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  • 5 cool family hikes in Colorado on a hot summer day

    To help you enjoy Colorado, we at Out There Colorado have brainstormed and identified five fun trails for a sunny summer day. (Don't worry, we'll keep sharing ideas for shady or water-splashed hikes as long as there's a need to beat the heat. And we welcome your suggestions: email team@outtherecolorado.com.) These Front Range trails are great...

  • Apartment rents hit another record high in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs' red-hot apartment market showed no signs of cooling in the second quarter, as rents hit another record high and the availability of apartments tightened, according to a report from the Colorado Division of Housing and Apartment Association of Southern Colorado. Springs-area rents averaged $899.22 a month in the second...

  • List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites: Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.  -...

  • Road, trail improvements planned for Falcon area in El Paso County

    Changes to a highway intersection, road maintenance and trail repairs are among upcoming county projects planned for the Falcon-area. The projects, which are not expected to begin right away, are funded and moving forward, said El Paso County Engineer Andre Brackin. "All of these will be started in some manner in or by 2016," he said....

  • Colorado Springs' strong housing market expected to continue in second half of 2015

    A strong housing market in the Pikes Peak region during the first six months of 2015 should give way to more of the same in the second half, local real estate experts predict. The pace of home construction began slowly during the first few months of the year but has picked up steam; the resale side of the market set sales and price records in...

  • Pikes Peak region school districts to hold information sessions for prospective board candidates

    Have you thought about serving on a school board? All 17 public school districts in the Pikes Peak region have seats open on the Nov. 3 ballot. Two districts, Academy School District 20 and Falcon School District 49, host information sessions this week. Board members of Academy D-20 will be available Thursday at 5 p.m. in the...

  • 2015 summer bucket list: Ten things to do before fall arrives

    Attention: The end of summer is (sadly) almost here. Consider this your warm-weather wakeup call. Now that July is over, your days of mountain climbing, grilling out and seeing high temperatures on your phone's weather app are numbered. Read on for 10 ideas that'll make the rest of your Colorado summer shine. Sip on a beerfest: With Coors...

  • With 'Flight,' Rotary Club aims for Kardashian-level recognition

    Not too long ago, members of the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs took to the streets, armed with video cameras, a pop quiz and a vision of updating their century-old service club. "We asked people three different questions. One, 'Are you able to name the Kardashian sisters?' A high percentage knew that. Two, 'Could you name the governor of...

  • Colorado Springs police: Man shoots self in leg while cleaning gun

    A man shot himself in the leg while trying to clean his weapon Saturday night, Colorado Springs police said. Police say the shooting happened before 7 p.m. at the Peak Apartments in the 4400 block of East Pikes Peak Avenue. The man was cleaning a gun when it discharged, putting a bullet in his leg. Officers said the man was taken to a...

  • General to Air Force Academy graduates: You're idiots

    A graduation speaker at the Air Force Academy had an odd message for three cadets who joined the ranks of the class of 2015 after wrapping up summer work last week. "You're idiots," retired Brig. Gen. Robert Giffen said during a ceremony at the academy's visitor's center. Giffen said wasn't setting out to insult cadets Taylor Amundsen,...

  • Back to School: Pikes Peak region districts offer new programs, new buildings

    That six-letter "s" word, school, isn't just around the corner. It's here. Two of the Pikes Peak region's 17 public school districts, Falcon School District 49 and Ellicott School District 22, resume classes this week. A few more start back next week, with most in session by the third week in August. "There's always just a new energy at the...

  • Colorado's birthday cause for Saturday celebrations, events

    People young and old spread out across Colorado Springs Saturday for a collection of events under the warm August sun. At the Colorado Grown Festival at the Pioneers Museum attendees stayed in the shade, under trees, listening to music, toured the museum and grabbed food and drinks from food trucks stationed next to the building. Marlene...

  • Deputies: Security burglary spree ended in rollover wreck

    An early morning burglary spree in Security on Saturday ended in a car chase and rollover wreck, El Paso County deputies said. The Sheriff's office said that before 4 a.m. a diminutive burglar wiggled through a pet door at a home on Estrella Vista Street and nabbed the keys to a 2007 Dodge Magnum. It was one of several similar burglaries in...

  • Man sought since 2012 for failing to register as sex offender arrested

    A 39-year-old man accused of failing to register as a sex offender who was wanted since 2012 was arrested Friday in Douglas County, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported. Toby Mohr, wanted on three warrants out of El Paso County for failing to register as a sex offender, was arrested by Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies about 10...

  • Hickenlooper begins new state tour to sell TABOR fix

    LEADVILLE — Gov. John Hickenlooper is launching a statewide tour to push for a change in how the state spends money, asking Coloradans to help him overhaul the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, also known as TABOR. Hickenlooper wants to exempt the hospital provider fee from state revenue collections under TABOR because it pushes Colorado over the...

  • Disc golfers celebrate christening of new Colorado Springs course

    With a powerful right-hand toss, Nathan Winfield hurled a flying disc near an oxbow of Fountain Creek hoping he hadn't just tossed away $15. Lost discs, it turns out, are just part of the fun at Aviary Disc Golf Course in central Colorado Springs, which was dedicated Friday as the second public disc golf course in the city - one praised for...

  • Owners turning to auctions to sell their high-end properties

    EDWARDS — Bob and Karin Weber built their dream home 14 years ago, creating an 11,000-square-foot mountaintop oasis. Now that the couple is in their 70s, they're ready to downsize and possibly move to nearby Vail. After trying the traditional list-and-wait method of selling the 35-acre Elk Ridge Ranch, the Webers are putting their estate up...

  • Boulder police: Witness with concealed gun thwarts murder attempt outside church

    Police describe Heriberto Haro-Luna, drunk and incensed, confronting his recently estranged wife in a Boulder church parking lot, trapping her by the neck and threatening to slit her throat as she uttered final prayers. It was just before 6 p.m. Thursday, and an employee of Sacred Heart of Jesus, at 14th Street and Mapleton Avenue, happened...

  • Falcon girl learns moves from Broncos Cheerleaders

    Cheyenne Dyess doesn't let anything get her down, even her battle with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. The Falcon 10-year-old got another huge reason to smile on Friday afternoon. Two Denver Broncos cheerleaders arrived at the University of Colorado Health Memorial Hospital Center in Colorado Springs to teach the young Broncos fan the right...

  • 3 new laws will benefit Colorado veterans

    A measure that will allow military honors to be displayed on handicap license plates is one of three veteran-friendly Colorado General Assembly measures becoming law Wednesday. Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Kit Roupe said she wrote HB-1026 to give extra honor to those disabled in combat by allowing handicap license plates that display...

  • Colorado Springs Airport starts donation program with Care and Share

    The Colorado Springs Airport launched a new program Friday for passengers at the security checkpoint to donate spare change to Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Care and Share hopes to get $25,000 a year in donations from a large metal box placed at the entrances to the airport's security checkpoint lines where passengers can...

  • Woman testifies she stabbed Colorado Springs man to stave off rape

    Bionca Rogers said she felt desperate to save herself and her daughter when she pulled a knife from her boot and stabbed Grant Frazier to death. Moments earlier, Frazier had pulled down his pants and began masturbating, Rogers testified on Friday in her murder trial. "I didn't want to freak," she told a packed courtroom. "I didn't want him to...

  • El Paso County man arrested on suspicion of harboring teen runaway

    Devonte Price, 20, was arrested Thursday in relation to a missing juvenile case, according to an El Paso County Sheriff's Office release. In an interview with detectives, Price said he knew Sabrena Waite was a runaway and helped her hide. Waite was found within 24 hours of the Sheriff's Office posting her information on social media on July...

  • El Paso County commissioners to consider Yankowski as full-time administrator

    The Board of El Paso County Commissioners on Aug. 11 will decide whether to remove Henry Yankowski's interim tag to make him permanent El Paso County Administrator. Yankowski has been interim administrator since June 4, when he was appointed to replace Jeff Greene, who left the position to be Chief of Staff for Colorado Springs Mayor John...

  • Pueblo health care provider moves to downtown Colorado Springs

    A fast-growing Colorado-based health care provider has traded one historic building in Pueblo for another in Colorado Springs. The American Vein & Vascular Institute, a network of seven clinics in Colorado and Texas, has moved its business headquarters to the 101-year-old Hibbard & Co. Building at 17 S. Tejon St. in the heart of the...

  • Traffic clears on northbound I-25 near El Paso County Line

    Traffic is beginning to clear up on northbound Interstate 25 after miles of traffic were backed up, possibly caused by a traffic crash near the El Paso and Douglas county line, according to Colorado State Patrol and traffic cameras. Colorado State Patrol says an accident was reported around mile marker 161, near the Woodmoor Drive and Palmer...

  • Ozone alert for Front Range Friday, Saturday

    An Ozone Action Day Alert kicks in at 4 p.m. Friday, from El Paso County up to Larimer and Weld counties, as sunshine and calm winds return ozone concentrations to moderate to unhealthy levels for sensitive groups. The alert will remain in effect until at least 4 p.m. Saturday, as issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and...

  • Charges levied against two Colorado Springs men arrested in teen's death

    Two of the three people arrested in the homicide of Desmond Smith, a 14-year-old Colorado Springs boy, have been formally charged. Raymond Rogan Jr., 18, was arrested on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder. He has been charged with that as well as 12 other counts. Rogan Jr. allegedly told his uncle one of Smith's friends had...

  • Pot industry's bank bid rejected by federal regulators

    DENVER — The marijuana industry is hoping a federal judge will force regulators to let pot businesses access the banking system by setting up its own credit union. A pair of recently filed lawsuits in Denver challenge recent decisions by the U.S. Federal Reserve and the National Credit Union Administration to deny applications from the Fourth...

  • Four arrests made in Colorado Springs parking lot fight

    Four people, including a juvenile, have been arrested in a large fight at a shopping center parking lot last weekend, Colorado Springs police said. Terrance Williams, 35, Corey Williams, 33, and Jacolby Williams, 18, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon, police said. The juvenile's name wasn't released. Police said 15 people from two...

  • Colorado seatbelt sting finds numerous children unbuckled

    DENVER — Colorado law officers are warning parents to buckle up their children after a statewide seat belt patrol issued numerous tickets because kids weren't in car seats or seat belts. Authorities say they wrote about 1,300 seat belt citations. The state transportation department partnered with the Colorado State Patrol and about 50 local...

  • Tougher penalties for multiple DUIs among new Colorado laws

    DENVER — Colorado will begin punishing habitual drunken drivers with felonies and longer prison sentences. The new law is among dozens taking effect Aug. 5. Now a fourth DUI conviction will be punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000. Previously, repeat drunken drivers were only charged with misdemeanors with...

  • Man arrested in Garden of the Gods on suspicion of meth possession

    A man was arrested in Garden of the Gods Park late Thursday night on suspicion of methamphetamine possession. A woman called 911 saying she was concerned for her 34-year-old daughter's safety, police said, and they found her with Eric Ruger, 34. He was found with meth, a loaded handgun and a "large" sum of cash, police said. He was arrested...

  • Top 10 Colorado Springs places to celebrate Colorado Day

    Saturday is Colorado Day. Why do you love Colorado? We asked readers on The Gazette's Facebook page and dozens of readers responded.

  • Doctor pleads guilty in Colorado painkiller case

    MONTROSE — One of two doctors accused of overprescribing painkillers at clinics in western Colorado has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. The Montrose Daily Press (http://bit.ly/1DeucP5) reports that court documents show that Eric Peper of Summerland Key, Florida pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday and agreed to fully cooperate with...

  • Colorado DMV offices reopen after computer glitch shut down services statewide

    Driver's license services are back up in El Paso County and around the state after a computer glitch Friday morning shut things down. An issue with the Colorado Department of Revenue's computer system caused the interruption, according to a news release from the El Paso County Office of the Clerk and Recorder. All four Clerk and Recorder...

  • Must See Must Do: Best bets for fun this weekend around Colorado Springs

    The 2015 Manitou Chamber Music Festival concludes with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and student concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Works performed range from composers of the 18th century to the present. The setting is St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 800 Manitou Ave. Tickets $10-20, manitouchambermusic festival.com....

  • Seven famous people who died in Colorado

    Over the years, a number of famous (and infamous) people have died in the Centennial State. Today, we will be taking a look at a handful of these Colorado deaths and where in the state they occurred.

  • Largest tiny house gathering comes to Colorado Springs

    For those who are, understandably, a bit fuzzy on the concept of irony: A three-day event celebrating the micro-housing and small-living movement is expected to draw as many as 10,000 people to a sprawling 27-acre museum campus in Colorado Springs. "This is the first event of this magnitude of its kind in the nation and the largest tiny...

  • Boy found with gunshot wound in Colorado Springs apartment complex in critical condition

    A juvenile male was taken to a Denver hospital in critical condition after being shot Thursday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said. The boy, whose age was not disclosed, was found in a hallway at the Pine Creek Village apartments on Chapman Drive, according to spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley. Police were called about 1:45 p.m. Kids...

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