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  • Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance ready to launch CEO search

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Dec 17, 2014

    A nine-person committee headed by former Ent Federal Credit Union CEO Charles Emmer plans to start its search this week for a new CEO for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. The committee, which met for the first time Monday, expects to post a job description and seek...

  • Colorado Springs man to police: Pipe bombs for 'home protection'

    BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    A Colorado Springs man arrested after pipe bombs were found in his apartment unit Wednesday night told police he made the bombs for "home protection" and that he had mental problems, according to court documents. According to Andy Marrero's arrest affidavit, police officers searching...

  • Colorado audit finds background check problems when placing children

    The Associated Press
    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    DENVER — Counties aren't properly conducting background checks before placing children in the care of relatives, according to a first-of-its-kind review by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Social workers are required to do four background checks on people in the homes of...

  • $3M settlement reached in Colorado inmate's death

    The Associated Press
    Published: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    DENVER — The Colorado Department of Corrections has reached a $3 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill inmate who died after guards ignored his seizures. Christopher Lopez's ordeal was captured on a six-hour video after guards at the San Carlos Correctional Facility in...

  • I-25 interchange project gets hefty cash infusion

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    For the second time in a little over a month, the Interstate 25 and Cimarron Interchange project received a multi-million dollar infusion. Colorado's transportation commission approved $19.55 million for the project Thursday to help fill a budget shortfall. That follows a decision in...

  • 'Parking Elf' to fill meters in downtown Colorado Springs

    Stephen Hobbs
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    In need of money to fill your parking meter during the holidays?  Richard Skorman, the downtown “Parking Elf” will be filling meters starting Friday and continuing next week for 2a string of free parking in front of his businesses on the 300 block of Tejon Street. The owner of...

  • Colorado audit finds foster care check problems

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    DENVER — Counties aren't properly conducting background checks before placing foster children in the care of relatives, according to a first-of-its-kind review by the Colorado Department of Human Services. Social workers are required to do four background checks on people in the...

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

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    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...

  • Man arrested after explosives found in Colorado Springs apartment

    BY LISA WALTON lisa.walton@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    The discovery of pipe bombs in an apartment Wednesday afternoon prompted the evacuation of the building, Colorado Springs police said. Andy Marrero, 33, of Colorado Springs was arrested on suspicion of possessing an explosive device. Police responded to Point of View Apartments...

  • Gazette's popular Front Range poster returns with limited-edition run

    By Lance Benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Stash it, fold it or frame it — but by all means, get it while you can. The Gazette’s award-winning poster of Colorado’s Front Range — a 6-foot-by-1-foot scale drawing of “all major geological features west of Interstate 25” — has been reprinted for sale for the first time in two...

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