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  • 200 attend interactive City for Champions meeting at new library facility

    Tuesday's City for Champions monthly meeting at the new 21st Century Library was like a networking holiday party with 200 of your closest friends. Singers performed, desserts were served, and everyone - supporters and opponents of the proposed four tourism projects - worked the room. "It's going to be fun," announced Stephannie Finley,...

  • Colorado Springs embraces new accessibility icon

    Lisa Harrison-Hall doesn't let a wheelchair keep her from being active in every facet of her life: She is a peer specialist at the Independence Center in Colorado Springs, she is a mother, and she plays sled hockey - her favorite sport. With a new accessibility symbol unveiled by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach on Tuesday, Harrison-Hall...

  • Castle Rock: No immediate call on open carry vote

    CASTLE ROCK — Castle Rock voters may have to wait a week to find out the results of their election on firearms in public spaces. Town officials said Tuesday night that they won't have results for up to seven days. The all-mail election had garnered 8,100 ballots by late afternoon. The election will determine who gets to say whether people...

  • El Paso County flags to fly half-staff in honor of former commissioner

    Born and raised on a ranch in Rush where he lived until he died, Loren Whittemore was a cowboy in every sense of the word.
The former El Paso County commissioner, writer, rancher and civic leader died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 79.
Whittemore served three terms on the Board of El Paso County Commissioners from 1985-1997 and was a familiar...

  • Blog: New format at City for Champions meeting

    City for Champions organizers are touting their monthly information meeting Tuesday as interactive and hands-on. Attendees will be greeted by athletes who train at the Olympic Training Center and then will have a chance to walk from station to station and to talk one-on-one with project leaders. At the Colorado Springs City Council...

  • Lack of trust in IT department has Colorado Springs council reluctant to spend millions

    Colorado Springs has a new vision for its Information Technology department. It will soon spend $1.1 million to make its network, which keeps all city data from personnel files to police records, more secure and begin a system overhaul that details a five-year road map. The new plan starts with the city's business needs and works backward to...

  • This week: Mark your calendar for these events in the Colorado Springs area

    The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management will celebrate September as National Preparedness Month during "Community Emergency Preparedness Night" on Friday at Security Service Field. Pregame activities begin at 5 p.m. with interactive demonstrations, medevac helicopter tours, McGruff the Crime Dog, Smokey Bear and Iron Man. The...

  • Judge rules Aurora theater shooting was foreseeable, suits can advance

    DENVER — A judge says lawsuits can move forward against the owner of the Aurora movie theater where a 2012 attack left 12 people dead and 70 others injured. The Denver Post reports ( ) U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled Friday that Cinemark could have predicted movie patrons might be targeted for an attack,...

  • City politics may push Balloon Classic out of Colorado Springs

    The Colorado Balloon Classic's 38th annual celebration this Labor Day weekend will be its last in Colorado Springs, the organization behind the event announced Friday. Because of "politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART (city sponsorship) application," the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic...

  • CBI announces accreditation, adherence to higher standards

    The Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that is now accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The nonprofit organization issues the accreditations with the aim of enhancing law enforcement practices, capabilities, and standards around the world.
According to the bureau, accreditation reduces...

  • Battle over flood aid roils Colorado Senate race

    DENVER — One year after record-setting floods devastated Colorado, the disaster has taken center stage in the state's contentious U.S. Senate race. Democratic Sen Mark Udall, touting his assistance to flood-stricken communities, has accused Republican Rep. Cory Gardner of hindering recovery efforts by shutting down the federal government...

  • Immigrants struggling to get licenses in Colorado

    DENVER - Only about half of Colorado immigrants who have recently been allowed to get a driver's license or identification card regardless of their legal status have managed to get documents during the first two weeks of a new law. Data from the Colorado Department of Revenue also show that about 10 percent of immigrants who make appointments...

  • Commission: Olympic museum or bust for Colorado Springs' City for Champions

    Without the Olympic museum the City for Champions project won't be a success, members on the Colorado Economic Development Commission said Thursday, when they proposed making 16 percent of state funding for the project contingent on completion of the museum. "This was really sold to us as the Olympic museum," said Board member Frances...

  • Dozens gather on the steps of Colorado Springs City Hall as part of national peaceful protest

    "Hands up, don't shoot!" Demonstrators gathered on the steps of City Hall in downtown Colorado Springs on Thursday night to join thousands of people around the country in a peaceful protest called National Moment of Silence. Demonstrators raised their hands and their signs to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown,...

  • Candidates clash in Colorado congressional debate

    HIGHLANDS RANCH — Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, clashed over immigration, campaign finance and the budget on Thursday, in the first debate in one of the most competitive, expensive and closely watched House contests in the nation. Colorado's 6th Congressional District is evenly divided between...

  • OneRepublic lead singer in Hickenlooper campaign ad

    OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder tries to teach Colorado's governor how to play "Counting Stars" on guitar and concludes in the political ad that Gov. John Hickenlooper should stick to his day job. "This is going to break your heart," Tedder says after hearing Hickenlooper sing and play guitar. "It's my professional opinion you do not have a future...

  • Ferguson solidarity rally planned at Colorado Springs City Hall on Thursday

    The Colorado NAACP is holding a "peaceful moment to show support for justice" in the shooting death by a police officer of Michael Brown last weekend in Ferguson, Mo. The event is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday in front of Colorado Springs City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The "Solidarity with Ferguson; We Have Our Hands Up, Don't Shoot" memorial...

  • Experts: Robin Williams' suicide could 'trigger' others to do the same

    Inundated by graphic press accounts of acclaimed actor and comedian Robin Williams' apparent suicide, mental health experts fear the celebrity's death could cause a spike in suicides across in the nation among people on the brink of despair. Their message: Help is available. "Particularly for young people, the notion of contagion is real...

  • Dueling press conferences could set tone for stormwater campaign

    Dueling press conferences on Wednesday over a proposed stormwater funding plan may signal a long campaign season ripe with accusations, political rhetoric and name calling. Mayor Steve Bach held a press conference in the morning to announce that he will not support the proposed stormwater initiative, expected to be on the ballot in November....

  • Northern Colorado town approves 13 oil and gas wells near houses

    ERIE — Leaders in Erie have approved the development of 13 oil and gas wells near two subdivisions even though opponents say some violate state setback regulations. Town trustees voted unanimously to approve the Encana wells Tuesday night. Many opponents urged the board to reject the wells arguing that some would be less than 800 feet from...