<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:05:40 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[New day center for Colorado Springs' homeless families offers ray of hope]]> http://gazette.com/new-day-center-for-colorado-springs-homeless-families-offers-ray-of-hope/article/1558540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-day-center-for-colorado-springs-homeless-families-offers-ray-of-hope/article/1558540?custom_click=rss

Lynda Rinker parsed no words - if she doesn't have rent assistance by Saturday, her family will likely call their Mercury Sable home for the second time in six months.

"That's why we're here - to try to get help," Rinker said.

In a last-ditch effort, Rinker passed through the double doors adjacent to the Marian House Soup Kitchen and stumbled upon Colorado Springs' newest service for homeless residents, a day center geared toward parents and their children.

Located inside the Hanifen Center, 14 W. Bijou St., the Family Day Center is a 12-month pilot program representing city and nonprofit leaders' latest attempt to offer a safe place for homeless people to relax and seek services.

For Rinker, 32, the visit

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:05:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Today's 3 must reads in 30 seconds]]> http://gazette.com/todays-3-must-reads-in-30-seconds/article/1558554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/todays-3-must-reads-in-30-seconds/article/1558554?custom_click=rss Here are the 3 must reads from in 30 seconds for Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015:

1) The proposed 'sit-lie' ordinance in Colorado Springs is revving up emotions. Downtown business leaders say young, aggressive vagrants are hurting their business. Non-profits have a different take.

2) The Switchbacks have another crucial test on the road. They’re in Portland this weekend.

3) And a safe haven in Colorado Springs for families living in poverty, homeless or on the verge of it. Go inside the family day center.

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:04:23 -0600
<![CDATA[2 injured in Fountain motorcycle wreck]]> http://gazette.com/2-injured-in-fountain-motorcycle-wreck/article/1558553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-injured-in-fountain-motorcycle-wreck/article/1558553?custom_click=rss

Two people were injured after a car and motorcycle collided early Wednesday morning in Fountain.

The motorcycle riders were headed southbound on Highway 85/87 when a car turned in front of them to get onto Plaza Boulevard, according to Fountain police in a report from Gazette news partner KKTV. The driver of the car was not hurt, but the two riders suffered serious injuries.

Police say neither rider was wearing a helmet.

Southbound Highway 85/87 was shut down for a few hours while police investigated the crash site. As of 5 a.m. it has reopened.

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:50:04 -0600
<![CDATA[At least 100 cities have law like one Colorado Springs may enact]]> http://gazette.com/at-least-100-cities-have-law-like-one-colorado-springs-may-enact/article/1558543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-least-100-cities-have-law-like-one-colorado-springs-may-enact/article/1558543?custom_click=rss

At least 100 of 187 major U.S. cities have "sit-lie" ordinances similar to the one proposed by the Colorado Springs City Council, a national study shows.

Whether they're effective depends on how they're written and executed and whom you ask. But they're most assuredly expensive.

Denver's law, enacted in 2005, forbids obstructing public rights-of-way in the downtown business district. The city also enacted a ban on urban camping in 2012.

Fort Collins rejected a sit-lie law last week, deciding instead to organize an outreach program to find and assist homeless people. Also that day, Aug. 25, nearby Windsor voted down a sit-lie law.

Aurora, meanwhile, has a strict law that bans lying in the Colfax Corridor, even on

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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:34:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Panel discussion pushes need for help fighting human trafficking]]> http://gazette.com/panel-discussion-pushes-need-for-help-fighting-human-trafficking/article/1558544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/panel-discussion-pushes-need-for-help-fighting-human-trafficking/article/1558544?custom_click=rss Even as southern Colorado residents become more informed about the horrors of human trafficking and law enforcement goes after criminals with more vigor, it remains exceedingly difficult to prosecute the perpetrators, experts said during a panel discussion Tuesday night.

Shannon Gerhart, chief deputy district attorney of the 4th Judicial District, said during a Forum for Civic Advancement panel discussion hosted by the El Pomar Foundation, that victims often don't want to cooperate with prosecutors or testify against people who have forced them into sexual slavery or abused them.

Gerhart coordinates the Prostitution/Human Trafficking Victim Diversion Program at the DA's office.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:16:46 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County Woman found not guilty by insanity in killing of mother]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-woman-found-not-guilty-by-insanity-in-killing-of-mother/article/1558526?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-woman-found-not-guilty-by-insanity-in-killing-of-mother/article/1558526?custom_click=rss

It took less than an hour Tuesday for 4th Judicial District Court Judge David Gilbert to rule Rae Lena Stanley not guilty by reason of insanity in the December 2013 brutal killing of her mother, Charlas Stanley.

Gilbert's decision was not popular with members of the Stanley family who worry that Rae Stanley may one day be deemed rehabilitated and released from the Colorado Mental Health Institute.

"Yes, that is my sister," Mara Jefferson said after the bench trial. "But she's not the sister I grew up with. The thought of her getting out of the mental hospital is scary."

Stanley, 57, will be turned over to the state's Department of Human Services and sent to Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for treatment.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:03:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Motorcyclist killed trying to squeeze between trucks on I-25]]> http://gazette.com/motorcyclist-killed-trying-to-squeeze-between-trucks-on-i-25/article/1558469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/motorcyclist-killed-trying-to-squeeze-between-trucks-on-i-25/article/1558469?custom_click=rss

A motorcyclist died early Tuesday after he attempted to squeeze between two moving trucks on northbound Interstate 25 near Monument Hill, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman said.

Jeremy Teafort, 33, died at the scene near the El Paso and Douglas county lines just before 6 a.m., State Patrol said.

Teafort attempted to pass between a Freightliner box truck in the middle lane and a semi-truck in the right lane before he lost control, said Nate Reid, a State Patrol spokesman.

Teafort struck the right side of the Freightliner, then the left side of the semi's trailers, according to the State Patrol.

No other injuries were reported, Reid said. The crash remains under investigation.

Lanes on the interstate have

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:50:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Calhan loses two board members to resignation]]> http://gazette.com/calhan-loses-two-board-members-to-resignation/article/1558525?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calhan-loses-two-board-members-to-resignation/article/1558525?custom_click=rss

Two members of Calhan's board of trustees resigned Monday, the town's mayor confirmed.

Trustees Daniel Rolenc and Frank Carpenter submitted letters of resignation via email, said Mayor Bryan Eurich.

A third board member, Char Trojanovich, submitted a notice of resignation by email Monday, but Eurich said she may rescind that decision.

The departures follow the resignations of former Mayor Blair Bartling and public works director Greg Maggard this year. Eurich was appointed mayor after Bartling's resignation July 1.

Eurich told The Gazette Tuesday that he did not know why Carpenter resigned. In regards to Rolenc, the mayor said issues with trustees may have been a factor.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:39:57 -0600
<![CDATA[CDOT oversight criticized in state audit]]> http://gazette.com/cdot-oversight-criticized-in-state-audit/article/1558532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdot-oversight-criticized-in-state-audit/article/1558532?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Department of Transportation's oversight of a $1.4 billion program was criticized in a state audit released this week.

FASTER, or the Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery Act of 2009, created six motor vehicle fees to help transportation-related projects. Money from the fund was used to help with the launch of Bustang, the interregional bus service.

Deficiencies were identified in collecting money in three of the six FASTER fees at CDOT, the Department of Revenue and the Judicial Department, the report said.

The state has collected approximately $1.4 billion since the legislation was enacted, according to the report. CDOT collects more than $196 million in revenue from

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:31:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Construction set for Colorado Springs Airport hangar project]]> http://gazette.com/construction-set-for-colorado-springs-airport-hangar-project/article/1558431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/construction-set-for-colorado-springs-airport-hangar-project/article/1558431?custom_click=rss

Owners of a hangar condominium complex at the Colorado Springs Airport will start construction Tuesday on a $2.5 million expansion that will make room for up to 14 more privately operated non-airline aircraft or aviation-related businesses.

The 21,000-square-foot expansion is scheduled to be completed by year's end and is the latest of several projects underway as a result of a series of tax breaks put in place at the airport last year, including three other hangar projects either underway or about to start construction.

"We haven't built more space since 2013 and have been sold out since 2010.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:23:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Airport bringing back free parking promotion]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airport-bringing-back-free-parking-promotion/article/1558481?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-airport-bringing-back-free-parking-promotion/article/1558481?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs Airport will again offer free parking during November and December, airport director Dan Gallagher announced Tuesday.

"This is a promotion and not an experiment this year. The airlines increased their load factor (percentage of seats filled) by between 7 and 18 percent last year when we did this, so they have added another 13 percent in (seat) capacity this year," Gallagher said.

Last year, the airport provided free long- and short-term parking from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 as they sought to encourage leisure travelers to consider booking flights out of the Springs over the holidays.

The program, a first for the airport, saved airline passengers $6 per day on long-term parking and $8 per day on

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:22:20 -0600
<![CDATA[PPRTA tax collections exceed expectations]]> http://gazette.com/pprta-tax-collections-exceed-expectations/article/1558531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pprta-tax-collections-exceed-expectations/article/1558531?custom_click=rss Sales and use tax collections by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority have exceeded expectations by more than $2 million for the first half of the year, according to documents submitted for the agency's Citizen Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday.

The PPRTA collects a 1 percent sales and use tax inside its district boundaries for transportation and transit project. Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls and Ramah make up the PPRTA.

A total of $41,192,354, or $2,092,045 over what was budgeted by the agency, has been collected through June.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:15:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Affidavit: Administrator used Colorado Springs doctor's office accounts for groceries, child's dentist]]> http://gazette.com/affidavit-administrator-used-colorado-springs-doctors-office-accounts-for-groceries-childs-dentist/article/1558521?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/affidavit-administrator-used-colorado-springs-doctors-office-accounts-for-groceries-childs-dentist/article/1558521?custom_click=rss

Michelle Lisanne Reynolds apparently used credit cards, business accounts and payroll funds from the Strode Family Practice to make personal purchases online, at Walmart, Sam's Club, Target and even at her child's dentist, an arrest affidavit says.

Reynolds, who turned herself in to police Thursday, is accused of stealing more than $56,000 from Dr. Lloyd Strode and his wife Catherine Strode. The couple owned the practice until January 2014, when they sold it to University of Colorado Health.

The affidavit says that Reynolds, 33, was hired by the Strode's in April 2004 and eventually became the practice administrator. Reynolds stayed on after the practice was sold.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:18:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Weather advisory extended for El Paso County, expired in Teller County]]> http://gazette.com/weather-advisory-extended-for-el-paso-county-expired-in-teller-county/article/1558519?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weather-advisory-extended-for-el-paso-county-expired-in-teller-county/article/1558519?custom_click=rss

The National Weather Service in Pueblo extended a significant weather advisory for portions of El Paso County until 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A strong thunderstorm with frequent lightning is moving east with brief, heavy rain and hail under a half-inch in diameter expected. Winds could exceed 40 mph.

Southeastern Colorado Springs, Fountain, Peterson Air Force Base, Ellicott, Schriever Air Force Base, Security-Widefield and Cimarron Hills will likely be affected.

The initial advisory included Teller County and was scheduled to expire at 5:45 p.m.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:02:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Proposed Colorado Springs ordinance has drawn much criticism]]> http://gazette.com/proposed-colorado-springs-ordinance-has-drawn-much-criticism/article/1558520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/proposed-colorado-springs-ordinance-has-drawn-much-criticism/article/1558520?custom_click=rss

Reaction to Colorado Springs' proposed "sit-lie" ban has been uniformly negative, City Council members report.

The ordinance would outlaw sitting, lying, kneeling or reclining in rights-of-way and on certain planters in downtown and Old Colorado City business districts for 15 to 20 hours a day.

The punishment - six months in jail and a $2,500 fine - has prompted much outrage.

Councilmen Keith King and Tom Strand say the penalties should be reduced in the ordinance they sponsor. Mayor John Suthers, who proposed the law, said if the council wants lower penalties, "I don't have a problem with that."

The criticism isn't limited to the steep punishment, though.

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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:50:48 -0600