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1 year 5 months ago

Water Battles in El Paso County

Water, or the lack of it, has been a problem for years for residents living in the Cherokee Metropolitan District. It's a small enclave of homes and businesses on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs. Cherokee Metro has a new water source, but it's going to impact neighbors in...

1 year 6 months ago

NRA Day controversy highlights political divide

COLORADO SPRINGS - El Paso County Commissioners will vote this week whether to declare Thursday as Friends of the National Rifle Association Day . The resolution of appreciation is entirely symbolic. "They're fabulous community partners," said commissioner Peggy Littleton, who doesn't mind people knowing that she carries a concealed...

1 year 9 months ago

Drought relief for farmers in 43 Colorado counties

DENVER (AP) - Thirty of Colorado's 64 counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to severe drought and heat, making farmers and ranchers there and in adjacent counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that overall, 43...

2 years 3 months ago

10 Public Trustees resign

Gov. John Hickenlooper, on Tuesday, accepted the resignations of the 10 public trustees he appoints. The trustees are in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo and Weld counties, most of the largest in Colorado without Denver County. "We all have to stand for good government,"...

2 years 8 months ago

Drought aid offered to farmers in 10 counties

DENVER (AP) - Farmers in 10 counties in east-central Colorado can apply for emergency loans and other help under a drought disaster designation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that Lincoln County was designated the primary disaster area, and that qualifying farmers in nine adjacent counties could apply for...

2 years 10 months ago

Back to a 5 day week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - El Paso County offices that have been operating with a four-day workweek will soon go back to a Monday-through-Friday schedule. County commissioners had agreed in late 2007 to have some departments operate on a schedule of four, 10-hour days per week. At the time, county...

3 years 3 months ago

Fire restrictions in your county

Area counties have various restrictions on smoking, fireworks and even grills. The most restrictive rules are in Fremont County where you aren't supposed to smoke in your car or use gas grills. Here are the current rules for El Paso, Pueblo, Fremont, Teller and Custer Counties. Keep in mind...

3 years 3 months ago

Fire danger douses holiday fireworks, campfires

DENVER (AP) - National forests and counties along Colorado's Front Range and eastern plains are banning outside fires and fireworks as hot, dry weather keeps the fire danger high. The National Weather Service has issued a red-flag warning signaling high fire danger for much of southern Colorado, including Las...

3 years 6 months ago

El Paso County unemployment takes big drop

Unemployment fell sharply in El Paso County in March. The latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Labor put the Colorado Springs area jobless rate at 9.7 percent in March, compared with 10.2 percent in February. Those numbers are from Teller and El Paso Counties. Pueblo's unemployment numbers fell...

3 years 11 months ago

Colorado's unemployment rate up in October

Colorado's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of one percent to 8.4 percent in October. "Despite mixed results in the employment numbers, there are encouraging signs of improvement including recent increases in online job postings," said Donald J. Mares, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment....

3 years 11 months ago

Green job training grants announced

The Pikes Peak Workforce Center and the State Energy Sector Partnership Tuesday announced that companies in the energy efficient or renewable energy fields may be eligible for training scholarships. The scholarships are competitive in nature, but each company may receive up to $15,000 to train current workers. The...

4 years 1 day ago

State jobless rate up slightly

Colorado's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of one percentage point to 8.2 percent in September from the revised August rate of 8.1 percent, according to Donald J. Mares, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. "Colorado's economy remains relatively flat," Mares said. "We have not seen...

4 years 1 month ago

Federal disaster declared for farmers

Fremont County farmers should be harvesting a huge crop of apples right now, but a late freeze damaged the crop. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared Fremont County a natural disaster area. The freeze occurred between April 30 and May 3. Also included in the disaster...

4 years 1 month ago

Park County institutes fire ban

Going camping this weekend? Add Park County to the list of places that have banned fires. Park joins El Paso and Fremont counties in banning outdoor fires, following the devastating wildfires in Boulder and Loveland.

4 years 2 months ago

El Paso County unemployment rate drops slightly

Colorado's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the same in July at 8 percent. "Four months of stability in the unemployment rate combined with two months of notable private-sector job growth is encouraging news," said Donald J. Mares, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. "Our challenge...

4 years 2 months ago

Sheriff candidate debate set for tonight

The two Republican candidates for El Paso County sheriff will meet in a debate cosponsored by The Gazette and KOAA-TV News First 5. Sheriff Terry Maketa, who is seeking a third term as the county's top law officer, and Monument Police Chief Jake Shirk, will present their platforms and...

4 years 4 months ago

Body of man found on Rampart Range Road

Rescuers from El Paso County Search and Rescue along with investigators from the Colorado Springs Police Department found a body this morning off Rampart Range Road. The Police Department received information Monday about a dead body, but found nothing until Tuesday. The dead person is an adult man, and...

4 years 4 months ago

Another fox found with rabies

A fox in the Woodmoor neighborhood in northern El Paso County tested positive for rabies according to the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment. This is the second rabid fox in El Paso County to be reported in 2010. Through June 8, 57 animals in Colorado...

4 years 4 months ago

Disaster drill planned in El Paso County

More than two dozen agencies will run a disaster exercise Saturday in El Paso County. The exercise, referred to as NOAA's Ark, is sponsored by the South Central Homeland Security Region and Pikes Peak Metropolitan Medical Response System. The event is designed to simulate a weather emergency, in this...

4 years 5 months ago

One person killed in Peyton traffic crash

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle crash that happened late last night at the intersection of Curtis and Jones roads. Investigators say two vehicles were involved. One death has been confirmed, and two other people were transported to Memorial Hospital in unknown condition. Alcohol and drugs...

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