• Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Friday, Feb. 23

    Carlotta Olson
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Here's a look at what's going on Friday in the Colorado Springs area:      MUSIC

  • Colorado Springs councilman walks out of executive session, cites systemic lack of transparency

    BY CONRAD SWANSON conrad.swanson@gazette.com ­-
    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Accusing Colorado Springs leaders of violating the state Sunshine Law on open meetings, City Councilman Bill Murray walked out of an executive session Wednesday morning in protest. According to the council agenda, the closed meeting involved "legal advice and negotiation consultation...

  • Dumpsters, camp among ideas floated at Colorado Springs meeting on homelessness

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Trail-side dumpsters, an hourly work program for people living on the streets and a city-sanctioned camp were among ideas floated Wednesday evening during a meeting aimed at seeking new ideas to address homelessness across Colorado Springs. More than 100 people, many of them...

  • Partnerships over laws touted at Colorado Springs affordable housing forum

    BY CONRAD SWANSON conrad.swanson@gazette.com ­-
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Incentives and partnerships will more effectively address Colorado Springs' affordable housing shortage than new laws or ordinances, five local leaders agreed Wednesday night during a panel on the topic. The panel, hosted by The Gazette, acknowledged the city's shortage of affordable...

  • Veterans' health care, national cemetery focus of Colorado Springs town hall

    By Tony Peck Special to The Gazette -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' continuing struggles to eliminate wait times and meet demands for mental health care were discussed at a town hall in Colorado Springs Wednesday night. The town was hosted by Concerned Veterans for America and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn. Central to...

  • National gun debate visits the Colorado Capitol

    By joey bunch ColoradoPolitics,com -
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    In the wake of a school shooting in Florida last week, Colorado lawmakers on Wednesday weighed a trio of bills aimed at loosening up - not toughening - the state's gun laws. The highest profile of the three would have allowed teachers with concealed carry permits to be armed on...

  • Colorado Springs law enforcement youth group shows its appreciation with thin blue line flags

    By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Seventeen-year-old Tobi Harris' mom is active-duty military, and when she heard what her son was doing Wednesday night, she uttered words Tobi would echo: "It's quite a bit of an honor." Harris and two other students from Mesa Ridge High School presented large oak flags to El Paso...

  • 27-year experiment suggests climate change in the Rockies will lead common Colorado wildflower to extinction

    Bruce Finley, The Denver Post
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    A creamy jasmine wildflower once common across the Colorado mountains may be vanishing forever as climate change brings warmer and drier conditions. That’s the conclusion unveiled Wednesday by scientists who conducted a 27-year experiment above Crested Butte near Gothic at the Rocky...

  • Monument police chief back at work; town manager remains suspended

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

    Monument's police chief is back at work but the town manager remains on suspension amid allegations of misconduct, including sexual harassment. Police Chief Jacob Shirk, who returned to work Tuesday, said Town Manager Chris Lowe placed him paid administrative leave on Feb. 5 - just...

  • Colorado Springs man sentenced for 7-year-old stepson's fatal fall from overlook

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    When 7-year-old Kaivion Eleby smiled, he did it with goofy gusto, baring his teeth and gums alike and charming anyone in his orbit. That "Kaivion smile" was recalled in court Wednesday as family members requested a stiff sentence against his stepfather, Kyle McClain, for reckless...

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