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  • Mercedes fans gather in Colorado Springs to celebrate their love of luxury

    This road rally had no rumbling exhaust, smoking tires or squealing brakes. The drivers even seemed reluctant to show off what they had under the hood. Instead, they oiled their way down the road atop tufts of leather as they took in the Pikes Peak region's scenery to the accompaniment of light music on Sunday. Mercedes-Benz drivers, you...

  • Music program tailored to kids a sweet sound in Colorado Springs

    There's piano or guitar lessons, and then there's Kids' Music Playground. It's like Grandma's broccoli-and-bean bake versus a Happy Meal. Music teacher extraordinaire Cheri Roggow came up with the idea and has been offering it in Colorado Springs for 10 years. The program, for children ages 4-7, goes way beyond plinking and plucking....

  • Balloon Classic gets up close and personal with drivers near I-25

    Some motorists in southern Colorado Springs got an unexpected up-close view of the Colorado Balloon Classic Sunday morning when one of the hot-air craft landed near Interstate 25 and Circle Drive. Officers announced the landing on Twitter, cautioning drivers to avoid balloon-related distractions as they passed through the area. The unexpected...

  • Storm developing over Ute Pass, but it should pass quickly

    Little rain but plenty of wind is expected from a storm system developing over Ute Pass Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued an advisory about the storm at 4:23 p.m. saying it would produce thunder, lightning, a small amount of rain and wind gusts up to 50 mph. The storm was expected to quickly pass over Colorado Springs....

  • Colorado Springs council may need a year to have a Drake decommission plan

    It could be a year before the Colorado Springs City Council makes a decision on when to decommission the Martin Drake Power Plant. The council, which doubles as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, asked Utilities staff Aug. 20 to run a number of scenarios describing what life would be like without the downtown coal-fired plant in five...

  • 3 killed, 2 injured in plane crash north of Denver

    ERIE — Three people were killed and two others were injured when their small plane crashed near an airport north of Denver, authorities said Sunday. The Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport about 11:50 a.m., said Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. Knudson did not know how badly the...

  • This Week: Mark your calendar

    Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 45th Labor Day Fall Festival on Monday. The festivities kick off with a parade at 10 a.m., and the festival continues until 4 John Metcalfe Park. Colorado College's Opening Convocation is at 9 a.m. Monday in Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. The ceremony marks the...

  • Colorado Springs police shoot 'aggressive' dog during disturbance call

    Colorado Springs police shot and wounded a dog Sunday afternoon while investigating a reported disturbance near the intersection of South 8th Street and Cimarron. Just before 12:30 p.m., police approached the back door of a residence to check on the alleged trouble. "While doing so, a large pit bull aggressively and quickly ran from the house...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: Reasons for homelessness in Colorado Springs: United Way clients tell their stories

    a fuller picture They're often referred to as "the homeless," a term that paints a monolithic picture of a population whose only shared attribute is the lack of a permanent home. Each person has a unique story about becoming homeless, and Pikes Peak United Way has worked to give them voice in a project called "Shining a Light on...

  • Man shoots self during traffic stop in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs police say a man who fumbled with a gun during a traffic stop early Sunday accidentally shot himself. Police were pulling over a back Honda near the intersection of 29th Street and West Platte Avenue when officers say they heard the gunfire. "Officer Csikesz observed the driver's side door open and heard a pop that sounded...

  • Colorado Springs man accidentally fires gun, nearly hits neighbor

    Police say a man who accidentally fired a gun inside a South Academy Boulevard residence nearly hit his neighbor with the shot. Police say they were told of the shooting at about 9 p.m. Saturday and traced the gunfire to a residence on the 3000 block of South Academy. "The firearm discharged, with the bullet traveling out of the residence and...

  • Colorado Springs police searching for convenience store robber

    Colorado Springs police on Sunday were hunting for a robber who held up a Platte Avenue convenience store. Police say a man walked into the Western Convenience Store in the 2500 block of East Platte just after 4 a.m. and demanded cash and cigarettes. Police say the man kept one hand in a pocket and threatened to shoot a clerk unless his...

  • Man arrested after allegedly choking woman in Colorado Springs

    A man was arrested and a woman was hospitalized after an early Sunday morning incident on the 2900 block of Muleshoe Drive in eastern Colorado Springs. Police say they were called to a report of domestic violence just before 3:30 a.m. and found a woman who had been choked. "The victim had serious bodily injury and was taken to an area...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: Details, more about homeless youth in Colorado Springs

    According to the city's 2014 Point in Time survey - a one-day snapshot of homelessness conducted in January - 116 youths ages 18 to 24 were homeless in Colorado Springs that day. But Shawna Kemppainen, executive director of Urban Peak youth shelter in Colorado Springs, said the survey might not paint the most complete picture of youth...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: Search for solutions

    Five years ago, homeless camps crowded the banks of Monument and Fountain creeks, garnering national attention and engaging the community like few other issues have. - Everyone, it seemed, had a solution: Start a day center where people could hang out, work on job skills and get services. Turn private property into a campground with amenities...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: LGBT, foster teens especially vulnerable to homeless life in Colorado Springs

    Last December, when 18-year-old Andrew Hughes got down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend, Katie Koller, 19, the couple experienced a rare burst of euphoria. Katie began to tear up. "Is that a yes?" Andrew asked. Katie nodded her head. Guarantees are hard to come by for this newlywed couple. They've lived homeless for about a year,...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: 3 Western U.S. cities decrease homeless populations: How they're doing it

    Three Western cities have seen sizable decreases in their overall homeless numbers, particularly in the chronic homeless population, and much of the credit is given to programs that follow a Housing First model. As the name implies, Housing First-type programs provide a stable home to homeless people first, then help them address underlying...

  • Balloon Classic a thrill for fans even with cloud of possible departure from Colorado Springs

    Russ Colby sat in a plastic folding camping chair facing Prospect Lake in Memorial Park. He was away from the hissing of burning propane, snapping photos and excited children and adults pointing at the collection of hot air balloons in awe. But Colby's view was perfect: He could see the more than 70 hot air balloons fly overhead, and as they...

  • Firefighters rescue two dogs that fell off a cliff along Fountain Creek

    Fountain firefighters rescued two dogs Saturday evening from a 30-foot sheer cliff along Fountain Creek after walkers spotted the dogs in a precarious position near 200 Fountain St. It took about an hour for the technical rescue firefighters to reach the German shepherd and blue heeler by rappelling down to the ledge the dogs were on, said...

  • Family trying to raise money to pay for Fountain Marine's burial

    The wife of a Marine and longtime Fountain resident who died in a crash in Colorado Springs is trying to raise money to help pay for his visitation and funeral this week. Mark McCart, 23, graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School and enlisted in the Marines. After his service, which included a reported nine months fighting in Afghanistan,...