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Lamborn: EPA may reconsider Colorado Springs stormwater suit
Lamborn: EPA may reconsider Colorado Springs stormwater suit

By: - 0 15 hr ago

DENVER — U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to drop a lawsuit against Colorado Springs over contaminated runoff...

El Paso County redistricting plans draw fire for lack of transparency
El Paso County redistricting plans draw fire for lack of transparency

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, May 25, 2017

Proposed changes to El Paso County commissioner districts have drawn the ire of local residents who say county officials should have involved the...

Trump budget would boost Colorado Springs defense programs
Trump budget would boost Colorado Springs defense programs

By: Tom Roeder - 0 Wed, May 24, 2017

The Pentagon on Tuesday released details on the Trump administration's proposed $54 billion hike in defense spending, including proposals that boost...

Communication during emergencies is focus of El Paso County work session
Communication during emergencies is focus of El Paso County work session

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, May 23, 2017

An El Paso County commissioner will propose a strategy Thursday to help citizens communicate during blizzards, wildfires, cyber attacks and other...

Penrose-St. Francis' proposed Fillmore hill campus clears hurdles
Penrose-St. Francis' proposed Fillmore hill campus clears hurdles

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Tue, May 23, 2017

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services cleared more regulatory hurdles Tuesday in its quest to build a massive campus atop Fillmore hill. The hospital...

Food trucks might get a spot at the table in downtown Colorado Springs
Food trucks might get a spot at the table in downtown Colorado Springs

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Mon, May 22, 2017

Downtown and Old Colorado City soon might open for business to food trucks - albeit only slightly. The City Council is considering whether to allow...

Diesel drivers who are “rolling coal” in Colorado: Tune up or pay up
Diesel drivers who are “rolling coal” in Colorado: Tune up or pay up

By: - 0 Mon, May 22, 2017

Colorado is riding hard on diesel truck drivers who “roll coal,” the politically charged display of power on the roads that has doused other vehicles,...

Fremont County sheriff under siege as embarrassments mount
Fremont County sheriff under siege as embarrassments mount

By: Lance Benzel - 0 Mon, May 22, 2017

For years Delores Hiltz railed about shoddy work by Fremont County sheriff's investigators after her 17-year-old daughter's body was found stuffed...

Colorado to spend $1 million to continue fight against opioid abuse
Colorado to spend $1 million to continue fight against opioid abuse

By: - 0 Fri, May 19, 2017

Colorado is amplifying its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic with the creation of a research center that makes the state a national leader. “This...

Colorado Springs mayor urges end to lawsuits as stormwater project gets under way
Colorado Springs mayor urges end to lawsuits as stormwater project gets under way

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Thu, May 18, 2017

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers on Thursday celebrated the start of $12 million in voter-approved stormwater projects while urging state and...

Rep. Liston to hold town hall to discuss legislative session
Rep. Liston to hold town hall to discuss legislative session

By: Chhun Sun - 0 Wed, May 17, 2017

State Rep. Larry Liston of Colorado Springs will hold a town hall meeting Saturday to discuss the recent 120-day legislative session. The event will...

Gov. John Hickenlooper signs bill in Colorado Springs to expunge some juvenile criminal records
Gov. John Hickenlooper signs bill in Colorado Springs to expunge some juvenile criminal records

By: Chhun Sun - 0 Mon, May 15, 2017

In signing a bill that makes it easier for juveniles with certain low-level offenses to expunge their records, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper chose to...

Colorado Springs City Council members holding town hall
Colorado Springs City Council members holding town hall

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Wed, May 10, 2017

Two Colorado Springs City Council members will host a town hall meeting Thursday evening. Bill Murray and Tom Strand - two of the council's at-large...

Cimarron Avenue bridge in Colorado Springs will honor World War II hero Lt. Jim Downing
Cimarron Avenue bridge in Colorado Springs will honor World War II hero Lt. Jim Downing

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, May 10, 2017

When the torpedoes began to strike and bombs were exploding around him at Pearl Harbor, Jim Downing didn't run for cover. He ran to help, sliding down...

Colorado Springs leaders consider special district to let alcoholic drinks be carried outside
Colorado Springs leaders consider special district to let alcoholic drinks be carried outside

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Tue, May 9, 2017

Summertime concert revelers in Greeley occasionally can carry their drinks out of a downtown bar and onto a street where a band is playing, and some...

Colorado Springs forester needs more money for branch pickups
Colorado Springs forester needs more money for branch pickups

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Mon, May 8, 2017

The cleanup of downed tree branches from last month's snowstorm may take another few months and an extra $75,000 to complete, a Colorado Springs...

Big donations didn't necessarily mean wins in Colorado Springs City Council election
Big donations didn't necessarily mean wins in Colorado Springs City Council election

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Fri, May 5, 2017

The six people elected to Colorado Springs City Council hardly raised more than the eight candidates who lost out, recent campaign records show. The...

Public input sought with Colorado Springs bicycle master plan on horizon
Public input sought with Colorado Springs bicycle master plan on horizon

By: Seth Boster - 0 Wed, May 3, 2017

Colorado Springs is moving forward with its long-awaited bicycle master plan, announcing Thursday an open house to gather public input before the...

Colorado civic leader Noel Ginsburg formally launches gubernatorial campaign
Colorado civic leader Noel Ginsburg formally launches gubernatorial campaign

By: Peter Marcus - 0 Mon, May 1, 2017

Three days before Christmas, Denver manufacturing entrepreneur and civic leader Noel Ginsburg announced a run for governor on the Democratic ticket. It...

Pete Lee is on a mission to make Colorado criminal justice more efficient, not more lenient
Pete Lee is on a mission to make Colorado criminal justice more efficient, not more lenient

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Don't tell state Rep. Pete Lee he might be soft on crime just because he's driven a truckload of legislation to keep people out of prison the past...

Colorado Springs expects to refund about $2.8 million in excess tax revenue
Colorado Springs expects to refund about $2.8 million in excess tax revenue

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Sat, Apr 29, 2017

The City of Colorado Springs still has about $2.8 million in tax revenue that exceeds legal limits, but don't expect a refund until late summer,...

Colorado Springs Utilities bills to drop in effort to refund ratepayers for over-collections
Colorado Springs Utilities bills to drop in effort to refund ratepayers for over-collections

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Electric bills from Colorado Springs Utilities will drop by up to 3.4 percent Monday in a push to refund ratepayers for over-collections in recent...

Colorado Springs City Council approves downtown land swap to boost revitalization
Colorado Springs City Council approves downtown land swap to boost revitalization

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, Apr 26, 2017

In their first regular meeting, the new Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved a land swap that members see as a kick-start to revitalize...

Services Wednesday for Chuck Brown, former El Paso County commissioner and Colorado Springs councilman
Services Wednesday for Chuck Brown, former El Paso County commissioner and Colorado Springs councilman

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Apr 26, 2017

A former El Paso County commissioner and Colorado Springs City Council member who on died Friday will be honored in funeral services on Wednesday....

Colorado Springs land swap benefits highlighted for council before Tuesday vote
Colorado Springs land swap benefits highlighted for council before Tuesday vote

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Tue, Apr 25, 2017

A proposed downtown land swap due for a Colorado Springs City Council vote Tuesday drew plenty of questions from council members Monday, as city...

City of Colorado Springs CFO leaving at end of May
City of Colorado Springs CFO leaving at end of May

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Chief Financial Officer Kara Skinner is leaving the Colorado Springs staff at the end of May after 11 years with the city. Skinner, a key member of...

Colorado Springs Planning Commission, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments looking for volunteers
Colorado Springs Planning Commission, Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments looking for volunteers

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Mon, Apr 24, 2017

The Colorado Springs Planning Commission needs volunteers to help review land-use proposals and legislative initiatives. The City Council appoints...

Southwest downtown Colorado Springs plans to be unveiled for City Council
Southwest downtown Colorado Springs plans to be unveiled for City Council

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Plans to revive Colorado Springs' southwest downtown will be presented to the City Council Monday, along with a proposal to swap city land for a parcel...

Police findings that were dismissed by DA faulted El Paso County GOP chair in pedestrian's death
Police findings that were dismissed by DA faulted El Paso County GOP chair in pedestrian's death

By: Kaitlin Durbin - 0 Sat, Apr 22, 2017

The head of El Paso County's Republican Party reportedly stopped his vehicle for one second and failed to check his rearview mirrors before backing...

Lawmaker informs school on JROTC protocol after homeless student wears uniform to testify
Lawmaker informs school on JROTC protocol after homeless student wears uniform to testify

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Sat, Apr 22, 2017

A Colorado lawmaker said he meant well, but to the sometimes homeless teenager who testified on a bill in his JROTC uniform, it felt like retribution....