• Colorado Springs charter school will likely be closed

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    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...

  • How to vote in the 2015 Colorado Springs Municipal Election

    The Gazette
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    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: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    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: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    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: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    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: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    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 -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    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...

  • Colorado lawmakers introducing right-to-die legislation

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado Democrats unveiled what's sure to be one of the most emotionally charged proposals of the year — legislation to give terminally ill patients the right to choose when they die, with the help of doctor-prescribed medication. Democrats announced details of the bill...

  • Councilman Snider won't seek re-election, guaranteeing three new council members in April

    By Monica Mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Colorado Springs City Councilman Val Snider will not seek re-election, and that means at least three new faces on the council in April. Snider broke the news Friday morning on Facebook. "After much thought and personal reflection I have decided I'd like to take my life in a new...

  • Ballot Countdown: District 4 candidates can pick up packets Thursday

    By MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    District 4 candidates 
can pick up packets Candidates interested in running for the Colorado Springs District 4 council seat against Councilwoman Helen Collins can begin circulating petitions Thursday. A group of citizens was successful in getting a Collins recall question on the...

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