• Ballot Countdown: Colorado Springs candidate events kick off busy March

    BY MONICA MENDOZA MONICA.MENDOZA@GAZETTE.COM -
    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Round table about seniors' issues Mayoral candidate Mary Lou Makepeace will host the third in a series of five round table discussions from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Center at Cordera, 9208 Grand Cordera Parkway. The discussion will focus on issues important to seniors including...

  • US to spend $57 million more on stream damage from '13 flood

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 18 hr ago

    DENVER — The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday it will spend another $57 million on recovery work on Colorado rivers and streams that were damaged by the 2013 flood. Most of the work will be done in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties, along with other projects in...

  • Colorado moves ahead on medical pot crackdown

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 18 hr ago

    DENVER — A crackdown on medical pot growers in Colorado passed its first and toughest test in the state Legislature Thursday. The bill's 5-0 bipartisan approval in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee gives law enforcement and state pot regulators hope that years of...

  • Group backs off plan to put fracking ban on Colorado ballot

    By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DENVER — An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead try to persuade Gov. John Hickenlooper to halt the practice. Karen Dike of Coloradans...

  • Lee, Merrifield bills applauded by Colorado Springs residents

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    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...

  • Colorado's most controversial marijuana-related bill gets test Thursday

    Associated Press
    Yesterday

    DENVER — Colorado's most controversial marijuana-related bill of the year is up for its first test in the Senate Thursday. A measure to crack down on medical pot users faces a hearing. The bill would increase oversight on doctors who recommend marijuana for severe pain, the most...

  • Red-light camera ban passes 1st test in Colorado

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DENVER — A ban on red-light cameras and speed-van enforcement passed its first test Wednesday in the Colorado Legislature. But a long afternoon of testimony showed the topic is as divisive as ever. In Colorado, 12 cities use the traffic-enforcement cameras. State lawmakers have...

  • Colorado lawmakers consider stricter snow-tire requirements

    By Ivan Moreno, Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are considering requiring snow tires or chains on noncommercial vehicles at all times during winter and spring months. The bill goes to the core of what's a maddening experience for skiers and other travelers to the mountain resorts who get stuck in...

  • Colorado House rejects drill-limit penalties

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DENVER — Democrats in the Colorado House have rejected a proposal to penalize communities that ban the drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The vote Wednesday comes as the GOP Senate voted recently in favor of a similar proposal. The votes show that Republicans...

  • Colorado Springs council, mayoral candidates stress need to end strife

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    "Collaboration," "cooperation" and "leadership" were the catchphrases Tuesday night as at-large Colorado Springs City Council and mayoral candidates spoke at the Organization of Westside Neighbors forum. Eleven of the 13 at-large candidates attended; Vickie Tonkins and Vanessa Bowie...

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