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  • Udall pledges permanent to get federal funding for watershed protection

    U.S. Sen. Mark Udall pledged Friday in flood-ravaged Williams Canyon to work at the federal level to secure permanent funding for watershed protection at the federal level so future emergencies do not leave cities scrambling to find money for repairs. "We need to make the funding permanent. We need to put it in place so it's available not just...

  • Wildflower students having fun on the playground they helped pay for

    The 506 students at Wildflower Elementary School are very proud of their new $27,000 playground. They ought to be. They paid for it themselves. For two years, Wildflower students brought in pennies and quarters and dollar bills to fill their Pennies for Playground jugs. They cajoled everyone they knew to buy gift wrapping and chocolate...

  • Four arrested in Fountain after boy found unconscious outside house party

    Four adults were arrested by Fountain police on Tuesday after a 17-year-old was found lying unconcious in a roadway near the site of a house party. According to police, officers were investigating a disturbance when they found the boy who they said was unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital and admitted to the intesive care unit, police...

  • Downtown Colorado Springs business owner cites vagrants, parking for store's closure

    Rhonda McDonald looked out through the window of Fabulous Finds on Wednesday as a crew cleaned feces from the sidewalk in front of her downtown business and construction vehicles filled up nearby parking spots. Since spring, she had considered closing the 41/2-year-old home-decor retail store at 130 N. Tejon St. because sales were struggling....

  • Police identify teen killed in Garden of the Gods Road crash

    UPDATE: Colorado Springs Police identified the person killed in Thursday's car crash on Garden of the Gods Road as 16-year-old Katheryn Mushok. The driver of the vehicle was 18-year-old Mathew Sellers, who police spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley said was cited on suspicion of careless driving causing death. ------------------------- A...

  • School memorabilia on display Saturday in Manitou Springs

    School memorabilia from as far back as 1872 will be on display Saturday at Manitou Springs Elementary School. The free public Heritage Hall Tour is sponsored by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center. In 1997 the Heritage Center received an endowment to keep up the collection housed in the school's Heritage Hall. It is open for touring once a...

  • Rain, thunderstorms likely Friday afternoon in the Colorado Springs area

    Rain and possible thunderstorms are likely in the Pikes Peak region Friday afternoon. Forecasters at both the National Weather Service and The Gazette's news partner's at KKTV say a storm system should be moving into the Colorado Springs area by mid-afternoon. The storm will be fast-moving, however, and likely limit the chance for flash...

  • Colorado Springs police seek help finding missing 14-year-old girl

    Colorado Springs Police are asking for help finding a 14-year-old girl that has been missing since Aug. 8. According to police, Lexus Banovich Richardson may have run away from home and could still be in the Colorado Springs area. She is described as 5-foot,3-inches tall and about 105 pounds. She has brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with...

  • Plague found in wild rabbit in eastern El Paso County

    A rash of prairie dogs deaths near Yoder led El Paso County Public Health officials to a wild rabbit that had plague. According to a Public Health report, the rabbit was found dead and tested Thursday for plague. The report said officials also found prairie dog burrows "with no prairie dogs" on private property near the eastern El Paso County...

  • Artist Christo says 'Over the River' project at a standstill

    CANON CITY — The artist Christo says his plan to suspend nearly 6 miles of silvery fabric in sections over the Arkansas River is in a "stand-still situation." The 79-year-old artist updated supporters on his "Over the River" project during a luncheon in Canon City, Colorado, on Thursday. The Daily Record reports ( )...

  • Expect Denver International Airport traffic delays this weekend

    Passengers being dropped off at Denver International Airport this weekend will need to factor in an extra 30 minutes to make their flight because of traffic-lane closures on the terminal's east side, officials say. The airport, which is making the final push on its bridge-reconstruction project at Jeppesen Terminal, will close the east side's...

  • Driver cited in crash that killed teen on Garden of the Gods Road

    A teenage girl was killed in a fatal crash that shut down westbound lanes of Garden of the Gods Road near Nevada Avenue for several hours Thursday evening, Colorado Springs police said. Police said four teenagers were in a 1993 brown Honda Accord traveling east on Garden of the Gods Road when the driver hit a curb and lost control of the car....

  • Colorado State Fair opens with divisive sideshow

    PUEBLO — The Colorado State Fair opens Friday — with a carnival sideshow that has been shut down in one Colorado county after parents complained. The Fair in Pueblo plans to again include a sideshow claiming to feature the world's smallest woman. "Little Liz" has appeared at the fair several times, but her show at the Boulder County fair...

  • County may ask voters to give $2M in extra cash to parks

    El Paso County commissioners could ask voters this November to approve using more than $2 million in extra money on parks, including a proposed acquisition of Jones Park in the forest west of Colorado Springs. The ballot question concerning the $2,044,078 in excess revenue from 2013 will be discussed at Tuesday's regular board meeting. If the...

  • Colorado Springs may look for event to replace Balloon Classic

    Colorado Springs city officials will likely look for another event next Labor Day weekend to replace the Colorado Balloon Classic, after the organization behind the Classic said Aug. 15 it would be leaving the city. Karen Palus, the city's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services director, said the city is putting together a request for...

  • Colorado marijuana activists challenge taxes

    DENVER — A handful of marijuana activists in Denver are making a curious legal challenge. They believe that pot should be legal under federal law. But because it isn't, they say the state of Colorado can't collect taxes on the drug. The tax challenge is going before a Denver District Court judge Friday morning. Colorado pot taxes can run...

  • Colorado Springs children show support for Ferguson with music video

    Upset about the recent violence in Ferguson, Mo., after last week's police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, three local home-schoolers turned a music lesson into their first recording and an important message for young and old alike. Jon Martinez's sons, 10-year-old Able, 9-year-old Mason and 7-year-old Stevin, helped Martinez write and...

  • 'Soiled Dove' an entrepreneur

    What: Summer Speaker Series, "Think You Know History," with Pearl de Vere (portrayed by actor Colette Labate) Connection to Colorado Springs: Pearl de Vere was born of a comfortably-appointed Chicago family, but, by her mid-teens, she was working as a prostitute in Denver and then Cripple Creek, after the notorious mining town boomed in what...

  • Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

    WASHINGTON — Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, or DSCC, ordered $1 million in ads to run for the next two weeks, the group's first advertising to...

  • Colorado prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

    DENVER — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. An appeal filed Wednesday in the case of Rene Lima-Marin also says his constitutional rights were violated when a judge in January ordered him to finish...