<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:52:02 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[El Paso officials look to Tuesday weather change to help quench Milne fire]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-officials-look-to-tuesday-weather-change-to-help-quench-milne-fire/article/1597785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-officials-look-to-tuesday-weather-change-to-help-quench-milne-fire/article/1597785?custom_click=rss

Rain and light snow is forecast to help firefighters Tuesday as they douse lingering hot spots of a fast-moving grass fire that threatened homes a day earlier across southeast El Paso County.

All evacuation orders were lifted around 7:30 p.m. Monday, bringing a measure of closure to hundreds of homeowners after an hours-long ordeal that saw dry, gusty winds fan flames across 5,000 acres of the Hanover area.

Left unclear was exactly how the blaze began and how much destruction it caused.

Firefighters have not confirmed if any homes have been burned from the blaze, called the Milne fire. However, Richard Muszynski, logistics supervisor and government liaison for the Red Cross said he saw at least one home and one trailer



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 23:06:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Animal rights group ruin $1,000 worth of meat at Boulder market]]> http://gazette.com/animal-rights-group-ruin-1000-worth-of-meat-at-boulder-market/article/1597805?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/animal-rights-group-ruin-1000-worth-of-meat-at-boulder-market/article/1597805?custom_click=rss

An animal rights group has claimed responsibility for ruining about $1,000 worth of meat products at Ideal Market in Boulder on Sunday after a teen protester placed flowers on top of raw lamb, pork and beef.

An unidentified man and a girl walked into Ideal Market, 1275 Alpine Ave., shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, according to Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:52:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Live blog: Milne fire burns 3,275 acres]]> http://gazette.com/live-blog-milne-fire-burns-3275-acres/article/1597771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/live-blog-milne-fire-burns-3275-acres/article/1597771?custom_click=rss

A fast-moving fire has burned at least 7,000 acres in Hanover. 



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:26:21 -0700
<![CDATA[11-year-old girl dies after falling from overlook in Trinidad]]> http://gazette.com/11-year-old-girl-dies-after-falling-from-overlook-in-trinidad/article/1597804?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/11-year-old-girl-dies-after-falling-from-overlook-in-trinidad/article/1597804?custom_click=rss An 11-year-old girl has died after falling about 20 feet Sunday evening from an overlook in Trinidad.

The Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office says the child fell from the southwest side of Simpson’s Rest, where the town’s namesake sign sits.

She was taken to Mt. San Rafael Hospital where she was pronounced dead after efforts to revive her failed.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:13:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs council targets shops that make 'change' in marijuana]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-council-targets-shops-that-make-change-in-marijuana/article/1597801?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-council-targets-shops-that-make-change-in-marijuana/article/1597801?custom_click=rss In Colorado Springs, where recreational marijuana sales are illegal, a consumer can wander into a head shop, pay an exorbitant sum for a pipe or a lighter and get the "change" in marijuana.

Those unlawful transfers of pot must stop, Deputy Chief of Staff Bret Waters told the City Council on Monday.

"Illegal gifting and transfer is opposed by legitimate medical marijuana businesses," said Councilman Larry Bagley, who has led a marijuana working group that has studied city pot laws for the past year.

The council soon will be asked to pass an ordinance that bars such transfers. It also will be asked to consider limits on medical marijuana businesses, which have been under a moratorium that ends May 25.

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:55:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump supporters rally at Colorado statehouse, chant campaign slogans]]> http://gazette.com/trump-supporters-rally-at-colorado-statehouse-chant-campaign-slogans/article/1597799?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-supporters-rally-at-colorado-statehouse-chant-campaign-slogans/article/1597799?custom_click=rss

Hundreds of Colorado supporters of President Donald Trump pushed back on opposition protests Monday with a rally on the statehouse steps in what felt like a throwback to campaign season.

They chanted "Lock her up" about Hillary Clinton. They yelled for Trump to "drain the swamp." They cheered for a border wall. They talked about making America great again.

"Many ask, 'How can you support Donald Trump?'" Devin Comacho, the 19-year-old chairman of the Otero County Republican Party told the crowd. "'You're a millennial, you're a college student and you're Hispanic.' Well, that is exactly why I support him."

He said the main concern of millennials is jobs, and burdensome regulations are in the way. Trump has vowed to clear



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:44:07 -0700
<![CDATA[ON UNSOLID GROUND Tweaked landslides law encounters resistance]]> http://gazette.com/on-unsolid-ground-tweaked-landslides-law-encounters-resistance/article/1597800?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-unsolid-ground-tweaked-landslides-law-encounters-resistance/article/1597800?custom_click=rss A proposed Colorado Springs landslides ordinance has encountered resistance, though it's supported by city staff, builders, developers, business leaders, geologists, engineers, landslide victims and the Colorado Geological Survey.

The city's Planning Commission on Feb. 16 voted 6-0 against the new law, which would close three loopholes in the existing ordinance.

And some City Council members on Monday questioned whether the law is needed.

The proposed law took Councilmen Don Knight and Tom Strand eight months to refine, as they repeatedly met with the Housing & Building Association, Regional Building Department, Chamber of Commerce and EDC, the Colorado Geological Survey and all kinds of professionals who work with

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:10:02 -0700 <![CDATA[TABOR reform passes House Finance Committee, still has long way to go]]> http://gazette.com/tabor-reform-passes-house-finance-committee-still-has-long-way-to-go/article/1597797?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tabor-reform-passes-house-finance-committee-still-has-long-way-to-go/article/1597797?custom_click=rss An effort to reform the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, or TABOR, passed its first test on Monday with Republican support, though the legislation faces an uphill battle.

Some TABOR observers call it progress that two Republicans are sponsoring the effort to change how the state calculates its spending cap.

The bill received bipartisan support from the House Finance Committee. It heads to appropriations for consideration.

Despite the bipartisan support, Rep. Dan Thurlow of Grand Junction and Sen. Larry Crowder of Alamosa, sponsors of House Bill 1187, are still a bit of mavericks on the subject, though an evolution appears to be underway.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:25:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Manitou School District wins top state health and wellness award]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-school-district-wins-top-state-health-and-wellness-award/article/1597787?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-school-district-wins-top-state-health-and-wellness-award/article/1597787?custom_click=rss

The school district in a town founded in 1872 as an envisioned "scenic health resort" has won top honors in a statewide push to build healthy public schools.

The recognition tastes as sweet as the sugar substitute stevia, but it's no surprise, say students and staff.

"It's Manitou. In some ways it's like, 'Of course we won that," said Manitou School District 14's yoga instructor Anna Mack. "We make a conscientious effort in being healthier."

The district placed first in the 2017 Health School Champions initiative, capturing the Platinum Governor's Award for School Health and Wellness.

The award is given by the Colorado Education Initiative and the Governor's Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:45:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Utilities' advocacy group announces council slate]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-advocacy-group-announces-council-slate/article/1597795?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-advocacy-group-announces-council-slate/article/1597795?custom_click=rss City Council candidate endorsements by Colorado Springs Utilities' Employee Advocacy Group differ sharply from the choices of other groups recently, with one exception.

The EAG endorsed Andres G. Pico to be re-elected to his District 6 seat, just as the Housing & Building Association and Colorado Springs Forward did earlier.

Pico, chairman of the Utilities Board, is the only council member facing three challengers. He represents the easternmost swath of the city.

The employee group's other endorsements - based on questionnaires and interviews - bucked the trend set by the HBA and Colorado Springs Forward.

In District 1, the Utilities group went for Councilman Don Knight, who also serves as chairman of the

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]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:45:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs police searching for third person involved in home invasion]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-third-person-involved-in-home-invasion/article/1597794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-police-searching-for-third-person-involved-in-home-invasion/article/1597794?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs police are searching for a third person in connection with an attempted home robbery last week following the arrest of two others who also were allegedly involved.

Just after 3 p.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a home invasion in the 1900 block of Seclusion Point, in north-central Colorado Springs. Police arrested an armed suspect at the scene, whom they identified as 39-year-old Jake Ricker.

However, a man and woman who also were allegedly involved got away. On Saturday, police arrested 39-year-old Anna Chamberlin at a residence in the 1000 block of Cheyenne Boulevard.

Chamberlin and Ricker were arrested on warrants for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy,



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:39:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Price rising to run Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, with interest unwavering]]> http://gazette.com/price-rising-to-run-pikes-peak-ascent-and-marathon-with-interest-unwavering/article/1597793?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/price-rising-to-run-pikes-peak-ascent-and-marathon-with-interest-unwavering/article/1597793?custom_click=rss

Runners of the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are facing a trend that's rising like the mountain that hosts the annual summer races.

When registration begins March 11, participants will again have to reach deeper into their pockets. The 1,800 runners of the 13.32-mile Ascent will pay $160, up $10 from last year, and a spot in the 26.21-mile Marathon's 800-person field will cost $200, up $25. That's more than double the price from just six years ago.

Those seeking to run both races will have to fork over $410, which includes the $50 "doubler" fee created in 2015 by Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc., the organization that owns and operates the event heading into its 62nd year.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:27:24 -0700
<![CDATA[30 ducks, geese die from cooking oil waste in Colorado pond]]> http://gazette.com/30-ducks-geese-die-from-cooking-oil-waste-in-colorado-pond/article/1597791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/30-ducks-geese-die-from-cooking-oil-waste-in-colorado-pond/article/1597791?custom_click=rss LAKEWOOD — Federal wildlife managers say more than 30 ducks and geese have died after they came in contact with cooking oil waste in a flood retention pond in the Denver suburb of Lakewood.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday the birds ingested the oil or absorbed it through their skin. The first dead birds were found Jan. 20.

Officials believe the commercial cooking oil was dumped upstream from the pond starting about Jan. 18. The pond collects runoff from residential and commercial neighborhoods.

The Fish and Wildlife Service asked for the public's help in finding whoever dumped the oil. Ducks and geese are protected by state and federal laws.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:09:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Rock thrown through window at Denver-area mosque]]> http://gazette.com/rock-thrown-through-window-at-denver-area-mosque/article/1597790?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rock-thrown-through-window-at-denver-area-mosque/article/1597790?custom_click=rss DENVER — Authorities are investigating after someone threw a rock through a window at a Denver area mosque.

The incident was captured on surveillance video at the main Colorado Muslim Society mosque early Sunday morning.

Julie Brooks, a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, says the man looked inside the building as if he was looking for someone before throwing the rock at around 1 a.m. Then the video shows him playing with his cell phone and fiddling with the lock box on the door before walking around as if he was looking for someone or expecting someone.

Brooks says he didn't appear to try to get inside the building. He walked off seven minutes after throwing the rock.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:08:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Cybersecurity presentation planned Thursday in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/cybersecurity-presentation-planned-thursday-in-colorado-springs/article/1597778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cybersecurity-presentation-planned-thursday-in-colorado-springs/article/1597778?custom_click=rss

Rodney Gullatte, owner of Firma IT Solutions, will give a presentation to members of the BNI Strategic Alliances Chapter on "Cybersecurity and Your Business" from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd. The presentation will focus on the accounting, bookkeeping and tax industries. Gullatte is a board member of the Colorado Springs Black Chamber of Commerce.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:37:45 -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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