• Overhaul begins on section of Interstate 25 in southern Colorado

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    PUEBLO — Work is under way this week to give one of Colorado's oldest freeways an overhaul. The Pueblo Chieftain reports Colorado Department of Transportation officials say the section of Interstate 25 through the central part of Pueblo hasn't had a single upgrade since it was built...

  • Western heritage thrives on El Paso County longhorn ranch

    By Carol McGraw Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Stan Searle has a dramatic way of reminding people of the Western heritage in these parts. He and local cowboys at noon Thursday will herd about 40 head of wicked-looking Texas longhorn cattle down Tejon Street. Some weigh more than 1,000 pounds and have horns that stretch 6 feet or...

  • Expect more unsettled weather around Colorado Springs over Fourth of July weekend

    By Ellie mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Colorado Springs hasn't seen the last of its rash of thunderstorms yet - there will be unsettled weather through the Foruth of July weekend, according to the National Weather Service. All local weather advisories have expired, but on Thursday there will be "scattered to numerous...

  • Sculpture, dance, bluegrass, progressive music at Green Box Arts Festival

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Green Mountain Falls channels the vibrant performing arts culture of New York City for a week and a half every July. The Green Box Arts Festival is a surfeit of music, dance, art, classes, hikes, stargazing and more, offered mostly for free in multiple venues and locations throughout...

  • Police arrest Colorado Springs mom who allegedly kidnapped child

    By STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    A 28-year-old woman accused of forcibly taking her daughter from a home earlier this week was taken into custody Thursday morning in the northeast part of the state, Colorado Springs police said. Kiri McMillion and her five-year-old daughter Sidney were located by the Yuma County...

  • Live video: Aurora movie theater shooting trial, Day 42

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    CENTENNIAL — Live coverage from the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes resumed Thursday morning from the Arapahoe County Justice Center.  Wednesday recap: Video shows theater shooter acting oddly right after arrest CENTENNIAL — As the chaos of a shooting at a...

  • Colorado by trail: 5 classic backpacking trips in the state

    By LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    You've inventoried your gear, cleaned your water filter and replaced your boot laces. And now that the snow is melting from the high country, it's all about to pay off. Here are five suggested backpacking trips - all of them Out There tested and approved - to reacquaint you with...

  • Colorado school district sees drop in marijuana-related expulsions

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    GRAND JUNCTION - School officials in Grand Junction are crediting counseling and a campus security officer with decreasing expulsions for students caught with marijuana. The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1IR4tZ3) there were 32 drug-related expulsions last academic year...

  • Star Wars characters will be part of Colorado Springs balloon festival

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Get your lightsabers ready. Darth Vader and Yoda are coming to Colorado Springs. Attendees of the Sept. 5-7 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will have a chance to see the two Star Wars characters among about 75 other special and regularly shaped hot air balloons at Memorial Park,...

  • Eleven Mile Canyon recreation areas to reopen after 2-week closure

    By Ellie mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Eleven Mile Canyon will be reopened at 8 a.m. Friday to campers, hikers and anglers after more than two weeks of a flood-related closure, according to a news release. Water levels in the South Platte River have decreased enough to allow visitors, the release said. The facilities...

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