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Dave Philipps

Investigative Reporter

  • Gazette exclusive: Sheriff Maketa changes his mind, gives up award

    Updated: Thu, May 15, 2014

    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa decided Tuesday not to accept an award he effectively gave to himself and instead, one of the deputies originally nominated will receive it, Sheriff's Office sources said. Ed Kafel, a longtime training deputy who has repeatedly been recognized as a...

  • Leaders felt 'pressured' to give award to Sheriff Terry Maketa

    Updated: Sat, May 10, 2014

    Every year, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office nominates one of its own for the One Hundred Club, a prestigious recognition for first responders who go above and beyond the call of duty. This year, the chain of command recommended a few hard-working deputies who showed innovation...

  • As success stories of kids fighting seizures with cannabis oil mount, legal landscape is changing

    Updated: Sun, May 4, 2014

    The Swann family moved from Alabama to Colorado last fall to try save their daughter's life with marijuana. It appears to have worked. And in the process, the Swanns and others like them have changed laws across the country so more children can have the same chance. Fourteen-year-old...

  • Pulitzer-winning series used as tool to lobby for change

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    After a combat tour in Iraq, Kris Goldsmith was discharged from the Army in 2007 for attempting suicide. His superiors wrote him up for malingering and not being on a plane to his second combat deployment - a flight he missed because he was locked in an Army hospital psychiatric...

  • Lance Armstrong: Coach Chris Carmichael knew about doping

    Updated: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Colorado Springs cycling coach Chris Carmichael knew Lance Armstrong was doping long before Armstrong went to the 1996 Olympics or won a record seven Tour de France titles, according to newly public documents. In the documents filed Wednesday by the U.S. District Court, and first...

  • Utilities: Effectiveness of NeuStream scrubber test system will not be shared

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    How well did a test version of the $156 million Neumann Systems Group pollution scrubbers work on the downtown Colorado Springs power plant? Colorado Springs Utilities won't say publicly. Though the performance of the scrubbers has serious implications for air quality in the region...

  • Cost of scrubbers at Colorado Springs power plant keeps rising

    Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    More than two decades ago, Colorado Springs Utilities knew tough new federal pollution mandates were coming for its coal power plants. So starting in 1996, it commissioned six studies during the next 13 years to look at the best pollution control technology for the downtown Drake Power...

  • Bizarre bond between Nozolino, Anderson raises concern

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    In 2002 when news hit that the Beltway Sniper was picking off people in suburbs of Washington, D.C., El Paso County Sheriff John Anderson called the FBI to alert them to a possible suspect: Bruce Nozolino. Nozolino, a Colorado Springs software engineer, was going through a nasty...

  • Cadet informant at AFA 'failed' his mission, Air Force report says

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    An Air Force Inspector General report released Thursday defends the use of secret cadet informants at the Air Force Academy and sharply criticizes an expelled cadet named Eric Thomas who broke academy rules while working as one of those informants, saying Thomas "failed" his mission....

  • Popular Waldo Canyon Trail, victim of flood danger, to remain closed

    Updated: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    Waiting for the Waldo Canyon Trail to reopen? It won't any time soon. Almost two years after the Waldo Canyon fire closed the beloved trail in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, the U.S. Forest Service has no plans to reopen it, saying the potential of flash floods in the area...

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