• Insights at Large: Longinos Gonzalez Jr.

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Longinos Gonzalez Jr. naturally opposes recreational drug sales, having done counter-drug work during half of his 20-year stint in the Air Force. But Gonzalez's opposition to marijuana in pro-pot Colorado also appears to be tied to his concern for children and teens. He has taught...

  • Colorado Springs politician under fire for comments about baby's killing

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DENVER - Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Colorado Springs Republican, said in an online video that a pregnant victim in Longmont who was attacked and had her baby cut from her womb was "a curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb." Republicans...

  • Congressman: Cancel VA bonuses, use them for Denver hospital

    By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    DENVER — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in...

  • Colorado Senate considers expanded snow tire requirement

    Associated Press
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DENVER — A debate over expanding requirements for snow tires on Colorado highways faces a test Thursday in the state Senate. The bill would require snow tires or chains on noncommercial vehicles at all times during winter and spring months, an attempt reduce accidents and mountain...

  • Colorado's legalization spurred early run of gay marriage, but rate has slowed

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 12 hr ago

    Toni and Katy Morrison soon will celebrate their six-month anniversary, and so will Colorado's legalization of same-sex marriage. The lesbian couple was among the first to officially tie the knot in El Paso County after a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Oct. 6, 2014 cleared the way...

  • Teachers' rally shines light on Colorado legislature's work toward education consensus

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DENVER - As teachers rallied on the west steps of the state Capitol on Wednesday chanting "more than a score," lawmakers inside scrambled to find consensus on reducing the number of standardized tests. Students starting kindergarten in the fall will be mandated to take close to 30...

  • El Paso County gets grant to prep for Ebola

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: 22 hr ago

    The El Paso County Board of Health on Wednesday formally accepted $95,000 in federal funding to better prepare the county for the Ebola virus. The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of nearly $2.2 million being allocated across Colorado to...

  • Edible marijuana must get new look, lawmakers agree

    Associated Press
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DENVER — Edible marijuana sold in Colorado must have a new look. That's according to state senators from both parties who rejected a bill Wednesday to loosen a requirement that pot cookies and candies not look like regular foods. The 0-5 vote was a stunning rejection for a bill...

  • VA hospital construction chief retires amid investigation

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DENVER — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said. Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said....

  • Yoga school regulation exemption passes Colorado Legislature

    Associated Press

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers have agreed to exempt yoga teaching programs from regulation. A bill sent to the governor for his signature Wednesday would change a regulation that consider yoga-teacher classes a type of occupational training subject to state oversight. The bill was...