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  • City Council, county commissioners finalize stormwater deal

    Mayor Steve Bach made a last-minute attempt to control the board of a proposed regional stormwater authority, which if approved by voters in November will oversee millions of dollars a year in construction of drainage projects. In a proposal to take the creation of a regional stormwater authority to the voters, Colorado Springs would have a...

  • VA employees face discipline for manipulating data

    FORT COLLINS — The Department of Veterans Affairs says six employees at a clinic in Fort Collins and the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, should be disciplined for manipulating data about veteran care. The VA has proposed unspecified action against Rocky Mountain Network Director Ralph Gigliotti and Cheyenne VA Medical Center...

  • BOCC passes resolutions in wake of sheriff's account controversy

    The El Paso County commissioners passed a pair of resolutions Tuesday brought on by uncertainty surrounding a Sheriff's Office bank account that apparently was unnoticed by county auditors for years. The commission made the sheriff's commissary account a part of the county's general fund, and passed a resolution emphasizing that all bank...

  • Mental health court produces first graduate

    Too often, mentally ill defendants find that cracks in the criminal justice system lead straight to jail or prison, Deborah Grohs said. She noticed it as a public defender, and then as a 4th Judicial District Court judge. "The jails became the mental health institutions," Grohs said. But on Tuesday, she handed one such defendant a diploma...

  • Colorado Supreme Court halts gay marriages in Boulder

    DENVER — Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state's attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get...

  • Medical marijuana oil bill aims to help children across U.S.

    Parents who flocked to Colorado in search of medical marijuana oil to treat their children's severe epilepsy reacted with guarded optimism to legislation announced Monday aimed at legalizing the oil - calling it a first step at returning home. The bill by a Pennsylvania representative could get oil in the hands of parents across the nation by...

  • Denver City Council votes on $3.3M settlement

    DENVER — The Denver City Council has given its initial approval of a $3.3 million offer to settle abuse claims at the city's jail. The Denver Post reports ( ) councilors voted on the tentative settlement at a meeting Monday evening and will consider approving the offer Aug. 4. Last week, a federal judge accepted...

  • Gazette Exclusive: Manitou Springs recreational marijuana shop to open

    Recreational marijuana sales will begin in Manitou Springs on Thursday. Bill Conkling made the announcement late Friday, saying that the "long process" is finally coming to an end. The first recreational pot licensee in El Paso County and the owner of Maggie's Farm medical marijuana centers has been a part of the process to bring the industry...

  • Data: El Paso County elections among the most efficient in Colorado

    El Paso County spent less per registered voter in the November 2013 election than all but two other Colorado counties, according to data that will be released this week through the Accountability in Colorado Elections project launched by the Secretary of State's Office. The data outlines everything from how many ballots were rejected in each...

  • For some, storms prove Flying W mitigation work is holding up

    Storms lashed the Flying W Ranch this month, washing out service roads and dislodging a couple of dozen erosion barriers from a fire-ravaged hillside. But along with those reminders of nature's fury, the weather also brought cause for hope, say those working to revive the once-bustling home of nightly chuckwagon suppers and Old West nostalgia...

  • This week: Mark you calendar for these events around Colorado Springs

    Woodland Park is celebrating 25 years of its Mayor's Cup Footrace on Saturday. Events for the annual event will include a kid's fun run, 5K and 10K races, and a 5K walk. The event begins with a 7 a.m. registration, which can be done at The Colorado Springs City Council and the El Paso Board of County Commissioners...

  • Northern Command chief talks disaster response, missile defense at Aspen Security Forum

    ASPEN - Chaos in the Middle East means an increased threat of terrorist attacks on American soil, U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Chuck Jacoby told a crowd Saturday. Jacoby covered a range of issues during his talk at the Aspen Security Forum, from military response to natural disasters to the effectiveness of America's missile defense...

  • Obama signs Summit County affordable housing bill

    FRISCO — New federal legislation will allow the U.S. Forest Service to sell land to Summit County for a planned affordable housing development. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed a bill making the 40-acre parcel along Interstate 70 near Frisco and Dillon available to Summit County. The Summit Daily News ( )...

  • Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. How those veteran voters respond means a lot to Walsh, who has built his election campaign for...

  • Analysis: Colorado gun law based on flawed estimate

    DENVER — A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report. The discovery has prompted a prominent Democratic lawmaker to question whether the...

  • 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...

  • Nearly 2 dozen apply for 5-seat Pueblo marijuana board

    There are 22 people — count ‘em, 22 people — applying for the new five-member Pueblo Marijuana Licensing Board. That’s startling because it can be a challenge getting people to volunteer to serve on city boards and commissions, such as the Zoning Board of Appeals. “When I first saw the stack of applications, I’ll admit it was...

  • 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....

  • Judge strikes down Longmont fracking ban

    LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A district judge has struck down Longmont's voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing, but stayed her decision while the city considers an appeal. Judge D.D. Mallard ruled Thursday that the ban conflicted with state regulations and Colorado's interest in efficiently developing oil and gas deposits. Longmont voters...