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  • Department of Revenue makes tweaks to immigrant licensing, ID program

    Officials continue to smooth out the kinks in a program that, beginning Friday, will give undocumented immigrants the opportunity to obtain Colorado driver's licenses and identification cards at five locations across the state. In the weeks leading up to the Friday rollout of the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act program, the Department...

  • VA wants to fire two accused of manipulating data

    DENVER - The Veterans Affairs Department said it wants to fire two supervisors accused of manipulating health care data in Colorado and Wyoming. The VA said Tuesday that four other employees face suspension, demotion or admonishment. The firings would be the strongest discipline handed out since May in a nationwide scandal over falsifying...

  • State Sen. Steve King charged with 3 felonies

    GRAND JUNCTION — Republican state Sen. Steve King is facing three felony charges alleging he falsified time cards and defrauded two former employers out of thousands of dollars. King, a longtime resident of western Colorado's Grand Valley, was issued a summons Wednesday on felony counts of embezzlement of public property, forgery and theft....

  • Probe exposes flaws behind rollout

    WASHINGTON — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday. While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that they would soon have seamless online access to health...

  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Just a day...

  • Black Forest fire cause investigation moves to DA's office

    The El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigation into the cause of the Black Forest fire is now complete and in the hands of the District Attorney. The sheriff's office announced Wednesday that it had received the missing information it needed before being able to give its report to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office for review....

  • City Council, county commissioners finalize stormwater deal

    Mayor Steve Bach made a last-minute attempt to control the board of a proposed regional stormwater authority, which if approved by voters in November will oversee millions of dollars a year in construction of drainage projects. In a proposal to take the creation of a regional stormwater authority to the voters, Colorado Springs would have a...

  • VA employees face discipline for manipulating data

    FORT COLLINS — The Department of Veterans Affairs says six employees at a clinic in Fort Collins and the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, should be disciplined for manipulating data about veteran care. The VA has proposed unspecified action against Rocky Mountain Network Director Ralph Gigliotti and Cheyenne VA Medical Center Director...

  • BOCC passes resolutions in wake of sheriff's account controversy

    The El Paso County commissioners passed a pair of resolutions Tuesday brought on by uncertainty surrounding a Sheriff's Office bank account that apparently was unnoticed by county auditors for years. The commission made the sheriff's commissary account a part of the county's general fund, and passed a resolution emphasizing that all bank...

  • Mental health court produces first graduate

    Too often, mentally ill defendants find that cracks in the criminal justice system lead straight to jail or prison, Deborah Grohs said. She noticed it as a public defender, and then as a 4th Judicial District Court judge. "The jails became the mental health institutions," Grohs said. But on Tuesday, she handed one such defendant a diploma...

  • Colorado Supreme Court halts gay marriages in Boulder

    DENVER — Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get...

  • Medical marijuana oil bill aims to help children across U.S.

    Parents who flocked to Colorado in search of medical marijuana oil to treat their children's severe epilepsy reacted with guarded optimism to legislation announced Monday aimed at legalizing the oil - calling it a first step at returning home. The bill by a Pennsylvania representative could get oil in the hands of parents across the nation by...

  • Denver City Council votes on $3.3M settlement

    DENVER — The Denver City Council has given its initial approval of a $3.3 million offer to settle abuse claims at the city's jail. The Denver Post reports ( ) councilors voted on the tentative settlement at a meeting Monday evening and will consider approving the offer Aug. 4. Last week, a federal judge accepted the...

  • Gazette Exclusive: Manitou Springs recreational marijuana shop to open

    Recreational marijuana sales will begin in Manitou Springs on Thursday. Bill Conkling made the announcement late Friday, saying that the "long process" is finally coming to an end. The first recreational pot licensee in El Paso County and the owner of Maggie's Farm medical marijuana centers has been a part of the process to bring the industry...

  • PPRTA to spend $12 million on area known as No Man's Land

    The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority will start a major road project in 2016 on a stretch of highway that has been neglected, deemed blighted and been nicknamed No Man's Land. The authority will spend $12 million on sidewalks, gutters, a center turn lane, bicycle lanes and drainage on Colorado Avenue from 31st Street to the city...

  • Data: El Paso County elections among the most efficient in Colorado

    El Paso County spent less per registered voter in the November 2013 election than all but two other Colorado counties, according to data that will be released this week through the Accountability in Colorado Elections project launched by the Secretary of State's Office. The data outlines everything from how many ballots were rejected in each...

  • For some, storms prove Flying W mitigation work is holding up

    Storms lashed the Flying W Ranch this month, washing out service roads and dislodging a couple of dozen erosion barriers from a fire-ravaged hillside. But along with those reminders of nature's fury, the weather also brought cause for hope, say those working to revive the once-bustling home of nightly chuckwagon suppers and Old West nostalgia...

  • This week: Mark you calendar for these events around Colorado Springs

    Woodland Park is celebrating 25 years of its Mayor's Cup Footrace on Saturday. Events for the annual event will include a kid's fun run, 5K and 10K races, and a 5K walk. The event begins with a 7 a.m. registration, which can be done at The Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso Board of County Commissioners...

  • Northern Command chief talks disaster response, missile defense at Aspen Security Forum

    ASPEN - Chaos in the Middle East means an increased threat of terrorist attacks on American soil, U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Chuck Jacoby told a crowd Saturday. Jacoby covered a range of issues during his talk at the Aspen Security Forum, from military response to natural disasters to the effectiveness of America's missile defense...

  • Obama signs Summit County affordable housing bill

    FRISCO — New federal legislation will allow the U.S. Forest Service to sell land to Summit County for a planned affordable housing development. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed a bill making the 40-acre parcel along Interstate 70 near Frisco and Dillon available to Summit County. The Summit Daily News ( )...