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  • County Commissioner Amy Lathen says she'll run for Colorado Springs mayor

    On Monday, El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen announced her intent to run for Colorado Springs mayor in April's municipal election. Lathen, who represents District 2 as a county commissioner, said in a statement that she changed her mind from an earlier decision not to run. "After deciding not to pursue this office earlier in the year,...

  • Colorado Springs council may need a year to have a Drake decommission plan

    It could be a year before the Colorado Springs City Council makes a decision on when to decommission the Martin Drake Power Plant. The council, which doubles as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, asked Utilities staff Aug. 20 to run a number of scenarios describing what life would be like without the downtown coal-fired plant in five...

  • Colorado Springs business leaders forming group to influence civic, political decisions

    Local business leaders are forming an organization to become involved in major civic and political decisions in Colorado Springs. Their stated beliefs include: keeping tabs on city infrastructure; electing politicians who share their vision and values; taking a stand on major issues in the community; and working to foster the city's arts...

  • US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

    LAS VEGAS — A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told the "Business of Water" conference in Las Vegas that there's no...

  • Judge rules lawsuit challenging Aurora project can move forward

    A lawsuit challenging a portion of the multimillion-dollar incentive package offered to the developer of the proposed Gaylord Rockies hotel and conference center in Aurora will go forward, according to a ruling Friday by Adams County District Court Judge Ted C. Tow. Aurora residents David Bishop and Regina Thomson filed a lawsuit in February...

  • Metro Transit wants to make improvements, but funding is an issue

    The Mountain Metro Transit bus that Rick Orthwein tried to board last week had a lift for his wheelchair, but no place for him to put it. The problem: The bus' handicap-accessible spaces were already full. "People who are in wheelchairs, they are hesitant to even use the system," Orthwein said. A meeting on Thursday sought answers to myriad...

  • LART committee wants to alter application process to for organizations seeking money

    Colorado Springs-sponsored events may have to do more to get funding next year, the chairman of the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax committee told the City Council at a work session this week. Popular events such as the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Rocky Mountain State Games and the Festival of Lights Parade have traditionally received annual...

  • GOP campaign arm seeks candidates with staying power in Colorado

    A new campaign arm of the Republican Party started targeting close state legislative races Thursday, including the central Colorado Springs Senate District 11 race, with a controversial campaign finance group expected to spend millions in an attempt to get Republicans elected. "This is really the brainchild of Chairman Ryan Call of the...

  • Castle Rock votes to repeal open-carry ban

    CASTLE ROCK — Castle Rock voters have overturned a ban on the open carry of firearms on city property. Results from a special election on the open carry of firearms were announced Thursday. Voters narrowly approved a measure that repeals restrictions set by the town manager on the open carry of firearms on municipal property such as parks....

  • Rural Logan County approves 1st hemp greenhouse

    STERLING — Commissioners in rural Logan County in northeast Colorado have approved an application for an industrial hemp research and development processing facility, as well as a 2-acre greenhouse. The hemp greenhouse will be Colorado's first and could eventually employ between 15 and 25 people, said hemp activist Jason Lauve of Broomfield,...

  • Colorado sheriffs tee off on Hickenlooper's death penalty stance

    In a video released Thursday by gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez's campaign, three Colorado sheriffs criticize Gov. John Hickenlooper's position on the death penalty. The videos were shot at a private campaign event at a home in Jefferson County and the sheriff's tee off on Hickenlooper's temporary reprieve of convicted murder Nathan...

  • Who took more presidential vacations?

    Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? A: Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha's Vineyard in August, Obama's count was 125 full or partial days and Bush's total at the same point in his presidency was 407. Our inbox is chock full of questions about who took more vacation days, Obama or Bush. (The...

  • Colorado Springs police officers to begin wearing cameras in October

    Colorado Springs police officers will soon be outfitted with body-worn cameras as part of a five-month pilot program, a change many police departments throughout Colorado have already adopted. Beginning Oct. 1, officers from all of the department's subdivisions will rotate use of five cameras every day for about 20 hours per day, said police...

  • Bach uses proclamation to officially oppose stormwater initiative

    In another volley fired in the campaign on a proposed stormwater initiative, Mayor Steve Bach issued a proclamation Tuesday listing reasons he believes the plan is flawed. Bach, who has issued one other proclamation since he took office in June 2011, said this is an important election issue he needed to weigh in on by proclamation, which is...

  • Cripple Creek district, library board reach agreement; books to stay in high school

    After a summer of conflict that included preparing to pick up and move shop, the public library in Cripple Creek is staying put. At a monthly meeting Monday, the school board for Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 gave final approval on a 20-year memorandum of understanding with the Southern Teller County Library District. "It's...

  • Residents invited to voice their concerns regarding Colorado Springs public transit

    A meeting will be held Thursday allowing residents to voice their opinions on the future of public transit in Colorado Springs. Mountain Metro Transit and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will host the meeting, which will be used to help transportation officials draft long-term transportation plans stretching to 2040. For example,...

  • Colorado Springs business alliance funding a hot potato for council, mayor

    It seems that city funding for an economic development organization in Colorado Springs has become a game of hot potato. The City Council, which gave the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance $70,000 last year from its Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, is tossing the organization back to the mayor's budget, saying economic development...

  • State leaders 'appalled' by report of drug prescriptions to juveniles in Colorado correction facilities

    DENVER - Juveniles in the state's correctional facilities have been prescribed psychotropic and other medications without proper parental consent, pertinent medical screenings or adequate record keeping of symptoms and diagnosis, according to a report released Tuesday by the Colorado Office of the State Auditor. "Why weren't these things found...

  • Martindale sheds 'interim' director tag for El Paso County Public Health

    A longtime El Paso County Public Health employee was named its director, shedding the "interim" title he had held since early July as head of the agency. Dan Martindale, who has spent about 20 years with the agency, was approved by the El Paso County Board of Health after a search that lasted slightly less than two months. He replaces Jill...

  • Colorado Springs councilman: Voters should decide on stadium portion of City for Champions

    Colorado Springs City Council member Joel Miller says voters should decide if local tax money is spent on a sports and event center. He will ask his colleagues to put a question on the April 2015 ballot asking voters if they will amend the city's charter to require voter approval for any city stadium and events center. He announced his...

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