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  • Assessment advocate stands by benefits of Common Core testing

    The mounting resistance to the national standardized testing movement she leads doesn't faze Laura Slover. The former high school English teacher has heard it all, and she doesn't buy it. "Assessment is a very important part of teaching. The set of tools being developed are very high-quality. We've been very focused on transparency," she said...

  • Colorado Springs motorcyclist injured in U.S. 24 crash

    A Colorado Springs man was critically injured in a motorcycle crash that blocked U.S. 24 for several hours Sunday, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Ronald Watson, 69, was westbound on U.S. 24about 11:45 a.m. when he failed to make a left-hand curve and lost control of his 2012 Harley Davidson, state patrol said. Watson, who was not...

  • 38-year-old man dies in auto-pedestrian crash in Falcon

    A 38-year-old man who was apparently jogging was struck and killed by an SUV Saturday evening in Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said. The man died at the scene, State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden said. The driver of the Honda CRV that struck the man was an 18-year-old woman, who remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators,...

  • Summit County mine gets pollution-prevention plug

    DILLON — State and local officials are marking a milestone for Summit County's environmental cleanup efforts by plugging part of the abandoned Pennsylvania Mine east of Keystone, tackling one of Summit County's biggest environmental headaches. On Friday, County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier was one of several federal, state and local...

  • Federal prison in Colorado marks 20th anniversary

    FLORENCE — It has been called Supermax, the Alcatraz of the Rockies and a home for bad dudes who are the worst of the worst. But whatever name you give it, the administrative maximum-security U.S. Penitentiary, which turns 20 years old this year, remains the most secure prison ever built in the United States. The story of how the prison ended...

  • Colorado Springs man charged after fatal Teller County crash

    A Colorado Springs man faces criminal charges after a car wreck killed a Divide man Sunday, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Preston Wells, 20, was cited for careless driving causing death, said Sgt. Scott Hophan. Jonathon Schrein, 35, of Divide, died of the injuries he suffered when his 1994 Saturn coupe was struck by Wells's 2012...

  • Colorado Springs police work to improve response to burglary calls despite high rate of false alarms

    The call on Bassett Drive was like thousands fielded by Colorado Springs police every year: a home burglary alarm had been tripped. But that day, newlywed homeowners who had been told about the alarm arrived before police and died at the hands of an armed teenage thief, a tragedy that led to changes in officers' response to such burglary...

  • 11 polling centers open Monday

    The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office will open 11 Voter Service and Polling Centers Monday . Although ballots were mailed to all registered voters in Colorado, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams said in a statement that the additional polling centers are intended to assist the voters through the Nov. 4 election....

  • Colorado Springs-based company ranks high on 2014 Philanthropy 400 list

    Colorado Springs-based Compassion International ranks 22nd in the 2014 Philanthropy 400, The Chronicle of Philanthrophy's list of America's biggest charities ranked by the most money raised from private sources in the 2013 fiscal year. Six of nine Colorado companies that made the list are based in Colorado Springs, including Compassion...

  • New Black Forest News owners learning as they go - and loving it

    Who in the world purchased a newspaper because of a chicken coop? Ron and Cindy Richardson did. The Richardsons are the new owners of the weekly Black Forest News and Palmer Divide Pioneer. He's in construction. She's a former school teacher. They've been journalists since August, just long enough to cringe over their first glaring...

  • Rally held for man shot in southern Colorado

    ROCKY FORD — A crowd of about 200 people attended a rally in Rocky Ford for a man shot to death a week ago by a police officer. The event was held Saturday to remember 27-year-old Jack Jacquez, who was shot in his home by Rocky Ford Police officer James Ashby on Oct. 12. The event drew a number of people protesting the shooting. A memorial...

  • Voice of the Consumer: Keep a whistle by the phone

    I know it may sound extreme, but at some point you may want to spend a couple of bucks and buy a whistle. The reason: To keep it by your phone and blow it into the receiver when a crook calls. That might be the only way to send a message to the creeps who keep calling. You know, the ones who keep trying to convince you that you owe the...

  • 'Personhood' back on the ballot, but with a new focus

    The November ballot is packed full of statewide measures for voters to ponder. Colorado voters will decide whether fetuses are people, if a Denver-area horse racing track will get casino games, how school boards negotiate with unions and how food is labeled for sale. The most familiar of these is the so-called "personhood" measure, which...

  • Brotherhood of vets who served secretly in southeast Asia meet in Colorado Springs

    ince their first meeting in Dayton, Ohio, in 1998, the Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Brotherhood has donated $475,000 in goods and services to the people in the Southeast Asian countries where they once secretly served. "We don't take any money from any government or country," Bill Peterson, director of communications for the organization said...

  • Events and meetings around Colorado Springs this week

    The Roshek Group in Woodland Park is holding its annual coat drive this week to benefit local children and adults. The drive runs 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the office, 18401 E. Highway 24. Clean, gently used coats, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens and blankets will be accepted. For information, call 687-1531. Cheyenne Mountain...

  • Side Streets: Football game a respite during year of suffering for Colorado Springs family

    A year ago, I introduced readers to Jonah Pfennigs, a Doherty High School freshman who had suffered a recurrence after being deemed cancer-free almost 11 years. I had hoped this update would be full of good news. But it's not. It has been a tough year on the 15-year-old and his family - parents Kim and David and siblings Emma, 19, and Sam,...

  • Colorado Springs Airport dealing with challenges 20 years after terminal's opening

    On Oct. 22, 1994, a few days after a blowout community celebration that lasted nearly 10 hours, a 12-gate passenger terminal opened to great fanfare and high hopes just a few miles south of the old Colorado Springs Airport building near Powers Boulevard. "The larger terminal will allow the airport to accommodate 2.5 million passengers a year,...

  • Colorado Springs' nonprofit's tiny horses yield big benefits

    If you happened to be driving down a certain cul-de-sac on the east side of Colorado Springs around 2 p.m. on a recent Tuesday, you would have encountered an odd scene: four women and three miniature horses playing kickball. Technically, the humans were playing kickball. The horses, they mostly stood beside their people, a trio of residents...

  • Custer County officials find boy who went missing on hunting trip

    UPDATE Custer County authorities on Sunday morning have located a boy who was reported missing while on a hunting trip with family. Custer County Search and Rescue says Clayton Jones, 13, has been found, according to a report by the Canon City Daily Record. Clayton went missing Saturday in the area near Highway 165 and Ophir Creek Road,...

  • 1 dead in Pueblo home invasion

    PUEBLO — Pueblo police say one person was found dead after officers responded to an early morning home invasion report. The Pueblo Chieftain reports ( police responded to a reported home invasion with shots fired around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say they found a woman dead inside the residence. Police say several...