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  • Suthers throws hat in the ring to become Colorado Springs mayor

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Tuesday morning he will run for mayor of Colorado Springs in April 2015. Suthers, 62, had been mulling the question for months, and said in May that he would make up his mind in September. Suthers' announcement comes one day after El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen announced she will run for...

  • Army helicopter helps clear marijuana grow near Colorado town

    LONGMONT — Authorities are using a national guard helicopter to help remove a marijuana growing operation from a remote and mountainous area near Longmont. Boulder County sheriff's Cmdr. Heidi Prentup says hikers found about 400 plants growing on a hillside in the South St. Vrain Canyon on Aug. 25. She says the grow is established, with...

  • First-person account: The attempts to help one Colorado Springs homeless man change his ways

    Standing in the chilly dark, under the bridge at 31st Street and West Colorado Avenue that he calls home, Calvin Muzzy described his hopes for the future: a warm, bright apartment he'll share with his best friend, Pete Hill. - There will be no more wicked cold nights huddled near Fountain Creek. No more unprovoked beatings from other homeless,...

  • Search for homelessness solutions in Colorado Springs continues, even after some thought they had answers

    Five years ago, homeless camps crowded the banks of Monument and Fountain creeks, garnering national attention and engaging the community like few other issues have. - Everyone, it seemed, had a solution: Start a day center where people could hang out, work on job skills and get services. Turn private property into a campground with amenities...

  • Colorado struggles to adjust marijuana supply

    DENVER — Colorado's pot regulators are trying to make sure the state's marijuana growers aren't producing more pot than they can legally sell — a hedge against Colorado-grown pot ending up in states where it's not legal. But a new set of marijuana production standards up for public review Tuesday sparked a lively debate and highlighted...

  • A day in the life of a Colorado Springs family: 'I just get up because I have to'

    As Josephine and Timothy Thill wrangle their three kids out of a store in Colorado Springs, the oldest stops in the doorway to ask what other errands they need to run. "Next stop - the shelter!" Josephine says. "You seriously said that out loud?" Amiracle says. Josephine shrugs. It's just a fact: Home for now is the Salvation 
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  • Northern Colorado plane crash kills 3 sons, mom, boyfriend

    ERIE — Grief counselors are meeting with students who lost three friends in a small plane crash north of Denver over the holiday weekend. Sunday's crash near the Erie Municipal Airport killed real estate lawyer Oliver Frascona, his girlfriend, Tori Rains-Wedan, and her three sons —15-year-old Mason Wedan and 11-year-old twins Austin and...

  • McDonald's kicks off new school year with free breakfast to Colorado K-8th graders

    Breakfast is on the house Wednesday, for kindergartners through eighth graders in Colorado. The house of Ronald McDonald, that is. McDonald's restaurants throughout the state will supply free breakfast to children under age 15, who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The promotion runs from 6 to 9 a.m. Wednesday. Kids get a choice...

  • County Commissioner Amy Lathen says she'll run for Colorado Springs mayor

    El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen plans to run for Colorado Springs mayor in April's municipal election. Lathen, who represents District 2, said she originally was not going to run but changed her mind after receiving encouragement to do so. "It came as a result of so many discussions with people and really knowing that there's just...

  • Thousands spend Labor Day at Fountain's Fall Festival

    The unofficial end to summer brought floats, music and thousands of people to the streets of Fountain on Monday for the city's annual Fall Festival. The event, in its 45th year, featured a morning parade followed by a celebration at John Metcalfe Park, and was themed "45 Years of Memories." Hours before the parade, people lined the...

  • Multiple wrecks clog morning commute in Colorado Springs, El Paso County

    A string of wrecks across Colorado Springs and El Paso County have tied up Tuesday morning's commute and kept police and Colorado State Patrol busy. The driver of a Ford F350 was not injured when the pickup truck pulling a utility bed went off westbound U.S. 24 about one mile east of Cascade and rolled over onto a creek about 50 feet from the...

  • Man shoots self during traffic stop in Colorado Springs

    Colorado Springs police say a man who fumbled with a gun during a traffic stop early Sunday accidentally shot himself. Police were pulling over a back Honda near the intersection of 29th Street and West Platte Avenue when officers say they heard the gunfire. "Officer Csikesz observed the driver's side door open and heard a pop that sounded...

  • 'Popular, talented' Palmer Ridge seniors remembered after fatal auto crash

    Described as personable, popular and talented, Beau Begier and Ryan Pappas were remembered Monday night during a vigil outside Palmer Ridge High School, where only days earlier they had embarked on their senior year. The two student-athletes from Monument died early Monday in a single vehicle crash that also injured classmate Mitchell Clark,...

  • Your photos: Best of the Colorado Balloon Classic

    Seventy-seven balloons are on the docket at the 38th annual Colorado Balloon Classic. About 200,000 to 250,000 people attend the free event every year, says president Patsy Buchwald. They come for the early morning ascension of balloons and for the evening Balloon Glo, where balloons stay grounded but lit up. The event runs Saturday through...

  • Fort Carson soldier killed while trying to cross Interstate 25 ID'd

    A 23-year-old Fort Carson soldier who died after he was struck by two cars on Interstate 25 near midnight Saturday was identified as Spc. Timothy Brett Alexander. Alexander was from Hinesville, Ga., and arrived at Fort Carson in July 2013. He entered the Army in February 2011. He served as a cavalry scout in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team....

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: Reasons for homelessness in Colorado Springs

    a fuller picture They're often referred to as "the homeless," a term that paints a monolithic picture of a population whose only shared attribute is the lack of a permanent home. Each person has a unique story about becoming homeless, and Pikes Peak United Way has worked to give them voice in a project called "Shining a Light on...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: 3 Western U.S. cities decrease homeless populations

    Three Western cities have seen sizable decreases in their overall homeless numbers, particularly in the chronic homeless population, and much of the credit is given to programs that follow a Housing First model. As the name implies, Housing First-type programs provide a stable home to homeless people first, then help them address underlying...

  • HOMELESS DAY ONE: Details, more about homeless youth in Colorado Springs

    According to the city's 2014 Point in Time survey - a one-day snapshot of homelessness conducted in January - 116 youths ages 18 to 24 were homeless in Colorado Springs that day. But Shawna Kemppainen, executive director of Urban Peak youth shelter in Colorado Springs, said the survey might not paint the most complete picture of youth...

  • Upper portion of Mount Evans highway closing Tuesday

    Top of Mount Evans
highway closing IDAHO SPRINGS - Transportation officials are planning to close the top part of the highway up Mount Evans for the season Tuesday morning. Colorado Highway 5 provides access to the top of the mountain, which rises to more than 14,000 feet. The Colorado Department of Transportation closes a 5-mile section of...

  • This week: Mark your calendar for these events in the Colorado Springs area

    The Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 45th Labor Day Fall Festival on Monday. The festivities kick off with a parade at 10 a.m., and the festival continues until 4 p.m. at John Metcalfe Park. Colorado College's Opening Convocation is at 9 a.m. Monday in Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. The ceremony marks the...

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