• 3rd mayoral bid for Tony 'The Truth' Carpenter

    By BILLIE stanton anleu billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Tony Carpenter is an unlikely mayoral candidate in many respects. In others, he's the likeliest guy in town to seek the mayor's seat. Carpenter has run for Colorado Springs offices five times - for mayor in 2003 and 2007 and for the City Council in 2005, 2009 and 2011. Now the...

  • 12 people eligible for ban from downtown Colorado Springs are homeless, documents show

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Colorado Springs police said enforcing downtown bans would be a tool to target criminal activity, not an effort to drive the homeless from the city's core. But hundreds of pages of police records suggest otherwise. All 12 people initially tagged for the downtown ban are homeless,...

  • Colorado Springs Election 2015: Readers wants to know stance on recreational marijuana sales

    By Monica Mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    The way Andreas Nilsson sees it, Colorado Springs voters favored Amendment 64 and sent a message that they wanted recreational marijuana sales in the city. He feels that the Colorado Springs City Council has thumbed its nose at the voters by banning the sale of marijuana for...

  • Colorado's marijuana businesses growing less than they could

    The Associated Press
    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's marijuana industry is producing a lot less than it could, according to a state report released Friday. Although state laws limit how many plants a business can cultivate, the monthly average for medical marijuana businesses last year ranged from a third to about...

  • Hash oil attempt leads to fire, injury in northeast Colorado Springs

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Two people caused a small fire and one was injured trying to make hash oil Thursday afternoon in northeast Colorado Springs, according to police. Trying to extract oil from marijuana is illegal and can be dangerous. The incident happened in a house on the 300 block of Locust Drive...

  • Colorado moves ahead on medical marijuana crackdown

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DENVER — A crackdown on medical pot growers in Colorado passed its first and toughest test in the state Legislature Thursday. The bill's 5-0 bipartisan approval in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee gives law enforcement and state pot regulators hope that years of...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs drug counseling business owner upset as marijuana dispensary moves in next door

    By Bill Vogrin, The Gazette -
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Some next-door neighbors just don't belong together: burger joints and diet clinics; PETA offices and butcher shops; churches and strip clubs. Licensed professional counselor Joanie Lewis wants to add to the list of misfit neighbors: medical marijuana dispensaries and substance abuse...

  • Colorado's most controversial marijuana-related bill gets test Thursday

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DENVER — Colorado's most controversial marijuana-related bill of the year is up for its first test in the Senate Thursday. A measure to crack down on medical pot users faces a hearing. The bill would increase oversight on doctors who recommend marijuana for severe pain, the most...

  • Former CJC inmate sues El Paso County Sheriff over gangrene causing amputation

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A man who was shot during an attempted robbery in 2013 has filed a lawsuit against El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder for lack of medical attention while in jail. Christopher Spencer, 23, sued Elder Monday in United States District Court in Denver. He claims all 10 of his toes and...

  • Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    EDITORS: NEWS DIRECTORS: Thanks to all members for submitting editorials that help The Associated Press assemble the weekly Illinois Editorial Roundup. Due to several factors, it has become more challenging to find fresh, original editorials on member websites. We would very much...