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  • Nepalese Colorado College students trying to help their homeland

    When Anubrat Prasai's mother tried to flee her home in Kathmandu last week, the ground shook so hard she could barely stand up straight. But she managed to escape and flee to a nearby field, where she and some of Prasai's neighbors and relatives have been camped for days. They've waited there as aftershocks hit the Nepalese capital that was...

  • Loved ones gather to remember Colorado Springs mother

    About 100 people filed solemnly into St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday morning for the funeral of Ksenia Quiros, who is thought to have committed suicide after her Air Force Academy cadet son died in his dormitory room April 2. The fragrance of incense wafted across the pews as Jose and Peter Quiros, her widower and youngest son, laid an...

  • UCHealth Memorial plans $10.3 million cancer center in northern Colorado Springs

    UCHealth Memorial plans to begin construction next month on a $10.3 million cancer center at its Memorial Hospital North campus, part of a $15 million expansion and upgrade of its Colorado Springs cancer facilities. It will be Memorial's second location for cancer patients to get radiation treatment, and when construction is complete by year's...

  • Law could allow for use of medical marijuana on school grounds

    DENVER - A bill that cracks down on large unregulated medical marijuana grows owned by caregivers was amended Monday in a House committee to allow a student's prescribed medical marijuana onto school property. Jack's Amendment is named for Jack Splitt, a 14-year-old middle school student from Lakewood, whose mother testified that her son...

  • Mayoral candidate still favors recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs

    Mayoral candidate Mary Lou Makepeace on Monday reiterated her support for recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs, saying the tax proceeds could be used to address the city's persistent pothole problem. "I say it's time for Pot for Potholes," she said in a news release. In an interview later, Makepeace said she believes legal sales...

  • Graffiti spree leads to arrest of Colorado Springs man

    A Colorado Springs man was arrested Monday on suspicion of placing more than 245 graffiti tags throughout the city over eight months, causing $13,000 in damage, police said. Kale Odonnell, 25, allegedly committed the crimes between August and April, police said. Police said they used social media to link Odonnell to the graffiti and obtained...

  • March brings improved occupancy, higher rates for Colorado Springs hotels

    Local hotels recovered in March from a snowy February, with occupancy increasing from the same month a year earlier for the third time in the past four months, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. The occupancy rate for local hotels rose to 54.6 percent in March from 52 percent in March 2014. That followed a decline to 50.3 percent...

  • Best and Brightest 2015: Teen learns value of perseverance, civility

    This is the ninth of 20 profiles of The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2015. Last summer Kaitlyn Cameron spent a week in Barcelona teaching English to children in the mornings and two young mothers in the afternoons. Although Cameron was in the role of educator, she gained a lot of knowledge in the process, particularly working with the...

  • The Country Life: John Wayne or not, barn has a rich history

    The distinctive, old red barn on Judge Orr Road next to the Meadow Lake Airport always draws my gaze when I drive by. I have long wondered about the barn's history. So has Jason Blair, the barn's latest owner. He bought it last year and converted it into warehouse space for his battery business, First Logistex Inc.; he's done renovations,...

  • Different views on rec pot sales, funding stormwater highlight mayoral debate

    Colorado Springs mayoral candidates John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace have been campaigning for months, and both understand the city's shortfalls and assets. But their differences surfaced, too, in a Gazette/KKTV debate Monday night. Asked whether stormwater should be addressed as a regional issue, Suthers said no in the television and...

  • Fort Carson access rules change Friday

    New access requirements at Fort Carson will go into effect Friday. Visitors without a federal or Department of Defense identification card will need to report to the post's Visitor Control Center at Building 6012 at Gate 1, and show a valid state or federally licensed identification card, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, if...

  • Family searching for Colorado Springs man missing for weeks

    Troy Melons, a 45-year-old Colorado Springs man, has been missing for weeks, his sister said Monday. Melanie Anderson said her brother went missing after two police officers picked him up at their father's home for questioning April 7. It is unclear what happened to him after that, Anderson said, and she and other family members have not...

  • Police have no suspects in separate Colorado Springs shooting incidents

    A man was hospitalized Monday evening after he was shot, Colorado Springs police said. The man, who officers did not name, checked himself into a local hospital after a disturbance was reported around 7:41 p.m. at the 1500 block Northview Drive, said Colorado Springs police Lt. Darrin Abbink. The man went into surgery, Abbink said, and it is...

  • Driver, victim in fatal Colorado Springs back-up accident ID'd

    The 69-year-old woman who died Friday after she was hit by a vehicle driven by a friend was identified as Judy Garcia, Colorado Springs said. The Colorado Springs native died around 1:30 p.m. Friday when a vehicle driven by Larry Bloom, 77, hit Garcia in the parking lot of the Ironwood at Palmer Park complex as it was backing up. The complex...

  • Colorado Springs streets closed because of suspicious package

    Downtown Colorado Springs roads were closed for about 90 minutes Monday afternoon as police investigated a suspicious bag outside of the City Administration Building. The bag, which was later found to not be hazardous, was reported around 12:10 p.m., police said. A bomb squad and K-9 arrived on scene and the intersection of Colorado Avenue...

  • 'Batman' trial tries to look inside Colorado shooter's mind

    CENTENNIAL — Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers at a "Batman" premiere. The lead prosecutor displayed an image of the theater door on...

  • Free Comic Book Day kicks off Children's Book Week

    Thirty years ago, indulging a love of comic books required something of a hero's journey: a descent to otherworldly realms, encounters with strange beings and a return to the "real world" full of wondrous tales. Comics were on the geek fringe, "a secret handshake, secret society kind of thing," said Mike Coco, manager of Escape Velocity...

  • Prosecutor describes Colorado gunman's path to carnage

    Video: Opening Statements: Theater Shooting Trial of James Holmes Day 1 - CENTENNIAL — A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could inflict...

  • Colorado's Nepal earthquake connection: Colorado-born filmmaker killed on Mount Everest

    -A man making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp was among those killed when an avalanche hit Saturday, according to 9News Denver. Tom Taplin, 61, was a Denver-born filmmaker, Seattle-based camp doctor and a Google engineer. His brother, Britton Taplin confirmed his death to 9NEWS on Sunday. Taplin was there with two other...

  • Roads in downtown Colorado Springs reopened after investigation

    Roads in the area of Nevada and Colorado avenues in downtown Colorado Springs have been reopened after being closed for about 90 minutes as police investigated a suspicious item. Nevada Avenue was closed between Pikes Peak and Cucharras, and Colorado Avenue was closed between Weber and Tejon. Yellow police tape was erected around part of...

  • Nepalese band holds Colorado concert despite homeland's deadly quake

    BOULDER — A Nepalese band took the stage for a planned concert in Boulder despite hearing the news that thousands of their countrymen had been killed by a natural disaster. KCNC-TV in Denver reports (http://cbsloc.al/1OY3JEY) that the rock band played at the Glenn Miller auditorium on Sunday night and took the opportunity to raise money for...

  • Up to 6 inches of snow dumped on Woodland Park

    Spring storms dumped a new pile of snow on Teller County early Monday, with some parts of Woodland Park reporting 6 inches of snow and a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service until noon. Weather spotters reported the following snow totals in Teller County Monday morning: - 4-6 inches of snow in Woodland Park; - 5.5...

  • Break-ins at Colorado Springs businesses bring little cash

    Three businesses in the Colorado Springs area were broken into Sunday morning after someone apparently used a crowbar to get in the front windows, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said, according to Gazette news partner KKTV. All the businesses are located off of Platte Avenue near Powers Boulevard in Colorado Springs, KKTV said. About...

  • Chipotle finishes removing GMO ingredients from its food

    NEW YORK — Chipotle says it has completed phasing out genetically modified ingredients from its food, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so. The Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but was working on making final changes to its tortillas. The Food and Drug Administration maintains that GMOs...

  • Steady Colorado Springs storm could bring some snow

    The rain that fell on the Pikes Peak region throughout Sunday is been great for lawns, but barely been enough to fill a water glass . Peggy Perales, a hydrometeorlogical technician with the National Weather Service in Pueblo, said less than half an inch of rain has been measured at the Colorado Springs Airport, although some areas...

  • Mugshot Monday: Most wanted in the Pikes Peak region

    Wanted: Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued. Seth O'Ryan Baskall, 22, is described as a 6-foot, 155-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Baskall is being sought on suspicion of second-degree burglary. Ashley Joann Pierce, 24, is...

  • Pueblo man dies in Fremont County crash

    A Pueblo man died in a one-vehicle crash on Colorado Highway 9 on Sunday morning in Fremont County, the Colorado State Patrol reported. The victim, who was in the front seat, was thrown from the car around 9:30 a.m. when the driver of a white Nissan Pathfinder traveling south on the highway failed to negotiate a right curve in the road, the...

  • Fort Carson soldier dies in Colorado Springs motorcycle wreck

    A Fort Carson soldier was killed Saturday in a midday crash that closed Cimarron Street in both directions west of Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs for four hours, Colorado Springs police said. Christopher R. Higginbotham, 24, was killed in a head-on collision about 12:10 p.m. The department’s Major Accident Unit determined that the...

  • Friend backs over woman in fatal crash in parking lot in north Colorado Springs

    A 69-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon when a good friend backed into her in a northeast Colorado Springs apartment complex, police said. The woman, whose name was not released Friday pending notification of her family, was critically injured about 1:30 p.m. when her friend suddenly backed up at high speed and struck her in the...

  • Boulder police: Missing CU student is safe, says he was on campus

    Boulder police and the family of Berry "Tyler" Allen, the University of Colorado student missing since April 11, announced today that the 20-year-old is safe, but raised more questions with the news that he was on the CU campus the entire time he was missing. Boulder Sgt. Tom Dowd said Allen told police he remained on campus and was not a...

  • Denver-bound jet diverted to Des Moines, United says

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Denver-bound United jet has been diverted to Des Moines because of strange odor. United Airlines spokeswoman Mary Clark said Monday that the odor was detected after Flight 112 left Chicago just after 2:45 p.m. Sunday. The plane set down without incident in Des Moines a little before 4 p.m. She says the Boeing 737 was...

  • Long odds for insanity defense in Aurora theater shooting trial

    CENTENNIAL — The key to the death penalty trial of a man who methodically shot at moviegoers at a Batman movie premiere will be what was going on inside his mind as he threw smoke canisters and then marched up and down the aisles, firing at anyone who tried to flee. James Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more inside the...

  • City Council vote will pave way for next step in long-running Colorado Springs road project

    The second phase of construction on a major east-west Colorado Springs road is expected to get one step closer to starting after a City Council vote this week. Officials are acquiring about 160 pieces of land, including full parcels and temporary easements, a necessary step before the latest work on the Woodmen Road corridor expansion can...

  • Voice of the Consumer: Colorado insurance rates

    Anthony from Colorado Springs said he is upset that the cost to insure his home had gone up 55 percent and his auto policy had increased about 12 percent. Carole Walker, the executive director with the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, said a recent study by the Insurance Research Council shows Colorado is now ranked No. 2 in...

  • Lil Sammy shows off his wheels at Colorado Springs event

    Like other babies, Lil Sammy wears a diaper and is dressed in outfit that protects his legs when he crawls. His mother bounces him on her hip when she holds him. Unlike human babies, Lil Sammy, a 6-year-old paralyzed dachshund, will likely never be without a diaper. But his owner, Susan Davia, has seen to it that Lil Sammy can walk on his own...

  • Three teens arrested after Colorado Springs carnival brawl

    Three juveniles were arrested after a Saturday night brawl at a Colorado Springs carnival, where El Paso County sheriff's deputies and Colorado Springs police officers struggled to control a crowd of more than 150 people. Deputies were called to the Wright's Amusements Giant Carnival at Powers and Palmer Park Boulevards just before 9 p.m. to...

  • Urban renewal at heart of dueling bills in Colorado Statehouse

    Colorado counties are again trying to get a say in how and when property tax dollars are pledged to urban renewal projects. Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill in 2014 that attempted to do just that, but state lawmakers are trying again this year. In an interesting twist, however, counties are lobbying for a version of the bill in the...

  • Walsenburg school gives students hands-on way to thank veterans

    A unique project that breaks ground Saturday will help the young build dreams and the old settle in to remember theirs. Students and recent graduates of an alternative, trades-oriented high school headquartered in Colorado Springs will construct the Veterans' Family Home in Walsenburg. Families of military veterans who are moving their...

  • Events in and around Colorado Springs this week

    Ballots for the May 19 Colorado Springs mayoral runoff election are being mailed out citywide. The election features former Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and former mayor and city councilwoman Mary Lou Makepeace. Colorado Springs mayoral candidates John Suthers and Mary Lou Makepeace will meet Monday in a debate sponsored by The...

  • Get a Job Monday: Community Health Partnership

    Community Health Partnership, a nonprofit that is committed to improving the health of people in the Colorado Springs area, is hiring. Benefits include medical/dental insurance, paid time off, a matching 401(k) program and a flexible work environment. Open positions include controller, RN care coordination specialist, practice improvement...

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