• Lawyer: Colorado school that blocked gay speech didn't discriminate

    Associated Press
    Yesterday

    LONGMONT — A school that pulled a graduation speech by a valedictorian who wanted to disclose his sexual orientation didn't discriminate by blocking the speech. That's the conclusion of an outside attorney hired by Twin Peaks Charter Academy to investigate the decision. The...

  • Mermaid dreams come true at Colorado Springs swimming school

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    A local swimming school is making mermaid and merman dreams come true. Five girls showed up for a recent class at Mermaid Cove Swim School. They perched on the edge of the 95-degree, saltwater pool, wriggled into colorful fabric tails and shoved their feet into monofins, large...

  • More than 100 volunteers turn out to help build Colorado Springs playground

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Rhonda Freeman wasn't a member of one of the organizations taking part in a playground build at a local Boys & Girls Club Saturday, but she was eager to help. The second grade teacher at Bristol Elementary School in Colorado Springs said her students live in the area and use the...

  • El Paso, Teller counties fill November ballot

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Twenty-two governmental jurisdictions in El Paso County plan to present candidates and/or issues to voters on the Nov. 3 ballot, according to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office. In Teller County, five entities have submitted letters of intent to participate in the...

  • Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice. The team responsible for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week released new pictures Friday of the previously unexplored world. Scientists say layers of haze stretch...

  • Application cycle opens for Pets in the Classroom grants

    Debbie Kelley
    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Pets in the Classroom grant program will start accepting applications Saturday for the 2015-2016 school year. Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade teachers in both private and public schools who desire to introduce a pet into the classroom or already have a pet in the classroom...

  • Homeschoolers can get discounts on computers, software

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers and software at the same wholesale pricing the nonprofit organization Notebooks for Students gives to traditional public schools. The goal is have homeschool families be able to access in-classroom techniques and increase computer...

  • Volunteers to build new playground in Colorado Springs on Saturday

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    More than 200 UnitedHealthcare employees and Colorado Springs residents will build a new playground at the El Pomar Boys & Girls Club, 805 Praderia Ave., on Saturday. The new 2,400-square-foot playground will give more than 250 Colorado Springs kids a safe place to play. The...

  • School renovation project wins award

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    The new community athletic field and renovated children’s playground at Gateway Elementary School in Woodland Park have been named one of 21 winners of the Colorado Lottery’s 2015 Starburst Award. The annual recognition acknowledges “excellence in the use of Lottery funds for...

  • Colorado College campus reopens after non-hazardous chemical incident

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Ethylene glycol, a non-hazardous and non-corrosive material, was to blame for the evacuation of a Colorado College science building Thursday morning, according to Leslie Weddell, a CC spokeswoman. Olin Hall, at 1030 N. Nevada Ave., between Unitah Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street, was...

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