<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:41:17 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs Fire Department graduates largest class in history]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-fire-department-graduates-largest-class-in-history/article/1628199?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-fire-department-graduates-largest-class-in-history/article/1628199?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Ted Collas called Friday's graduation of "The 33," the largest recruit class in the city's history, "a big relief."

Low staffing, "alarming" overtime costs and high burnout had left the department in a tight spot in recent years, Collas said, but the newest round of 33 recruits means help has arrived. They will fill current vacancies, plus eight new positions the city approved earlier this year.

"We're still short," Collas said of staffing, "but this brings us under a manageable level."

More importantly, Collas said, the graduates "are the best trained and most prepared entry-level firefighters in the state.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:41:04 -0600
<![CDATA[2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb schedule and fan guide]]> http://gazette.com/2018-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-schedule-and-fan-guide/article/1627959?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2018-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-schedule-and-fan-guide/article/1627959?custom_click=rss Here's a look at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb schedule of events in and around Colorado Springs during the 2018 race week. Sunday, June 17 4-8 p.m.: Merchandise sales (Hotel Eleganté) Monday, June 18 (Technical inspection) 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Race day ticket sales (Hotel Eleganté - Breckenridge Room) 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.: Merchandise sales (Hotel Eleganté) 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Merchandise and ticket sales (The Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs) 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Technical inspection (The Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs) Tuesday, June 19 (Motorcycle qualifying/car group A & B practice) 4 a.m. - 5 a.m.: Gateway open to spectators with tickets (A limited number of spectator tickets will be sold

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:26:24 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County Sheriff releases footage of ‘at-risk’ woman missing for 6 weeks]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-sheriff-releases-footage-of-at-risk-woman-missing-for-6-weeks/article/1628183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-sheriff-releases-footage-of-at-risk-woman-missing-for-6-weeks/article/1628183?custom_click=rss

Authorities searching for an “at-risk” woman released surveillance footage of her at a Wal-Mart in Woodland Park, El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported.

The footage shows Jane Mudder, 56, entering the store, located at 9600 E. U.S. Highway 24, and leaving in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, believed to be a 2016 model, on May 4.

The sheriff’s office reported Mudder was last seen by her landlord May 5 in the Cascade area.

Mudder is 5’6” tall and weighs about 122 pounds. The sheriff’s office said she has brown hair and brown eyes, and she has a dream catcher tattoo on her right arm.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:46:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Pikes Peak Hill International Hill Climb 'safety car' damaged in crash; driver cited for carelessness]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-hill-international-hill-climb-safety-car-damaged-in-crash-driver-cited-for-carelessness/article/1628205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-hill-international-hill-climb-safety-car-damaged-in-crash-driver-cited-for-carelessness/article/1628205?custom_click=rss

Somebody needs to tell the driver of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb's flashy new "safety car" that the race hasn't started yet.

The specially-designed Jannelly high performance sports car was damaged after its driver lost control and ran off the road while trying to pass another vehicle at 80 or 90 mph, according to a witness near the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Thursday.

The crash happened on eastbound Lake Avenue west of Colorado 115 about 7:50 p.m., said Colorado Springs Police Sgt. John Koch. The driver, who was cited careless driving, was treated and released after he complained of injuries.

Koch didn't know if the car was speeding when it crashed, but police do not believe he was impaired or

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:13:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs advocates rally to protest 'barbaric' immigration policy]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-advocates-rally-to-protest-barbaric-immigration-policy/article/1628204?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-advocates-rally-to-protest-barbaric-immigration-policy/article/1628204?custom_click=rss

About 100 people gathered in a downpour Friday afternoon outside Colorado Springs City Hall for a Keep Families Together rally to protest the separation of thousands of children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, a policy many in the audience described as "cruel" and "barbaric."

"We can survive the rain, but we can't survive ICE," the Rev. Roger Butts, an associate minister with Unity Spiritual Center in the Rockies, said. "We're here to say that it's still possible, even if we're tired and prone to cynicism and despair, that we will not stop. We can still, in these United States, form a more perfect Union."

For City Council President Richard Skorman, the Trump administration's treatment of immigrants is "not the

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:01:54 -0600
<![CDATA[June carnage raises Colorado Springs 2018 traffic fatalities to 23]]> http://gazette.com/june-carnage-raises-colorado-springs-2018-traffic-fatalities-to-23/article/1628203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/june-carnage-raises-colorado-springs-2018-traffic-fatalities-to-23/article/1628203?custom_click=rss

The recent carnage on Colorado Springs-area roads continued Friday with two more deadly crashes, raising the month's toll to six.

So far in June, five people have died in crashes in the city and one has been killed in unincorporated El Paso County. Friday's fatalities raised the year's death toll - already on pace to surpass last year's record 39 traffic fatalities - to 23 in Colorado Springs. Last year at this time, there were 14 in the city.

In the second of Friday's fatal crashes, Vernon S. Werre, 48, of Colorado Springs died when the car being driven by his brother ran a stop sign around 2:15 a.m. at North Hancock Avenue and Nichols Boulevard west of Palmer Park and hit a bridge wall, police said.

Vernon Werre died

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:47:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Debts, financial difficulties in El Paso County candidates' pasts]]> http://gazette.com/debts-financial-difficulties-in-el-paso-county-candidates-pasts/article/1627893?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/debts-financial-difficulties-in-el-paso-county-candidates-pasts/article/1627893?custom_click=rss

Two El Paso County commissioner candidates have contributed thousands of dollars to their campaigns while working to pay off debts that led to past legal troubles.

District 5 hopeful Vickie Tonkins has been taken to court three times in the past 15 years over debts totaling more than $20,000. District 1 candidate Calandra Vargas filed bankruptcy in 2013 with $120,000 in student loans that she said she's still repaying.

The candidates, both Republicans, say they are working to resolve the debts, and their past financial hardships illustrate that they've worked hard to overcome obstacles and fulfill their responsibilities.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:13:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs auctioneers holding final on-site auction]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-auctioneers-holding-final-on-site-auction/article/1628178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-auctioneers-holding-final-on-site-auction/article/1628178?custom_click=rss

The latest industry threatened by the explosion of tech is auctioning. But after this weekend, you'll likely find Ray and Gerry Holt traveling in an RV, without much concern of how auctioning will adapt.

While Ray has Minnesota, Wisconsin and other parts of Colorado in mind, he added they'll hit the road and "just kind of go wherever we decide we want to go," he said. "And if we decide to park at some place for a few days, a week, whatever. We'll see how that goes."

Holt & Associates will have its final on-site auction Saturday after selling its warehouse at 704 Arrawanna St. that's become increasingly unnecessary as buyers turn to the web to find possessions of their desire.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:09:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Close Martin Drake Power Plant as soon as possible, ex-Colorado Springs city manager urges]]> http://gazette.com/close-martin-drake-power-plant-as-soon-as-possible-ex-colorado-springs-city-manager-urges/article/1628198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/close-martin-drake-power-plant-as-soon-as-possible-ex-colorado-springs-city-manager-urges/article/1628198?custom_click=rss

Acknowledging health concerns took a back seat to keeping costs down while he was Colorado Springs city manager, Jim Mullen this week joined those calling for closing the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant as soon as possible.

When he served as city manager from 1996 to 2001, Mullen said the mantra whenever anyone asked about the cloud billowing out of Drake's towers was, "It's safe. There are no dangerous emissions coming out of that plant. It's mostly just steam."

Mullen conceded he's not a scientist or an engineer. But he told The Gazette recent scientific evidence has proven the old disclaimer was wrong.

"There is a lot of stuff coming out of the smokestacks that's not good for us," he said Friday.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:59:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Cripple Creek-Victor superintendent requests termination-for-cause hearing]]> http://gazette.com/cripple-creek-victor-superintendent-requests-termination-for-cause-hearing/article/1628196?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cripple-creek-victor-superintendent-requests-termination-for-cause-hearing/article/1628196?custom_click=rss

Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 Superintendent Les Lindauer, who was suspended from his position last month pending an internal investigation, has requested a termination-for-cause hearing, board President Timothy Braun said Friday.

Attorneys from both sides are working to set a hearing, which is allowed under his employment contract, likely before a retired judge in Colorado Springs, Braun said.

The judge will "make a recommendation" after weighing the board's reasoning and evidence as to why members believe Lindauer should be fired, in addition to Lindauer's responses and argument to the contrary.

The board reportedly has compiled 12 violations of school district policies against Lindauer.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:12:58 -0600
<![CDATA[50 parents separated from kids at border held in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/50-parents-separated-from-kids-at-border-held-in-colorado/article/1628189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/50-parents-separated-from-kids-at-border-held-in-colorado/article/1628189?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Some of the parents who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border are being held at an immigration facility in suburban Denver.

U.S. Customs and Immigration said Friday that 50 parents are being held at its detention center in Aurora. Spokesman Carl Rusnok said he didn't have any more details about how long those people had been held at the center, which is run by a private contractor, the GEO Group.

Immigration attorneys say they've been working to get parents released on bond as they try to reunite with their children.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:08:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Waldo Canyon fire deemed a 'cold case' but investigators still actively pursuing tips]]> http://gazette.com/waldo-canyon-fire-deemed-a-cold-case-but-investigators-still-actively-pursuing-tips/article/1628185?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/waldo-canyon-fire-deemed-a-cold-case-but-investigators-still-actively-pursuing-tips/article/1628185?custom_click=rss

Six years ago Saturday, people looking west of downtown Colorado Springs began noticing wisps of smoke rising from forested land behind the Cedar Heights development.

"I clearly remember my girlfriend at the time said, 'Look at that little bit of smoke,'" said Colorado Springs police Sgt. John Koch.

As fate would have it, Koch became one of two lead investigators on the Waldo Canyon fire, which killed two people, destroyed 347 houses, amassed nearly $454 million in insured losses, scorched 18,247 acres and cost $15.3 million in firefighting efforts. It took crews 17 days to contain the devastating blaze.

"It was a really tragic event for our city," Koch said. "There were lives lost, homes lost and a significant amount

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:50:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Jim Belushi performs at fundraiser for Colorado Springs nonprofit Realm of Caring]]> http://gazette.com/jim-belushi-performs-at-fundraiser-for-colorado-springs-nonprofit-realm-of-caring/article/1628177?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jim-belushi-performs-at-fundraiser-for-colorado-springs-nonprofit-realm-of-caring/article/1628177?custom_click=rss

Actor Jim Belushi was the guest speaker at a Realm of Caring Foundation fundraiser in Larkspur Thursday, but the real stars of the show were the families who benefited from the event.

The golf tournament and dinner at Bear Dance Golf Club raised more than $65,000 for the Colorado Springs-based nonprofit that works to provide a better quality of life for families who use cannabinoid therapy.

Realm of Caring co-founder and CEO Heather Jackson told her family’s story to the crowd of about 100 golfers and supporters gathered at tables under a tent next to the golf club.

“My son had 500,000 seizures by the time he was 5. A single act of bravery saved my son,” she said. “It was one single act that

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:36:09 -0600
<![CDATA[2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb weekend schedule and fan guide]]> http://gazette.com/2018-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-weekend-schedule-and-fan-guide/article/1628182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2018-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb-weekend-schedule-and-fan-guide/article/1628182?custom_click=rss Here's a look at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb schedule of events in and around Colorado Springs during the 2018 race weekend. Friday, June 22 (PPIHC sanctioned optional practice day / test and tune) 4 a.m. - 5 a.m.: Gateway open to spectators with tickets (A limited number of spectator tickets will be sold online only.) 4:45 a.m.: Official PPIHC start line closes to uphill traffic 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Sanctioned practice (Pikes Peak) 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Race day ticket sales (Hotel Eleganté - Breckenridge Room) 5 p.m.: Final competitor list / run order announced 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Fan Fest (downtown Colorado Springs) – free to the public 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Merchandise and ticket Sales (Fan Fest, downtown

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:26:13 -0600
<![CDATA[More than 30,000 expected to attend Hill Climb Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/more-than-30000-expected-to-attend-hill-climb-fan-fest-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1628031?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/more-than-30000-expected-to-attend-hill-climb-fan-fest-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1628031?custom_click=rss

The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fan Fest is set to ignite excitement Friday along seven blocks of Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.

The Fan Fest comes two days before Sunday's "Race to the Clouds," as cars and motorcycles speed up Pikes Peak for the 96th year.

More than 30,000 people typically attend the Fan Fest, now in its 17th year and sponsored by Budweiser and Toyo Tires.

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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:04:29 -0600