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2 years 6 months ago

Trigger points for military stress

For Specialist Daniel Mata, some parts of being home - after being deployed to Iraq - immediately stood out as being more stressful than before war. "When I'm driving I see certain things on the side of the road; I'll go from going the speed limit to bombing about...

3 years 3 months ago

Faith community addressing PTSD issues

Even with all of the resources of the military, taking care of all of the soldiers coming home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a big task. Local experts say we have 70,000 active duty or retired military suffering from P.T.S.D. in the Pikes Peak region. "Talking about the divorce...

3 years 5 months ago

On the edge of Tornado Alley

Watching images of destruction from tornadoes in the Southeast United States can make you wonder; could a major tornado happen here? The damage they can do is devastating. Every year tornadoes pop up in Colorado. "We're right on the edge of Tornado Alley," says News First 5 Meteorologist...

3 years 6 months ago

Man shot and killed by Springs Police

A Colorado Springs police officer is on routine paid administrative leave after shooting and killing a man Friday morning. It happened in the backyard home on Auburn Drive, near Constitution Ave. and North Chelton Road. Neighbors who spoke to News First 5 say they heard the gun shots Friday...

3 years 6 months ago

Runoff mayoral candidates face-off

Voters are about one month away from the runoff election to see who will be Colorado Springs' first strong mayor; and with the field narrowed down to two, we're hearing more from the two remaining candidates. They faced off for the first debate of the runoff election on Friday at...

3 years 6 months ago

"Lt. Dan" rocks Fort Carson

One of actor Gary Sinise's best known roles is "Lieutenant Dan" in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump . Along with acting he's also an advocate for veterans and a musician. Friday, the "Lieutenant Dan Band" put on a free concert on Fort Carson. Some were kind of surprised to...

3 years 7 months ago

Ballot Issue 1A confusing to some

You may have already received your mail-in ballot. Along with choosing a Mayor and City Council, Colorado Springs ballots have two questions. One of them caught a local woman off-guard. "I opened it up and read it," says Mary Taggart, a concerned voter; but she had to read Issue...

3 years 8 months ago

Unemployed and having trouble getting help

"We're late on a lot of bills, says Brandon Pelton. "It's getting scary." Since Pelton was medically discharged from the Army last year, finding work has been harder than he ever thought. He's filed for unemployment insurance from the state, but waited for issues with Veterans Affairs to be...

3 years 8 months ago

Last night for Margot Lane's lights

Margot Lane's two enormous evergreens, covered in thousands of lights, near I-25 and Uintah St, have ushered in the Christmas season for years for Colorado Springs. They're hard to miss. The beacons can be seen for miles. Monday is the last night they'll be on this year, and maybe...

3 years 8 months ago

D-49 discussions continue

Falcon School District 49 is preparing for a special board meeting Thursday night at 6:30. D-49 board meetings have seen heated discussion between parents and the district in recent weeks as board members have tried to cover a $4 million dollar budget gap. January 13th the board decided to...

3 years 8 months ago

A.F.A. cadets helping Ft. Carson families

"Fun, relief of stress, and something out of the ordinary," Melissa Gaines says that's what she was wanting for her kids -- A.J., Alex, and C.J. --- when she brought them out to the Air Force Academy on Saturday. Cadets invited families of deployed 3rd Brigade Combat Team soldiers from...

3 years 9 months ago

Plenty of space to fill

"I've got over 2 million square feet of listings in town," says Randy Dowis, a principal with NAI Highland, LLC. He's been working in Colorado Springs more than 20 years and he says for empty commercial real estate -- office, retail, and industrial -- it's all reaching high numbers. Lots...

3 years 9 months ago

Positive job numbers, negative outlook

December numbers from the Labor Department show improvement in the job market, but for those on the front lines -- trying to find work -- things aren't looking so positive. "People come and go all day long," says Byron Gunn, who's unemployed and spending his days at the Pikes...

3 years 9 months ago

Many homeless parents struggling

Teresa McLaughlin, a program director for Homeward Pikes Peak -- a Colorado Springs homeless-help program -- says they're seeing a lot of homeless parents needing help right now. "She just got shots yesterday," explains Brandy Thomas, talking about her four-month-old daughter, Lilliana, who was starting to get fussy during...

3 years 9 months ago

Gassing "up" for the trip home

"It seems like its shot up a lot in the past couple of weeks," say Greg Even, a driver who's been noticing gas prices on the rise. Gas prices nationally have passed three dollars a gallon on average, for the first time since October 2008 -- when we had...

3 years 9 months ago

Serving up some Christmas cheer

In Colorado Springs, thousands -- with no where to go -- are turning to the Salvation Army for a holiday meal. "I live alone and have been unemployed," says Sel Bethel, a Christmas diner at the Salvation Army offices on South Weber St. It's not an uncommon story; Bethel...

3 years 10 months ago

Police looking for armed robbers

Colorado Springs Police are searching for two men accused of a violent robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary. Store owners caught the crime on tape, and gave a copy to News First Five. Watching the video, it's a sight Ryan Orness never wanted to see -- his medical...

3 years 10 months ago

Finding the best holiday travel deals

Before many travelers take off this holiday season, they'll be taking their credit cards to the internet. "Looking for the best deal," says Daniel Finholm. But how far in advance tickets are purchased is different for everyone. "I just wait for those prices to drop, and wait...

3 years 10 months ago

Manitou mother of two still missing

"I was hoping we could find something," Jay Cribbs says while searching a wooded area near Rampart Range Road in Woodland Park. Cribbs is the father of the mother of two, 33-year-old Mindy Lee, that's been missing since Friday. He's doing all he can to find his daughter. ...

3 years 10 months ago

Few updates in Friday night shooting

Colorado Springs Police spent the better part of Friday night, and into early Saturday morning, investigating a shooting outside the Whitney Young Manor apartments off of Delta Drive. Neighbors kept an eye on what was going on. "I didn't really know anything other than the police had been called...

3 years 10 months ago

Ready, set, shop!

Stephanie McCroskey is getting the holiday shopping season underway; trying to cross some names off her lists by waiting in line at the Colorado Springs Toys "R" Us near Citadel Mall for sales beginning at 10 p.m. Many stores hold "door buster" sales after Thanksgiving, but many wait for the...

3 years 10 months ago

Is the altitude affecting your attitude?

A study from the University of Utah's School of Medicine says living at a high altitude, like Colorado, could trigger depression, possibly even leading to a higher rate of suicides. Ralph Lundgren was diagnosed with depression in the 80's. He's thought of suicide off and on, but his depression...

3 years 10 months ago

Marriage on the decline

"I do" is becoming "I don't want to." New numbers from the Pew Research Center show a decline in marriage. They say about half of American adults are married, but in 1960 that number was closer to three-fourths; and views of the family are changing too. "Americans still...

3 years 11 months ago

Close call

Tim and Carol Barta have received some calls they thought sounded fishy. They saved one of the messages and played it for News First 5. "...calling you from the American Department of Law and Investigation," the voice on the Barta's answering machine says. That agency may not sound...

3 years 11 months ago

Recalls on the road

Derek Fetty has been working on cars for a while; but lately, across the board, he's seeing more auto recalls than usual. "Here lately they've (government regulators) been getting a lot more, a lot more , meticulous about what kind of repairs they're going to let slide through the...

3 years 11 months ago

Conservatives square off in Colorado Springs

South Sierra Madre in Colorado Springs drew the battle lines for Republicans Sunday, amongst themselves; both sides with a conservative candidate they want in the Governor's office. "We wouldn't be in it, this dividing up the Republican vote, if Tancredo hadn't jumped in after the assembly," says Jimmie Butler,...

4 years 5 days ago

Running toward recovery

Steve LaRocque, a Fort Carson soldier, has a reminder of what happened in September of 2009 every time he laces up his running shoes. LaRocque was shot in the knee while helping others who were injured during an ambush in Afghanistan; five people were shot that day, one person...

4 years 6 days ago

Stolen signs mean stolen campaign budget

It happens every election year, but depending on the race, stolen political signs can be a big blow to supporters. 58 signs were stolen from a campaign supporting ballot question 2 G. It's a controversial measure on whether or not to ban medical marijuana centers in Fountain. For right...

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