• Office of Consumer Counsel could lose telecom oversight role

    Megan Schrader
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    A bill to renew the Office of Consumer Council was finally introduced by Republicans in the Senate and while it maintains the agency's oversight role for electric and gas utility rates, it would remove the oversight function for telephone services. Senate Bill 271 has been long...

  • Bill to fix Colorado's pot tax problem introduced

    Megan Schrader
    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Colorado lawmakers are getting ready to ask voters if they can keep $58 million in pot taxes collected by the state despite the huge increase in overall revenue collections for the state. House Bill 1367 was introduced Monday night and refers the issue to voters on Nov. 3, 2015. If...

  • Bill to open DYC records to public scrutiny likely to clear Colorado Senate

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    DENVER - A bill that would open up Division of Youth Corrections' records for public scrutiny passed the Senate preliminarily Monday on the consent calendar with no discussion and no opposition. Two Colorado Springs lawmakers - Sen. Kent Lambert, a Republican, and Rep. Pete Lee, a...

  • Hickenlooper has plan to cut down on Colorado's pending TABOR refund

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper pitched a fix Thursday to what some call Colorado's "fiscal thicket," a complex network of constitutional amendments - most notably the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights - and state laws that dictate how state government spends taxpayer dollars. The plan - spelled out...

  • Spring mix of snow, rain expected to continue through Monday

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    After two days of spring storms brought nearly 6 inches of snow to parts of Colorado Springs, a rain and snow mix continued through the area Saturday. And it will continue on and off for a few more days. Fountain police put the city on accident alert for three hours Saturday...

  • Hundreds turn out for Earth Day events at Garden of the Gods

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    A couple of thousand people celebrated Earth Day at Garden of the Gods on Saturday planting seeds, touring the park and getting up close and personal with birds of prey and zoo animals. Jayden Pagano, 8, said the day for him was about "celebrating the Earth." He and his 5-year-old...

  • At least two dozen vehicles discovered vandalized early Saturday in Colorado Springs

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Between 20 and 30 cars were broken into early Saturday morning in Old Colorado City and Colorado Springs police are asking victims to contact police. Police got a call just before 4 a.m. Saturday about a burglarized vehicle in the 2800 block of West Kiowa Street and noticed about two...

  • Man arrested in stabbing at Colorado Springs apartment complex

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    A stabbing victim was rushed to surgery Saturday afternoon after someone he knew stabbed him in the abdomen at an apartment complex in east Colorado Springs, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police arrested Hubson Herman, 22, at the scene in the 300 block of N...

  • Fountain no longer on accident alert

    By Megan Schrader megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Fountain Police ended an accident alert for the city just before 8 p.m. Saturday after urging citizens to drive carefully when snow started falling at 5 p.m. The National Weather Service in Pueblo said it has been raining on and off all day along the Interstate 25 corridor and cold...

  • Vote on stormwater bill delayed for discussion with southern Colorado farmers, ranchers

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    DENVER - Farmers and ranchers from along the Lower Arkansas River were riled about a bill that would protect governments from being sued over stormwater detention and mitigation systems that impact water flows. Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, said it was a communication issue...

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