<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:53:54 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[U.S. Bank inside of a King Soopers in southwestern Colorado Springs robbed]]> http://gazette.com/u.s.-bank-inside-of-a-king-soopers-in-southwestern-colorado-springs-robbed/article/1611821?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/u.s.-bank-inside-of-a-king-soopers-in-southwestern-colorado-springs-robbed/article/1611821?custom_click=rss Police are looking for a man who robbed a U.S. Bank inside of a King Soopers in southwestern Colorado Springs.

The robber entered the store at 815 Cheyenne Meadows Road at 2:39 p.m. He gave the teller a note requesting cash and left the King Soopers with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:53:10 -0600
<![CDATA[CU, Colorado Springs campus won't use new evidence standard in sex assaults]]> http://gazette.com/cu-colorado-springs-campus-wont-use-new-evidence-standard-in-sex-assaults/article/1611797?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cu-colorado-springs-campus-wont-use-new-evidence-standard-in-sex-assaults/article/1611797?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — The University of Colorado does not plan to require a higher standard of evidence in sexual assault cases despite a move by the U.S. education secretary to scrap evidence rules adopted by the Obama administration.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports that the Obama administration had required universities to use a "preponderance of the evidence" to back up sexual assault claims.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded that rule Friday, saying an evidence standard that would be harder to meet would help ensure those accused of sexual assault are treated fairly.

Valerie Simons with the University of Colorado's Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance says the school already provides fairness to all

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:36:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado to pay $171K to settle lawsuit in inmates death]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-to-pay-171k-to-settle-lawsuit-in-inmates-death/article/1611817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-to-pay-171k-to-settle-lawsuit-in-inmates-death/article/1611817?custom_click=rss

PUEBLO, Colo. — Colorado officials have agreed to pay $171,000 to settle a lawsuit brought over the death of an inmate who alleged prison medical workers denied him treatment.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/2hqq0U0 ) that the settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed in the death of Dennis Choquette.

Choquette died in November after being in prison in Las Animas and Canon City since 2014.

The lawsuit filed by his estate alleged staff at the prisons disregarded his requests for treatment of a serious foot disease. The suit also says he was denied a cane and wheelchair.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:55:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Republicans will keep 2018 primaries open to unaffiliated voters]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-republicans-will-keep-2018-primaries-open-to-unaffiliated-voters/article/1611794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-republicans-will-keep-2018-primaries-open-to-unaffiliated-voters/article/1611794?custom_click=rss

Unaffiliated voters will be able to cast ballots next year in Colorado’s Republican primary.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:41:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Search for voter fraud a tough balancing act for Colorado's top elections official]]> http://gazette.com/search-for-voter-fraud-a-tough-balancing-act-for-colorados-top-elections-official/article/1611815?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/search-for-voter-fraud-a-tough-balancing-act-for-colorados-top-elections-official/article/1611815?custom_click=rss

Even as he announced the results of Colorado's latest initiative aimed at curbing voter fraud, Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams conceded what the data didn't show.

The state's elections system, he said, is anything but broken.

"People in Colorado should feel good about the integrity of the state's elections," Williams said, offering an assessment sharply at odds with President Donald Trump's repeated, unsupported assertion that last year's presidential election was tainted by millions of bogus votes, presumably the result of nationwide dysfunction. Said Williams: "I have seen no evidence of fraud approaching those numbers.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:40:26 -0600
<![CDATA[TV Talk: Fox 21 gets new anchor/reporter]]> http://gazette.com/tv-talk-fox-21-gets-new-anchorreporter/article/1611719?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tv-talk-fox-21-gets-new-anchorreporter/article/1611719?custom_click=rss

KXRM viewers might have noticed a new face on Fox 21 broadcasts the last couple of days. Say hello to Megan Hucks, the station’s new reporter and weekend anchor. A South Carolina native, Hucks earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Coastal Carolina University. She comes to Colorado Springs after working at NBC affiliate WITN-TV in Greenville, North Carolina. While at WITN she covered the controversial HB2 “bathroom bill” legislation and Hurricane Matthew.

“We are excited to have Megan Hucks join the team,” said Fox 21 news director Joe Cole. “She’s an outstanding journalist and will fit in nicely with both our weekend and weekday morning teams.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:09:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Thunderbird air show is cancelled due to a low cloud ceiling]]> http://gazette.com/thunderbird-air-show-is-cancelled-due-to-a-low-cloud-ceiling/article/1611807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thunderbird-air-show-is-cancelled-due-to-a-low-cloud-ceiling/article/1611807?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds' demonstration at the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow is cancelled Saturday because of low-lying clouds. Their Sunday demonstration is still scheduled to happen, pending inclement weather.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:09:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Lane closures in downtown Colorado Springs at Nevada and Pikes Peak avenues to begin Monday]]> http://gazette.com/lane-closures-in-downtown-colorado-springs-at-nevada-and-pikes-peak-avenues-to-begin-monday/article/1611755?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lane-closures-in-downtown-colorado-springs-at-nevada-and-pikes-peak-avenues-to-begin-monday/article/1611755?custom_click=rss

The southbound lanes of Nevada Avenue will be closed downtown at Pikes Peak Avenue for about 10 days - and the northbound lanes of Nevada at Colorado Avenue will reopen - beginning 5:30 a.m. Monday, city officials said.

The closure will allow crews to complete storm drain and roadway improvements and water main work between Shooks Run and Nevada Avenue, a release says.

Southbound drivers will be detoured at Kiowa Avenue, and parking on the west side of Pikes Peak Avenue between Nevada Avenue and the alley will be closed, the release says. Parking will be available on Pikes Peak Avenue between Tejon Street and the alley.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:02:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Lanes, parking reconfigured to make downtown Colorado Springs more pedestrian, cyclist friendly]]> http://gazette.com/lanes-parking-reconfigured-to-make-downtown-colorado-springs-more-pedestrian-cyclist-friendly/article/1611806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lanes-parking-reconfigured-to-make-downtown-colorado-springs-more-pedestrian-cyclist-friendly/article/1611806?custom_click=rss

New lane configurations opened this week in downtown Colorado Springs, helping to improve access for bicyclists and pedestrian safety.

South Weber Street between East Rio Grande Street to Pikes Peak Avenue now has one lane in each direction with turning lanes at intersections for cars, on-street parallel parking spaces next to the through-traffic lane and a designated bike lane between the parking spaces and the curb.

The reconfiguration is designed to keep pedestrians, cyclists and drivers safer by keeping bicycles off the sidewalk and provide a buffer from moving traffic for cyclists.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:52:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Two men suspected in numerous burglaries and car thefts in northern Colorado Springs escape from police]]> http://gazette.com/two-men-suspected-in-numerous-burglaries-and-car-thefts-in-northern-colorado-springs-escape-from-police/article/1611810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/two-men-suspected-in-numerous-burglaries-and-car-thefts-in-northern-colorado-springs-escape-from-police/article/1611810?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police are looking for two men they believe are linked to numerous overnight burglaries and car thefts in the Falcon area.

The men fled from police at the Crest View Apartments at 370 Crestone Lane Saturday morning.

Police initially were called to the apartments about 8 a.m. because of reports of shots fired. When police arrived, the driver of what was later determined to be a recently stolen gold Chrysler Sebring attempted to drive off, then stopped and ran from the vehicle along with the front-seat passenger. As they fled, the car rolled backward and hit a tree.

The driver and the front-seat passenger escaped. Two juveniles, who were in the back seat, were detained by police. The two boys, ages 15

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]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:47:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Insights: And then there's Donna Lynne]]> http://gazette.com/insights-and-then-theres-donna-lynne/article/1611805?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insights-and-then-theres-donna-lynne/article/1611805?custom_click=rss

She's a corporate enigma wrapped in a political riddle. Nobody gave much thought to Donna Lynne becoming a Democratic candidate for governor before recently.

Why would we?

On a heavy snow day in March last year, she stepped to the microphone in the West Foyer of the Capitol to be introduced by Gov. John Hickenlooper as the lieutenant governor, a replacement for Joe Garcia, who left to head up the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

The governor brought in a problem-solver with a good personality and a business resume, someone like him.

After Lynne said a piece she took questions from reporters. I asked if she intended to run for governor when Hickenlooper's days were done.

Nope, she had no

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]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Denver high school is a melting pot of 62 countries ]]> http://gazette.com/denver-high-school-is-a-melting-pot-of-62-countries/article/1611645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-high-school-is-a-melting-pot-of-62-countries/article/1611645?custom_click=rss

DENVER — When a passenger on a Denver city bus publicly insulted all Muslims earlier this year following terrorist attacks in France, Jeneba Berety, then a senior at South High School, spoke up.

She defended her faith, telling the man that Muslims are good people. After realizing that no other passengers were backing up her statements, Berety got off the bus, a little shaken but proud that she had taken a stand.

"My mother and grandmother have been so good to teach me that," Berety said. "So have the adults at South."

Berety, who was born in Sierra Leone in the middle of a civil war, was one of 1,600 students at South High School during the 2016-17 school year.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:59:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Wounded marine (and snowboarder) get her new Colorado home]]> http://gazette.com/wounded-marine-and-snowboarder-get-her-new-colorado-home/article/1611646?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wounded-marine-and-snowboarder-get-her-new-colorado-home/article/1611646?custom_click=rss

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — After serving in Afghanistan and recently summiting Mount Kilimajaro, former Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis is ready to call Glenwood Springs home.

Last week, Building Homes for Heroes presented Ennis with her new home in Ironbridge. A parade of neighbors, volunteers and local scouts was led through the neighborhood, culminating in a presentation of Ennis' new home.

"It's pretty surreal," Ennis said, recognizing it's been quite the journey to get here to the Roaring Fork Valley.

On June 23, 2012, during Ennis' second tour in Afghanistan, the helicopter on which she was an aerial gunner went down. Ennis sustained a shattered jaw, broken nose, fractured spine and a severe leg injury.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:58:03 -0600
<![CDATA[African wildlife protectors get a hand in detective training at Colorado-based repository]]> http://gazette.com/african-wildlife-protectors-get-a-hand-in-detective-trainingat-colorado-based-repository/article/1611648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/african-wildlife-protectors-get-a-hand-in-detective-trainingat-colorado-based-repository/article/1611648?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Saving African wild cats, elephants and other species from extinction takes serious police work. That's why some of the continent's conservation officers came to Commerce City, Colorado.

They came to train with their U.S. counterparts at a sort of mausoleum for animals lost to poachers and wildlife traffickers: the National Wildlife Property Repository.

Coleen Schaefer, a specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, led the delegation of 42 conservation officials through the warehouse. She held up a business card holder fashioned from an elephant toenail.

The object is one of 1.3 million at the repository. There's also skin lotion made with caviar and pencil holders made from baby rhino

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:56:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Semi-truck plummets 150 feet off I-70 at Vail Pass, killing driver]]> http://gazette.com/semi-truck-plummets-150-feet-off-i-70-at-vail-pass-killing-driver/article/1611769?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/semi-truck-plummets-150-feet-off-i-70-at-vail-pass-killing-driver/article/1611769?custom_click=rss

A semi rolled off eastbound I-70 and plummeted 150 feet down a ravine, killing the driver.

The truck had been traveling west near Vail Pass, but crossed over into the eastbound lanes before disappearing over the side of the mountain, according to Colorado State Patrol.

The crash caused a small forest fire, according to Colorado department of Transportation. The fire was out by late Thursday evening.

The deceased drive was identified only as a 64-year-old man from California.

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Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:48:25 -0600