• Colorado Springs charter school will likely be closed

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 36 min ago

    Despite pleas from supporters of STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, the 9-year-old charter school will close at the end of this school year, Colorado Springs School District 11's board of education unanimously decided Wednesday night. "That's with a heavy heart," said LuAnn...

  • Governor pledges to help Colorado Springs attract young professionals

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 56 min ago

    Gov. John Hickenlooper announced in his state of the state address that courting millennials will be part of his plan to boost Colorado's economy. In a Wednesday address in front of hundreds of members of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Hickenlooper made it clear...

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

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 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...

  • El Paso County formally takes Jones Park ownership

    BY LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 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...

  • How to vote in the 2015 Colorado Springs Municipal Election

    The Gazette
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    The April 7 Colorado Springs Municipal Election is a mail-in only election with ballots being mailed as early as March 13. Ballot drop-off locations will be open to accept ballots Monday through Friday from March 13 through Election Day April 7. On Election Day, drop-off locations...

  • Colorado considers background checks for youth sports leagues

    By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    DENVER — Colorado is considering becoming the first state to require background checks for people who work for youth sports organizations. Bill supporters argue that hairdressers and child care workers need criminal background checks, but not people going on overnight trips with...

  • Colorado Springs council says no to ballot measure, yes to stormwater promise

    BY MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    There will be no Colorado Springs bond election in April for capital improvement projects. Instead, the City Council made a promise to residents that it will spend $19 million a year from the city's general fund and Colorado Springs Utilities on stormwater projects. It was the City...

  • Gov. Hickenlooper backers were Colorado's top 2014 campaign spenders

    Associated Press
    Updated: 14 hr ago

    DENVER — Two groups that supported the re-election of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper were the biggest spenders in last year's state-level elections, according to a new analysis of campaign finance data by the Center for Public Integrity. The report found that the Democratic...

  • Colorado Springs recall question goes to ballot despite disagreement

    BY MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: 19 hr ago

    The Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to put the Helen Collins recall question on the April ballot despite concerns from District 4 citizens that the city has not allowed 
the proper protest period. Robert Blancken, who lives in District 4, said the city's charter gives...

  • El Paso County Sheriff's Office getting $200k in new vehicles

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -

    The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners approved more than $200,000 to purchase new vehicles for the Sheriff's Office. At the board's regular meeting on Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of six new 2015 Ford Explorers from the LakeWood Fordland...