<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:06 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Utilities to pay $7.1 million to settle lawsuit with Pueblo County rancher]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-to-pay-7.1-million-to-settle-lawsuit-with-pueblo-county-rancher/article/1554887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-to-pay-7.1-million-to-settle-lawsuit-with-pueblo-county-rancher/article/1554887?custom_click=rss

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.

CSU announced the settlement Thursday. It had appealed the jury decision May 7, followed by Walker's appeal May 14. Under the settlement, both appeals will be dismissed.

The city-owned utilities company also will fence revegetated areas on the ranches to protect them from cattle and will erect berms to reduce erosion across the 5.5-mile easement Walker provided for installation of the Southern Delivery System pipeline.

The rancher and CSU had agreed that the easement was worth $82,900, and the



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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.

CSU announced the settlement Thursday. It had appealed the jury decision May 7, followed by Walker's appeal May 14. Under the settlement, both appeals will be dismissed.

The city-owned utilities company also will fence revegetated areas on the ranches to protect them from cattle and will erect berms to reduce erosion across the 5.5-mile easement Walker provided for installation of the Southern Delivery System pipeline.

The rancher and CSU had agreed that the easement was worth $82,900, and the

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:06:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Overhaul begins on section of Interstate 25 in southern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/overhaul-begins-on-section-of-interstate-25-in-southern-colorado/article/1554888?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/overhaul-begins-on-section-of-interstate-25-in-southern-colorado/article/1554888?custom_click=rss

PUEBLO — Work is under way this week to give one of Colorado's oldest freeways an overhaul.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Colorado Department of Transportation officials say the section of Interstate 25 through the central part of Pueblo hasn't had a single upgrade since it was built in the 1950s.

Pueblo County Commissioner Liane McFadyen estimated it would cost about $88 million to widen the road, fix bridges and make a series of other changes.

Discussions for a plan to improve the freeway have been ongoing since 2000. Colorado Federal Highway Administration director John Cater says the environmental assessment alone took over a decade to complete.



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PUEBLO — Work is under way this week to give one of Colorado's oldest freeways an overhaul.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports Colorado Department of Transportation officials say the section of Interstate 25 through the central part of Pueblo hasn't had a single upgrade since it was built in the 1950s.

Pueblo County Commissioner Liane McFadyen estimated it would cost about $88 million to widen the road, fix bridges and make a series of other changes.

Discussions for a plan to improve the freeway have been ongoing since 2000. Colorado Federal Highway Administration director John Cater says the environmental assessment alone took over a decade to complete.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:01:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs medical manufacturer wins $20 million court judgment]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-manufacturer-wins-20-million-court-judgment/article/1554893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-medical-manufacturer-wins-20-million-court-judgment/article/1554893?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs-based medical laser manufacturer Spectranetics Corp. said Thursday it won a $20.3 million judgment in a lawsuit against the founder of AngioScore Inc., a company it acquired last year, for developing a competing product while still at AngioScore.

A federal court in California awarded AngioScore the funds in a 2012 lawsuit against Eitan Konstantino, a former cofounder, officer and board member of the AngioScore, and three other companies he founded for developing the "Chocolate" balloon angioplasty catheter while serving on the AngioScore board. The court found Konstantino breached his fiduciary duty to AngioScore by failing to offer it the catheter, and instead assigned the rights to product, including royalties,



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Colorado Springs-based medical laser manufacturer Spectranetics Corp. said Thursday it won a $20.3 million judgment in a lawsuit against the founder of AngioScore Inc., a company it acquired last year, for developing a competing product while still at AngioScore.

A federal court in California awarded AngioScore the funds in a 2012 lawsuit against Eitan Konstantino, a former cofounder, officer and board member of the AngioScore, and three other companies he founded for developing the "Chocolate" balloon angioplasty catheter while serving on the AngioScore board. The court found Konstantino breached his fiduciary duty to AngioScore by failing to offer it the catheter, and instead assigned the rights to product, including royalties,

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:48:34 -0600
<![CDATA[One dead, one sent to hospital in Colorado Springs shooting]]> http://gazette.com/one-dead-one-sent-to-hospital-in-colorado-springs-shooting/article/1554866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/one-dead-one-sent-to-hospital-in-colorado-springs-shooting/article/1554866?custom_click=rss

A man was found dead and a woman was taken to a hospital following 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 woman was not available.

Few details of the 4:30 a.m. shooting at The Preserve at Hidden Creek apartments complex on the 5900 block of Vista Ridge Point were released.

The investigation is in its early stages and detectives are expected to be at the scene throughout the morning.



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A man was found dead and a woman was taken to a hospital following 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 woman was not available.

Few details of the 4:30 a.m. shooting at The Preserve at Hidden Creek apartments complex on the 5900 block of Vista Ridge Point were released.

The investigation is in its early stages and detectives are expected to be at the scene throughout the morning.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:43:17 -0600
<![CDATA[List: Colorado Springs area Fourth of July events]]> http://gazette.com/list-colorado-springs-area-fourth-of-july-events/article/1554700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/list-colorado-springs-area-fourth-of-july-events/article/1554700?custom_click=rss

Here's a list of Fourth of July events in the Colorado Springs area starting Friday.

- Watch what you light on Fourth of July in Pikes Peak region -

Friday, July 3

Western Heritage Day Celebration - Horseshoes, crafts, vendors and more, begins at 4 p.m., live music at 7 p.m., watch Fort Carson fireworks, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 576-2016.

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks- 4-8 p.m., Iron Horse Park, Fort Carson; Mre details here. 

Switchbacks vs. Austin Aztex — 8 p.m., with fireworks after the game, Sand Creek Stadium, 6303 Barnes Road. Go online for ticket prices: switchbacksfc.com.

Friday-Sunday

Pikes Peak Art and



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Here's a list of Fourth of July events in the Colorado Springs area starting Friday.

- Watch what you light on Fourth of July in Pikes Peak region -

Friday, July 3

Western Heritage Day Celebration - Horseshoes, crafts, vendors and more, begins at 4 p.m., live music at 7 p.m., watch Fort Carson fireworks, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights Road. Day pass $7 per vehicle; 576-2016.

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks- 4-8 p.m., Iron Horse Park, Fort Carson; Mre details here. 

Switchbacks vs. Austin Aztex — 8 p.m., with fireworks after the game, Sand Creek Stadium, 6303 Barnes Road. Go online for ticket prices: switchbacksfc.com.

Friday-Sunday

Pikes Peak Art and

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:53:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Western heritage thrives on El Paso County longhorn ranch]]> http://gazette.com/western-heritage-thrives-on-el-paso-county-longhorn-ranch/article/1554780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/western-heritage-thrives-on-el-paso-county-longhorn-ranch/article/1554780?custom_click=rss

Stan Searle has a dramatic way of reminding people of the Western heritage in these parts.

He and local cowboys at noon Thursday will herd about 40 head of wicked-looking Texas longhorn cattle down Tejon Street. Some weigh more than 1,000 pounds and have horns that stretch 6 feet or more from one tip to the other.

"We're showing people that their hamburgers don't start out in the back room at Safeway," says Searle, only half-jokingly.

The longhorn drive promotes the Ride for the Brand Championship Rodeo, whose contestants work on area ranches, not the professional rodeo circuit.

Not many folks know that Colorado has more than 2.6 million head of cattle, and the business is one of the largest sectors of the



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Stan Searle has a dramatic way of reminding people of the Western heritage in these parts.

He and local cowboys at noon Thursday will herd about 40 head of wicked-looking Texas longhorn cattle down Tejon Street. Some weigh more than 1,000 pounds and have horns that stretch 6 feet or more from one tip to the other.

"We're showing people that their hamburgers don't start out in the back room at Safeway," says Searle, only half-jokingly.

The longhorn drive promotes the Ride for the Brand Championship Rodeo, whose contestants work on area ranches, not the professional rodeo circuit.

Not many folks know that Colorado has more than 2.6 million head of cattle, and the business is one of the largest sectors of the

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:42:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Audit: Colorado Springs may owe feds millions in mismanaged housing funds]]> http://gazette.com/audit-colorado-springs-may-owe-feds-millions-in-mismanaged-housing-funds/article/1554886?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/audit-colorado-springs-may-owe-feds-millions-in-mismanaged-housing-funds/article/1554886?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs housing division must provide documentation to show how it spent more than $9 million of federal grant money or pay it back after a new audit revealed problems in how the program was managed years ago.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General released reports Tuesday on two separate city programs supported by HUD dollars and built on previous city and federal audits that showed oversight issues, mismanagement of funds and paperwork that was altered or poorly kept.

It provided a list of recommendations that HUD take in response to the issue.

In addition to the $9.



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The Colorado Springs housing division must provide documentation to show how it spent more than $9 million of federal grant money or pay it back after a new audit revealed problems in how the program was managed years ago.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General released reports Tuesday on two separate city programs supported by HUD dollars and built on previous city and federal audits that showed oversight issues, mismanagement of funds and paperwork that was altered or poorly kept.

It provided a list of recommendations that HUD take in response to the issue.

In addition to the $9.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:31:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Red Rock Canyon Open Space will reopen Friday]]> http://gazette.com/red-rock-canyon-open-space-will-reopen-friday/article/1554880?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/red-rock-canyon-open-space-will-reopen-friday/article/1554880?custom_click=rss

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 announced 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 weeks.

"Park and trail users are advised to use caution and to continue to comply with posted closures and stay clear of crews and equipment," Colorado Springs spokeswoman Krithika Prashant said in a news release.



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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 announced 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 weeks.

"Park and trail users are advised to use caution and to continue to comply with posted closures and stay clear of crews and equipment," Colorado Springs spokeswoman Krithika Prashant said in a news release.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:50:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Expect more unsettled weather around Colorado Springs over Fourth of July weekend]]> http://gazette.com/expect-more-unsettled-weather-around-colorado-springs-over-fourth-of-july-weekend/article/1554877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/expect-more-unsettled-weather-around-colorado-springs-over-fourth-of-july-weekend/article/1554877?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs hasn't seen the last of its rash of thunderstorms yet - there will be unsettled weather through the Foruth of July weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

All local weather advisories have expired, but on Thursday there will be "scattered to numerous thunderstorms expected over the mountains, spreading into the plains this afternoon," in addition to localized flooding in urban areas and over burn scars, the weather service said in a statement.

The widespread thunderstorms and showers will continue through Friday, although the chance of precipitation decreases through the weekend. After a slightly drier weekend, the increased chance of rain resumes, according to Peggy Perales a hydrometeorological



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Colorado Springs hasn't seen the last of its rash of thunderstorms yet - there will be unsettled weather through the Foruth of July weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

All local weather advisories have expired, but on Thursday there will be "scattered to numerous thunderstorms expected over the mountains, spreading into the plains this afternoon," in addition to localized flooding in urban areas and over burn scars, the weather service said in a statement.

The widespread thunderstorms and showers will continue through Friday, although the chance of precipitation decreases through the weekend. After a slightly drier weekend, the increased chance of rain resumes, according to Peggy Perales a hydrometeorological

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:15:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Sculpture, dance, bluegrass, progressive music at Green Box Arts Festival]]> http://gazette.com/sculpture-dance-bluegrass-progressive-music-at-green-box-arts-festival/article/1554814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sculpture-dance-bluegrass-progressive-music-at-green-box-arts-festival/article/1554814?custom_click=rss

Green Mountain Falls channels the vibrant performing arts culture of New York City for a week and a half every July.

The Green Box Arts Festival is a surfeit of music, dance, art, classes, hikes, stargazing and more, offered mostly for free in multiple venues and locations throughout the tiny mountain town 14 miles west of Colorado Springs. The festival begins Saturday and runs through July 12.

"We provide the very best in visual and performing arts," said Rachel Shortt, marketing director for the festival, "and in the enchanting town of Green Mountain Falls where attendees can celebrate innovative creators."

Regulars at the festival might remember the large-scale interactive installations at the past two festivals,



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Green Mountain Falls channels the vibrant performing arts culture of New York City for a week and a half every July.

The Green Box Arts Festival is a surfeit of music, dance, art, classes, hikes, stargazing and more, offered mostly for free in multiple venues and locations throughout the tiny mountain town 14 miles west of Colorado Springs. The festival begins Saturday and runs through July 12.

"We provide the very best in visual and performing arts," said Rachel Shortt, marketing director for the festival, "and in the enchanting town of Green Mountain Falls where attendees can celebrate innovative creators."

Regulars at the festival might remember the large-scale interactive installations at the past two festivals,

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:52:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Police arrest Colorado Springs mom who allegedly kidnapped child]]> http://gazette.com/police-arrest-colorado-springs-mom-who-allegedly-kidnapped-child/article/1554867?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-arrest-colorado-springs-mom-who-allegedly-kidnapped-child/article/1554867?custom_click=rss

A 28-year-old woman accused of forcibly taking her daughter from a home earlier this week was taken into custody Thursday morning in the northeast part of the state, Colorado Springs police said.

Kiri McMillion and her five-year-old daughter Sidney were located by the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, police said. Colorado Springs police officers were notified around 12:40 a.m.

Sidney was unharmed and was reunited with family members, police said.

McMillion was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and violating a court order.

She is accused of arriving to a home on the 700 block of East Rio Grande Street Tuesday, near east Fountain Boulevard and East Costilla Street, forcibly picking her daughter up

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Kiri McMillion and her five-year-old daughter Sidney were located by the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, police said. Colorado Springs police officers were notified around 12:40 a.m.

Sidney was unharmed and was reunited with family members, police said.

McMillion was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and violating a court order.

She is accused of arriving to a home on the 700 block of East Rio Grande Street Tuesday, near east Fountain Boulevard and East Costilla Street, forcibly picking her daughter up]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:16:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Live video: Aurora movie theater shooting trial, Day 42]]> http://gazette.com/live-video-aurora-movie-theater-shooting-trial-day-42/article/1554875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-video-aurora-movie-theater-shooting-trial-day-42/article/1554875?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — Live coverage from the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes resumed Thursday morning from the Arapahoe County Justice Center. 

Wednesday recap: Video shows theater shooter acting oddly right after arrest

CENTENNIAL — As the chaos of a shooting at a packed movie theater continued to unfold outside, James Holmes sat in a sterile police interview room, toying with staples, staring at walls and playing with paper bags put on his hands to preserve gunshot residue.

Holmes' defense attorneys on Wednesday began showing a four-hour video of his bizarre, post-shooting behavior as they try to convince jurors he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a



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CENTENNIAL — Live coverage from the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes resumed Thursday morning from the Arapahoe County Justice Center. 

Wednesday recap: Video shows theater shooter acting oddly right after arrest

CENTENNIAL — As the chaos of a shooting at a packed movie theater continued to unfold outside, James Holmes sat in a sterile police interview room, toying with staples, staring at walls and playing with paper bags put on his hands to preserve gunshot residue.

Holmes' defense attorneys on Wednesday began showing a four-hour video of his bizarre, post-shooting behavior as they try to convince jurors he was legally insane when he killed 12 people and injured 70 more during a

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:03:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado by trail: 5 classic backpacking trips in the state]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-by-trail-5-classic-backpacking-trips-in-the-state/article/1554853?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-by-trail-5-classic-backpacking-trips-in-the-state/article/1554853?custom_click=rss

You've inventoried your gear, cleaned your water filter and replaced your boot laces.

And now that the snow is melting from the high country, it's all about to pay off.

Here are five suggested backpacking trips - all of them Out There tested and approved - to reacquaint you with the mysteries and pleasures of Colorado's rugged interior.

After a banner year of snowpack, be ready for bugs, bloated stream crossings and occasional snow- drifts, and let the wilds become your playground.

Blue Lake Loop near Monte Vista

Wild and remote, this 18-mile loop straddles the Continental Divide on a scenic tour of the South San Juan Wilderness, untamed country that hosted the last known Colorado grizzly, which was



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You've inventoried your gear, cleaned your water filter and replaced your boot laces.

And now that the snow is melting from the high country, it's all about to pay off.

Here are five suggested backpacking trips - all of them Out There tested and approved - to reacquaint you with the mysteries and pleasures of Colorado's rugged interior.

After a banner year of snowpack, be ready for bugs, bloated stream crossings and occasional snow- drifts, and let the wilds become your playground.

Blue Lake Loop near Monte Vista

Wild and remote, this 18-mile loop straddles the Continental Divide on a scenic tour of the South San Juan Wilderness, untamed country that hosted the last known Colorado grizzly, which was

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:48:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado school district sees drop in marijuana-related expulsions]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-school-district-sees-drop-in-marijuana-related-expulsions/article/1554872?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-school-district-sees-drop-in-marijuana-related-expulsions/article/1554872?custom_click=rss GRAND JUNCTION - School officials in Grand Junction are crediting counseling and a campus security officer with decreasing expulsions for students caught with marijuana.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1IR4tZ3) there were 32 drug-related expulsions last academic year compared to 59 in 2013-2014 and School District 51 officials say a program called Pathways contributed to the drop.

The program gives first-time offenders the opportunity to spend their five-day suspension learning about health effects of drug abuse. About 4 percent of the 150 kids who enrolled in the program dropped out in favor of at-home suspensions.

On-site counseling is also offered and security officers have been on campuses since spring



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GRAND JUNCTION - School officials in Grand Junction are crediting counseling and a campus security officer with decreasing expulsions for students caught with marijuana.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1IR4tZ3) there were 32 drug-related expulsions last academic year compared to 59 in 2013-2014 and School District 51 officials say a program called Pathways contributed to the drop.

The program gives first-time offenders the opportunity to spend their five-day suspension learning about health effects of drug abuse. About 4 percent of the 150 kids who enrolled in the program dropped out in favor of at-home suspensions.

On-site counseling is also offered and security officers have been on campuses since spring

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:23:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Star Wars characters will be part of Colorado Springs balloon festival]]> http://gazette.com/star-wars-characters-will-be-part-of-colorado-springs-balloon-festival/article/1554833?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/star-wars-characters-will-be-part-of-colorado-springs-balloon-festival/article/1554833?custom_click=rss

Get your lightsabers ready. Darth Vader and Yoda are coming to Colorado Springs.

Attendees of the Sept. 5-7 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will have a chance to see the two Star Wars characters among about 75 other special and regularly shaped hot air balloons at Memorial Park, said event organizer Scott Appelman.

The Labor Day weekend tradition will also feature concerts by Suga Bear and the Showtime Band on Saturday and Sunday, wakeboarding exhibitions on Prospect Lake and a beer garden among other changes.

"We're just trying to bring a new flavor to things," Appelman said.

The additions come after uncertainty hung over the event in 2014.

On Aug.



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Get your lightsabers ready. Darth Vader and Yoda are coming to Colorado Springs.

Attendees of the Sept. 5-7 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will have a chance to see the two Star Wars characters among about 75 other special and regularly shaped hot air balloons at Memorial Park, said event organizer Scott Appelman.

The Labor Day weekend tradition will also feature concerts by Suga Bear and the Showtime Band on Saturday and Sunday, wakeboarding exhibitions on Prospect Lake and a beer garden among other changes.

"We're just trying to bring a new flavor to things," Appelman said.

The additions come after uncertainty hung over the event in 2014.

On Aug.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:24:29 -0600