<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:51:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: Trump makes apology, then rips into Clinton during Colorado Springs speech]]> http://gazette.com/watch-live-trump-makes-apology-then-rips-into-clinton-during-colorado-springs-speech/article/1581505?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/watch-live-trump-makes-apology-then-rips-into-clinton-during-colorado-springs-speech/article/1581505?custom_click=rss

El Paso County Commissioner and U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn unexpectedly took the stage Friday afternoon before Trump’s address at UCCS.

“Donald trump is going to lead us to victory as president,” Glenn told a crowd filling the Gallogly Events Center. “But there’s more. Hillary Clinton is not fit to be president… I am absolutely committed to making sure we remove her from her pantsuit and put her in a bright orange jump suit.”



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:34:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Woodland Park police audit finds issues with following of body camera policy]]> http://gazette.com/woodland-park-police-audit-finds-issues-with-following-of-body-camera-policy/article/1581520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woodland-park-police-audit-finds-issues-with-following-of-body-camera-policy/article/1581520?custom_click=rss

An internal audit by Woodland Park police officials found some officers were not using body cameras in accordance with the department's policy.

The audit, which reviewed material from March 15 to June 1, discovered officers were not consistently wearing the body cameras or keeping the footage for the required 180-day period. Many officers also failed to make note of videos in police reports or designate the footage as evidence, the department said Friday.

The department conducted the audit to see if any footage was missing after a three-terabyte hard drive holding months' worth of body camera footage was accidentally damaged in late May.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:14:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump wants vets to have access to private health care]]> http://gazette.com/trump-wants-vets-to-have-access-to-private-health-care/article/1581514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-wants-vets-to-have-access-to-private-health-care/article/1581514?custom_click=rss

In his first 100 days as president, Republican nominee Donald Trump says he'd open up private hospitals to veterans frustrated by long wait times at Veterans Affairs hospitals, and he'd support a first-in-the nation pilot program for vets to receive private health care right in Colorado Springs.

"I like that idea," Trump told members of The Gazette's editorial board. "We're going to help vets right away. I'd give them a medical card" good at local hospitals and doctors' offices so that veterans could get care "right down the street" rather than go to overburdened VA hospitals.

Trump made his remarks in a 35-minute session with Gazette editors and executives in advance of a campaign event at the Gallogly Events Center at the



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:09:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Day is Monday - you can visit these state parks for free]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-day-is-monday-you-can-visit-these-state-parks-for-free/article/1581521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-day-is-monday-you-can-visit-these-state-parks-for-free/article/1581521?custom_click=rss

As Colorado celebrates its 140th birthday Monday, entrance to all its 42 state parks will be free.

Colorado Day is Aug. 1, marking the date in 1876 when the state joined the Union, and as usual, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will waive gate fees to the lands it protects. License and permits still will be required for fishing and camping.

Colorado prides itself in the fact that most residents live within 30 minutes of a state park. Those who live in Colorado Springs can get to Cheyenne Mountain State Park in about that time. In less than an hour, locals can head west on Highway 24 and reach Mueller State Park.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:56:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Thunderstorm watch issued Friday for El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/thunderstorm-watch-issued-friday-for-el-paso-county/article/1581519?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thunderstorm-watch-issued-friday-for-el-paso-county/article/1581519?custom_click=rss

On the heels of a hail-producing storm that left much of El Paso County battered overnight Friday, the National Weather Service in Pueblo is warning of another storm.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for 14 of central Colorado's counties, including El Paso.

"Much like yesterday, primary storm threats will include large hail, damaging wind gusts, flash flooding and lightning," the weather service said.

Storms are likely to hit strongest along the mountains, the Service said.

And that won't be the last of it.

Isolated to scattered storms are expected throughout Saturday and Sunday, the weather service said.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:38:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Social media a key battleground in America's Islamic State fight]]> http://gazette.com/social-media-a-key-battleground-in-americas-islamic-state-fight/article/1581513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/social-media-a-key-battleground-in-americas-islamic-state-fight/article/1581513?custom_click=rss

ASPEN -- The most important battlefields in America’s war against Islamic State terrorists may be Twitter and Facebook, experts told a crowd at the Aspen Security Forum here Friday.

“This arguably is the most complex challenge the federal government and industry faces,” said George Selim, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s community partnerships program.

Federal officials have warned for two years that social media sites have become tools for terror organizations that use them to recruit and radicalize followers.

Facebook’s head of global policy Monica Bickert said her firm and other social media sites are working overtime to stamp out radical posts.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:07:47 -0600
<![CDATA[WWII aircraft will stop in Colorado Springs for public tours, flights]]> http://gazette.com/wwii-aircraft-will-stop-in-colorado-springs-for-public-tours-flights/article/1580118?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wwii-aircraft-will-stop-in-colorado-springs-for-public-tours-flights/article/1580118?custom_click=rss

The Wings of Freedom Tour is coming to Colorado Springs, and visitors can step back into 1944 and experience an aeronautical snippet of World War II.

Four fully restored WWII bomber and fighter aircraft will land in Colorado Springs Wednesday and park at the Colorado Jet Center at the Colorado Springs Airport, Hunter Chaney said. Chaney is the marketing director for the Collings Foundation, which sponsors the 110-city nationwide tour.

"These aircraft fly as tribute," Chaney said. "It is a very impactful memorial for our veterans. The goal is not only to honor our veterans through the aircraft, but to remind us of the great sacrifices they made."

The aircraft will be ready to tour about 2 p.m. Wednesday. They will be



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:06:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs food bank concludes water distribution in Security-Widefield]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-food-bank-concludes-water-distribution-in-security-widefield/article/1581499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-food-bank-concludes-water-distribution-in-security-widefield/article/1581499?custom_click=rss

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado held its a final water distribution Friday for Security-Widefield area residents affected by drinking water contamination.

This was the sixth Friday the food bank gave away water distribution. Each week, the organization has given away about 34,000 pounds of water to an average of 550 residents, according to the Facebook post.

Care and Share started the distributions after chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds were found in Security and Widefield water supplies at levels considered unsafe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"It's our understanding that city officials are working diligently to find viable, long-term solutions," Care and Share said in the

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]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:30:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Woman fatally shot in Colorado Springs; police seek witnesses]]> http://gazette.com/woman-fatally-shot-in-colorado-springs-police-seek-witnesses/article/1581487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-fatally-shot-in-colorado-springs-police-seek-witnesses/article/1581487?custom_click=rss

Police are seeking witnesses of Thursday night the fatal shooting of woman.

The woman, in her 20s, was found about 11:30 p.m. suffering what appeared to be a gunshot wound, Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black said. She was taken to a hospital where she died from the injury, he said.

The shooting happened in the 900 block of Chapman Drive, west of the Colorado Springs Airport near Airport Road.

No person is in custody related to the shooting, but Black said police do not believe there is a threat to the community. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 444-7000 or leave a tip with the Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 634-7867.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:16:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Trump's stop in Colorado Springs on Friday will draw fans and foes; UCCS professors speak out]]> http://gazette.com/trumps-stop-in-colorado-springs-on-friday-will-draw-fans-and-foes-uccs-professors-speak-out/article/1581469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trumps-stop-in-colorado-springs-on-friday-will-draw-fans-and-foes-uccs-professors-speak-out/article/1581469?custom_click=rss

More than 100 professors and staff members at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs signed a letter opposing the appearance of Donald Trump on campus Friday.

Trump is scheduled to speak a 2 p.m. Friday at Gallogly Events Center. Tickets are available to the public online at donaldjtrump.com/schedule. The venue, at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, holds 1,500.

A protest is planned at the event.

"While we recognize Mr. Trump's right to speak at UCCS and at other public venues, we strongly condemn the content and tone of much of the rhetoric that Mr. Trump has used since announcing his bid for president," said the letter addressed to UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and signed by 114 individuals including



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:35:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Hail wipes out 27 Colorado Springs police cars]]> http://gazette.com/hail-wipes-out-27-colorado-springs-police-cars/article/1581484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hail-wipes-out-27-colorado-springs-police-cars/article/1581484?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs often gets random hail storms that blow through in the middle of the summer, but Thursday night's storm was a new beast for many people.

Residents mainly living in northeast Colorado Springs, Security-Widefield and Fountain woke up Friday to find severe hail damage had pummeled their property.

Windows of cars and homes were smashed, dents covered almost every car hood, roofs were beaten, cloth canopies were shredded, plants and trees were ripped apart.

Colorado Springs Utilities said the weather wiped out power to 1,800 customers in the Cimarron Hills area.

Eighteen residents of the Value Place Motel were displaced by storm damage, according to the American Red Cross. A shelter was opened to them

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Tensions were high when a Colorado Springs man barricaded himself in a home Thursday, prompting police to shut down two roads while they tried to talk him out. But all ended peacefully.

Police were called to the 4800 block of Portrait Place in northeast Colorado Springs just after 9 a.m. to check on a reported domestic disturbance. A witness told them a man wanted on felony charges was inside.

Deane Williams, 29, was believed to have barricaded himself in the home, police said. Communication with him was sporadic, and after Williams "refused multiple times" to leave the home, police shut down portions of Oro Blanco Drive and Portrait Place.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:26:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Buffalo Soldiers honored with highway naming, Colorado Springs monument]]> http://gazette.com/buffalo-soldiers-honored-with-highway-naming-colorado-springs-monument/article/1581468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/buffalo-soldiers-honored-with-highway-naming-colorado-springs-monument/article/1581468?custom_click=rss

Two years ago, a group of Colorado Springs residents came together because they believed an important part of American black history was being ignored.

That history involves the Buffalo Soldiers, a black military unit credited with helping develop the American West after the Civil War.

On Thursday, the group took a huge step forward by introducing the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Committee during a public ceremony at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center and unveiling a monument at Memorial Park detailing the black soldiers' accomplishments.

The monument, located at the park's Circle of Honor display, features the names of 23 Buffalo Soldier Medal of Honor recipients.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:51:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Report: Pilot in southern Colorado warned of bad weather before 2014 crash]]> http://gazette.com/report-pilot-in-southern-colorado-warned-of-bad-weather-before-2014-crash/article/1581486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-pilot-in-southern-colorado-warned-of-bad-weather-before-2014-crash/article/1581486?custom_click=rss DENVER — A report on a plane crash in southern Colorado says the pilot had been warned not to fly into Pagosa Springs because of winter weather before his aircraft went down, killing him and his girlfriend.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/2ahsb6E ) the National Transportation Safety Board revealed its findings this week of the November 2014 crash that killed 55-year-old Howard Guthrie, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and 42-year-old Melissa Watson, of Albuquerque.

The board's report says Guthrie disregarded a message from an Archuleta County airport operator, who warned against flying in the bad weather.

The pilot had tried flying into the airport despite low visibility and snowy conditions before turning



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:41:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Attorneys want to end media interviews with admitted Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter]]> http://gazette.com/attorneys-want-to-end-media-interviews-with-admitted-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooter/article/1581462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attorneys-want-to-end-media-interviews-with-admitted-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooter/article/1581462?custom_click=rss

Attorneys for admitted Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear Jr. want to curb their client's penchant for making public statements.

A motion filed last week seeks to bar the 58-year-old Hartsel man from interacting with reporters at the Pueblo State Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, where he is confined for treatment while the case against him is on temporary hold.

Dear's overtures to reporters are a "recurring issue" abetted by "unethical" reporters in search of a scoop, the motion argues in asking 4th Judicial District Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez to direct hospital administrators to restrict reporters' access to Dear.

"Some of these communications were initiated by Dear himself," the motion reads.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:38:41 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Charges filed against 2 men in Cold Springs Fire]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-charges-filed-against-2-men-in-cold-springs-fire/article/feed/371966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-charges-filed-against-2-men-in-cold-springs-fire/article/feed/371966?custom_click=rss

NEDERLAND, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires burning in Colorado (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

The two men accused of accidentally starting the wildfire that has destroyed eight homes in Colorado have been charged with arson.

District Attorney Stan Garnett announced the charges Wednesday at a meeting with residents in Nederland, a mountain town near Boulder.

Investigators say 28-year-old Jimmy Andrew Suggs and 26-year-old Zackary Ryan Kuykendall from Vinemont, Alabama didn't make sure their campfire on private property was completely out, allowing it to flare up and spread in hot, windy weather on Saturday.

They each face two counts of arson, including one that is a felony carrying a penalty of up to 12

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