<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:08:33 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New Life Church shooting survivor focuses on helping a growing group]]> http://gazette.com/new-life-church-shooting-survivor-focuses-on-helping-a-growing-group/article/1621633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-life-church-shooting-survivor-focuses-on-helping-a-growing-group/article/1621633?custom_click=rss

Laurie Works visits the memorial erected in honor of her two sisters just a couple of times a year.

"I don't come here a ton, but more than the cemetery," she said Friday.

"It's a special place - it's the last place I saw them. I feel them here, when I come."

Her family's van was parked in the east lot of New Life Church on Colorado Springs' north side on Dec. 9, 2007, when a 24-year-old gunman opened fire. Laurie's younger sister, Rachel, and her twin, Stephanie, died. Their dad was shot but fully recovered.

Laurie Works wasn't physically wounded, but says she will live with the emotional scars for the rest of her life.

She's now on a mission to help other survivors of such tragedies. Because every time



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:00:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Lawsuit aims at Colorado voters' decision to raise bar on amendments]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-aims-at-colorado-voters-decision-to-raise-bar-on-amendments/article/1621634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-aims-at-colorado-voters-decision-to-raise-bar-on-amendments/article/1621634?custom_click=rss

A Denver judge says proponents behind two recent ballot proposals can go forward with their lawsuit to overturn Colorado's Amendment 71.

U.S. District Judge William Martinez denied the state's motion to dismiss the case. The lawsuit is a long way from decided, however, and plaintiffs don't expect it to affect this year's ballot, unless some people decide to hold off, save their money and try next year in case the bar to get on the ballot is lower.

Called Raise the Bar, Amendment 71 was passed by nearly 57 percent of voters in 2016. It requires those who want to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to gather signatures from at least 2 percent of the registered voters in each of the 35 state senate districts.

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:45:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Marijuana fuels Trinidad's revival - and a rise in black market arrests in neighboring states]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-fuels-trinidads-revival-and-a-rise-in-black-market-arrests-in-neighboring-states/article/1621628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-fuels-trinidads-revival-and-a-rise-in-black-market-arrests-in-neighboring-states/article/1621628?custom_click=rss

Trinidad should have a green cloud obscuring its vistas.

By numbers compiled by Colorado marijuana regulators, it's the most stoned city in the Rockies and possibly the planet, with nearly $300 in monthly marijuana sales for every man, woman and child in Las Animas County.

While the city of 8,100 residents is selling marijuana at 15 times the clip of Boulder County, most of the weed is heading south on Interstate 25. It's part of a phenomenon that has drawn the ire of Colorado's neighboring states and has become the subject of a string of recent academic studies - legal marijuana illegally crossing state borders.



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:43:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Mayor Suthers to headline Community conversation on homelessness]]> http://gazette.com/mayor-suthers-to-headline-community-conversation-on-homelessness/article/1621631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mayor-suthers-to-headline-community-conversation-on-homelessness/article/1621631?custom_click=rss The city of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, the police department, religious organizations, nonprofits, private businesses, foundations, community leaders, health care organizations and local activists all do their share to address homelessness in Colorado Springs.

Yet the problems of the homeless persist.

A year after the Springs Rescue Mission's multimillion dollar shelter opened, it's routinely at capacity, and the city is back at square one in dealing with burgeoning numbers of homeless.

The final numbers for the 2018 community survey of the homeless population are not yet available, but the total number of homeless persons is expected to exceed the 2017 count of 1,415.

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:30:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Insights: When did knowing too much become so political?]]> http://gazette.com/insights-when-did-knowing-too-much-become-so-political/article/1621629?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/insights-when-did-knowing-too-much-become-so-political/article/1621629?custom_click=rss

Normally, it's Democrats who want the public to know more about the effects of energy production near people, flora and fauna, but not so much on wind energy.

That irony came to visit when Rep. Paul Lundeen brought a bill this session to create a state-approved online clearinghouse of credible information - good, bad or indifferent - about the public's health in proximity to wind farms.

In Lundeen's sprawling El Paso County district, residents near Calhan are complaining about headaches, stomach aches and circulatory problems since the 145 turbines at the Nextera wind farm began to spin in 2015. Livestock roam the plains landscape and dozens of residents live nearby.

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]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:20:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Fort Carson's aviation brigade training for any 'contingency']]> http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-aviation-brigade-training-for-any-contingency/article/1621627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carsons-aviation-brigade-training-for-any-contingency/article/1621627?custom_click=rss

Two muffled booms broke the crisp, high desert air of Piñon Canyon, sending troops in every direction ducking to the cactus-strewn dirt.

"Incoming," yelled Col. Scott Gallaway, the unit's commander, heralding the opening salvos of the largest exercise ever held by Fort Carson's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.

Within 12 minutes, the first AH-64 Apache helicopters took off. And Gallaway, a veteran Apache pilot with five overseas tours, made for a cockpit to help ferret out the enemy.

The exercise that began last week, called "Eagle Strike," marked the culmination of a year of training, resulting in a well-coordinated dance across the piñon tree dotted landscape of southeast Colorado.



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:51:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Naked man threatens family members with a gun in northeast Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/naked-man-threatens-family-members-with-a-gun-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1621626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/naked-man-threatens-family-members-with-a-gun-in-northeast-colorado-springs/article/1621626?custom_click=rss

A man was arrested after police say he nakedly pointed a gun at family members in a home in northeast Colorado Springs Friday night.

Twenty six-year-old Steven Walters was arrested at the home in the 2700 block of Front Royal Drive on suspicion of felony menacing and a domestic violence warrant he had out of Douglas County.

Police also recovered two handguns from Walters's room.

No injuries were reported.



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:21:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs native featured in recruitment spot for Marine Corps]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-native-featured-in-recruitment-spot-for-marine-corps/article/1621621?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-native-featured-in-recruitment-spot-for-marine-corps/article/1621621?custom_click=rss

A local Marine got a taste of Hollywood in the Corps' newest recruitment advertisement that debuted during the Super Bowl.

Cpl. Karissa Tanguay-Jones, or Tangy as she is known to her friends, is a crew chief aboard a MV-22 Osprey. She can be seen racking back a .50-caliber heavy machine gun and looking out the back of her aircraft in the Marine's newest ad.

"I love being a crew chief," Tangy said in a military press release. "Flying is an adrenaline rush. Looking down on the world is an amazing sight."

Tanguay-Jones' father lives in Colorado Springs, where she spent much of her youth. She joined the Marine Corps after a semester at the Community College of Denver.

Her short-lived foray into college life left her



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:22:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs' State of the Outdoors to include gubernatorial candidates, local economic figures]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-state-of-the-outdoors-to-include-gubernatorial-candidates-local-economic-figures/article/1621565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-state-of-the-outdoors-to-include-gubernatorial-candidates-local-economic-figures/article/1621565?custom_click=rss

A second-of-its-kind celebration of the region's outdoors will have a first-of-its-kind flair.

On March 15, in Colorado Springs' downtown City Auditorium, six gubernatorial candidates will sound off on issues related to the Front Range's natural escapes, including access and impact amid rising demand.

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, Noel Ginsburg and Erik Underwood are the Democratic candidates scheduled to attend the Q&A forum. Steve Barlock, co-chairman of President Donald Trump's Colorado campaign, is expected to be joined by Republican hopeful Greg Lopez, while Bill Hammons of the Unity Party is set to round out the lineup.



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:52:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Man jumps from Colorado Springs motel window to escape police, breaks bones]]> http://gazette.com/man-jumps-from-colorado-springs-motel-window-to-escape-police-breaks-bones/article/1621578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/man-jumps-from-colorado-springs-motel-window-to-escape-police-breaks-bones/article/1621578?custom_click=rss

An aggravated motor vehicle theft suspect broke several bones Friday afternoon after he jumped out of a second-story motel window in an attempt to escape officers, police said.

Devin Ray, 28, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft from $1,000 to $20,000, a felony, court records show. Illegal drugs also were found on his person, police said.

Officers went to the motel in the 3300 block of North Chestnut Street about 1:45 p.m. Friday after hearing a wanted person was hiding in one of the rooms, police said.

When the officers knocked on the door, they heard a rusting and then a crash. The officers went outside and saw that Ray had fallen to the pavement while trying to escape out of a



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:25:29 -0700
<![CDATA[FBI seeking victims of Colorado funeral home]]> http://gazette.com/fbi-seeking-victims-of-colorado-funeral-home/article/1621618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fbi-seeking-victims-of-colorado-funeral-home/article/1621618?custom_click=rss

MONTROSE — The FBI is seeking information from potential victims of a Colorado funeral home after complaints that families did not receive the cremains of their loved ones, or received dry cement instead.

Federal agents raided Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose earlier this month and the state has shut it down for several alleged violations including cremating and embalming bodies without permission.

No charges have been filed.

The Denver Post reports that a business selling human body parts also operated out of the same address.

The FBI on Friday set up an email address, sunsetmesa@fbi.gov, for people with information about the business.



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 10:23:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Widefield dominates Fort Morgan, steps closer to goal]]> http://gazette.com/widefield-dominates-fort-morgan-steps-closer-to-goal/article/1621597?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/widefield-dominates-fort-morgan-steps-closer-to-goal/article/1621597?custom_click=rss

Widefield girls basketball coach Jim Mason said he set three goals for his team this year: Contend for a league title. Secure a high enough seed in the state tournament for a first-round bye and a home playoff game in the second round. And take his team to the Great Eight.

The No.15-ranked Gladiators checked off that second goal Friday night at home with a dominant 80-38 victory over No. 18 Fort Morgan. The win places Widefield in the Sweet 16, one victory away from a Great Eight appearance.  

“Everybody’s got a good team, everybody’s got good players but get to the final eight, get to go play in the (Denver Coliseum) those are special moments for these kids,”  Mason said.



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:35:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Forecast: Sunny skies, increasing temperatures in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/forecast-sunny-skies-increasing-temperatures-in-colorado-springs/article/1621610?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forecast-sunny-skies-increasing-temperatures-in-colorado-springs/article/1621610?custom_click=rss

Expect temperatures to steadily increase through early next week in Colorado Springs, meteorologists say.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted highs of 30 degrees Saturday, 41 degrees Sunday and 49 degrees Monday. Skies are expected to be sunny each day.

On average, temperatures reach 47 degrees Feb. 24, 25 and 26, weather service data show.

Slight winds are in the forecast each day and night, but Saturday is expected to be "blustery," with 10 to 20 mph winds during the day, the weather service said.

"Leftover clouds will stick around briefly Saturday morning but give way to sunshine," Gazette news partner KKTV reported. "Don't be fooled by sun though! It will be windy and chilly, with a high



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:58:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Woman, 19, dies in I-25 rollover crash south of Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/woman-19-dies-in-i-25-rollover-crash-south-of-colorado-springs/article/1621574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-19-dies-in-i-25-rollover-crash-south-of-colorado-springs/article/1621574?custom_click=rss

A 19-year-old woman died Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 25 in El Paso County, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Aspen Jones, of Rye, was driving a 1997 Honda CRV southbound on I-25 when she lost control about 2:15 p.m. near mile marker 125, the State Patrol said. The Honda went off the right side of the road and rolled once.

Jones, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the Honda and died, the State Patrol said.

Neither alcohol nor speed are being considered factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.



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Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:34:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Pikes Pub: Brass Brewing Co. nears grand opening in downtown Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-brass-brewing-co.-nears-grand-opening-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1621478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pikes-pub-brass-brewing-co.-nears-grand-opening-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1621478?custom_click=rss

It's all about perspective, and Woody Briggs is bringing a fresh dose of that to his military themed Brass Brewing Co., on track to open in mid-March in the space formerly occupied by Triple S Brewing in downtown Colorado Springs.

Briggs' new angle starts - or will start, in more temperate weather - with how patrons enter the easternmost unit at 318 E. Colorado Ave. The big southern window is getting garage-door treatment (all the cool new breweries have 'em) and will open to reconfigured customer space and a new, expanded bar on the north wall.



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