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  • For skiers of Colorado 14ers, mistakes can be deadly

    Perched on the snowy summit of 14,025-foot Pyramid Peak, Austin Porzak had no alternative but to perform flawlessly. Skiing any of Colorado's fourteeners involves a host of deadly threats, from rock fall and avalanche danger to ski-snagging obstructions in the hard, wind-carved snow. Pyramid Peak, a jagged tooth of the Elk Mountain Range near...

  • Analysis: Kara Tippetts, Brittany Maynard and 'death with dignity'

    Metastatic breast cancer took Kara Tippetts from her pastor husband, Jason, and their four children Sunday. She was only 38. But in her last years of life, her saga of accepting suffering became, in a quietly powerful way, a cultural force for another way of choosing death with dignity, one that refused to hasten death. In recent years, the...

  • Colorado woman dies after U.S. 50 wreck in Fremont County

    A Cotopaxi woman died after the Lincoln she was a passenger in collided with a truck on Wednesday in Fremont County, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Donna Colwell, 70, was pronounced dead Thursday morning at St. Thomas More Hospital. The driver of the Lincoln, Coleen Adams, 61, of Texas Creek, was transported to the hospital with...

  • Spring excitement in the air at Colorado ski resorts

    Children from kindergarten through the fifth grade are eligible to ski for free at Vail Resorts next year - provided they sign up by Memorial Day. The promotion is part of the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack, which provides four days of free skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, according to a news release from...

  • Colorado Senate considers expanded snow tire requirement

    DENVER — A debate over expanding requirements for snow tires on Colorado highways faces a test Thursday in the state Senate. The bill would require snow tires or chains on noncommercial vehicles at all times during winter and spring months, an attempt reduce accidents and mountain traffic. The measure has already passed the House. The...

  • School has four programs coming to feed Colorado Springs homeless

    Colorado College plans to replace a two decadelong program offering Sunday meals to the homeless with four new initiatives created by about a dozen students. Beginning this summer or early fall, the students will run a weekly writing and visual arts program, a mobile meals service, a student-run cafe and a small day center for homeless...

  • Victim of Tuesday shooting identified by Colorado Springs police

    A Colorado Springs woman who was shot to death on Tuesday has been identified by police as 26-year-old Shelley Dorsey. Dorsey was found with gunshot injuries in the parking lot of the Mountain Country Estates apartment complex in southeast Colorado Springs early Tuesday morning. She was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries....

  • Memorial service for Kara Tippetts scheduled in Colorado Springs

    A public memorial service will be held Saturday for a Colorado Springs woman who gained a national following in the debate over physician-assisted suicide. Kara Tippetts, 38, died Sunday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. The 1:30 p.m. service will be at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4040 Nonchalant Circle South. Tippetts...

  • Teachers' rally shines light on Colorado legislature's work toward education consensus

    DENVER - As teachers rallied on the west steps of the state Capitol on Wednesday chanting "more than a score," lawmakers inside scrambled to find consensus on reducing the number of standardized tests. Students starting kindergarten in the fall will be mandated to take close to 30 standardized tests before they graduate. "Of all the things we...

  • New Colorado Springs balloon event will offer variety

    A wakeboarding exhibition, beer garden and a food truck competition could join hot air balloons at Memorial Park this Labor Day weekend. Scott Appelman, organizer of the inaugural Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, said those attractions and others are being considered as part of the new version of the festival to be held Sept. 5-7. "The...

  • 11 local students headed to state National Geographic Bee

    What sea in the Arctic Ocean separates the Taymyr Peninsula from the archipelago Novaya Zemlya? The answer is the Kara Sea, and for knowing that correct answer Pranit Nanda, an eighth-grader from Aurora, won last year's Colorado title of the National Geographic State Bee. This year, 11 of the 100 students from across Colorado who qualified...

  • El Paso County gets grant to prep for Ebola

    The El Paso County Board of Health on Wednesday formally accepted $95,000 in federal funding to better prepare the county for the Ebola virus. The funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of nearly $2.2 million being allocated across Colorado to prepare for the deadly virus, which has killed more than 10,000...

  • 32 indicted in Colorado illegal marijuana operation

    DENVER — A Colorado grand jury has indicted 32 people on charges that they illegally grew and shipped thousands of pounds of marijuana to other states, most often Minnesota. The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1Oz2dvs ) reported Wednesday that authorities believe the group made about $12 million during the four years it operated. The...

  • Edible marijuana must get new look, lawmakers agree

    DENVER — Edible marijuana sold in Colorado must have a new look. That's according to state senators from both parties who rejected a bill Wednesday to loosen a requirement that pot cookies and candies not look like regular foods. The 0-5 vote was a stunning rejection for a bill supported by the new marijuana industry to back away from a law...

  • VA hospital construction chief retires amid investigation

    DENVER — The top VA official in charge of construction nationwide retired Wednesday amid an internal investigation of delays and massive cost overruns at the Denver veterans hospital, the agency said. Glenn Haggstrom's departure was immediate, the Department of Veterans Affairs said. In a written statement, the VA said problems at the...

  • Driver arrested in crash that hurt Denver cop during protest

    DENVER — A driver who struck and seriously injured a Denver police officer during a protest over police killings would not have been issued a driver's license if he had been honest about his history of seizures, police wrote in an affidavit supporting the man's arrest Wednesday. Christopher Booker, 42, apparently suffered a seizure on Dec. 3,...

  • Plane hit by de-icing truck at DIA

    DENVER — No injuries are reported after a Delta Airlines plane was hit by a de-icing truck Wednesday morning at Denver International Airport. Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says Delta Flight 1780 was bound from Denver to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport when it was hit by a truck on a de-icing pad while getting ready for...

  • Pikes Peak region gets taste of cold, snow; travel turns difficult

    It might have seemed like Jack Frost was gone for good, but it turns out he's just playing hide-and-seek. A bit of chilly winter weather is expected to hit the Pikes Peak region Wednesday for a brief stint of cold, clouds and even snow in some areas. But on Thursday, temps will go back up to the 50s, said Peggy Perales, a meteorologist with...

  • Armed man robs Colorado Springs Walgreens

    A Colorado Springs Walgreens was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday morning. The store at 6820 Centennial Blvd. was robbed by a man with a semi-automatic pistol around 11 a.m., according to police. No one was injured, but the man got away with the cash drawer.

  • Longmont woman who had baby cut from belly released from hospital

    LONGMONT — A Colorado woman whose unborn baby was cut from her womb by a stranger with a kitchen knife has been released from a hospital a week after the gruesome attack. The family of Michelle Wilkins, 26, said in a statement Wednesday that she is in a safe location with her partner, Dan, and faces a long and costly recovery. The baby girl...

  • Colorado Springs police say they found live grenade in car of man wanted in kidnapping

    Police found a live grenade Tuesday night in the car of a Colorado Springs fugitive wanted on suspicion of kidnapping and felony assault. Michael David Young, 33, was arrested around 10:45 p.m. near the intersection of Barnes Road and Oro Blanco Drive. Police found a suspicious package in his vehicle when they searched it, and the Regional...

  • Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal marijuana in Colorado

    DENVER — Not surprisingly, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has reduced pot arrests, but a newly released study says it doesn't solve one of the central goals of drug-policy reformers: ending racial disparities in enforcement. A report from the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance released Wednesday showed that marijuana arrests in...

  • Yoga school regulation exemption passes Colorado Legislature

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers have agreed to exempt yoga teaching programs from regulation. A bill sent to the governor for his signature Wednesday would change a regulation that consider yoga-teacher classes a type of occupational training subject to state oversight. The bill was inspired by news that a state agency planned to expand...

  • Colorado Senate approves repeal of new gun background checks

    DENVER — Senate Republicans voted to undo new Colorado background checks for firearm sales conducted online and between private sellers, but their repeal is expected to hit a wall in the House. The Senate on Wednesday voted 18-17 with only Republican support to repeal the background-check expansion Democrats passed in 2013. It was a response...

  • Colorado Springs-area Jimmy John's employee forced into freezer by suspected robbers

    A Jimmy John's employee alone in the Monument shop early Wednesday morning was forced into the freezer while two men robbed the safe, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said. The employee was not harmed. She arrived at the restaurant early to get it ready for opening, and she was unsure how the two men got inside, said Jackie Kirby, a...

  • Colorado Springs police release findings in death of woman, 26

    A woman who was found outside a south-side apartment complex early Tuesday died of a gunshot wound, Colorado Springs police said. The 26-year-old woman's death was ruled a homicide by the El Paso County Coroner's Office, police said. Her name has not been released. Police said they do not have a suspect. Officers responded to a call...

  • CDOT's interstate highway bus service delayed

    GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation has delayed the launch of its interstate highway bus service. The service was expected to begin in April, but CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford tells the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (http://bit.ly/1xfELOw ) it's now on track to begin in late spring or early summer. CDOT is...

  • Colorado may give up on changing the look of edible marijuana

    DENVER — Colorado may give up on one of its toughest marijuana problems to emerge in the new market — making sure that edible pot products can't be confused with regular foods. A bill up for its first vote Wednesday would repeal a 2014 Colorado requirement requiring pot foods to have a distinct look when out of the packaging. The bill strikes...

  • El Paso County couple arrested in Arizona for illegal gun sales

    Two people were arrested this month in Arizona and are awaiting extradition to El Paso County after authorities say they fraudulently sold guns and left Colorado. Peter and Mary Malone were operating under the business names Falcon Sportsman and Maxx Tactical in 2014 when they used a fraudulent check to buy two rifles and resold them with...

  • Colorado Springs Utilities customers to get slight decrease in rates

    Colorado Springs Utilities customers will see a small decrease in their electric bills - 72 cents a month for a typical residential user - effective April 1. The rate decrease was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday, with Council President Keith King absent. The reduction in rates was due to the fuel portion of the bill, which...

  • Colorado's gun debate will likely rage on for years

    DENVER - Colorado's mandatory background checks on private gun sales and a ban on high-capacity magazines are unlikely to be repealed this year, but only because of a razor-thin margin. "I think eventually they will be overturned, who knows when, but I think eventually," says Rep. Ed Vigil, one of two Democratic votes in the House needed to...

  • 13 Pikes Peak region Girl Scouts earn top Gold Award

    Thirteen area Girl Scouts are among 50 statewide who will receive the 2014-2015 Gold Award, the organization's highest honor that reflects participants' commitment to community service, leadership abilities and citizenship skills. The award culminates with a final project girls in grades 9-12 must complete. They come up with a...

  • Colorado Springs park-and-ride could expand for Bustang

    A Colorado Springs park-and-ride could be expanded to accommodate an increase in users expected with the start of an interregional bus service, according to the city's transit director. Mountain Metropolitan Transit is eying 6 acres southwest of the South Tejon Street and Interstate 25 park-and-ride to possibly add, a transit services...

  • Colorado Springs man forced to shoot pit bulls talks exclusively to KKTV

    A Colorado Springs man who shot and killed three Pitbulls that were attacking his dogs in his own garage breaks his silence, and explains what happened to 11 News. His home surveillance system caught the audio of the whole incident. Dan Hayman says he had just gone to bed on Friday night, when he woke up to loud barking and whining coming...

  • 5 teens accused in sex assault won't be charged as adults

    CENTENNIAL — Prosecutors say five teenage boys arrested in the sexual assault of a high school student at an Englewood party will not be charged as adults. Prosecutors made the announcement Tuesday after a sixth suspect, 19-year-old Daylon Hill, made a brief court appearance. Hill is charged with sexual assault, child sex assault and other...

  • Dillard's converting Citadel store into clearance center, vacating 2 floors

    Dillard's Inc. is converting its department store at The Citadel mall into a clearance center and is vacating two of the three floors of its 203,000-square-foot building. Julie Johnson Bull, a spokeswoman at the chain's Little Rock, Ark., headquarters, said the company decided this month to make the conversion after "taking a look at the...

  • Flow boosted for Arkansas River

    The Arkansas River is rumbling a little higher through Pueblo this week as water released from Pueblo Dam makes its way to John Martin Reservoir. About 5,000 acre-feet (1.6 billion gallons) is being released under leases made by Colorado Springs Utilities and the Pueblo Board of Water Works. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is leasing 2,000...

  • NB I-25 back open after crash near downtown Denver

    DENVER — Northbound Interstate 25 is back open near downtown Denver after a three-vehicle crash. The crash Tuesday morning shut down parts of the highway for about two hours. Police say there don't appear to be any serious injuries. Also on Tuesday, a stretch of I-70 in Aurora was shut down for 2 ½ hours during rush hour after a...

  • Interactive: Want to entertain the kids over Spring Break? Here are some solutions around Colorado Springs

    A tour of Spring Break activities in Colorado Springs

  • Colorado's child poverty rates drop, but rural areas still struggle

    Child poverty rates in El Paso and Teller counties dropped in 2013, and Colorado as a whole recorded its first decrease in five years, according to a report released Monday. Seventeen percent of children in Colorado lived in poverty in 2013, down 1 percentage point from the previous year, according to the KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report by the...

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