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  • Residents invited to voice their concerns regarding Colorado Springs public transit

    A meeting will be held Thursday allowing residents to voice their opinions on the future of public transit in Colorado Springs. Mountain Metro Transit and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will host the meeting, which will be used to help transportation officials draft long-term transportation plans stretching to 2040. For example,...

  • Bach uses proclamation to officially oppose stormwater initiative

    In another volley fired in the campaign on a proposed stormwater initiative, Mayor Steve Bach issued a "proclamation" Tuesday listing reasons why he believes the plan is flawed. Bach, who has issued one other proclamation since he took office in June 2011, felt this was an important election issue he needed to weigh in on by proclamation,...

  • State leaders 'appalled' by report of drug prescriptions to juveniles in Colorado correction facilities

    DENVER - Juveniles in the state's correction facilities have been prescribed psychotropic and other medications without proper parental consent, important medical screenings or adequate record keeping of symptoms and diagnosis, according to a report released Tuesday by the Colorado Office of the State Auditor. "Why weren't these things found...

  • Martindale sheds 'interim' director tag for El Paso County Public Health

    A longtime El Paso County Public Health employee was named its director, shedding the "interim" title he had held since early July as head of the agency. Dan Martindale, who has spent about 20 years with the agency, was approved by the El Paso County Board of Health after a search that lasted slightly less than two months. He replaces Jill...

  • Colorado Springs councilman: Voters should decide on stadium portion of City for Champions

    Colorado Springs City Council member Joel Miller says voters should decide if local tax money is spent on a sports and event center. He will ask his colleagues to put a question on the April 2015 ballot asking voters if they will amend the city's charter to require voter approval for any city stadium and events center. He announced his...

  • Colorado Springs electric rates could soon be less than before Drake fire

    A second turbine at Martin Drake Power Plant has powered up and that coupled with lower natural gas prices means residential Utilities customers might soon pay 36 cents less a month for electricity than before the fire at the plant. Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte said a second of three turbines at the downtown coal-fired plant is...

  • Colorado Springs Council OKs new Public Works director

    The Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm Mayor Steve Bach's appointment of Travis Easton as the city's new Public Works director. Easton, an engineer and former mayor of Monument, will be paid an annual salary of $150,000 and is expected to begin Oct. 1, said Mike Sullivan, the city's Human Resources director....

  • El Paso County commissioners push deadline for approving ballot measures

    The Board of County Commissioners will be up against a Sept. 5 deadline to potentially pass a pair of ballot questions in time for the November election. One of the measures, approved on first reading Tuesday, would allow El Paso County to use more than $2 million in excess revenue for park projects, including maintenance in the Jones Park...

  • Democratic opponent wants Klingenschmitt to withdraw from Colorado State Senate race

    Democratic state House candidate Lois Fornander called on her opponent to withdraw a day after Gordon Klingenschmitt made news for comparing Congressman Jared Polis, D-Boulder, to rebel armies in Iraq and Syria that are beheading Christians. The comment - included in a newsletter Klingenschmitt emailed to supporters that was critical of a...

  • Law puts increased attention on elder abuse

    Elders who may be the victims of neglect or abuse appear to be getting more help in the wake of a new law mandating that professionals speak up, officials with several agencies said Tuesday. A wide-ranging education campaign and increased awareness about the law appears to have led police to check on more tips and county social workers to...

  • El Paso County candidate for state House issues apology video after Dems, GOP criticize comments

    After both Democratic and Republican leaders cried foul Monday, an El Paso County candidate for the state House of Representatives issued a video apology for his comments in a newsletter email comparing a Colorado congressman's bill to beheadings of Christians in Iraq. "Apparently some Democrats do not have a sense of humor and they were...

  • Aurora, taxpayers face off in district court over taxing district for hotel project

    BRIGHTON - The city of Aurora asked an Adams County District Court judge on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit that claims the city violated TABOR with parts of a multimillion-dollar incentive package for a hotel developer. "The project has been held up pending the litigation and we are seeking the dismissal of those claims," said attorney Daniel...

  • Gov. Hickenlooper suggests granting clemency to Nathan Dunlap in interview

    Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested in a yet-to-be-aired television interview earlier this year that he could grant full clemency to convicted killer Nathan Dunlap should the governor lose his re-election battle this November. Hickenlooper, in an interview with CNN, made the comments in response to questions about Republican criticism of...

  • Woodland Park to vote on community pool

    Residents in Woodland Park will decide in November whether the city will pay for a community pool. The City Council voted unanimously Thursday to include a question in the Nov. 4 election asking voters whether Woodland Park should increase its debt to pay for aquatic facilities in the Teller County town of more than 7,500 people. If approved,...

  • Mayor's appointee to Public Works was to be secret until Tuesday

    The name of Mayor Steve Bach's appointee for director of Public Works was to remain secret until Tuesday. Some Colorado Springs City Council members are miffed that they are being asked to approve a new director of public works but the resolution in the public notice does not have his name or how much he will be paid.  The City...

  • Stormwater issue heading toward November ballot, organizers call it the 'fourth quarter' of long game

    It's the end of the third quarter in the proposed stormwater funding plan, and a group of residents who have been working on the issue for two years have their game faces on. They saw a contract approved by the El Paso County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that outlines how a regional stormwater authority would work and be governed should...

  • Colorado Springs hires outside attorney for advice on City for Champions

    The city of Colorado Springs has hired an outside attorney to give a legal advice about a citywide Tax Increment Financing district for the City for Champions project. In an Aug. 19 email from city council member Joel Miller to the city’s City for Champions project director Bob Cope, Miller asks whether the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal...

  • Maketa: I am still sheriff ... unless I decide to leave sooner

    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa on Saturday told a Colorado Springs television news reporter that there is a possibility that he could leave office early. In an exclusive interview and the sheriff's first public comments since early June, Maketa told Betty Sexton of Gazette news partner KKTV that he might consider stepping down before his...

  • Health foundation likely to focus on mental health, wellness initiatives in El Paso, Teller counties

    Making El Paso and Teller counties Colorado's healthiest communities could mean focusing on conditions invisible to all but the people suffering from them. Mental health care initiatives, as well as wellness and preventative care programs, rank as early priorities for receiving grants from the nascent Colorado Springs Health Foundation after...

  • Ben Carson draws a huge crowd at Colorado Springs book signing

    More than an hour before Ben Carson was set to arrive, a few hundred people were lined up outside Mardel, a Christian and education supply store in Colorado Springs. The supporters wore pins, clutched copies of his books and held signs, imploring Carson, a former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, to run for...