<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:18:38 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Woman shot by husband at Denver office building is former Buena Vista mayor]]> http://gazette.com/woman-shot-by-husband-at-denver-office-building-is-former-buena-vista-mayor/article/1579318?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-shot-by-husband-at-denver-office-building-is-former-buena-vista-mayor/article/1579318?custom_click=rss

A shooting in Denver has left a small Southern Colorado community feeling its loss.

The woman who was shot by her husband at her office building in downtown Denver on Tuesday has been identified as Cara Russell. Her husband turned the gun on himself shortly after shooting Russell several times. Police confirmed she died Wednesday.

Russell is the former mayor of Buena Vista where she was elected for a four year term and served for two.



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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:16:44 -0600
<![CDATA[PETA claims Air Force Academy training program is cruel to rabbits]]> http://gazette.com/peta-claims-air-force-academy-training-program-is-cruel-to-rabbits/article/1579261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peta-claims-air-force-academy-training-program-is-cruel-to-rabbits/article/1579261?custom_click=rss

An animal rights group Wednesday launched protests of the Air Force Academy's killing of rabbits as part of a survival training program for cadets.

Since the 1960s, cadets have been trained how to live in the wilderness and evade enemy forces. It stems from an Air Force Survival, Escape, Resistance and Evasion program that has been used to train flight crews since World War II.

As part of the program, cadets are trained to kill and cook their own food under primitive conditions. Live rabbits are killed and eaten, prompting the protest from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Cadets are run through a 10-day program that includes training on how the Air Force rescues flight crews and combat skills.

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]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:05:04 -0600 <![CDATA[New plan could close quarry in Colorado Springs mountain]]> http://gazette.com/new-plan-could-close-quarry-in-colorado-springs-mountain/article/1579275?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-plan-could-close-quarry-in-colorado-springs-mountain/article/1579275?custom_click=rss

An eyesore that dominates the mountains west of Colorado Springs will one day be re-vegetated and handed over for public use if a plan for a new quarry is approved in the next year.

A proposed facility between Colorado Springs and Penrose off Hitch Rack Ranch Road could lead to the closure of the Pikeview Quarry in as little as five years, said Deborah Hileman, a spokeswoman for Transit Mix Concrete Company.

The project depends on a permitting process that would require the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and El Paso County to sign off on a change in land use on the almost 400 acres west of Highway 115 north of Penrose.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:58:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs City Council to maintain Utilities governance]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-to-maintain-utilities-governance/article/1579283?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-to-maintain-utilities-governance/article/1579283?custom_click=rss

Given the choice of replacing itself with an elected or appointed panel, the Colorado Springs Utilities Board decided Wednesday not to flip the switch.

Instead, the board voted 8-1 to keep running Utilities. Merv Bennett cast the dissenting vote.

The decision came after the board - which consists of the full City Council - spent 1½ years studying other governance models, paid $96,098.53 for help from Virginia-based consultant Jeff Tarbert, conducted three scientific citizen polls showing a strong preference for a new elected board and conducted a telephone town hall this month to gather more input from ratepayers.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:58:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Donald Trump's planned Denver appearance shows he's getting serious about Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/donald-trumps-planned-denver-appearance-shows-hes-getting-serious-about-colorado/article/1579306?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/donald-trumps-planned-denver-appearance-shows-hes-getting-serious-about-colorado/article/1579306?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Donald Trump is getting serious about Colorado.

After an abysmal showing at the state assembly - he didn't win a single pledged delegate to the Republican National Convention - Trump will be in Denver Friday for both his first public speech and his first private fundraiser in the Centennial State.

Trump is scheduled to talk at the Western Conservative Summit in the morning before attending a private fundraiser in the home of former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. The rumored $10,000 a couple lunch event is being co-hosted by Pete Coors and Larry Mizel.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:58:24 -0600
<![CDATA[$17.5M charter school for grades 6 to 12 to break ground in Banning Lewis Ranch]]> http://gazette.com/17.5m-charter-school-for-grades-6-to-12-to-break-ground-in-banning-lewis-ranch/article/1579302?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/17.5m-charter-school-for-grades-6-to-12-to-break-ground-in-banning-lewis-ranch/article/1579302?custom_click=rss

Construction will start next week on a $17.5 million charter school, the Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy, in a large master-planned community in northeast Colorado Springs.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the site, 9433 Vista Del Pico Blvd.

City dignitaries, representatives from the development's three primary homebuilders, education officials and other community members will mark the event.

The project has been two-and-a-half years in the making, said Heather Zambrano, executive director of the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy Foundation.

It's an expansion of the Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, a kindergarten through eighth-grade school that opened in the Banning Lewis Ranch development 10



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:58:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Mayor approves vendor for body cameras for all Colorado Springs officers]]> http://gazette.com/mayor-approves-vendor-for-body-cameras-for-all-colorado-springs-officers/article/1579279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mayor-approves-vendor-for-body-cameras-for-all-colorado-springs-officers/article/1579279?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police have settled on a body-worn camera company, bringing the department one step closer to outfitting all officers with a technology that's becoming almost standard across the country.

Mayor John Suthers on Wednesday approved a contract between the city's police department and Utility Associates Inc., a vendor based in Tucker, Ga., according to program supervisor Cmdr. Pat Rigdon. Other vendors that were finalists were Taser International and VieVu.

The equipment will be implemented in late July to about 65 officers in the Gold Hill division, which covers the city's south and southwest neighborhoods, Rigdon said. This testing phase is scheduled to run up to 60 days.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:57:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Man steals woman's purse in her driveway in southeast Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/man-steals-womans-purse-in-her-driveway-in-southeast-colorado-springs/article/1579313?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-steals-womans-purse-in-her-driveway-in-southeast-colorado-springs/article/1579313?custom_click=rss

A man stole a purse from a woman Wednesday evening while she was helping her elderly mother out of a vehicle in a southeast Colorado Springs neighborhood, police said.

The man got out of a black pickup truck, flashed a pistol and demanded the purse while the woman was on the driveway of her home on the 4500 block of Jet Wing Circle West, police said. The robber got away in his vehicle.

The incident was reported just after 6 p.m.

The man is described to be in his 20s. Police said he was wearing a hoodie and "some sort of cloth covering over his lower face" at the time of the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Colorado Springs police at 444-7000.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:20:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Volunteers help to enhance Colorado Springs home of World War II Navy veteran]]> http://gazette.com/volunteers-help-to-enhance-colorado-springs-home-of-world-war-ii-navy-veteran/article/1579310?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volunteers-help-to-enhance-colorado-springs-home-of-world-war-ii-navy-veteran/article/1579310?custom_click=rss

Tony Erosky has always helped build things. Whether it was crops on his family's farm in northeastern Colorado, airports, runways or mess halls in Guam while serving in the Navy during World War II, or plants in his garden at his home in Colorado Springs.

Erosky, who turned 90 on June 24, will be able to continue building things in his garden because of help from about 60 volunteers.

On Wednesday afternoon, Erosky's yard and home were filled with helpers from Purple Heart Homes and the Home Depot as they worked to make his home safe and improve the quality of life for Erosky and his wife Brenda Erosky.

Brenda, 69, said she expects Tony's favorite feature will be the new raised gardening beds in the back yard.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:03:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs state Rep. Roupe hosting campaign walk, meals]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-state-rep.-roupe-hosting-campaign-walk-meals/article/1579307?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-state-rep.-roupe-hosting-campaign-walk-meals/article/1579307?custom_click=rss

State Rep. Kit Roupé is hosting a "Walk With Kit" event to support her reelection campaign on July 9.

The walk begin at 9 a.m. at the Airplane Restaurant, 1665 Newport Road, and is expected to end after two to two and a half hours of walking. Those who want to participate are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 a.m.

Roupé, who will face former state Rep. Tony Exum, in the fall, will walk with participants and answer questions.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the restaurant, courtesy of Roupe's campaign. The cost of the walk is free.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:09:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Cripple Creek school health center to reopen with broader mission]]> http://gazette.com/cripple-creek-school-health-center-to-reopen-with-broader-mission/article/1579301?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cripple-creek-school-health-center-to-reopen-with-broader-mission/article/1579301?custom_click=rss

A school-based health center in Cripple Creek won't be just for kids anymore.

Closed since last December's unexpected departure of a medical provider, the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center will reopen July 7.

"We will be back in business with expanded services," said RE-1 Superintendent Les Lindauer.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, a part of the Centura Health network, is taking over as medical provider.

"It'll be awesome," said Laureen Murray, school nurse and coordinator of Mountain Health. "Without it, there are gaps in service."

The center will serve students from Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 and siblings from infant to age 21, as in the past, and also



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:13:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Peyton man who hit, killed Colorado State Patrol trooper sentenced to eight years in prison]]> http://gazette.com/peyton-man-who-hit-killed-colorado-state-patrol-trooper-sentenced-to-eight-years-in-prison/article/1579144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peyton-man-who-hit-killed-colorado-state-patrol-trooper-sentenced-to-eight-years-in-prison/article/1579144?custom_click=rss

A retired Army colonel received an eight-year prison sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty in a drunken hit-and-run crash last year that killed a Colorado State Patrol trooper.

Eric Peter Henderson, 52, of Peyton was also ordered to complete five years of mandatory parole during his sentencing at the Douglas County courthouse in Castle Rock, court records show. Last month, Henderson admitted to felony charges of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and tampering with physical evidence.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:07:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Lavish features cut from over-budget Denver VA hospital]]> http://gazette.com/lavish-features-cut-from-over-budget-denver-va-hospital/article/1579284?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lavish-features-cut-from-over-budget-denver-va-hospital/article/1579284?custom_click=rss

AURORA — Imported Brazilian stone has been scratched from the budget-busting design for a veterans hospital under construction outside Denver, replaced by cheaper Colorado rock.

A planned $10 million landscaping scheme has been slashed to $2 million, and subcontractors who find a way to reduce costs get to keep 30 percent of the savings, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, which took over management of the project after the cost nearly tripled.

Corps officials said Wednesday they've been looking for ways to save money since taking over construction management from the Veterans Affairs Department last year.

But Col.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:59:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Sheriff: Denver shooter spoke of flying plane into building ]]> http://gazette.com/sheriff-denver-shooter-spoke-of-flying-plane-into-building/article/1579243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sheriff-denver-shooter-spoke-of-flying-plane-into-building/article/1579243?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Police say the woman who was shot at a Denver office building on Tuesday has died.

The woman was the executive director of one of several non-profit organizations in the building and police said Wednesday that she was shot by her estranged husband.

He shot his wife several times before turning the gun on himself at the Alliance Center, steps from the 16th Street pedestrian mall in the trendy LoDo neighborhood near a major transit hub and about four blocks from Coors Field.



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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:54:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Gonzalez clings to 32-vote lead in El Paso County race]]> http://gazette.com/gonzalez-clings-to-32-vote-lead-in-el-paso-county-race/article/1579278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gonzalez-clings-to-32-vote-lead-in-el-paso-county-race/article/1579278?custom_click=rss

Longinos Gonzalez leads Scott Turner in the Republican primary for District 4El Paso County Commissioner by such a small margin a recount may be necessary.

Gonzalez, a former Colorado Springs City Council candidate, held a 32-vote lead Wednesday morning, a margin too narrow for the Clerk & Recorder's Office to declare a winner.

Ryan Parsell, a spokesman for the clerk's office, said 150 military and overseas ballots remain outstanding, which could tighten the race even more. Also in play could be ballots that were submitted but have voter signatures that still need to be verified.

Gonzalez and Turner would be subject to a recount if the margin of victory is within 0.5 percent. Parsell said his office won't declare



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