• Head of building department could become El Paso County administrator

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    The head of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department could take over as interim El Paso County administrator when the post becomes vacant in June. Henry Yankowski, the regional building department's chief executive, has been tabbed to possibly fill the void left by Jeff Greene, who...

  • Longtime El Paso County resident is first to announce commissioner candidacy

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Scott Turner, a local banker and longtime Salvation Army volunteer board member, is running in 2016 for El Paso County Commission in District 4. Turner, 56, is the first candidate to say he's running any of the commission seats, made his announcement Thursday at the Fountain Valley...

  • Highway 24 shortcut will ease traffic, save millions

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The former site of a decrepit hotel will become a shortcut for drivers traveling in west Colorado Springs. As part of the Interstate 25 and Cimarron Street interchange project, which broke ground on Wednesday, a four-lane road will cut through the previous location of the Express Inn...

  • Former Denver Human Services worker sentenced for misconduct

    Associated Press
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DENVER — A former Denver Human Services caseworker accused of falsifying reports in the case of a 2-month-old girl who was hospitalized with skull fractures and later died has pleaded guilty. The Denver District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that 27-year-old Rotchana Madera...

  • Williams Canyon mitigation helps Manitou Springs resident rest easy

    By Ellie mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 16 hr ago

    In 2013, flooding trapped Laurie Danin in her Manitou Springs home. She watched as black, thick water, soot from the burn scar mixed into mud, rushed through Williams Canyon and surrounded her house. Now she worries less when it rains because of mitigation projects that have been...

  • El Paso County studying a change to district boundaries

    BY MARIA ST. LOUIS-SANCHEZ maria.sanchez@gazette.com -
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Three options could change the Board of El Paso County Commissioner districts for many county residents. The proposed districts, announced at a May 12 commissioners meeting, are intended to help the growing county population be equitable across the districts while preserving the key...

  • Some El Paso County residents may have to pay big to stop wind farm project

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 21 hr ago

    A group of eastern El Paso County residents could have to dig up millions of dollars to stop construction on a wind farm near their homes outside of Calhan, according to El Paso County court documents. The disgruntled homeowners have sued the El Paso County commissioners and NextEra...

  • Cascade homeowners in Ute Pass flood plain will soon receive buyouts from El Paso County

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Tom Harris has something on his property that many Colorado residents might envy - a swiftly running stream, swollen this time of year with spring runoff. But what Harris jokingly calls his water feature is something much more ominous - nothing like the kind of babbling brook that...

  • Colorado senators hear of fire-prevention obstacles at fire summit

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 21 hr ago

    A tangle of congressional squabbles, federal bureaucracy and outside interests often stand in the way of healthier forests, a group of state and county leaders told U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner during a wildfire summit in Colorado Springs on Saturday. The 30-person...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs homeowners blame city inaction on erosion as yards, fences, decks fall in creek

    By Bill Vogrin -
    Updated: 21 hr ago

    During three days of torrential rain, hail and snow last week, next-door neighbors Monika Buckley and Doris Munson stood at their windows and watched in fear as North Rockrimmon Creek, which runs behind their homes, swelled dramatically and their backyards shrank. Finally, late...

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