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  • Air Force Academy to conduct emergency management drill

    The Air Force Academy is conducting an emergency management exercise that might cause delays at both entrance gates. The exercise is planned Thursday and will involve much of the campus north of Colorado Springs. Officials say some of the activities might be visible to the public.

  • Public's help sought in finding Pueblo man missing since 2013

    PUEBLO — Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a Pueblo West man who has been missing for more than a year and a half. The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says Thomas R. Cook was 25 when he left his father's home to hitchhike to Wellington, Kansas, in August 2013. Cook, who left home without any personal belongings, never...

  • Passengers exit plane on chutes after emergency landing at DIA

    Video postd by CalNinjaMonkey   DENVER — Passengers on an American Airlines flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, were forced to slide off the plane on emergency chutes soon after landing in Denver on Wednesday. The plane, operated by U.S. Airways, was taxiing to the gate at Denver International Airport when smoke was reported in the...

  • Colorado mountain snowcast: Wintry pattern will be taking a break

    It was quite a finish to February! Many mountain locations have picked up FEET of snow in the last week to 10 days. Most importantly, the southwest mountains have received the most snow out of any other location. This region had been struggling with a lack of snow for most of the winter. Not anymore - Purgatory, Telluride, Crested Butte, and...

  • Colorado can compete for millions in federal grant money

    Colorado is eligible to participate in a $1 billion federal competition designed to grant millions of dollars to cover unmet needs from natural disasters, Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced Wednesday. The Natural Disaster Resilience Competition, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will award disaster recovery...

  • Martinez making low-key bid in candidacy for Colorado Springs mayor

    Lawrence Martinez is running to be mayor of Colorado Springs, but he's keeping a rather low profile. Martinez has yet to file a campaign finance report with the Clerk and Recorder's Office for El Paso County. "The people I represent can't afford to give me money," he noted. "They need it for milk." He missed the Organization of Westside...

  • Last group of Fort Carson soldiers sent to battle Ebola return to U.S.

    The final 10 soldiers from a Fort Carson unit sent to battle Ebola in western Africa are back in America, the post said Wednesday. The soldiers from the 615th Engineer Company were among 150 the post sent to Liberia to improve infrastructure and build treatment facilities at the height of an Ebola outbreak that claimed 9,000 lives and sickened...

  • Pikes Peak region student reviews are mixed as controversial state testing begins

    New, controversial state-mandated exams started this week for many of Colorado's third- through 11th-grade public school students. While there were rumors of walkouts at some local schools, none seemed to materialize, and students reported mixed feelings about the testing debate. "It wasn't really a big deal to take it - I didn't care,"...

  • Funding fight a preview of what may come in Colorado statehouse

    Democrats lost their battle to increase funding for background checks on gun sales, surrendering on a budget battle that threatened funding for other public safety projects. House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, said her caucus was "being the adults in the room" by deciding to pass an almost $3 million budget increase for the...

  • Former Black Forest fire chief Bob Harvey cleared by DA in use of fire district credit cards

    The El Paso County District Attorney's Office said it found no wrongdoing during an investigation into former Black Forest Fire Protection District Chief Bob Harvey's use of the district's credit card. Harvey put four charges on the card, all of which the DA's office declared were legitimate, according to a letter sent to the district's board,...

  • Mountain Chalet in downtown Colorado Springs gets new owners

    A cold call on a whim led to a dream deal for the new owners of Mountain Chalet, a longtime mountaineering store in downtown Colorado Springs. Husband-and-wife team Jim and Elaine Smith spent the past six to eight months looking for a business to take over before stumbling upon the 47-year-old outdoor gear and clothing store at 226 N. Tejon...

  • Convicted killer accused of causing crash on slick Colorado Springs road

    A Wednesday morning crash near the intersection of Circle Drive and Constitution Avenue resulted in serious injuries and a convicted killer arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Colorado Springs police said Charles Limbrick Jr., 41, of Colorado Springs, sideswiped a northbound vehicle from behind on Circle Drive near Alpine Drive around...

  • Ballot countdown: Latino group to lunch with mayor hopefuls

    The Latino Community Luncheon will host a mayoral candidates forum from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 at Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Dr. Candidates Mary Lou Makepeace, Amy Lathen, Lawrence Martinez and John Suthers have committed to attend. The candidates will be asked to discuss the top issues facing the Latino community. RSVP to...

  • Test aims to boost farm efficiency, free up water for cities

    DENVER — A Colorado water broker and a university researcher are testing underground crop irrigation, hoping it can make farms more efficient and reduce competition between cities and agriculture for the state's scarce water. The first crops will be planted this summer on a 165-acre test plot on the 70 Ranch in Weld County. Research will be...

  • Live coverage: Colorado Springs mayoral debate

    The Gazette's Monica Mendoza will be at tonight's mayoral debate and will be keeping us posted via this Twitter feed. Use #cspolitics to join the conversation!  The debate, 6:30 to 8 p.m., is sponsored by El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement, The Broadmoor and KOAA-TV. It will be moderated by KOAA's Rob Quirk. At least...

  • Winners drawn for Brad Paisley tickets

    Eric Singer revelas our two lucky winners for the Brad Paisely concert here in Colorado Springs.

  • Snow tapering off, but slick roads in the Colorado Springs area here to stay

    Many military personnel and some students in the Colorado Springs area are on delayed starts Wednesday because of the latest round of winter weather. Click here for the full list of delays and closings Wednesday. Click here for flight information at Colorado Springs Airport. Click here for information at Denver...

  • Your Photos: Icicle imagery around Colorado Springs

    We asked for icicle photos and Gazette readers responded in fine fashion! Here's our growing gallery. You can add yours via Facebook here, or email citydesk@gazette.com and include icicle pic in the subject line.  Thanks you, you're awesome.

  • Amy Lathen touts record as county commissioner in bid to be Colorado Springs mayor

    Amy Lathen came out guns blazing with ideas about how she would transform the Colorado Springs mayor's office and local government. She would work to eliminate the business personal property tax; she would move the mayor's office into City Hall for better communication with the City Council; and she would approach the city's budget through a...

  • Report: Colorado Springs boy, 6, suspended from school after making finger into 'gun'

    A 6-year-old boy was suspended from Stratton Meadows Elementary School this week after he reportedly pointed his finger in the shape of a gun at another student, Gazette news partner KKTV reported. The student, Elijah Thurston, has been in trouble before, but his father thinks the school overreached, Austin Thurston told KKTV. Harrison...

  • Upcoming job fair brings in 100-plus employers with perhaps 3,000 positions to fill

    From AAFSE to Zurich, more than 100 companies will be at a Colorado Springs job fair from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 2 at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center, 2886 S Circle Drive. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center says there are "potentially" more than 3,000 open positions available at its spring job fair. The event opens early, at...

  • Confusion leads to delay of Colorado House committee vote on powdered alcohol bill

    DENVER - Lawmakers' attempt to regulate a new powdered alcohol product that could bring "powderitas" to Colorado shelves if federal agencies approve it for retail sale stalled Wednesday after Democrats questioned whether the bill was necessary. Powdered alcohol is a new product for which the company Palcohol is seeking approval from the U.S....

  • Colorado Springs chef finds mission work a blessing in his life career

    At 30, Tyler Peoples is quite possibly the youngest Colorado Springs chef to be named Chef of the Year by the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. "I have known chef Tyler for a few years and over that time have been very impressed with his creativity and dedication to his craft," said Peter Aiello, the chapter's president...

  • One Colorado Springs mayoral candidate raises more money than all other candidates combined

    John Suthers continued to add to his fundraising lead in the mayor's race, while money from political action committees and developers made a big difference for four City Council candidates, according to the latest campaign finance reports. Suthers raised $37,880 from 81 donors between Feb. 11 and Monday, increasing his total for the campaign...

  • Remains of Korean War POW returning to Colorado

    DENVER — The remains of an Army corporal who died while a prisoner of war in North Korea are coming back to Colorado. A funeral procession will accompany the body of Army Cpl. Floyd J.R. Jackson from Denver International Airport to a funeral home on Thursday. On Saturday, he will be buried next to his mother in Centennial. Joann Mueller...

  • Side Streets: Colorado Springs' official flag still fighting obscurity a century after adoption

    High on a pole outside the Colorado Springs City Administration Building is an unusual flag, flying along with the Stars and Stripes and the Colorado state flag. The strange flag has a blue border and a field of white bearing a six-sided shield that's ringed in green, with rays of sun bursting behind a mountain spotted with gold. On a...

  • Driver in fatal Colorado crash 2 ½ times above legal alcohol limit

    GREELEY — A driver suspected of causing a crash that killed himself and three other people in Weld County had more than 2 ½ times the legal limit of alcohol in his system. The Greeley Tribune (http://bit.ly/1M5FqUb ) reports that the final autopsy report released Tuesday for 44-year-old Rigoberto Macias-Marquez of LaSalle found that his...

  • Bigger things in store for Colorado Springs outdoors retailer

    At Mountain Equipment Recyclers, part of the proceeds from sales of used and donated gear goes back to the community, and a running tally of goodwill - now exceeding $60,000 - is posted in chalk behind the register for all to see. Soon, a bigger chalkboard might be in order. Starting this week, the 4-year-old outdoors retailer at 1024 S....

  • Colorado Springs crews fill thousands of potholes, can't keep up with deteriorating roads

    If you think you have been dodging more cracks and holes on Colorado Springs roadways so far in 2015, it's true. "We're on course to do a record number of potholes this year," said Corey Farkas, division manager for the city's streets division. City crews filled 6,281 potholes in January and February, an increase of more than 3,600 over the...

  • Ring-a-ding-ding: Snowy day means freebies for Colorado Springs jewelry store customers

    About 160 people in the Pikes Peak region won a Jack Frost jackpot, thanks to 5 inches of snow that fell at the Colorado Springs Airport on Feb. 21. Under a Snow and Ice promotion put on by Luisa Graff Jewelers, customers who purchased items at full price between Jan. 17 and Feb. 14 would get them for free if it snowed more than 3 inches at...

  • Giving stray cat a home turned into 'scary' experience for Colorado Springs family

    A 6-month-old kitten that recently was diagnosed with rabies had been checked by a veterinarian and received rabies shots a couple of weeks before showing symptoms of the deadly virus, its owner said Tuesday. But the checkup came too late. The kitten, named Jello, was a stray found in early February that became the first rabid domestic cat to...

  • Affidavit: Fort Carson soldier siphoned refund money from inflated tax returns

    A Fort Carson soldier accused of pilfering thousands of dollars through inflated tax refunds appeared to carry out the scheme through an off-post side business, according to an arrest affidavit. Spc. Jeremy Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from tax returns for 2012 and 2013 that he filed on behalf of at least 15 people,...

  • Colorado Springs mayoral debate set for Wednesday evening

    At least five of six mayoral candidates are expected to debate Wednesday evening in Broadmoor Hall at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave. The debate, 6:30 to 8 p.m., is sponsored by El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement, The Broadmoor and KOAA-TV. It will be moderated by KOAA's Rob Quirk. The first 30 minutes of the debate will be...

  • Colorado lawmakers seek penalties on using drones to invade privacy

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers want to criminalize the use of drones when they're used to monitor someone without their consent. The proposal up for a House committee vote Tuesday would make it a crime of first-degree trespassing to take images of someone when they have an expectation of privacy. Drone users could also be charged with harassment...

  • Man pleads guilty to kidnapping teen in Colorado Springs park

    A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping for helping someone kidnap a teen from a Colorado Springs park to get information about some stolen items, said a 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office spokeswoman. Nicholas Archuleta will be sentenced on April 28, said Lee Richards, a district attorney's spokeswoman. Archuleta was one...

  • TruTV’s first scripted show to be set in Denver

    The TruTV network is dipping its toes into scripted television, greenlighting its first comedy with a Colorado connection, “Those Who Can't.” The comedy centers on a trio of frustrated high school teachers who work at the ficitional Buchanan High School. The series stars show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of...

  • Yoga bill headed for Senate as students adopt Colorado Springs senator's 'crow' pose

    A bill to exempt yoga-teacher training studios from state certification breezed through Senate Appropriations today and now is on its way to the full Senate on the consent calendar, meaning no opposition is expected. The bill earlier passed the Senate Education Committee where the chairman, Republican Owen Hill of Colorado Springs, did...

  • Colorado Springs Elections 2015: Reader questions roundup

    You Asked - And We Did Too About 20 people joined Gazette reader forums to talk about the April 7 Colorado Springs election. The Gazette is asking candidates some of the questions the people posed in stories that will run on five Sundays and will use other reader questions and comments throughout our election coverage. The Gazette's full...

  • Books here, there, everywhere: Area children, educators and service men and women celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday

    Monday was National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day. Dr. Seuss characters were greeted enthusiastically by young readers across the country, including at many area schools like Mountain Vista Community School (see photo). Even service men and women got invovled (see video). Oh, The Places You'll Go.

  • 2nd Winter Park ski train from Denver sells out quickly

    DENVER — A second ski train trip to Winter Park is sold out. Winter Park Resort and Amtrak announced Tuesday that they were adding a March 15 trip to celebrate the resort's 75th anniversary after tickets for the first trip sold out in about 10 hours. This time, the 450-plus tickets were gone in nearly four hours. Those who didn't get...

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