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  • Weekend will see traffic holdups in Colorado Springs, statewide - partially due to cone zones

    Drivers should expect delays this weekend and next week due to construction zones throughout the region. As part of construction on Austin Bluffs Parkway, the right eastbound lane from Mallow Road to the west entrance of UCCS will be closed for paving from 7 a.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Saturday. Eastbound traffic on Austin Bluffs Parkway will...

  • Air Force Academy vision includes raising tourist levels to pre-9/11 numbers

    The Air Force Academy's visitor center would move outside the gates of the 18,500-acre campus under a plan tied to the Colorado Springs City for Champions proposal. The academy announced Thursday that the $20 million attraction would be located just east of the academy's northern gate at exit 156 off Interstate 25. The academy has been...

  • Judge could approve $3.3M Denver jail-abuse payout

    DENVER — A federal judge says he will likely accept a proposed $3.3 million settlement offer from the city of Denver to a former inmate who said a sheriff's deputy encouraged other inmates to beat him. But U.S. District Judge John Kane said after a closed hearing Thursday unresolved issues remain in the case involving Jamal Hunter....

  • Former treasurer, Sheriff Maketa have conflicting reports about account that held nearly $1 million

    Something doesn't jibe when it comes to almost a million dollars of county money. Conflicting reports Wednesday between Sheriff Terry Maketa and former county treasurer Sandra Damron about a sheriff's office account raised more concerns amid accusations surrounding the embattled sheriff, and prompted the county commission to take up the issue...

  • SDS construction reaches Colorado Springs ahead of schedule, under budget

    Huge pipes being tunneled underground near the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Constitution Avenue is the first big sign after almost two decades of work to increase the water available to the Colorado Springs area by a third. The pipeline is part of the Southern Delivery System (SDS), a Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) project that will...

  • Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler's free Las Vegas trip gets the OK

    DENVER — The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission says Secretary of State Scott Gessler can attend a Republican National Lawyers Association seminar in Las Vegas next month at the organization's expense. The Denver Post reports ( ) the commission approved the trip Wednesday. State law limits public officials to...

  • Movement to make stretch of Arkansas River a national monument passes first hurdle

    A bill to designate Browns Canyon in Chaffee County as a national monument passed its first legislative hurdle Wednesday. The measure, which would protect a 22,000-acre stretch of the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida, was approved by the Senate National Parks Subcommittee. It will next be heard by the Senate Energy and Natural...

  • Judge strikes down gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    DENVER — A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering...

  • Gov. Christie: Colorado winnable for GOP; stands by comments blasting state for marijuana law

    DENVER — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is visiting political battleground Colorado for a fundraiser with the state's GOP gubernatorial candidate, Bob Beauprez, before heading to Aspen for events with other party leaders. Christie will be at a noon fundraiser in Denver on Wednesday for the Republican Governor's Association, which Christie...

  • Colorado Springs council raises some fees, leave others intact

    After much talk from elected officials about the need to reduce city fees for Colorado Springs businesses, developers and citizens, Tuesday's City Council meeting ended with all existing fees intact and an increase in golf and cemetery fees. The City Council was unable to override Mayor Steve Bach's vetoes of a set of council-approved...

  • Communities move to regulate where electronic cigarettes can be used

    LAKEWOOD — Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, which have experienced an explosive growth in popularity in the last few years, are beginning to face stiff resistance in Colorado as an increasing number of communities crack down on the battery-powered devices. Last week, both Lakewood and Fort Collins applied their public-smoking...

  • Pueblo County clerk ‘reluctantly’ stops issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Pueblo County has stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at the request of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. County clerks in Pueblo and Boulder began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Colorado, ruled June 25 that Utah’s gay marriage ban is...

  • Lamborn defends Veteran's Affairs committee attendance record

    DENVER - U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn says he must juggle his time sitting on three committees and six subcommittees at Capitol Hill, but his opponents are questioning why he's missed more than half of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs meetings in the past two years. "Sometimes three will meet at the same time," Lamborn said. "There is a...

  • Colorado Springs ties aided Apollo program, first step on moon

    Forty-five years ago, millions of people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong planted his boot on moon soil. What none of those people saw, however, was the Colorado Springs residents who helped rocket Armstrong and the Apollo program's predecessors into space. It may have been, as Armstrong said on that historic day, one small step man...

  • Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." "America's federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American...

  • Public meetings explain Stormwater Task Force proposal for Colorado Springs area

    The Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force is trying to explain its stormwater prevention proposal so the public will understand why they might be asked to pay $10 a month. The task force, a citizen's group of engineers, business leaders, community activists and elected city and county officials formed in 2012, has been hosting a series of public...

  • This week: Your calendar of events around Colorado Springs

    The Colorado Springs City Council will discuss a proposed regional stormwater authority at its work session meeting at 1 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. The proposed intergovernmental agreement says a regional authority would be among the city, Manitou Springs, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Monument and Palmer Lake. The council...

  • Half of Colorado voters back Hobby Lobby ruling

    DENVER — A new poll says half of Colorado voters support the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling allowing some religiously oriented business to opt out of contraception coverage for their employees. The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University poll released Monday found that 50 percent of voters support the court's Hobby Lobby decision while...

  • Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin top Western Conservative Summit straw poll for '16

    DENVER — Former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin energized the crowed at a conservative summit with talk of impeaching President Barack Obama. The Denver Post reports ( ) Palin spoke for 35 minutes Saturday at the 2014 Western Conservative Summit. Palin also bashed Obama on a variety of...

  • Group gathers at Bijou overpass on I-25 to protest immigration, politicians

    Layne Dawn Washington is frustrated. Standing on the sidewalk of Bijou St. over Interstate-25, she is surrounded by fellow protestors clutching signs and American flags and waving at honking cars driving by. Washington is an organizer for the Overpasses for America Colorado chapter, and Saturday she and about four dozen people were...