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  • Colorado Springs firefighters extinguish small fire near Cedar Heights

    The Colorado Springs Fire Department and crews from other fire districts responded to a small fire near the Cedar Heights neighborhood in western Colorado Springs on Sunday evening. The fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. as a small plume of smoke coming from the area around Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods area, although crews later found...

  • Planes from Peterson Air Force Base to go to California to fight wildfires

    Two military planes from Peterson Air Force Base will fly to California on Monday, where they will be stationed to help fight wildfires in the West, the base announced on Sunday. The planes, both C-130s, are carrying modular airborne firefighting systems known as MAFFS units. They will be based at McClellan Airtanker Base, where they will be...

  • Fatal crash closes eastbound lanes of U.S. 24 near 31st Street

    Eastbound U.S. Highway 24 was closed for a couple of hours on Sunday following a fatal traffic crash near 31st Street. As of 7 p.m., southbound 31st Street was also closed shortly after the crash. As of 9:30 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol had no estimate for when the eastbound lanes of the highway would reopen, according to dispatchers. A...

  • Springs man endures punishing ride, breaks Colorado Trail Race mountain bike record

    When Jesse Jakomait, sleep deprived, with nerve damage to one hand, numb toes and ravaged shoes, rolled his mountain bike off the Colorado Trail just after midnight on Thursday, there were no raging crowds there to greet his arrival. But had the crowds been at the dark trailhead parking lot in far-west Denver, they would have been looking at...

  • Records detail intense investigation of suspect in bombing at NAACP building

    For days, authorities tracked a man they believed had tried to bomb a Colorado Springs building. They followed him to a retail store in Trinidad, monitored his home and reviewed more than two months of his cell phone records. Although the explosive device caused no injuries and little damage, the case was high profile because of a possible...

  • Top 5 stories you may have missed over the weekend around Colorado Springs

    Here's a look at the top five stories you may have missed from gazette.com and the Colorado Springs area over the weekend: 1) Colorado Springs' strong housing market expected to continue in second half of 2015. Read more here. 2) General to Air Force Academy graduates: You're idiots. Read more here.  3) Colorado Springs...

  • Democratic governors share lessons learned from shootings

    ASPEN — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon shared their thoughts Saturday at a conference in Aspen on shooting tragedies that have dominated their time in office, including the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the James Holmes' theater shootings in Aurora. Hickenlooper...

  • Colorado motel evacuated after pepper spray incident

    WHEAT RIDGE — Firefighters say a person using a pepper spray substance in room and hallway prompted an evacuation at a motel Saturday afternoon. Three people at the American Motel in Wheat Ridge were taken to the hospital with respiratory issues and itchy eyes. Twenty people were treated on scene. According to KUSA-TV...

  • 5 cool family hikes in Colorado on a hot summer day

    To help you enjoy Colorado, we at Out There Colorado have brainstormed and identified five fun trails for a sunny summer day. (Don't worry, we'll keep sharing ideas for shady or water-splashed hikes as long as there's a need to beat the heat. And we welcome your suggestions: email team@outtherecolorado.com.) These Front Range trails are great...

  • Apartment rents hit another record high in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs' red-hot apartment market showed no signs of cooling in the second quarter, as rents hit another record high and the availability of apartments tightened, according to a report from the Colorado Division of Housing and Apartment Association of Southern Colorado. Springs-area rents averaged $899.22 a month in the second...

  • List: Top 10 attractions to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. Here's a list of favorites: Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.  -...

  • Road, trail improvements planned for Falcon area in El Paso County

    Changes to a highway intersection, road maintenance and trail repairs are among upcoming county projects planned for the Falcon-area. The projects, which are not expected to begin right away, are funded and moving forward, said El Paso County Engineer Andre Brackin. "All of these will be started in some manner in or by 2016," he said....

  • Colorado Springs' strong housing market expected to continue in second half of 2015

    A strong housing market in the Pikes Peak region during the first six months of 2015 should give way to more of the same in the second half, local real estate experts predict. The pace of home construction began slowly during the first few months of the year but has picked up steam; the resale side of the market set sales and price records in...

  • Pikes Peak region school districts to hold information sessions for prospective board candidates

    Have you thought about serving on a school board? All 17 public school districts in the Pikes Peak region have seats open on the Nov. 3 ballot. Two districts, Academy School District 20 and Falcon School District 49, host information sessions this week. Board members of Academy D-20 will be available Thursday at 5 p.m. in the...

  • Tougher basic training trims Air Force Academy's freshman class

    The Air Force Academy's class of 2019 will finish basic training about 6 percent smaller than it was when the basics arrived at the school in June. The class, which began with 1,248 would-be cadets on June 26, ended Saturday. But a basic training that commanders call the most challenging test of cadets in recent years pared the ranks to 1,177...

  • 2015 summer bucket list: Ten things to do before fall arrives

    Attention: The end of summer is (sadly) almost here. Consider this your warm-weather wakeup call. Now that July is over, your days of mountain climbing, grilling out and seeing high temperatures on your phone's weather app are numbered. Read on for 10 ideas that'll make the rest of your Colorado summer shine. Sip on a beerfest: With Coors...

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