• El Paso County studying a change to district boundaries

    BY MARIA ST. LOUIS-SANCHEZ maria.sanchez@gazette.com -
    Updated: 3 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...

  • Highway 24 shortcut will ease traffic, save millions

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 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...

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

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 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: 5 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: 5 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: 5 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...

  • Colorado House, Senate play chicken on key bills as session nears end

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DENVER - In the three remaining days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will tackle some hefty issues: reductions in standardized tests, a multibillion-dollar fix for the state's pension system and a postponement of TABOR refunds that would allow a billion dollars to be...

  • Not everyone is happy with compromise reached on Colorado testing bill

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DENVER - A group of senators favoring fewer tests and more local choice sounded off on a testing compromise Tuesday night, calling it a "back room deal" and "token bill" that falls short of what parents, teachers and students have been asking for the past 119 days of the legislative...

  • Colorado legislators put on a happy face over just-ended session

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Looking back on the just-ended Colorado legislative session, Democrat and Republican leaders were quick to praise bipartisan bills on testing, workforce development and policing - issues that gained widespread acceptance from the outset. But in their post-session talks, they seemed...

  • Busy final day of Colorado Legislature results in testing compromise

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DENVER - Some called it "magic," others merely said "acceptable," but before the gavel fell on sine die for Colorado's 2015 General Assembly, a compromise was worked out to reduce standardized testing in Colorado public schools. Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill....

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