<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Wed, 04 May 2016 05:49:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Supertanker moves into its base at Colorado Springs Airport]]> http://gazette.com/supertanker-moves-into-its-base-at-colorado-springs-airport/article/1575327?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/supertanker-moves-into-its-base-at-colorado-springs-airport/article/1575327?custom_click=rss

The nation's largest firefighting aircraft is ready to call Colorado Springs home.

Global SuperTanker Services LLC company CEO and founder Jim Wheeler, brought the Boeing 747-400 to Colorado Springs Airport on Tuesday ahead of an invitation-only grand opening Thursday. A public open house is planned this summer.

The massive aircraft had been in flight testing, maintenance and painting near Tucson, Ariz., and must complete another two to four weeks of testing, engineering work and other reviews before it is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for firefighting use, Wheeler said Tuesday.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 22:26:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Dog owners who ignore rules at Bear Creek Regional Park will face fines up to $150]]> http://gazette.com/dog-owners-who-ignore-rules-at-bear-creek-regional-park-will-face-fines-up-to-150/article/1575328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dog-owners-who-ignore-rules-at-bear-creek-regional-park-will-face-fines-up-to-150/article/1575328?custom_click=rss

El Paso County parks users who bring dogs that are out of control or a danger to others face fines up to $150, the board of commissioners voted Tuesday.

The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the fine schedule, which also allows a security guard to issue tickets for dog-rule violators and vandals, who could be fined $300.

Previously, the Sheriff's Office had to be called in to deal with infractions. But county Director of Community Services Tim Wolken said that wasn't efficient because violators simply leave before deputies arrive.

Among those concerned with dog enforcement are Karen Stith and other members of the Bear Creek Garden Association, which manages an organic community garden in Bear Creek

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Tue, 03 May 2016 22:26:01 -0600
<![CDATA[First to be cited under Colorado Springs' 'sit-lie' ordinance could face fines of up to $500 each]]> http://gazette.com/first-to-be-cited-under-colorado-springs-sit-lie-ordinance-could-face-fines-of-up-to-500-each/article/1575345?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/first-to-be-cited-under-colorado-springs-sit-lie-ordinance-could-face-fines-of-up-to-500-each/article/1575345?custom_click=rss

Convinced the law is unjust and immoral, the first people cited under Colorado Springs' so-called "sit-lie" ordinance vowed Tuesday to make their case before a jury.

"I think the city has grossly overestimated the amount of support this kind of ordinance has," said Trig Bundgaard, 36, one of the people cited.

Bundgaard and two others - Alan Pitts, 32, and Mark Chamberlain, 27 - pleaded not guilty before a municipal judge Tuesday during their first court appearance since being ticketed for sitting on a sidewalk April 9.

Their citations came during a protest at Acacia Park that drew about 150 people amid concerns the ordinance unfairly targeted homeless people.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 22:25:53 -0600
<![CDATA[State official asks judge for quick ruling on Colorado primary candidates Blaha, Frazier]]> http://gazette.com/state-official-asks-judge-for-quick-ruling-on-colorado-primary-candidates-blaha-frazier/article/1575342?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-official-asks-judge-for-quick-ruling-on-colorado-primary-candidates-blaha-frazier/article/1575342?custom_click=rss

Attorneys for Ryan Frazier and Robert Blaha were in Denver District Court Tuesday morning explaining why the candidates' names should appear on the primary ballot despite a ruling from the Secretary of State that both fell several hundred signatures short of petitioning onto the ballot.

Judge Elizabeth Starrs is expected to rule quickly whether the Republican U.S. Senate candidates should appear on the June 28 ballot.

LeeAnn Morrill, assistant attorney general, requested the judge rule by 9 p.m. Wednesday so as not to "jeopardize the viability of the election."

Morrill said county clerks will struggle to prepare their ballots if they aren't given more notice on whether to include Frazier and Blaha in the Senate

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Tue, 03 May 2016 22:24:05 -0600
<![CDATA[It takes a village to corral a llama in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/it-takes-a-village-to-corral-a-llama-in-colorado/article/1575322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/it-takes-a-village-to-corral-a-llama-in-colorado/article/1575322?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — It took a village and two hours to corral an uncooperative llama named Ethel who escaped from her pasture in rural Colorado and wandered near some busy roadways.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office tweeted a wanted poster with a photo of the wayward animal, along with the hashtag #LlamaOnTheLoose — an amended version of the one made famous by a pair of Ethel's elusive brethren, whose romp through a Phoenix-area neighborhood stole the national spotlight last year.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield says Ethel's owner called the office Tuesday morning asking for help to get the llama home after she wandered into someone else's pasture.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 22:19:38 -0600
<![CDATA[High-rise hotel coming to downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/high-rise-hotel-coming-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1575336?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/high-rise-hotel-coming-to-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1575336?custom_click=rss

Downtown Colorado Springs hasn't seen a newly constructed hotel in more than four decades or a new high rise in 15 years. Now, the area could get both in a single project.

A 10-story, 165-room hotel has been proposed for the southeast corner of Cascade Avenue and Bijou Street by Colorado Springs-based New Vision Hotels, whose top executive says development of the U.S. Olympic Museum and other amenities in the area make the company bullish on downtown's future.

"I see downtown as really, in a few years, it's going to the place to be," Slawek Pietraszek, managing director for New Vision, said Tuesday. "I travel a lot and I see a lot of places, a lot of cities like Colorado Springs, the size.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 20:56:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Harrison, Air Academy students learn to bring 'A Game to School']]> http://gazette.com/harrison-air-academy-students-learn-to-bring-a-game-to-school/article/1575341?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/harrison-air-academy-students-learn-to-bring-a-game-to-school/article/1575341?custom_click=rss

The Army National Guard presented on Tuesday its "Bring Your 'A Game' to School," at Harrison High School and Air Academy High School.

The high-flying BMX demonstration is designed to entertain students while inspiring them with positive messages about what it takes to be successful.

The event focused on forging the right friendships, adopting a positive mental attitude every day, being your own person, enjoying a variety of interests, keeping fit and healthy, treating others as you want to be treated and reaching your goals in school, athletics, family and life.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 20:54:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Gov. Hickenlooper signs Colorado's largest-ever budget of $25.8 billion]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-hickenlooper-signs-colorados-largest-ever-budget-of-25.8-billion/article/1575351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-hickenlooper-signs-colorados-largest-ever-budget-of-25.8-billion/article/1575351?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the state's $25.8 billion budget Tuesday afternoon praising the Colorado penchant for hammering out bipartisan balanced budgets through a somewhat unique process that puts the 581-page bill in the hands of six lawmakers on the Joint Budget Committee.

"We do it better in Colorado," Hickenlooper said.

Faith in that process was part of the reason he chose not to exercise a line-item veto on a cut in funding to the department that was working to implement the politically charged Clean Power Plan.

"If the JBC is going to sign off on something 6-0 ... I don't want to make a political statement," the second-term Democrat said.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 20:17:05 -0600
<![CDATA[In the race for state Senate District 12, Gardner has raised more money than Klingenschmitt]]> http://gazette.com/in-the-race-for-state-senate-district-12-gardner-has-raised-more-money-than-klingenschmitt/article/1575350?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-the-race-for-state-senate-district-12-gardner-has-raised-more-money-than-klingenschmitt/article/1575350?custom_click=rss

DENVER - In the race to replace term-limited Senate President Bill Cadman in Senate District 12, former state Rep. Bob Gardner has out-raised his opponent, current state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt.

The two have already exchanged a few barbs in the race and it'll likely be a rough primary in June.

Gardner, a Colorado Springs attorney who served in the House for eight years until 2014, raised $64,675 and spent $54,498.

Klingenschmitt has raised a healthy $45,607, but that includes $21,550 from himself. The evangelical minister for his online and TV-based non-profit Pray in Jesus Name Ministries said he's trying to match his grassroots donors dollar for dollar.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 20:03:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Police seek help finding attempted murder suspect after weekend shooting in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/police-seek-help-finding-attempted-murder-suspect-after-weekend-shooting-in-colorado-springs/article/1575339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-seek-help-finding-attempted-murder-suspect-after-weekend-shooting-in-colorado-springs/article/1575339?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police seek public help in finding a man wanted for attempted murder in a shooting over the weekend on the city's southeast side.

Police believe Nicholas Gabriel Quintana, 48, is connected with a shots fired call on the 100 block of Lawrence Avenue. The incident was reported just after midnight Saturday.

Quintana is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Quintana's whereabouts is asked to call police at 444-7000 or leave anonymous tip at 634-7967.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 19:45:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Accused Colorado Springs embezzler headed to trial]]> http://gazette.com/accused-colorado-springs-embezzler-headed-to-trial/article/1575343?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/accused-colorado-springs-embezzler-headed-to-trial/article/1575343?custom_click=rss

An ex-bookkeeper accused of embezzling nearly $40,000 from a home rental business owned by a friend is headed for trial.

Heather Nicole Rogers, 26, of Colorado Springs, pleaded not guilty to felony theft charges Tuesday during a brief court appearance before 4th Judicial District Judge Michael P. McHenry.

She was ordered to face a jury on Aug. 1.

Rogers kept the books for Jennifer Crosby, a Colorado Springs woman who said she thought of the defendant as a member of her family. Rogers was a weekly hiking partner, a confidant and one of six bridesmaids at Crosby's 2014 wedding.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 19:44:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Vision for charter schools helped develop them into Pikes Peak region top performers]]> http://gazette.com/vision-for-charter-schools-helped-develop-them-into-pikes-peak-region-top-performers/article/1575349?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vision-for-charter-schools-helped-develop-them-into-pikes-peak-region-top-performers/article/1575349?custom_click=rss

Deborah Cole's crystal ball was working perfectly two decades ago, when she became one of the early crusaders of the charter school movement.

She predicted the school she helped establish, Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, would thrive, and the next one she nurtured along, the James Irwin Charter Schools network, would, too.

"We were pretty certain when we opened our doors that it would be successful," Cole said of the 1995 debut of Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy, now known as The Vanguard School.


"We were solid in our philosophies and approach to education."

She was right.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 19:30:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Best and Brightest: Overcoming injury inspires Kaila Baca to pursue career in Air Force, medicine]]> http://gazette.com/best-and-brightest-overcoming-injury-inspires-kaila-baca-to-pursue-career-in-air-force-medicine/article/1575348?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/best-and-brightest-overcoming-injury-inspires-kaila-baca-to-pursue-career-in-air-force-medicine/article/1575348?custom_click=rss

This is the 17th of 25 profiles about The Gazette's Best and Brightest Class of 2016.

Kaila Baca, a senior at St. Mary's High School, feels that "kindness and generosity lie in the smallest of gestures," but she makes her contributions to the Colorado Springs community in a very big way.

She volunteers at the Care & Share Food Bank sorting canned goods for distribution, the Marian House Soup Kitchen feeding those in need and in the Young Philanthropists Club.

Her involvement with the National Honor Society has allowed her to lend her time at Sunny Vista Retirement Home assisting the elderly with painting projects and at the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center helping to care for the horses.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 19:12:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Man found dead in the street in west Colorado Springs ID'd]]> http://gazette.com/man-found-dead-in-the-street-in-west-colorado-springs-idd/article/1575340?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-found-dead-in-the-street-in-west-colorado-springs-idd/article/1575340?custom_click=rss

A man whose body was found in a street in west Colorado Springs on Monday night has been identified as 21-year-old Anthony Kenneth David Glyshaw, according to a police news release Tuesday.

Police said he died from a gunshot wound.

His death has been ruled the city's third homicide this year.

People driving by Castle Road and Panorama Drive reported Glyshaw's body around 9 p.m., police said. He was lying in a pool of blood, police added.

No arrests have been made in the death investigation.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call police at 444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).

At this time last year, there had been five homicides in Colorado Springs.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 17:57:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Man dies after canoe capsizes in Colorado lake]]> http://gazette.com/man-dies-after-canoe-capsizes-in-colorado-lake/article/1575326?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-dies-after-canoe-capsizes-in-colorado-lake/article/1575326?custom_click=rss

LOVELAND — The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority says a canoe capsized on a lake north of Denver, leaving one man dead.

The Denver Post reports a second man in the canoe was saved by a rescuer in another boat during the incident Monday evening at Boedecker Reservoir in Loveland.

Scott Pringle, spokesman for Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, told the Post that dive teams found the body. In a statement, the Larimer County Coroner's office identified the dead man as 21-year-old Justin Brien of Loveland and determined his death by drowning to have been an accident.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 16:39:09 -0600
<![CDATA[US Sen. John McCain calls for criminal probe into mine spill]]> http://gazette.com/us-sen.-john-mccain-calls-for-criminal-probe-into-mine-spill/article/feed/340546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-sen.-john-mccain-calls-for-criminal-probe-into-mine-spill/article/feed/340546?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain on Friday called for a criminal investigation into actions by the Environmental Protection Agency that led to a mine spill polluting rivers in three Western states last summer.

During a congressional hearing on the issue in Phoenix, McCain said EPA officials knew about the potential for catastrophe and failed to do proper testing before inadvertently triggering the 3 million-gallon spill at the inactive Gold King Mine last August.

"What is clear now is that not enough has been done," McCain said. "I've come to the conclusion that a DOJ criminal investigation is merited and must now occur.

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]]> Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:30:12 -0600 <![CDATA[I-70 through Glenwood Canyon fully reopens after rockslide]]> http://gazette.com/i-70-through-glenwood-canyon-fully-reopens-after-rockslide/article/feed/336825?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/i-70-through-glenwood-canyon-fully-reopens-after-rockslide/article/feed/336825?custom_click=rss

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — All lanes of a scenic stretch of Colorado highway have reopened nearly two months after a large rockslide first blocked them.

Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, about 135 miles west of Denver, reopened Wednesday. The state says the $5 million worth of emergency work was completed 23 days ahead of schedule.

Boulders the size of small cars came tumbling onto the highway along the Colorado River on Feb. 15. A tractor-trailer was damaged but no one was hurt.

The slide kept all four lanes on a 17-mile stretch of the interstate closed for a nearly a week, sending drivers on detours of up to four hours. In the following weeks, some lanes were open to traffic while the road was repaired and

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]]> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:31:24 -0600 <![CDATA[2 dozen Colorado water systems say lead exceeds US standard]]> http://gazette.com/2-dozen-colorado-water-systems-say-lead-exceeds-us-standard/article/feed/335248?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-dozen-colorado-water-systems-say-lead-exceeds-us-standard/article/feed/335248?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — About two dozen Colorado water systems have reported lead levels exceeding federal guidelines, but officials say the lead usually comes from pipes in older buildings and isn't in the water supply itself.

An AP analysis of federal data found that nearly 1,400 water systems nationwide serving 3.6 million Americans exceeded the standard at least once between Jan. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2015.

State Safe Drinking Water Program manager Ron Falco says 22 or 23 Colorado water systems are above the standard.

According to federal data, they serve a combined population of about 45,000. But a handful of systems serving a combined 9,000 people disputed the levels listed in the EPA data.

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