<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 03:42:40 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs 7-year-old's benevolent project brings holiday cheer to the homeless]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-7-year-olds-benevolent-project-brings-holiday-cheer-to-the-homeless/article/1615725?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-7-year-olds-benevolent-project-brings-holiday-cheer-to-the-homeless/article/1615725?custom_click=rss

Wearing a spunky red velvet Santa dress her grandma bought, 7-year-old Ashley Scott delivers this insightful yuletide decree: "The homeless need a Merry Christmas, too."

Ashley is making sure they get one.

"I feel sad for them," Ashley said. "Doing this makes me feel happy."

The Rockrimmon Elementary second-grader started a small-scale holiday benefit for the homeless last year. This year, Kids Care Too has grown into a community-wide project.

Ashley and her mom, Anne Turnbaugh, ran the whole production last year. The pair baked cookies and used some of their holiday spending money to buy blankets, socks and gloves.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:13:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado woman charged with 105 counts of animal cruelty ]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-woman-charged-with-105-counts-of-animal-cruelty/article/1615752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-woman-charged-with-105-counts-of-animal-cruelty/article/1615752?custom_click=rss

DURANGO — A Colorado woman has been charged with 105 counts of animal cruelty as a result of a lengthy investigation into mistreatment on her property.

The Durango Herald reports that on Nov. 15, about 110 animals were seized from Elizabeth Miera's property in southwestern La Plata County. Dogs, a cat, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, a burro, a duck, chickens and cattle were all taken from her as part of the investigation that included multiple state agencies.

Authorities have not released additional information about the case. Attempts by the Herald to reach La Plata County Animal Control Director Travis Woehrel and 6th Judicial District Attorney Christian Champagne were unsuccessful.

Miera also did not

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:34:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Manitou council OKs measure to bear-proof trash]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-council-oks-measure-to-bear-proof-trash/article/1615749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-council-oks-measure-to-bear-proof-trash/article/1615749?custom_click=rss

Manitou Springs citizens will have to use a wildlife-proof garbage bin or keep their trash indoors till collection day, the City Council decided Tuesday night with a unanimous vote.

Supporters say the law will protect not only bears and other beasts drawn to urban garbage, but also locals exposed to the wandering scavengers.

"We're really happy tonight, for the benefit of both bears and our community," said Nancy Wilson, an organizer with the grassroots Bear Smart Task Force. "We're tired, number one, of hearing about bears being euthanized."

Two dozen bears have been euthanized in the Pikes Peak region this summer because they had become habituated to humans, often by garbage, said Bill Vogrin, spokesman for

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:35:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Ellicott Middle School principal one of two killed in head-on collision east of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/ellicott-middle-school-principal-one-of-two-killed-in-head-on-collision-east-of-colorado-springs/article/1615706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ellicott-middle-school-principal-one-of-two-killed-in-head-on-collision-east-of-colorado-springs/article/1615706?custom_click=rss

The car of Ellicott Middle School’s principal was struck head-on by another driver Tuesday, killing them both, the Colorado State Patrol announced.
Robert Ours was driving a 2004 Audi A4 east on Bradley Road about 11:15 a.m. when he moved into the westbound lane to pass another vehicle, the State Patrol said.
The Audi crashed into Principal Diane Garduno’s westbound 2014 Chevrolet Impala about a half-mile west of Meridian Road.
The Audi spun and came to rest facing west. The Chevrolet was pushed eastbound, went off the north side of the road and came to rest facing south.
Garduno, 48, of Peyton, died in the crash. She was wearing a seat belt.
Ours, 21, of Colorado Springs, was taken to Memorial Hospital,

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:30:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Thursday, November 23]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-thursday-november-23/article/1615568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-calendar-thursday-november-23/article/1615568?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at what's going on Thursday in the Colorado Springs area:

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:50:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Eagles, Jimmy Buffett to play Coors Field in 2018]]> http://gazette.com/eagles-jimmy-buffett-to-play-coors-field-in-2018/article/1615697?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/eagles-jimmy-buffett-to-play-coors-field-in-2018/article/1615697?custom_click=rss

The Eagles and Jimmy Buffett will pair up in a tour de force concert next year.

The two iconic acts will perform June 28 at Coors Field in Denver. Tickets are $69.50-$500 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 1. American Express members can take advantage of a presale beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 28. Other presale opportunities begin Nov. 30. Call 866-448-7849 or go online to ticketmaster.com.

Deacon Frey, the son of Eagles lead singer and co-founder Glenn Frey, will step in for his father, who died last year. Country singer Vince Gill also will sing with the band.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:48:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Early closure of Martin Drake Power Plant might cost Colorado Springs Utilities hundreds of millions]]> http://gazette.com/early-closure-of-martin-drake-power-plant-might-cost-colorado-springs-utilities-hundreds-of-millions/article/1615747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/early-closure-of-martin-drake-power-plant-might-cost-colorado-springs-utilities-hundreds-of-millions/article/1615747?custom_click=rss

Closing the coal-fired downtown Martin Drake Power Plant could cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The costs hinge on unpredictable inflation rates and fuel prices, said Scott Shewey, interim chief planning and finance officer for Colorado Springs Utilities.

But the Utilities board got a few estimates Tuesday from Shewey and John Romero, Utilities' general manager of energy acquisition, engineering and planning

The board had asked Romero to examine options to replace the power that will be lost when Drake is decommissioned. The plant is scheduled to be shut down no later than 2035, but the board wanted to see if it could be closed by 2025 or 2030.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:47:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Thieves sought in Colorado Springs area Walmart robberies]]> http://gazette.com/thieves-sought-in-colorado-springs-area-walmart-robberies/article/1615741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thieves-sought-in-colorado-springs-area-walmart-robberies/article/1615741?custom_click=rss

Three thieves have stolen more than $4,000 in electronics from four Walmart stores in Colorado Springs, Monument and El Paso County, including two iPad Pros from a Falcon Walmart store in early November, the Sheriff's Office announced.

The robbers - two women and a man - entered the Falcon store at 11550 Meridian Market View about 6 p.m. Nov. 3, asked an employee to place several electronics on layaway and helped carry the items to the layaway counter, the Sheriff's Office said.

The two women handed the iPads to their male accomplice, who walked away and checked out, paying cash for several small items and placing the iPads into the bags.

All three then left and later were seen in a red 2012 Cadillac Escalade with

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:37:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Medical college expands in Colorado Springs as other for-profit schools close]]> http://gazette.com/medical-college-expands-in-colorado-springs-as-other-for-profit-schools-close/article/1615557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/medical-college-expands-in-colorado-springs-as-other-for-profit-schools-close/article/1615557?custom_click=rss

Big blue letters identifying Pima Medical Institute's new location aren't hard to spot from Interstate 25 near the Rockrimmon exit.

"We're pretty visible now," said Tara Dailey, director of the Colorado Springs campus, one of 17 brick-and-mortar schools in the for-profit family- and employee-owned system.

Pima's 400 local students in medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary care programs started classes a few weeks ago at 5725 Mark Dabling Blvd.

"We needed a bigger space to accommodate all of our students and programs, and we wanted a better location that's more convenient and easier to get to," Dailey said.

The school spent $1.7 million on renovations, said Fred Freedman, president and CEO.

This is the

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:17:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Cause of girls' death on Colorado farm still undetermined ]]> http://gazette.com/cause-of-girls-death-on-colorado-farm-still-undetermined/article/1615732?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cause-of-girls-death-on-colorado-farm-still-undetermined/article/1615732?custom_click=rss

TELLURIDE — Colorado officials say they still are trying to determine what caused the death of two girls on a rural farm.

Pathologist Michael Benziger said during a court hearing Monday that 10-year-old Makayla Roberts and 8-year-old Hannah Marshall had been dead "for several weeks to months" when their bodies were found in early September.

The Telluride Daily Planet reports that a medical examiner in New Mexico will perform more tests.

According to court documents, one member of the small group living on the Norwood farm told police that a woman named Madani Ceus was acting as a "spiritual leader" ordered the children kept in a car without food or water for days.

Ceus and the girl's mother

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:07:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado lawmakers to review policy on sexual harassment]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-to-review-policy-on-sexual-harassment/article/1615716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-lawmakers-to-review-policy-on-sexual-harassment/article/1615716?custom_click=rss

DENVER  — Colorado's highest-ranking legislators responded Tuesday to harassment complaints against lawmakers by announcing a formal review of their procedures for identifying, reporting and resolving sexual misconduct incidents at the Capitol.

The announcement by leaders of the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led House comes after formal complaints were filed against two Democratic state representatives in recent weeks. Lawmakers have struggled to address the allegations as they also try to prepare for the 2018 legislative session that convenes in January.

Lawmakers and General Assembly staff will look at practices in other states and in the private sector.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:04:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Man killed in rollover crash on I-25 in Colorado Springs identified]]> http://gazette.com/man-killed-in-rollover-crash-on-i-25-in-colorado-springs-identified/article/1615694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-killed-in-rollover-crash-on-i-25-in-colorado-springs-identified/article/1615694?custom_click=rss

Joseph Murphy, 62, has been identified as the victim of a one-car rollover Sunday.

Murphy was driving erratically on Interstate 25 near Woodmen Road when he drove off the highway, crashed into a guardrail and his car rolled, ejecting him, police said. He was taken to a hospital but died.

Murphy's is the 35th traffic death in Colorado Springs this year, tying the record set in 2013.

Speed and alcohol might have contributed to the crash, police said.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:01:58 -0700
<![CDATA[Diana DeGette alleges she was sexually assaulted in an elevator by former congressman]]> http://gazette.com/diana-degette-alleges-she-was-sexually-assaulted-in-an-elevator-by-former-congressman/article/1615676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/diana-degette-alleges-she-was-sexually-assaulted-in-an-elevator-by-former-congressman/article/1615676?custom_click=rss

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette said Monday she faced unwanted sexual advances from a congressman who tried to forcibly kiss her in an elevator years ago.

In an appearance on MSNBC's Meet the Press Daily, the Denver Democrat cited sexual harrassment by former U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., who resigned as San Diego mayor in 2013 amid sex harassment claims. Filmer apologized but denied the claims, citing "the mentality of a lynch mob." He was convicted of sexual harassment four months later.

"Some years ago, I was in an elevator and then-Congressman Bob Filner tried to pin me to a door of the elevator and kiss me, and I pushed him away," DeGette said.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:56:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Admitted Planned Parenthood killer misses hearing; murder prosecution in limbo]]> http://gazette.com/admitted-planned-parenthood-killer-misses-hearing-murder-prosecution-in-limbo/article/1615687?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/admitted-planned-parenthood-killer-misses-hearing-murder-prosecution-in-limbo/article/1615687?custom_click=rss

Days from the two-year anniversary of a deadly attack on Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, the admitted shooter was again found too disturbed to be prosecuted.

Robert Lewis Dear Jr., 59, wasn't present Tuesday during a regularly scheduled court update about his mental state.

Fourth Judicial District Chief Judge William Bain said an appearance by Dear wasn't necessary because state psychiatrists released an Oct. 25 report finding that he remains unable to understand the charges against him or to assist in his defense, leaving Dear's prosecution in legal limbo. The hearing marked the seventh time Dear, who has been diagnosed as delusional, has been found mentally incompetent.

Under state law, competency reviews are

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:53:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Utilities to bill households for stormwater fees]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-to-bill-households-for-stormwater-fees/article/1615724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-to-bill-households-for-stormwater-fees/article/1615724?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Utilities will bill households for the stormwater fees that voters approved Nov. 7, the Utilities board decided at its Tuesday meeting.

Only board member Andy Pico opposed the move.

The residential fees of $5 a month will last 20 years and should raise up to $18 million a year.

Utilities has until next July, when the fees kick in, to develop its implementation plan.

The city will bill nonresidential properties, which will pay $30 per acre each month.

The city expects to set aside about $1 million to pay for implementation of the billing process and Utilities' billing work.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:52:34 -0700