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.
  • Colorado Springs astronomer realizing a dream: a window on the stars

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    When Bryan Gibson began taking pictures of astronomical wonders more than 40 years ago, he had a tripod and a film camera. Technology has expanded his toolkit. Digital cameras and filter-equipped telescopes have enabled him to capture gaseous glows of remote planets and solar...

  • Manitou's Soda Springs Park Pavilion reopens surrounded by decorative fence

    Updated: Fri, Aug 18, 2017

    A public space in the heart of Manitou Springs reopened after more than a year on Thursday, brightened by a community art project that the city's mayor called a creative solution to a social problem. The Soda Springs Park Pavilion was closed unexpectedly in July 2016 after the City...

  • El Paso County prodding water providers to plan for the future

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    El Paso County has launched an effort that will encourage smaller water providers to plan for an uncertain future. The county is home to a "patchwork" of more than 20 water providers, many of them reliant on finite amounts of groundwater, said Craig Dossey, executive director of the...

  • Glasses for viewing eclipse flying off the shelves around Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017

    As Monday's historic solar eclipse nears,  Colorado Springs-area   residents are looking hard to find the special protective glasses that allow people to safely view the event. "It's a common theme: Everyone is selling out," said Keith Barger, an education specialist...

  • Ceremony marks passing of the torch to new Air Force Academy superintendent

    Updated: Tue, Aug 15, 2017

    After nearly four years at the helm of the Air Force Academy, the school's first-ever female superintendent relinquished her command Friday to a decorated fighter pilot, leaving him with a simple piece of advice: "Keep em' flying. Keep em' climbing," Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told...

  • An approval of El Paso County funding could boost chances of widening I-25

    Updated: Mon, Aug 14, 2017

    By chipping away at the gap, El Paso County voters could do something that some state legislators encourage and others dread: Siphon off support for a statewide transportation plan by spending their money locally. The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority board last week approved...

  • Kiosks to make renewing vehicle registrations easier in El Paso County

    Updated: Mon, Aug 14, 2017

    Renewing a driver's license should be less time consuming for El Paso County residents in the near future. Two license-renewal kiosks are expected to open in coming months at the Citizens Service Center at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road and the county clerk and recorder's Union Town...

  • Hours for Uncle Wilber Fountain and other city spraygrounds changing

    Updated: Sun, Aug 13, 2017

    Splash while you can. Colorado Springs' miniature water parks and fountains will close after Labor Day, the city said in a news release. On Sunday, hours for the spraygrounds at Acacia Park, America the Beautiful Park, the Deerfield Hills Community Center and John Venezia Community...

  • Sunday forecast: Afternoon showers expected in Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Sun, Aug 13, 2017

    Sunday's forecast is expected to be a cookie-cutter day of weather for summer in the Pikes Peak region: warm temperatures with a chance of showers in the afternoon. Showers and storms will likely start around 1 p.m. in the mountains, with the best chances of rain in Colorado Springs...

  • Seeds founder CrEATes a new community centered cafe in Manitou

    Updated: Sat, Aug 12, 2017

    Nearly a week after Seeds Community Café closed its doors, a steady stream of customers filtered in and out of a new Manitou Springs restaurant opened by the founder of the recently-shuttered eatery. Chef Lyn Harwell's newest venture, CrEATe Café, is located within the Manitou Art...

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