• Common Core, budgets spur discussion between Pikes Peak region legislators, constituents

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The first week of Paul Lundeen's term as a state legislator was so busy he only could manage a few hours of sleep after commuting back and forth from Denver to his home in Monument. The former chairman of the state board of education decided he couldn't keep up with the exhausting...

  • Ute Valley open space grows thanks to conservation effort

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Ute Valley Gateway Open space has grown by 110 acres, the city of Colorado Springs announced Friday. The newly-conserved tract makes a 203-acre open space on the border of Ute Valley Park, which is 300 acres. The addition allows the city to complete the Ute Valley Trail. The...

  • Colorado considers ban on welfare cards at marijuana shops

    KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press
    Yesterday

    DENVER — Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It's an urban legend that won't go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can't be used at dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the...

  • Priority for Gazette readers: Fewer words, more action from elected Colorado Springs leaders

    BY MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    Colorado Springs voters will elect a new mayor and as many as five new City Council members in April and Gazette readers, thinking about the dozen candidates who will make promises over the six weeks, say they want fewer words and more action from their future elected officials. They...

  • Colorado lawmakers headed toward big fight over funding for teens' IUDS

    By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    DENVER — Democrats and Republicans are headed toward a clash over Colorado funding for long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices, which the governor and health officials credit for reducing the state's teen pregnancy rate. Legislation expected to be introduced...

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a...

  • McCain to Senate protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them "low-life scum." The upheaval came Thursday on Capitol Hill after members of an anti-war group calling itself Code Pink approached a witness table where...

  • Obama to call for end of sequestration cuts

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law. Obama's budget...

  • El Paso County formally takes Jones Park ownership

    BY LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners on Wednesday formally accepted ownership of the 1,200-acre Jones Park west of Colorado Springs. The transfer ended more than a century of ownership by Colorado Springs Utilities, which purchased the land in the 1890s for a water project that...

  • Riders voice displeasure with proposed change to Colorado Springs bus route

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Jennifer Holt and others who work on Peterson Air Force Base may need to find a new way to get to work. She and a group of five others who work there gathered at a public meeting Wednesday evening to voice their concerns about a specific aspect of the Mountain Metropolitan Transit...

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