Summer Briefs: June 7-13

Colorado College hosts tree climbing competition on Saturday, June 13

The International Society of Arboriculture-Rocky Mountain Chapter has chosen CC as the local for their annual Tree Climbing Championships. 35 contestants will compete in five events. The top three will advance to a master’s challenge, and the winner will compete in the International Tree Climbing Championships.

The competition will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Shove and Cutler Quads.

The ISA-RMC seeks to foster an appreciation for trees in the Rocky Mountain region and support the practice, technology and research of arboriculture through outreach and education. To download the registration form, visit the ISA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter’s website.


Mount Muscoco trail in North Cheyenne Cañon Park gets a makeover

Two years after the Friends of Cheyenne Canyon Park began pursuing permission to improve the Mount Muscoco trail, the non-profit has finished the renovations to the top of the trail.

Previously, hikers had to scramble to the peak of the highest mountain in North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Now, visitors have a third of a mile of three-foot tread and timber stairs from a saddle on Mount Cutler towards Muscoco.

The trail improvements cost nearly $20,000 in addition to grants from Bristol Brewing Co., Pikes Peak Community Foundation and Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation.


Gov. Hickenlooper launches campaign to encourage construction and use of outdoor spaces

Gov. Hickenlooper’s new Inspire Initiative offers communities a chance to apply for a share of $25 million in grants to help build outdoor spaces and promote usage by Colorado youth.

The grants are funded by Great Outdoors Colorado. The ultimate goal is to have the next generation of Colorado youth to all live within a ten-minute walk of a park, trail or open space.


Colorado Springs Utilities could face millions of dollars in lost revenue with abundant spring moisture

After record-breaking spring rains in Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities has lost $17 million in revenue and an extra $4.4 million in company infrastructure damages. In addition, the rain has reduced city water usage, thus lowering both the cost of water and Utilities revenue.

Although Utilities has not seen immediate repercussions from the rainfall, the damage could surface when the company’s budget cycle restarts in the early fall, especially depending on summer precipitation.


Uber plans to recruit an additional one thousand drivers in Colorado Springs, focusing on military personnel

The private taxi service giant, Uber, is responding to increased demand in Colorado Springs by recruiting a thousand more drivers this summer. As a part of their uberMILITARY program, Uber will concentrate its recruiting efforts on the Colorado Springs military community, including current military personnel, veterans and their spouses.

Uber announced the uberMILITARY program last September with plans to recruit 50,000 military personnel, veterans and military spouses by March 2015. In addition, the company announced in May an initiative to hire 1 million women by 2020.

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