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  • Assessment advocate stands by benefits of Common Core testing

    The mounting resistance to the national standardized testing movement she leads doesn't faze Laura Slover. The former high school English teacher has heard it all, and she doesn't buy it. "Assessment is a very important part of teaching. The set of tools being developed are very high-quality. We've been very focused on transparency," she said...

  • Colorado Springs motorcyclist injured in U.S. 24 crash

    A Colorado Springs man was critically injured in a motorcycle crash that blocked U.S. 24 for several hours Sunday, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Ronald Watson, 69, was westbound on U.S. 24about 11:45 a.m. when he failed to make a left-hand curve and lost control of his 2012 Harley Davidson, state patrol said. Watson, who was not...

  • 38-year-old man dies in auto-pedestrian crash in Falcon

    A 38-year-old man who was apparently jogging was struck and killed by an SUV Saturday evening in Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said. The man died at the scene, State Patrol Sgt. Rob Madden said. The driver of the Honda CRV that struck the man was an 18-year-old woman, who remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators,...

  • Summit County mine gets pollution-prevention plug

    DILLON — State and local officials are marking a milestone for Summit County's environmental cleanup efforts by plugging part of the abandoned Pennsylvania Mine east of Keystone, tackling one of Summit County's biggest environmental headaches. On Friday, County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier was one of several federal, state and local...

  • Federal prison in Colorado marks 20th anniversary

    FLORENCE — It has been called Supermax, the Alcatraz of the Rockies and a home for bad dudes who are the worst of the worst. But whatever name you give it, the administrative maximum-security U.S. Penitentiary, which turns 20 years old this year, remains the most secure prison ever built in the United States. The story of how the prison ended...

  • Colorado Springs man charged after fatal Teller County crash

    A Colorado Springs man faces criminal charges after a car wreck killed a Divide man Sunday, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Preston Wells, 20, was cited for careless driving causing death, said Sgt. Scott Hophan. Jonathon Schrein, 35, of Divide, died of the injuries he suffered when his 1994 Saturn coupe was struck by Wells's 2012...

  • Colorado Springs police work to improve response to burglary calls despite high rate of false alarms

    The call on Bassett Drive was like thousands fielded by Colorado Springs police every year: a home burglary alarm had been tripped. But that day, newlywed homeowners who had been told about the alarm arrived before police and died at the hands of an armed teenage thief. The tragedy led to changes in officers' response to such burglary calls,...

  • 11 polling centers open Monday

    The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office will open 11 Voter Service and Polling Centers on Monday. Although ballots were mailed to all registered voters in Colorado, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams said in a statement that the additional polling centers are intended to assist voters through the Nov. 4 election. Voters...

  • Colorado Springs-based company ranks high on 2014 Philanthropy 400 list

    Colorado Springs-based Compassion International ranks 22nd in the 2014 Philanthropy 400, The Chronicle of Philanthrophy's list of America's biggest charities ranked by the most money raised from private sources in the 2013 fiscal year. Six of nine Colorado companies that made the list are based in Colorado Springs, including Compassion...

  • New Black Forest News owners learning as they go - and loving it

    Who in the world purchased a newspaper because of a chicken coop? Ron and Cindy Richardson did. The Richardsons are the new owners of the weekly Black Forest News and Palmer Divide Pioneer. He's in construction. She's a former school teacher. They've been journalists since August, just long enough to cringe over their first glaring...

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