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  • Recall effort launched against Colorado Springs councilwoman

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    An effort to recall Colorado Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins launched this week cites her failure to "represent the best interests or address the basic concerns, of the long-ignored voters and hard-pressed taxpayers in City Council District 4." The group behind the recall effort...

  • El Paso County to improve documentation for child placement after state review

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    El Paso County social workers failed to properly document or run 43 percent of mandatory background checks needed for adults in homes taking in children from social services in August, according to a state-led review released this week. Colorado officials said work is underway to...

  • Let the sun shine: Colorado Springs Utilities adding solar capacity

    By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    A ray of sunshine came out of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board meeting this week as the panel OK'd two projects that will add 20 megawatts of solar power and credits to the area's energy portfolio. "It's very exciting," John Romero, Utilities general manager of energy...

  • Criminal investigation continues as El Paso County prepares for sheriff switch

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    As the third term for El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa ends, an open criminal investigation lingers. Working on behalf of the 4th Judicial District, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has led a review of allegations made against Maketa since July and few details have been...

  • Governor Hickenlooper reveals he has a girlfriend

    By Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post
    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    In addition to hearing the traditional “Merry Christmas” or “happy holidays,” guests at Gov. John Hickenlooper’s annual yuletide gathering got a bit of a surprise: he’s got a girlfriend. While Hickenlooper made no formal announcement at the Wednesday cocktail party held in the...

  • Sheriff Terry Maketa puts in retirement paperwork to leave office before term ends

    By Kassondra Cloos and Stephen Hobbs The Gazette -
    Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Sheriff Terry Maketa has submitted his notice of retirement and plans to leave office Dec. 31, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday. His retirement comes two weeks before the end of his third term. Maketa did not give a reason for cutting his term short, spokesman...

  • Colorado audit finds foster care check problems

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    DENVER — Counties aren't properly conducting background checks before placing foster children in the care of relatives, according to a first-of-its-kind review by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Social workers are required to do four background checks on people in the...

  • Colorado Springs Rep.-elect Klingenschmitt makes list of 'Craziest Politicians'

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    What do U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Vice President Joe Biden have in common with Colorado Springs' state Rep.-elect Gordon Klingenschmitt? They all made GQ magazine's list of "America's 20 Craziest Politicians" this week. Klingenschmitt, a 46-year-old Republican and former Navy...

  • El Paso County Commissioners look to expand burn ordinance

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Two El Paso County policies are at odds over the regulation of slash pile burns, the cheapest and most efficient way to eliminate dead trees in Black Forest. In fall, when flaming slash piles sent smoke through their neighborhood, Black Forest residents appealed to El Paso County...

  • More than 100,000 sign up for insurance through Colorado exchange

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Colorado's health insurance exchange tallied 108,077 enrollments completed during its first month of open enrollment - largely from people who were covered in 2014. Eighty percent of those who purchased 2015 plans through Connect for Health Colorado had coverage this year, according...

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