<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:15:44 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Brother arrested in deadly Monument shooting, says Sheriff's Office]]> http://gazette.com/brother-arrested-in-deadly-monument-shooting-says-sheriffs-office/article/1601686?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brother-arrested-in-deadly-monument-shooting-says-sheriffs-office/article/1601686?custom_click=rss

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in a shooting Sunday that left his brother dead inside a Monument home, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Erik Mattyasovsky was booked into the El Paso County jail on suspicion of reckless manslaughter and prohibited use of a weapon after he told investigators that he shot his brother while they were practicing defensive techniques.

The victim's identity has not been released.

The shooting, which happened about 6:15 p.m. Sunday on the 19800 block of Alexandria Drive in Monument, initially was reported as an accident, but sheriff's spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said deputies were investigating it as a suspicious death.

Deputies arrived at the home and found a

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:13:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Fatal shooting in Monument being investigated as suspicious death]]> http://gazette.com/fatal-shooting-in-monument-being-investigated-as-suspicious-death/article/1601659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fatal-shooting-in-monument-being-investigated-as-suspicious-death/article/1601659?custom_click=rss

A man was shot and killed by his brother Sunday at a home in northern El Paso County, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting, which happened about 6:15 p.m. on the 16800 block of Alexandria Drive in Monument, initially was reported as an accident, but sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said deputies were investigating it as a suspicious death.

The brothers have not been identified and no other information was available Sunday night.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:45:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson military police company coming home Monday night]]> http://gazette.com/fort-carson-military-police-company-coming-home-monday-night/article/1601680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-military-police-company-coming-home-monday-night/article/1601680?custom_click=rss About 95 Fort Carson soldiers will celebrate their return to Colorado on Monday night, officials said.

The soldiers from the post's 127th Military Police Company and 148th MP Detachment - both from 759th MP Battalion - will be greeted to a 9 p.m. homecoming ceremony at the Special Events Center at Fort Carson.

In August, the troops deployed to Kuwait and Qatar as part of Operation Spartan Shield, providing law enforcement security in support of U.S. Army Central Command.

Officials said both units seized more than 700 items of contraband and escorted $5 million in weapons and ammunition throughout the area while providing expertise to 20,000 soldiers, army civilians and contractors.

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]]> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Foul play not suspected in death of man found in Fountain Creek]]> http://gazette.com/foul-play-not-suspected-in-death-of-man-found-in-fountain-creek/article/1601679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/foul-play-not-suspected-in-death-of-man-found-in-fountain-creek/article/1601679?custom_click=rss Foul play is not suspected in the death of a man whose body was found over the weekend in Fountain Creek west of Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said Monday.

The body may be a transient male in his 50s, Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

A passerby called authorities just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday after spotting the body lying face down in the creek near the 31st Street bridge, police said.

A woman told KKTV that she was a friend of the man and talked to him last week.

The identity and cause of death are pending an autopsy by the El Paso County Coroner's Office, Black said.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:18:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette wins 54 awards in annual state media contests]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-wins-54-awards-in-annual-state-media-contests/article/1601621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-wins-54-awards-in-annual-state-media-contests/article/1601621?custom_click=rss

The Gazette won 54 awards over the weekend from the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Associated Press, including the CPA's "Best of Show" award for photographer Mark Reis and the AP's public service award for reporters Tom Roeder and Jakob Rodgers.

Roeder and Rodgers also won first-place awards in environmental writing from the CPA and AP for "Troubled Waters," a series of investigative articles about how the Air Force knew for years it was contaminating groundwater in south Colorado Springs.

The Gazette's coverage of the Planned Parenthood shooting in late 2015 won several awards, including best news series, best spot news story and best online news package from the AP and best deadline reporting and best

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:17:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Wet, cold forecast after Monday in the Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/wet-cold-forecast-after-monday-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1601670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wet-cold-forecast-after-monday-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1601670?custom_click=rss

Expect another day of sunshine and warm temperatures Monday before the weather becomes "unsettled," Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

That means rain and snow could come later this week.

"Monday marks our last day of our short-lived warmer weather in southern Colorado," KKTV said in a weather report, adding that temperatures are forecast to be in 70s and 80s with a stray shower or two along the Palmer Divide. "Most locations stay dry."

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted Colorado Springs to have sunny skies with a high near 76 degrees Monday - followed by a 50-percent chance of precipitation after 5 a.m. Tuesday that will produce "little to no snow accumulation.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:10:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Rural Colorado hospitals get a little good news from Bennet and Gardner with Medicare bill]]> http://gazette.com/rural-colorado-hospitals-get-a-little-good-news-from-bennet-and-gardner-with-medicare-bill/article/1601678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rural-colorado-hospitals-get-a-little-good-news-from-bennet-and-gardner-with-medicare-bill/article/1601678?custom_click=rss Rural Colorado hospitals haven't had much good news lately, with Colorado lawmakers eying deep cuts into the state and federal money they receive in order to fatten up the largest budget in state history.

But give Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner credit for trying to steer some help their way, introducing legislation to permanently extend Medicare financing programs for rural low-volume and Medicare-dependent hospitals

"Colorado's rural hospitals are vital to our communities, and it's essential that we do our part to help them overcome the financial challenges they face," Bennet said in a statement Friday.

"Last month, I visited Delta County Memorial Hospital and saw firsthand the value it brings to the

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:05:24 -0600
<![CDATA[What a night: Proms special time for Colorado Springs-area teens]]> http://gazette.com/what-a-night-proms-special-time-for-colorado-springs-area-teens/article/1601629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-a-night-proms-special-time-for-colorado-springs-area-teens/article/1601629?custom_click=rss

The promposal, the dress, the tux, the photos, the dinner and dancing, the crowning of the king and queen, and the memory.

It's prom season.

Some things are different from a generation or two ago, and some are the same.

But the meaning and importance of the last big fling before graduation and the leap into adulthood never change.

"It's a big deal," said Anahi Aken, a senior at Sand Creek High School in Falcon School District 49. "It's like something that almost every high schooler looks forward to."

The custom has withstood the test of time for good reason, teachers and parents say.

"It's not just a dance in the gym," said Lauren Stuart, who teaches math at Sand Creek High and sponsors the student

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:22:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Southwest downtown Colorado Springs plans to be unveiled for City Council]]> http://gazette.com/southwest-downtown-colorado-springs-plans-to-be-unveiled-for-city-council/article/1601648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southwest-downtown-colorado-springs-plans-to-be-unveiled-for-city-council/article/1601648?custom_click=rss

Plans to revive Colorado Springs' southwest downtown will be presented to the City Council Monday, along with a proposal to swap city land for a parcel owned by subsidiaries of Nor'wood Development Group.

Nor'wood is the master developer for the downtown quadrant, where the U.S. Olympic Museum is expected to break ground this spring.

Plans for the area include:

◘ The Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, a $75 million project to be paid with $26.1 million from a recent Regional Tourism Act bond issue, plus private fundraising and $500,000 over three years from the city's Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax revenues.

◘ A streetscape project at Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street for $5.45 million, using $3.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:06:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Man accused of hitting children in crosswalk outside Colorado Springs school to make first court appearance]]> http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-hitting-children-in-crosswalk-outside-colorado-springs-school-to-make-first-court-appearance/article/1601672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-accused-of-hitting-children-in-crosswalk-outside-colorado-springs-school-to-make-first-court-appearance/article/1601672?custom_click=rss

A man accused of hitting four elementary school students in a Colorado Springs crosswalk will make his first appearance in court Monday.

A grand jury indicted 61-year-old Douglas Clubb last week in the Jan. 12 crash.

On Jan. 12, four James Monroe Elementary students were hit while on their way to school in the crosswalk at Chelton Road and Pikes Peak Avenue, critically injuring one of the children. All of them have recovered.

On April 12, an El Paso County grand jury accused Douglas Clubb, 60, of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a felony, as well as three counts of misdemeanor child abuse and four traffic offenses.

Clubb was arrested April 13, according to the District Attorney's Office, and on

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:59:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Most wanted in the Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1601649?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1601649?custom_click=rss


Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.

Jeremy Tyler Coons, 31, is described as a 145-pound man, 5 feet 8 inches, with brown hair and brown eyes. Coons is being sought on suspicion of second-degree assault.

Mathew Benjamin Dinan, 42, is described as a 155-pound man, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. Dinan is being sought on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass.

Annette Marie Martinez, 30, is described as a 107-pound woman, with brown hair and brown eyes. Martinez is being sought on suspicion of identity theft.

Anthony Palmer, 45, is described as a 160-pound man, 6 feet 1

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:46:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Water leak to close Abrams Elementary School on Monday]]> http://gazette.com/water-leak-to-close-abrams-elementary-school-on-monday/article/1601656?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-leak-to-close-abrams-elementary-school-on-monday/article/1601656?custom_click=rss

A water leak has prompted school officials to cancel classes at Abrams Elementary School on Fort Carson on Monday.

Reported Sunday, Fountain 8 School District officials said the leak affected about a half-dozen classrooms inside the school building. Employees were conducting cleanup Sunday, officials added.

Staff is expected to report to the school Monday, officials said.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:43:01 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County looking for bids to get into the drone age]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-looking-for-bids-to-get-into-the-drone-age/article/1601657?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-looking-for-bids-to-get-into-the-drone-age/article/1601657?custom_click=rss

With drones, government officials can zoom through rugged canyons in search of missing hikers, hover over charred landscapes to assess wildfire damage and float above roads and bridges for inspection.

Like many other public agencies across the country, El Paso County is moving forward with plans to use drones to save time and money on government work. County officials aren't sure exactly what roles the devices will play, although they have a myriad options. Local governments in Colorado are using drones for an array of purposes, from making sure stormwater drainage systems are properly functioning to digitally preserving crime scenes.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:42:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Gazette Preps weekly schedule]]> http://gazette.com/gazette-preps-weekly-schedule/article/1601660?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gazette-preps-weekly-schedule/article/1601660?custom_click=rss



Evangelical Christian Academy at Simla, 4:30 p.m.


Bear Creek vs. Palmer at Garry Berry, 7 p.m.; Pine Creek vs. Dakota Ridge at Trailblazer Stadium, 7:30 p.m.


Pine Creek vs. Castle View, at Douglas County, 7 p.m.


Pine Creek vs. St. Mary's at Memorial Park, 3:45 p.m.; Salida at Cañon City, Harrison at Pueblo East, Colorado Springs School vs. Sierra at Memorial Park, both 4 p.m.


Lutheran at St. Mary's, 6 p.m.


Pine Creek at Castle View, 7 p.m.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:41:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Helping Ugandan women, children works both ways for Colorado Springs nonprofit founder]]> http://gazette.com/helping-ugandan-women-children-works-both-ways-for-colorado-springs-nonprofit-founder/article/1601650?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/helping-ugandan-women-children-works-both-ways-for-colorado-springs-nonprofit-founder/article/1601650?custom_click=rss

On the walls of Brandi Lea's Colorado Springs home are pictures of her "mamas."

That's what she calls the women she helps through her nonprofit Beauty for Ashes Uganda, which provides resources to single moms and widows of the country's Teso region. Through programs that focus on writing, reading, math, sanitation and hygiene and other life skills, the women build a life that could benefit their children, their village and practically anyone else they come across.

"Watching a 61-year-old woman write her name for the first time is nothing short of sacred," Lea said. "These mamas say, 'I'm not getting cheated at the market anymore because I can read the receipt.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:34:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Kyle Freeland sharp in 8-0 win, Rockies sweep Giants]]> http://gazette.com/kyle-freeland-sharp-in-8-0-win-rockies-sweep-giants/article/feed/455456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kyle-freeland-sharp-in-8-0-win-rockies-sweep-giants/article/feed/455456?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — In between starts, the message to Kyle Freeland was rather low-key.

As in, low was the key.

Freeland kept the ball down while pitching seven sharp innings, Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer and the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 8-0 on Sunday for their first three-game sweep of the Giants at Coors Field since 2002.

Freeland (2-1) mixed a wicked sinker with a two-seam fastball to get 12 groundouts and three strikeouts. The Denver native allowed six hits and shattered three bats on a day when the Giants changed their lineup to try to break out of a hitting funk. It didn't work as they lost for the sixth time in seven games.

"Moving forward, that should be a big part of Kyle's game — the ground

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]]> Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:16:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Study: Livestock grazing can benefit struggling bird species]]> http://gazette.com/study-livestock-grazing-can-benefit-struggling-bird-species/article/feed/451771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/study-livestock-grazing-can-benefit-struggling-bird-species/article/feed/451771?custom_click=rss BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new study disputes a widely-held view that livestock grazing is largely incompatible with a ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the U.S. West.

Researchers said some grazing, particularly later in the growing season, could actually benefit the chicken-sized greater sage grouse.

Late-season grazing leaves in place for longer the grasses and other vegetation that sage grouse nest in, increasing their breeding success, researchers concluded. It also can stimulate the growth of vegetation that sage grouse eat, according to scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado State University and Utah State University.

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