<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:54:00 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Live video: Colorado theater shooter's dad saw wide-eyed smirk before]]> http://gazette.com/live-video-colorado-theater-shooters-dad-saw-wide-eyed-smirk-before/article/1556328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-video-colorado-theater-shooters-dad-saw-wide-eyed-smirk-before/article/1556328?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL — James Holmes came home on winter break from graduate school looking haggard and making odd facial expressions, but his father didn't suspect at the time that he was descending into mental illness.

Months later, Robert Holmes recalled that look when his son flashed a wide-eyed smirk in a jail booking photo after opening fire on the audience in a darkened Colorado movie theater, killing 12 people and injuring 70 others.

District Attorney George Brauchler pointed out while cross-examining Robert Holmes on Wednesday that the bug-eyed, smirky mug shot wasn't taken immediately after his arrest, because his hair was no longer comic-book red. Brauchler suggested that Holmes could have been posing to make himself

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:53:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Lockheed reduces lay-off projections for Colorado Springs workers]]> http://gazette.com/lockheed-reduces-lay-off-projections-for-colorado-springs-workers/article/1556427?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lockheed-reduces-lay-off-projections-for-colorado-springs-workers/article/1556427?custom_click=rss

Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday it sent out just 115 layoff notices to employees in Colorado Springs due to "a change in business projections."

The defense giant had initially planned to tell 270 local employees they would lose their jobs in September when a key contract ends and moves to Raytheon Co., unless the Government Accountability Office upholds Lockheed protest of the $700 million contract award in March. The GAO is expected to rule on the protest Aug. 26. Much of the work on the Integrated Space Command and control contract ends on Sept. 30, though the contract doesn't end until Dec. 31.

Lockheed said Tuesday it has found other jobs within the company for more than 100 of the workers assigned to the contract.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:45:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Police investigate North Cheyenne Canyon Park robbery]]> http://gazette.com/police-investigate-north-cheyenne-canyon-park-robbery/article/1556450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-investigate-north-cheyenne-canyon-park-robbery/article/1556450?custom_click=rss Three armed men in ski masks are suspected of a robbery in North Cheyenne Canyon Park early Wednesday morning, police said.

Police said the suspects stole various electronic equipment and cell phones before they fled the area in a car.

One of the suspects had a stun gun and another was armed with a handgun, police said.

The incident happened around 4 a.m., police said.

About 40 minutes earlier, police said a similar robbery occurred at Garden of the Gods Park.

No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[New problem on El Paso County's wildfire burn scars: noxious weeds]]> http://gazette.com/new-problem-on-el-paso-countys-wildfire-burn-scars-noxious-weeds/article/1556430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-problem-on-el-paso-countys-wildfire-burn-scars-noxious-weeds/article/1556430?custom_click=rss

Noxious weeds are still noxious weeds, even where nothing grows.

In the years since the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, noxious weeds have taken hold on the fires' two burn scars in western and eastern El Paso County, particularly in Black Forest, where rain and good soil provide a welcoming environment. While burn scars, denuded of vegetation and a flood risk, need all the growth they can get, once noxious weeds can be nearly impossible to eradicate, said Tina Travis, an environmental technician with El Paso County.

"They are usually the first ones to come up after a fire," said Travis. "If you don't gain a foothold on them now, you can't stop noxious weeds."

They are Canada thistle, yellow toadflax and mullein,

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:57:35 -0600
<![CDATA['Big Hero 6' to be featured at Pictures on the Promenade Thursday]]> http://gazette.com/big-hero-6-to-be-featured-at-pictures-on-the-promenade-thursday/article/1556432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-hero-6-to-be-featured-at-pictures-on-the-promenade-thursday/article/1556432?custom_click=rss

The Promenade Shops at Briargate's 8th Annual Pictures on the Promenade will feature the 2014 Disney family comedy animated film "Big Hero 6" on Thursday, July 30.

Admission is free. Bring chairs and blankets. Pre-movie fun will begin at 7 p.m. The movie will begin at sundown in the East Parking lot of the Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs.

Sponsored by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Kemeber Dance Academy, the evening will feature fun with "Goose" from 92.9 Peak FM, contests, trivia, and giveaways.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:56:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Affidavit: Driver who hit, killed Colorado Springs man was racing, drunk]]> http://gazette.com/affidavit-driver-who-hit-killed-colorado-springs-man-was-racing-drunk/article/1556403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/affidavit-driver-who-hit-killed-colorado-springs-man-was-racing-drunk/article/1556403?custom_click=rss

John Marvel, 21, was allegedly racing another vehicle and had a blood alcohol content of .133 percent when he hit and killed 22-year-old Andrew Shada with his car early Saturday morning, according to Marvel's arrest affidavit.

Marvel was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, reckless driving and other traffic charges, Colorado Springs police said.

Colorado drivers are considered to be driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent, and driving with ability impaired at .05 percent.

When questioned about an odor of alcohol on his breath, Marvel admitted to police that he had a shot of American Turkey whiskey about an hour and a half before the incident.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:55:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Man shoots self during Colorado Springs standoff, dies]]> http://gazette.com/man-shoots-self-during-colorado-springs-standoff-dies/article/1556414?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-shoots-self-during-colorado-springs-standoff-dies/article/1556414?custom_click=rss

An hourslong standoff on Powers Boulevard near the Colorado Springs Airport ended Tuesday evening when a man inside a patrol car shot himself.

The man later died at a hospital.

The confrontation began after the man slipped out of handcuffs, pulled a gun and pointed it at his head while in the back of an El Paso County sheriff's deputy's car Tuesday afternoon. The deputy pulled over, fled the vehicle and called for help.

The 33-year-old man was in the back of the car with a gun from about 2:45 to 7:30 p.m., shutting down a stretch of Powers and eastbound Fountain Boulevard.

A shot fired from inside the car ended the standoff.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:57:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Lamborn legislation would ban acquisition of some fetal tissue]]> http://gazette.com/lamborn-legislation-would-ban-acquisition-of-some-fetal-tissue/article/1556425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lamborn-legislation-would-ban-acquisition-of-some-fetal-tissue/article/1556425?custom_click=rss

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn announced legislation Tuesday aimed at banning the acquisition of fetal tissue from induced abortions - meaning researchers might only be able to get it from stillborns or fetuses lost in miscarriages.

The legislation comes amid scrutiny of Planned Parenthood after anti-abortion activists secretly captured video of the nonprofit's executives discussing procedures for obtaining fetal tissue for research.

Following release of the videos, Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, questioned Colorado State University's use of such tissue and demanded an explanation.

The university responded by stressing that it follows all state and federal laws while acquiring fetal tissue that it uses to help find a cure for

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:11:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Flood risk sparks Manitou Springs debate about relocation of city hall, police station]]> http://gazette.com/flood-risk-sparks-manitou-springs-debate-about-relocation-of-city-hall-police-station/article/1556442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-risk-sparks-manitou-springs-debate-about-relocation-of-city-hall-police-station/article/1556442?custom_click=rss

The consequences of a serious flash flood in Manitou Springs could be so severe, its fleet of police vehicles could be washed down the main drag, rendering police unable to provide emergency response services.

Police Chief Joe Ribeiro told Manitou Springs City Council members Tuesday night that when the city gets a flash flood warning, his civilian employees have to move police vehicles to higher ground.

City councilors held a lengthy work session Tuesday to discuss the idea of moving City Hall and the police and fire departments out of the flood zone. No decisions were made Tuesday night.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:03:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado board's history class review leads to recall effort]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-boards-history-class-review-leads-to-recall-effort/article/1556440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-boards-history-class-review-leads-to-recall-effort/article/1556440?custom_click=rss

GOLDEN — Critics of a suburban Denver school board that considered reviewing a U.S. history course to emphasize patriotism turned in signatures Tuesday to force a recall election for three conservative members responsible for the push.

The clash in Colorado's second-largest school district — and one of the state's fiercest political swing counties — has parents and educators citing a long list of complaints against the board members targeted for the recalls, including accusations of secret meetings and criticism over the new superintendent's pay.

One board member facing recall, however, said what opponents are really upset about is a new system for salary increases that is based on teacher performance

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:28:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Hammer-wielding man robs Aspen marijuana store]]> http://gazette.com/hammer-wielding-man-robs-aspen-marijuana-store/article/1556439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hammer-wielding-man-robs-aspen-marijuana-store/article/1556439?custom_click=rss ASPEN — Police say a hammer-wielding man who robbed an Aspen marijuana store of $11,000 worth of the drug was friends with the employees and known by local authorities.

The Aspen Times reports (http://goo.gl/GYzpia ) the man came into "Stash" on Tuesday afternoon acting like he was a customer, then waited for other customers to leave. Store owner Garrett Patrick says the man approached two employees with a hammer and said "Sorry. I'm just really desperate now."

The man then went behind the counter and put a large jar of marijuana into a bag. He escaped an employee's attempt to keep him from running from the store.

Police say they know who the man is, but they haven't released his name.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:23:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Council resolution will funnel Colorado Springs money to Fountain Creek Watershed]]> http://gazette.com/council-resolution-will-funnel-colorado-springs-money-to-fountain-creek-watershed/article/1556433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/council-resolution-will-funnel-colorado-springs-money-to-fountain-creek-watershed/article/1556433?custom_click=rss

Take heart, water users downstream of Colorado Springs.

A City Council resolution approved Tuesday lets Mayor John Suthers start funneling city money to the Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District.

"It's a big deal," says district Executive Director Larry Small.

It's a big deal because farmers and ranchers along Fountain Creek lose farmland with every storm. The Air Force Academy is being inundated, too.

Without stormwater mitigation upstream, a 100-year storm could overtop east Pueblo levees and flood neighborhoods there.

Downstream, the Arkansas Valley suffers when Fountain Creek flows too high, such as the 20,000 cubic feet per second it reached on June 15, and Pueblo Reservoir

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:35:27 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Colorado shooter's father noticed changes in son]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-colorado-shooters-father-noticed-changes-in-son/article/feed/256215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-colorado-shooters-father-noticed-changes-in-son/article/feed/256215?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The latest in the sentencing phase of the Colorado theater shooting trial (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The father of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes says he noticed his son had an odd facial expression about seven months before the attack, and he was reminded of it later when he saw his son's mug shot.

Robert Holmes testified Tuesday that in December 2011, he noticed his son smiling, grimacing and smirking, and having a hard time making eye contact. Immediately after the testimony, the defense showed the mug shot of James Holmes smirking.

Robert Holmes says he has seen James Holmes in jail only three times because his son typically does not allow visitors.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:24:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Firstsource adding 200 employees to Colorado Springs call center]]> http://gazette.com/firstsource-adding-200-employees-to-colorado-springs-call-center/article/1556413?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firstsource-adding-200-employees-to-colorado-springs-call-center/article/1556413?custom_click=rss

Firstsource Solutions Ltd. announced plans Tuesday to add 200 workers at its northern Colorado Springs call center by the end of September after adding a second major health insurer as a client.

Cara Brubaker, the company's human resource manager in Colorado Springs, said Firstsource wants to fill the full-time positions in the next eight weeks as the new client "ramps up" operations and to handle growth from two other clients - a health care insurer added last year and a longtime financial services industry. The 400-employee center fills the first floor of a building in the NorthCreek complex at 5725 Mark Dabling Blvd. and could grow into additional space, depending its clients' growth, she said.

Potential employees can

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:37:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Fountain police officer involved in Colorado Springs traffic crash]]> http://gazette.com/fountain-police-officer-involved-in-colorado-springs-traffic-crash/article/1556416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fountain-police-officer-involved-in-colorado-springs-traffic-crash/article/1556416?custom_click=rss A Fountain police officer was involved in a traffic crash Tuesday afternoon in Colorado Springs, according to an agency spokesman.

The crash, which occurred on Tejon Street near the interchange with Interstate 25, involved two vehicles, he said. It is unclear if anyone was injured in the crash.


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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:37:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Water main break cuts water for more than 100 Colorado Springs homes]]> http://gazette.com/water-main-break-cuts-water-for-more-than-100-colorado-springs-homes/article/1556415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-main-break-cuts-water-for-more-than-100-colorado-springs-homes/article/1556415?custom_click=rss

A water main break Tuesday shut down a northeast Colorado Springs road and cut off water for 120 households, a Colorado Springs Utilities spokeswoman said.

The section of Montebello Drive between Tomah Drive and Descanso Circle is closed indefinitely for repairs, the spokeswoman said. A large hole formed in the road and it is unclear what caused the break, she said. Water service may not be returned to the residents until Wednesday morning, according to the spokeswoman.

Colorado Springs Utilities crews responded to the break around 2:45 p.m.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:36:32 -0600