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  • Charter school community bids teary farewell as STAR Academy closes

    Even as she hugged sobbing students in the hallways Friday after the last bell rang, Sheila Greene slipped in a few lessons. "Be strong. Be brave. Make friends. It's going to be OK," the middle school English teacher told teens as she said goodbye. Friday was the last day for good at STAR (Space, Technology and Arts) Academy, a 9-year-old...

  • Supercenter No. 10 on way

    Wal-Mart's latest expansion in the Pikes Peak region ramps up this summer. The retailer's 10th Supercenter will open in July northwest of Interstate 25 and South Academy Boulevard in Fountain, on the south edge of Colorado Springs, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said this week. She didn't have a specific date for the opening. A nearby...

  • Deputies' reports detail chaotic scene at Colorado Springs carnival brawl

    Teenagers fighting at a Colorado Springs carnival last month threw punches and swore at sheriff's deputies who tried to control brawls in groups of up to 100 people, but it is unclear what started the riot. El Paso County sheriff's deputies who responded to the April 25 brawl described having difficulty controlling the chaos at the Wright's...

  • Hickenlooper discusses southern Colorado flooding, bills awaiting signature

    PUEBLO - Gov. John Hickenlooper pledged to help southern Colorado rebuild flood-damaged roads Friday as he spoke to the powerful Action 22 lobby in Pueblo for a legislative session review. "We're going to help you in any way we can to get the roads rebuilt, but the water is to be blessed," said Hickenlooper, a former geologist who noted that...

  • Springs Spree board to consider if Planned Parenthood can have booth at festival

    Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been told it could not have booth space at the annual Springs Spree festival because it is a group barred by the event's rules from participating. Cathy Alderman, vice president of public affairs, said that while Planned Parenthood does political advocacy and is controversial, it is primarily a...

  • Colorado Springs police: Attempted murder charges for man after road rage incident

    A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in a road rage shooting incident in east Colorado Springs on Thursday evening, police said. John Atkinson, 48, was arrested after a report of gunshots just after 7 p.m. in the area of Platte Avenue and Chelton Road, police said. Officers said a vehicle with two males "did have damage...

  • Colorado Springs firefighters rescue hiker from Pulpit Rock

    A hiker injured on Pulpit Rock Friday afternoon was rescued by the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Firefighters executed a rope rescue around 2:45 p.m.. The 40-year-old woman had a minor leg injury and was taken to the hospital. Fire Capt. Steve Oswald, a CSFD spokesman, said the woman may have stepped the wrong way on a rock and slipped,...

  • Colorado Springs police still seeking 2 fugitives in killing of teen in 1997

    It's been nearly 18 years since Steven "Gino" Romero accepted a ride with friends in a car owned by a gang member. A rival gang later fired 28 bullets into the vehicle, killing the 13-year-old. Sunday marks the 18th anniversary of Romero's death. The Colorado Springs Police Department released a statement to remind the public that Socorro...

  • Saturated ground continues to cause chaos in Pikes Peak region

    Sodden from days of rain, another Colorado Springs hillside sagged this week, dislodging two mobile homes and five RVs from their pads shortly after midnight Friday at the A-1 Mobile Village near U.S. 24 on the west side of the city. Six people and four dogs were evacuated by the Red Cross, said Margery Young, the onsite mobile home park...

  • Believe it or not, weekend forecast for Pikes Peak region calls for sun

    The sun might actually come out for a significant part of Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. There's a chance for scattered thunderstorms and showers in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park and Pueblo through the weekend, but temperatures are expected to be fair and Saturday is expected to be at least partly...

  • Soggy weather leads to indefinite road closures in El Paso County

    Several El Paso County roads have been closed indefinitely because of rain damage. They are: - Manitou Avenue and Serpentine Drive were closed from the traffic circle at Manitou and Serpentine to U.S. 24 because of cracks in the pavement on Manitou and in a retaining wall along Serpentine. The Colorado Department of Transportation said...

  • Woman's body found on Santa Fe Trail in Palmer Lake

    A 68-year-old woman was found dead on the Santa Fe Trail Thursday night, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Friday. The woman was found around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on a portion of the Santa Fe Trail in Palmer Lake, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jackie Kirby said. She has not been positively identified, according to the El Paso County...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    DENVER — They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than a century and go by many other names in Asia, Africa and Latin America — aims to make inroads in the United States....

  • Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study

    DENVER — Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change. However, it's not clear yet whether the federal agency that granted the permit will appeal the...

  • Alzheimer's patient won't be charged in killing

    GOLDEN — Prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient accused of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility in Lakewood. The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said Friday the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo had deemed Homer Castor incompetent. Prosecutor Scott...

  • Colorado rafting accident leaves 1 dead

    GEORGETOWN — Authorities say one person is dead after a rafting accident in Clear Creek just east of Idaho Springs. The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to the area off U.S. Highway 6 at about 11:30 a.m. Friday and found multiple people in the water. CPR was being performed on the victim, who has only been...

  • Colorado Springs parks closed to rock climbers; several city and El Paso County parks, trails off limits after torrential rain,

    The Colorado Springs Parks Department has closed all city parks, including Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon Open Space and North Cheyenne Canon, to rock climbing for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The parks department made the announcement in a news release Friday. The climbing closures are due to torrential rain in recent weeks in...

  • MeadowGrass: 3 days of roots, indie, folk, rock and Americana to fill your soul

    Gates open at 9 a.m. for campers and noon for noncampers Friday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, Black Forest, $42.50-$150, free ages 12 and younger, paid camping available; rocky mountainhighway.org. Something else: Parking is $10 per day or $25 for the weekend. Free parking is about a...

  • Suspect in Colorado Springs urn theft identified

    Police have identified the suspected thief of an urn containing the ashes of the victim's mother. Jared Ryan Snyder, 26, is wanted by the Colorado Springs Police Department on suspicion of breaking into a car and stealing the urn, wedding rings and debit cards. Snyder is a transient known to frequent motels along South Nevada and West...

  • 'Suspicious' behavior leads to arrest on warrants in Colorado Springs

    A man caught behaving in a "suspicious manner" south of downtown Colorado Springs while police were patrolling the area was arrested on warrants Thursday afternoon, the police said. Thomas Renedo, 27, was taken into custody around 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the area of the 1500 block of South Nevada Avenue, the police said. They learned he had an...

  • Free suicide prevention training offered for teens, parents

    Because of several recent teen suicides in Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention will host a free training on how teens and adults can help prevent suicides, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at The Sanctuary Church, 1930 W. Colorado Ave. The public is invited to attend. Although there is no cost, reservations are requested at 573-4747, or email...

  • Territory Days in Old Colorado City is four decades old; event starts Saturday

    10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, Old Colorado City, along Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets, free; pro-promotions.com. Shuttle bus runs 10:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Monday, leaves from Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St., free. After gold...

  • Military: Fort Carson soldier from Illinois is AWOL

    OSWEGO, Ill. - Military officials say a northern Illinois man has gone missing from Fort Carson. Fort Carson spokeswoman Daneta Johnson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, tells The (Aurora) Beacon-News (http://trib.in/1FCSGjG ) that 20-year-old Danny Domres of Oswego was declared AWOL on May 11. Johnson said Domres was an infantryman who had...

  • Flood advisories in effect in El Paso, Fremont counties; U.S. 50 closed by rockslide

    Colorado Springs residents might see something unusual in the sky Friday morning: the sun. Conditions are expected to improve with temperatures in the mid-60s after heavy rainstorms throughout the Pikes Peak Region earlier in the week, said meteorologist Mike Nosko of the National Weather Service in Pueblo. "We might see the return of...

  • EPSO asking for help locating robbery suspect also accused of Colorado Springs kidnapping

    The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is asking for help locating a man accused of robbing a Pizza Hut. Xavier Smith has been identified as the suspect in a Feb. 2 robbery at Pizza Hut at 5815 Palmer Park Blvd., the Sheriff's Office said Thursday. A warrant for Smith's arrest has been issued. He also is wanted by the Colorado Springs Police...

  • Ski resort developers get Colorado land swap OK'd by forest service

    DENVER — Developers are a step closer to building a ski resort about 85 miles northeast of Durango in Wolf Creek with the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a land swap. The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1FrZBLf) B.J. "Red" McCombs has been trying to build the resort since 1986, and wants to exchange 177 acres of private land with road...

  • Police: Driver crashes into, kills Colorado man in wheelchair

    AURORA — Police say a driver who apparently lost consciousness because of a medical condition went up on a sidewalk in Aurora, striking and killing a man in a wheelchair. Sgt. Craig Baumfalk says the driver hit the man at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and then crashed into a power pole and a car. The man in the wheelchair, whose name and age...

  • Cracked pavement causes El Paso County road closure

    McKay Road off of Old Stage Road, southwest of the Broadmoor Golf Club, was closed Thursday night because of damage that couldn't be evaluated properly in the dark, an El Paso County official said. A nearby resident reported a crack in the pavement that occurred sometime during the day Thursday, and the county closed the road as a safety...

  • Wet weather doesn't prevent Independence Pass from opening right on time

    Independence Pass opened at noon Thursday despite continued heavy snow - and just in time for Memorial Day weekend, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. The winding and treacherous road climbs over the Continental Divide between Buena Vista and Aspen and is closed during the winter. In late spring, CDOT crews bomb the steep...

  • Colorado Springs blood center in need of donors

    A nonprofit that supplies blood to more than 100 hospitals across Colorado is seeking donations due to a blood shortage. Bonfils Blood Center is asking people of all blood types - especially people with type O-negative - to give blood ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. A good supply of type O-negative blood is critical because it's the only...

  • Convicted kidnappper sentenced to 30 years in prison

    A man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for kidnapping a 19-year-old woman who was riding a bicycle last year. Kyle Murphy, 24, who was armed with a gun and wore a black ski mask and sunglasses, punched Charlene Mattice in the face before she jumped out of a moving SUV and escaped in the June 1 attack in Falcon, investigators said. Murphy...

  • Calhan public works director quits amid water investigation

    Calhan public works director Greg Maggard submitted his letter of resignation Thursday, the town clerk confirmed. "Thank you for the opportunities for professional and personal development," Maggard's letter says. "I have enjoyed working for the town of Calhan and appreciate the support provided me during my tenure." Maggard did not...

  • Fort Carson ceremony honors soldiers who died in 2014

    Hundreds of soldiers stood stiffly in frigid drizzle Thursday as mournful weather greeted a ceremony to honor Fort Carson's war dead. The post added seven names to stones that bear the identities of 379 soldiers killed from Fort Carson since 2003. "We commemorate their service, their bravery and their patriotism," post commander Maj. Gen....

  • List: Memorial Day closings in Pikes Peak region

    Banks and credit unions: Most banks and credit unions closed Monday. Check with individual locations. Buses (Metro Transit): Regular bus service Monday. Government offices : City, county, state and federal offices closed Monday. Libraries: All Pikes Peak District Library branches closed Monday. Post Office: Offices closed and no mail...

  • Brainiacs from Colorado Springs middle school head to national Brain Bowl

    It's the brainiacs' turn. Five eighth-graders in the gifted and talented program at Challenger Middle School have become superheroes using the power of knowledge. The team won the state Optimist Brain Bowl championship for their grade level in March and on Friday fly to New Orleans for a national tournament. Challenger will be one of 28...

  • Colorado Springs teams do not place at Go Code competition

    Teams from Colorado Springs did not place Thursday in the statewide Go Code app-building competition to use data from state sources to help businesses and others make better decisions. Unite, a team of employees from The Gazette, is developing an app to help entrepreneurs and startup businesses more easily find college interns. Quizata, which...

  • Colorado Springs potholes a big topic at councilman's first town hall

    They may represent only a sliver of Colorado Springs residents, but the 20 or so civic-minded citizens who attended Thursday evening's town hall all agreed on one thing. They want a higher property tax, not a sales tax, to tackle the city's $1.2 billion infrastructure backlog. Most recognize that the property tax is more fair to low-income...

  • Ackerman Overlook open after two years of I-25 construction in Colorado Springs

    Ackerman Overlook was reopened Thursday after roughly two years of construction-related closure, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced. The overlook is just south of the Interquest interchange on southbound Interstate 25. It was closed, relocated and rebuilt as part of the I-25 widening project between Woodmen Road and Monument....

  • Congress reaches construction deal on Aurora VA hospital

    DENVER — Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital outside Denver. The Veterans Affairs Department was on the verge of running out of money for the project, estimated to be $1 billion over its construction budget. It warned that construction would stop unless Congress acted by...

  • Justice Department eyes voting reforms for American Indians

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking legislation that would require state and local election officials to work with American Indian tribes to locate at least one polling place on or near each tribe's land. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the changes are needed because "significant and unnecessary barriers" exist...

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