• Mayoral candidate Makepeace says collaboration, leadership key to improving Colorado Springs

    By Monica Mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Mary Lou Makepeace hosted a series of roundtable discussions to talk with people about the issues important to them in Colorado Springs. She did that when she was mayor in 1997. And she did that in recent weeks after she announced her intention to run for mayor again. "I'm a very...

  • Colorado lawmakers seek penalties on using drones to invade privacy

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers want to criminalize the use of drones when they're used to monitor someone without their consent. The proposal up for a House committee vote Tuesday would make it a crime of first-degree trespassing to take images of someone when they have an expectation...

  • Yoga bill headed for Senate as students adopt Colorado Springs senator's 'crow' pose

    The Denver Post
    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    A bill to exempt yoga-teacher training studios from state certification breezed through Senate Appropriations today and now is on its way to the full Senate on the consent calendar, meaning no opposition is expected. The bill earlier passed the Senate Education Committee where...

  • Colorado bill on mandatory fines for animal fighting moves forward

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    DENVER — A Colorado bill to set mandatory fines for people convicted of animal fighting is headed to the governor's desk. Animal fighting is not widespread in Colorado, with only two people in the state convicted of the crime during the past three years. But bill sponsors say the...

  • Questions about petitions to recall Colorado Springs councilwoman raised at hearing

    By monica mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Southeast Colorado Springs resident Robert Blancken raised questions Monday about the recall petition against District 4 City Councilwoman Helen Collins, including whether people who collect signatures need to be registered voters. Some of the petition pages did not have proper...

  • Klingenschmitt's 'dead bureaucrats' bill goes to graveyard

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    DENVER - Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt unveiled "Mr. Bones" in a House committee Monday, a miniature fake skeleton he said represents all of the dead bureaucrats responsible for some of the 40 bound volumes of administrative rules he would like to see reviewed. But after a few skeletal...

  • Colorado revenue department sees increase in fraud

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    DENVER — Concerns about increasing fraud by thieves using filing software and stolen identification information here and in at least one other state mean the Colorado Department of Revenue will this year issue some refunds by slower-but-surer check to taxpayers who had wanted...

  • Everyone in Colorado may get a marijuana tax refund

    Fox 31
    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    DENVER — Thanks to Colorado’s new marijuana tax and a quirky state law, residents may get a special one-time tax refund next year. The total could be about $59 million, according to Fox 31. That’s how much the state expects to collect from taxes on the sale of recreational...

  • Hearing set for Monday to scrutinize petitions for recall Colorado Springs councilwoman

    By Monica Mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The recall petition against Councilwoman Helen Collins will be scrutinized in a public hearing Monday. The city scheduled the hearing to review the petition after southeast resident Robert Blancken filed a protest Feb. 17 questioning the validity of the petition - specifically the...

  • 5 things to know at the Colorado statehouse this week

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    DENVER — Here's what will be keeping Colorado lawmakers busy this week: ___ FAMILY LEAVE FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Democrats want to expand the types of school activities for which parents are able to leave work. Currently, employers with more than 50 workers have to allow up to 18...

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