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  • El Paso County receives more than $250,000 in wildfire grants

    A third round of money from the state's Wildfire Risk Reduction Program will help fund 37 projects throughout Colorado, including work in El Paso County by the Westcott Fire Protection District, Black Forest Together and the county itself. Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced Friday that more than $3.7 million will go toward projects in...

  • Changes coming to Fallen Firefighter Memorial after annual service Saturday in Colorado Springs

    A week after 168 union firefighters and emergency service personnel are honored Saturday in Colorado Springs, the landmark memorial where the annual service takes place will be rebuilt to make room for thousands of additional names. Nearly $4 million from the International Association of Fire Fighters' 300,000 members will pay for a...

  • Calhan ending handshake agreement for water usage

    After years of relying on a handshake agreement to govern bulk water usage from ranchers and farmers, the town of Calhan is enacting stricter policies to keep better tabs on water use. In the past, neighboring farmers and ranchers could take water from the town's fire hydrants and pay for it at a later time. The fire hydrants are not metered,...

  • Colorado Springs group wants to change workings of Utilities board

    Two members of the newly formed Colorado Springs Forward group sat before the City Council on Wednesday and suggested that a different group than the council could better govern the $1 billion publicly owned utility. Motives were questioned, voices raised and some City Council members defended the governance structure that puts them at the...

  • 5 things going on inside Martin Drake Power Plant

    A fire erupted inside Martin Drake Power Plant May 5, shutting down all operations. Colorado Springs Utilities employees, contracted cleanup crews, and contracted engineers have worked around the clock since then to bring up two of the three boilers. The last boiler, known as Unit 5, was where the fire started. The Colorado Springs City...

  • Southern Colorado residents speak up about issues important to them

    Transportation, broadband and cellphone access and water were some of the topics discussed Wednesday morning at a meeting about important issues for residents of southern Colorado. The group Action 22 held the meeting to give citizens, business leaders and local government officials the opportunity to discuss what is important to their...

  • Some Colorado Springs officials may want to keep Jones Park

    The Jones Park land discussion took an unexpected turn Wednesday with some City Council members saying maybe Colorado Springs Utilities ought to keep the 1,200-acre swath of forestland. The notion was raised as the City Council, sitting as the Colorado Springs Utilities board, directed staff to launch an appraisal of the Utilities-owned site...

  • New poll shows Gov. Hickenlooper with 10-point deficit

    By all accounts, the race for Colorado governor will be close this November. A poll released Wednesday found Gov. John Hickenlooper and GOP candidate Bob Beauprez were still tied, but a second poll showed Hickenlooper had dropped 10 points back among likely Colorado voters. "Pundits were predicting that Gov. Hickenlooper faced a close race...

  • Five Constitution Day questions for gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez

    Wednesday marks the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, and as we celebrate that historic day of Sept. 17, 1787, we bring you five Constitution Day questions with Bob Beauprez, former congressman and current candidate for governor of Colorado. Q. What is one key thing Americans need to know about the Constitution? A....

  • Test group: Some Colorado Springs-area student data released in error

    The ACT national college entrance exam testing company is working to resolve a breach of personal information that happened last weekend involving Colorado Springs-area students. While attempting to change the test date for a Colorado Springs site on Sept. 13, the company said it inadvertently shared students' personal information with other...

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