Matt Steiner

Regional Reporter

  • Flood anniversary preview: 5 facts about Colorado flooding in September 2013

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of destructive floods that, killed 10 people, left thousands displaced and created a destruction through two dozen counties along Colorado's Front Range. Here are five facts about the floods of September 2013: 1. On Sept. 15, 2013,...

  • El Paso County commissioner candidate ready to run ... in 2016

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The race for the El Paso County District 4 commissioner's seat won't be decided until 2016, but one candidate is so excited she just could not wait to toss her hat into the ring. "I decided to announce it early, just so that I could start meeting with the residents to learn more about...

  • Gazette exclusive: El Paso County jail medical care was 'dysfunctional' for years

    Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    When John Sebastian was locked in one of El Paso County's bare, concrete medical cells in 2012, it was supposed to be for his own good. Instead, he said, it made things worse. Sebastian, a 49-year-old father of four with no criminal history, had been arrested for aggravated...

  • Dozens seek millions in suit against fire district, county and state

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Dozens of plaintiffs took action in mid-August to hold El Paso County, the state of Colorado and the Black Forest Fire Board of Directors accountable for losses sustained in the June 2013 Black Forest fire. A civil lawsuit, filed by Darrell Fortner on Aug. 16 in U.S. District Court...

  • Voters will get a thick ballot in the fall

    Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Voters will likely have much to choose from in November, as Pikes Peak region officials put the finishing touches on ballots and prepare them for printing in the next couple of weeks. The final product will be mailed beginning Oct. 14. In addition to six state positions, including...

  • BOCC unanimously approves sheriff term limit question for November ballot

    Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Voters will get the chance in November to decide whether the El Paso County sheriff's term limits will be slashed. The Board of County Commissioners squeaked the final vote in Thursday, just ahead of Friday's deadline to have an issue placed on the Nov. 4 
ballot. Language for the...

  • UPDATE: Closures lifted after gas line hit

    Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Road closures were lifted shortly after 9 a.m. in the area of Capital Drive and Constitution Avenue after construction workers hit a gas line, Colorado the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said. Amy Trinidad, a CSU spokeswoman, said the line was hit at about 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. But...

  • Flood projects should
 ease U.S. 24 closures west of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    After spending more than $10 million during the last two years on flash-flood control along Ute Pass, the Colorado Department of Transportation hopes that steps taken between now and the end of 2014 will make potential closures of U.S. 24 less stressful. Karen Rowe, a CDOT regional...

  • Man remains hospitalized after being pinned by crane at Colorado Springs scrapyard

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    A 56-year-old man remained hospitalized and in serious condition Friday after he was pinned by a piece of heavy equipment this week at a Colorado Springs scrapyard. According to Colorado Springs police, Ronald Jacobson pulled his vehicle behind a crane/loader Wednesday afternoon and...

  • Bomb scare closes District 20 school for more than half-hour Friday

    Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Discovery Canyon School in northern Colorado Springs was on lockdown Friday morning after school officials received a bomb threat at about 9 a.m. According to District-20 spokeswoman Nanette Anderson, the elementary, middle and high schools at the campus on North Gate Boulevard were...