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.
  • Last call at Southside Johnny's bittersweet for regulars of Colorado Springs bar

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Last call came much to early for regulars of an iconic bar and restaurant in south downtown Colorado Springs. Southside Johnny's, which opened at 528 S. Tejon St. in 2002, welcomed customers for a final Saturday night of burgers, brews and live music before it closes on Sunday....

  • Fountain woman found safe after being reported missing in Colorado Springs area

    Updated: Sat, Mar 25, 2017

    Police are searching for a 64-year-old woman who went missing from her Fountain home on Saturday evening. Maria Sostre Rosario, who left her residence in the 8400 block of Dassel Drive about 5 p.m., reportedly told her daughter she was going for a walk around the block but didn't...

  • 2 arrested after allegedly firing shots during fight in southeast Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Mar 25, 2017

    Two people were arrested in what police described as a large disturbance in southeast Colorado Springs on Saturday afternoon. The fight broke out just after 4 p.m. near San Marcos and Delta drives, said Lt. Hugh Velasquez of Colorado Springs police. During the altercation,...

  • Three juveniles caught breaking into vehicles in northeast Colorado Springs neighborhood

    Published: Sat, Mar 25, 2017

    Three juveniles were arrested early Saturday in a string of motor vehicle thefts and break-ins targeting the University Park neighborhood in northeast Colorado Springs, according to police. Just before 4:20 a.m., a resident reported he had caught the minors as they were trying to...

  • El Paso County clerk and recorder names new chief deputy

    Updated: Fri, Mar 24, 2017

    The El Paso County clerk and recorder has chosen a veteran employee to replace the outgoing chief deputy, who has taken a job with the Colorado treasurer. Mary Bartelson will replace Ryan Parsell, according to a county news release, in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the...

  • Storm brings welcome respite, but more moisture needed to ease fire danger

    Updated: Fri, Mar 24, 2017

    Friday's storms brought a much-needed dose of moisture to the Pikes Peak region, but it won't do much to lessen the fire danger unless more precipitation follows closely behind, according to local fire and weather experts. The storm, which brought light rain to some parts of the city...

  • Thousands without power in southeastern Colorado

    Updated: Fri, Mar 24, 2017

    Thousands of electric customers in the Pikes Peak Region and beyond were still in the dark late Friday morning due to outages caused by snow, rain and wind. Colorado Springs Utilities was reporting sporadic outages across the city, including 64 customers affected in the Holland Park...

  • Wintry weather affects flight schedules at Colorado Springs, Denver airports

    Updated: Fri, Mar 24, 2017

    Spring breakers, have no fear. The Colorado Springs and Denver airports have made it through the brunt of Friday’s wet, wintry weather, officials said late Friday morning. At 10:30 a.m., 43 flight cancellations had been reported at Denver Airport, and nine flights were delayed in...

  • Reassurances fail to convince some neighbors El Paso County wind farm is safe

    Updated: Fri, Mar 24, 2017

    Residents living by a wind farm near Calhan say the turbines are affecting their health and harming animals, despite reassurances from experts at this week's El Paso County commissioners' meeting. Jeff Wolfe, who lives close to NextEra Energy's Golden West wind farm, said he's...

  • Colorado Springs man indicted on second-degree murder charge in countdown killing

    Updated: Thu, Mar 23, 2017

    A Colorado Springs man who allegedly gave an intruder he found sleeping in the basement of his downtown apartment building five seconds to leave before fatally shooting him about two months ago was indicted Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge. Patrick Thomas Rau, 28, is accused...

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