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  • Convicted killer accused of causing crash on slick Colorado Springs road

    A Wednesday morning crash near the intersection of Circle Drive and Constitution Avenue resulted in serious injuries and a convicted killer arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Colorado Springs police said Charles Limbrick Jr., 41, of Colorado Springs, sideswiped a northbound vehicle from behind on Circle Drive near Alpine Drive around...

  • Martinez making low-key bid in candidacy for Colorado Springs mayor

    Lawrence Martinez is running to be mayor of Colorado Springs, but he's keeping a rather low profile. Martinez has yet to file a campaign finance report with the Clerk and Recorder's Office for El Paso County. "The people I represent can't afford to give me money," he noted. "They need it for milk." He missed the Organization of Westside...

  • Ballot countdown: Latino group to lunch with mayor hopefuls

    The Latino Community Luncheon will host a mayoral candidates forum from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11 at Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Dr. Candidates Mary Lou Makepeace, Amy Lathen, Lawrence Martinez and John Suthers have committed to attend. The candidates will be asked to discuss the top issues facing the Latino community. RSVP to...

  • Test aims to boost farm efficiency, free up water for cities

    DENVER — A Colorado water broker and a university researcher are testing underground crop irrigation, hoping it can make farms more efficient and reduce competition between cities and agriculture for the state's scarce water. The first crops will be planted this summer on a 165-acre test plot on the 70 Ranch in Weld County. Research will be...

  • Funding fight a preview of what may come in Colorado statehouse

    Democrats lost their battle to increase funding for background checks on gun sales, surrendering on a budget battle that threatened funding for other public safety projects. House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Boulder, said her caucus was "being the adults in the room" by deciding to pass an almost $3 million budget increase for the...

  • Hundreds turn out to voice concerns about possible Colorado Springs Senior Center deal

    Concerns about class changes at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, staff job security and the fast-approaching deal to find a new facility operator highlighted a meeting on the center's future Wednesday. Nearly 275 people, mostly seniors, braved snowy roads to learn more about Colorado Springs' plans to have the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region...

  • Rocket training will bring the boom at Fort Carson

    Fort Carson neighbors can expect some extra noise Friday as the 4th Infantry Division tests the biggest weapons in its arsenal. Soldiers from the division's Oklahoma-based 214th Fires Brigade are flying in to fire their multiple-launch rocket system during a training exercise that starts at 10 a.m. Friday on the post. The High Mobility...

  • Colorado can compete for millions in federal grant money

    Colorado is eligible to participate in a $1 billion federal competition that could grant states millions of dollars to cover unmet needs from natural disasters, Gov. John Hickenlooper's office announced on Wednesday. The Natural Disaster Resilience Competition, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development includes 67 states....

  • Mountain Chalet in downtown Colorado Springs gets new owners

    A cold call on a whim led to a dream deal for the new owners of Mountain Chalet, a longtime mountaineering store in downtown Colorado Springs. Husband-and-wife team Jim and Elaine Smith spent the past six to eight months looking for a business to take over before stumbling upon the 47-year-old outdoor gear and clothing store at 226 N. Tejon...

  • Pikes Peak region student reviews are mixed as controversial state testing begins

    New, controversial state-mandated exams started this week for many of Colorado's third through 11th grade public school students. While there were rumors of walkouts at some local schools, none seemed to materialize, and students reported mixed feelings about the whole testing debate. For Palmer High School 10th grader Katie Courcy, "It...

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