• Garcia's April Fool's Day move: Push amendment to defund agency he wants to preserve

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 2 min ago

    DENVER - Call it an April Fool's joke or a sly political maneuver, on Wednesday Sen. Leroy Garcia pushed an amendment to the state's $25 billion budget that would have defunded the state agency he's been working to save. It was one of 51 amendments to the long bill asking for an...

  • Lack of votes holding up bill that could stave off water lawsuit for El Paso County

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER AND RYAN MAYE HANDY The Gazette -
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DENVER - It's a "no-brainer" to pass a law this session that protects fire mitigation efforts in El Paso County from the threat of water rights enforcement, said Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. But his bill is facing an uphill battle. "We're still trying to find a compromise. I...

  • Insights at Large: Nicholas Lee

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Nicholas Lee is most assuredly the only one of 13 at-large Colorado Springs City Council candidates who's opening a gin joint this summer. The 34-year-old entrepreneur, with cousin Ian, started Tins.ly software company several years ago with a QR code named QRlette. Now they plan to...

  • Insights at Large: Jesse Brown Jr.

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Jesse Brown Jr.'s campaign for Colorado Springs City Council can be summed up in one word. Inclusion. Whatever the issue, the pastor of Christ Temple Community Church likely will view it through the prism of inclusiveness. "If we do not set the climate of inclusion, other companies...

  • Rifle beats out Colorado Springs, four other Colorado communities in bid for new high-tech aerial firefighting center

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Rifle will be the home of the Center for Excellence in Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, a much sought-after state research center expected to revolutionize firefighting in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday. The decision to put the center on the Western...

  • Water basins could have costly legal ramifications for El Paso County

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    More than two dozen El Paso County water basins that hold back flood debris and ensure local water quality are caught up in an unforeseen battle over water rights, putting the basins at the mercy of state lawmakers. Colorado Springs utility and stormwater managers, along with...

  • Lawmakers clash with FEMA over Colorado flood debt letters

    Mark K. Matthews, The Denver Post
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Technically it's called a "recoupment" but U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is going with "clawback" to describe what the government has demanded of 255 households that received federal money after Colorado's 2013 floods. In letters mailed as early as November 2013, the Federal...

  • Transgender birth certificate change wins Colorado House approval, Klingenschmitt responds

    By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    DENVER — Transgender Colorado residents moved a step closer Wednesday to being able to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without getting surgery. The Democrat-led House gave preliminary approval to the plan over objections from some Republicans who opposed a...

  • Mayor Bach looks back on term, apologizes for Colorado Springs roads

    By Dianne Derby, KKTV
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach says most people don't realize what it takes to be the city's first strong mayor under a new form of government. "What people don't understand is the mayor is the city manager," said Bach. "I've got things every day I deal with, with our police...

  • Cascade residents live in fear of being washed away below Waldo Canyon burn scar

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late. "Two weeks ago, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories...

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