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  • Events in and around Colorado Springs this week

    The Annual Evergreen Cemetery Memorial Day Commemoration is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway. The 10th At 11 a.m., U.S. Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers will lead the procession from the Evergreen Chapel to the Spanish American War site to honor George M. Mason. At 1 p.m., a butterfly release will be...

  • Two arrested after overnight shootings in Colorado Springs

    A trio of overnight shootings in Colorado Springs led to two arrests on Sunday. A 25-year-old woman was arrested Sunday morning on charges of attempted murder following a shooting in the parking lot of the Champagne Room, a dance club in southeast Colorado Springs. A man is in critical but stable condition following the shooting at 3113 S....

  • Voice of the consumer: The trusty tire gauge

    As you know, potholes seem to be everywhere. They're lurking, waiting for us to smack them. They don't discriminate on size or location. It's almost as if they're daring city crews to not fill them soon enough. Let's help each other in this ongoing battle and report them so they don't grow into monsters. Don't be afraid to call the Colorado...

  • Tornado warning issued for El Paso County expires; storm over Security Widefield area moving northeast

    A tornado warning has been issued for southwest El Paso County until 1 p.m., according to Colorado Springs police.  The National Weather Service in Pueblo announced on Twitter that its office has received multiple reports of funnel clouds near Fountain. Police tweeted a funnel cloud over Fort Carson, according to spotters.

  • Mandatory evacuation notice issued for part of northeastern Colorado town

    STERLING — A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents in the Globe Meadows area on the north side of Sterling after the North Sterling Reservoir inlet ditch spilled over its banks. The Northeast Public Affairs Collaborative issued a statement early Sunday saying people were going door-to-door and emergency notification calls...

  • Colorado State Patrol cadet killed, trooper injured in chase; suspect identified

    LONGMONT — A Colorado State Patrol cadet was killed and a trooper critically injured after they were hit while trying to stop a fleeing car near Longmont. The 27-year-old suspect fled an initial traffic stop in Weld County, Longmont police Cmdr. Jeff Satur said. The man's driver's license had been suspended, Satur said. Investigators said...

  • Colorado trail runner rescued after large rock traps him

    BOULDER — A 46-year-old trail runner has been rescued after a large rock fell on his foot near the summit of Bear Peak near Boulder. Authorities say Dave Mackey was running on the mountain trail when he slipped and fell. He grabbed a large rock to stop his fall and pulled the rock loose, causing it to fall on his left leg. Officials say the...

  • PHOTOS: Colorado Springs-area high schools, colleges commence with graduation season

    Graduation season is in full swing in the Colorado Springs area. The Gazette is photographing graduations for the Pikes Peak region's Class of 2015. You can see your school's photo gallery, order prints and share your own photos at gazette.com/graduation, presented by Presented by Phil Long Dealerships. Tag your photos #GazGrads on...

  • Keep these tips in mind if you're attending Air Force graduation

    The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 will graduate Thursday amid pomp and ceremony. Here's a rundown on the event. - Get there early: Falcon Stadium opens at 7 a.m., and the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. So, if you want to be there on time, plan to hit the road before 6 a.m. The academy and military bases nationwide enhanced...

  • Air Force Academy cadets' tiny drone gliders win in research contest

    Swarms of tiny drones could revolutionize how first responders see disasters thanks to work from senior cadets at the Air Force Academy. The miniature aircraft designed by cadets in the school's aeronautical engineering could map wildfires, radiation leaks or chemical attacks quickly, feeding information to troops or civil authorities. And,...

  • Former airmen muscle through Air Force Academy to become lieutenants

    Senior cadet Andrew Dane knew he would make it through Air Force Academy basic training even as upperclassmen screamed at him. "It's easier than being deployed," said the Afghanistan veteran who was wounded in action. His classmate, senior cadet Jordan Myers, said he was philosophical about the basic training torture, which he endured three...

  • Side Streets: Cragmor neighbors declare Chicago developers' plan 'monstrous' and vow to 'chase them out'

    Cragmor residents are vowing to stop a proposed housing complex they say would be akin to a fortress towering over the working-class neighborhood of 3,500 modest, 1950s homes just south of Austin Bluffs Parkway across from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Some are upset they may not get to voice their objections to the Colorado...

  • List: Memorial Day closings in Pikes Peak region

    Banks and credit unions: Most banks and credit unions closed Monday. Check with individual locations. Buses (Metro Transit): Regular bus service Monday. Government offices : City, county, state and federal offices closed Monday. Libraries: All Pikes Peak District Library branches closed Monday. Post Office: Offices closed and no mail...

  • Don't want to get sued? BBB suggests complaining through its review service

    The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado hopes you'll bypass Yelp and skip over Ripoff Report.com in favor of its business review service, saying it's a more credible alternative because it vets consumer comments - and helps ward off lawsuits. "The issue with a lot of online reviews is that they are not vetted," said Matt Colligan, a...

  • UPDATE: Weather-related road closures continue; water restored to residents on McKay Road

    Water has been restored to 28 households along McKay Road after a private pipe broke Thursday night below the roadbed off Old Stage Road, southwest of The Broadmoor. One household still couldn't be reached by the road Saturday, said Kristina Iodice, a spokeswoman for El Paso County. But that person could walk a short distance from a...

  • One killed when vehicle crashes into Colorado Springs condo

    A man was killed early Saturday morning after his vehicle crashed into a Colorado Springs condominium.  The crash happened around 3 a.m. when the man's vehicle veered off Peterson Road north of North Carefree Circle and struck a building at the Hillsboro Condominiums on Riviera Grove.   The man, whose name has not been released...

  • Rain kept crowds smaller, but no less enthusiastic at Territory Days

    Rain and a light smattering of hail Saturday didn't deter fans of Territory Days, and those stalwarts were rewarded when the sun conquered the clouds about 3 p.m. Still, some merchants said tourist numbers were down in Old Colorado City. "Normally we have a lot more wine tasters," said Susan Quintana at Vino Colorado Cellars and Sweet...

  • Flood advisory, tornado watch canceled for Pikes Peak region

    Funnel clouds were spotted in El Paso County Saturday after the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the area that included a chance for weak funnel clouds. People tweeted photos of funnel clouds in the Fountain and Fort Carson areas. The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued the advisory around noon and it is in effect...

  • Five Fort Carson troops died at war since last Memorial Day

    Five Pikes Peak region troops have died overseas since last Memorial Day. All were assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson. Here's who they were. - Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colo., died May 28 after a helicopter crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan. "No matter how much the situation sucked,...

  • Colorado city going dark this weekend to help stargazers

    TELLURIDE — Telluride residents were asked to turn out the lights on Saturday night and early Sunday to help stargazers see the night sky free of light pollution. "For all of humanity's history up until the last two generations, humans have always looked up and seen the night sky," night sky photographer Ben Canales said. Joining him will...

  • Colorado Supreme Court gets arguments over Christo project

    DENVER (AP) — A group fighting artist Christo's plan to drape a nearly six-mile stretch of the Arkansas River with translucent fabric is pleading with the Colorado Supreme Court to intervene. An appellate court ruled that even though the state parks department may have failed to follow its own procedures, it was a "harmless error." The...

  • Free suicide prevention training offered for teens, parents

    Because of several recent teen suicides in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention will host a free training on how teens and adults can help prevent suicides, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at The Sanctuary Church, 1930 W. Colorado Ave. The public is invited to attend. Although there is no cost, reservations are requested at 573-4747, or email...

  • Pueblo County seeks disaster declaration for flood damage

    DENVER (AP) — Pueblo County says it will seek a disaster declaration after rain and flooding pounded the region over the past three weeks. The declaration includes a request for help from the government to repair damage to public structures caused by heavy rain and flooding that started May 3. The county has asked residents to send damage...

  • Memorial Day DUI Enforcement underway in Colorado

    DENVER (AP) — Law enforcement officers across Colorado are out in force this weekend looking for people who are driving while impaired. The stepped-up patrols will continue through Tuesday, citing and arresting drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The launch of the Memorial Day enforcement coincides with the start of Checkpoint...

  • Five Colorado Springs companies honored for technology work

    A company that uses sophisticated equipment to create molds for manufacturers and another firm whose expertise in data and engineering has been used by the Department of Defense were among several local businesses honored Friday during the annual Celebrate Technology awards ceremony in Colorado Springs. High Performance Engineering won the...

  • Colorado Springs teacher accused of sexual assault on student

    A 30-year-old teacher who works at Stetson Hills Elementary School was arrested Friday after police received a Safe2Tell tip about an inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a student. Christopher Markham, a paraprofessional at the school's library, is suspected of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, Colorado...

  • Charter school community bids teary farewell as STAR Academy closes

    Even as she hugged sobbing students in the hallways Friday after the last bell rang, Sheila Greene slipped in a few lessons. "Be strong. Be brave. Make friends. It's going to be OK," the middle school English teacher told teens as she said goodbye. Friday was the last day for good at STAR (Space, Technology and Arts) Academy, a 9-year-old...

  • Wal-Mart's latest supercenter opening this summer just south of Colorado Springs

    Wal-Mart's latest expansion in the Pikes Peak region ramps up this summer. The retailer's 10th Supercenter will open in July northwest of Interstate 25 and South Academy Boulevard in Fountain, on the south edge of Colorado Springs, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said this week. She didn't have a specific date for the opening. A nearby...

  • Deputies' reports detail chaotic scene at Colorado Springs carnival brawl

    Teenagers fighting at a Colorado Springs carnival last month threw punches and swore at sheriff's deputies who tried to control brawls in groups of up to 100 people, but it is unclear what started the riot. El Paso County sheriff's deputies who responded to the April 25 brawl described having difficulty controlling the chaos at the Wright's...

  • Hickenlooper discusses southern Colorado flooding, bills awaiting signature

    PUEBLO - Gov. John Hickenlooper pledged to help southern Colorado rebuild flood-damaged roads Friday as he spoke to the powerful Action 22 lobby in Pueblo for a legislative session review. "We're going to help you in any way we can to get the roads rebuilt, but the water is to be blessed," said Hickenlooper, a former geologist who noted that...

  • Springs Spree board to consider if Planned Parenthood can have booth at festival

    Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been told it could not have booth space at the annual Springs Spree festival because it is a group barred by the event's rules from participating. Cathy Alderman, vice president of public affairs, said that while Planned Parenthood does political advocacy and is controversial, it is primarily a...

  • Colorado Springs police: Attempted murder charges for man after road rage incident

    A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in a road rage shooting incident in east Colorado Springs on Thursday evening, police said. John Atkinson, 48, was arrested after a report of gunshots just after 7 p.m. in the area of Platte Avenue and Chelton Road, police said. Officers said a vehicle with two males "did have damage...

  • Colorado Springs firefighters rescue hiker from Pulpit Rock

    A hiker injured on Pulpit Rock Friday afternoon was rescued by the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Firefighters executed a rope rescue around 2:45 p.m.. The 40-year-old woman had a minor leg injury and was taken to the hospital. Fire Capt. Steve Oswald, a CSFD spokesman, said the woman may have stepped the wrong way on a rock and slipped,...

  • Colorado Springs police still seeking 2 fugitives in killing of teen in 1997

    It's been nearly 18 years since Steven "Gino" Romero accepted a ride with friends in a car owned by a gang member. A rival gang later fired 28 bullets into the vehicle, killing the 13-year-old. Sunday marks the 18th anniversary of Romero's death. The Colorado Springs Police Department released a statement to remind the public that Socorro...

  • Saturated ground continues to cause chaos in Pikes Peak region

    Sodden from days of rain, another Colorado Springs hillside sagged this week, dislodging two mobile homes and five RVs from their pads shortly after midnight Friday at the A-1 Mobile Village near U.S. 24 on the west side of the city. Six people and four dogs were evacuated by the Red Cross, said Margery Young, the onsite mobile home park...

  • Believe it or not, weekend forecast for Pikes Peak region calls for sun

    The sun might actually come out for a significant part of Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. There's a chance for scattered thunderstorms and showers in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park and Pueblo through the weekend, but temperatures are expected to be fair and Saturday is expected to be at least partly...

  • Soggy weather leads to indefinite road closures in El Paso County

    Several El Paso County roads have been closed indefinitely because of rain damage. They are: - Manitou Avenue and Serpentine Drive were closed from the traffic circle at Manitou and Serpentine to U.S. 24 because of cracks in the pavement on Manitou and in a retaining wall along Serpentine. The Colorado Department of Transportation said...

  • Woman's body found on Santa Fe Trail in Palmer Lake

    A 68-year-old woman was found dead on the Santa Fe Trail Thursday night, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Friday. The woman was found around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on a portion of the Santa Fe Trail in Palmer Lake, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jackie Kirby said. She has not been positively identified, according to the El Paso County...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    DENVER — They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than a century and go by many other names in Asia, Africa and Latin America — aims to make inroads in the United States....

  • Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study

    DENVER — Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change. However, it's not clear yet whether the federal agency that granted the permit will appeal the...

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