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Uncertainty about environmental policy changes leaves Drake decision on hold

News: Local News Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Colorado Springs City Council should not make a hasty decision based on federal regulations when it comes to closing Martin Drake Power Plant, an energy regulations expert said Wednesday. ...

Lamborn makes push to allow religious expression at academy

News: Local News Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

U.S. Rep Doug Lamborn penned a letter signed by 21 of his colleagues demanding that the Air...

Congressional candidates slam Lamborn letter about AFA religious freedoms

News: Local News Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

Fifth Congressional District candidate Bentley Rayburn on Wednesday chided his primary election opponent, Rep. Doug Lamborn, saying ...

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  • Revenge porn penalties considered in Colorado

    DENVER — Colorado is trying to stop so-called "revenge porn." The proposal is a second attempt this year to address this new concern brought on by technological advances. A bill before the state Legislature would make it a misdemeanor for adults to publish explicit pictures or videos of someone, causing them "serious emotional distress."...

  • FEMA checks went to homeless Colorado Springs campers

    A federal agency sent at least 69 checks totaling thousands of dollars to homeless people in Colorado Springs who claimed their camps were decimated in last summer's floods. The numbers were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by The Gazette, which reported in November that checks from FEMA ranging from $1,200 to...

  • Colorado Springs City Council divided about adding marijuana question to November ballot

    It's anybody's guess whether the Colorado Springs City Council will put a question on the November ballot asking if residents want to allow recreational marijuana sales. Members of a nonprofit group, Every Vote Counts, will begin lobbying this month for City Council's support to put a citizen-initiated ordinance question on the ballot....

  • Side Streets: Willing Colorado Springs-area landscaper frustrated by red tape

    Danielle Keenan takes pride in her home in Claremont Ranch, an unincorporated subdivision of more than 1,000 homes just northeast of the Colorado Springs Airport on the city's eastern edge. And so it has bugged her that the entrance to the neighborhood looks so bad. Ever since she and her husband bought their home in 2006, the stretch along...

  • Colorado advances edible marijuana restrictions

    DENVER — A Colorado proposal to widen a ban on certain types of edible marijuana advanced Thursday in the state House amid concerns that it could be too broad. What lawmakers are trying to prevent is accidental ingestion by children who can't tell the difference between a regular cookie or gummy bear and the kinds infused with cannabis....

  • Colorado recall election changes being finalized

    DENVER — A contentious Democrat-led effort to change rules governing recalls after two of their senators were booted from office has cleared the House on a party-line vote. The House voted 37-28 on Thursday with only Democrats in favor. The bill updates recall requirements that were written long before modern elections procedures, such as...

  • Colorado Democrats abandon divisive abortion bill

    DENVER — Colorado Democrats abandoned their own divisive abortion proposal Wednesday, axing the bill after one lawmaker expressed indecision and it became clear they might not have the votes to pass it in a chamber where every vote matters. Democrats used a legislative maneuver to shelve a bill that would have banned any state regulation of...

  • Colorado considers edible marijuana restrictions

    DENVER — A measure to broaden a ban on certain types of edible marijuana to include products that mimic other foods or candies is up for a vote in the Colorado Legislature. A House committee is considering the proposal Thursday. It comes amid concerns that children can accidentally ingest some kinds of marijuana edibles. However, some...

  • City Council's Merv Bennett becomes Utilities Board chairman

    Colorado Springs Utilities Board will now be headed by Council member Merv Bennett. The board, which is the City Council, voted Wednesday to make the change to the board's by-laws that says the City Council president does not automatically become the board chairman. Council President Keith King, who has been chairing the Utilities board...

  • Youth tanning bed limits rejected in Colorado

    DENVER — A proposal to ban children from artificial tanning beds has been rejected in the Colorado Legislature. A Senate committee voted 4-3 against the tanning bed proposal on Wednesday. The measure had already passed the House. At least 33 states and Washington, D.C., limit or ban childhood use of commercial tanning beds. Colorado has...

  • Republican convention scouts visit Denver

    DENVER — Denver is putting out the welcome mat for a group from the Republican National Committee on the first of six visits to potential hosts for the party's national convention in 2016. Committee officials want to take a closer look at venues, hotels and financing on Wednesday. The Republican National Committee announced earlier this...

  • Lamborn bolsters campaign with $100,000 loan

    U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn raised just $38,253 during the first quarter of 2014 but gave his campaign a bump with a $100,000 loan guaranteed by the congressman. Lamborn was forced into an unexpected primary last week when Republican challenger Bentley Rayburn won support from enough state delegates to get his name on the June 24 primary ballot....

  • Colorado budget finalized, heads to governor

    DENVER — Lawmakers approved a $23 billion budget for Colorado next year, sending to the governor a spending plan that increases money for public schools, colleges, and funds an aerial firefighting fleet. The House approved the budget Tuesday on a 38-26 vote with only one Republican voting yes. The Senate approved the budget Monday with...

  • Castle Rock council approves open carry election

    CASTLE ROCK — The Castle Rock Town Council has agreed to let voters decide whether or not to repeal the town's ban on openly carrying firearms in town-owned buildings and parks. The approval came Monday after a successful petition against council's vote to repeal the ban in January. The special election must be set for late summer or...

  • Senate approves Colorado college tuition cap

    DENVER — A tuition cap and funding boost would be headed to Colorado's public colleges and universities under a bill approved Tuesday by in the state Senate. The Senate voted 34-1 for a bill to lower maximum tuition hikes from 9 percent to 6 percent. The bill also adds about $100 million to higher education funding. Public colleges saw deep...

  • Legislation sprouts from the ashes; disaster-related measures expected to win bipartisan approval

    DENVER - Colorado lawmakers are gearing up for the 2014 fire season, prepping to spend millions on a new firefighting air fleet, tax incentives for fire mitigation and an improved statewide fire information website. Chairs of the state's wildfire and flood task forces say lawmakers have made natural disaster-related legislation a priority in...

  • Colorado Democrats enter abortion-rights debate

    DENVER — A symbolic election-year fight over abortion rights is headed to the Colorado Senate. A bill up for debate Tuesday is described as a guarantee that state or local policies won't interfere with reproductive decisions such as abortion and contraception. Democratic sponsors say the measure is needed to protect women's rights. The...

  • Ethics panel dismisses complaint against Hickenlooper

    DENVER - An ethics complaint against Gov. John Hickenlooper was dismissed Monday in a 4-1 vote by the Independent Ethics Commission. Commissioners ruled that Hickenlooper did not violate state ethics laws by using state employees to help prepare for a Democratic Governors Association conference held in Aspen. Hickenlooper also accepted a free...

  • Udall concerned military cuts could impact firefighting readiness

    Colorado's U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said the military is ready for another season of battling wildfires from the air, but remains worried that planned cuts could impact readiness. The Democrat visited U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Monday and met with top brass about wildfire preparedness. The command...

  • Panel dismisses Gov. Hickenlooper ethics complaint

    DENVER — Colorado's ethics panel ruled that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper did not violate the state's gift ban or improperly use staff time during his attendance at a Democratic Governors Association conference. The Independent Ethics Commission issued its ruling Monday after considering the case for months. The conservative group...