<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/local Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:20:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[FEMA offers early look at 2017 floodplain maps for Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/fema-offers-early-look-at-2017-floodplain-maps-for-pikes-peak-region/article/1560724?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fema-offers-early-look-at-2017-floodplain-maps-for-pikes-peak-region/article/1560724?custom_click=rss

Jennifer Severski's home is barely in the floodplain - just her garage - but that's enough to bump her yearly insurance bill from $300 to $3,000 .

Severski, who lives in the Shooks Run neighborhood, was one of more than 50 El Paso County residents who lined on up Wednesday night to learn about possible changes to local floodplain maps during an information session hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Due to be releasedin 2017 , updated floodplain maps could remove some residents like Severski from the floodplain and move others into the flood zone, triggering a requirement for flood insurance .

On Wednesday, Severski and a floodplain mapper bent over a laptop to see if her garage would be removed from the

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:13:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Attendance drops at hearing for pared down Colorado Springs "sit-lie" ordinance]]> http://gazette.com/attendance-drops-at-hearing-for-pared-down-colorado-springs-sit-lie-ordinance/article/1560768?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/attendance-drops-at-hearing-for-pared-down-colorado-springs-sit-lie-ordinance/article/1560768?custom_click=rss

The proposed sit-lie ordinance aimed at Old Colorado City and downtown Colorado Springs commercial centers has been whittled yet again, as has attendance at hearings on the issue.

Fewer than 50 people came to the public hearing Tuesday night at City Hall, compared with more than 200 at the first hearing Sept. 3 and about 100 at the second session Sept. 17.

The proposal contains less to address now, too:

- Provisions regulating what planters and benches are legal for sitting have been removed, Councilman Keith King announced. All the structures now are fair game for people's posteriors.

- The amended proposal would regulate only sitting, lying, kneeling or reclining on rights-of-way, such as streets and sidewalks,

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:46:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Reform 'team' looking to make changes in Colorado Springs school district]]> http://gazette.com/reform-team-looking-to-make-changes-in-colorado-springs-school-district/article/1560763?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reform-team-looking-to-make-changes-in-colorado-springs-school-district/article/1560763?custom_click=rss

Is Colorado Springs School District 11 poised for history to repeat itself or for great improvements?

Following a lawsuit that resulted in an eleventh-hour court order to allow a candidate who missed a filing deadline to be included on the Nov. 3 ballot, a "team" of three education reformists have emerged in the D-11 school board race. They promise the latter.

"We need candidates who believe in greater local control, higher standards and accountability, school choice, innovation with programs and partnerships within the community to see the district move forward," said Kathryn "Katey" Price, a campaign manager for candidates Jeff Kemp, Dan Ajamian and Karla Heard-Price.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:26:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Who is the reform “team?”]]> http://gazette.com/who-is-the-reform-team/article/1560765?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/who-is-the-reform-team/article/1560765?custom_click=rss Seven candidates are running for four open at-large seats in D-11. Nora Brown and Elaine Naleski are incumbents who were elected to in November 2011.

Theresa Null served in the military for 22 years and is the wife of current board member Bob Null, who is term-limited. Martin Herrera is a Colorado Springs police officer.

The remaining three share values and have a similar vision for the board and are running as a “team,” according to their campaign manager.

Rumors have been flying, as the candidates have kept fairly quiet about their positions. Some fear the group wants to dismantle the teachers union, but the reform candidates say that is not their intention.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:26:21 -0600
<![CDATA[A look back: The 2003 reform movement]]> http://gazette.com/a-look-back-the-2003-reform-movement/article/1560766?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-look-back-the-2003-reform-movement/article/1560766?custom_click=rss Voters elected a reform slate of four candidates to the Colorado Springs School District 11 board in November 2003: Eric Christen, Sandy Shakes, Willie Breazell and Craig Cox. Shakes was president, Cox vice president, Breazell secretary and Christen treasurer.

A three-year power struggle ensued.

In May 2004, Shakes defected from her allies and voted to approve new contract with the teachers union. The 4-3 vote meant a 1.2 percent pay raise.

The next month, Breazell proposed a resolution supporting “stable, heterosexual, two-parent families” but withdrew it after being deluged with criticism.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:25:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Harrison superintendent Miles back in town -- but not in politics, he says]]> http://gazette.com/former-harrison-superintendent-miles-back-in-town-but-not-in-politics-he-says/article/1560764?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-harrison-superintendent-miles-back-in-town-but-not-in-politics-he-says/article/1560764?custom_click=rss

He's back. Mike Miles, former superintendent of Harrison School District 2 and a 2004 Colorado U.S. Senate candidate, returned to Colorado Springs over the summer after abruptly resigning in June from his job as superintendent of Dallas Independent School District in Texas.

And despite rumors circulating in education circles, in an interview with The Gazette this week Miles said he's not backing any candidates for Colorado Springs School District 11 board seats in the Nov. 3 election.

"I have no interest in getting involved in any school board races," he said. "People tend to make up stuff."

Miles also said he has not applied for the Colorado state education commissioner job, another rumor.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:55:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Rain thumps El Paso, Teller counties, washes out Gold Camp Road]]> http://gazette.com/rain-thumps-el-paso-teller-counties-washes-out-gold-camp-road/article/1560745?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rain-thumps-el-paso-teller-counties-washes-out-gold-camp-road/article/1560745?custom_click=rss

Heavy rain pounded parts of El Paso and Teller counties on Tuesday, leaving a section of Gold Camp Road closed due to a washout.

The storms, which were the most powerful to hit the Pikes Peak region in nearly two months, also dropped hail that coated lawns and knocked the leaves off trees in some areas of Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Springs Airport received .31 inches of rain - the most since Aug. 16, said Mike Nosko, with the National Weather Service in Pueblo. Storm totals varied elsewhere across the city, with .75 inches of rain having fallen about 4 miles north-northeast of Colorado Springs.

The storms were caused by moisture that was pulled into the region from an upper level storm system over the southwest

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:38:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Photos & video: Hundreds of Carson soldiers return home from Middle East]]> http://gazette.com/photos-video-hundreds-of-carson-soldiers-return-home-from-middle-east/article/1560700?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-video-hundreds-of-carson-soldiers-return-home-from-middle-east/article/1560700?custom_click=rss

Nearly 300 Fort Carson soldiers were welcomed home Tuesday after nine months in the Middle East.

Soldiers from the post's 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned to the post in two contingents, one of 240 soldiers arrived early in the morning and the next of 55 soldiers came in the early afternoon.

Hundreds of additional soldiers from the unit will fly back later this month, Fort Carson said.

The 4,500-soldier brigade headed overseas last winter and served in Kuwait and elsewhere training American allies. The mission came as American worries about the Islamic State terror group grew, leaving 3rd Brigade as the closest American unit if leaders decided to send U.S. ground troops into direct fighting in Iraq and Syria.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:26:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Marijuana club's lawyer disputes legality of proposed Colorado Springs ordinance]]> http://gazette.com/marijuana-clubs-lawyer-disputes-legality-of-proposed-colorado-springs-ordinance/article/1560757?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/marijuana-clubs-lawyer-disputes-legality-of-proposed-colorado-springs-ordinance/article/1560757?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs City Council's six-month moratorium on new cannabis clubs cannot be enacted without a final vote and certainly cannot be enforced retroactively, says the attorney for the new One Love Club.

The council passed the moratorium Sept. 22 on a 7-2 vote and deemed it effective immediately, though the final vote won't be taken until Oct. 13 .

A statement from a city spokeswoman says, "The moratorium ordinance, if passed on second reading, is to be effective for a six month period (Sept. 22, 2015 - March 22, 2016). Any business that establishes a marijuana social club during this period may be subject to enforcement."

"We have to vote on it one more time," said Council President Merv Bennett. "But according

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:18:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Security guards will patrol downtown Colorado Springs at least through the holidays]]> http://gazette.com/security-guards-will-patrol-downtown-colorado-springs-at-least-through-the-holidays/article/1560759?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/security-guards-will-patrol-downtown-colorado-springs-at-least-through-the-holidays/article/1560759?custom_click=rss

Security guards are expected to continue patrolling streets in downtown Colorado Springs through December - if not longer.

The guards, who are unarmed and carry handcuffs, have monitored an area roughly between St. Vrain Street to the north, Weber Street to the east, Moreno Avenue to the south and Cascade Avenue to the west, every day since May.

They work for the Colorado Springs-based Strategic Alliance Security and are asked to look for aggressive panhandlers, move loiterers along and respond to calls for help between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

"I think they provide a needed presence for some people walking downtown," said Lane Williams, who owns a jewelry store at the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:22:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Settlement agreements for claims against former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa approved]]> http://gazette.com/settlement-agreements-for-claims-against-former-el-paso-county-sheriff-terry-maketa-approved/article/1560714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/settlement-agreements-for-claims-against-former-el-paso-county-sheriff-terry-maketa-approved/article/1560714?custom_click=rss

Two settlement agreements totaling $120,000 for claims filed against former El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa and other department employees were approved Tuesday.

The settlements for Cliff Porter and Wendy Habert, both Sheriff's Office employees, are the third and fourth agreed upon by the Board of El Paso County Commissioners.

That brings the total paid due to claims against Maketa and other former Sheriff's Office employees to more than $300,000. Another $400,000 has been paid in fees for financial and personnel investigations and for three Sheriff's Office commanders put on paid leave last year.

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:13:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Fort Collins weighs allowing women to go topless in public]]> http://gazette.com/fort-collins-weighs-allowing-women-to-go-topless-in-public/article/1560760?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-collins-weighs-allowing-women-to-go-topless-in-public/article/1560760?custom_click=rss FORT COLLINS — Fort Collins officials are considering changes to the city's ordinance on public nudity that would allow women to go topless in public.

The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/1Lf6XWx ) the City Council is scheduled to discuss the proposals during its Oct. 20 meeting.

One of the proposed changes to the ordinance would keep the current policy that prohibits women from being topless in public, but would add an exception for women who are breastfeeding. Another change would allow all women to be topless in public.

The proposal is backed by residents who say current nudity laws are discriminatory against women, because men are allowed in public without shirts.

Public comment on the proposed

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:00:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Winter warming shelter to provide 153 beds downtown starting October 19]]> http://gazette.com/winter-warming-shelter-to-provide-153-beds-downtown-starting-october-19/article/1560749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/winter-warming-shelter-to-provide-153-beds-downtown-starting-october-19/article/1560749?custom_click=rss The Salvation Army’s winter warming shelter will operate again this winter at 505 S. Weber St. and provide 153 beds starting October 19. The shelter, which provided more than 20,000 shelter beds in five-and-a-half months last winter, was approved to operate by the Downtown Revue Board (DRB) in September.

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:54:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs CROP Walk brings 10-year fundraising total to more than $100,000]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-crop-walk-brings-10-year-fundraising-total-to-more-than-100000/article/1560612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-crop-walk-brings-10-year-fundraising-total-to-more-than-100000/article/1560612?custom_click=rss

After 10 years, participants in the Colorado Springs CROP Walk, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, have raised more than $100,000 to help the fundraiser meet its goal, said Careyn Mason, an organizer.

Sunday's annual CROP walk brought in $8,130 from a handful of community churches, who collectively had 150 people walking a 5K course north of downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday to raise money and awareness for poverty. While that sum pleasantly surprised Mason - and is expected to rise to around $9,000 once the counting is finalized - this year's fundraiser falls short of the sum raised in past years. In its best years, the CROP Walk has raised more than $12,000, and this year's lesser amount might be due

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Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:51:45 -0600
<![CDATA[El Pomar Foundation honors nonprofit, community leaders]]> http://gazette.com/el-pomar-foundation-honors-nonprofit-community-leaders/article/1560752?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-pomar-foundation-honors-nonprofit-community-leaders/article/1560752?custom_click=rss BLACK HAWK - The El Pomar Foundation's Awards for Excellence recognizes the state's highest performing organizations every year. At a ceremony on Monday, the foundation continued that tradition by honoring five nonprofit organizations and community leaders.

Bright Future Foundation for Eagle County, which empowers individuals and families affected by domestic violence and assault, and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, which operates a residential community at Fort Lyon for individuals experiencing homelessness, were nonprofit awards winners for 2015. Each received a $25,000 grant for their commitment to bettering the lives of rural Coloradans.

Three individuals were also acknowledged for their service to the state of

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]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-New Mexico sheriff appeals conviction in road rage case]]> http://gazette.com/ex-new-mexico-sheriff-appeals-conviction-in-road-rage-case/article/feed/276107?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-new-mexico-sheriff-appeals-conviction-in-road-rage-case/article/feed/276107?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — An attorney for a former New Mexico sheriff who pulled a gun on a motorist and struck him with his badge told an appeals court on Tuesday that he was wrongfully convicted of rights violations because the driver suffered no serious emotional injuries.

The motorist said he feared for his life during the March 2014 encounter with then-Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella. Jurors found that while the driver wasn't physically injured, the bizarre, off-duty traffic stop left him emotionally scarred.

But Rodella's attorney, John Cline, said the man's injuries were only minor. A district judge should have told jurors that they had to find the motorist suffered more than just trivial injuries in order to convict Ro

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