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  • Maketa puts in retirement paperwork to leave office before term ends

    By Kassondra Cloos and Stephen Hobbs The Gazette -
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Sheriff Terry Maketa submitted his notice of retirement and plans to leave office Dec. 31, the Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday. His retirement comes two weeks before the end of his third term. Maketa did not give a reason for cutting his term short, spokesman Sgt. Greg White...

  • Colorado Springs Rep.-elect Klingenschmitt makes list of 'Craziest Politicians'

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 11 hr ago

    What do U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Vice President Joe Biden have in common with Colorado Springs' state Rep.-elect Gordon Klingenschmitt? They all made GQ magazine's list of "America's 20 Craziest Politicians" this week. Klingenschmitt, a 46-year-old Republican and former Navy...

  • El Paso County Commissioners look to expand burn ordinance

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Two El Paso County policies are at odds over the regulation of slash pile burns, the cheapest and most efficient way to eliminate dead trees in Black Forest. In fall, when flaming slash piles sent smoke through their neighborhood, Black Forest residents appealed to El Paso County...

  • More than 100,000 sign up for insurance through Colorado exchange

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Colorado's health insurance exchange tallied 108,077 enrollments completed during its first month of open enrollment - largely from people who were covered in 2014. Eighty percent of those who purchased 2015 plans through Connect for Health Colorado had coverage this year, according...

  • Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    DENVER — Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential — a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects. The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies...

  • County commissioners decree ensures Bear Creek park will never be sold

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    Come rain, shine, high water or the end of the world, Bear Creek Regional Park Open Space will remain undeveloped for all time, thanks to a new El Paso County Board of Commissioners decree. Not that the county's largest open space was in danger of going anywhere, said Dave Rose, a...

  • Nine from Pikes Peak region chosen for state House committees

    By RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    El Paso County lawmakers hold spots on most of the Colorado House committees for the 2015 legislative session that begins Jan. 7. House committees, which focus on topics including business affairs, local government and the environment, are part of the bill process that sends measures...

  • Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach: It's time to step aside

    BY WAYNE HEILMAN wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach ended speculation Monday about whether he would run for re-election, announcing that he decided to stick to an earlier pledge to serve just one term. Bach, 71, said Monday that he made the decision last weekend with his wife, Suzi, after "talking...

  • Retired Air Force officer appointed to City Council's District 2, will serve 4 months

    BY MONICA MENDOZA monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Larry Bagley, a retired Air Force officer, likes the City for Champions proposal, believes a stormwater funding plan needs to be developed soon and does not want recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs. Bagley was appointed by City Council on Monday to temporarily fill the...

  • A closer look at the 10 candidates for vacant Colorado Springs council seat

    By monica mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    The person appointed to the City Council on Monday will be more than a seat-filler for the next four months. Whoever replaces Joel Miller in the Colorado Springs District 2 seat could be a pivotal member of the council as it prepares to decide in January proposed ballot questions on...

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