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  • Pueblo County clerk ‘reluctantly’ stops issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Pueblo County has stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at the request of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. County clerks in Pueblo and Boulder began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Colorado, ruled June 25 that Utah’s gay marriage ban is...

  • Colorado Springs ties aided Apollo program, first step on moon

    Forty-five years ago, millions of people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong planted his boot on moon soil. What none of those people saw, however, was the Colorado Springs residents who helped rocket Armstrong and the Apollo program's predecessors into space. It may have been, as Armstrong said on that historic day, one small step man...

  • Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American...

  • Public meetings explain Stormwater Task Force proposal for Colorado Springs area

    The Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force is trying to explain its stormwater prevention proposal so the public will understand why they might be asked to pay $10 a month. The task force, a citizen's group of engineers, business leaders, community activists and elected city and county officials formed in 2012, has been hosting a series of public...

  • This week: Your calendar of events around Colorado Springs

    The Colorado Springs City Council will discuss a proposed regional stormwater authority at its work session meeting at 1 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The proposed intergovernmental agreement says a regional authority would be among the city, Manitou Springs, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Monument and Palmer Lake. The council...

  • Half of Colorado voters back Hobby Lobby ruling

    DENVER — A new poll says half of Colorado voters support the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling allowing some religiously oriented business to opt out of contraception coverage for their employees. The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University poll released Monday found that 50 percent of voters support the court's Hobby Lobby decision while...

  • Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin top Western Conservative Summit straw poll for '16

    DENVER — Former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin energized the crowed at a conservative summit with talk of impeaching President Barack Obama. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1jOz7fs ) Palin spoke for 35 minutes Saturday at the 2014 Western Conservative Summit. Palin also bashed Obama on a variety of...

  • Palin, Cruz, DeMint headline Denver summit

    DENVER — Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz and former Sen. Jim DeMint are headlining a gathering of some 2,500 at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. The summit at the Hyatt Regency and Colorado Convention Center culminates Sunday with a straw poll to gauge attendees' early choices for a 2016 presidential nominee. Also speaking at the...

  • State's top court halts Denver gay marriages

    DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court on Friday ordered Denver to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but stopped short of blocking other clerks already issuing the licenses. Denver immediately stopped issuing licenses, but clerks in Boulder and Pueblo said they would continue. In a separate development, the U.S. Supreme Court...

  • Unlike others in Colorado, El Paso County not planning to house immigrant children

    Unlike elsewhere in the state, El Paso County officials have no plans to start housing unaccompanied minors from the Mexican border, a county spokeswoman said Friday. A shelter for those children is being considered by Denver Human Services, which might repurpose a 54-bed residential treatment facility for that purpose, KUSA-TV/9News...

  • Denver considers housing immigrant children

    DENVER — Denver officials say they're considering offering to take care of some of the immigrant children who have overwhelmed border facilities in recent months. Denver Department of Human Services spokeswoman Ana Mostaccero told The Associated Press on Friday that the department is in the process of applying for a three-year federal grant...

  • Undocumented immigrants line up to get new Colorado driver's licenses, ID cards

    The chance to drive legally and obtain a driving permit or identification card has undocumented immigrants lining up around the state. The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, signed into law in June 2013, goes into effect Aug. 1. It allows residents who cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the country the opportunity to get a license,...

  • Proposed Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs gets a boost from new agreement with USOC

    Supporters of a proposed downtown U.S. Olympic Museum have signed a 30-year agreement with the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee that will allow the venue to showcase Olympic artifacts and displays, the two organizations announced Thursday. The agreement is crucial because it will lend credibility to efforts to raise millions in...

  • Hickenlooper asks public to reject oil, gas limits

    DENVER — A day after giving up on efforts to call a special legislative session on oil and gas drilling, Gov. John Hickenlooper appealed to the public Thursday to decry possible ballot measures to curb the industry. Hickenlooper joined dozens of industry allies to say that proposed ballot measures to increase drilling setbacks and add...

  • Sen. Mark Udall, challenger Cory Gardner each lead in 2 separate polls

    DENVER — Two new polls paint two different pictures of the critical Colorado Senate race. A Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday shows Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner two points ahead of Democratic Sen Mark Udall. That's technically a tie because it's within the poll's margin of error, but it's an improvement for Gardner...

  • Petition puts recreational marijuana sales in Manitou Springs on November ballot

    Manitou Springs residents will have a chance in November to prohibit recreational marijuana sales in the western El Paso County town. A petition was approved July 3 by the city clerk's office, forcing a question onto the ballot for the Nov. 4 election. The clerk's office said 275 signatures were needed to force the ballot measure. Petitioners...

  • Electric rates in Colorado Springs may be rolled back in September

    Electric rates could be rolled back again in September when a second boiler inside Martin Drake Power Plant is expected to be up and running. Colorado Springs City Council members, in their role as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, said Wednesday they will consider rolling back residential electric rates by about 3.5 percent at their...

  • Gay marriage guidance requested by Colorado clerks

    DENVER — Five county clerks in Colorado are asking the state Supreme Court to give them a yes or no answer when it comes to the legality of same-sex marriage licenses. KUSA-TV reports (http://on9news.tv/1mNCpzj ) that county clerks of Jefferson, Douglas, La Plata, Arapahoe and Mesa counties have filed a brief with the court. They're asking...

  • Ideas emerge to strengthen Colorado Springs' sister-city relationship with Ancient Olympia

    A recent trip to Ancient Olympia could result in a Colorado Springs teenager taking part in a worldwide event. A delegation from Colorado Springs traveled to the birthplace of the Olympics last month to further the sister-city relationship between the municipalities. They came away from the four-day trip, paid for through private funds, with...

  • Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage touted by Udall

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds. The vote on Wednesday was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed. Democrats sponsored the election-year bill to reverse...

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