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Colorado Springs mayor raises red flags over sports and event center plan for Antlers Park
Colorado Springs mayor raises red flags over sports and event center plan for Antlers Park

By: Rich Laden - 0 Yesterday

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers is leaning against a plan to put a downtown sports and event center in city-owned Antlers Park, although he hasn't...

Colorado Springs residents support and question proposed downtown sports and event center
Colorado Springs residents support and question proposed downtown sports and event center

By: Ellie Mulder - 0 Tue, Jan 16, 2018

A proposal to build a 10,000-seat sports and event center in city-owned Antlers Park got a warm reception Monday night from dozens of people at an open...

Manitou Springs' new mayor cites environmental stewardship, community engagement as priorities
Manitou Springs' new mayor cites environmental stewardship, community engagement as priorities

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Without a permanent workspace, Ken Jaray has spent his first few weeks as Manitou Springs mayor chatting with community members at City Hall, marking a...

Green Mountain Falls still looking for that perfect fit for town manager
Green Mountain Falls still looking for that perfect fit for town manager

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Mon, Jan 15, 2018

Green Mountain falls isn't giving up on getting a town manager, though its first permanent administrator only lasted eight months. The tiny mountain...

El Paso County welcomes tiny homes in unincorporated areas
El Paso County welcomes tiny homes in unincorporated areas

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Mon, Jan 15, 2018

El Paso County will allow tiny houses in unincorporated areas, commissioners agreed unanimously Tuesday. They voted to amend the land use code to...

Colorado Springs City Council doesn't rule out sports and event center in Antlers Park
Colorado Springs City Council doesn't rule out sports and event center in Antlers Park

By: Rich Laden - 0 Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Colorado Springs City Council members left the door open Monday to an ambitious proposal to build a roughly 10,000-seat downtown sports and event...

County commissioners OK $75K settlement with Colorado Springs man
County commissioners OK $75K settlement with Colorado Springs man

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Jan 9, 2018

El Paso County will pay a $75,000 settlement to a man who was charged with a felony after threatening to publicly expose a prosecutor for "trying to...

Colorado Springs to defend against defamation lawsuit from Drake Power Plant whistleblower
Colorado Springs to defend against defamation lawsuit from Drake Power Plant whistleblower

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, Jan 9, 2018

A local attorney will defend current and past Colorado Springs City Council members alongside others in a defamation lawsuit filed in November by a...

El Paso County considering $75,000 payout in First Amendment case
El Paso County considering $75,000 payout in First Amendment case

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Sat, Jan 6, 2018

Charging a man with a felony for threatening to embarrass a prosecutor could end up costing El Paso County $75,000. The Board of County Commissioners...

Douglas Bruce files another lawsuit against El Paso County
Douglas Bruce files another lawsuit against El Paso County

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, Jan 4, 2018

Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce is - once again - accusing a local government of violating the law that he wrote. Bruce, author of the Taxpayer's Bill...

Colorado Springs warming shelter opens after Salvation Army wins approval
Colorado Springs warming shelter opens after Salvation Army wins approval

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Thu, Jan 4, 2018

Seven hours after the Salvation Army won approval to open its contentious Weber Street shelter, Judy Pastore walked out of the cold and onto a sleeping...

Brewer's Republic received multiple chances to solve fire code issue, but work was never done
Brewer's Republic received multiple chances to solve fire code issue, but work was never done

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Jan 3, 2018

The popular downtown Brewer's Republic was given multiple chances over nearly two years to fix an outdated fire prevention system, but it never did....

El Paso County commissioners ratify grant application despite anti-toll stance
El Paso County commissioners ratify grant application despite anti-toll stance

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Dec 29, 2017

El Paso County does not plan to revise a federal grant application it submitted that proposes using toll roads to widen the Interstate 25 "Gap" from...

Colorado Springs leaders want more money for Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Colorado Springs leaders want more money for Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Dec 27, 2017

Colorado Springs leaders and outdoor activists are looking to boost next year's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services budget, which remains well...

Woodland Park City manager announces plans to retire
Woodland Park City manager announces plans to retire

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Dec 25, 2017

Woodland Park City Manager David Buttery told City Council Thursday night that he plans to retire in four months. Mayor Neil Levy called for an...

New executive director for Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to take over in February
New executive director for Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to take over in February

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Dec 22, 2017

For the better part of a decade Andy Gunning has worked on a local scale, he said, balancing direction from the city leaders in Rockville, Md. But...

Colorado's rapid growth sets stage for political war
Colorado's rapid growth sets stage for political war

By: Tom Roeder - 0 Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Colorado's lightning-fast growth is lining up the state for an epic political battle in two short years. Census figures released Wednesday show the...

El Paso County health board member regrets role in rejecting needle exchange
El Paso County health board member regrets role in rejecting needle exchange

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Thu, Dec 21, 2017

An El Paso County Board of Health member expressed "disappointment" at how a needle exchange proposal was handled earlier this month. Doris Ralston...

El Paso County leaders vote unanimously to oppose toll lanes on Interstate 25
El Paso County leaders vote unanimously to oppose toll lanes on Interstate 25

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Dec 20, 2017

El Paso County commissioners unanimously passed an emergency resolution Tuesday, declaring their opposition to adding toll lanes to the Interstate...

El Paso County's Darryl Glenn opposes I-25 toll roads but signed off on proposal calling for them
El Paso County's Darryl Glenn opposes I-25 toll roads but signed off on proposal calling for them

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Dec 19, 2017

El Paso County commissioners now are fighting proposed toll lanes on the Interstate 25 "Gap" just weeks after their county staff pitched the idea....

Colorado Springs Utilities board again delays Drake decision
Colorado Springs Utilities board again delays Drake decision

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Mon, Dec 18, 2017

The Colorado Springs Utilities board delayed a decision Monday to change the closing date for the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant downtown, citing...

Petition deriding frame in Garden of the Gods gets more than 20,000 signatures
Petition deriding frame in Garden of the Gods gets more than 20,000 signatures

By: Hugh Johnson - 0 Mon, Dec 18, 2017

More than 20,000 people had signed an online petition by Monday morning demanding that a 12-foot high steel frame intended to promote Colorado Springs'...

Lawmakers holding town hall in southeast Colorado Springs
Lawmakers holding town hall in southeast Colorado Springs

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Three state lawmakers plan to host a joint town hall meeting Monday in southeast Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs Democrats Rep. Pete Lee, Rep....

Colorado Springs officials scramble to save sports and events center
Colorado Springs officials scramble to save sports and events center

By: Rich Laden - 0 Fri, Dec 15, 2017

With a deadline one year away to start work on City for Champions' downtown sports and event center, Colorado Springs officials are engaged in...

CU Law's Melissa Hart newest member of Colorado Supreme Court
CU Law's Melissa Hart newest member of Colorado Supreme Court

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper Thursday named CU law professor Melissa Hart as his next appointment to the Colorado Supreme Court. Hart, 48, will replace...

Annual address: Pikes Peak region fully recovered from recession
Annual address: Pikes Peak region fully recovered from recession

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Things are looking up in the Pikes Peak region. That's one takeaway from the 2017 "State of the Region" address, delivered by El Paso County Board of...

Darryl Glenn delivers State of the Region address
Darryl Glenn delivers State of the Region address

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Darryl Glenn, president of the Board of El Paso County Commissioners, will deliver the annual State of the Region report on Thursday at The Antlers...

People living in vehicles can no longer park on El Paso County roads
People living in vehicles can no longer park on El Paso County roads

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Thu, Dec 14, 2017

People living in their cars, trucks or recreational vehicles have one less place to park the vehicles they call home. The El Paso County...

Strawberry Hill appraisal questioned and appraiser penalized, but land swap deal with Broadmoor is unlikely to change
Strawberry Hill appraisal questioned and appraiser penalized, but land swap deal with Broadmoor is unlikely to change

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Following residents' accusations that a misleading appraisal was used in a land swap between Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor, a few City Council...

City Council OKs next step in grants for southeast Colorado Springs
City Council OKs next step in grants for southeast Colorado Springs

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Dec 13, 2017

A Denver nonprofit is looking for more than two dozen people to prioritize how money will be redirected from the state's corrections system to...