<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Tue, 24 May 2016 21:27:00 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs teen suicides stun schools, worry parents]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-teen-suicides-stun-schools-worry-parents/article/1576759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-teen-suicides-stun-schools-worry-parents/article/1576759?custom_click=rss

Three Colorado Springs teens at two high schools took their lives last week, and along with the shock and grief, parents are bewildered. How could this happen? Why?

"They recently had suicide prevention training for the kids and the parents, and the suicides happened afterward. That was really depressing," said Laura Speer, whose son is a junior at Discovery Canyon Campus High School, which lost two students to suicide. The 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy, both popular freshmen, were friends, Speer said.

"You don't expect that here. I think the school is good," she said. "To have two in the same week is nerve-wracking."

A 15-year-old boy from Manitou High School in Manitou Springs School District 14 also committed

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Tue, 24 May 2016 20:55:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs City Council finishes months-long fight over land swap with 6-3 vote]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-finishes-months-long-fight-over-land-swap-with-6-3-vote/article/1576787?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-finishes-months-long-fight-over-land-swap-with-6-3-vote/article/1576787?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs City Council approved a land swap between The Broadmoor and the city parks department on Tuesday that will give Colorado Springs more than 480 acres of land and trail easements in exchange for the 189.5-acre parcel known as Strawberry Fields.

The council voted 6-3 to pass the resolution. Bill Murray, Helen Collins and Council President Pro Tem Jill Gaebler cast the dissenting votes.

Moments before the council voted, several people sat silently holding up small cards with a picture of a strawberry that said, "Just vote no."

The city will receive more than 208 acres, allowing hikers and bikers access to the top of Mount Muscoco in North Cheyenne Cañon Park.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 20:52:54 -0600
<![CDATA[At least 2 tornadoes touch down in eastern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/at-least-2-tornadoes-touch-down-in-eastern-colorado/article/1576851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-least-2-tornadoes-touch-down-in-eastern-colorado/article/1576851?custom_click=rss

DENVER — At least two tornadoes touched down in eastern Colorado, but no injuries or damage was reported.

National Weather Service forecasters say a tornado touched down south of the small town of Akron on Tuesday evening and dropped hail the size of golf balls. A short time later, the Yuma County Sheriff's Office reported a tornado on the ground near Clarkville and urged residents in the area to take cover.

The storms produced smaller hail in the Denver area Tuesday afternoon and became more powerful as they spread east.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 20:45:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Manitou Incline 'artist' cited for graffiti on popular hiking trail]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-artist-cited-for-graffiti-on-popular-hiking-trail/article/1576812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-incline-artist-cited-for-graffiti-on-popular-hiking-trail/article/1576812?custom_click=rss

Andres Blea isn't hiding his participation in vandalizing a stone at the top of the Manitou Incline.

Several pictures of his "murals" are posted on an Instagram account tied to his name, with captions claiming the work is "by me." He also took credit for graffiti in other locations in the Colorado Springs area.

"My art reflects the universe of eternal light within all of us," Blea, 20, wrote on his blog.

The law disagrees with Blea's decision to display his work wherever he wants. He chose two 100-year-old cement walls, the former foundation of the original summit house, as his canvas, authorities allege.

Not only is the Incline protected public space, but because it's owned by the U.S. Forest Service Blea's art

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Tue, 24 May 2016 20:40:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Arrest made in killing of longtime Colorado Springs firefighter]]> http://gazette.com/arrest-made-in-killing-of-longtime-colorado-springs-firefighter/article/1576826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arrest-made-in-killing-of-longtime-colorado-springs-firefighter/article/1576826?custom_click=rss

A man believed to have fled an El Paso County property where a veteran firefighter was found dead has been arrested, the Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Gustavo Torres-Gonzalez, 43, was taken into custody Sunday on suspicion of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Daryl Ritz, whose 58-year-old body was found May 17 on the 12000 block of Judge Orr Road in eastern El Paso County, the Sheriff's Office said. Investigators believe Torres-Gonzalez left the scene - dressed in dark pants and possibly a gray or red jacket - and went to the area of a Safeway at 7655 McLaughlin Road in the afternoon or early evening of May 16.

The Sheriff's Office is looking to get in touch with anyone who might have seen Torres-Gonzalez at the

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Tue, 24 May 2016 20:13:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Chopper helps battle Fort Carson wildfire]]> http://gazette.com/chopper-helps-battle-fort-carson-wildfire/article/1576820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chopper-helps-battle-fort-carson-wildfire/article/1576820?custom_click=rss A Chinook helicopter has been dispatched to fight a fire on Fort Carson on Tuesday afternoon that has burned at least 100 acres, officials said.

The fire was caused by artillery training, officials said. It was reported just after 2 p.m.

The fire was burning in the south central part of the post, officials said. No structures were threatened.

Multiple crews have responded to the scene, including Fort Carson and Colorado Springs firefighters.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 18:33:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Marijuana grow operation found in Fountain home with altered electricity meter]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-grow-operation-found-in-fountain-home-with-altered-electricity-meter/article/1576810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-grow-operation-found-in-fountain-home-with-altered-electricity-meter/article/1576810?custom_click=rss

A tip about possible utility meter tampering led Fountain police to find a "large" marijuana grow operation inside the home, a department news release said Tuesday.

But the marijuana is being grown legally, said Sgt. Matt Racine.

The bigger concern was the "dangerous electrical wiring" the residents used for their operation on the 900 block of Legend Oak Drive, police said. Susana Amador, 54, was cited for utility tampering in the criminal investigation, police said.

Officers were called to the home Tuesday after a report of "suspicious activity," said Lt. Thomas Coates. They discovered a marijuana grow while inside but did not disclose the amount.

The alleged criminal activity is "a huge safety concern for the

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Tue, 24 May 2016 18:22:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado liquor store owners join forces to pressure Hickenlooper into signing beer and wine compromise]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-liquor-store-owners-join-forces-to-pressure-hickenlooper-into-signing-beer-and-wine-compromise/article/1576839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-liquor-store-owners-join-forces-to-pressure-hickenlooper-into-signing-beer-and-wine-compromise/article/1576839?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper is being pressured to sign a bill that would slowly open Colorado's liquor industry to chain stores hoping to hold multiple licenses.

The former brewpub owner turned full-time politician has been making the rounds peddling his new autobiography, but has indicated he has serious concerns with the bill.

Backers of the bill, namely hundreds of small liquor store owners who for years have operated under a state-mandated single-license rule, held a press conference Tuesday pressure the governor to sign the bill.

Looming over the debate is a group of chain grocery stores gathering signatures to put a question on the November ballot that would change state law and allow them to buy multiple

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Tue, 24 May 2016 17:51:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Temporary Colorado registration permits will soon look more like permanent license plates]]> http://gazette.com/temporary-colorado-registration-permits-will-soon-look-more-like-permanent-license-plates/article/1576824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/temporary-colorado-registration-permits-will-soon-look-more-like-permanent-license-plates/article/1576824?custom_click=rss

Temporary Colorado registration permits used to be placed inside a car's rear window and printed on a flimsy piece of paper.

Soon, permits will be bolted in the spot reserved for a permanent license plate and affixed to mounting board. They will be weather-resistant and contain security features that allow police to identify fakes. State officials say the change will hamper thieves from stealing temporary tags and give police an easier way to tie the temporary tag to car and drivers.

The new temporary plates will come to El Paso County June 13.

The Colorado Department of Transportation began a pilot program Monday at five Denver-area car dealers and three county motor vehicle offices.

All counties will be

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Tue, 24 May 2016 17:28:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs City Councilwoman: Homeless 'game the system']]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-councilwoman-homeless-game-the-system/article/1576823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-councilwoman-homeless-game-the-system/article/1576823?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Community Development Director Aimee Cox fended off some City Council members' criticisms Tuesday as she briefed them on the city's work for homeless residents.

The community's wide-ranging Continuum of Care, which Cox facilitates, got the highest score in Colorado on its grant application to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department, Cox announced.

She said she has been asked to make a presentation in Durango on the work done here, and the governor's office has recognized the group for having done yeoman's work with few resources.

But while the city and community group look forward to the Nov.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 17:24:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Walk for Veterans aims to 'promote veteran-friendly legislature']]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-walk-for-veterans-aims-to-promote-veteran-friendly-legislature/article/1576756?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-walk-for-veterans-aims-to-promote-veteran-friendly-legislature/article/1576756?custom_click=rss

The crowd walking through Garden of the Gods wearing bright yellow shirts was clearly visible to passersby - but they didn't mind.

The members of the American Legion participating in Monday's Walk for Veterans were out to raise awareness, and that meant answering questions and sharing their stories.

Dale Barnett, the American Legion's national commander, attended the walk and addressed the 50-person crowd.

"When I became national commander, they said, 'Commander, what are you going to do to get people excited about the American Legion?'" Barnett said. "I said, 'I want to walk, and I want to get out of the post home, and I want to tell people in the community what we do in the American Legion.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 17:03:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Decision close regarding on Ryan Frazier's place in Colorado Senate race]]> http://gazette.com/decision-close-regarding-on-ryan-fraziers-place-in-colorado-senate-race/article/1576821?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/decision-close-regarding-on-ryan-fraziers-place-in-colorado-senate-race/article/1576821?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Ryan Frazier must wait a few more days to find out whether votes cast for him in the Republican Senate primary will count.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday put him closer to being officially on the ballot, but Frazier remains about 30 signatures shy of qualifying as a candidate in the race.

But there's hope for the former Aurora city councilman who now runs a charter school.

The court remanded back to Denver District Court the question of whether 51 signatures are valid.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 17:00:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Suspected Colorado Springs burglars caught with evidence of other crimes]]> http://gazette.com/suspected-colorado-springs-burglars-caught-with-evidence-of-other-crimes/article/1576808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspected-colorado-springs-burglars-caught-with-evidence-of-other-crimes/article/1576808?custom_click=rss When two burglary suspects were stopped by Colorado Springs police, their car contained methamphetamine and "items associated with other potential burglaries," police said.

The suspects, identified as Adam Welch, 29, and Rachel Slayton, 27, were arrested Tuesday in connection with a residential burglary on the 3400 block of West Fontanero Street.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 16:14:34 -0600
<![CDATA[PTSD at issue for Colorado Springs veteran who shot friend]]> http://gazette.com/ptsd-at-issue-for-colorado-springs-veteran-who-shot-friend/article/1576770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ptsd-at-issue-for-colorado-springs-veteran-who-shot-friend/article/1576770?custom_click=rss

An ex-Fort Carson sniper appears prison bound after shooting a man in the hand during what supporters call a "dissociative state" triggered by combat stress.

Advocates for 27-year-old former Staff Sgt. Cory Griffin are mounting a last-ditch effort to get him into a special treatment program before a sentencing scheduled for Wednesday.

Short of an 11th hour intervention, Griffin faces 5 to 16 years of mandatory prison under a March guilty plea to second-degree assault - a deal that Griffin took to avoid going to trial on a second-degree murder charge with the potential for 40-years in prison.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 14:52:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Aspen mountain will offer skiing on Memorial Day weekend]]> http://gazette.com/aspen-mountain-will-offer-skiing-on-memorial-day-weekend/article/1576806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aspen-mountain-will-offer-skiing-on-memorial-day-weekend/article/1576806?custom_click=rss

ASPEN — Colorado's Aspen Mountain will open for skiing and snowboarding on Memorial Day weekend.

Aspen Mountain previously opened for Memorial Day skiing in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014. Aspen Skiing Co. announced Monday that it would extend this year's season until May 30.

Skiing will be available off the Ajax Express chair on the upper part of the mountain.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, with a partly sunny Sunday and Monday and highs near 68 degrees.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 14:51:00 -0600