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.
  • I-25 bridge dedicated in honor of Springs Pearl Harbor veteran Jim Downing

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    A Colorado Springs thoroughfare that for months was a jumble of traffic drums and restricted lanes will now pay tribute to a beloved local Pearl Harbor survivor. The new Interstate 25 bridge over Cimarron Street was named after retired Navy Lt. James "Jim" Downing during a dedication...

  • State OKs $250 million for widening I-25 if federal grant comes through

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    The state will kick in about 70 percent of the $350 million needed to widen Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock if the project succeeds in getting a highly competitive federal grant. The Colorado Transportation Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, with one member absent,...

  • El Paso County's new election equipment expected to save division time, money

    Updated: Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    Just inside the El Paso County Elections Department, a hulking gray giant serves as a reminder of how far the office has come. To operate the Shoup Voting Machine, a 20th century relic that's now on display in the department's lobby, voters of the past would tick off their choices...

  • Colorado Springs service dog trainer agrees to close after failing inspections

    Updated: Sun, Oct 15, 2017

    The owner of a local service dog training facility agreed to shutter the business after state inspectors discovered dogs were fed cat food, housed in undersized kennels and returned to their owners with "undisclosed disease, injury and abnormalities." Noelle's Service Dogs Four Hope...

  • Interstate 25 widening project north of Colorado Springs closer to reality after CDOT identifies project money

    Updated: Fri, Oct 13, 2017

    Commuters, rejoice: The widening of the "Gap" is a step closer to reality. The Colorado Department of Transportation has identified $250 million that, along with local contributions and federal grant money, could pay to broaden the stretch of Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle...

  • New hotel a big deal for Woodland Park community

    Updated: Thu, Oct 12, 2017

    Woodland Park is getting a new hotel for the first time in 20 years. The 62-room Microtel Inn and Suites, a brand of the Wyndham hotel empire, is slated to open in fall 2018. The three-story building will be north of the Country Lodge off U.S. 24 in Woodland Park. The project's...

  • Manitou Springs still recovering from 2013, 2015 floods

    Updated: Tue, Oct 10, 2017

    Years after catastrophic flooding hit Manitou Springs in 2013 and again in 2015, the city still is working to check off recovery and mitigation projects on a lengthy to-do list created by the disasters. Now Manitou is getting nearly $375,000 from the Colorado Department of Local...

  • Manitou Springs extends ban on sex shops

    Updated: Tue, Oct 10, 2017

    Manitou Springs has, once again, extended a temporary ban on adult businesses to give city officials more time to figure out how sex toy shops, strip clubs and other "sexually oriented" enterprises will be regulated. The City Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting Tuesday...

  • Woodland Park roiled by suspension of Main Street revitalization coordinator

    Updated: Mon, Oct 9, 2017

    Whether fueled by small-town politics, personal animus, or genuine misfeasance or malfeasance, controversy is roiling main street in Woodland Park. In fact, it's the Woodland Park Main Street cq program that's in turmoil. Most townspeople say they don't know why a popular,...

  • Fountain Creek, trails slated for flood repairs if voters forgo TABOR refund

    Updated: Mon, Oct 9, 2017

    Take a wrong turn on Fountain Creek Regional Trail near Willow Springs Ponds, and you might find yourself "walking the plank." El Paso County employee Brian Olson used the nautical metaphor to describe an abrupt drop-off, now blocked off to the public, where water has washed away 10...

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