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  • Boy found with gunshot wound in Colorado Springs apartment complex in critical condition

    A juvenile male was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being shot Thursday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said. The boy, whose age was not disclosed, was found in a hallway at the Pine Creek Village apartments on Chapman Drive, according to spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley. Police were called about 1:45 p.m. Kids walking...

  • Remains found at Fountain construction site could be 75 years old

    The 50- to 75-year-old skull of a teen girl was found by engineers at a Fountain construction site Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to Fountain Police Cpl. Marshall Trujillo. Engineers were installing a drainage pipe at the Ventana subdivision project on the 10000 block of Old Pueblo Road when they found the skull. An El Paso County...

  • Colorado Springs-based Diamond Materials Tech lays off 46 in cost-cutting move

    Meyer Burger Technology Ltd., the Swiss-based owner of Colorado Springs-based Diamond Materials Tech Inc., confirmed a 46-employee layoff Wednesday, the third such cost-cutting move the company has made since October. Diamond Materials, a diamond-wire cutting business, said Wednesday in a news release that it is "further optimizing the cost...

  • Colorado Springs group end guard over recruiting office; Pentagon issues order to protect such sites

    Armed civilians have stopped guarding recruiting depot in Colorado Springs, but the Pentagon on Thursday pledged its own steps to heighten security in the wake of the Tennessee shootings - including more armed troops. A memo penned by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter calls for "action plans" to improve security at recruiting offices and other...

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

    The 2015 Manitou Chamber Music Festival concludes with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and student concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Works performed range from composers of the 18th century to the present. The setting is St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 800 Manitou Ave. Tickets $10-20, manitouchambermusic festival.com....

  • Quiz: Match the controversial quote with the local lawmaker

    Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is back in the news again, this time for saying that the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay leaders "will lead to child abuse."  This isn't the first time the lawmaker had made headlines for his controversial comments, but he's hardly the only local lawmaker who has raised eyebrows....

  • Colorado Springs chef turns mountain fine dining eatery into a distillery offering smoked meats

    Victor Matthews is never at a loss of ideas for starting new projects or repurposing old concepts. Such is the case for his new Black Bear Distillery (repurposing) and Big Daddy's BBQ (new). His Black Bear Restaurant, 10375 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, was closed March 17, 2014, after he celebrated its 15th anniversary, to rebuild it...

  • Seven famous people who died in Colorado

    Over the years, a number of famous (and infamous) people have died in the Centennial State. Today, we will be taking a look at a handful of these Colorado deaths and where in the state they occurred.

  • Favorites on display at Colorado Grown Festival in Colorado Springs

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., free, $5-$10 per workshop, $15-$30 unlimited workshops, free 12 and younger with paid adult; 385-5990, cspm.org. Colorado has plenty to love, including its people, history and food. The Colorado Grown Festival at the Pioneers Museum will offer a taste of what makes our city and...

  • Vince Gill won't need to showboat at Colorado Springs show

    7 p.m. Wednesday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $47-$62; 520-7469, ticketswest.com. Country music star Vince Gill may have sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys (the record for a male country artist) and 18 Country Music Association awards, but he still comes off as just a humble guy. Witness the tender performance of...

  • Camp Shakespeare creates full-length production in one week

    By Black Box Theatre's Camp Shakespeare, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Black Box Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., $5-$10; 330-1798, blackboxdrama.com. While other kids lounged by the pool or hung out at the skateboard park, almost two dozen young teenagers busied themselves getting to know Shakespeare. Camp Shakespeare, led by Nancy Holaday, offers...

  • Springs Beer Fest marks ninth year

    1-4 p.m. Saturday at America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $35/$40 general admission, $50 VIP tickets get revelers in an hour early, available online and at the gate; 1-303-777-6887. Tickets: springsbeerfest.com. When Josh Osterhoudt, then-general manager at Bristol Brewing, partnered with Old Chicago to found the Springs Beer Fest...

  • Live video: Jurors instructed on reasons to spare Colorado gunman's life

    CENTENNIAL — Jurors in the Colorado movie theater trial received instructions Thursday before their next round of deliberations to decide if there are any reasons to override a potential death penalty and sentence James Holmes to life without parole for 12 murders and 70 attempted murders. The lengthy instructions were the last step before...

  • Pueblo police investigating body found during house fire as homicide

    The investigation into the death of an elderly woman has shifted from a suspicious death investigation to a homicide case, according to KKTV. When firefighters responded to a small fire in a home near Runyan Lake in Pueblo, they found the body of a 77-year-old woman inside. The scene didn't look right to firefighters, and police were...

  • Fired Colorado police officer to get his job back after pinning woman's neck with knee

    A Denver Police Department officer will be reinstated after he was fired for using excessive force against a female suspect inside a holding cell, according to the Denver Post. Patrolman James Medina appealed his termination, and Civil Service Commission hearing officer Terry Tomsick ruled Wednesday that he instead should serve a 60-day...

  • 2015 summer bucket list: Ten things to do before fall arrives

    Attention: The end of summer is (sadly) almost here. Consider this your warm-weather wakeup call. Now that July is over, your days of mountain climbing, grilling out and seeing high temperatures on your phone's weather app are numbered. Read on for 10 ideas that'll make the rest of your Colorado summer shine. Sip on a beerfest: With Coors...

  • Free showing of 'Big Hero 6' Thursday in Colorado Springs

    The Promenade Shops at Briargate's 8th Annual Pictures on the Promenade will feature the 2014 Disney family comedy animated film "Big Hero 6" on Thursday, July 30. Admission is free. Bring chairs and blankets. Pre-movie fun will begin at 7 p.m. The movie will begin at sundown in the East Parking lot of the Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885...

  • Colorado Springs couple transforms area summits into temporary radio stations

    Stuck on the summit without a signal? Stay calm and reach for the breath mints - at least that's the unlikely advice that Frank and Lynn Skinner might offer. The husband and wife from Colorado Springs spend weekends hunting for radio signals on summits across the Pikes Peak region. They manage to snag them by means of a gizmo that would...

  • Trailer rollover in north Colorado Springs stalls traffic on I-25

    Traffic on northbound Interstate 25 is backed up from North Nevada Avenue to Woodman Road after a trailer unhitched from a recreational vehicle and rolled over, Colorado Springs police said. There were no people in the trailer and there are no injuries, according to police. The right northbound lanes are blocked, but the left lanes are...

  • Top 10 Colorado Springs places to celebrate Colorado Day

    Saturday is Colorado Day. Why do you love Colorado? We asked readers on The Gazette's Facebook page and dozens of readers responded.

  • Suspect in Colorado marijuana dispensary theft arrested in Missouri

    ASPEN — Police have arrested the man they say was armed with a hammer when he robbed an Aspen marijuana dispensary of $11,000 worth of the drug. Police had been communicating with 21-year-old Hayden May through his family, and the suspect was expected to turn himself in by 5 p.m. Wednesday. When he hadn't shown up by 5:45 p.m., police...

  • Police say bad batch of LSD could be in Boulder County

    BOULDER — A bad batch of LSD may be circulating in Boulder County, and police say the drug could have influenced the behavior of a University of Colorado student who was fatally shot by police. The Daily Camera reports (http://bit.ly/1eCMT2J) 22-year-old Samuel Fogey is suspected of taking LSD and attacking residents with a knife Monday...

  • Gay Boy Scout leaders statement has Klingenschmitt under fire again

    DENVER - Rep. Grodon Klingenschmitt, a Colorado Springs Republican who frequently finds himself in trouble for his religious-right speech, admonished the Boy Scouts of America for ending a ban on gay leaders, saying it opened the door for child molestation. There was an immediate outcry to Klingenschmitt's segment, which was part of an online...

  • Lane closures expected to cause delays in Colorado Springs

    Lane closures on Colorado Avenue for bridge maintenance work are expected to cause delays in Colorado Springs this week. Single lane closures on Colorado, between Cascade Avenue and the Interstate 25 overpass will occur Thursday and Friday, according to a city news release. Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

  • Colorado Springs man convicted of murder

    A 44-year-old Colorado Springs man was found guilty Wednesday of murder. A jury convicted John Lorenz of second-degree murder and felony menacing, according to Lee Richards, a spokeswoman for the 4th Judicial District Court. Lorenz killed Paul John Lattner, 38, who lived in his house. Other men who lived with them, on Northridge Place in...

  • U.S. 24 bridge replacement begins next week

    Lane closures on U.S. 24 east of Falcon could cause delays for drivers starting Monday. Crews are widening the highway and replacing a bridge near the Stapleton Drive intersection, according to an El Paso County news release, and work is expected to occur between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.. Drivers are asked to take alternate routes, the...

  • Man injured while throwing fireworks from car, Colorado Springs police say

    A man was hospitalized Wednesday night after a firework exploded on him while he was lighting them and throwing them out the window of a car, Colorado Springs police said. The incident happened at Afternoon Circle and Dawn Break Loop, in the area of Fountain Boulevard and Chelton Road. Initial calls for help reported shots fired or a possible...

  • Judge: Oil field work caused Weld County man's death

    LOVELAND — A judge's decision that the death of a Weld County oil and gas worker was caused by exposure to hydrocarbons could have major implications for the industry. Federal health officials are taking a closer look at the dangers of "tank gauging," the practice of measuring oil levels after opening a tank hatch, The Denver Post reported...

  • Pueblo mourns teen who died playing Russian roulette

    PUEBLO — Friends and relatives of a Pueblo teen who died playing Russian roulette say the boy was sweet but also a daredevil. Seventeen-year-old Cruisito Leiba died Monday at an apartment party in northeast Pueblo. Friends and relatives tell KKTV (http://bit.ly/1D9lcdR ) that they're shocked by the death. Witnesses told police that the...

  • Friday project may cause delays on El Paso County road

    Lane closures for a culvert-installation project may cause delays for drivers traveling on El Paso County's Judge Orr Road Friday. The work, near Curtis Road east of Falcon, is expected to take place between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., according to an El Paso County news release. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes, the release said, and...

  • Opening of new Colorado Springs resort and water park targeted for fall 2016

    Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Resorts says it will spend $90 million to transform the unfinished Renaissance Hotel into a family-style resort, which will open in late fall 2016 with a water park, restaurants, children's entertainment and meeting space. The company, which operates 13 resorts in North America, plans to start work within about a...

  • UCCS to honor former dean who left a legacy in health care

    Nursing education wouldn't be as healthy and strong as it is in Colorado Springs if it weren't for a visionary woman who will be remembered Sunday with a community celebration and unveiling of plans to continue her legacy. The late Carole Schoffstall's contributions to Colorado Springs health care will be highlighted at the event, starting at...

  • Colorado Day: Do you have the Colorado smarts to pass our quiz?

    Saturday is Colorado Day and to honor our lovely home, The Gazette has created a fun quiz. Remember, it's all in fun so try to stay away from Google search. Don't forget to post your results on Facebook so your friends can try. Why do you love Colorado? We asked readers on The Gazette's Facebook page and dozen of readers responded. Here...

  • Colorado Springs ink company wins trade secrets verdict

    Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI), a Colorado Springs company best-known for producing temperature-sensitive inks used to indicate when Molson Coors Brewing Co. beer is cold, has won a jury verdict against four ex-employees and their company for allegedly misappropriating trade secrets. The jury found in June that Springs-based SilverFox...

  • Police investigate robberies at two city parks

    Three masked men - armed with a handgun and stun gun - robbed several people at two city parks, injuring two of the victims before they got away with money and personal items early Wednesday, Colorado Springs police said. Around 4 a.m., officers responded to the gravel pit area of North Cheyenne Canon Park on Gold Camp Road, where police...

  • Colorado shooter's mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help

    CENTENNIAL — James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday that she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son's campus psychiatrist never told her that James Holmes had homicidal thoughts when she called...

  • Fine Arts Center's August First Friday reception promises music, cocktails, demos

    The Fine Arts Center's First Friday Art Walk for Autust will be held on Aug. 7. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. there will be cocktails, music by DJ Prominent, giveaways, demos by three local artists, discounts and a behind-the-scenes look at "Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico." Featured artist Karen Fisher, of Denver,...

  • Lockheed reduces layoff projections for Colorado Springs workers

    Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday it sent out just 115 layoff notices to employees in Colorado Springs due to "a change in business projections." The defense giant had initially planned to tell 270 local employees they would lose their jobs in September when a key contract ends and moves to Raytheon Co., unless the Government Accountability...

  • Sports physicals for Colorado Springs student athletes held Saturday

    Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group will offer sports physicals to student athletes of Colorado Springs School District 11 and Academy School District 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the medical group's north campus at 4110 Briargate Parkway, Suite 300. Orthopedists and medical specialists will be on-site to provide the exam and assessment and...

  • Colorado Springs car dealerships collecting school supplies

    Larry H. Miller Dealerships in Colorado Springs, in conjunction with Volunteers of America, are participating in a "Stuff for Student's school supply drive, starting Friday and running through Aug. 31. Backpacks, pens, pencils, filler paper, two-pocket folders, spiral notebooks, crayons, markers, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, protractors,...

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