• 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...

  • 7 things you might not know about Makepeace and Suthers

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    With the Colorado Springs mayoral election all but decided, here are seven things you might not know about candidates John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace: - Mayor-elect Suthers wears Wranglers to casual events. - Makepeace is a "soccer grandma" who raises her 10-year-old grandson....

  • John Suthers to be next Colorado Springs mayor

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    ELECTION DAY Non-registered voters who want to participate in the Colorado Springs mayoral runoff election can register and obtain a ballot on election day at the City Clerk's office, 30 S. Nevada Ave. The clerk's office also has replacement ballots. For a complete list of ballot...

  • Colorado governor signs education bills to boost workforce development

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado students could soon be able to graduate in six years with a high school diploma and an associate's degree - all on the state's dime. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that allows a workforce development program to come to Colorado known as P-TECH, for...

  • 9 oil well deaths, 3 in Colorado, lead to warning about inhaling chemicals

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    DENVER — Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years. All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas,...

  • Colorado governor signs rules that limit medical pot growers

    Associated Press
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's governor signed into law a crackdown on medical marijuana Monday, one of two measures designed to ferret out people improperly using and selling untaxed marijuana. The law limits caregivers, those who grow pot on behalf of patients, to 99 plants. The change means...

  • Events in and around Colorado Springs this week

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The long-range strategic enterprise planning meeting of Colorado Springs Utilities will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave. The Colorado Springs Infill Steering Committee will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Pikes Peak Conference Room on the second...

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