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  • Demolition of Colorado Springs 'eyesore' will clear the way for road projects

    The decrepit former Express Inn building at U.S. 24 and 8th Street will be demolished, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced Friday. Removal of the building, called an eyesore by city and transportation officials, will begin Monday and could take about two weeks, said CDOT resident engineer Dave Watt. The building demolition...

  • Courts Roundup: Therapist pleads guilty, man gets 2 years in illegal hunts

    A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday. Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentine's Day 2013 in a Colorado...

  • Christy Sports is on the move in Colorado Springs

    Christy Sports, a ski equipment fixture on Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs for almost a quarter-century, will schuss across town next year when it relocates to the University Village Colorado shopping center. Christy expects to open in mid-April in University Village, northwest of North Nevada Avenue and Garden of the Gods Road, said...

  • Want a Pikes Peak Christmas tree? Permits to go on sale

    Planning on cutting down your Christmas tree in the forest? Tree-cutting permits for the Pike National Forest's Pikes Peak District will be available starting Dec. 1, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday in a news release. Permits are $10 at the Pikes Peak Ranger District office, 601 S. Weber St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through...

  • 11 people with multiple arrests face possible ban from downtown Colorado Springs

    Eleven people who could be banned from areas of downtown Colorado Springs committed crimes such as trespassing, drinking alcohol in city parks and spending time in public parks after hours, according to Colorado Springs police. Those crimes, police and business owners argue, discourage people from visiting downtown, diminish safety in the...

  • Santa Patrol seeks toys, gift cards for Tri-Lakes area children

    Santa is ditching the sleigh and reindeer for police cars and fire trucks this year in the Tri-Lakes area.
The Monument and Palmer Lake police departments, along with the Tri-Lakes Fire Department, are teaming up to deliver toys and Christmas cheer to children in the area next month. Santa and his "elves" will deliver the presents 10 a.m. - 1...

  • Woman hit while crossing Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs

    A woman who was hit by a car Friday morning on Academy Boulevard may be cited for crossing against the walk signal, Colorado Springs police said. 
The woman had made it across several lanes of traffic at the intersection of Airport Road, when she was hit by a northbound car.
She suffered a broken leg, police said. The intersection was...

  • Respondents to Gazette poll say Colorado Springs police officer justified in hitting fighting teen

    A fight between two teen girls at Coronado High School in which a Colorado Springs police officer intervened went viral on social media late Thursday and throughout Friday. Various cell phone videos were circulated on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other sites, with people voicing their opinions on whether the police office intervened...

  • Colorado Springs police officer breaks up fight between high school girls

    Two teenage girls at Coronado High School were arrested on fighting charges after one of them allegedly hit an officer who was trying to break up their fight, Colorado Springs police said. Colorado Springs police said the school resource officer also hit one of the girls in the "lower face area," as he was trying to stop the fight. No one...

  • It's life without parole for Fort Carson soldier

    A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday. Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentines Day, 2013, in a Colorado...

  • Arrest in 2007 killing of mom who led double life

    DENVER — A man arrested in the killing of a Colorado single mom who vanished more than seven years ago was one of the many unsavory clients she had while leading a double life as a paid escort, investigators say. Lester Ralph Jones, 63, was among the last people who called Paige Birgfeld before her 8-year-old daughter reported her missing in...

  • Report: Struggling bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

    BILLINGS, Mont. — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. The study comes as the Obama administration weighs new protections for the greater sage grouse. The...

  • Hispanics slam Gov. Hickenlooper for immigration remarks

    DENVER — Hispanic activists on Friday slammed newly re-elected Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for saying the White House needs to stop demanding citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country and should instead settle for a guest worker program and augmented border security. Hickenlooper made the comments in an interview with the...

  • List: Colorado Springs area holiday events

    Events are added daily. For more events, go to coloradosprings.com. Looking for craft fairs? Head to Page 11. MUSIC "Songs of the Seasons" - Through December, Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd. For a list of performances, go to chapelhills mall.com. Michael Martin Murphey - Cowboy Christmas - 8 p.m. Friday, Stargazers Theatre and...

  • Settlement announced on Colorado's Roan Plateau

    DENVER — Federal and state officials say they have reached an agreement they believe will help protect the Roan Plateau while also encouraging natural gas development. Officials said Friday the settlement helps protect wildlife and supports opportunities for outdoor recreation and energy development. The settlement agreement between...

  • Monument man ID'd after fatal Black Forest crash

    A Monument man died Thursday night after he lost control of the Porsche he was driving and crashed in Black Forest. Kurt Knaus, 48, passed two vehicles in a no-passing zone on Colorado 83, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The car spun off the left side of the road and hit two trees and a fence. Knaus was pronounced dead on scene. A...

  • Colorado outfitter headed to prison for illegal wildcat hunts

    DENVER — A western Colorado outfitter who captured and maimed mountain lions and bobcats to make hunting easier for clients has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that 56-year-old Christopher W. Loncarich of Mack was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years' probation...

  • Colorado jobless rate hits 6½-year low

    DENVER — Colorado's unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6½ years. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100 and government jobs increased by 2,400 in October, for a net gain of 300 positions. Officials say...

  • 1 dead, 2 injured in Colorado bar shooting

    AURORA — One man has died and two are injured after a shooting at an Aurora bar. Police say the shooting occurred shortly after midnight Friday at the El Bronco Bar. One victim was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say another was in serious condition and the third was expected to survive, but the nature of his injuries wasn't...

  • 2 survive upside-down plane landing in Adams County

    Two people survived after a small, single-engine plane lost engine power and made an emergency landing in a remote area northeast of Strasburg on Thursday night, coming to rest on its roof. The Adams County Sheriff's Office released a photo of the plane resting upside down in what appears to be a field. The pilot landed about 8:45 p.m. near...

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