<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:04:21 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Utilities might farm out payment processing to Arizona]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-might-farm-out-payment-processing-to-arizona/article/1583566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-might-farm-out-payment-processing-to-arizona/article/1583566?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Utilities is considering having all of its bill payments processed through KUBRA in Arizona, a move that would eliminate at least three local staff members.

"It is true that there is some investigation as the customer service department is looking at opportunities to improve customer service," Utilities spokeswoman Natalie Eckhart said Monday. "No decision has been made.

"As they are reviewing this opportunity, they've been very open with their staff members. But I cannot confirm they are definitely moving to KUBRA."

That company already handles Utilities' online and credit card payments through KUBRA EZ-PAY, charging a $1.85 fee per residential payment and $5.85 per business payment.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:45:31 -0600
<![CDATA[2 men die in motorized glider crash at Telluride Ski Resort ]]> http://gazette.com/2-men-die-in-motorized-glider-crash-at-telluride-ski-resort/article/1583625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-men-die-in-motorized-glider-crash-at-telluride-ski-resort/article/1583625?custom_click=rss

TELLURIDE — Authorities say two people were killed in a motorized glider crash at the Telluride Ski Resort.

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office says the fixed-wing glider crashed in the Prospect Basin area Wednesday afternoon, killing 64-year-old Robert Saunders and another Colorado man whose name has not been released.

First responders found the men dead at the scene.

Saunders, known in the area as "Glider Bob," owned and operated "Glide Telluride," which offers year-round glider rides out of Telluride Regional Airport. According to his website, Saunders has been flying Stemme Motorgliders since 1997.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the crash.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:41:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado sheriff accused of sexually assaulting inmate]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-sheriff-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-inmate/article/1583627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-sheriff-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-inmate/article/1583627?custom_click=rss

STERLING — A rural Colorado sheriff is facing sexual assault and misconduct allegations.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Tom Hanna is due to appear in court Wednesday afternoon in Sterling, in the northeast corner of the state.

District Attorney Brittny Lewton said Hanna was arrested at his office Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree official misconduct, sexual assault on an at risk person, sexual assault by a correctional officer and solicitation of prostitution. She declined to elaborate on what he's accused of doing.

Hanna has not been charged and it's not clear if he has a lawyer yet.

He was originally taken to the Logan County jail in Sterling, which houses some inmates arrested by Hanna's department, but

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:31:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Meteorologist: 'We dodged a bullet' when storm hit Hayden Pass burn scar Tuesday]]> http://gazette.com/meteorologist-we-dodged-a-bullet-when-storm-hit-hayden-pass-burn-scar-tuesday/article/1583573?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/meteorologist-we-dodged-a-bullet-when-storm-hit-hayden-pass-burn-scar-tuesday/article/1583573?custom_click=rss

Officials spent hours Wednesday walking through muddy ash in the Hayden Pass burn scar, the site mere hours earlier of life-threatening flash flooding.

"In some places, it was several inches thick," said Tom Magnuson, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Magnuson and a Weather Service team joined U.S. Forest Service personnel to tour an area that officials call "The Black" because it is filled with ash and dead trees.

The tour of the devastated area was planned long before Tuesday's storm, but it gave the visitors a realistic look at the fire's effect on the land.

Officials aren't sure of the extent of Tuesday's storm damage, but Magnuson said he saw enough to be

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:24:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado's mild winter and warm spring leave a sting - an increase in wasps]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-mild-winter-and-warm-spring-leave-a-sting-an-increase-in-wasps/article/1583622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-mild-winter-and-warm-spring-leave-a-sting-an-increase-in-wasps/article/1583622?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs resident Larry Stebbins has become well-acquainted with the smart of insect stings through years of beekeeping. But when he accidentally disturbed a wasp while tending to a zucchini plant in his garden several weeks ago, the encounter brought a level of pain he didn't expect.

The insect, an invasive species known as the European paper wasp, was likely searching for a caterpillar to make its next meal when Stebbins brushed against it, eliciting a painful sting. And while the wasps are common visitors in his garden, they're arriving in hordes this season for the bug buffet.

"We always see a few, but this year I've seen probably about twice as many," said Stebbins, director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:21:47 -0600
<![CDATA[D-11 board reluctantly turns away military-style charter school, will ask Colorado Springs voters for money in November]]> http://gazette.com/d-11-board-reluctantly-turns-away-military-style-charter-school-will-ask-colorado-springs-voters-for-money-in-november/article/1583633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/d-11-board-reluctantly-turns-away-military-style-charter-school-will-ask-colorado-springs-voters-for-money-in-november/article/1583633?custom_click=rss

Organizers of a proposed K-12 military-style school near Peterson Air Force Base will need to seek charter authorization through the state, Colorado Springs School District 11's board unanimously decided Wednesday night.

New board member Mary Coleman said she thinks the idea is unique, and even though D-11 will not bring Colorado Military Academy under its wing, "They will have a positive impact on our community."

Board member Theresa Null called on legislators to change the state's funding formula for public schools, which led D-11 to relinquish its right to have input into the school and monitor it. Accepting the proposed school as one of its own would have cost D-11 $2.2 million next school year because of the funding

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:15:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Governor might order ambitious cuts in Colorado's carbon emissions]]> http://gazette.com/governor-might-order-ambitious-cuts-in-colorados-carbon-emissions/article/1583628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/governor-might-order-ambitious-cuts-in-colorados-carbon-emissions/article/1583628?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper might order a one-third cut in power plants' carbon gas emissions over the next 14 years despite a court-ordered stay that has derailed the federal Clean Power Plan.

If he does, Colorado Springs Utilities might need to revisit its plans for the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant, now scheduled to close in 2035.

Hickenlooper's proposed executive order, obtained by The Gazette, would direct state agencies to find ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 35 percent by 2030 compared with 2012 levels.

By comparison, the Clean Power Plan calls for a 2030 reduction of those emissions by 28 percent in Colorado compared with 2005 levels, when most plants emitted more CO2 than in 2012.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:54:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Sunday morning shooting near Colorado Springs may be related to marijuana arrest, records show]]> http://gazette.com/sunday-morning-shooting-near-colorado-springs-may-be-related-to-marijuana-arrest-records-show/article/1583619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sunday-morning-shooting-near-colorado-springs-may-be-related-to-marijuana-arrest-records-show/article/1583619?custom_click=rss

Concerned that law enforcement officials are hiding details of an altercation in their neighborhood, Security-Widefield residents told a story Wednesday of a weekend party that ended in violence and a drug bust.

A man and a woman suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds early Sunday at a home in the 5400 block of Huxley Court, reported the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The two were shot after an argument at a house party turned violent, said sheriff's spokeswoman Jackie Kirby. She said no one was arrested in connection with the incident.

However, a neighbor told The Gazette that a man was arrested and law enforcement had spent the last few days cleaning out an illegal marijuana grow operation that apparently had

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:02:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Fossil Beds offers free activities to mark National Park Service's 100th year]]> http://gazette.com/fossil-beds-offers-free-activities-to-mark-national-park-services-100th-year/article/1583584?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fossil-beds-offers-free-activities-to-mark-national-park-services-100th-year/article/1583584?custom_click=rss

One of the region's most popular family parks will hold a series of special events in honor of the U.S. National Park Service's 100-year anniversary Thursday.

Admission to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and all other national parks properties is free from Thursday to Sunday. The Fossil Beds will offer a slew of programs and festivities to mark the occasion, according to a parks news release.

Activities include:

- A birthday celebration for the National Park Service at 3 p.m. Thursday, featuring cake and "the legendary Theodore Roosevelt."

- The Plein Air Paint Your Park festival Saturday and Sunday, with demonstrations by local artists from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and an art sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:19:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Bipartisan slate of speakers set for CC Presidential Symposium]]> http://gazette.com/bipartisan-slate-of-speakers-set-for-cc-presidential-symposium/article/1583588?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bipartisan-slate-of-speakers-set-for-cc-presidential-symposium/article/1583588?custom_click=rss

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is among the political experts who will participate in this year's Sondermann Presidential Symposium presented by Colorado College.

The liberal arts college just north of downtown Colorado Springs offers the event every four years before the presidential election.

The symposium includes a panel discussion featuring well-known commentators and analysts and a taping of "Washington Week." All events are open to the public. Some are free and some require tickets.

The symposium kicks off at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 with political strategist and interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile and concludes Nov. 2 with Gingrich's presentation.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:37:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Vehicle crashes into Colorado Springs church; no injuries reported]]> http://gazette.com/vehicle-crashes-into-colorado-springs-church-no-injuries-reported/article/1583583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vehicle-crashes-into-colorado-springs-church-no-injuries-reported/article/1583583?custom_click=rss

A woman drove into the handicap ramp outside a church in northeast Colorado Springs just before noon Wednesday.

The car hit the rails of the handicap ramp at Rocky Mountain Calvary, 4285 N. Academy Blvd., said Assistant Pastor Robert Beech.

"We're not even really sure of the details, as far as how that really happened," Beech said Wednesday afternoon.

The church has not assessed the value of the damage, Beech said.

Check back to gazette.com for updates.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:07:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs' Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 103rd birthday, lives 'for the present']]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pearl-harbor-survivor-celebrates-103rd-birthday-lives-for-the-present/article/1583577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-pearl-harbor-survivor-celebrates-103rd-birthday-lives-for-the-present/article/1583577?custom_click=rss

Retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing knew all along he had a long life ahead of him.

His great grandfather lived to be 94, one cousin hit 106, and another cousin saw his 103rd birthday.

"So I think I inherited great genes," Downing said.

The Colorado Springs resident is the second-oldest survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 - behind Southern California resident Ray Chavez, who is 104.

On Monday, Downing celebrated his 103rd birthday at his home by eating cake with three of his sons - ages 62 to 72 - and four grandchildren he was meeting for the first time. As a gift, one grandchild made him a drawing. This non-extravagant, family-oriented affair was exactly what Downing wanted.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:05:32 -0600
<![CDATA[New program pairs Colorado Springs teens with adult mentors through 4 years of high school]]> http://gazette.com/new-program-pairs-colorado-springs-teens-with-adult-mentors-through-4-years-of-high-school/article/1583601?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-program-pairs-colorado-springs-teens-with-adult-mentors-through-4-years-of-high-school/article/1583601?custom_click=rss

Bernie Bañuelos wants to make a difference with youths, and a new program is giving him that chance.

"I want to be able to say that a student had a better opportunity to succeed in life because I was there to help," said Bañuelos, a Colorado Springs police officer.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado-Pikes Peak is launching Mentor 2.0 at Atlas Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Harrison School District 2.

Each of the school's 136 freshmen is being paired with an adult mentor from the community who will champion, support and help guide that student in reaching his or her full potential.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:02:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Winter Park ski train returning, prices announced Thursday]]> http://gazette.com/winter-park-ski-train-returning-prices-announced-thursday/article/1583599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winter-park-ski-train-returning-prices-announced-thursday/article/1583599?custom_click=rss

WINTER PARK — Winter Park and Amtrak officials are set to release schedules and ticket prices Thursday for a revived ski train.

The Denver-owned ski resort and Amtrak have announced that they're reviving the popular day trips this upcoming ski season.

The train ran between Denver and Winter Park every ski season from 1940 to 2009, when then-owner Philip Anschutz shut the service down because of rising costs.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2bhh0yz) that the schedules and ticket are being announced Thursday at the base area of the resort.

The Colorado Transportation Commission this week announced a $1.5 million grant to help build an ADA-compliant boarding platform and rail improvements.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:46:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Coming in April: a dog-friendly restaurant in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/coming-in-april-a-dog-friendly-restaurant-in-colorado-springs/article/1583593?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/coming-in-april-a-dog-friendly-restaurant-in-colorado-springs/article/1583593?custom_click=rss

Tara Downs first had the idea for a restaurant where pet owners could dine with their pups when she saw a man walk up to a bar in Italy with his hefty pit bull.

Two years later, Downs' concept is becoming a reality. Her restaurant Pub Dog Colorado, scheduled to open in April 2017, will be the only restaurant in the state where dog owners can legally eat indoors with their dogs.

"I love taking my dog places with me," said Downs, owner of an English springer spaniel/German shorthaired pointer mix named Cooper, who she rescued from the Humane Society in 2007. "I have wanted to own a restaurant for as long as I can remember."

Crews broke ground on the barn-style building earlier this month at 2207 Bott Ave.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:29:56 -0600