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Note: All OCN articles published since the paper started in June 2001 are posted on this web site. Generally, only articles from the past year or two are included in the tables of links below.

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Academy School District 20

The Academy Water and Sanitation District serves the south portion of the Tri-Lakes area and the northwest section of Colorado Springs.

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Academy Water and Sanitation District

The Academy Water and Sanitation District serves approximately 300 homes east of the Donala Water and Sanitation District. It has been proposed that the Academy district be merged into the Donala district. For more on the topic...

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Arts and Crafts

OCN carries a series of articles on local arts and crafts and performing arts...

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Baptist Road Rural Transportation Authority

Growth along Baptist Road has led to greatly increased traffic. The Baptist Road Rural Transportation Authority (BRRTA) was formed to coordinate changes to Baptist Road to help address the resulting hazardous conditions and congestion. For more on this topic...

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Bird Watch on the Palmer Divide

Articles to help you identify our local feathered friends...

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Book Reviews - Between the Covers

This series of book reviews focuses on books of special interest to Tri-Lakes area residents...

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Board of County Commissioners

The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners wields considerable power as the governing authority for land use and other decisions for the unincorporated areas of the county. For more on this topic...

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County Planning

The El Paso County Planning Commission reviews proposals for developments in the unincorporated parts of the county. It makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. Some of these projects have a direct impact on the residents of the Tri-Lakes area. For more on this topic...

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Donala Water and Sanitation District

The Donala Water and Sanitation District provides water and sewer service to the Gleneagle development. For more on this topic... 

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Donald Wescott Fire Protection District

The Donald Wescott Fire Protection District provides covers from Baptist Road south to Colorado Springs.  For more on this topic...

For more articles on Tri-Lakes area emergency services, see also the Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District and the Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Services topics.

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Drilling and Mining

There is interest in drilling for oil and natural gas in Pike National Forest in the Tri-Lakes area. For more on this topic...

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Economic Development

Opinions differ as to the best way to maintain a vital local economy. For more on this topic...

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Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Services

Emergency preparedness and emergency services in the Tri-Lakes area are served by a collection of special districts. For more on this topic...

For more articles on Tri-Lakes area emergency services, see also the Donald Wescott Fire Protection District Tri-Lakes Fire Protection District, and Tri-Lakes-Monument FireAuthority.

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Forest Lakes Metropolitan District

The Forest Lakes Metropolitan District, established in 1985, is west of I-25 at the end of West Baptist Road. It is a service district in El Paso County. For more on this topic...

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Forest View Acres Water District

The Forest View Acres Water District was established in 1957 by the late Hugh Nevins. From the initial provision of water to 27 homes, FVAWD currently provides water service to 280 residences in the Red Rocks Ranch, Clovenhoof, Villas, Sundance Estates, and Shiloh Pines neighborhoods in unincorporated El Paso County. In 2004, an embezzlement of at least $315,000 was discovered. For more on this topic...

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Gardening

Information to assist the indoor and outdoor gardener...

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Health and Wellness

OCN has carried a series of articles and letters on various health and wellness topics. For more on this topic...

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Jackson Creek

Jackson Creek is one of the fastest growing areas within the Town of Monument. The Triview Metropolitan District supplies water, sewer, and road maintenance services to Jackson Creek. For more on this topic...

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July 4th Celebrations

The Tri-Lakes area goes all-out in celebrating Independence Day. For more on this topic...

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Law Enforcement

OCN carries a series of articles on local law enforcement issues...

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Lewis-Palmer School District 38

The Lewis-Palmer District 38 School Board typically meets monthly. OCN reports on most of those meetings. For more on this topic...

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Library News

The Tri-Lakes area is part of the Pikes Peak Library District that sponsors many events. For more on this topic...

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Local History

There are a variety of sources of fascinating local history. For more on this topic...

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Marijuana

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Monument Academy

The Monument Academy is a charter school within Lewis-Palmer District 38. For more on this topic...

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Monument Board of Trustees

The Town of Monument Board of Trustees typically holds two meetings per month. OCN reports on most of the meetings. For more on this topic...

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Monument Methadone Clinic

In 2015 a clinic for distributing methadone at a building in downtown Monument was proposed. For more on this topic...

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Monument Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment

The Monument Planning Commission typically meets monthly. The Monument Board of Adjustment meets as needed. Both make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding land use decisions. OCN reports on most of those meetings. For more on this topic...

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Monument Sanitation District

Sewer service in the Town of Monument is not provided by the town government. Service for the east and south are provided by the Triview Metropolitan District. Service for the west and north are provided by the Monument Sanitation District. For more on the Monument Sanitation District...

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Mountain View Electric Association

MVEA is the local co-op electrical utility which services much of the Tri-Lakes area. For more about MVEA see...

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Nature of Our Community

Articles about the Tri-Lakes area...

See more about nature in the Gardening topic

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NEPCO

The Northern El Paso County Coalition of Community Associations is a coalition of over 30 homeowners associations representing more than 15,000 residents in the Tri-Lakes area. NEPCO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of its member associations and their residents in a wide variety of areas. For more on this topic...

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On the Trail

Many Coloradans enjoy recreation in the great outdoors. For more on this topic...

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Palmer Lake Sanitation District

For more on this topic...

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Palmer Lake Town Council and Planning Commission

The Town of Palmer Lake Board of Trustees is commonly called the Town Council. They typically hold one workshop and one meeting per month. OCN reports on most of those meetings. For more on this topic...

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Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department

The PLVFD was formed to serve the town of Palmer Lake. It is a department within the town's government. For more on this topic...

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Perspective on Our Community

Opinions and reflections on Tri-Lakes area issues and community.

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Pollution

The Tri-Lakes environment is threatened by many types of pollution. There are steps residents and business owners can take to help. For more on this topic...

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Property Taxes and Special Districts

While sales and income taxes are well understood, many have questions about property taxes, mill levies, and special districts. For more on this topic...

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Recycling

OCN has been carrying information for Tri-Lakes area residents on how to properly dispose of unwanted items and remove wildfire fuel. Sites for recycling plants is also a local issue. For more on this topic...

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Red Rocks Homeowners Association

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Reflections

OCN has carried a series of musings on life by Tri-Lakes area residents. For more on this topic...

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Roadwork

Roads throughout the Tri-Lakes area are a critical element of the infrastructure. For example, in Monument 2nd Street is has been extended from Beacon Lite Road to connect with the Highway 105 bridge over I-25. Also Beacon Lite Road has been extended to connect with the Old Denver Highway. Jackson Creek Parkway has been constructed from Highway 105 to Higby. For more on these and other road stories...

See also coverage on Baptist Road

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Service Organizations

The Tri-Lakes area is blessed with a variety of non-profit and service organizations. Here is information on some of them and their activities:

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Sunshine Laws

Colorado State Statute 24-6-402 is known as the Open Meetings Law or the Meetings section of the Sunshine Law. Much misinformation has circulated about the statute and its application. For more on this topic...

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Tri-Lakes Land Use Committee

The Tri-Lakes Land Use Committee met in December 2015 to reform what has been for years an inactive group in the community. The committee aims to form and maintain working relationships with the county, towns, and in the Tri-Lakes area with the ultimate goal of reviewing current land use requests. For more on this topic...

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Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District

The TLFPD was formed to serve El Paso County areas outside Woodmoor and Monument and north of Baptist Road that are predominantly without hydrants. In January 2008, the  name was changed from the Tri-Lakes FPD to the Tri-Lakes Monument FPD to recognize the inclusion of the former Woodmoor/Monument FPD. For more on this topic...

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Tri-Lakes Wastewater Treatment Facility

The Monument Sanitation District, Palmer Lake Sanitation District, and the Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District jointly operate the facility and manage it through the Joint Use Committee. For more on this topic...

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Triview Metropolitan District

The Triview Metro District provides water, sewer, and road service to the Jackson Creek development. For more on this topic...

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Village Center Metropolitan District

Village Center Metro District is located south of Highway 105 and East Knollwood Drive and provides several essential services for the Village Center community including maintenance of the streets, snow removal, and maintenance of the storm water system and the common areas. On May 24, 2013, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office announced that there are two separate recall petitions for two members of The Village Center Metropolitan District, Bruce Hacker and Steven Barr. For more on this topic...

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Water Supply

Water is a critical resource all along the front range. For more on this topic...

For more articles on Tri-Lakes area water supplies, see also the Academy Water and Sanitation District, Donala Water and Sanitation District, Forest View Acres Water District, Monument Board of Trustees, Monument Dam and Lake, Palmer Lake Town Council and Planning Commission, Triview Metropolitan District, and the Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District topics.

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Weather

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Woodmoor Improvement Association

As the largest homeowners association in the Tri-Lakes area, WIA has to deal with a variety of issues. For more on this topic...

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Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District

Water and sewage services to Woodmoor are provided by the Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District. For more on this topic...

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