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  • El Paso County formally takes Jones Park ownership

    BY LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners on Wednesday formally accepted ownership of the 1,200-acre Jones Park west of Colorado Springs. The transfer ended more than a century of ownership by Colorado Springs Utilities, which purchased the land in the 1890s for a water project that...

  • Riders voice displeasure with proposed change to Colorado Springs bus route

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Jennifer Holt and others who work on Peterson Air Force Base may need to find a new way to get to work. She and a group of five others who work there gathered at a public meeting Wednesday evening to voice their concerns about a specific aspect of the Mountain Metropolitan Transit...

  • Governor pledges to help Colorado Springs attract young professionals

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper announced in his State of the State address that courting millennials will be part of his plan to boost Colorado's economy. In a Wednesday address in front of hundreds of members of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, Hickenlooper made it clear...

  • Solar power firm to develop 5 'garden' projects, including one in Colorado Springs

    By Steve Raabe, The Denver Post -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Denver-based solar power firm SunShare is looking at brighter prospects with a big financial boost from utility powerhouse NRG Energy. On Wednesday, the companies announced a deal enabling SunShare to grow its community solar portfolio about eightfold. Under the transaction,...

  • Former Fort Carson soldier a humble Medal of Honor recipient

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Clint Romesha's Medal of Honor jingles with the keys and change in the front pocket of his blue jeans. The ribbon that President Barack Obama hung around his neck two years ago is now wrinkled but still sky blue. The gilded medal, the nation's highest honor for battlefield valor, is...

  • Colorado Springs charter schools have had busy winter

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    District 11 ruled Wednesday night that STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, a Colorado Springs charter school, will have to close at the end of the school year, making it one of several area charter schools that have seen changes in recent months. Other recent local charter...

  • Colorado Springs charter school will likely be closed

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Despite pleas from supporters of STAR (Space Technology and Arts) Academy, the 9-year-old charter school will close at the end of this school year, Colorado Springs School District 11's board of education unanimously decided Wednesday night. "That's with a heavy heart," said LuAnn...

  • Those possibly exposed to measles in El Paso County have passed incubation period

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    More than 330 people possibly exposed to measles in El Paso County have passed their incubation period, the county public health department said Wednesday. A Colorado woman sickened with measles in an outbreak linked to two Disney theme parks in California was treated Jan. 3 at...

  • Man, woman arrested in connection with Colorado Springs child death

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the death of a two-year-old boy earlier this month. Raul Alvarado, 20, was arrested on suspicion first-degree murder in the death of the boy, who police say was injured Jan. 14, and was unresponsive when officers arrived. The...

  • Fast food robbery suspect arrested in Colorado Springs drive-thru

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    A man accused of stealing a sandwich while robbing a Colorado Springs Subway last week was caught Wednesday morning in a drive-thru at another fast food joint in the city. Darrell Flynn, 42, was arrested around 10 a.m. Wednesday at an unnamed fast food restaurant near Austin Bluffs...

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