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  • Woman arrested after hitting man with her car in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs police arrested a woman early Sunday morning after she allegedly hit a man with her car. Germenetta Dickerson, 29, went to an area on the 2800 block of E. Fountain Boulevard just after 1 a.m. on Sunday to confront a man who had assaulted her sister, police said. Dickerson saw the man in a parking lot, threatened to kill him...

  • El Paso County working to help some who live in path of burn scar

    Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late. "Two weeks ago, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shell-shocked by memories of post-wildfire flooding along Ute Pass. "That's the way...

  • Send your questions about disaster preparation and recovery to The Gazette

    It's that time of year again, when residents around El Paso County should gear up for wildfire and flood season in Colorado. While no one can predict disasters - and it's still too early to tell if the county might have a bad wildfire year - it's never to early to prepare. Do you know how to protect your house from a wildfire, or flood?...

  • Colorado attorney general worried over legal marijuana lawsuit

    GRAND JUNCTION — A lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska that asks the U.S. Supreme court to curtail Colorado's new recreational marijuana law could have dire consequences for all three states, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said. Colorado argued in a response to the lawsuit that Nebraska and Oklahoma were trying to reach across...

  • Events in and around Colorado Springs this week

    El Pomar Foundation's Forum for Civic Advancement is hosting a lecture on international threat assessment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Penrose House Conference Center, 1661 Mesa Ave. Retired Air Force generals Gene Renaurt and Kevin P. Chilton will give their assessment on current and potential threats to the United States and its allies....

  • Get a Job Monday: Mile High Youth Corps in Colorado Springs

    Mile High Youth Corps in Colorado Springs is hiring for the summer, and is looking for 18-to-24 year olds with a high school diploma or G.E.D to work on land conservation, fire mitigation, trail building and restoration projects. It's a job, a work-out and a chance to be outside, all wrapped up neatly in a summer position. There is a $320...

  • Off-duty Colorado Springs police officer helps man, son escape fire-damaged home

    An off-duty Colorado Springs police officer helped and a man and his son leave a home damaged by fire on Palmer Park Boulevard on Sunday afternoon, Colorado Springs firefighters said. Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 5119 Palmer Park Blvd. about 1 p.m. Jimmy Paladino, the off-duty officer, was walking his dog by the home and went...

  • Colorado lawmakers start debating annual state budget

    DENVER — Colorado budget writers have spent months assembling the state's spending plan for next year, and this week their fellow lawmakers will begin debating, tinkering, and voting on it. The process will begin in the Senate. By Thursday, the chamber is expected to pass it over to the House. Here are some highlights from the budget, which...

  • Program works to end homelessness among Colorado Springs veterans

    Sitting in a cramped hotel room doubling as a home, Alvertis Richardson let loose a grin as he showed off papers promising a free apartment. "It's great to be off the streets," he said. A spry 78-year-old, Richardson dozed in the day and stayed up after dark to keep from freezing to death on Colorado Springs' cold winter streets. The...

  • Voice of the Consumer: Be careful using prescription discount cards

    We all like to save money, so cards that come in the mail that claim you can save up to 75 percent off prescriptions may sound appealing. But be careful. Thanks to 11News producer, Adriane, who told me about an official-looking set of coupon cards she got in the mail. But don't expect huge discounts with American Prescription Savings...

  • Second Colorado suspect in stabbing over Facebook post arrested

    LONGMONT — Police have arrested a second suspect in a stabbing in Longmont that started with a fight over a Facebook post. Longmont police spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Satur says authorities arrested David Dominguez on Sunday. Dominguez is accused of burglary, aggravated robbery, first-degree assault, felony menacing and criminal mischief. On...

  • Dirk Draper, the new CEO of the Colorado Springs RBA, brings skills to get things accomplished

    Dirk Draper rarely backs away from a challenge, but if he hadn't done so when he was in college, he might be writing this story instead of being its subject. Draper was a sophomore majoring in journalism at the University of Missouri when he went to the student newspaper to get experience. He was told to find a story to write about, and the...

  • Colorado Springs Utilities works to clear the air on scrubber project cost

    When Colorado Springs Utilities inked a deal in 2011 to spend $111.8 million on a scrubber technology project to clean pollutants coming from the coal-fired Martin Drake power plant, officials budgeted $10 million for site work. But the project was delayed, material prices increased, and the city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities had to hire a...

  • Woodland Park man, and 'ponies,' to ride 1,000 miles for combat vets

    When it comes to life on the trail, former Green Beret Ray Knell relies on his team: three mules and a horse named Mustang Sally. The ponies - as the burly, bearded Afghanistan War veteran calls them - do more than pull their weight, and they seem to take his chatter in stride. And during their time together on backcountry outings on the...

  • Photos: Marchers want more recognition of Cesar Chavez in Colorado Springs

    The steady strumming of guitars accompanied marchers singing and chanting in Spanish through downtown Colorado Springs as dozens of people celebrated the legacy of the late labor advocate Cesar Chavez. Saturday's march, which went from Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum north to Acacia Park, is part of an effort to increase awareness about the...

  • AFA cadets working on system to stop computers viruses before they infect

    Air Force Academy researchers are using software similar to that used to catch classroom cheaters in a bid to foil computer hackers. The academy's anti-malware lab has built a program that scans malicious software used to steal computer data for similarities to other criminal codes, ferreting out even the newest malware that takes its...

  • Colorado Springs woman's master's project aim to improve students' healthy eating, fitness

    Nicole Leth would love for her master's degree project, Fueling the Future, to expand across the country. "That would be my dream," she said. Her goal is to help children in military families take up healthy eating and exercise habits at young ages. She piloted the program in Germany when her husband was stationed there, and then brought it...

  • FMS: Choate clears another hurdle to become Military Youth of the Year

    A Friday Military Salute follow-up to a young woman who hopes to receive a major military-related honor. We first presented Jennifer Choate in a February Friday Military Salute. The 16-year-old is Peterson Air Force Base's entrant for Military Youth of the Year. Jennifer was preparing to compete at the state level on Monday with youth from...

  • Former El Paso County water manager arrested, held on $1 million bond

    The former manager of the Cascade Metropolitan District was arrested Friday on suspicion of embezzlement and theft, according to court records. Terry Malcom, 66, was booked in the El Paso County jail on $1 million bond, records show. He has a court hearing Monday. In 2013, the district's board of directors asked the El Paso County District...

  • Best and Brightest 2015: Applications available for graduating seniors

    The Gazette is looking for smart, self-motivated high school seniors who are involved in the community to honor in this year's Best and Brightest program. Now in its 24th year, The Gazette's Best and Brightest program will recognize 20 graduating seniors. The ideal applicant will have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average, a commitment to...

  • Woodmen Valley Chapel hosts caring ministry workshop

    "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians 6:2 Biblically speaking, ministering is not only a pastoral duty, but the obligation of all faithful. "The law of Christ boils down to loving your neighbor and loving everyone," said the Rev. Brent Williams, director of pastoral care at Woodmen Valley Chapel in...

  • Patriotic till the end: Colorado Springs veteran, 87, dies building flagpole

    Age was no barrier for Richard "Dick" French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism. For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up so he could get started. On Easter, he planned to hold a ceremony for his...

  • Confederate flag spurs conversation in Colorado town

    WINDSOR — Windsor High School's diversity week came with an unplanned lesson when a Confederate flag was spotted on a vehicle in the school's student parking lot. Assistant principal Dick Thomas said school officials tried to strike a balance between students' First Amendment rights and concerns about what many see as a racist symbol as flags...

  • Kara Tippetts' funeral draws hundreds in Colorado Springs

    In what might have been the most cheerful funeral ever, hundreds of people gathered Saturday to honor anti-suicide advocate Kara Tippetts, who died of breast cancer one week ago at age 38. The Colorado Springs wife and mother of four had urged brain-tumor patient Brittany Maynard not to undergo doctor-assisted suicide. But with the support of...

  • Colorado Springs candidates trumpet transit needs, spurring high hopes

    The Colorado Springs bus system is "a joke" to many people who depend on it, but city election candidates have inspired hope among the disillusioned. "I'm very optimistic that all the front-runners are aware of the issue and the situation ... I'm optimistic we'll get there in this next administration," said Jim Godfrey, chairman of the Citizen...

  • Colorado Springs man arrested after 1-month-old suffers head injury

    A Colorado Springs man was arrested after a 1-month-old child was found with facial and head trauma on Saturday afternoon. Colorado Springs police officers were called to a local hospital after receiving a 9-1-1 call from the 1000 block of S. Chelton Road about 12:45 p.m. that the child has suffered head injuries. Detectives from the Special...

  • Car rolls in eastern El Paso County, occupant killed

    One person died in a rollover accident at U.S. 24 and Garrett Road in eastern El Paso County about 5 p.m. Saturday, with witnesses reporting that the vehicle occupant had ejected. The highway was closed in both directions for several hours from Constitution Avenue to U.S. 24 while the investigation was completed. Dispatchers had no...

  • Postal truck burns in Colorado Springs

    Flames engulfed a postal vehicle in Colorado Springs Saturday, damaging an unknown amount of mail. An engine compartment fire spread to the rest of the vehicle at North Academy Boulevard and Carefree Circle, said Fire Lt. Tarrick Patterson. Most of the mail had been delivered when a fire truck arrived on scene about 12:45 p.m., Patterson...

  • Steamboat police chief and deputy chief put on leave

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations by former Detective Dave Kleiber that his bosses created "a hostile work environment" with "heavy-handed policing." Steamboat Springs City Manager Deb Hinsvark said...

  • Steam engine that transported President Taft is coming back

    ANTONITO — A locomotive that once transported President William Taft to Gunnison and spent most of its 50-year working life hauling train cars over Cumbres, Marshall and La Veta passes for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad is headed back to southern Colorado after spending decades in a Colorado Springs park. The Cumbres and Toltec...

  • Willie Nelson will launch own brand of weed, chain of marijuana stores in US - including Colorado

    Country music legend Willie Nelson is launching his own brand of weed and a chain of marijuana stores across the country. The 81-year-old longtime cannabis enthusiast plans to open up shops in states, including Colorado, where pot is legal starting in 2016, he told the Daily Beast. The Texas trailblazer wants his new signature brand,...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park to allow mountain bikes

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Mountain biking in Rocky Mountain National Park is close to reality. The National Park Service has finalized a report that allows mountain biking on a 2-mile stretch of trail on the park's west side near Grand Lake. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports (http://tinyurl.com/q9r7476 ) the trail will be the...

  • Tax season surprise: Some Coloradans find they have to pay up despite having health insurance

    For John Soderberg, a $237 tax bill wasn't much of a concern considering the thousands of dollars in health insurance costs he saved through the Affordable Care Act. "Tax season for me was essentially a wash," Soderberg said. But for thousands of other people in Colorado, a few wrinkles at the heart of the 5-year-old health care law will...

  • 15 Colorado Springs-area high school seniors named Daniels Scholars

    Fifteen high school seniors from Colorado Springs are among the 239 students selected as 2015 Daniels Scholars. The program provides scholarships to any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States and covers expenses that remain after all other scholarships and financial aid have been applied. More than 2,000 students...

  • DIA turning off prominent lights for Earth Hour

    DENVER — Denver International Airport is turning off several prominent lights for Earth Hour, including the infamous statue titled "Mustang," a blue horse with blazing red fiery eyes at the entrance to the airport. This is the third year that DIA has participated in Earth Hour by turning off illuminated signs and the statue. The airport...

  • Air Force Academy cadets help with cleanup after Oklahoma tornado

    A group of Air Force Academy cadets building homes on spring break assisted in cleaning up after a tornado caused damaged to a community near Oklahoma City. The 15 were in Moore, Okla., when the tornado tore the roofs of homes and damaged street signs and trees after touching down on Wednesday, according to a press release from the academy....

  • Popular Colorado bike path reopens for season

    GLENWOOD SPRINGS— Transportation officials have reopened a popular bike path through Glenwood Canyon. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1IG6clH ) maintenance crews have been trimming trees, patching holes and sweeping the path over the past week. Weather permitting, the path will be open for the season, but the...

  • Colorado Springs man to get fourth mental competency evaluation

    After state statutes and case law were debated among lawyers Friday, an El Paso County judge faced a choice: Would she grant another competency evaluation for Marcus Smith? Smith, 24, is accused of killing 87-year-old Katherine "Kit" Grazioli in November 2011 while he was on probation for second-degree burglary. He is suspected of breaking...

  • Rampart High School's Winter Guard team has all the right moves

    The battle scars on Josh Lahman's bedroom ceiling speak to his dedication to his sport. Sabers, wooden rifles and large flags have left dents from repeatedly being thrown in the air. "You don't learn to toss effectively on the first day. It takes years of hitting the ceiling in your room before you get good at it," the 18-year-old Rampart High...

  • Young 9-1-1 heroes honored by El Paso County Sheriff

    Two children were recognized on Friday by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder with 9-1-1 Hero Awards. On Feb. 6, 11-year-old Rachel Reyes called 9-1-1 because her mother was choking in their home. She had the presence of mind to stay on the line for 12 minutes and give dispatchers updates to help medical crews deal with the crisis when they...

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