Archive for June, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Penrose, the Pikes Peak Highway and the Hill Climb

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Alex Johnson

Pikes Peak, with its sweeping elevation, rugged outlines and dramatic, snow-covered summit, has been the defining feature of Colorado Springs’ skyline since General William Jackson Palmer founded the city in 1871. This weekend, drivers from across the world will come to compete in the world’s second oldest motorsport race and ascend the famous mountain. (more…)

Bikes at the Foundation

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Alex Johnson/Katy Hammond

June is Bike Month here in Colorado, and what better time to introduce El Pomar’s new bike fleet?  As part of El Pomar’s sustainability efforts, the bikes will help reduce El Pomar’s carbon footprint when travelling to and from our offices at the Foundation, while also promoting health and wellness among El Pomar Staff.

In other bike-related news, the League of American Bicyclists recently crowned Colorado as the second most bike-friendly state in the US. Colorado was able to move up 20 places in just five years, and Governor Hickenlooper is committed to making the Centennial State No. 1 in the near future.


El Pomar Welcomes 2013 Summer Interns

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Alex Johnson

This week, the El Pomar Foundation welcomed eight undergraduate students to partake in the 2013 Summer Internship Program. Coming from eight different schools across the country and with majors ranging from physics to English, this year’s intern class brings diverse and unique perspectives to the Foundation.

Every year, the program provides interns hands-on experience and an introduction to the nonprofit sector. Interns receive mentoring from senior staff while gaining professional development in weekly seminars. For more information regarding the El Pomar Summer Internship Program, visit our website.


For the Harveys, Fire Fighting is Family Affair

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Alex Johnson

Last week, Bob Harvey was quite possibly the busiest Fire Chief in the nation. During the Black Forest Fire, Harvey, the Fire Chief of Black Forest Fire Rescue, worked long days and nights and led a team of men and women to fight the fire dubbed the “Battle of Black Forest.” Fire mitigation and fire fighting have been his life’s work; before coming to Black Forest this January, Harvey spent 26 and a half years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department and 4 years as Chief of Leadville Fire. His career has spanned 42 years and several states.

“The wildland fire business is in the Harvey blood,” said Chief Harvey’s wife, Nancy.


El Pomar Foundation’s Wild Land Fire Fund Accepting Proposals for Funding

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The El Pomar Foundation Wild Land Fire Fund is currently accepting emergency funding proposals for personal protective equipment from any fire department of protection district that is involved in fighting the Black Forest, Royal Gorge, and La Veta Fires.

If your fire department or protection district is involved in any of these fires and in need of emergency funding for personal protection equipment, please submit a one-page proposal outlining the following:

  • Type and quantity of personal protection equipment needed
  • Dollar amount requested
  • Outline of costs for and associated with acquiring the equipment
  • Detailed timeline for the proposal including plan for securing the personal protection equipment
  • Contact information for:
    • The fire department or protection district
    • Point person for the proposal
    • Commanding leader of the fire department or protection district

Please send all proposals to Justin Coughlin at

If you have any questions please call the Wild Land Fire Fund phone number at (719) 323-5810.

El Pomar Staff Volunteers with Pikes Peak Firefighters Association

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Last night, the Broadmoor Hotel graciously donated 500 steak dinners to help feed hungry emergency responders, firefighters, and El Paso County Deputies who are bravely fighting the Black Forest Fire. Ten El Pomar staff members helped serve the meals yesterday evening with the Pikes Peak Firefighters Association.


Fellowship Snapshot: Ryan and ACYPL

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

For the past 19 years, El Pomar has welcomed 53 delegations from 39 different countries as part of the American Council of Young Political Leaders program. Every year, El Pomar hosts two to three different delegations, each emphasizing the importance of intercultural and political exchanges through meetings with elected officials, constitutional officers, and community leaders at all levels.