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Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton recommended the government enlist help from ranchers and farmers to better protect federal lands during a congressional hearing this week. Congress is considering legislation that would open hundreds of thousands of additional acres of federal land to grazing by livestock. Much of western Colorado is federally administered public land.

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Colorado Springs leaders abruptly canceled negotiations with a new ambulance company Thursday after the firm's reliability was called into question. But questions continue to cloud the future of the city's relationship with its current ambulance provider, American Medical Response. City leaders began negotiating with Knoxville, Tenn.-based Priority Ambulance in March after AMR failed to meet required response times on thousands of calls last year.

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Sarah Hirshland, chief commercial officer of the United States Golf Association has been named as CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, based in Colorado Springs. She is the first woman to claim the Olympic Committee's CEO title and was lauded as a strong leader who can clean up the sexual misconduct issues that have plagued Olympic sports, most notably gymnastics. Hirshland is a nationally renowned marketing expert. Hirshland replaces eight-year CEO Scott Blackmun, who faced a storm of criticism for not doing more to stop sexual assaults, including those committed by disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
 

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Two Colorado Springs businessmen were indicted Wednesday on suspicion of soliciting money from investors to purchase personal luxury items. Joseph David Ryan, 58, was charged with 10 counts of securities fraud for allegedly selling securities in Madyson Capital Management without notifying investors that the funds would be used for personal expenses and non-business purposes. Dennis Farrah, 66, was charged with one count of securities fraud for his alleged involvement with the case.

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The Spring Creek fire was 83 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. The southern perimeter of the Spring Creek fire was contained, according to a tweet from fire authorities. Highway 160 and 12 were opened to the public, but there is no stopping, parking or standing outside of vehicles permitted along Highway 160 from La Veta to Fort Garland, according to Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.

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Are you free for a Slurpee today? If so, Slurpees are free for you today. In honor of 7/11, 7-Eleven will be giving away an estimated 9 million free small Slurpee drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time at participating locations, including Colorado Springs, to celebrate its 91st birthday.

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Three people broke into a Colorado Springs Walgreens early Wednesday to steal drugs, mirroring a similar burglary on Monday. The Colorado Springs Police Department said the burglars pried open the front door on July 11, 2018, and went straight to the pharmacy, disregarding everything else in the store.  The burglary occurred at 1:40 am. at the Walgreens on Dublin and Union. Monday's burglary took place six miles south on Union, at about 1 a.m.

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A Colorado Springs resident called firefighters the moment a smoke alarm sounded Tuesday evening, possibly preventing a larger fire from break…

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The man who died in a motorcycle crash Saturday night has been identified as 35-year-old Michael Cerquozzi. Police received a call at about 8 p.m. July 7, 2018, about a motorcycle accident in the 2500 block of Hancock Expressway. Police said when they arrived the rider of the motorcycle was unresponsive, and Cerquozzi was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Cerquozzi was not wearing a helmet. This crash was the 24th traffic fatality in Colorado Springs this year and the fourth involving a motorcycle.

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Two 14-year-old boys accused of plotting a Columbine-style attack at Sabin Middle School in Colorado Springs will be tried as adults. Fourth Judicial District Judge G. David Miller made the rulings last week, approving a request by El Paso County prosecutors, who argued the case was too serious for juvenile court. The judge set one boy’s bond at $25,000 and the other’s at $50,000, court records show.

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The woman who was killed on her bicycle Monday when an automobile struck her has been identified as 30-year-old Jessica Tozer. She was struck at about 5:30 p.m. at South Nevada Avenue and Interstate 25 south of downtown Colorado Springs. Whether speed was a factor or the cyclist was on the sidewalk hasn't been determined, said police Lt. Howard Black. 

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In a move affecting countless homeless people across Colorado Springs, City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a crackdown on creekside camping. Council voted 6-2 to ban camping within 100 feet from the edge of city waterways and concrete drainage canals. Anyone violating the new ordinance could face up to $2,500 in fines and 180 days in jail. Councilman Andy Pico was not present for the vote. The ordinance is slated to go into effect on July 23.

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A motorcyclist who died in a crash early Saturday in Cañon City was identified Tuesday as Sean Wright, a 32-year-old resident of Coal Creek.

At around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Cañon City Police say they observed a motorcycle driving eastbound on Harding Avenue at a high rate of speed.

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A bipartisan committee of the Colorado legislature began work Monday on policies that could change how sexual harassment complaints are handled at the state Capitol. The committee will hold four more meetings before making recommendations to legislative leaders who could adopt policies or, possibly, recommend legislation lawmakers could consider when the next session begins in January. The Legislative Workplace Interim Study Committee is concerned about due process for the accused, retaliation against accusers and confidentiality while an investigation is underway.