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Colorado Springs City Council approves electric rate increase to adjust for fuel prices
Colorado Springs City Council approves electric rate increase to adjust for fuel prices

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 1 hr ago

Electric bills from Colorado Springs Utilities will rise by up to 5.9 percent to cover increased fuel costs. The City Council approved the increase...

Colorado Springs City Council OKs land buy to add to Corral Bluffs Open Space
Colorado Springs City Council OKs land buy to add to Corral Bluffs Open Space

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 1 hr ago

Colorado Springs' prized Corral Bluffs Open Space is about to get bigger. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to buy 85 acres on the city's...

Downtown Colorado Springs master plan shows proposed 19-story hotel, more big additions
Downtown Colorado Springs master plan shows proposed 19-story hotel, more big additions

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 11 hr ago

A 20-year preliminary plan for the southwest quadrant of Colorado Springs' downtown would change the city's skyline forever. A proposed 19-floor...

Live coverage: Community Conversation on health care
Live coverage: Community Conversation on health care

By: - 0 Fri, Jul 21, 2017

What happens next with health care? How will the U.S. Senate's action - or inaction - affect Colorado? Will premiums go down or up more? Will more...

Colorado Springs deer could become targets of urban hunters
Colorado Springs deer could become targets of urban hunters

By: Seth Boster - 0 Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Colorado Springs could become a hunting ground for deer if city leaders agree with state wildlife officials that the hunt could decrease crashes and...

Vince Bzdek: Get out and connect with The Gazette for health care discussion in Colorado Springs
Vince Bzdek: Get out and connect with The Gazette for health care discussion in Colorado Springs

By: Vince Bzdek - 0 Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Monday night was one of those rare nights when my family was all in the same room together at the same time. Yet I was watching the Home Run Derby on...

Colorado Springs officials hold closed-door meetings with feds about marijuana
Colorado Springs officials hold closed-door meetings with feds about marijuana

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Federal Department of Justice and drug policy officials met privately Wednesday with Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, local police and other...

Report: Colorado's take in marijuana taxes crosses half-billion dollar mark
Report: Colorado's take in marijuana taxes crosses half-billion dollar mark

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Colorado has received more than $500 million in marijuana-related revenue since recreational cannabis sales began in 2014, according to a new report....

5 people cited after twin protests held at Sen. Gardner's Colorado Springs office
5 people cited after twin protests held at Sen. Gardner's Colorado Springs office

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Opponents of Republicans' efforts at health-care reform aren't declaring victory quite yet. Protesters at Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner's...

Manitou Springs pushes for new parking garage
Manitou Springs pushes for new parking garage

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Jul 18, 2017

A long-awaited remedy for the congestion plaguing Manitou Springs in summer is nearing reality. A special district plans to build a three-story...

Publicly available voter information a surprise to some in Colorado
Publicly available voter information a surprise to some in Colorado

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Many people casting ballots in Colorado weren't aware their voter registration information is available to anyone who asks until a federal commission...

El Paso County, state election offices hearing from voters fearful of Trump commission
El Paso County, state election offices hearing from voters fearful of Trump commission

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Sat, Jul 15, 2017

A few hundred El Paso County residents expunged their voter registration information or made it confidential after a newly-formed federal commission...

Bennet says ‘Putin couldn’t ask for a better friend’ than Donald Trump
Bennet says ‘Putin couldn’t ask for a better friend’ than Donald Trump

By: - 0 Fri, Jul 14, 2017

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said Russian President Vladimir Putin "couldn't ask for a better friend" than President Donald Trump on Thursday during a...

Hickenlooper's climate order could affect Colorado Springs power plant plan
Hickenlooper's climate order could affect Colorado Springs power plant plan

By: Liz Forster - 0 Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Gov. John Hickenlooper's announcement Tuesday committing Colorado to the Paris climate treaty's greenhouse gas reduction goals had officials wondering...

Colorado Springs protesters urge push back against net neutrality changes
Colorado Springs protesters urge push back against net neutrality changes

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Net neutrality is complicated, so it can be hard to rile folks up about the subject, said Gary Fornander. Nevertheless, Fornander and about a dozen...

Colorado Secretary of State's wife to run for El Paso County commissioner seat
Colorado Secretary of State's wife to run for El Paso County commissioner seat

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Jul 12, 2017

A familiar face among El Paso County Republicans and a newcomer to the local GOP will vie to succeed Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who disclosed plans...

Colorado Springs City Council saves a space on November ballot for stormwater fee
Colorado Springs City Council saves a space on November ballot for stormwater fee

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The time is right, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said, to put the resurrection of a citywide stormwater fee to a vote. The City Council...

Colorado Springs eyeing 85 acres rich with fossils and artifacts as possible addition to Corral Bluffs Open Space
Colorado Springs eyeing 85 acres rich with fossils and artifacts as possible addition to Corral Bluffs Open Space

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Eighty-five acres on Colorado Springs' east side soon might be added to a largely untouched city park laden with fossils, hoodoos and ancient...

Colorado Springs clerk recommends giving taxi drivers a break
Colorado Springs clerk recommends giving taxi drivers a break

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Sat, Jul 8, 2017

While the differences between catching a taxi cab and an Uber might be obvious to some passengers, some behind-the-scenes differences might not be so...

POLL: Lamborn, Hill or Glenn as Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat?
POLL: Lamborn, Hill or Glenn as Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat?

By: - 0 Sat, Jul 8, 2017

Which of the following candidates are you most likely to support during the Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District seat?

Republican Darryl Glenn jumping in 5th Congressional District primary against Lamborn, Hill
Republican Darryl Glenn jumping in 5th Congressional District primary against Lamborn, Hill

By: - 0 Fri, Jul 7, 2017

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, the Republican nominee for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat last year, notified GOP insiders on Friday that he...

Colorado Springs voters in new poll favor reinstating stormwater fee
Colorado Springs voters in new poll favor reinstating stormwater fee

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Jul 7, 2017

Colorado Springs voters appear to support reinstating a stormwater fee in the city, according to a new poll. Mayor John Suthers proposed last month...

Colorado Springs Utilities looks to sell entire floor from Plaza of the Rockies
Colorado Springs Utilities looks to sell entire floor from Plaza of the Rockies

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Jul 5, 2017

Colorado Springs Utilities wants to save money by selling one of its downtown properties in Plaza of the Rockies. The sale would unload the entire...

Critics: El Paso County 'pingpongs' from one troubled jail health care provider to another
Critics: El Paso County 'pingpongs' from one troubled jail health care provider to another

By: Lance Benzel - 0 Mon, Jul 3, 2017

A Miami-based correctional health care provider found a fresh start in El Paso County, winning a jail contract potentially worth up to $40 million...

El Paso County OKs $100,000 contract for decommissioning of Jones Park trail
El Paso County OKs $100,000 contract for decommissioning of Jones Park trail

By: Liz Forster - 0 Fri, Jun 30, 2017

El Paso County commissioners approved a $100,000 contract with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute on Thursday that will be used to decommission 2½...

City kicks back Colorado Springs firefighters petition for collective bargaining
City kicks back Colorado Springs firefighters petition for collective bargaining

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Jun 30, 2017

The Colorado Springs firefighters union's petition for collective bargaining ran into a roadblock Friday, with the city saying it will have to sue,...

Colorado Springs-area officials weigh ballot measure on using funds for I-25 widening
Colorado Springs-area officials weigh ballot measure on using funds for I-25 widening

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Local government officials are considering using revenues from a regional transportation tax to foot a small fraction of the bill to widen Interstate...

El Paso County commissioners spurn public's requested changes in redistricting
El Paso County commissioners spurn public's requested changes in redistricting

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Changes to El Paso County commissioner districts were approved Thursday following a public comment period that attracted a surprising amount of...

Colorado Springs firefighters union petitioning for collective bargaining over pay
Colorado Springs firefighters union petitioning for collective bargaining over pay

By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Thu, Jun 29, 2017

The union representing Colorado Springs firefighters filed a petition with the city last week indicating it intends to seek collective bargaining...

Colorado Springs City Council OKs  higher Comcast fees and medical marijuana business fees
Colorado Springs City Council OKs higher Comcast fees and medical marijuana business fees

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Jun 28, 2017

With reluctant votes by some members and failed amendments by others, the Colorado Springs City Council passed a controversial ordinance Tuesday to...