• Colorado Springs potholes a big topic at councilman's first town hall

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    They may represent only a sliver of Colorado Springs residents, but the 20 or so civic-minded citizens who attended Thursday evening's town hall all agreed on one thing. They want a higher property tax, not a sales tax, to tackle the city's $1.2 billion infrastructure backlog. Most...

  • Calhan public works director quits amid water investigation

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Calhan public works director Greg Maggard submitted his letter of resignation Thursday, the town clerk confirmed. "Thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development," Maggard's letter says. "I have enjoyed working for the town of Calhan and appreciate the...

  • Justice Department eyes voting reforms for American Indians

    The Associated Press
    Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking legislation that would require state and local election officials to work with American Indian tribes to locate at least one polling place on or near each tribe's land. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the changes are...

  • Hickenlooper calls Jeffco snub a 'partisan' move

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper fired back at a perceived snub from Jefferson County Schools on Wednesday after two high schools refused to let him hold a bill-signing ceremony on school property. "The last time I was at Lakewood High School, Katy Perry was there and somehow she...

  • Colorado to spend $1.2 million for wildfire prediction system

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    DENVER - Colorado will spend $1.2 million over the next two years on a "revolutionary" fire prediction system that uses atmospheric weather data to predict the behavior of wildfires up to 18 hours in advance. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1129 on Wednesday afternoon at a...

  • Suthers wastes no time getting ready to be next Colorado Springs mayor

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Colorado Springs Mayor-elect John Suthers has hit the ground running, and his dizzying schedule won't slow anytime soon. About 14 hours after his election victory Tuesday night, Suthers kicked off his whirlwind Wednesday by doing a gazette.com interview with Council President Merv...

  • Hickenlooper signs bills that reduce amount of tests for Colorado students

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills Wednesday morning that will reduce the time Colorado students spend taking standardized tests by an estimated 30 hours between kindergarten and graduation. "This was the bill of the session. It was the most difficult bill, but...

  • Video replay: Springs mayor-elect John Suthers, council president Merv Bennett discuss council-mayor relations

    The Gazette
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Colorado Springs mayor-elect John Suthers and new City Council President Merv Bennett were in-studio Wednesday to discuss council-mayor relations and plans for the first few months of the new administration. Tuesday night, Suthers became the mayor- elect of Colorado...

  • Voters make emphatic choice of next Colorado Springs mayor

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    John Suthers attended city meetings, met with officials and worked as if he expected to be mayor during the six weeks between the city and mayoral runoff elections. Tuesday night, he became the mayor- elect of Colorado Springs, defeating Mary Lou Makepeace by a huge margin....

  • Colorado Springs Forward waiting to make key hire

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Colorado Springs Forward has stalled its search for a CEO until the new mayor and City Council have had time to set a direction for the city, the group announced Tuesday. "The group will remain very active, but we will wait to hire our next CEO based on the direction determined over...

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