• Lee, Merrifield bills applauded by Colorado Springs residents

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Bills to radically reduce standardized testing and increase restorative justice for juveniles got a warm reception from about 50 citizens who braved a snowy Saturday morning to hear from state Rep. Pete Lee and state Sen. Michael Merrifield. The people gathered at Penrose Library...

  • State weather roundup: Southwestern Colorado could get snow in feet

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DENVER — Southwestern Colorado could see snow measured in feet again this weekend. The National Weather Service says it's difficult to predict how much snow the storm will produce starting Friday morning but the southwest San Juan Mountains look to benefit the most. The weather...

  • Colorado Springs high school briefly on lockdown after BB gun brandished

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A teenager was arrested on suspicion of menacing, a possible felony offense, after pointing a BB gun at students outside Palmer High School on Wednesday, police said. A few minutes before noon, Colorado Springs police received a call reporting a large fight among high school students...

  • Colorado Springs mom stresses knowing parents' rights in education

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    "Wake up! Be informed!" That's the message a local mother of three who has been around the educational block has for other parents. Bethany Drosendahl served as a parent representative on a 15-member, statewide task force lawmakers formed last year to study Colorado's standardized...

  • Chicago developer wants to build apartment complex near Colorado Springs university

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students may have another off-campus apartment complex to choose from, if plans of a Chicago-based developer materialize. GG Land Group, a limited- liability company developing more than 30 off-campus student apartment sites across the...

  • Palmer High's Digital Media team to receive 'Spirit of Springs Award'

    Debbie Kelley
    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present Palmer High School’s Digital Media Studies Team with the Spirit of the Springs Award at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The team is being recognized for being named Colorado Best in State for the app members created in the 2014-15 Verizon Innovation...

  • Colorado parents worry about what government, businesses know about their kids

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Traci Burnett, a Monument mother of three, doesn't consider herself an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist. And she's never been an activist. But something has her so riled up that she's sounding a loud Big Brother distress call. Burnett, and growing ranks of parents, think public...

  • Colorado Springs school district feels the love from early decision to close

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Thousands of schoolchildren knew around midmorning Sunday that they could sleep in on Monday. And maybe go sledding. Or build a snowman. Or create a tent fort in the living room. The region's largest school district, Colorado Springs School District 11, called a snow day for Monday...

  • Eastern Colorado schools closed for 2nd day after social media post

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    WRAY — Schools are closed for a second day in Wray as authorities investigate a possible threat that was made using the social media app Yik Yak. Wray police said Friday that they have interviewed several students and staffers to try to identify who made the post and have been in...

  • Travyon Martin's mother speaks at Colorado State

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    FORT COLLINS — Trayvon Martin's mother has turned his death into her life's work. The Coloradoan reports that in a speech Thursday at Colorado State University marking Black History Month, Sybrina Fulton said too many people are reluctant to acknowledge the prevalence of racism in...

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