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  • Woman, 46, arrested after fire in Manitou Springs historic district

    Manitou Springs residents jumped from a second-floor window late Saturday morning after a woman allegedly set fire to the house where they lived. The woman, identified as Nicchi Ladawn, was arrested after calling the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and admitting to starting the fire at 507 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs police said. The woman,...

  • New spa in Manitou Springs will showcase the city's historic mineral waters

    Manitou Springs' history runs deep below the city in the form of bubbling mineral springs, which were embraced first by Native Americans and later health seekers who believed in the healing power of the waters. - When the SunWater Spa fully opens in a few weeks in Manitou, it will tap into that history to create what its founders say will be...

  • Man dies after being hit by bullet at Pike National Forest campsite

    A 60-year-old man died Friday in Rainbow Falls Park between Woodland Park and Deckers after deputies believe he was hit by a stray bullet, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. The man, who was not named, was with family members at a campsite in Pike National Forest when he was shot, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. He was...

  • Colorado Springs woman drowns while tubing in southern Colorado

    A 33-year-old Colorado Springs woman drowned in an Otero County reservoir Saturday, Sheriff Shawn Mobley confirmed. The woman, who was not identified, was riding in a tube pulled behind a jet ski around 11 a.m. when the drowning occurred in Holbrook Reservoir, Mobley said in an email. The Otero County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Parks and...

  • Police: Crash near Memorial Park likely to slow traffic after fireworks show

    Colorado Springs police are reporting three crashes late Saturday night. One at Fountain Boulevard and Cedar Street is an injury crash and is expected to affect traffic in the Memorial Park area after the fireworks show. Another crash on Interstate 25 naer milemarker 131 is affecting southbound traffic. The wreck is a rollover with...

  • Denver police: Mom of toddler left at fireworks show found out of state

    Denver police announced Saturday night that they'd located the family of a young girl found in a stroller in the middle of Civic Center park after the pre-Independence Day fireworks show Friday night. The girl was found after the ending of the fireworks show. A call was made to police at 10:05 p.m. She was found unaccompanied by any adults,...

  • Threat to Southwest flight that landed in Denver deemed not credible by FBI

    DENVER — An unspecified security threat that led authorities to check a Southwest Airlines plane after it landed at Denver International Airport has been determined to be not credible, the FBI said. Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI, told the Denver Post in an email, "The threat was deemed non-credible at this time," but she would not...

  • Where to watch Fourth of July weekend fireworks in the Colorado Springs area

    There will be several licensed fireworks displays throughout El Paso and Teller Counties on the Fourth of July. Here's a list: - Know the rules if you're lighting up fireworks Saturday - In Cripple Creek at 9:30 p.m., at City Park on the corner of Bennett Avenue and 1st Street - In Woodland Park at 9:30 p.m., at the Ute Pass Cultural...

  • Man drowns on Colorado rafting trip

    IDAHO SPRINGS - A 20-year-old drowned on a rafting trip on Clear Creek near Idaho Springs. The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened around noon Saturday. The man has not been identified. The sheriff's office reports that the drowning happened between Idaho Springs and Golden. He could not be revived when pulled...

  • Fireworks shoot into Colorado crowd; 9 suffer minor burns

    AVON — Officials say nine people suffered minor burns during an accident at a fireworks show in Colorado. Virginia Egger, the town manager in Avon, says a malfunction caused a fireworks shell to explode in its tube rather than firing into the sky Friday night. She says the misfired shell caused a rack of shells to tip, causing two or three...

  • Brief flood advisory issued for Waldo Canyon burn scar area

    A brief flood advisory was issued Saturday for the Waldo Canyon burn scar area in northwest El Paso County, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. At 12:52 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain in western El Paso County - including Manitou Springs and western Colorado Springs. The advisory expired at 1:54 p.m.

  • Gay marriage opponents propose 2 Colorado ballot measures

    DENVER — Opponents of gay marriage have proposed two Colorado ballot measures in response to the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide. One measure would redefine same-sex marriages in Colorado as civil unions. A second initiative would allow wedding-related businesses opposed to gay marriage to hire a...

  • Meth, cocaine, heroin and marijuana all in one day, say Colorado Springs police

    A man was arrested on traffic charges, attempting to influence a public servant and various narcotics charges after a traffic stop Friday afternoon, according to Colorado Springs police.  Gregory Collins, 50, was stopped at the intersection of Fountain Boulevard and Chelton Road for not having a license plate on his motorcycle. When...

  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic director expects record crowd at Fourth of July concert

    What goes better with the boom of fireworks than a side of symphony? Back for its 43rd round, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will light up Memorial Park on the Fourth with tunes and plenty of red, white and blue to go around. "It's an event that makes our community great - it's a gift back to the community to make us all stronger," said...

  • Pilot killed in Flight-for-Life helicopter crash near Frisco identified

    The pilot was killed and two other people injured Friday afternoon when a Flight-for-Life helicopter burst into flames shortly after taking off near Frisco. Air Methods, the contractor that operates the helicopter, also reported the flight paramedic and flight nurse on board the aircraft were injured. "The FAA and the NTSB have our full...

  • Teller County Sheriff's Office investigating shots fired at Victor city employee

    An incident in which a Victor employee reported the back window of her road grader cab was shattered by at least one shot as she worked on a dirt road in the small town southeast of Cripple Creek is under investigation, the Teller County Sheriff's Office said Friday. Toni Tomei told The Gazette she was grading a dirt road about 1:30 p.m....

  • Colorado Springs' Red Rock Canyon Open Space reopens to enthusiastic hikers

    The parking lot was full, the trails were busy and the hikers were happy. After damage from record rains forced its closure for more than six weeks, the Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs reopened Friday to eager visitors who trekked up and down its winding trails and generally gave thumbs-up to repairs that restored the scenic...

  • Colorado Springs rodeo lets cowboys show skills they use every day

    These cowboys are not actors, the rodeo emcee said early Friday night. These guys are the real deal, and they're the reason juicy burgers are available for Fourth of July picnics. The Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo is the real deal, too, said Randy Lewis, who has been the event's master of ceremonies 11 times in its 13-year...

  • El Paso County teens fire back at tobacco industry's targeting of youth

    In March, a pack of 11- to 17-year-olds from Hillside Community Center slipped into a gas station convenience store on something of a tobacco scavenger hunt. The six kids - part of the El Paso County Public Health's campaign Tobacco Targets Youth - feigned interest in aisles of snacks as they snooped for evidence of the tobacco industry in...

  • UPDATE: Flood advisories lifted for El Paso, Teller counties

    All flood advisories for Teller and El Paso counties were lifted as of 9 p.m. Friday. Heavy rain and some hail was reported throughout the region, causing some localized street flooding. Advisories had been issued for east-central Teller County and western and north-central El Paso County as the storms moved through. Hail was reported in...

  • Must See Must Do: Best bets for fun this holiday weekend around Colorado Springs

    Here's a look at some of your best entertainment options in the Colorado Springs area over the long holiday weekend and beyond: - Busy rodeo time this week starts with Friday's Ride for the Brand and a yummy rib cook-off at Norris-Penrose Event Center. Teams from all over the West will compete for their legendary brands in traditional...

  • LIST: Eight festivals to attend in Colorado

    Crested Butte Wildflower Festival: They don't call it the Wildflower Capital of Colorado for nothing. Wildflowers bloom all summer, but from July 13 to July 19, the little town celebrates flower power with guided hikes, garden tours and more. More info: crestedbuttewild flowerfestival.com Underground Music Showcase: Denver's nonprofit indie...

  • Recreational marijuana advocates want Denver voters to allow use in bars, clubs

    DENVER - Authors of the constitutional amendment that legalized marijuana in Colorado want to legalize public recreational pot clubs in Denver, while Colorado Springs officials work in the opposite direction. Denver, which does allow private pot clubs, forbids the consumption of marijuana at public venues like bars, restaurants, clubs or...

  • Coroner rules on death of Colorado Springs shooting victim

    A 24-year-old man who was found shot to death Thursday morning at an apartment complex on Colorado Springs' northeast side had committed suicide, the Colorado Springs Police Department said Friday after an El Paso County Coroner's Office autopsy. The man was identified as Daniel Pate of Colorado Springs and the cause of death was described as...

  • Southern Colorado shelter says fireworks driving dog boom

    PUEBLO — Holiday fireworks are being blamed for a huge spike in dogs coming to an animal shelter in Pueblo. The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/1CQov40 ) that the dog population at PAWS for Life has doubled in the last week. Manager and acting director Linda Mitchell says the increase is caused by holiday fireworks. The blasts spook...

  • Family looks back at the disappearance of Colorado Springs woman who vanished four years ago

    For the last four years, Sarah Heriford and her siblings kept renting the house where their mother, Debbie Heriford, last lived. "Just on the off chance that this would be where Mom would come back," Sarah said. The last place Debbie was seen was in her neighborhood walking her dog near Maroon Bells Avenue in north Colorado Springs. She had...

  • Watch what Fourth of July fireworks you light in Pikes Peak region

    Don't get burned by not knowing what you can and cannot celebrate with on the Fourth of July - keep this information in mind to stay safe and legal with fireworks this holiday weekend. In El Paso County, only certain fireworks are restricted, while fountain and ground spinner fireworks, smoke bombs and sparklers are permissible. Trick...

  • Colorado Guard jets to stage July Fourth flyovers

    BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE — F-16 fighter jets from the Colorado Air National Guard will stage seven flyovers across the state for July Fourth parades and celebrations. Jets will appear over Monument, Firestone, Lake City, Ouray, Redstone, Silverton and Telluride. No times for the flyovers were released.

  • Woman who fell 400 feet to death at Royal Gorge ID'd

    CANON CITY — Authorities have released the name of a woman who fell about 400 feet to her death at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in southern Colorado. The Fremont County coroner's office identified the woman Thursday as 45-year-old Denise McLean, of Wylie, Texas. Her death has been ruled an accident. The Canon City Daily Record reports...

  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space set to reopen; popular Colorado Springs fountain closed

    The flood-battered Red Rock Canyon Open Space will reopen Friday, a little more than six weeks after it was closed for repairs amid record rainfall, city officials said Thursday. Repairs to trails, roads and other features have addressed most of the city's safety concerns, though work is expected to continue in the park for two to three...

  • World War II POWs from Colorado get long-delayed medals

    LAKEWOOD — Stooped with age but still smiling and joking, three Colorado veterans who were taken prisoner by the German military in World War II got their medals Thursday, more than 70 years after they were liberated. "It's overwhelming to me, to see this turnout," 89-year-old John Pederson said after a ceremony in suburban Denver before...

  • Audit: Colorado Springs may owe feds millions in mismanaged housing funds

    The Colorado Springs housing division must provide documentation to show how it spent more than $9 million of federal funds or pay it back after a new audit revealed problems in how two grant programs were managed. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General reports released Tuesday built on previous...

  • Colorado Springs Utilities to pay $7.1 million to settle lawsuit with Pueblo County rancher

    Colorado Springs Utilities will pay Walker Ranches $7.1 million to settle a lawsuit that prompted a Pueblo County jury to award rancher Gary Walker $4.75 million for damage to his land, or $5.78 million including interest. Utilities announced the settlement Thursday. It had appealed the jury decision May 7, followed by Walker's appeal May 14....

  • One dead, one sent to hospital in Colorado Springs shooting

    A man was found dead and a woman was taken to a hospital after a shooting early Thursday at a northeast Colorado Springs apartment complex, according to police. Two young children, whose ages were not immediately available, were in the apartment but are safe with authorities, police said. Information on their relationship to the man and...

  • Subsidiary of Colorado Springs medical manufacturer wins $20 million court judgment

    A subsidiary of Colorado Springs-based medical laser manufacturer Spectranetics Corp. has won a $20 million judgment against its co-founder - who developed a competing product while with the company, yet allegedly failed to make it available to the firm. In 2012, AngioScore Inc., acquired by Spectranetics last year, sued Eitan Konstantino, its...

  • Colorado camp resort for marijuana users falls through

    DURANGO — A planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing. But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting CannaCamp announced Thursday that the resort won't open after...

  • Mudslides close campground in Chaffee County

    Mudslides forced the evacuation of the Cottonwood Lake campground in Chaffee County Thursday night into Friday, on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend. Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said Cottonwood Lake on County Road 344 saw heavy thunderstorms around 4:30 p.m., which caused at least six mudslides. The slides were at least 100 feet...

  • Jury convicts Colorado woman accused of running husband over with car

    BRIGHTON — A jury has convicted a woman accused of killing her husband by running him over with her car after an argument in Westminster. The Adams County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that 39-year-old Nancy Jo Arias was found guilty of vehicular homicide, DUI and manslaughter in the Aug. 11 death of 38-year-old Phillip...

  • El Paso County Sheriff's Office: Teen missing since May found and is safe

    The El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported around 7 p.m. Thursday that a teen missing for several weeks has been found safely in northeast Colorado Springs. Dorien McClendon, 15, from the Ellicott area, was last seen in eastern El Paso County on May 27, according to the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office asked just before 6 p.m....

  • Photos and video: Longhorn cattle drive in downtown Colorado Springs

    Longhorn cattle was herded sown Tejon Street on Thursday as a promotion for this weekend's Ride for the Brand Rodeo.

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