<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:40:08 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Sunday's forecast in Colorado Springs area to feature cold start]]> http://gazette.com/sundays-forecast-in-colorado-springs-area-to-feature-cold-start/article/1597702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sundays-forecast-in-colorado-springs-area-to-feature-cold-start/article/1597702?custom_click=rss

Bundle up.

The Pikes Peak region is forecast to have a cold start Sunday morning, with temperatures in the teens, according to a report by Gazette news partner KKTV. It also says that temperatures are expected to pick up in the afternoon into the 30s and 40s.

"Sunday will essentially be a repeat of Saturday," KKTV meteorologist Brian Bledsoe said in a weather report.

According to the National Weather Service in Pueblo, Colorado Springs could see a high near 40 degrees on Sunday with 5-mph winds in the afternoon.

The weather is expected to get even warmer Monday.

That day, the city is expected to see a high of a 49 degrees with windy conditions in the afternoon. The weather service predicts winds to kick up



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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:08:11 -0700
<![CDATA[TRANSGENDER JOURNEY: A Woodland Park family shares stories]]> http://gazette.com/transgender-journey-a-woodland-park-family-shares-stories/article/1597701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/transgender-journey-a-woodland-park-family-shares-stories/article/1597701?custom_click=rss

Connor Spalding doesn't like it when people tell him they think he's brave.

"It's a weird word to use because I feel like being yourself shouldn't have to be bravery," he said.

But until recently, the 17-year-old high school senior hasn't really been able to be himself.

Before last April, Connor had been known to family, friends and fellow students as Cora Spalding, a teenage girl who seemed to have trouble finding her way in life.

After puberty, Cora became especially anxious, angry and unhappy, according to parents Kelly Hunsaker and Greg Spalding.

"It was like I lost my child," Kelly said. "It was very difficult."

Connor is sure of himself. He knows who he is and where he wants to go. He is



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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:01:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Will your favorite stores and restaurants ever come to Colorado Springs?]]> http://gazette.com/will-your-favorite-stores-and-restaurants-ever-come-to-colorado-springs/article/1597650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/will-your-favorite-stores-and-restaurants-ever-come-to-colorado-springs/article/1597650?custom_click=rss

Denver's got 'em: IKEA, Crate & Barrel, The Cheesecake Factory and several more of the nation's trendiest stores and restaurants.

But don't bother looking for them in Colorado Springs; some of the biggest and most popular chains have never ventured south of Monument Hill - and possibly never will.

Hold on, though. The Springs' economy is getting stronger, its population is growing and consumers have money in their pockets to spend. And in recent years, some regional and national favorites have opened in the Springs, such as Bass Pro Shops, Costco Wholesale Club, American Furniture Warehouse, C.B. & Potts and Hacienda Colorado.



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:38:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Narrowing the gap: Olympic Museum organizers in Colorado Springs say they're inching closer to fundraising goal]]> http://gazette.com/narrowing-the-gap-olympic-museum-organizers-in-colorado-springs-say-theyre-inching-closer-to-fundraising-goal/article/1597675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/narrowing-the-gap-olympic-museum-organizers-in-colorado-springs-say-theyre-inching-closer-to-fundraising-goal/article/1597675?custom_click=rss

Faced with next month's deadline to raise private funds for their project, U.S. Olympic Museum organizers now say they're just $4.2 million short and closing in on their goal.

Meanwhile, museum officials and the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority are finalizing details of a loan with a trio of banks that will provide another key funding piece to finance the museum. That loan also will help fund a series of public improvements in southwest downtown, where the museum will be built.

The loan is driving the museum organizers' sense of urgency; as a condition of obtaining the financing, the banks are requiring museum officials to complete their private fundraising by March 31.

B.J.



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:38:19 -0700
<![CDATA[New U.S. Space Command boss works to advance America's options in orbit, on Internet]]> http://gazette.com/new-u.s.-space-command-boss-works-to-advance-americas-options-in-orbit-on-internet/article/1597674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-u.s.-space-command-boss-works-to-advance-americas-options-in-orbit-on-internet/article/1597674?custom_click=rss

Gen. Jay Raymond's first months at Air Force Space Command have confirmed what he already knew.

"Space is no longer a peaceful domain," he said last week, in an exclusive interview at his Peterson Air Force Base office.

As the keeper of the military's satellites, Raymond is figuring out how America will deal with wars that extend into orbit and how to keep the service's satellites operating for troops on the ground if war breaks out in space. It's enough to keep you up at night and no place for a novice.

For Raymond, though, it's a long-sought challenge.

"I have been preparing my whole career for this job," he said.



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:51:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado rancher plows mile-long 'Trump' sign]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-rancher-plows-mile-long-trump-sign/article/1597679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-rancher-plows-mile-long-trump-sign/article/1597679?custom_click=rss

LIMON, Colorado — If you fly in or out of Denver soon, you might spot one of the nation's largest political signs.

Frustrated at some of the negativity coming from opponents of President Trump, Colorado rancher Doug Koehn hopped on his plow and carved the word “TRUMP” in big block letters into his field.

“The letters are 800 feet wide and approximately 800 feet long,” Koehn said. “A mile-long Trump.”

You can’t really read it from ground level. The first time Koehn saw the whole thing in one frame was when 9NEWS showed up with a drone to see it.

Read the full story at USA Today.



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:51:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair exhibits students' wide-ranging interests]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-regional-science-fair-exhibits-students-wide-ranging-interests/article/1597683?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-peak-regional-science-fair-exhibits-students-wide-ranging-interests/article/1597683?custom_click=rss

Current affairs, the high cost of medical care and nutritional effects on the human brain converged Saturday at the annual Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair

Held at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' University Center, the competition boasted about 160 exhibits tackling topics related to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The participants, from El Paso, Teller and Elbert countries, were broken into two groups: the juniors (students from sixth to eighth grades) and the seniors (students from ninth to 12th grades).

Hundreds of spectators showed up to talk to the students about their projects, while 10 judges walked around to determine which ones were worthy of praise.

The awards



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:51:11 -0700
<![CDATA[State Patrol searching for pickup that deliberately hit parked cars in east Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/state-patrol-searching-for-pickup-that-deliberately-hit-parked-cars-in-east-colorado-springs/article/1597677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-patrol-searching-for-pickup-that-deliberately-hit-parked-cars-in-east-colorado-springs/article/1597677?custom_click=rss

Colorado State Patrol is looking for a blue pickup that hit multiple vehicles Saturday in the Cimarron Hills area of east Colorado Springs.

At least six cars were reportedly struck around 5 p.m., said Tim Sutherland, a State Patrol spokesman.

In a tweet, the State Patrol said the suspected vehicle was "intentionally hitting parked vehicles."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call State Patrol at *277.



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:49:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Vince Bzdek: Fraternize with the enemy. Please.]]> http://gazette.com/vince-bzdek-fraternize-with-the-enemy.-please./article/1597655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vince-bzdek-fraternize-with-the-enemy.-please./article/1597655?custom_click=rss

An enemy of the people came into my office the other day to pitch a story about the first American airman to return to duty after being deemed 100 percent disabled. A dozen years after he was nearly killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro wanted to complete the final stage of his unprecedented comeback, jumping out of an airplane. The enemy reporter, Tom Roeder, wanted to be there with him. It was our best read story last week.

I recently asked another enemy of the people, the sweet-talking but steely-spined education writer Debbie Kelley, to write a tribute to Pam Shockley-Zalabak upon her retirement from UCCS after transforming that school.



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:48:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Gumbo provides the heat at Manitou Springs' Mardi Gras celebration]]> http://gazette.com/gumbo-provides-the-heat-at-manitou-springs-mardi-gras-celebration/article/1597678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gumbo-provides-the-heat-at-manitou-springs-mardi-gras-celebration/article/1597678?custom_click=rss

Louisiana native Byron Guillory had never cooked gumbo in the snow - until Saturday.

He was one of 21 chefs who entered the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off in Manitou Springs, where leftover flurries from Friday still covered much of the ground.

At the contest, which preceded the Carnivale Parade as part of the city's annual Mardi Gras celebrations, hundreds of people got a taste of Cajun flavor more than 1,000 miles from the Bayou. And for some attendees, it was the first time they sampled the staple creole cuisine.

"A lot of my friends say, what's that? I'll say, come over, and I'll fix you some," said Paul Haas, a Colorado Springs resident, originally from Houston, who placed second in the amateur rankings. "They



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:08:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Fire near Pikes Peak International Raceway burns 250 acres]]> http://gazette.com/fire-near-pikes-peak-international-raceway-burns-250-acres/article/1597667?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fire-near-pikes-peak-international-raceway-burns-250-acres/article/1597667?custom_click=rss

 Firefighters are working to put out a fire in southeast Colorado Springs.

The fire was reported just before 2:30 p.m. at Janitell Road and East Las Vegas Street, said Mark Parker, assistant fire chief at the Stratmoor Hills Fire Department.  

Colorado Springs Fire Department’s wildland fire crew is also on scene.

Firefighters from Hanover Fire Department are responding to another fire near Pikes Peak International Raceway.  

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:22:35 -0700
<![CDATA[About 40 firefighters required to quell blaze at west Colorado Springs home]]> http://gazette.com/about-40-firefighters-required-to-quell-blaze-at-west-colorado-springs-home/article/1597633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/about-40-firefighters-required-to-quell-blaze-at-west-colorado-springs-home/article/1597633?custom_click=rss

As many as 40 firefighters were required to put out a fire at a residence in west Colorado Springs early Saturday morning.

The blaze on the 400 block of Spring Street was reported just before 12:30 a.m., according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

Springs Street is a narrow, winding road, which made the response considerably more challenging. The firefighting effort was also hampered by cold temperatures and low hydrant pressure, according to KKTV.

Colorado Springs Fire Department reported that the homeowner made it out safely and there were no injuries.

Lt. Don Watkins with CSFD told KKTV that crews, "Got on scene within five minutes, found billowing with heavy smoke and fire conditions.”

Crews were



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:26:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Crime Stoppers appeals for donations to keep getting tips for Colorado Springs police]]> http://gazette.com/crime-stoppers-appeals-for-donations-to-keep-getting-tips-for-colorado-springs-police/article/1597670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crime-stoppers-appeals-for-donations-to-keep-getting-tips-for-colorado-springs-police/article/1597670?custom_click=rss

There's a reason crimes publicized in El Paso County almost always include a plea for potential witnesses to call Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers.

"It's because they do (call). It works," program president Bonnie Johnson said.

About 2,000 people called the anonymous hotline last year to tip off law enforcement on wanted persons, stolen property, drugs, and even homicide suspects. All but about 16 of those tips led to an arrest, Johnson said.

In December, a caller led police to a homicide suspect, Johnson said, declining to elaborate. It was the second time in her seven years with Crime Stoppers that the program played a direct role in the capture of a suspected killer, she said.

"Crime Stoppers makes a huge difference



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:57:32 -0700
<![CDATA[“Valentine’s” flyers promoting the Ku Klux Klan distributed in Grand Junction]]> http://gazette.com/valentines-flyers-promoting-the-ku-klux-klan-distributed-in-grand-junction/article/1597673?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/valentines-flyers-promoting-the-ku-klux-klan-distributed-in-grand-junction/article/1597673?custom_click=rss

“Valentine’s” flyers promoting the Ku Klux Klan were left on driveways or placed in mailboxes around Grand Junction, spurring some residents to turn them into the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The flyers urge people to “love your own race” while condemning homosexuality and “race mixing.” It provides a generic hotline number for the Klan as well as the hate group’s website address.

The flyers appeared to be a part of a national Valentine’s Day event, sheriff spokeswoman Megan Terlecky said in an e-mail.

Residents told officers that “valentine’s” were put in baggies with candy and left at houses around a neighborhood two weeks ago. Last



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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:39:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Road work: Lanes to be closed this week for Cimarron-Interstate 25 project]]> http://gazette.com/road-work-lanes-to-be-closed-this-week-for-cimarron-interstate-25-project/article/1597666?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/road-work-lanes-to-be-closed-this-week-for-cimarron-interstate-25-project/article/1597666?custom_click=rss

Get ready for another week of lane closures related to the Interstate 25 and Cimarron Street interchange project.

Beginning Monday and continuing through Friday, lanes will be closed on eastbound and westbound Cimarron Street, or U.S. Highway 24, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on those days, the right lane of Colorado Avenue will be closed at Walnut for crews to work on concrete and fencing.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, one lane will be closed on Cimarron Street from east of the northbound ramps to Sierra Madre Street.

The northbound I-25 off-ramp will also be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:01:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Thousands gather in Denver for pro-Muslim rally]]> http://gazette.com/thousands-gather-in-denver-for-pro-muslim-rally/article/feed/442967?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thousands-gather-in-denver-for-pro-muslim-rally/article/feed/442967?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Thousands of people gathered at Denver's City Center Park Saturday for a rally in support of the Muslim community and to protest President Donald Trump's executive order to temporarily ban refuges from seven mostly Muslim countries.

Participants carried signs, heard speeches, sang and chanted.

One of the speakers, Zahra Abdulameer, came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq and is now a U.S. citizen. The 17-year-old says she has been welcomed and treated with respect and been able to receive an education, but she fears things could change.

"I find it utterly cruel that Trump is depriving people of the same dreams my family and I had.

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