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  • D-49 school board to discuss application for charter high school

    The application for a charter high school that would open in 2016 in a building funded by a November bond proposal is up for approval Tuesday night at a special meeting of Falcon School District 49’s board. If board members accept the application, Trail Ridge Academy High School’s existence will be contingent on voters passing a $130...

  • Frustrations of waiting weeks for returning soldiers dissipates with Fort Carson homecoming

    Arriving in white, unmarked buses, the 355 soldiers were escorted by Fort Carson Fire Department trucks to a parking lot. The sky was dark, the sun would not come for another 50 minutes, and it was serene. But inside the nearby event center, which doubles as recreational basketball facility, it felt like a high school pep rally. Despite the...

  • Stormwater task force says fee ready to be judged by voters

    A typical residential property owner would pay $9.14 a month if a proposed regional stormwater fee makes it on the ballot and is approved by voters in November. The Colorado Springs City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday on whether it wants the city to be part of a regional stormwater effort and form an authority with El Paso County,...

  • Body found in Colorado Springs motel on July 8 identified; cause of death unknown

    A woman found dead at a Colorado Springs motel on July 8 has been identified as Ursulee Herried, a 35-year-old Colorado Springs woman. The El Paso County Coroner’s Office has ruled the cause and manner of death as undetermined. Herried was found unresponsive in a motel room at the End of Trails Motel at 4200 North Nevada Ave., near Austin...

  • Pueblo County clerk ‘reluctantly’ stops issuing same-sex marriage licenses

    Pueblo County has stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at the request of Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. County clerks in Pueblo and Boulder began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Colorado, ruled June 25 that Utah’s gay marriage ban is...

  • Downpour overwhelms mitigation systems on Waldo Canyon burn scar

    While officials praised flood mitigation work up and down Ute Pass after rains caused road closures Wednesday, a more intense weather event three days later proved that millions of dollars of work can only do so much when heavy storms strike quickly. Saturday’s storm hit the Waldo Canyon burn area midafternoon, leaving U.S. 24 closed near...

  • Lamborn defends Veteran's Affairs committee attendance record

    DENVER - U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn says he must juggle his time sitting on three committees and six subcommittees at Capitol Hill, but his opponents are questioning why he's missed more than half of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs meetings in the past two years. "Sometimes three will meet at the same time," Lamborn said. "There is a...

  • Man shot Sunday night in quiet Colorado Springs neighborhood is identified

    The man who was fatally shot Sunday night in a south-central Colorado Springs neighborhood has been identified as Michael Garcia, 31. The Colorado Springs man was found near the rear garage entrance of a townhome on the 2000 block of St. Claire Park Alley, near U.S. 24 and Hancock Expressway, according to a police scanner. The El Paso County...

  • Body of alleged bank robber recovered from Arkansas River

    Our news partners at KKTV are reporting that crews have recovered a body from the Arkansas River near Runyon Lake in Pueblo on Monday, but they aren't saying if the body is that of alleged bank robber Jeffrey Cathcart, who reportedly jumped in and disappeared during a chase with police Thursday. Cathcart allegedly robbed the Security Service...

  • Pipe dream: Front Range project gives Colorado an edge in natural gas liquids industry

    The Front Range Pipeline that runs through eastern El Paso County has positioned Colorado to take advantage of the burgeoning market for natural gas liquids. The pipeline, which began operating in February, is expected to become increasingly important as the state's production of natural gas liquids (NGLs) continues to grow. Last year, the...

  • Police fight subpoenas in theater shootings case

    DENVER — The city of Aurora and two police officers who are potential prosecution witnesses in the Colorado theater shootings case are fighting attempts by defense attorneys to get the officers' disciplinary records. City attorneys filed motions over the weekend seeking to toss out subpoenas for the records. The officers' attorneys filed...

  • Suspicious package near downtown Colorado Springs park determined harmless

    A suspicious package near the Fountain Creek Trail in Dorchester Park, south of downtown Colorado Springs, was found to be a harmless inert device for military training, police said. Police Lt. Catherine Buckley said no roads were closed as of 2 p.m. Monday but the trail near South Nevada Avenue and Interstate 25 was temporarily blocked off as...

  • Mugshot Monday: Crime Stoppers' Most Wanted in the Pikes Peak region

    Wanted: Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued. Joseph Allan Christy, 32, is described as a 170-pound man, 5-feet 10-inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Christy is being sought on suspicion of escape. Robert Overshiner, 26, is...

  • Comedy helps pull Caleb Medley through tragedy of Aurora shootings

    As the cop guided his vehicle away from the chaos, making his third emergency run of the night to University of Colorado Hospital, he could hear the labored breathing of the injured young man in his back seat — "the most god-awful sound," as he would later describe it. That 23-year-old victim, Caleb Medley, was bleeding from the head after...

  • Colorado Springs ties aided Apollo program, first step on moon

    Forty-five years ago, millions of people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong planted his boot on moon soil. What none of those people saw, however, was the Colorado Springs residents who helped rocket Armstrong and the Apollo program's predecessors into space. It may have been, as Armstrong said on that historic day, one small step man...

  • Gay pride festival largest in Colorado Springs history

    Gay pride broke a record in Colorado Springs this weekend. More than 50,000 people came to America the Beautiful Park for cosPRIDE-FEST 24, Colorado Springs' annual gay pride festival, Saturday and Sunday according to police tally. Last year, 35,000 people attended. "I think the general attitude of Colorado Springs is changing," said Jack...

  • Denver sheriff leaves amid claims about deputies

    DENVER — Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson is stepping down after embarrassing allegations of excessive force and misconduct throughout his department. Mayor Michael Hancock announced Monday that Wilson will be temporarily replaced by Division Chief Elias Diggins while the city searches for a new sheriff. Hancock says the city will also review...

  • Public meetings explain Stormwater Task Force proposal for Colorado Springs area

    The Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force is trying to explain its stormwater prevention proposal so the public will understand why they might be asked to pay $10 a month. The task force, a citizen's group of engineers, business leaders, community activists and elected city and county officials formed in 2012, has been hosting a series of public...

  • Cyclist, a longtime Aspen resident, dies near Independence Pass

    ASPEN — A cyclist who collapsed and died near the summit of Independence Pass on Saturday was a longtime Aspen resident and experienced rider. An emergency room nurse and an EMT passing by on their way to a wilderness expedition stopped to help 51-year-old Steve Menscher on Saturday afternoon but he was pronounced dead at the scene....

  • Monument performer sings his way onto 'America's Got Talent'

    The clapping and hooting started as soon as Miguel Dakota stepped up to the microphone on NBC's "America's Got Talent." "Oh, I know what it is. I get it," said judge Howie Mandel, "because you're an attractive man." The baby-faced Dakota, a 22-year-old blues and soul singer and guitarist from Monument, proceeded to wow the four judges and...

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