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  • Black Forest adjusts budget to compensate for $100,000 investigation

    The Black Forest Fire/Rescue District held a public meeting Thursday to discuss 2014 budget adjustments needed to compensate for more than $100,000 internal investigation into its fire chief's handling of the Black Forest fire. The hefty fee for the investigation, which cleared Fire Chief Bob Harvey of any negligence, was not budeted for and...

  • Black Forest firefighter position cut to pay for investigation

    A part-time firefighter position is being eliminated and there will no longer be any paid firefighters at one fire station in Black Forest because of the high cost of an internal investigation. The money was spent for independent investigation into the Black Forest Fire and their chief to see if he mishandled the start of fire. That...

  • Cities now struggling from past fire-suppression efforts

    Peter Brown, the keynote speaker at the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference in Glenwood Springs, described a pattern Wednesday evening of fire suppression that began in the late 19th Century and has left 21st Century fire officials scrambling to stop the western United States from burning down. Brown is the director of Rocky Mountain...

  • 2 Denver deaths tied to recreational marijuana use

    DENVER - This week, two Denver deaths were linked to marijuana use, and while some details of the deaths have yet to emerge, they are the first ones on record to be associated with a once-illegal drug that Colorado voters legalized for recreational use last year. One man jumped to his death after consuming a large amount of marijuana...

  • Traffic camera ban clears Senate hurdle

    DENVER — A statewide ban on red-light and speeding cameras has won initial approval in the Colorado Senate after a lively debate over whether the cameras improve safety, or just provide money for local governments. There were backers and opponents from both parties Thursday when the bill was approved on an unrecorded voice vote. A more...

  • Colorado advances edible marijuana restrictions

    DENVER — A Colorado proposal to widen a ban on certain types of edible marijuana advanced Thursday in the state House amid concerns that it could be too broad. What lawmakers are trying to prevent is accidental ingestion by children who can't tell the difference between a regular cookie or gummy bear and the kinds infused with cannabis....

  • Readers weigh in on crazy Colorado weather

    With the weather alternating between summer and winter over the past two weeks, The Gazette took to Facebook to ask: "What's your craziest Colorado weather story?" Here's a sampleof the responses: "When my dad got transferred from Hawaii to NORAD in 76 or 77, there was a blizzard about 2 weeks before in April. My mom looked him straight in...

  • 2014 Pikes Peak All Reads selections are announced

    The 13th annual All Pikes Peak Reads program asks readers to engage the extraordinary, a theme reflected in the choice of books that the Pikes Peak Library District announced Thursday. The books include: "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, and "Who Owns the Ice House?: Eight Life Lessons From an Unlikely Entrepreneur" by Clifton...

  • One in custody after shots fired at Medicine Shoppe in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs police have arrested one man in connection with the investigation of shots fired and an armed robbery on North Union Boulevard Thursday afternoon. Scanner traffic indicated an armed man was inside The Medicine Shoppe at 2431 N. Union Blvd., off East Van Buren Street. The man was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. and no...

  • Police: Denver man ate marijuana candy before fatally shooting his wife

    DENVER — Authorities say a Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with 911 ate marijuana-infused candy before he allegedly shot her. According to search warrants released Thursday, 44-year-old Kristine Kirk told dispatchers her husband bought and ate the candy before he started hallucinating and frightening the...

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