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  • Blog: Newly formed watchdog group targets Council member Miller

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

      A new Colorado Springs government watchdog group has formed and its first target is Colorado Springs City Council member Joel Miller.   In its first public move, Colorado Springs Government Watch, headed by Dede Laugesen – the wife of The Gazette’s editorial page...

  • SudSisters: Sales of seasonal AdAmAn Ale to help Empty Stocking Fund

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Mmmm, the smell of cinnamon, ginger, honey and orange peel in the morning. The Gazette's SudSisters recently were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at beer-making at Pikes Peak Brewing Co. in Monument. We helped, we got in the way and we got a sneak smell and taste...

  • Black Forest fire started by humans, but how or by who still unknown, says new report

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The trail leading to the cause of the Black Forest fire has officially gone cold. After more than a year of investigation, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that how the state's most destructive fire started remains a mystery. "We don't have any further leads,"...

  • El Paso County commissioner launches campaign for Colorado Springs mayor

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    Amy Lathen's first campaign speech for Colorado Springs mayor was a salvo against the style of the city's current executive leadership. "I do not believe that the strong mayor form of government ever intended for there to be a holy war between City Council and the mayor's office,"...

  • Blog: Voters could still decide C4C sports center, debate heats up

    Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Voters still may get a chance to decide the fate of a proposed City for Champions downtown sports and events center. City Council postponed a decision on council member Joel Miller’s proposal to ask voters to change the city’s charter so citizens would forever have prior approval on...

  • Woodland Park pool measure was decades in the making

    Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    The idea for a Woodland Park community swimming pool may have been conceived 70 years ago. But it wasn't until 1995 that enthusiasts presented a financing plan to voters. The plan was to increase property taxes to pay for a city-owned and -operated aquatics and recreation center. The...

  • Blog update: No skating in Acacia Park tonight

    Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The weather is chilly and the holidays are around the corner. It must mean it's time to skate. Tonight is the grand opening of the skating rink in Acacia Park, at the corner of Tejon Street and Platte Avenue. The winter seasonal rink celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. with remarks...

  • Mary Lou Makepeace officially joins race for Colorado Springs mayor

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Former Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace stood at the podium Wednesday before a crowd of about 80 people and simply said, "I'm in." For months, people have speculated whether Makepeace, the city's first female mayor, would jump into the race for mayor in 2015. It's a new job...

  • City for Champions proposals draw crowd to Colorado Springs council meeting

    Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    City for Champions took center stage in City Hall on Monday with all the drama of a television reality show. Proponents of the City for Champions tourism project testified before City Council in attempt to stop a proposal that would ask voters for prior approval of a city-funded...

  • Blog: Second compressed natural gas filling station to open in 2015

    Updated: Fri, Nov 7, 2014

    Vehicles that run on compressed natural gas will have a second location in Colorado Springs in 2015 to fuel up. The Colorado Energy Office awarded Colorado Springs Utilities a $500,000 grant to build a second compressed natural gas fueling station at its John Pinkerton Service...