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  • Stop the presses: Colorado Springs Public Market coming to former Gazette building

    A portion of the former Gazette property on downtown's east edge will become home to the Colorado Springs Public Market - a long-envisioned, year-round venue and gathering place for local food growers and producers, other related businesses, consumers and tourists. The nonprofit Public Market group that's worked for several years to develop...

  • Courts Roundup

    A woman indicted in May on charges of attempted murder received a 15-year suspended prison sentence and six years of probation Thursday for first-degree burglary, according to court records and the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office. Michelle Heaston pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary last month. Tammy Lynn Fritz and Richard...

  • El Paso County receives more than $250,000 in wildfire grants

    A third round of money from the state's Wildfire Risk Reduction Program will help fund 37 projects throughout Colorado, including work in El Paso County by the Westcott Fire Protection District, Black Forest Together and the county itself. Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced Friday that more than $3.7 million will go toward projects in...

  • Crime scene details emerge in Colorado Springs double murder trial

    Pieces of a home security system lay across the living room, ripped from a wall and scattered. Cords led to electronics no longer there amid a house littered with toppled furniture and video games strewn across the floor. Fort Carson Staff Sgt. David Dunlap and his pregnant wife lay in the middle of it all, face down and lifeless. A...

  • ManiFest a celebration of community, arts and more

    Manitou Springs will celebrate community, the arts, health and fitness Sunday at ManiFest, a city-wide festival featuring music, food tastings and demonstrations, yoga and creative workshops. The daylong event being held for the first time, is from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., also features cooking demonstrations, a Garden of the Gods bike ride, and...

  • College Student of the Year says education was her escape

    The announcement sat in a pile of mail for more than a week. When Chanel A. Green finally opened the letter, she was more than surprised. She had been named Student of the Year by the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools, besting 10 other students for the title. "I had put it out of mind after being nominated by CTU...

  • Colorado Springs shoppers join the line to get the new iPhone 6, 6 Plus

    Eddie Kyle and Jason Caldwell spent nearly two days this week waiting on the sidewalk outside the Apple store in the Promenade Shops at Briargate, determined to get their hands on the iPhone 6 that was going on sale early Friday. Worried about the availability of the hot new devices, the Colorado Springs residents showed up about 10 a.m....

  • Several horses found dead in Black Forest barn

    Several dead horses were discovered inside a barn in Black Forest, the El Paso County's Sheriff Office said.
Around 3 p.m. Friday a woman called to report that she had found the horses on the property on the 5400 block of Burgess Road, deputies said. While she lives on the property, she isn't the owner, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Cmdr....

  • NORAD-guided jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

    COLORADO SPRINGS — Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, says the jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m....

  • Booming tourism business in Colorado Springs boosts tax collections

    A strong summer tourism season helped push Colorado Springs sales tax collections in August to a fourth consecutive monthly increase, while the city's tax on hotel rooms and rental cars set a record, according to a report from the Colorado Springs Finance Department. Collections of the city's 2 percent sales tax in August, reflecting July...

  • Platte Avenue to be temporarily closed Sunday night

    Maintenance of the Academy Boulevard Bridge is reducing lanes in both directions, prohibiting turns from Academy Boulevard to Platte Avenue, and is will shut down Platte Avenue for eight hours starting Sunday night. Platte Avenue will be closed Sunday from 9 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday for milling on the bridge deck. Traffic will be diverted by using...

  • Experts: Science class can dazzle with less danger

    DENVER — A dazzling show of fire and color can make science come alive for young students, but it can also inflict serious and painful injuries, as flash fires in Nevada and Colorado showed this month. Educators and investigators say some teachers lack the training required by law and don't know about standard safety measures that can...

  • Colorado Springs event puts in a plug for electric vehicles

    To help wean himself off oil, John Duprey leased a Nissan Leaf electric car this week - and the organizers of a tour to promote clean vehicles hope more Coloradans will follow his lead. Duprey's car was one of 19 on display Thursday at the First & Main Town Center on Powers Boulevard as part of a local event to celebrate National Drive...

  • Must See Must Do: What's happening in the Colorado Springs area this weekend

    FRIDAY-SATURDAY The delicate, artistic Japanese flower arranging known as Ikebana is in the spotlight Friday and Saturday at Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. Flower arranging demonstrations, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, are part of the Ikebana International Denver Flower Show "Ikebana & Glass" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days in...

  • Ceremony for returning Fort Carson soldiers rescheduled

    Fort Carson officials have rescheduled a ceremony to welcome home about 125 soldiers who have been in Afghanistan since March. The ceremony originally scheduled for Friday night is now set to be held at the Special Events Center on post at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division were...

  • Restaurant, spiffed-up entrance coming to Seven Falls in Colorado Springs

    The Broadmoor hotel has completed its acquisition of Seven Falls, and plans to add a restaurant and improve the tourist attraction's entrance to broaden its appeal to visitors and area residents. Broadmoor President and CEO Steve Bartolin declined to disclose the purchase price for Seven Falls, a series of majestic waterfalls in South...

  • Changes coming to Fallen Firefighter Memorial after annual service Saturday in Colorado Springs

    A week after 168 union firefighters and emergency service personnel are honored Saturday in Colorado Springs, the landmark memorial where the annual service takes place will be rebuilt to make room for thousands of additional names. Nearly $4 million from the International Association of Fire Fighters' 300,000 members will pay for a...

  • I-25 wrecks slowing Friday afternoon traffic

    The Colorado State Patrol said a wreck on northbound Interstate 25 near Monument has caused major delays. According to Trooper Josh Lewis, the tie-up began when a vehicle crashed into a barrier near milemarker 153 and spread debris across two of the three lanes north of the Interquest Parkway interchange. Lewis said nobody was injured and...

  • New chili variety pops at Pueblo's Loaf 'N Jug Chile and Frijoles Festival

    There's a new pepper on the block at this year's Loaf 'N Jug Chile and Frijoles Festival in Pueblo. It's called the Pueblo Popper and was born from one scientist's craving for a stuffed chili pepper minus the soggy bottom, says Rod Slyhoff, president of the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and founder of the festival that gets cooking Friday through...

  • Group giving away marijuana to veterans; deadline to RSVP is Friday

    DENVER — More than 200 veterans are expected to attend the Denver Cannabis Giveaway on Saturday, organizers say. Operation Grow4Vets (OG4V) is hosting the event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quality Inn Central Denver, at 200 W. 48th Ave. Participants can stop in anytime during event hours, but must RSVP online by noon on Friday,...

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