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  • Colorado tightening reins on health insurance exchange

    DENVER — Colorado's health insurance exchange is facing more scrutiny from the Legislature. The state Senate gave initial approval Monday to two bill to increase oversight of the quasi-public exchange, called Connect For Health Colorado. One of the bills authorizes state auditors to take a closer look at how the exchange operates. The...

  • Woman killed in Denver police shooting; officer injured

    DENVER — Denver police say two officers opened fire after one was struck by a car he believed was stolen, and the young woman driving the car was shot and killed. Police said earlier two people were shot, but later corrected that. Police say none of the four other people who were in the car was injured. All were being questioned in the...

  • Colorado lawmakers consider banning powdered alcohol

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events. Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont have already banned the product, which is pending approval from federal...

  • AFA: Cadet killed in weekend skiing incident

    An Air Force Academy freshman cadet died in a weekend skiing incident in Keystone, the Academy confirmed Monday. Cadet John "Jack" Lindsey was pronounced dead by the Summit County coroner after the Saturday incident, the academy said. The death was deemed accidental, the academy said. "The Academy is deeply saddened by the loss of one of...

  • Fight over Palmer Lake could end in court

    When Palmer Lake resident Cynthia Graff took her seat in front of the Monument board of trustees last week, she was one in a long line of area residents who came to plead for a timeless Western right - water. Water, specifically in Palmer Lake, is part of what drew Graff and others to the Tri-Lakes region. Even after development cut off the...

  • Best of the weekend: 6 top Gazette articles you may have missed

    We hope you had a great weekend. Here are the most-read Gazette.com stories from the weekend you may have missed. -School Choice: Winners and losers in the battle for students in Pikes Peak region Every year, thousands of students in the Pikes Peak region attend classes outside the school boundaries in which they live because they want to...

  • One man dead, landlord arrested after Friday night fight in Colorado Springs house

    A man shot dead late Friday in northeast Colorado Springs was killed by his landlord after an argument, the men's roommates said Saturday. Residents of the home on the 4300 block of Northridge Place said John Lorenz, who owns the house, shot their roommate in the abdomen. Lorenz was booked into the El Paso County jail at 4:30 a.m. Saturday...

  • Local artists shine on billboards in Colorado Springs

    The work of two Colorado artists has gone sky-high, literally. Paintings by local artist Deb Komitor and former Springs resident Tracy Felix recently went up on two Lamar billboards. "I was very excited," said Komitor. "I think it's an amazing thing the billboard company is doing. It's a huge support of artists in the community." Both...

  • Events in and around Colorado Springs this week

    The Colorado Springs City Council will discuss at its Monday work session a proposed April 7 ballot question that would ask voters to change the city's charter to give the City Council hiring and firing power over its employees. The council also will discuss placing a recall question on the ballot. Residents in District 4 were successful in...

  • Mugshot Monday: Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted in the Colorado Springs area

    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. Bryan Adams, 22, is described as a 6-foot-1, 175-pound man with brown hair and brown eyes. Adams is being sought on suspicion of criminal mischief, attempted escape. William China Madesi...

  • Colorado Springs police looking for Subway robber

    Colorado Springs are searching for a man who robbed an eastern Colorado Springs Subway restaurant at gunpoint on Sunday night. The man entered the restaurant at 1825 North Circle Drive just after 7:30 p.m. and brandished the gun at two employees. His face was covered, and he escaped on foot carrying an undisclosed amount of money. Officers...

  • Colorado Springs cellphone store robbed at gunpoint

    A cellphone store employee called police on Sunday evening after she was held at gunpoint and forced to hand over money and phones to a man, Colorado Springs police said. Just after 5 p.m. on Sunday, the man came into the store in the 6900 block of North Academy Boulevard and demanded the money and the phones before getting into a car with a...

  • Police: Colorado Springs carjacking wasn't random act

    Colorado Springs police say a Sunday evening carjacking near the intersection of Nevada Avenue and Fillmore Street was targeted. A victim called police just after 5 p.m. Sunday and reported the knife-point carjacking in a parking lot near the intersection. Officers say a male in a hooded sweatshirt approached the victim while brandishing a...

  • Voice of the Consumer: Buyer beware when it comes to used cars

    One of the most common Call for Action complaints we get are about used cars. The most important thing to remember is that Colorado does not have a lemon law for used vehicles. Once you sign the papers and drive off, the car is yours, with all its baggage. Another misconception is that you have three days to cancel a car purchase. For 16 years...

  • NAACP president delivers impassioned sermon at Fountain church

    Although Cornell William Brooks came to Colorado Springs to address a population shaken by a potential hate crime, the NAACP president took some time off on Sunday to be a minister, and encouraged his temporary flock to put aside their fears and anger. Brooks delivered an impassioned sermon to hundreds of people on Sunday at the New Jerusalem...

  • Colorado Springs group wants citizens to wear green in support of Fort Carson

    The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance hopes to make Feb. 3 look like St. Patrick's Day in Colorado Springs as part of an effort to stave off military cuts. Getting locals to wear green that day is part of a wider effort to impress Army brass who will be in town to hear public comments on cuts for Fort Carson that could eliminate up...

  • Divide fire department's improved rating could lower property insurance rates

    A fire department with no paid workers might pay dividends for Divide residents. Property insurance premiums in the tiny Teller County town may decrease this year because the Divide Fire Protection District, staffed completely with volunteer firefighters, has improved its fire protection 
rating. The protection district has two stations and...

  • Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates 100th anniversary

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK — Rocky Mountain National Park has had its ups and downs during the past century. In the 1940s, gas rationing cut attendance, and the park is still trying to recover from devastating floods in 2013. On Monday, the park marks its 100th anniversary, celebrating a record number of visitors last year who were enjoying...

  • Plane crash reported near Rabbit Ears Pass

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A pilot called emergency dispatchers Sunday and said he was injured after his single-engine plane crashed south of the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass. Routt County officials say the pilot asked for a rescue team. The man said he was conscious and breathing and reported back pain. According to Steamboat Today...

  • Pueblo suspect killed after reported home invasion attempt

    PUEBLO — Authorities say one person is dead after an attempted home invasion in Pueblo. Witnesses reported seeing two men on Sunday kicking in a door of a home. They said one of the men was armed. Police were called and saw two men jump into a vehicle and try to flee. The suspects got into an accident with another vehicle and fled on foot....

  • Woman dies after being hit by car while chasing stray dog in Pueblo

    PUEBLO — A woman has died after she was hit by a car while trying to rescue a stray dog. The accident happened Saturday evening in Pueblo. The woman has not been identified. The Colorado State Patrol says investigators do not believe drugs, alcohol or speed were factors in the accident.

  • 5 Things To Know at the Colorado statehouse

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are heading into the third week of the 2015 legislative session, and their workload is beginning to increase. Five things to watch for this week: POWDERED ALCOHOL It's not available in stores yet, but Colorado lawmakers are considering joining a handful of states that have already banned powdered alcohol until...

  • One dead in Sunday morning rollover in Colorado Springs

    One person is dead as a result of crash that involved three vehicles early Sunday morning in Colorado Springs. A male was driving north on N. Nevada Avenue when the vehicle collided with two parked vehicles and rolled, according to police. The crash happened around 1:20 a.m. near Espanola Street. The driver, who has not been identified, was...

  • Air Force cadets gobble up vegetables as academy moves to healthier meals

    The restaurant describes its main course portions in ounces. All 40,000 of them. That's a ton and a quarter of a light lunch, not counting the side dishes and salad. Welcome to Mitchell Hall, the Air Force Academy's legendary dining hall that 60 years into the school's history remains the Defense Department's reigning champion of the...

  • Air Force Academy glider squad keeps its place as national champs

    While the Air Force Academy needs a new trophy case to accommodate the team's accomplishments, the coach says the cadets involved are nothing special. "No, sir," Lt. Col. John Neptune said when asked if anything about his national championship glider squad stood out. "It's pretty standard. They are motivated, and they are inspired to fly."...

  • Your photos: A Colorado Springs sunset

    Colorado sunsets are mesmerizing, especially here in Colorado Springs. We asked readers to show us their photos. Here's a photo gallery from Saturday. Enjoy.

  • National NAACP leader visits Colorado Springs to urge action in wake of bombing attempt

    Just weeks after a makeshift bomb exploded outside the NAACP offices in Colorado Springs, the national leader of the organization came to the city to call for persistence in the face of injustice. Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the national branch of the NAACP, passionately told hundreds of people at a regional conference not to...

  • Report: Man shot at Colorado Springs convenience store parking lot

    A man was seriously injured shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday when shots were fired after a fight broke out in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven off of Fountain Boulevard and Chelton Road, according to a report from Gazette news partner KKTV 11 News. Officers responded to a large disturbance involving multiple people at the 7-Eleven lot. The man...

  • Ice caves at Colorado park a winter jewel

    RIFLE - Walls of limestone tower above Rifle Creek as it runs through Rifle Mountain Park. Water flows down from the top of these cliffs, but not all of it reaches the creek right away, especially at this time of year. It's from December until the end of February, typically, that walls of ice form, creating caves thanks to the daily cycles of...

  • High winds cause long delays for Colorado skiers returning east

    Skiiers and snowboarders coming down from the mountains Saturday night might want to stop for hot chocolate or grab some dinner before heading east, because it's going to be a long ride home. U.S. 285 was closed indefinitely around 3:45 p.m. Saturday between Kenosha Pass and Fairplay because of high winds and many crashes and slide-offs,...

  • Man cited for drone near Colorado airport

    ASPEN — A 20-year-old man is being accused of reckless endangerment after he allegedly flew a drone from a bus stop outside of the Buttermilk Ski Area near the Aspen airport. Auguin Maurcio Christian is accused of flying the drone in the vicinity of private aircraft on Thursday. The drone was confiscated as evidence and there were no reports...

  • Colorado snowpack struggling in some river basins

    DENVER — The latest numbers for statewide snowpack show northwest and southwest Colorado are running behind where they should be for this time of year. Some of the driest conditions can be found in the Upper Rio Grande and the San Juan-Dolores-San Miguel-Animas river basins. According to KCNC-TV (http://tinyurl.com/o68yp9t), the South...

  • Bye-bye semiprivate rooms: Memorial-UCHealth central campus to get $40 million facelift

    University of Colorado Health is planning to launch a $40 million renovation project at its Memorial Hospital Central campus by the end of March that will turn most of its two-person rooms into single occupancy and upgrade its equipment. The nearly two-year project at the 1400 E. Boulder St. campus resulted from a year of facilities planning...

  • Colorado Springs hair salon robbed at gunpoint

    A hair salon was robbed of cash Friday night by a male with gun, Colorado Springs police said. Employees at the Supercuts at 1207 N. Circle Drive told police that the armed robber demanded money about 7:30 p.m. and he fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The robber got into a vehicle waiting in a nearby parking lot, police...

  • Man hit with stun gun, others arrested, after disturbance outside Colorado Springs sports bar

    A male was hit with a stun gun, and two others were arrested, after a disturbance outside of a sports bar, Colorado Springs police said. Officers were investigating an unrelated call for service Saturday around 1:45 a.m., when they heard a disturbance from a parking lot in front of Kelly O'Brians sports bar at 239 N. Academy Blvd., police...

  • Man allegedly hits female with car during argument

    A man was arrested after he allegedly struck and seriously injured a female with his vehicle during an argument early Saturday, Colorado Springs police said. Derek Wilson, 50, and the female were arguing just after midnight Friday in the parking lot of a business on the 200 block of north Academy Boulevard, police said. The parking lot is...

  • Woman arrested after verbal argument

    A woman was arrested after allegedly obstructing officers as they tried to investigate an argument she was involved in, Colorado Springs police said. While investigating an unrelated incident at the 2500 block of Verde Drive, near the intersection of east Fountain Boulevard and south Circle Drive, police heard screaming around 11:40 p.m. from...

  • Check cashing business robbed Saturday morning

    A man armed with a "long gun" threatened employees and demanded cash at a check-cashing business about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Colorado Springs police said. The robber fled through the back door of United Check Cashing, at 3275 E. Platte Avenue, police said. Few other details were available, police said. The business is near the intersection of...

  • Man charged in fatal Colorado Springs shooting is convicted

    Jason Romeo Forbes was convicted of murder Friday in last year's shooting death of David "DJ" Johnson in what appeared to be a drug deal gone bad. In a verdict announced by 4th Judicial District Judge Barbara Hughes, the jury found Forbes guilty of first-degree murder in Johnson's death and guilty of the attempted murder of Javar Harrison,...

  • Air Force Academy will take to the skies Saturday, but don't expect much noise

    Cadet pilots will work overtime this Saturday - and possibly others - to make up for flying time lost to bad weather. A snowstorm that rolled in Wednesday grounded the Air Force Academy's fleet of gliders and single-engine trainers, delaying training that must be completed before the school year wraps up in May. "Additional make-up days may...

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