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  • McDonald's kicks off new school year with free breakfast to Colorado K-8th graders

    Breakfast is on the house Wednesday, for kindergartners through eighth graders in Colorado. The house of Ronald McDonald, that is. McDonald's restaurants throughout the state will supply free breakfast to children under age 15, who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The promotion runs from 6 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. Kids get a choice...

  • First-person account: The attempts to help one Colorado Springs homeless man change his ways

    Standing in the chilly dark, under the bridge at 31st Street and West Colorado Avenue that he calls home, Calvin Muzzy described his hopes for the future: a warm, bright apartment he'll share with his best friend, Pete Hill. - There will be no more wicked cold nights huddled near Fountain Creek. No more unprovoked beatings from other homeless,...

  • County Commissioner Amy Lathen says she'll run for Colorado Springs mayor

    El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen plans to run for Colorado Springs mayor in April's municipal election. Lathen, who represents District 2, said she originally was not going to run but changed her mind after receiving encouragement to do so. "It came as a result of so many discussions with people and really knowing that there's just...

  • Thousands spend Labor Day at Fountain's Fall Festival

    The unofficial end to summer brought floats, music and thousands of people to the streets of Fountain on Monday for the city's annual Fall Festival. The event, in its 45th year, featured a morning parade followed by a celebration at John Metcalfe Park, and was themed "45 Years of Memories." Hours before the parade, people lined the...

  • Multiple wrecks clog morning commute in Colorado Springs, El Paso County

    A string of wrecks across Colorado Springs and El Paso County have tied up Tuesday morning's commute and kept police and Colorado State Patrol busy. The driver of a Ford F350 was not injured when the pickup truck pulling a utility bed went off westbound U.S. 24 about one mile east of Cascade and rolled over onto a creek about 50 feet from the...

  • Man shoots self during traffic stop in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs police say a man who fumbled with a gun during a traffic stop early Sunday accidentally shot himself. Police were pulling over a back Honda near the intersection of 29th Street and West Platte Avenue when officers say they heard the gunfire. "Officer Csikesz observed the driver's side door open and heard a pop that sounded...

  • 'Popular, talented' Palmer Ridge seniors remembered after fatal auto crash

    Described as personable, popular and talented, Beau Begier and Ryan Pappas were remembered Monday night during a vigil outside Palmer Ridge High School, where only days earlier they had embarked on their senior year. The two student-athletes from Monument died early Monday in a single vehicle crash that also injured classmate Mitchell Clark,...

  • Your photos: Best of the Colorado Balloon Classic

    Seventy-seven balloons are on the docket at the 38th annual Colorado Balloon Classic. About 200,000 to 250,000 people attend the free event every year, says president Patsy Buchwald. They come for the early morning ascension of balloons and for the evening Balloon Glo, where balloons stay grounded but lit up. The event runs Saturday through...

  • Fort Carson soldier killed while trying to cross Interstate 25 ID'd

    A 23-year-old Fort Carson soldier who died after he was struck by two cars on Interstate 25 near midnight Saturday was identified as Spc. Timothy Brett Alexander. Alexander was from Hinesville, Ga., and arrived at Fort Carson in July 2013. He entered the Army in February 2011. He served as a cavalry scout in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team....

  • Coroner: Mom, 3 kids among 5 killed in Colorado plane crash

    ERIE — Four of the five people killed in a small-plane crash north of Denver were identified Monday as a woman and her three children. The Weld County coroner says Tori Rains-Wedan, 41, and her three sons, 15-year-old Mason Wedan and 11-year-old twins Austin and Hunter, died in the crash Sunday, the Boulder Daily Camera reported...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: Reasons for homelessness in Colorado Springs

    a fuller picture They're often referred to as "the homeless," a term that paints a monolithic picture of a population whose only shared attribute is the lack of a permanent home. Each person has a unique story about becoming homeless, and Pikes Peak United Way has worked to give them voice in a project called "Shining a Light on...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: 3 Western U.S. cities decrease homeless populations

    Three Western cities have seen sizable decreases in their overall homeless numbers, particularly in the chronic homeless population, and much of the credit is given to programs that follow a Housing First model. As the name implies, Housing First-type programs provide a stable home to homeless people first, then help them address underlying...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: Details, more about homeless youth in Colorado Springs

    According to the city's 2014 Point in Time survey - a one-day snapshot of homelessness conducted in January - 116 youths ages 18 to 24 were homeless in Colorado Springs that day. But Shawna Kemppainen, executive director of Urban Peak youth shelter in Colorado Springs, said the survey might not paint the most complete picture of youth...

  • Upper portion of Mount Evans highway closing Tuesday

    Top of Mount Evans
highway closing IDAHO SPRINGS - Transportation officials are planning to close the top part of the highway up Mount Evans for the season Tuesday morning. Colorado Highway 5 provides access to the top of the mountain, which rises to more than 14,000 feet. The Colorado Department of Transportation closes a 5-mile section of...

  • This week: Mark your calendar for these events in the Colorado Springs area

    The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 45th Labor Day Fall Festival on Monday. The festivities kick off with a parade at 10 a.m., and the festival continues until 4 p.m. at John Metcalfe Park. Colorado College's Opening Convocation is at 9 a.m. Monday in Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. The ceremony marks the...

  • HOMELESS DAY TWO: A day in the life of a Colorado Springs family

    As Josephine and Timothy Thill wrangle their three kids out of a store in Colorado Springs, the oldest stops in the doorway to ask what other errands they need to run. "Next stop - the shelter!" Josephine says. "You seriously said that out loud?" Amiracle says. Josephine shrugs. It's just a fact: Home for now is the Salvation 
Army's R.J....

  • 5 things to know about driving high on marijuana

    WASHINGTON — The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. ___ WHAT WE KNOW While marijuana users...

  • Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize marijuana?

    WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana's effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease...

  • Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

    ERIE — All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said. The Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport about 11:50 a.m., NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said Sunday afternoon. Shortly after the crash, three people were declared...

  • Mugshot Monday: Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted in the Colorado Springs area

    Wanted: Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.
 Shaun Gill, 29, is described as a 170-pound man, 5 feet 6 inches, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Gill is being sought on suspicion of theft by receiving. Benny Lucero, 56, is described as...

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