drivers to be attentive, slow down, and follow all traffic signs.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. 

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineer at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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CCPD Press Release - Fatal Accident

On September 24, 2018 at approximately 8:44 p.m., officer with the Cañon City Police Department were dispatched to the area of 2900 block of Highway 50, in front of the Abbey, for a traffic accident that involved a vehicle and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian was identified as Thomas Shanye O’Bannon (32), of Cañon City. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. If anyone has any information on this investigation, please contact Det. Athena Garcia at the Police Department.

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Old-Timers Coffee – Brookside

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about Brookside. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences and stories of the area over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, October 4 at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT

The Upper Arkansas Recycling (a UAACOG program), in partnership with the City of Cañon City and the Fremont County Commissioners will host a special Electronics Recycling Event in Cañon City on September 22, 2018. The event, held in the parking lot of the Bank of the San Juans at 9th Street & Royal Gorge Boulevard (Highway 50), will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

During this event, you will be able to recycle your televisions, monitors, CPUs, printers, and other small electronics at a reduced cost. Prices vary, but a few examples are: Monitors, $10-$15, CPU’s, $5, Desktop Printers, $5, Microwaves, $5. Small desktop electronics, such as stereos, can be recycled for $5. Keyboards, cords, cell phones, ink cartridges, mice and other small peripherals are accepted at no charge when you recycle other components. Prices vary on larger items, please call if you have questions.

Televisions can also be recycled at this event at a reduced cost. The current cost of recycling a television is over $2 a diagonal inch, but at this event, the cost will be $1 per diagonal inch, thanks to assistance from Fremont County.

Colorado implemented a landfill ban on electronics in July of 2013. Waste electronics and computers, from both residential and non-residential sources, cannot be disposed of in Colorado solid waste landfills. Harmful chemicals can leach out of this waste and contaminate soil and groundwater. Electronics will be recycled by Southern Colorado Recyclers, a Colorado-registered electronics recycler, as required by SB 12-133. All electronics will be recycled responsibly and all hard drives will be destroyed to ensure privacy.

The event site address is 816 Royal Gorge Blvd and will be set up on the eastern side of the parking lot. For more information, please contact Beth with UAACOG’s Regional Recycling Program, Upper Arkansas Recycling at 719-275-1675 or via email at beth.lenz@uaacog.com. You can get the latest details by searching for “Upper Arkansas Recycling” on Facebook!
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Fall Clean Sweep Saturday

The City of Cañon City is once again collaborating with Twin Enviro for a Dumpster Cleanup Program. “Fall Clean Sweep Saturday” will consist of placing four dumpsters in two separate locations throughout the city on Saturday, October 6th. Code Enforcement has focused the placement of the dumpsters in areas in the city where there have been a higher number of litter and junkyard violations. The Dumpster Cleanup Program will begin on October 6th at 8:00 a.m. and end between 2:00 pm and 3:00 p.m. (or when full) depending on location. City residents may bring items to these dumpsters for disposal during the stated times; no early/late dumping. There will be staff and/or volunteers monitoring the two locations but they will not be able to help move items at all; citizens will need to bring their own person-power. Updates to when dumpsters are full will be provided on twitter twitter.com/CanonCityGov  and facebook facebook.com/canoncitygov.

Dumpster Placement and Time Frames

  • Location #1
    Two (2) 30 yd. dumpsters
    832 & 834 N. Raynolds Ave.
    Across Street (West Side)
    9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. (or until full)
  • Location # 2
    Two (2) 30 yd. dumpsters
    128 Main St.
    South Parking Lot off HWY 50 (NW side)
    8:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. (or until full)
Not Allowed
  • Tires
  • Electronics (examples: TVs and computers)
  • Hazardous Materials (examples: paints, weed killer, Freon)
  • Large appliances (examples: washer, dryer, freezer, refrigerator, hot water heater)
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2018 Citizen's Police Academy

The Cañon City Police Department is once again offering a Citizen’s Police Academy. If you are interested in learning what CCPD is all about from records up to investigations this class is for you!

The sessions are :

  • Intro to the Cañon City Citizen's Police Academy
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Facility and Grounds Tour
  • School Resource Officer Program
  • Traffic Law and DUI Enforcement
  • Victim Advocate Services
  • Crime Prevention Unit
  • Records
  • Animal Control
  • Patrol Operations
  • Crime Scene Investigation and Processing (not for the squeamish)
  • DNA and Evidence Processing
  • Officer Safety
  • Use of Force and Arrest Control
  • Fire Arms Session

Classes are held on Thursdays and run from October 4th–November 15th. The last class will be a potluck and graduation ceremony with pictures! Classes run from 6-8pm with the exception of the Firearms Session, which will be held on a Saturday from 8am-12pm.

The class sizes are limited so get your applications in early. You can pick one up at the Police Department at 161 Justice Center Road, or online here. A basic background check will be done on all interested applicants.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Rochelle Reiter at 719-276-5600 xt.3917.

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Coffee with a Cop

Join the Cañon City Police Department this Friday, September 14th, from 8:30 am until 9:30 am at Rollers Bakery for COFFEE WITH A COP.

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New Sod at Centennial Park

New sod was put in yesterday at Centennial Park! Please keep off the new sod for at least two weeks while it is being watered and roots are being established. The new lawn cannot have heavy foot traffic and activity until the root system has established properly otherwise it will not successfully take root. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!
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photo courtesy of Catrinna Hankins

Notice of Construction

Railroad Crossing Removal – FORGE RD

Railroad Crossing Removal will be taking place on Forge Road south of Valley Road. Construction will start and be completed next week (9/10–9/14). Traffic will be diverted during construction and a speed reduction will be in effect.

Please plan alternate routes. All residents in the neighborhood will be affected. Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible. Please do not park any vehicles on the street in the work zone and obey all work zone signs.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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Community Event - Ribbon Cutting - Groove-a-Licious

Join us on Saturday, September 22nd from 4-8pm for an evening of music, entertainment, and fun! There will be a Kids Zone, Food Trucks, and Beer Garden with entertainment by musical guest Groove-a-Licious. Mayor Preston Troutman will conduct the ribbon cutting of the new Rotary Pavilion at 5pm. All ages are welcome to this free community event!

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT – PARK AVE

Water main replacement will be taking place on Park Ave between S. 9th Street and S. 12 Street. Construction will begin this week and last into October.

Streets will be closed to through traffic during construction.

Please plan alternate routes. All residents in the neighborhood will be affected. Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible. Please do not park any vehicles on the street in the work zone and obey all work zone signs.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineering Department at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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Historic Walking Tour of Canon City

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center is hosting a History Walking Tour titled “Freighters, Photographers, Suffragettes, Outlaws, Utes, Dinosaur Bones, and Cattle Rustlers” on Friday, September 14th at 4pm. The tour will be presented by Dan Grenard, Loretta Bailey, and Kathleen Eaton and will cover the history of some of Cañon City’s distinct people and events from the 1870s – 1890s. Participants are asked to register prior to this event, as space is limited. Please call 719-269-9036 or email the museum at historycenter@canoncity.org to register. Participants are also encouraged to donate $10 to the Friends of the Museum.

The museum and history center are located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Volunteer Recognition

Mayor Preston Troutman, Police Chief Daric Harvey, Community Development Director Deana Swetlik and members of the city council recognized volunteers serving the police department and the community development department during the Aug. 20 council meeting.

Through Jan. 1, volunteers in the CCPD have performed 618 hours of service to the community, which equated to $15,450 in savings to taxpayers. In 2018, the Code Enforcement Division initiated a Code Ranger program as part of the 'Keep Cañon Clean' program. The rangers began May 21 and completed their tenure Aug. 17. They provided 421 courtesy notices, of which the majority was for weeds.


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Courtesy of Carie Canterbury, Cañon City Daily Record

Opening A Business 101 class

REMINDER:

The City of Cañon City will be holding an Opening A Business 101 class at City Hall on Tuesday, August 28th from 6–7:30pm in council chambers. The goal of this class is to go over what is involved with starting a new or expanding a business, including who to contact, what various city departments are often involved, what are the steps to opening a new business, why are these steps necessary, and a general timeline from A to Z. Staff from a variety of departments will discuss these steps and be on hand to answer any questions prospective or current business owners may have.

Departments represented include:
• Community Development
> Planning & Building Divisions
• Economic Development
• City Engineer
• Water Department
• Finance Department
• Office of the Clerk

New/Expanding Business Informational Program
• Introductions / purpose
• Where to get background information on the area
• Finding a site
• Potential review processes / related costs
• Annual / monthly components of doing business
• Marketing and promotion
• Safety and security

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Old-Timers Coffee: Music

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about music in Fremont County. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences and stories of teaching, directing, and playing music over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, September 6 at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Historic Bicycle Tour

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a leisurely historic bike tour around the downtown and surrounding streets of Cañon City between the 600 to 900 blocks. The program will be led by Kathleen Eaton and Ashlee Sack. Tour highlights will include information on historic properties and biographies of prominent figures from Cañon City’s history. Interested parties should meet at the Fremont County Administration Building at 615 Macon Ave. This program will be held on Saturday, September 1st at 5:30 PM. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to sign a waiver or print one from the museum website at rgmhc.org. The program is free and open to the public. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Downtown Parking Enforcement Set to Begin

Beginning August 20, 2018, and continuing through the end of September, Community Service Officers with the Canon City Police Department will begin enforcing downtown parking time limitations by issuing warnings to vehicles parked in the Main Street area and adjacent streets.

Last year, City officials passed an ordinance that limits parking times on Main Street and adjacent streets in the downtown area. Signage downtown limits the parking of vehicles to 3-hour time limits. Any violations of the time limitations may result in parking tickets being issued.

Once the warning period has elapsed, beginning on the 1st of October, vehicles may be issued tickets for violations.

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Community Agency Funding

The City is accepting applications for Community Agency Funding. The purpose of this program is to support charitable groups and organizations to directly benefit the health and well being of Cañon City residents and neighborhoods. Available funds will be considered based on the following categories: Community Service, Youth Education, and Quality of Life. Applications and documentation must be submitted to the City Administrator’s office no later than 5:00 PM on September 14, 2018. For more information and to download an application visit http://www.canoncity.org/depar…/community_agency_funding.php

Business 101: Opening a New/Expanding Business

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The City of Cañon City will be holding an Opening A Business 101 class at City Hall on Tuesday, August 28th from 6–7:30pm in council chambers. The goal of this class is to go over what is involved with starting a new or expanding a business, including who to contact, what various city departments are often involved, what are the steps to opening a new business, why are these steps necessary, and a general timeline from A to Z. Staff from a variety of departments will discuss these steps and be on hand to answer any questions prospective or current business owners may have.

Departments represented include:
  • Community Development
         > Planning & Building Divisions
  • Economic Development
  • City Engineer
  • Water Department
  • Finance Department
  • Office of the Clerk
New/Expanding Business Informational Program
  1.  Introductions / purpose
  2. Where to get background information on the area
  3. Finding a site
  4. Potential review processes / related costs
  5. Annual / monthly components of doing business
  6. Marketing and promotion
  7. Safety and security
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National Health Center Week

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The Canon City Council proclaimed August 12 -18 National Health Center Week in Canon City. 
Pictured are council members Ashley Smith, Dolly Gonzales, Frank Jaquez, Taylor Jacobs, clinic manager for Valley-Wide Health Systems, Lindsey Sykora, director of operations, Mayor Preston Troutman, Caitlin Turner, Jim Meisner and John Hamrick.
~courtesy of Carie Canterbury of The Daily Record

Recovered Bicycles by CCPD

**PUBLIC NOTICE**

The Canon City Police Department has collected numerous bicycles that were found or recovered over the past several months. After a review of bike theft reports over the past three years, we have identified as many owners as possible and returned some property. Bicycles whose owners could not be determined are being declared abandoned at this time.

In accordance with City Ordinance (#9.28.035(D)) this notice is being requested to be posted in local publications, notifying the public that if they have a bicycle at the Police Department, they have 10 days from publication to claim their property. After 10 days, the unclaimed property will be donated to people in need, or a local non-profit or not for profit organization.

Those members of the public wishing to claim a bicycle must come to the Police Department with proof of ownership of the bicycle they are claiming.

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Street Updates for August

The City’s contractor will be conducting chip seal/fog seal operations on numerous streets throughout the City, the week of 8/14 – 8/21/18. Please use caution in the work zones. This schedule could change due to inclement weather.

The Street Department will also conduct our fall painting schedule the week of 8/14 – 8/17/18. This schedule could also change due to inclement weather.

The Street Department will be turning on all school flashers 8/21/18 in preparation of school starting 8/22/18.

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40 YEARS OF SERVICE

During Monday's City Council Meeting, the Canon City Council and the Canon City Police Department recognized Police Sgt. Ken Zabrusky upon his retirement from 40 years of service.

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 ~photo courtesy of Carie Canterbury at the Daily Record

Summer Clean Sweep Saturday

The City of Cañon City is collaborating with Twin Enviro for a Dumpster Cleanup Program. “Summer Clean Sweep Saturday” will consist of placing dumpsters in four separate locations throughout the city on Saturday, August 18th. Code Enforcement has focused the placement of the dumpsters in areas in the city where litter and junkyard violations have been noticed.

The Dumpster Cleanup Program will begin on August 18th at 8:00 a.m. and end between 11:30 am and 2:00 p.m. depending on location. City residents may bring items to these dumpsters for disposal during the stated times; no early/late dumping. There will be staff and/or volunteers monitoring the four locations but they will not be able to help move items at all; citizens will need to bring their own person-power.

Items not allowed:

  • Tires
  • Electronics (examples: TVs and computers)
  • Hazardous Materials (examples: paints, weed killer, Freon)
  • Large appliances (examples: washer, dryer, freezer, refrigerator)
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OUR STREET CREW ROCKS!

The Cañon City Council on Monday recognized Street Superintendent Tony Falgien and his crew for 'outstanding response' to severe weather conditions, keeping roads safe for citizens.

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Pictured in the front row in no particular order are Tony Falgien, Joel Biemiller, Dale Cane, Logan Green, Carl Hall, Les Hilburn, Derrick Holt, Mykel Kroll, Daniel Lambrecht, Bill Lennox, Mark Mitchell, Mike Schrader and Bill Strobel. Pictured in the back row are council members Dolly Gonzales, Frank Jaquez, Amanda Cochran, Ashley Smith, Mayor Preston Troutman, Kaitlin Turner, John Hamrick and Jim Meisner.
     ~courtesy of Carie Canterbury of the Daily Record

National Night Out with the Canon City Police Department

The Cañon City Police Department will be joining communities from across the country in celebrating the National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime on Tuesday, August 7,2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Rudd Park located at 12th and College Ave. in Cañon City, Co.

This will be the fifth year that the Cañon City Police Department has implemented a community picnic to celebrate crime prevention under the National Night Out Against Crime criteria. It is designed to build a stronger community in partnership with law enforcement and the citizens of our community. The Cañon City Police Department focuses on agency awareness and education, police and crime prevention education, building community, and neighborhood networking with the goal of making and keeping our community safe. There will be a number of family friendly activities and free food. We hope you will join us to take a night out against crime!

Our fifth year of this city-wide event will include our continued participation in Project 365, where we target an area that has received complaints regarding criminal and disorderly conduct and work with the community to turn it around. Although National Night Out is only one day, Project 365 will be a yearlong effort focus on issues affecting health and safety from 1st to 4th Streets. Anyone wishing to volunteer with this effort should contact Rochelle Reiter, Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Last year our NNO picnic was a big success, and for the fourth year in a row Cañon City was presented with an award from the National Association of Town Watch. This year will be even bigger. We will have resource tables from various community partners that will be giving out safety, security, and crime prevention information and providing demonstrations. There will also be free hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks in addition to games, a bounce house, and face painting for the kids and lots of free giveaways such as free food, gift cards from local businesses, bikes, and a free patio table set, thanks to the generous support of our community partners. This year we are very pleased to announce that the Fort Carson Brass Authority Band is coming back to perform for our community. We invite the public to come out for an evening of fun filled family activities and to come out and build community relationships!

If you are a community member or a business and you would like to donate an item for the raffle give-aways for the Cañon City Police Department’s National Night Out event or if you have any questions please contact Rochelle Reiter @ 719-276-5600 or you can e-mail her at rlreiter@canoncity.org.

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Feral Cat Rabies Update

Test results came back from the Department of Public Health and Environment and the animal was found to be negative for rabies. While this is good news, Public Health officials and the Police Department are still urging the public to be aware and cognizant of the dangers of rabies and distemper.

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Museum Program - Stormwater

Cañon City, CO—The Friends of the Museum are hosting a special program on Saturday, August 11th at 1 p.m. on the history of storm water in Cañon City presented by the City of Cañon City’s Stormwater Technician, Glenda DeBekker. The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Program Room of the Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center.

The Museum and History Center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the Museum and History Center are regularly Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036, or email a message to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

The City of Cañon City and the Colorado Department of Transportation with their consultant Stolfus & Associates will hold a Public Open House for the US Highway 50 East Cañon Access Control Plan on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at City Hall, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81212.

The Access Control Plan is a long-range plan for future access to US 50 as growth occurs between 15th Street and Raynolds Ave. This Open House is for the public review of the changes made based on comments received. For more information, contact the consultant project manager, Michelle Hansen, Stolfus & Associates, Inc. at (303) 221-2330.

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NEWS RELEASE

On July 30, 2018, Animal Control Officer Kelly Duncan received a report of a feral cat acting strangely in the area of the 2400 block of N. 9th St. The cat was located and captured alive. Symptoms exhibited by the cat, specifically the aggressiveness of the animal, combined with a confused, lethargic behavior, led to the animal being sent for testing to a State lab.

Because of recent reports of the presence of rabies in the state, and until test results come back, the public is urged to educate themselves on the signs and symptoms of both rabies and distemper. Everything one would need to know can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website at:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/rabies

  • The public is urged to avoid all contact with wild animals and to vaccinate your pets and livestock against both rabies and distemper.
  • Report all animal bites, whether wild or domestic, to any human or animal.
  • Do not leave pet food outdoors

~Timothy Bell, Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department

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4th Street Bridge

Update: 4th Street Bridge is now open!

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Genealogy Program

Introduction to Genealogy: An Overview of Records and Where to Find Them

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a program for anyone interested in learning more about genealogy and how to research their ancestry. The program will be led by Terri Meeks and will explore how to use census, vital, land, and military records. Anyone interested should email, call, or visit the museum to sign up and reserve their spot as space is limited. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Saturday, August 18 from 1:00-3:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Skyline Drive Open

Repairs to Skyline Drive were completed today and it is now open to the public.

Recreation Areas, Trails, and Monsoon Season

What do the Riverwalk, Tunnel Drive, the Hogbacks, Temple Cañon, Skyline Drive, Royal Gorge Park, and Red Canyon Park all have in common? They all are City recreation areas & trails that many people frequent on a daily basis. They also are areas that can be severely affected by the heavy storms that occur during this time of year.

The monsoon season is definitely taking it's toll on our roads and trails! Please be careful while out and about. If you see bad weather rolling in, or there is a report for a storm, get to safety. Landslides are common in our rocky area as seen in the photos below taken at Tunnel Drive. If a trail is muddy, avoid going on it until a later date when the ground is dry.

Clean-up will occur throughout the season and trail rebuilding will occur at the end of August, after the monsoon season.

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Skyline Drive Closure

Skyline Drive is closed today and tomorrow for safety and clean-up due to the storm. We will post as soon as it reopens.

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NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION — FOURMILE LANE

Roadway construction along Fourmile Lane will begin July 30th, 2018 and last through the end of September, weather permitting. New asphalt paving and shoulder work will begin near 283 Fourmile Lane and continue north approximately ½ mile.

The City’s contractor will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible. Fourmile Lane will remain open for the duration of the project but may be reduced to a single lane. Short delays should be anticipated.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation and urges drivers to be extremely cautious in the area and obey all work zone signs.

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to:
City of Cañon City Engineering Department
128 Main Street
Phone: 269-9011
Hours: 8AM-5PM Monday-Friday.

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CDOT Telephone Town Hall

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting a telephone town hall on Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30 pm to discuss transportation issues, projects, and funding in Southeast Colorado including the following counties: Baca; Bent; Crowley; Custer; El Paso; Fremont; Huerfano; Kiowa; Las Animas; Otero; Park; Prowers; Pueblo; and Teller. See the flyer below for details on how to listen in and/or join the phone conversation.


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August Historic Bike Tour

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour around Cañon City with the chance to see inside three historic properties. The program will be led by Kathleen Eaton and Ashlee Sack. Tour highlights will include information on the historic properties as participants tour the locations. Interested parties should call, email, or visit the museum to register. This program will be held on Saturday, August 11th at 5:30 PM. The program is free and open to the public but this is a registered event with limited space. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided. The ride will be leisurely.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Citizen Survey

The 2018 on-line citizen survey is ready to complete.  Please click on the following link to access the survey:
http://bit.ly/canoncity2018

Tip A Cop

The Cañon City Police Department is having their annual Tip A Cop at Chili’s this Sunday from 12pm-8pm. We would love for you to come out and get a meal and give a tip to the officers for this special event. All proceeds go to support our local athletes in the Special Olympics program. We hope to see you there!

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Press Release - Efficient Water Use

Cañon City, CO. – As the summer season is here, there is a need to raise awareness of some issues that have come about due to the low levels of snowpack this winter. Many water providers in the state have already reported that there might be a shortage this year in their system. The Cañon City Water Department wishes to share with its customers some ideas of efficient water use that would be helpful to you, the customers, at any time to save money on your water bill.

Drinking water consumption only takes up about 5% of the total water used in a distribution system. Therefore, there is great room for improvement within our own homes and businesses for efficient use of water. Here are just some of the tips that have been proven to work:

1. When you water your lawn, irrigate for longer periods two or three times per week, rather than every day. This allows deep penetration and by watering early in the morning, you avoid excessive evaporation.

2. If you have a dripping faucet, please fix it. A dripping faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day.
 
3. Take showers, instead of baths. A shower uses 9 gallons per minute where a bath is 30-50 gallons.
 
4. Keep a pitcher of cold water in your refrigerator. Running the tap waiting for cold water can waste 5 –7 gallons per minute.
 
5. Use a broom to sweep your driveway, garage or sidewalk instead of using water.

For more information on efficient use of water, here are some interesting internet sites that are very helpful:
 

https://www.awwa.org/resources-tools/water-knowledge/water-conservation.aspx

https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/45-ways-to-conserve-water-in-the-home-and-yard

https://www.watereducation.org/general-information/water-conservation-measures

These sites provide information and give all a better understanding of the water we use every day.

The Cañon City Water Department wants to remind its customers of the need for all of us to be sensible in the use of all our natural resources, especially the water that we use in times of drought. It is our hope that the citizens in our wonderful community be good stewards of our water so that all may have water for use whether it is for domestic, irrigation or recreational purposes so that our natural resources are available for future generations to come. If our water supply becomes too low, the City of Cañon City Council would make the decision regarding mandatory water restrictions. This would be a last resort due to drought conditions.

If you have any questions regarding conservation or any other concerns about your water, please feel free to contact the staff at Cañon City Water Treatment (269-9019) or Cañon City Water Distribution (269-9022) for further information

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LOW WATER FLOW

The City of Cañon City Water Department feels that it is prudent to remind our water users that the Colorado Rocky Mountains did not receive the snow this past season that they normally do. As a result, particularly in our basin, the Arkansas River is running well below its average flow. It is because of the low Arkansas River flows that we ask our water users to be mindful with their water use. 

We encourage all of our water users, when asked, to try and develop efficient water usage habits. After all, much of the water that we use on a daily basis comes from routine tasks and chores that have become habits for each of us. Tasks such as brushing our teeth, doing the dishes, or taking showers will all use water and depending upon our individual habit, some people will use more water than others and some will use less to accomplish the same task. Of course a big chore that comes up every year about this time is taking care of the yard. One of the largest demands for our water users this time of the year is the irrigation of lawns.

The high and dry climate of southeastern Colorado can make it difficult to maintain bluegrass lawns green. However, maintaining a good looking lawn doesn't have to mean irrigating with excessive amount of water. Kentucky bluegrass can flourish on much less water than the average homeowner applies to it. Bluegrass only needs to be watered every two to three days; watering deeply and less often results in a healthier lawn with a deeper root system. Xeriscaping certainly is an option to the planting of Kentucky Bluegrasses. There are many advantages to xeriscaping areas including reduced water consumption, less time and maintenance (no lawn cutting), and the variety of plants with their colors can create a beautiful visual display.

All of us can do things to use water more efficiently; whether it is turning the water off as you stand there and brush your teeth, only running the dishwasher when there is a full load or using a timer to keep the shower minutes to a minimum. If we irrigate our lawns before 10:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. thus avoiding watering during the heat of the day when evaporation will be greatest or when it is windy we can help reduce the amount of water needed. If each and every one of us will do our part to develop these habits then water conservation will become second nature to us and the need to change habits or curb water usage when the land is dry and the streams are low will not seem so onerous.

This reminder has been brought to you by the City of Cañon City Water Department. Should you have any questions or like other helpful tips, please call the Water Department at 719-269-9022.

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Residential & Commercial Trash Receptacles

On May 21, 2018 City Council passed Ordinance No. 13, Series 2018. This ordinance pertains to trash disposal citywide, and modified residential & commercial regulations. The ordinance became effective on May 26, 2018. Code enforcement issued warnings throughout June for those not in compliance, in order to provide citizens a chance to become familiar with and in compliance with the new regulations. Notification of the regulations were also provided on the city website and on social media. Code enforcement will now begin enforcing the new regulations.

The changes primarily focus on permitted:
Trash Containers (residential)– can be up to 2 cubic yards.

Place of Storage (residential and commercial) – dumpsters must be behind the front facade of a building, or along side a fence or building if stored in an alleyway.

Place of Collection (residential and commercial) – may be placed in the street against the curb, on private property near the sidewalk, or against a fence/building if in an alleyway. Placement must not impede the flow of vehicles or pedestrian movement.

Construction dumpsters placed on public property require a permit with the City Engineer. Construction dumpsters placed on private property do not need a permit. Dumpsters must be emptied or removed within 24 hours after being full.

Persons needing an exemption from the requirements based on 1) physical ability to move trash receptacle or 2) unique property conditions, may contact Code Enforcement at City Hall and fill out an application. Exemption  does not permit place of storage on public property.

The updated ordinance can be read in full online at http://www.canoncity.org/Departments/MayorandCouncil/Agendas/RegularCouncil/2018/05-21/052118_Council_Agenda.PDF

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City Offices Closed July 4th

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Crack Sealing

The City of Canon City’s contractor will be crack sealing streets, citywide, in the next couple of weeks. Please obey all traffic signs and speed limits in the work zones. If further information is needed please contact Street Superintendent Tony Falgien at 719.269.9027.

National Night Out - August 7th

The Canon City Police Department invites you to join them for their 5th Annual National Night Out. Food, music, and a whole lot of fun! August 7th from 5-7pm at Rudd Park (12th & College).

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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and Fireworks

With the Fourth of July a week away, we want to again remind everyone that Cañon City is under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Fireworks are included in the restrictions due to their potential to cause a fire in dry conditions. Due to this concern, the Cañon City Police Department will be conducting a stricter enforcement this year, especially in regards to illegal fireworks.

Illegal fireworks: Fireworks that are always illegal to use in Colorado (except for public and professional displays) are firecrackers, rockets (including bottle rockets), roman candles, cherry bombs, mortars and similar items, such as M-80s.

Please review the information on the state law regarding fireworks. The Sale and Use of Fireworks in Colorado: https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/14-11_update_2003_fireworks_lawsib.pdf

Old-Timers Coffee – Greenwood Cemetery

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about Greenwood Cemetery. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences and stories of the cemetery over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, July 5 at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Historic Bicycle Tour

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour around South Cañon. The program will be led by Kathleen Eaton and Ashlee Sack. Tour highlights will include information on historic properties and biographies of prominent figures from Cañon City’s history. Interested parties should meet at Centennial Park in front of the tennis courts off Griffin Ave. This program will be held on Saturday, July 7th at 6:00 PM. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to sign a waiver. The program is free and open to the public. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided. The ride will be leisurely with plenty of stops.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Dulcimer Club at the Public Library

The Cañon City Public Library will host the Dulcimer Club on Thursday, June 28, at 2 pm. The Dulcimer Club will perform and also have a hands on activity for all ages. This is a FREE event and part of the 2018 Summer Reading Program weekly scheduled events!

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CCPD Alert

UPDATE: 3:20pm 6/25/18
The suspect has been taken into custody at this time without incident. All evacuations have been cleared and people are safe to return home.
-Lt Roberts
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The Cañon City police department with the assistance of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is currently dealing with a barricaded individual in the 3300 block of North 5th Street.  
Streets are blocked off around the perimeter and residents of the apartment complex have been evacuated to Cañon Exploratory School, 2855 North 9th Street.  Negotiations are currently underway.  No shots have been fired and no officers or suspects have been injured.  Residents are requested to avoid this area until the situation has been resolved.

Roadwork Updates

All work has been completed on Skyline Drive and it is now open for use.

The final Railroad crossing on Myrtle was paved today (6/21). As of 3:00pm this afternoon, all 3 railroad crossings are open to traffic.

4th Street Viaduct/Bridge will be open to vehicles only on June 22 & 23 for the Whitewater Festival. Be advised it will not be open nor is it safe for pedestrians. It is still an active construction site and work zone. The road surface will be rough. Trucks will be prohibited and the speed will be reduced to 15 mph.

Fireworks Display Postponed

The fireworks display scheduled for the Fourth of July have been postponed due to the Stage 2 fire restrictions and drought conditions in our area. There will still be a "4th in the Park" celebration at Margaret Park (Fifth Street and Burrage Avenue) from 6-9pm. This event is free and open to the community and will include live music and free watermelon.

Please review the flyer below for what is restricted under Stage 2. Fireworks are included in the restrictions due to their potential to cause a fire in dry conditions. Due to this concern, the Canon City Police Department will be conducting a stricter enforcement this year, especially in regards to illegal fireworks.

Illegal fireworks: Fireworks that are always illegal to use in Colorado (except for public and professional displays) are: firecrackers, rockets (including bottle rockets), roman candles, cherry bombs, mortars and similar items, such as M-80s.

Please review the information on the state law regarding The Sale and Use of Fireworks in Colorado. https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/14-11_update_2003_fireworks_lawsib.pdf

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Canon City Featured On Trip Advisor

We were contacted by TripAdvisor who informed us that their algorithm analyzed every traveler review on their site, identifying which US destinations are among the best for white water rafting excursions, and Canon City ranked in the top 20!

"There are more than 100 miles of rapids on the mighty Arkansas River, a river rafting hotspot that flows right past the mountain town of Canon City. With that much white water, there’s a lot to choose from while booking a river trip, and options range from the laid-back Bighorn Sheep Canyon to the more challenging Royal Gorge, whose towering canyon walls contain some hair-raising Class V rapids." ~Trip Advisor

https://www.tripadvisor.com/blog/white-water-rafting-trips-usa-river-adventures/

Roadroad Crossing Work Update

The railroad crossing on Griffin is complete and open to traffic. The Ussie and Myrtle crossings will be closed for the remainder of this week. Pending railroad work, all crossings are scheduled to be open by this weekend. Updates will be provided as they become available.

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Skyline Drive Closure

Skyline Drive will be closed Thursday, June 21, for rock removal and mowing operations. The road will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible.

For questions or concerns please contact Tony Falgien, Street Superintendent at 719.269.9027.

Forks Over Knives

On Tuesday, June 19th from 2-4 pm, Parkview Mobile Nurses will be showing a life-changing video called “Forks over Knives” at the Cañon City Public Library. This informative video will change the way you look at food and nutrition. This event free and open to all who are interested. Q&A to follow.

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2018 Citizen Survey

Citizen Surveys will once again be mailed to Cañon City residents from June 13th to June 27th. This year 1,600 surveys will be mailed out to randomly selected households that represent the demographics of the city. Surveys will be sent out twice to each household to ensure that every household receives it and to give them multiple chances to fill it out.

These surveys have been instrumental in guiding the city’s direction as the results of the 2016 citizen survey were used to create the City’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. These surveys give citizens a chance to comment on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the community and city government in the following areas:
•Economic Development
•Public Safety
•Infrastructure
•Attractive Built Environment
•Community Investment Opportunities
•Public Trust, Transparency and Accountability

Completion of the survey also gives city council insight to what areas our citizens feel the city needs to focus on.

An online opt-in survey will be available on July 18th to citizens who did not receive a paper survey. We encourage all citizens to take the time to complete the paper or online survey. This is a great opportunity for your voice to be heard!

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Marijuana Cultivation for Personal Use

With the beginning of the marijuana growing season, we would like to remind our residents about what is prohibited under our city code in regards to Marijuana Cultivation for Personal Use. Further information on Cañon City Municipal Code Title 17 Zoning, Chapter 17.34 : Marijuana Cultivation for Personal Use can be found online at http://www.qcode.us/codes/canoncity. For questions call Code Enforcement at 269-9011.


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Fremont Civic Choir Performance

The Fremont Civic Choir will perform for the Cañon City Public Library on Friday, June 8at 2:00 pm in Macon Plaza for the Summer Reading Program. All ages are welcome to this FREE event!

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Bicylce Safety

On Thursday, June 7th at 2:00 pm the Cañon City Police Department will be holding a bicycle safety event at the Cañon City Public Library. This event is free for all ages.

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At-Large Council Seat

CAÑON CITY COUNCIL SEEKS RESIDENT TO FILL COUNCIL SEAT

An exciting opportunity exists for a resident of Cañon City who wishes to serve on the Cañon City Council. Letters of Interest are being accepted for the At-Large Seat recently vacated by Greg DiRito. As the current City Council wishes to move the community forward, they seek a progressive individual who is willing to contribute the necessary time and energy to assist the current Council in achieving their goals in progressing Cañon City into the future.

Letters should include a list of experiences and why you wish to serve in this capacity. Such letters should be addressed to the Cañon City Council, c/o Jeri Stately, MMC, City Clerk, P.O. Box 1460, 128 Main Street, Cañon City, CO 81215. Letters must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 25th.

Candidates must have lived inside city limits of Cañon City for a minimum of one year. The successful applicant will serve out the remaining four-year term, which expires December 31, 2019. For more information or questions, contact City Hall at 269-9011. The City Council reserves the right to make the final decision on selection of Council members.

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION

REPLACEMENT OF RAILROAD CROSSING SURFACES

GRIFFIN AVE/USSIE AVE/MYRTLE AVE

Beginning the week of June 11, 2018 a railroad contractor and city crews will be replacing the road surfaces at the railroad crossings on Griffin Ave, Ussie Ave, and Myrtle Ave.  Construction may last through the end of June 2018.

The roadways will be closed to traffic during construction.  Please plan alternate routes. Please do not park any vehicles on the street in the work zone and obey all work zone signs.  Crews will attempt to complete all work in a way that minimizes disruption within all means possible. 

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. 

Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineer at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop will be held at The Bean Peddler at 420 Main Street on Friday, June 15th, 2018 from 9:00am–10:00am. Please come out and say hello and get those burning questions answered! We appreciate your support!

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Events for Library Summer Reading Program

School’s out and it is time for summer reading program to avoid the summer slide! The Canon City Public Library is ready to rock with the Summer Reading Program 2018 “Libraries Rock” theme.

A list of the Summer Reading Program summer events is listed below. Today is the SUMMER SOAK DOWN kick-off event at 2:00 pm.

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Old-Timers Coffee – Orchard Park

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about Orchard Park. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences and stories of the area over coffee and a light snack. Related documents, images, and objects are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, June 7 at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Museum Day Camps

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will host a series of day camps in June and July. The camps will be held at the museum from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM and are free and open to children between the ages of 7-12. Activities will include gallery tours, hands on activities, crafts, and a snack. Topics and dates are as follows:

Wednesday, June 13: Dinosaurs (Meet a paleontologist!)
Wednesday, June 20: Pioneers, Westward Expansion, and the Rudd Cabin
Wednesday, June 27: Life Science and Animals of Fremont County
Wednesday, July 11: Mining and King Coal
Wednesday, July 18: Trains and the Royal Gorge
Wednesday, July 25: Fremont County and World War I
 

Please call or email to register to sign up for the camps preferred. Space is limited.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Splash Pad Closure Due to Technical Problems

Due to technical problems the splash pad is closed today. The contractor is working to resolve the issue and we are hoping to have it open tomorrow. For updates call 719.269.9028.

Summer Reading Program

The Cañon City Public Library will hold their Summer Reading Program 2018 kickoff party with a “Summer Soak Down” on Thursday, May 31st at 2 pm in Macon Plaza. Bring a towel and your water soaker and be prepared to get wet! They will provide the water.

Sign up for summer reading and avoid the “summer slide”. The program is available for all ages. There will be weekly drawings for prizes. In addition, each week there will be a different program on Thursday at 2 pm for the next 7 weeks.

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RESIDENTIAL TRASH RECEPTACLES

On May 21, 2018 City Council passed Ordinance No. 13, Series 2018. This ordinance pertains to trash disposal city-wide, and will modify residential regulations.

The ordinance becomes effective May 26, 2018. Code Enforcement will issue warnings through June for those not in compliance in order to provide residents a chance to become familiar with and in compliance with the new regulations.

The changes primarily focus on permitted:

Trash Containers – can be up to 2 cubic yards.

Place of Storage –must be behind the front façade of a building, or along side a fence or building if stored in an alleyway.

Place of Collection – may be placed in the street against the curb, on private property near the sidewalk, or against a fence/building if in an alleyway. Placement must not impede the flow of vehicles or pedestrian movement.

Construction dumpsters placed on public property require a permit with the City Engineer. Construction dumpsters placed on private property do not need a permit. Dumpsters must be emptied or removed within 24 hours after being full.

Persons needing an exemption from the requirements based on 1) physical ability to move trash receptacle or 2) unique property conditions, may contact Code Enforcement at City Hall and fill out an application.

The updated ordinance can be read in full online at
http://www.canoncity.org/Departments/MayorandCouncil/Agendas/RegularCouncil/2018/05-21/052118_Council_Agenda.PDF

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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Canon City Area Fire Protection District is enacting Stage-1 Fire Restrictions effective 8:00 am, Monday, May 21st. The specific restrictions are listed in the document below.

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HISTORIC BIKE TOUR

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a historic bike tour around the downtown and surrounding streets of Cañon City. The program will be led by Kathleen Eaton and Ashlee Sack. Tour highlights will include information on historic properties and biographies of prominent figures from Cañon City’s history. Interested parties should meet at the historic clock tower at the corners of Main and 3rd Street. This program will be held on Saturday, June 2nd at 6:00 PM. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to sign a waiver. The program is free and open to the public. Participants are strongly advised to wear a helmet. Bicycles and helmets will not be provided. The ride will be leisurely with plenty of stops.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science Program

The Canon City Public Library and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science have partnered in “Be A Member For A Day” program.

If you are a Canon City Public Library cardholder in good standing, you are able to check out a Denver Museum of Nature and Science day pass from the library and be a member for a day.

This unique program is free for a family up to 7 members, it also includes a 10% discount to the café and gift shop.

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Growing Readers Event

Join the library on Monday, May 21st at 4 pm for their Growing Readers Event. Recycle plastic bottles to use in the Summer Reading Program kickoff event Water Play! This event is free and for all ages.

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Red Day Project

In March 2018, Jessica Unruh of Keller Williams contacted code enforcement officer Joelene Inman concerning “Red Day”. Jessica explained that she and a group of volunteers were looking for someone who had a property that was in dire need of assistance with clean-up.

Code enforcement spoke with a property owner who had a number of property violations that were unable to be addressed due to the owner’s medical and financial issues. This owner stated they had every intention of having a nice property but unfortunately were unable to take care of things right now. After discussing the “Red Day” project the owner stated they were very interested.

Code enforcement spoke to Jessica concerning the property and the owner’s position. Jessica stated that this sounded like a project they had been looking for and she already had 25 volunteers lined up.

On May 10, the volunteers for “Red Day” hauled off 2 trailers full of trash and filled up a dumpster, trimmed shrubs and trees, cleared the sidewalks of all debris, cut all weeds on the property, installed a new screen door and a new clothesline, and painted the whole outside of the house. All in one day! The group plans on possibly going back to finish the trim on the house and fix the back deck.

The owner of the property along with code enforcement would like to personally thank Jessica Unruh of the Keller Williams Performance Realty and all the volunteers for doing such a great job. This was a property that code enforcement received numerous complaints about and is located in a highly visible/traveled area.

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Older Americans Month

This month is Older Americans Month. The City of Cañon City is recognizing, celebrating, and honoring older adults, their families, and the people that serve them, as vital parts of our community. This year's theme is "Engage at Every Age".

We acknowledge the importance of taking part in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being—no matter your age. 

We also acknowledge the Golden Age Center includes countless older adults who enrich and strengthen our community. The Golden Age Center can enrich the lives of individuals of every age by promoting home and community based services that support independent living; involving older adults in community planning, events, and other activities; and providing opportunities for older adults to work, volunteer, learn, lead, and mentor.  #OAM18

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Lakeside Cemetery Tour

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will lead a cemetery walking tour in Lakeside Cemetery focusing on local veterans in recognition of Memorial Day. The program will be led by Nancy Masimer, the museum’s curator and Luise Barton who has spent many hours researching burials at Lakeside and works with “Find A Grave”. Tour highlights will include biographies of veterans, symbolism on markers, and cemetery etiquette. The tour will start at the cemetery and those interested should plan to meet by the flagpoles at Lakeside Cemetery at the corners of 9th and Elm. This program will be held at the cemetery on Saturday, May 26 at 1:00 PM. The program is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Video of Code Enforcement 101 Presentation

The Code Enforcement 101 presentation will air on local Channel 191 starting today at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. and from Sunday until Tuesday it will air at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. You can also view it online here.

Relocation of UAACOG Recycle Bins

The UAACOG recycle bins that were were previously outside of Big R along Fremont Drive have been relocated. They are now in the parking lot across the street from Safeway!

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Historic Preservation and the Rudd House

Cañon City, CO—The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold a program for anyone interested in learning more about historic preservation. The program will explore how places become local historical landmarks and the process it takes to restore and preserve buildings. This will be an opportunity for anyone interested in placing a building onto the local historical registry to understand the process. The program will include a tour of the historic Rudd House. Anyone interested should contact the museum to sign up and reserve their spot because space is limited. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, call the museum at (719) 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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Food For Fines

The Canon City Public Library is partnering with The Pantry of Fremont to be a drop off point to donate non-perishable food items to the pantry.  The library has user friendly hours M-Th 10-6 and F and S 10-5, and we are conveniently located at 516 Macon Ave.  

If you want to donate non-perishable food items to The Pantry of Fremont you are able to drop them off at the library. If you want to pay your fines with non-perishable food items we will accept the items and give them to the pantry. 

It is a win win!

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Fire/Wind Mitigtation Help for Homeowners

This is the season to think about fire and wind mitigation. Did you know that Central Colorado Housing has a Home Repair Program to help home owners trim/remove trees, shrubs, bushes and other fire/wind dangers from around your home. For more information about this program call 719.275.4191 x111.

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Fremont Drive Property Owner Meetings

Property owners on Fremont Drive, if you have not done so yet, please call the City Engineer at 719.276.5291 to schedule your one-on-one meeting to discuss the US 50 East Access Control Plan.

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Kiewit Work on 2017 2A Street Punchlist Items

Kiewit construction crews will be completing punch list items from the 2017 2A Street Improvement Project beginning this spring. Canon City residents should expect to see intermittent temporary lane restrictions as punch list items are completed. Remaining work includes infrared heat treat at water valves, finishing manholes and joints, touch-up shoulder work, and landscaping. Completing required punch list items will begin mid-May and wrap up in late summer.

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CAÑON CITY 4TH STREET BRIDGE REHABILITATION

Beginning the week of May 7th, a City contractor will be replacing the bridge rail and repairing the surface concrete and asphalt surfaces of the 4th Street Viaduct. The bridge will be closed for the duration of the work. Construction should be complete by mid-June 2018.

The City appreciates your patience and cooperation. Questions or concerns about this project should be directed to the City Engineer at 269-9011 8am-5pm M-F.

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Canon City Safeway Raises Funds to Protect Local Police Officers

The Safeway Foundation is currently in the midst of a campaign to raise funds to benefit local law enforcement officers and trying to help outfit local police departments with body armor provided by the Shield 616 group. Whenever a customer purchases items at Safeway, the customer is asked if they would like to donate money to “Support the Shield.” With a simple donation of $1, $3, or $5, the customer will be donating to equip a local police officer with body armor. This campaign is currently underway now thru May 9.


On Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm, Canon City Police Officers will be on-hand at the Safeway location at 1414 Main St. to educate the public on the body armor being provided. Please stop by and see us. We appreciate the efforts of our local Safeway and the public in helping to accommodate in the protection of our officers.

~Tim Bell, Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Cañon City Police Department and the Florence Police Department are taking back unwanted prescription drugs.

When:
April 28, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Where:
Cañon City Police Department, 161 Justice Center Rd., Cañon City
FCSO, Garden Park building, 201 N. 6th St., Canon City
Florence Police Department, 600 W. 3rd Street, Florence

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Cañon City Police Department, Florence Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 8 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Cañon City Police Department at 161 Justice Center Road or the Florence Police Department at 600 W. 3rd Street, or the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Garden Park Building, 201 N. 16th St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,321 sites operated by the DEA and 4,274 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.


For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Timothy Bell
Administrative Sergeant
Cañon City Police Department

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LIBRARY CLOSURE

The Canon City Public Library will be closed Saturday, May 5th for Blossom.

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Schools Community Town Hall

On Monday, April 9th, the Canon City School District hosted a Schools Community Town Hall meeting on local school safety, security response, and prevention efforts. This meeting featured a panel discussion with community school officials, law enforcement, and service agencies. The video is available to view at https://youtu.be/a76YAxDmbl0

Keep Canon Clean Team Application Deadline

The volunteer application deadline for the Keep Cañon Clean Team is Monday, April 30th by 4:30 pm. The prerequisite to get involved was attending the Code Enforcement 101 Presentation held on Tuesday, April 24th. For questions please contact Code Enforcement Officer Joelene Inman at 719.269.9011.

Old-Timers Coffee

The Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center will hold an open discussion about the cement industry in Fremont County. Longtime residents of Fremont County are welcome to join the discussion about their experiences and stories of companies such as Holcim, Ideal, and Ritzman and supporting towns over coffee and a light snack. Related documents and images are encouraged. The discussion will be filmed so it can be added to the oral history collection within the museum. This program will be held in the museum’s program room on Thursday, May 3rd at 9 AM and is free and open to the public.

The museum and history center is located in the City of Cañon City’s former Municipal Building at 612 Royal Gorge Boulevard. The hours of the museum and history center are Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 269-9036 or send an email to historycenter@canoncity.org.

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May 4th Star Wars Movie & Cookout Party

The Cañon City Public Library is hosting a “May the 4th Be With You” party on May 4th at 2 pm. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and watch a Star Wars film. Free, fun, food (we will have a cookout) for all ages!

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WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPEN HOUSE

The City of Cañon City Water Department invites you to join in commemorating 146 years of service to Cañon City’s public health. As part of National Drinking Water Week, the City Water Department is recognizing the generations of Cañon residents who ensured that our community had an ample supply of safe drinking water.

The City of Cañon City Water Department and City residents have worked together to help ensure the standard of living we all now enjoy. We want to let you know a little bit more about how we have done it. You are invited to an Open House at our Water Treatment Plant at 103 Tunnel Drive on Friday, May 11th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for informative tours of our facility and have available staff to answer your questions about your water supply. Water Treatment Plant tours will begin at the top of each hour. If you have a group that would prefer a private tour or at another time, please contact Travis Payne, Cañon City Water Treatment Plant Chief Plant Operator, at 269-9019. Please come join us!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!

The following article "Earth Day 2018: How You Can Make a Difference Today & Every Day!" discusses a variety of ways that you can make a difference, one of which is to recycle.

Did you know there are four recycling locations in Cañon City that are provided in conjunction with the UAACOG? These are generally located: