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Manitou council OKs measure to bear-proof trash
Manitou council OKs measure to bear-proof trash

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Yesterday

Manitou Springs citizens will have to use a wildlife-proof garbage bin or keep their trash indoors till collection day, the City Council decided...

Colorado Springs Utilities to bill households for stormwater fees
Colorado Springs Utilities to bill households for stormwater fees

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Colorado Springs Utilities will bill households for the stormwater fees that voters approved Nov. 7, the Utilities board decided at its Tuesday...

Sen. Cory Gardner booed during southern Colorado town hall meeting 
Sen. Cory Gardner booed during southern Colorado town hall meeting 

By: - 0 Tue, Nov 21, 2017

PUEBLO — Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner received boos and jeers while attempting to defend Republican efforts to rewrite the tax code. The Pueblo...

Grant marks a milestone for Manitou Springs Creek Walk project
Grant marks a milestone for Manitou Springs Creek Walk project

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Manitou Springs has been awarded a $100,000 grant, marking a milestone for a long-awaited trail extension that eventually will link Rainbow Falls and...

Manitou Springs council to vote on bear-proof trash can ordinance
Manitou Springs council to vote on bear-proof trash can ordinance

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Nov 21, 2017

The Manitou Springs City Council will decide Tuesday on requiring residents to keep their trash indoors until collection day or store it in a...

Downtown Colorado Springs power plant could be shuttered early, but at a price
Downtown Colorado Springs power plant could be shuttered early, but at a price

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Sun, Nov 19, 2017

The coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant nestled in the heart of Colorado Springs could be shuttered a decade earlier than its scheduled 2035 closure,...

Insights: Where does Colorado go next on transportation? The ballot or to gridlock
Insights: Where does Colorado go next on transportation? The ballot or to gridlock

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sat, Nov 18, 2017

It's a long road from November to April, and the journey of a thousand political statements began on the first day of this month when Gov. John...

Judge orders end to El Paso County holding released inmates who can't pay $55 fee
Judge orders end to El Paso County holding released inmates who can't pay $55 fee

By: Lance Benzel - 0 Thu, Nov 16, 2017

El Paso County's top judge has halted a practice that allegedly extended jail terms for hundreds of inmates who couldn't afford a $55 fee imposed by...

Colorado Springs crowd skeptical of purpose, effectiveness of red light cameras
Colorado Springs crowd skeptical of purpose, effectiveness of red light cameras

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The prospect of installing red light cameras at some Colorado Springs intersections was met by the public Wednesday with cautions of corruption,...

Drake Power Plant whistleblower sues Colorado Springs and city officials
Drake Power Plant whistleblower sues Colorado Springs and city officials

By: Lance Benzel - 0 Thu, Nov 16, 2017

A Monument clean-air advocate filed a defamation suit against the city of Colorado Springs on Monday, alleging that city officials and elected leaders...

Colorado Springs City Council looks to boost transit budget to improve bus service
Colorado Springs City Council looks to boost transit budget to improve bus service

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Nov 15, 2017

The City Council during a budget markup session Wednesday recommended boosting the city's transit budget for 2018 by $300,000 to increase the frequency...

Colorado Springs can't live up to its scenery without parks, outdoor advocates tell City Council
Colorado Springs can't live up to its scenery without parks, outdoor advocates tell City Council

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Colorado Springs can't live up to its scenery without parks, outdoor advocates told the City Council during a public budget hearing Tuesday night....

Colorado Springs councilman says accusations against Roy Moore no surprise, given misconduct in Alabama politics
Colorado Springs councilman says accusations against Roy Moore no surprise, given misconduct in Alabama politics

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Nov 15, 2017

Colorado Springs City Councilman Bill Murray said he wasn't surprised when multiple women accused Alabama's Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, because...

Colorado Springs City Council tweaks record of Corral Bluffs Open Space land purchase
Colorado Springs City Council tweaks record of Corral Bluffs Open Space land purchase

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved a tweak Tuesday to the record of a land purchase for Corral Bluffs Open Space. The council...

El Paso County GOP names new executive director
El Paso County GOP names new executive director

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Nov 14, 2017

The El Paso County Republican Party announced a new executive director on Monday. Party leadership appointed Cassandra Sebastian to the position,...

El Paso County DA Dan May wants pay raise for staff one year after getting $30,000 boost
El Paso County DA Dan May wants pay raise for staff one year after getting $30,000 boost

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, Nov 14, 2017

About a year after 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May got a roughly $30,000 raise, he's asking El Paso County for more money to pay his staff. At...

More police officers, firefighters coming to Colorado Springs after 'yes' vote
More police officers, firefighters coming to Colorado Springs after 'yes' vote

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Thirty police officers and firefighters will be added next year after Colorado Springs voters freed up millions of dollars in the city's general by...

Public art project to mark spot of iconic Manitou Springs elm trees
Public art project to mark spot of iconic Manitou Springs elm trees

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Nov 10, 2017

The former site of Manitou Springs' two beloved elm trees - whose chainsawed fate in May drew protests and demonstrations - now will be marked with...

Colorado Springs mayor on a winning streak asking voters for money
Colorado Springs mayor on a winning streak asking voters for money

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Thu, Nov 9, 2017

When John Suthers was elected Colorado Springs mayor in 2015, he said he inherited crumbling roads and long-neglected stormwater infrastructure. A $1...

El Paso County fire districts - one growing, one shrinking - asking for tax hikes
El Paso County fire districts - one growing, one shrinking - asking for tax hikes

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Nov 3, 2017

Two local fire protection districts say taxpayers need to pony up so the agencies can keep their stations running smoothly and emergency services up to...

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments still looking for executive director
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments still looking for executive director

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, Nov 2, 2017

Nearly 10 months after a local public agency fired its executive director, the organization is at least a month away from choosing a replacement. The...

Manitou Springs voters to decide on mayor, controversial firefighter training center
Manitou Springs voters to decide on mayor, controversial firefighter training center

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Nov 1, 2017

Manitou Springs voters will decide Tuesday whether to re-elect or replace their mayor and whether to pay for a controversial firefighter training...

Opponents of Colorado Springs stormwater fees financially outmatched but still making an argument
Opponents of Colorado Springs stormwater fees financially outmatched but still making an argument

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Mon, Oct 30, 2017

With a pocketbook less than one-tenth as deep as her competition, conservative political activist Laura Carno says she's in familiar territory. Her...

Colorado Springs city councilwoman recognized as a trailblazer
Colorado Springs city councilwoman recognized as a trailblazer

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Yolanda Avila is being recognized as a trailblazer who overcame a disability in winning a Colorado Springs City Council seat last April. Avila, who is...

Colorado Springs council endorses ballot measure investing in D-11
Colorado Springs council endorses ballot measure investing in D-11

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Oct 25, 2017

A $42 million mill levy override for Colorado Springs School District 11 has one more group backing it. The Colorado Springs City Council on Tuesday...

Duplexes on Colorado Springs' West Side approved despite neighbors' outcry
Duplexes on Colorado Springs' West Side approved despite neighbors' outcry

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Contentious to the bitter end, a plan for three duplexes on Colorado Springs' West Side won city approval Tuesday, despite neighbors' outcry that the...

Portion to Corral Bluffs Open Space won't be open to public
Portion to Corral Bluffs Open Space won't be open to public

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Oct 25, 2017

There is no shortage of ideas for what the Corral Bluffs Open Space might become, but when the public will be allowed on the land remains unclear....

Colorado Springs area voters slowly returning ballots for Nov. 7 election
Colorado Springs area voters slowly returning ballots for Nov. 7 election

By: Debbie Kelley - 0 Mon, Oct 23, 2017

A week after ballots were mailed to registered voters statewide, completed forms are slowly trickling in to county clerk and recorder's offices, the...

Stormwater fees, D-11 ballot issue debated in Colorado Springs forum
Stormwater fees, D-11 ballot issue debated in Colorado Springs forum

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Oct 18, 2017

In a panel peppered with audience interjections, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and a School District 11 representative squared off Tuesday...

Colorado Springs city departments address needs as they eye 2018 budget
Colorado Springs city departments address needs as they eye 2018 budget

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Mon, Oct 16, 2017

City government department heads on Monday offered a bit of insight into their proposed budgets for next year, though much depends on the fate of the...