• Overnight fire in Colorado Springs being investigated

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    A small fire early Thursday morning that was quickly extinguished at the Forestry Operations Center in Colorado Springs is still being investigated hours later, police said. Few details have been released after a fire started at the property around 2 a.m., as both the Colorado...

  • Insurance issues arising from disasters bring little regulatory change to Colorado

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The Colorado Division of Insurance, the regulatory agency charged with protecting consumers, has emerged from years of wildfires and floods with few tools to help it track market health in the state, and remains relatively powerless. Colorado residents are more or less where they...

  • El Paso County approves funds to buy flood-endangered homes in Cascade

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    After years of waiting for federal funding to come through, El Paso County on Tuesday approved funds to buy four Ute Pass homes in danger of being destroyed by flood water. The process to purchase the homes began in 2012, after the Waldo Canyon fire denuded more than 18,000 acres of...

  • Police: Woman piled furniture on porch to start Manitou Spring house fire

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    A bonfire of wicker furniture, aided by lighter fluid, destroyed a Manitou Springs fourplex Saturday. Nicchi Ladawn See, 45, set a pile of furniture ablaze Saturday morning on the porch of 507 Canon Ave., possibly as "punishment" for her ex-boyfriend and others refusing to leave...

  • El Paso County commissioners vote to end Black Forest code exceptions

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners voted 4-0 on Tuesday to expire exceptions to land use codes in Black Forest, a decision that will force residents who have been living in RVs and trailers to move out. After the Black Forest fire in 2013, the commissioners lifted land use...

  • Fire leaves 8 homeless in Manitou Springs; arson likely

    By Vallari Gupte vallari.gupte@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Manitou Springs residents jumped from a second-floor window Saturday morning after a woman allegedly set fire to the house where they lived. The woman has been identified as Nicci Ladawn, 46. She was arrested after calling the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and admitting...

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