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  • Black Forest crash kills two Palmer Ridge students; a third teen arrested in connection

    Two Palmer Ridge High School seniors died after a single vehicle crash Monday morning in northern El Paso County, the Colorado State Patrol said. Troopers said alcohol and speed were factors in the crash that killed 17-year-old Beau Begier and 18-year-old Ryan Pappas, both of Monument. A third passenger, a 17-year-old male from Monument whose...

  • Thousands spend Labor Day at Fountain's Fall Festival

    The unofficial end to summer brought floats, music and thousands of people to the streets of Fountain on Monday for the city's annual Fall Festival. The event, in its 45th year, featured a morning parade followed by a celebration at John Metcalfe Park, and was themed "45 Years of Memories." Hours before the parade, people lined the...

  • Your photos: Best of the Colorado Balloon Classic

    Seventy-seven balloons are on the docket at the 38th annual Colorado Balloon Classic. About 200,000 to 250,000 people attend the free event every year, says president Patsy Buchwald. They come for the early morning ascension of balloons and for the evening Balloon Glo, where balloons stay grounded but lit up. The event runs Saturday through...

  • 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,...

  • Fort Carson soldier killed while trying to cross Interstate 25 ID'd

    A 23-year-old Fort Carson soldier who died after he was struck by two cars on Interstate 25 near midnight Saturday was identified as Spc. Timothy Brett Alexander. Alexander was from Hinesville, Ga., and arrived at Fort Carson in July 2013. He entered the army in February 2011. He served as a cavalry scout in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team....

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: Details, more about homeless youth in Colorado Springs

    According to the city's 2014 Point in Time survey - a one-day snapshot of homelessness conducted in January - 116 youths ages 18 to 24 were homeless in Colorado Springs that day. But Shawna Kemppainen, executive director of Urban Peak youth shelter in Colorado Springs, said the survey might not paint the most complete picture of youth...

  • Upper portion of Mount Evans highway closing Tuesday

    IDAHO SPRINGS - Transportation officials are planning to close the top part of the highway up Mount Evans for the season Tuesday morning. Colorado Highway 5 provides access to the top of the mountain, which rises to more than 14,000 feet. The Colorado Department of Transportation closes a five-mile section of the highway from Summit Lake to...

  • This week: Mark your calendar for these events in the Colorado Springs area

    The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 45th Labor Day Fall Festival on Monday. The festivities kick off with a parade at 10 a.m., and the festival continues until 4 p.m. at John Metcalfe Park. Colorado College's Opening Convocation is at 9 a.m. Monday in Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. The ceremony marks the...

  • HOMELESS DAY TWO: A day in the life of a Colorado Springs family

    As Josephine and Timothy Thill wrangle their three kids out of a store in Colorado Springs, the oldest stops in the doorway to ask what other errands they need to run. "Next stop - the shelter!" Josephine says. "You seriously said that out loud?" Amiracle says. Josephine shrugs. It's just a fact: Home for now is the Salvation 
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  • 5 things to know about driving high on marijuana

    WASHINGTON — The legalization of recreational marijuana in two states — Colorado and Washington — and medical marijuana in more than 20 others has raised concern that there will be more drivers stoned behind the wheel. What's not clear is whether that will translate into an increase in fatal crashes. ___ WHAT WE KNOW While marijuana users...

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