<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> local]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/local Fri, 29 May 2015 02:12:55 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[VA: Denver construction will stop if Congress doesn't act]]> By DAN ELLIOTT http://gazette.com/va-denver-construction-will-stop-if-congress-doesnt-act/article/feed/234826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/va-denver-construction-will-stop-if-congress-doesnt-act/article/feed/234826?custom_click=rss DENVER (AP) — Construction on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital will stop if Congress doesn't authorize more spending on the project within a week, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in a memo that his department has identified $150 million it could funnel to the project from this year's budget to keep the work moving, but Congress must first raise the spending limit by $200 million to $1 billion.

The spending limit is separate from the $730 million the VA has asked Congress to appropriate to finish the project.

McDonald also told the committee the VA was willing to scale back the project, delaying construction of a nursing hom

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]]> DENVER (AP) — Construction on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital will stop if Congress doesn't authorize more spending on the project within a week, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in a memo that his department has identified $150 million it could funnel to the project from this year's budget to keep the work moving, but Congress must first raise the spending limit by $200 million to $1 billion.

The spending limit is separate from the $730 million the VA has asked Congress to appropriate to finish the project.

McDonald also told the committee the VA was willing to scale back the project, delaying construction of a nursing hom]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 22:31:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Feds to help farmers, ranchers in Ogallala Aquifer region]]> http://gazette.com/feds-to-help-farmers-ranchers-in-ogallala-aquifer-region/article/feed/234159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/feds-to-help-farmers-ranchers-in-ogallala-aquifer-region/article/feed/234159?custom_click=rss CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say farmers and ranchers who depend on the Ogallala Aquifer will benefit from $6.5 million in funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it would be investing in projects in a handful of states with the goal of conserving billions of gallons of water to extend the life of the aquifer.

Underlying eight states, the Ogallala supports nearly one-fifth of the U.S. wheat, corn, cotton and cattle production. It has long been the main water supply for communities throughout the Great Plains and is being depleted at an unsustainable rate.

In eastern New Mexico, the Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to work with farmers to convert irrigated cropland to d

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]]> CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say farmers and ranchers who depend on the Ogallala Aquifer will benefit from $6.5 million in funding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it would be investing in projects in a handful of states with the goal of conserving billions of gallons of water to extend the life of the aquifer.

Underlying eight states, the Ogallala supports nearly one-fifth of the U.S. wheat, corn, cotton and cattle production. It has long been the main water supply for communities throughout the Great Plains and is being depleted at an unsustainable rate.

In eastern New Mexico, the Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to work with farmers to convert irrigated cropland to d]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 11:30:56 -0600 <![CDATA[CDOT employee killed in multi-vehicle crash near Monarch]]> http://gazette.com/cdot-employee-killed-in-multi-vehicle-crash-near-monarch/article/feed/234116?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdot-employee-killed-in-multi-vehicle-crash-near-monarch/article/feed/234116?custom_click=rss MONARCH, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a state transportation employee was killed in a multi-vehicle crash near the base of Monarch Pass.

The Colorado State Patrol says the driver of a tractor-trailer heading east down the pass on U.S. Highway 50 caused the crash in an active construction zone Friday afternoon.

Eastbound traffic was stopped so the westbound traffic could proceed through a construction site. The tractor-trailer did not stop, and instead crossed into the westbound lane, hitting a passenger truck and a dump truck. Another vehicle was hit after the initial crash.

The driver of the dump truck, who worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation, was killed and the tractor-trailer driver was seriously i

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]]> MONARCH, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a state transportation employee was killed in a multi-vehicle crash near the base of Monarch Pass.

The Colorado State Patrol says the driver of a tractor-trailer heading east down the pass on U.S. Highway 50 caused the crash in an active construction zone Friday afternoon.

Eastbound traffic was stopped so the westbound traffic could proceed through a construction site. The tractor-trailer did not stop, and instead crossed into the westbound lane, hitting a passenger truck and a dump truck. Another vehicle was hit after the initial crash.

The driver of the dump truck, who worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation, was killed and the tractor-trailer driver was seriously i]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 00:15:39 -0600