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Proposed city land swap near planned U.S. Olympic Museum angers some Colorado Springs Council members
Proposed city land swap near planned U.S. Olympic Museum angers some Colorado Springs Council members

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 49 min ago

Some Colorado Springs City Council members are peeved that they only got to peek at documents they need to decide on a proposed swap of city property...

War of the fliers: Charges of inaccurate campaign literature in Colorado Springs
War of the fliers: Charges of inaccurate campaign literature in Colorado Springs

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 50 min ago

A new campaign door hanger for Lynette Crow-Iverson, District 5 challenger for the City Council, touts an endorsement by the Regional Business...

Chief Deputy DA Shannon Gerhart named El Paso County's newest judge
Chief Deputy DA Shannon Gerhart named El Paso County's newest judge

By: Lance Benzel - 0 1 hr ago

As a chief deputy district attorney assigned to the El Paso County courts, Shannon Gerhart has come to relish the job of schooling young attorneys in...

Suthers to state on increased sales tax for roads: Thanks but no thanks
Suthers to state on increased sales tax for roads: Thanks but no thanks

By: Peter Marcus - 0 12 hr ago

A handful of mayors concerned with a transportation funding bill in the legislature argue that maintenance of local roads should be the responsibility...

Colorado Springs council unanimously OKs Bancroft Park restoration funds
Colorado Springs council unanimously OKs Bancroft Park restoration funds

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

A slew of west side residents and business leaders won a rare unanimous City Council vote Tuesday to appropriate $250,000 to renovate Bancroft Park....

District attorney won't file charges in Colorado Springs council campaign complaint
District attorney won't file charges in Colorado Springs council campaign complaint

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

District Attorney Dan May will not charge City Council candidate Lynette Crow-Iverson in a complaint filed Friday by her Colorado Springs election...

Colorado Springs wins almost $16,000 grant for historic preservation plan
Colorado Springs wins almost $16,000 grant for historic preservation plan

By: Chhun Sun - 0 Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Colorado Springs city officials got a nice financial boost Tuesday toward their efforts to identify and preserve the city's historic sites. The...

Western Colorado Springs voters are turning in their ballots faster than others
Western Colorado Springs voters are turning in their ballots faster than others

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Voters in western Colorado Springs are wasting no time returning their ballots with about a week to go in the municipal election. Districts 1 and 3...

Sharp elbows, dark money: Is this new normal for Colorado Springs city elections?
Sharp elbows, dark money: Is this new normal for Colorado Springs city elections?

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Sun, Mar 26, 2017

Dark money, high-dollar campaigns and sharp-elbow politicking are playing an unusually big role in this year's contests for the City Council, longtime...

El Paso County clerk and recorder names new chief deputy
El Paso County clerk and recorder names new chief deputy

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Mar 24, 2017

The El Paso County clerk and recorder has chosen a veteran employee to replace the outgoing chief deputy, who has taken a job with the Colorado...

State budget plan restores nearly $1M El Paso County child welfare services stood to lose
State budget plan restores nearly $1M El Paso County child welfare services stood to lose

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Mar 22, 2017

A state budgeting decision could keep an El Paso County child welfare program from losing nearly $1 million. On March 14, the Joint Budget Committee...

Colorado Springs City Council flip-flops, approves Olympic Museum funding request
Colorado Springs City Council flip-flops, approves Olympic Museum funding request

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, Mar 22, 2017

In one of the wildest City Council meetings officials could recall, the U.S. Olympic Museum failed on a 5-4 vote Tuesday to get $200,000 from the City...

Ryan Parsell, El Paso County official, to become Colorado's deputy state treasurer
Ryan Parsell, El Paso County official, to become Colorado's deputy state treasurer

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Wed, Mar 22, 2017

A familiar face around the Colorado Capitol is getting an office there. Ryan Parsell becomes Colorado's deputy state treasurer next Monday. He...

Colorado Springs city clerk: Some voters don't realize they need to unfold their ballots to vote for council candidates
Colorado Springs city clerk: Some voters don't realize they need to unfold their ballots to vote for council candidates

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Voters, note! Every ballot for the Colorado Springs April 4 election has four questions - three issues and your choice of candidate. Unfold the...

Committee with unnamed donors has most money on table in Colorado Springs election

By: Maria St. Louis-Sanchez - 0 Tue, Mar 21, 2017

A little-known campaign committee that doesn't have to name its donors has raised $90,000 - the most of any campaign group and more than any of the...

New campaign finance reports show Skorman and Crow-Iverson leading in cash raised

By: - 0 Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Hundreds of contributors pushed City Council candidate Richard Skorman's campaign donations to the top of the heap over the past two weeks in Colorado...

Ballot measures debated ahead of April 4 Colorado Springs city election
Ballot measures debated ahead of April 4 Colorado Springs city election

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Sun, Mar 19, 2017

In what has become a familiar refrain in the run-up to the April 4 Colorado Springs city election, Mayor John Suthers on Saturday defended making...

National Security Agency chief gives AFA cadets cyber warfare recruiting pitch
National Security Agency chief gives AFA cadets cyber warfare recruiting pitch

By: Tom Roeder - 0 Sun, Mar 19, 2017

America's hacker in chief says his cyber troops are giving as good as they are getting in battles on the internet and he's not worried about perceived...

Residents' concerns about wind farm to be addressed at next El Paso County commissioners' meeting
Residents' concerns about wind farm to be addressed at next El Paso County commissioners' meeting

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Fri, Mar 17, 2017

A meeting next week will give locals the chance to learn more about a controversial wind farm near Calhan. At the El Paso County Board of...

Trump kids, families to visit Aspen this weekend
Trump kids, families to visit Aspen this weekend

By: - 0 Fri, Mar 17, 2017

A large contingent of President Donald Trump's children and grandchildren are scheduled to vacation in Aspen this weekend, sources said Thursday....

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet scores points by holding town hall in Colorado Springs
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet scores points by holding town hall in Colorado Springs

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Health care access and the environment were two hot topics at a town hall meeting held by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado Springs on Wednesday....

Sen. Michael Bennet starts 2 days of town halls across Colorado with Colorado Springs visit
Sen. Michael Bennet starts 2 days of town halls across Colorado with Colorado Springs visit

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Thu, Mar 16, 2017

With all the talk of U.S. senators dodging protesters, you can mark Michael Bennet off that list. The senior senator from Denver has three completely...

911 phone fee expected to double in El Paso, Teller counties
911 phone fee expected to double in El Paso, Teller counties

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Mar 15, 2017

The rate local customers are charged for 911 emergency telephone service is on track to double, probably costing area residents an extra 65 cents a...

ON UNSOLID GROUND: City Council unanimously passes new landslide law for Colorado Springs
ON UNSOLID GROUND: City Council unanimously passes new landslide law for Colorado Springs

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Wed, Mar 15, 2017

The Colorado Springs City Council passed a new landslides ordinance Tuesday in a 9-0 vote - the exact opposite of the Planning Commission's unanimous...

A flooded El Paso County culvert, a damaged boiler, a home without heat
A flooded El Paso County culvert, a damaged boiler, a home without heat

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

An 18-inch stormwater culvert is at the root of Karen Bueche's woes. When the culvert clogged with debris in August, rainwater gushed into the...

Transgender birth certificates get initial Colorado House approval
Transgender birth certificates get initial Colorado House approval

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, Mar 14, 2017

A bill to make it easier for transgender Coloradans to change their birth certificates got an initial approval on a voice vote Tuesday morning, but not...

Report on bad roads' impact on your wallet will be a go-to source in Colorado transportation talks
Report on bad roads' impact on your wallet will be a go-to source in Colorado transportation talks

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Tue, Mar 14, 2017

As the debate over the transportation dollars intensifies in the statehouse, there will be plenty of citations from a report released earlier this...

Lodging tax use for Olympic Museum still divides City Council
Lodging tax use for Olympic Museum still divides City Council

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Colorado Springs' Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax has churned up healthy revenue over the past two years, and the LART committee now is recommending...

High winds, thieves wreak havoc on Colorado Springs campaign signs
High winds, thieves wreak havoc on Colorado Springs campaign signs

By: Billie Stanton Anleu - 0 Mon, Mar 13, 2017

A few City Council candidates have seen their campaign yard signs blown away, defaced or flat-out stolen, but they all say no election opponent is to...

Utilities Board mission, makeup dominate Colorado Springs City Council candidate forum
Utilities Board mission, makeup dominate Colorado Springs City Council candidate forum

By: Jakob Rodgers - 0 Mon, Mar 13, 2017

What role should Colorado Springs City Council - or possibly even political appointees - play in governing the city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities?...