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State remains committed to I-25 toll lanes despite El Paso County opposition
State remains committed to I-25 toll lanes despite El Paso County opposition

By: Rachel Riley - 0 1 hr ago

Despite near unanimous opposition at meetings in El Paso County, the Colorado Department of Transportation is determined to go ahead with toll lines if...

Colorado Springs council tackles problems with executive sessions - in another executive session
Colorado Springs council tackles problems with executive sessions - in another executive session

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 2 hr ago

The Colorado Springs City Council might change how it holds executive sessions, though details weren't available because the group discussed the issue...

Colorado Springs gains special designation in support of military spouses
Colorado Springs gains special designation in support of military spouses

By: Tony Peck - 0 3 hr ago

Colorado Springs on Monday was named the nation's third Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes...

Colorado Springs possibly breaking state law by doling out millions in secret sessions
Colorado Springs possibly breaking state law by doling out millions in secret sessions

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 12 hr ago

In closed executive sessions that some legal experts say violate Colorado's open meetings law, the Colorado Springs City Council has doled out about...

Monument trustees' feud costs clerk, treasurer, attorney their jobs
Monument trustees' feud costs clerk, treasurer, attorney their jobs

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, May 18, 2018

Three key Monument staff members don't know if they still have jobs after half of the town's Board of Trustees were no-shows at a Wednesday night...

Utilities board recommends charging residents for watering Colorado Springs parks
Utilities board recommends charging residents for watering Colorado Springs parks

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Thu, May 17, 2018

Colorado Springs Utilities' board voted Wednesday to recommend passing along the cost of watering city parks to residents. The City Council, which...

Pikes Peak visitor shuttle ready to roll; mandate has few exceptions
Pikes Peak visitor shuttle ready to roll; mandate has few exceptions

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, May 16, 2018

A monochromatic procession of vans will be nearly the only way for hundreds of thousands of people to reach the top of Pikes Peak starting May 31....

Monument could lose 3 key staffers unless trustees break tie
Monument could lose 3 key staffers unless trustees break tie

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Tue, May 15, 2018

Three of Monument's top staff members might lose their jobs unless a town trustees' stalemate breaks before Thursday. Two new trustees were elected...

El Paso County to hold meeting on Monday for residents affected by 117 fire
El Paso County to hold meeting on Monday for residents affected by 117 fire

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Mon, May 14, 2018

El Paso County will hold a meeting on Monday for those affected by last month's 117 fire. The meeting will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of...

Hickenlooper signs bill in Colorado Springs that reauthorizes job program for veterans
Hickenlooper signs bill in Colorado Springs that reauthorizes job program for veterans

By: Rich Laden - 0 Sat, May 12, 2018

A pilot program launched by Colorado lawmakers two years ago to help veterans move into the civilian workforce is getting new life. Gov. John...

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments hires transportation director
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments hires transportation director

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, May 11, 2018

More than a year after the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments fired its transportation director, the organization has filled the vacancy. John...

Colorado Springs Parks Board OKs master plans, but Strawberry Hill development remains on hold
Colorado Springs Parks Board OKs master plans, but Strawberry Hill development remains on hold

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, May 11, 2018

The Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved master plans Thursday for Strawberry Hill and North Cheyenne Cañon Park. The...

El Paso County looking for input on water conservation, infrastructure
El Paso County looking for input on water conservation, infrastructure

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, May 10, 2018

El Paso County is seeking input from residents in its quest to chronicle the area's water supply and current and future demand. Officials have...

El Paso County officials ask: Please pick a party primary online by Monday
El Paso County officials ask: Please pick a party primary online by Monday

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, May 9, 2018

El Paso County's 140,000 or so unaffiliated voters are being asked to express their preference online by Monday on which June 26 primary they want to...

Colorado Springs firefighters union to get City Council vote on collective bargaining ballot item
Colorado Springs firefighters union to get City Council vote on collective bargaining ballot item

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, May 9, 2018

The Colorado Springs City Council will vote whether to place a collective bargaining issue on the ballot next year for the city's firefighters, council...

Opponents of Martin Drake Power Plant permit renewal air concerns at public hearing
Opponents of Martin Drake Power Plant permit renewal air concerns at public hearing

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, May 8, 2018

Save four current and former politicians, not a single voice testified Monday night in favor of renewing the operating permit proposed for Colorado...

Colorado Springs City Council clashes over creekside camping ban, impact on homeless
Colorado Springs City Council clashes over creekside camping ban, impact on homeless

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Tue, May 8, 2018

A proposed ban on creekside camping sharply divided Colorado Springs' City Council on Monday over concerns the measure unfairly targeted homeless...

Colorado Springs' deer overpopulation problem needs a solution by fall, City Council members say
Colorado Springs' deer overpopulation problem needs a solution by fall, City Council members say

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, May 8, 2018

If the Colorado Springs City Council doesn't reach a consensus on how to rid the city of its exploding deer population by fall, the issue will continue...

Governments exploring industrial rail park in southern El Paso County
Governments exploring industrial rail park in southern El Paso County

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Mon, May 7, 2018

Local governments are partnering to explore a project that could breathe new economic life into an area just south of Fountain. El Paso County...

Mountain Metro adds Manitou Springs shuttle service, improves Colorado Springs weekend bus schedules
Mountain Metro adds Manitou Springs shuttle service, improves Colorado Springs weekend bus schedules

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Sun, May 6, 2018

Mountain Metropolitan Transit will improve its shuttle service in Manitou Springs for the tourist season beginning this week. An additional route,...

State Air Quality Control Commission to hear public comments on Martin Drake's operating permit
State Air Quality Control Commission to hear public comments on Martin Drake's operating permit

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Sun, May 6, 2018

Support for and opposition to a renewed operating permit for Colorado Springs Utilities' coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant will be heard Monday by...

Old North End group seeks injunction to halt Colorado Springs' traffic plan
Old North End group seeks injunction to halt Colorado Springs' traffic plan

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, May 4, 2018

Old North End residents opposed to a street plan they say will change the character of the historic Colorado Springs neighborhood are asking the courts...

El Paso County introduces new app as part of digital push
El Paso County introduces new app as part of digital push

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, May 3, 2018

El Paso County has launched a program that will allow citizens to report potholes, fallen trees and faulty traffic signals without having to make a...

State's rejection of quarry leaves Colorado Springs bike park in limbo
State's rejection of quarry leaves Colorado Springs bike park in limbo

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, May 3, 2018

A proposal to turn the northwest Colorado Springs foothills quarry known as the "Scar on the Mountain" into a world-class bike park is on hold after...

Senate Democrats call Baumgardner punishment a slap on the wrist
Senate Democrats call Baumgardner punishment a slap on the wrist

By: Marianne Goodland - 0 Thu, May 3, 2018

Senate President Kevin Grantham of Cañon City has removed Republican Sen. Randy Baumgardner from four committees as punishment for allegations that he...

El Paso County jail accreditation renewed after health-care provider corrected issues
El Paso County jail accreditation renewed after health-care provider corrected issues

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Mon, Apr 30, 2018

Seven months after El Paso County threatened to fine its jail's health-care provider $100,000 amid concerns over sub-par inmate medical services, the...

Monday hearing set in Rep. Doug Lamborn's lawsuit over ouster from primary
Monday hearing set in Rep. Doug Lamborn's lawsuit over ouster from primary

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Mon, Apr 30, 2018

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has his day in court Monday in Denver, when a federal judge has scheduled a hearing on a lawsuit that could determine whether...

Fountain adds death benefits in wake of law enforcement deaths
Fountain adds death benefits in wake of law enforcement deaths

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Sun, Apr 29, 2018

Fountain amended its policies this week to allow families of city employees who die on the jobs to continue to receive health benefits for up to two...

El Paso County commissioners OK rezoning for proposed solar farm
El Paso County commissioners OK rezoning for proposed solar farm

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Apr 25, 2018

El Paso County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a rezoning necessary for the construction of the Front Range-Midway Solar Energy...

Recruiter picked for nationwide search for new Colorado Springs Utilities chief
Recruiter picked for nationwide search for new Colorado Springs Utilities chief

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Apr 25, 2018

Colorado Springs Utilities' search for a new executive officer is moving forward as its current CEO nears his last month on the job. Utilities...