• Special-needs couple reigns at Colorado Springs high school prom

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Sierra High School students were on their feet, stomping, clapping and whooping at last week's assembly for seniors. The most popular Prom Court couple had walked toward each other from opposite ends of the gym, met in the center, held hands and faced their peers. "The building was...

  • Recent youth suicides a 'terrifying situation' that must be addressed, El Paso County official says

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    In what an official from the El Paso County Coroner's Office calls "a terrifying situation," two students from West Middle School committed suicide in the past few weeks. "It is a problem in our society that we don't properly deal with, and every effort should be made with prevention...

  • Charter school community bids teary farewell as STAR Academy closes

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Even as she hugged sobbing students in the hallways Friday after the last bell rang, Sheila Greene slipped in a few lessons. "Be strong. Be brave. Make friends. It's going to be OK," the middle school English teacher told teens as she said goodbye. Friday was the last day for good...

  • Air Force Academy graduation flyover, hat toss is an exact science

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The perfectly timed hat toss at the Air Force Academy's graduation has one unlikely ingredient: duct tape. That tape, applied to a plastic pipe atop the press box at Falcon Stadium, causes 1,000 cadet hats to launch skyward as F-16s from the Air Force Thunderbirds flash overhead with...

  • ACLU: Video, police report raise questions about validity of Colorado Springs traffic stop

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    A Colorado Springs man who was filming a recent traffic stop until he was put in handcuffs by police has joined the ranks of a growing number of Americans who say they feel the need to record encounters with law enforcement. Ryan Brown's video, taken March 25 when he and his brother,...

  • 11-year-old El Paso County boy faces attempted murder charge

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    An 11-year-old El Paso County boy who allegedly stabbed his mother on May 1 has been booked into Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Facility on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. The boy's name has not been released because he is a juvenile, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office...

  • 11-year-old stabbing suspect appears in court in a wheelchair

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    A boy accused of stabbing his mother in their Monument-area home two weeks ago appeared in court Friday in a wheelchair with a cast on his left arm. The 11-year-old was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. The incident is under investigation, but the El...

  • Dozens march through Colorado Springs park to raise awareness of veteran suicides

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Family members of a veteran who took his own life said they were inspired Saturday by roughly 100 people who marched through Garden of the Gods to raise awareness about veteran suicide. James Hessel's family and friends and dozens of others walked five miles through Garden of the...

  • Forces of nature overtake Waldo Canyon trail in wake of 2012 fire

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Waldo Canyon trail is going wild. It has been nearly three years since the popular, scenic hike was barred to the public after the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, which ignited just west of the trail in the Pike National Forest. Since the fire, Mother Nature has been having her way with...

  • Some El Paso County residents may have to pay big to stop wind farm project

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    A group of eastern El Paso County residents could have to dig up millions of dollars to stop construction on a wind farm near their homes outside of Calhan, according to El Paso County court documents. The disgruntled homeowners have sued the El Paso County commissioners and NextEra...

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