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  • State politicians don cowboy clothes at annual State Fair fundraiser

    PUEBLO - The state's top politicians and political hopefuls donned their cowboy hats and boots for the Colorado State Fair's annual legislative barbecue - a key networking event in a particularly competitive election year. Gov. John Hickenlooper touted the state's strong agricultural industry, noting since 2010 exports in agriculture have...

  • Udall pledges permanent to get federal funding for watershed protection

    U.S. Sen. Mark Udall pledged Friday in flood-ravaged Williams Canyon to work at the federal level to secure permanent funding for watershed protection at the federal level so future emergencies do not leave cities scrambling to find money for repairs. "We need to make the funding permanent. We need to put it in place so it's available not...

  • Rate hike likely for Colorado Springs Utilities customers, along with staff cuts

    Hefty price tags on emission control projects and possible fuel price increases could force the Colorado Springs City Council to increase electric rates, defer maintenance on water main lines and make staff cuts at Colorado Springs Utilities in 2015. The projected budget is expected to be about 
$77 million less in 2015 than in 2014. Part of...

  • County may ask voters to give $2M in extra cash to parks

    El Paso County commissioners could ask voters this November to approve using more than $2 million in extra money on parks, including a proposed acquisition of Jones Park in the forest west of Colorado Springs. The ballot question concerning the $2,044,078 in excess revenue from 2013 will be discussed at Tuesday's regular board meeting. If the...

  • Colorado Springs may look for event to replace Balloon Classic

    Colorado Springs city officials will likely look for another event next Labor Day weekend to replace the Colorado Balloon Classic, after the organization behind the Classic said Aug. 15 it would be leaving the city. Karen Palus, the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director, said the city is putting together a request for...

  • Colorado marijuana activists challenge taxes

    DENVER — A handful of marijuana activists in Denver are making a curious legal challenge. They believe that pot should be legal under federal law. But because it isn't, they say the state of Colorado can't collect taxes on the drug. The tax challenge is going before a Denver District Court judge Friday morning. Colorado pot taxes can run...

  • Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

    WASHINGTON — Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, or DSCC, ordered $1 million in ads to run for the next two weeks, the group's first advertising to...

  • Colorado won't see gay marriage yet

    DENVER — Gay marriage isn't coming to Colorado yet. A federal appeals court on Thursday extended a stay on a ruling from last month that found the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted that the court has stayed similar rulings in other states. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed an analogous ruling...

  • Humane Society pleased despite possibility it will miss lofty adoption goal

    The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region may not meet its ambitious goal of saving nearly 4,000 cats and dogs to win the ASPCA's $100K Rachael Ray Challenge this summer, but a spokeswoman said the shelter still came out on top. In May, the nonprofit was chosen along with 50 shelters across the country to compete for a $100,000 grant from...

  • Ben Carson expected to draw crowds in Colorado Springs this weekend

    When Colorado Springs resident Mick Hartley mentions Ben Carson he gets either an excited proclamation about the need to get Carson to run for president of the United States or a confused "Who's Ben Carson?" It's the dichotomy of being a rising star in the GOP with no political background. Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon who lives...

  • Drake 7 should work by end of August; utilities rate reduction could be coming

    Colorado Springs Utilities officials hope to have a second boiler at Martin Drake Power Plant running by the end of the month. If Unit 7 is working, the Colorado Springs City Council could vote on an electric rate reduction at its first meeting in September. In May, the council increased residential electric rates by 7.4 percent to cover the...

  • El Paso County, Forest Service dueling for custody of Jones Park

    The federal government may win a custody battle over a 1,191-acre swath of forestland owned by Colorado Springs called Jones Park despite a challenge by El Paso County. The land, which is in Pike National Forest and straddles El Paso and Teller counties, has been in the city's ownership since the 1890s. But the costs to keep endangered fish...

  • Supporters, opponents of Colorado Springs' City for Champions project weigh in

    Tuesday's City for Champions monthly meeting at the new 21st Century Library was like a networking holiday party with 200 of your closest friends. Singers performed, desserts were served, and everyone - supporters and opponents of the proposed four tourism projects - worked the room. "It's going to be fun," announced Stephannie Finley,...

  • Exclusive: Sheriff's Office fills job of commander on administrative leave with familiar name

    A recent promotion at the El Paso County Sheriff's Office fills a void left when the head of the Patrol Division was put on administrative leave in May after filing an employment complaint against Sheriff Terry Maketa. Former Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Kramer was promoted from lieutenant to commander Aug. 1; the promotion raises the...

  • Colorado Springs embraces new accessibility icon

    Lisa Harrison-Hall doesn't let a wheelchair keep her from being active in every facet of her life: She is a peer specialist at the Independence Center in Colorado Springs, she is a mother, and she plays sled hockey - her favorite sport. With a new accessibility symbol unveiled by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach on Tuesday, Harrison-Hall...

  • Castle Rock: No immediate call on open carry vote

    CASTLE ROCK — Castle Rock voters may have to wait a week to find out the results of their election on firearms in public spaces. Town officials said Tuesday night that they won't have results for up to seven days. The all-mail election had garnered 8,100 ballots by late afternoon. The election will determine who gets to say whether people...

  • El Paso County flags to fly half-staff in honor of former commissioner

    Born and raised on a ranch in Rush where he lived until he died, Loren Whittemore was a cowboy in every sense of the word.
The former El Paso County commissioner, writer, rancher and civic leader died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 79.
Whittemore served three terms on the Board of El Paso County Commissioners from 1985-1997 and was a familiar...

  • Blog: New format at City for Champions meeting

    City for Champions organizers are touting their monthly information meeting Tuesday as interactive and hands-on. Attendees will be greeted by athletes who train at the Olympic Training Center and then will have a chance to walk from station to station and to talk one-on-one with project leaders. At the Colorado Springs City Council...

  • Lack of trust in IT department has Colorado Springs council reluctant to spend millions

    Colorado Springs has a new vision for its Information Technology department. It will soon spend $1.1 million to make its network, which keeps all city data from personnel files to police records, more secure and begin a system overhaul that details a five-year road map. The new plan starts with the city's business needs and works backward to...

  • This week: Mark your calendar for these events in the Colorado Springs area

    The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management will celebrate September as National Preparedness Month during "Community Emergency Preparedness Night" on Friday at Security Service Field. Pregame activities begin at 5 p.m. with interactive demonstrations, medevac helicopter tours, McGruff the Crime Dog, Smokey Bear and Iron Man. The...