Rachel Riley

Local and Breaking news

Rachel Riley covers local and breaking news. The recent Boston University graduate joined The Gazette's staff after interning at the newspaper in Summer 2016. During her undergraduate career, she held part-time positions at two New England newspapers, an investigative journalism nonprofit and an environmental magazine based in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Recent land-use changes could help Pikes Peak region become a hotbed for tiny homes

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    El Paso County helped Colorado Springs' title as "the tiny-house capital of America" with a recent land-use policy change, local industry leaders say. Tiny house builders have praised the county's decision Tuesday to amend its land-use code to allow for the miniature dwellings in...

  • Realtor convicted of theft settles assault claim against El Paso County for $15,000

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    El Paso County has agreed to a $15,000 payout after a former Colorado Springs real estate broker threatened to sue over an alleged assault in a courthouse holding cell in May. Holly Dalton, who's admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from landlords and tenants, originally...

  • Former Colorado Springs real estate broker threatens lawsuit over alleged holding cell assault

    Updated: Fri, Dec 15, 2017

    A former Colorado Springs real estate broker caught stealing from clients is threatening to sue El Paso County after she was allegedly assaulted by another inmate in a courthouse holding cell in May. Holly Dalton, who pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge in October, is demanding...

  • Annual address: Pikes Peak region fully recovered from recession

    Updated: Thu, Dec 14, 2017

    Things are looking up in the Pikes Peak region. That's one takeaway from the 2017 "State of the Region" address, delivered by El Paso County Board of Commissioners President Darryl Glenn at The Antlers hotel on Thursday. Glenn avoided politically-charged issues or calls for action,...

  • El Paso County welcomes tiny homes in unincorporated areas

    Updated: Thu, Dec 14, 2017

    El Paso County will allow tiny houses in unincorporated areas, commissioners agreed unanimously Tuesday. They voted to amend the land use code to allow the miniature structures in agricultural zoning districts, on some residential lots and in recreational vehicle parks - wherever...

  • Darryl Glenn delivers State of the Region address

    Updated: Thu, Dec 14, 2017

    Darryl Glenn, president of the Board of El Paso County Commissioners, will deliver the annual State of the Region report on Thursday at The Antlers hotel. Glenn’s address will cover local economic growth and highlight positive happenings in the county, from new ideas and innovations...

  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments picks new executive director

    Updated: Wed, Dec 13, 2017

    The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments has selected a new executive director after nearly a year without one. Andy Gunning, who previously held a high-ranking position with an Arizona-based government association, was chosen by the PPACG board of directors on Wednesday....

  • El Paso County OKs millions for widening of I-25 from Monument to Castle Rock

    Updated: Wed, Dec 13, 2017

    El Paso County likely will contribute $15 million to the widening of Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock, fulfilling the project's $35 million local fundraising goal. The 2018 county budget, which commissioners approved unanimously on Tuesday, includes $7.5 million for the...

  • Proposed toll lanes turn some in El Paso County against I-25 widening

    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    Residents expressed frustration on Thursday night with the state's plan to widen the Interstate 25 "Gap" from Monument to Castle Rock by adding toll lanes. Several people who attended an update on the project offered the same reasoning: they don't want to pay twice. "There's four...

  • El Paso County to consider deer population-control strategies

    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    El Paso County is joining the conversation by Colorado Springs officials about controlling the deer population on the city's west side and other developed, wooded areas. One option is urban hunting, which would let licensed archers hunt in certain areas. That controversial method...

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