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Lance Benzel

Courts Reporter

  • No new trial for Colorado Springs man convicted of arson deaths of his 3 children

    Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    A judge Wednesday shot down a request for a new trial by Timothy Nicholls, a Colorado Springs man convicted along with his wife in a 2003 arson plot that resulted in the burning deaths of their three children. Fourth Judicial District Judge G. David Miller rejected arguments that...

  • Dark times for neon

    Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    t a hole-in-the-wall storefront south of downtown Colorado Springs, Boyd Struble bends glass tubes that help light this town. He's among the last of the city's neon tradesmen, and his work - produced with practiced hands and a selection of torches that spew a sapphire-blue flame -...

  • Some Colorado ski resorts extending season

    Updated: Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    After great early-season snow, a powder-filled winter and big spring storms, some of Colorado's top ski areas want the excitement to continue. Aspen Mountain, Copper Mountain and Winter Park Resort are among the resorts that announced season extensions this week to take advantage of...

  • Vigorous, self-guided gravel grinders gaining in popularity among cyclists

    Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    There's no asphalt, no trails and no prizes. As cycling races go, theAntiEpic 160 might test riders' expectations as much as their bodies, delivering 168 miles of punishment strictly on gravel roads. So you might want to bring a spare tire. The race, set for Saturday morning on a...

  • Colorado Springs group reaches out to those in court

    Updated: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Sometimes, all you've got is a prayer. That's the principle behind Courtside Ministries. Its volunteers stand outside the Terry R. Harris Judicial Complex and offer to say a prayer with those about to enter. "Our purpose here is just to bring a sense of peace through God to the...

  • Small eastern Colorado town banking on the birds

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    KARVAL - Filled with tumbleweeds, cow patties and dust, the fields surrounding this century-old homesteaders' outpost harbor an unlikely secret. They're where a rare bird goes to get busy. Every April, a migration of mountain plover on the prowl turns tiny Karval - population 30 -...

  • Spring season key for Colorado ski areas' bottom lines

    Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    As spring breakers make their annual trek to Colorado's ski areas, hungry for adventure on white-capped peaks, the operators of regional favorite Monarch Mountain will be setting their sights on more earthbound concerns. They're watching the bottom line. "Here at Monarch, it is a...

  • 29-year-old convicted of murder in Fort Carson soldier's death

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    An El Paso County jury convicted a man of first-degree murder Friday in the Aug. 18 shooting death of a Fort Carson soldier. Larry E. Spencer Jr., 29, was sentenced to life in prison without parole immediately following the jury's verdict. The panel found that Spencer fatally shot...

  • Several popular Colorado Springs-area trails at risk of being closed, rerouted

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    A 4-mile stretch of Bear Creek Basin, a shallow mountain brook west of Colorado Springs, is the last known habitat of Colorado's native greenback cutthroat trout. Protecting it would mean deep sacrifices for hikers, cyclists and dirt bikers under a U.S. Forest Service proposal to close...

  • Trail on Pikes Peak still closed despite not being home to native trout

    Updated: Fri, Mar 21, 2014

    In 1999, U.S. Forest Service officials closed the Severy Creek Trail on Pikes Peak to protect what they called the only pure greenback cutthroat trout in existence. Sound familiar? Here's what happened next: New testing in 2006 found that rather than being the last of their kind,...

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