<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Wed, 05 Aug 2015 04:23:58 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hillary Clinton goes after Bush in first Colorado campaign stop]]> http://gazette.com/hillary-clinton-goes-after-bush-in-first-colorado-campaign-stop/article/1556815?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hillary-clinton-goes-after-bush-in-first-colorado-campaign-stop/article/1556815?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Hillary Clinton wasted no time jumping on Republican efforts in Congress to de-fund Planned Parenthood when she spoke to a group of 300 supporters of her 2016 presidential bid packed into La Rumba nightclub on Tuesday.

"I'm really tired of women being shamed and blamed and dismissed," Clinton said. "When you attack Planned Parenthood, you attack women's health. And when you attack women's health, you attack America's health."

Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that provides women free health services, including abortions, has come under fire for how it uses parts of aborted fetuses intended for scientific research.



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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:02:44 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County approves ambulance permits]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-approves-ambulance-permits/article/1556811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-approves-ambulance-permits/article/1556811?custom_click=rss The Board of El Paso County Commissioners approved four annual ambulance permits on Tuesday, three for American Medical Response Inc., and one for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

The four vehicles passed inspections and will join the existing fleet of ambulances that serve the county. The AMR vehicles will serve the entire county, where as the fire department vehicle will serve the city.

The AMR operating permits will be effective as of Sept. 1 and will expire Aug. 31, 2016. One ambulance permit for the fire department was issued effective July 1. It will expire June 30, 2016.

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]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 20:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Pikes Peak Solar Garden is 10,000 panels strong]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-solar-garden-is-10000-panels-strong/article/1556808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-solar-garden-is-10000-panels-strong/article/1556808?custom_click=rss

Swaths of spindly black-eyed susans seemed to nod in agreement Tuesday as 10,000 silvery panels they encircled stood soaking up sunshine and converting it into energy.

It was celebration time at the Pikes Peak Solar Garden, which is generating solar energy for those who don't want panels on their rooftops.

Shares of energy from the 2-megawatt garden, Colorado Springs' biggest, were snapped up more than a year ago, and about 20 would-be subscribers have been relegated to a waiting list.

Delivery starts in September, when the energy is poured into the grid for Colorado Springs Utilities, which then doles it out and credits customers, who pay garden developer SunShare for their piece of the action.

Manitou Springs



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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:37:28 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County may have tougher time getting state help to pay for disaster repairs]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-may-have-tougher-time-getting-state-help-to-pay-for-disaster-repairs/article/1556795?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-may-have-tougher-time-getting-state-help-to-pay-for-disaster-repairs/article/1556795?custom_click=rss

For the first time in years, El Paso County could face a future of disaster recovery without guaranteed financial help from the state, which could pose problems for a county still trying to pay for previous disasters.

In a Tuesday county commissioners board meeting, budget officer Nicola Sapp told the commissioners that the state of Colorado announced that it doesn't intend to openly offer money to help counties cover the costs incurred from Colorado's latest disaster, heavy spring rains. That leaves El Paso County with a growing bill of disaster recovery projects that it could have to fund alone unless the county can convince the state otherwise, Sapp said.

The projects' costs range from the hundreds of thousands to millions



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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:51:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Report: El Paso County agency did not follow protocol when awarding disaster contracts]]> http://gazette.com/report-el-paso-county-agency-did-not-follow-protocol-when-awarding-disaster-contracts/article/1556740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-el-paso-county-agency-did-not-follow-protocol-when-awarding-disaster-contracts/article/1556740?custom_click=rss

In the months following the 2013 Black Forest fire, Mountain View Electric Association failed to follow federal protocols, according to a federal Office of Inspector General report released last month.

In light of the Mountain View's failure to use competitive bidding processes and record how contract decisions were made, the report asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to rescind its agreement to give millions of dollars to the association to help cover the cost of repairs. If FEMA agrees with the report's suggestion, Mountain View, which put more than $7.4 million into fire-related work, could have to swallow $4 million or pay some money back to the federal government.



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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 09:09:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Clean Power Plan will have profound effects on Colorado Springs Utilities]]> http://gazette.com/clean-power-plan-will-have-profound-effects-on-colorado-springs-utilities/article/1556731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clean-power-plan-will-have-profound-effects-on-colorado-springs-utilities/article/1556731?custom_click=rss

The federal Clean Power Plan released Monday will have profound effects on Colorado Springs Utilities, but the extent of those won't be certain until the state decides how to meet CPP requirements.

The plan, crafted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and released by President Barack Obama, calls for reduced carbon pollution from electric plants, such as the Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs.

Carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced by 28 percent in Colorado and by 32 percent nationally from 2005 levels by 2030.



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Tue, 04 Aug 2015 06:53:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Light the Drake movement an outrage to some in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/light-the-drake-movement-an-outrage-to-some-in-colorado-springs/article/1556719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/light-the-drake-movement-an-outrage-to-some-in-colorado-springs/article/1556719?custom_click=rss

Some find it artsy and innovative, but a move to "Light the Drake" with colorful LED lights has outraged Colorado Springs health and environmental activists.

"We just don't think it's appropriate to glorify that (Martin Drake Power Plant) as if it's benign," said science teacher Laura van der Pol. "If they wanted to put on a skull and crossbones or numbers showing the nitrogen oxides put into our air, OK. But not masking it as something beautiful we should glorify."

Emissions from Drake kill five people a year and induce eight heart attacks and 100 asthma attacks, says a 2014 study by the Boston-based Clean Air Task Force, which has two Ph.D. advisors from Harvard University and another from the Massachusetts Institute of



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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 16:07:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Mark your calendar: What's happening this week around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/mark-your-calendar-whats-happening-this-week-around-colorado-springs/article/1556694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mark-your-calendar-whats-happening-this-week-around-colorado-springs/article/1556694?custom_click=rss Here's are some of the top happenings in the Colorado Springs area this 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 release said, and the speed limit though the construction zone will be reduced.

- Beginning Monday, the Midland Trail Interstate 25 underpass connecting to America the Beautiful Park will be closed as part of the I-25/Cimarron Street interchange project. The closure of the underpass was delayed two



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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:48:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Democratic governors share lessons learned from shootings]]> http://gazette.com/democratic-governors-share-lessons-learned-from-shootings/article/1556662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/democratic-governors-share-lessons-learned-from-shootings/article/1556662?custom_click=rss ASPEN — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon shared their thoughts Saturday at a conference in Aspen on shooting tragedies that have dominated their time in office, including the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the James Holmes' theater shootings in Aurora.

Hickenlooper said he is a supporter of universal background checks for gun buyers, but conservative critics in elected office contend that "crooks aren't stupid — they're not going to get a background check."

During a debate over gun laws in Colorado, Hickenlooper's staff cited statistics from states that had background checks in place in 2012.



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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 15:15:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper begins new state tour to sell TABOR fix]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-begins-new-state-tour-to-sell-tabor-fix/article/1556622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-begins-new-state-tour-to-sell-tabor-fix/article/1556622?custom_click=rss

LEADVILLE — Gov. John Hickenlooper is launching a statewide tour to push for a change in how the state spends money, asking Coloradans to help him overhaul the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, also known as TABOR.

Hickenlooper wants to exempt the hospital provider fee from state revenue collections under TABOR because it pushes Colorado over the constitutional revenue cap, prompting taxpayer refunds the following year even as the state struggles to adequately fund priority areas.

If the fee were removed from TABOR, Colorado's revenues would fall under the cap and the state would have $200 million more to spend on road projects and classrooms, the governor said.

"People love rebates.



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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:42:33 -0600
<![CDATA[3 new laws will benefit Colorado veterans]]> http://gazette.com/3-new-laws-will-benefit-colorado-veterans/article/1556606?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-new-laws-will-benefit-colorado-veterans/article/1556606?custom_click=rss A measure that will allow military honors to be displayed on handicap license plates is one of three veteran-friendly Colorado General Assembly measures becoming law Wednesday.

Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Kit Roupe said she wrote HB-1026 to give extra honor to those disabled in combat by allowing handicap license plates that display military medals, including the Purple Heart.

"I had a gentleman come to me on this who had lost both of his legs in Vietnam," Roupe said Friday. "He became crippled in service to our country and that's a critical thing."

The state has special plates for top medals for military valor and distinction, including the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and

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]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:05:08 -0600 <![CDATA[El Paso County commissioners to consider Yankowski as full-time administrator]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-commissioners-to-consider-yankowski-as-full-time-administrator/article/1556603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-commissioners-to-consider-yankowski-as-full-time-administrator/article/1556603?custom_click=rss The Board of El Paso County Commissioners on Aug. 11 will decide whether to remove Henry Yankowski's interim tag to make him permanent El Paso County Administrator.

Yankowski has been interim administrator since June 4, when he was appointed to replace Jeff Greene, who left the position to be Chief of Staff for Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

While interim administrator, Yankowski has maintained his role as Building Official with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. If he is permanently appointed, he will have to vacate the RBC position.

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]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:14:59 -0600 <![CDATA[Klingenschmitt interviews 'new friend' with molestation convictions]]> http://gazette.com/klingenschmitt-interviews-new-friend-with-molestation-convictions/article/1556591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klingenschmitt-interviews-new-friend-with-molestation-convictions/article/1556591?custom_click=rss  

A few weeks before Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt found himself in hot water for saying Jesus said child molesters should be drowned, he interviewed a man on his show who has been convicted twice of sexual assault on a child and called him a "new friend."

David Dorty, who is active in El Paso County politics and is with the American Conservatives of Color, appeared on Klingenschmittt's video ministry Pray in Jesus' Name (PIJN) News on July 16.

Dorty, as The Gazette reported in March, has twice been convicted of sexually assaulting a child, once by a person in a position of trust.

Dorty, and those who stand beside him, say he has been reformed through the help of God.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:55:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado seatbelt sting finds numerous children unbuckled]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-seatbelt-sting-finds-numerous-children-unbuckled/article/1556584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-seatbelt-sting-finds-numerous-children-unbuckled/article/1556584?custom_click=rss DENVER — Colorado law officers are warning parents to buckle up their children after a statewide seat belt patrol issued numerous tickets because kids weren't in car seats or seat belts.

Authorities say they wrote about 1,300 seat belt citations. The state transportation department partnered with the Colorado State Patrol and about 50 local law enforcement agencies across the state for the seat belt patrols from July 20 to July 26.

The minimum fine for a seat belt violation is $65, including improperly restrained children, and goes up to $82 for having an unrestrained child.



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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:24:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Tougher penalties for multiple DUIs among new Colorado laws]]> http://gazette.com/tougher-penalties-for-multiple-duis-among-new-colorado-laws/article/1556583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tougher-penalties-for-multiple-duis-among-new-colorado-laws/article/1556583?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado will begin punishing habitual drunken drivers with felonies and longer prison sentences. The new law is among dozens taking effect Aug. 5.

Now a fourth DUI conviction will be punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000. Previously, repeat drunken drivers were only charged with misdemeanors with up to a year in jail.

Law enforcement agencies will also have access to records of misconduct for officers they want to hire. The legislation is part of a package of measures in response to allegations of wrongdoing by police nationally and in the state.

Another measure begins phasing out microbeads by 2020.



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