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  • Colorado Springs City Council gives green light to private cannabis club

    City Hall chambers erupted with cheers and about 30 supporters hugged and congratulated each other Tuesday when the Colorado Springs City Council allowed a private downtown club for marijuana smokers to remain open. The city administration had sought to close the club - Studio A64 at the corner of Colorado and Wahsatch avenues - but the...

  • Greeley school parents' fury forces oil and gas driller to back down

    An oil and gas industry proposal to drill 19 wells within 900 feet of an elementary school in Greeley ignited such parent fury that company officials on Monday backed down. Mineral Resources Inc. officials said withdrawing their application to drill by the Frontier Academy school is an example of listening to community concerns. They made...

  • Manitou to power its municipal buildings from SunShare's solar garden

    Manitou Springs has agreed to buy all of the electricity for city-owned facilities from a solar array that will be built in the Security area by Colorado Springs-based SunShare, becoming what the company says is the first city in the nation to have all of its facilities powered by a so-called "solar garden." Manitou Springs will pay 5.6 cents...

  • City Council eyeing charter change to allow it to have its own staff, attorney

    The Colorado Springs City Council needs its own attorney and needs to be able to hire and fire its own staff, council president Keith King says. He says the city's charter, which is the city's constitution, needs to be changed to give the City Council those powers. He proposed the charter amendments Tuesday. He wants the proposed amendments...

  • Trial underway for Colorado Springs murder suspect

    Opening statements began Tuesday in the murder trial of 22-year-old Damian Martez Evans, accused of gunning down a man during a brawl at a Fourth of July house party in Colorado Springs last year. Christopher Vazquez, 21, was found dead in the early hours of July 5 outside a home on the 4500 block of Jetwing Circle, off East Fountain...

  • Colorado Springs City Council votes 7-1 to spend $2 million on potholes

    The Colorado Springs City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to allocate $2 million from the city's reserve fund for pothole repair. Council member Joel Miller cast the lone no-vote. Check back at Gazette.com for updates to this story.

  • U.S. House members question officials about Aurora VA hospital delays

    DENVER - U.S. House of Representatives members grilled officials from Veterans Affairs Tuesday about the over-budget and delayed VA Hospital project in Aurora that is mired in litigation. The Aurora VA Replacement Medical Center was originally bid for $604.1 million in Nov. 2011, but a dispute between the contracted builder Kiewit-Turner and...

  • USDA awards $6 million for climate change study; CU given grant

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $6 million to 10 universities to finance the study of what climate change means to agriculture and strategies for helping farmers and ranchers deal with weather changes. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants Tuesday during a conference about climate change...

  • FAA investigating drone flying over Denver marijuana rally

    DENVER — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating reports of a drone aircraft that was seen flying over the 4/20 marijuana rally in Denver on Sunday. FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said Tuesday people need permission to fly aircraft over crowded areas. According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/lmdhclo), smaller drones are...

  • Fort Collins woman cited in school bus crash

    FORT COLLINS — A Fort Collins woman has been charged with careless driving causing injury after her car slammed into the back of a Poudre School District bus, injuring her, the bus driver and three students. Trooper Nate Reid says 24-year-old Ashlie Dickerson was released from the hospital on Monday. The students and bus driver suffered...

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