• PPCC expands to Teller County with unique classroom

    By Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    WOODLAND PARK - With winds gusting up to 20 mph, a chill in the morning air and snow melt creating muddy rivulets, it wasn't easy to pinpoint the origin of Fountain Creek on a topographical map and document the findings in a field journal. But students in Kristen Kubina's mountain...

  • Colorado's Second Lady to speak on women and race during International Women's Day event

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 18 hr ago

    The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council will present an International Women's Day program on Women, Race and Global Minorities on Monday. The guest speaker will be Claire Oberon Garcia, an English professor and director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Program at Colorado College. She...

  • Troop honors 7 teens who stuck it out to earn Eagle Scout rank

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    When 16-year-old John Gaebler got up to thank his parents for supporting him along the road to becoming an Eagle Scout, he decided to start with a little honesty. "I almost quit Boy Scouts when I was in the sixth grade," said Gaebler. "And I'm so glad I didn't." Gaebler, the son of...

  • Calhan Elementary boosts achievement with help from Colorado Turnaround Network

    By Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Linda Slothower was hired to be principal at Calhan Elementary School in August 2013. A few weeks later, she found out the school wasn't doing so well. It had a "priority improvement" rating on the state's accountability system, the second lowest. "That was very concerning," she...

  • Struggling Colorado Springs middle school gets one-year reprieve

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is in what Principal James Nason calls "an interesting place." The magnet middle school in Colorado Springs School District 11 with a special focus on aviation is one of 30 schools across the state in its fifth consecutive year of low academic...

  • Durango High School Twitter gossip site shut down

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DURANGO — A Twitter account that spread gossip about students at Durango High School, often criticizing people by name, has been shut down. The Durango Herald (http://bit.ly/1ExaCuZ ) reports the site was shut down Thursday evening. It wasn't clear if that was because of a...

  • Denver apologizes for late notice on snow day

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DENVER — Students in Denver, Jefferson County and Pueblo got a day off from school Thursday from the latest round of snow to hit Colorado but not everyone was happy about it. Parents in Denver weren't notified about the closure until around 6:30 a.m. just as many were preparing to...

  • 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...

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