• Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Friday, September 22

    Carlotta Olson
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Here's a look at a variety of events Friday around Colorado Springs and beyond:      STAGE “The Nerd” — 7 p.m., through Sept. 23, The Butte Theater, 130 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, $11-$20; buttetheater.com.

  • South Powers and Astrozon boulevards reopened after two-vehicle crash in Colorado Springs

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    A two-vehicle crash was blocking lanes of South Powers and Astrozon boulevards on Wednesday night, Colorado Springs police said. The 8 p.m. wreck happened when a southbound vehicle turned left in front of northbound traffic, police said. At least one person was taken to a hospital....

  • Air Force Academy cadet who spearheaded rape-prevention effort charged in sexual assault of Colorado Springs man

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    An Air Force Academy cadet lauded for his work with rape prevention programs was the defendant Wednesday in a sexual assault hearing that could lead to his court-martial. Senior cadet Steven Fox is accused of assaulting the Colorado Springs man he took as a date to an academy dance...

  • Colorado painted orange by large butterfly migration 

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DENVER — Colorado residents and visitors alike have noticed the state's taken on a tinge of orange due to an abundance of butterflies. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Colorado's Front Range is in the midst of a large migration of the painted lady butterfly. Butterfly...

  • Colorado Springs Utilities Board OKs rate hike to increase solar energy share

    BY CONRAD SWANSON conrad.swanson@gazette.com ­-
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Colorado Springs Utilities won't meet its goal of producing 20 percent of its energy through renewable resources by 2020. But it's coming about as close as possible within the parameters outlined in Utilities' 2016 Electric Integrated Resource Plan, said John Romero, general manager...

  • Water main break on North Academy closes lanes while road repaired

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    A water main break on North Academy Boulevard was repaired by Wednesday evening, more than 24 hours after it was reported Tuesday afternoon, said Natalie Eckhart, a Colorado Springs Utilities spokeswoman. Most customers' water was out for a few hours on Tuesday, Eckhart said....

  • Inside CSPD's evidence locker - guns, furniture, baseball bats and cake

    Kaitlin Durbin kaitlin.durbin@gazette.com -
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    The most bizarre objects you can think of probably have been stored in the Colorado Springs Police Department's evidence facilities at one point or another. Some of the 358,671 pieces of evidence bagged and stacked floor to ceiling there on Wednesday came with stories so unbelievable...

  • Firefighters extinguish house fire in northwest Colorado Springs

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    No one was home when a northwest Colorado Springs house caught fire Wednesday evening. Heavy smoke and fire were visible when firefighters arrived to the house at 1025 Oak Hills Drive, the Fire Department said in a 6:38 p.m. tweet. The fire was "extinguished rapidly," and no injuries...

  • Solar farm proposed by Kansas firm coming up for El Paso County's approval

    BY RACHEL RILEY rachel.riley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    A Kansas-based energy company is moving ahead with plans to develop a roughly 900-acre solar farm on public and private land in southern El Paso County. Later this month, county officials expect to review submittals from Tradewind Energy for the proposed 100-megawatt solar...

  • Dogs barred from Mueller State Park trails after trial period filled with violations, complaints

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 11 hr ago

    While dogs were on their best behavior this summer on Cheyenne Mountain State Park's trails, a three-month trial period brought more disastrous results at Mueller State Park. Officials at the park south of Divide received numerous complaints about dogs on the trails and issued seven...

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