• Patchwork of El Paso County fire codes may leave residents vulnerable, experts say

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    From its waving prairies to the purple mountain majesty, pretty much anywhere beneath the spacious skies of El Paso County is wildfire country. Long before white settlers claimed Colorado for the railroads or the mines, wildfire was a part of life here. Some might say it drove life -...

  • Colorado Springs riding program offers help to wounded warriors

    BY JACK HOWLAND jack.howland@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The clomping sound of hooves was hard to miss Saturday afternoon at the Kit Carson Riding Club for the inaugural Ranch Horse Round Up. Organized by the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association and the riding club, the first day of the two-day Colorado Springs event offered...

  • Colorado Springs trial hinges on killing as murder or self defense

    BY ELLIE MULDER ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    A jury will decide if Bionca Rogers killed Grant Frazier in self-defense or out of premeditated, selfish motives. Rogers' attorney said during the trial's Tuesday's opening statements that her client killed Frazier, 61, to keep him from raping her. The prosecution claims Rogers,...

  • Police: Colorado Springs man drove into liquor store

    By JACK HOWLAND jack.howland@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    A Colorado Springs man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday morning after allegedly crashing his car into Sand Creek Liquors, Colorado Springs police said. Thomas Oliboni, 53, allegedly drove his vehicle into the business before backing out and fleeing...

  • Colorado Springs police: Shots fired after women fight in street

    By JACK HOWLAND jack.howland@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    A call reporting shots fired came early Saturday morning after a fight broke out around North 25th Street and West Kiowa Street, according to Colorado Springs police. Officers were dispatched to the area around 1:15 a.m. after multiple calls about the gunshots, police said. Two...

  • More than 100 volunteers turn out to help build Colorado Springs playground

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Rhonda Freeman wasn't a member of one of the organizations taking part in a playground build at a local Boys & Girls Club Saturday, but she was eager to help. The second grade teacher at Bristol Elementary School in Colorado Springs said her students live in the area and use the...

  • Pueblo man killed in freeway crash near Air Force Academy

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    A man died in a single-vehicle crash near the Air Force Academy along Interstate 25 Saturday, the Colorado State Patrol reported. A driver of a yellow Volkswagon Beetle was traveling south in Colorado Springs when it went off the right side of the freeway, went airborne and landed...

  • Rocket manufacturing and testing lab to open in southern Colorado

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    PUEBLO — A rocket launch company is opening a propulsion testing and manufacturing operation in Pueblo, officials from the city and United Launch Alliance announced Friday. The operation will bring 34 jobs by 2017, The Pueblo Chieftain reported (http://bit.ly/1LKac7Y ). "Ladies and...

  • On 25th anniversary of the ADA, Colorado Springs to begin looking at ways to improve accessibility

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Colorado Springs officials hope the creation of a working group to review the regional building code will help overcome an unquantified number of local accessibility issues 25 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jeff Greene, chief of staff for Mayor John...

  • Colorado man buys Confederate toy, shoots at it in street

    Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    BELLVUE — Authorities in Larimer County are scratching their heads over the case of a man who bought an antique toy decorated with a Confederate flag, then shot it nine times in the street with a handgun. The bizarre incident happened in Bellvue last month. The Coloradoan reports...

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