May 23, 2011 6:14 PM
The woman accused in the dragging death of tow truck driver Allen Rose will stand trial. Detra Farries was in court Monday morning as her preliminary hearing wrapped up; Monday was the completion of that, beginning on May 13th.
Farries will be standing trial on charges related to causing... more »
May 1, 2011 7:33 PM
This year's legislative session is just over a week from finished, but redistricting has legislators jockeying for position with constituents.
Redistricting is done every ten years using numbers from the most recent census. It accounts for population changes, trying to keep all of the state's congressional districts close to... more »
April 24, 2011 5:10 PM
After getting to Acacia Park early Easter morning, many were fueling up on coffee to fight the cold.
"It's kind of a challenge to see what it's like in the morning," says Elly Singer. "Sometimes you think God is the only one awake early in the morning!"
With... more »
April 18, 2011 8:15 PM
With prices rising on basic necessities -- like fuel, food, and clothing -- budgets are getting tight for families across the country.
$100 dollars doesn't take Jan Piane as far as it did a year ago at the grocery store.
"I definitely see that I'm bringing home less... more »
April 16, 2011 12:56 AM
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... more »
April 11, 2011 6:50 PM
Local soldiers, looking for ways to deal with their own stress since returning from war, are trying to help soldiers just coming home by giving advice on how make the transition that has been tough for so many.
The Army begins screening soldiers right when they get home to... more »
April 9, 2011 12:16 AM
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... more »
April 4, 2011 7:00 PM
Budgets may be tight, but El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says he needs a couple of big ticket items.
For large crime scenes in the future, Maketa hopes to have a new $400,000 mobile command unit in the next few weeks. That's what he's telling County Commissioners.
... more »
April 3, 2011 6:27 PM
A group from the Women's Community Leadership Initiative is putting a lot of themselves into the Salvation Army Community Center in Colorado Springs.
The program, through Leadership Pikes Pike, is funded by grants and donations. The Salvation Army Center project was picked in a vote by the group from... more »
March 20, 2011 7:07 PM
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... more »
March 19, 2011 8:04 PM
Legislators have known since heading to the Capitol in January that they'll be looking at a lot of bills, but their big job is making sure the dollars and cents add up.
"The most pressing issue for this entire session is the budget," says Rep. Bob Gardner, (R) House... more »
March 14, 2011 7:09 PM
Colorado Springs is entering record levels of unemployment. Numbers from January show the Springs increased the unemployment rate from 9.5 percent to 10.2, according to the Department of Labor and Employment. This increase continues to stretch already heavily used resources for jobseekers.
Anthony Green sees how busy the Pike... more »
February 26, 2011 8:24 PM
Charges have been filed in the dragging death of a Colorado Springs tow truck driver. 32-year old Detra Farries is behind bars tonight on a manslaughter charge. Farries was charged Friday night.
She's accused of dragging 35-year old Allen Rose for a mile, on Wednesday. Rose was trying to... more »
February 20, 2011 6:52 PM
With the current rules, Colorado is one of the easiest states in the country to change its constitution. Colorado's state constitution has changed 81 times in the last 44 years; however, lawmakers are making another push to changes that.
"Most of those changes have happened in the last 20... more »
February 19, 2011 12:04 AM
Friday wraps up the second week of the murder trial for a Colorado Springs teen accused of killing his little brother. It's been a week of testimony, and a key question has come up; could this type of a crime be committed while sleepwalking?
In May of 2009, police... more »
February 18, 2011 12:12 AM
The owner of a now-closed Colorado Springs business - that claimed to shelter dogs of soldiers while they're deployed -- has taken flack after one soldier didn't get his dog back. The dog was adopted out and eventually put to sleep.
The situation has gained attention online from across... more »
February 14, 2011 7:07 PM
Drivers in Colorado Springs might want to avoid South Academy Blvd. the next few nights while construction is ramping up on the Milton Proby Parkway Project. Managers say the project is about halfway finished.
South Academy Blvd. will be reduced to one lane each way overnight; Monday, Tuesday, and... more »
February 13, 2011 8:25 PM
After three deployments in three years, and ending the last one short because his wife is sick, David Bruce, now active duty in the Air Force Reserve, has a lot on his plate.
"It just compounds, every little thing adds on." says Bruce.
Luckily he's found help at... more »
February 4, 2011 12:46 AM
A local family feels justice has been served after a Fort Carson soldier was convicted Thursday for murdering their daughter.
23-year-old Robert Marko was convicted of first-degree murder and four other sexual assault related charges in the 2008 death of a 19-year-old girl, Judilianna Lawrence.
It was the... more »
January 31, 2011 8:54 PM
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... more »
January 28, 2011 10:37 PM
"They were all going to the capsule and they were happy; they were light-footed, they were waving at the cameras," describes Robert Allan, remembering getting excited before the launch of the Challenger space shuttle.
His excitement turned to horror just more than a minute after take off as viewers... more »
January 27, 2011 7:51 PM
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... more »
January 22, 2011 8:45 PM
"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... more »
January 22, 2011 12:06 AM
Viewers told News First 5 that when workers at the Westwood College office in Colorado Springs showed up to work Friday morning they found out they were losing their jobs. The offices on Oracle Boulevard opened in 2004, and have been used primarily for online admissions work. They didn't have... more »
January 21, 2011 12:40 AM
"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... more »
January 14, 2011 11:30 PM
It's been two years since two Colorado Springs teens were gunned down, in a fight that was said to be over an iPod. On Friday, 21-year-old Juan Vasquez was found guilty of two counts of second degree murder.
17-year-old Luis Burciaga and 18-year-old Uriel Rascon were each shot in... more »
January 10, 2011 8:04 PM
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... more »
December 25, 2010 7:23 PM
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... more »
December 5, 2010 7:39 PM
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... more »
November 25, 2010 11:41 PM
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... more »
November 22, 2010 11:44 PM
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... more »
November 20, 2010 8:04 PM
"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... more »
November 16, 2010 12:25 AM
The election was nearly two weeks ago, but a few races are still tight in El Paso County -- waiting on the roughly 5,000 final provisional ballots to be counted. Those are ballots filled out at the polls that still need to be verified.
Work is almost done counting... more »
November 14, 2010 7:47 PM
"Got to start early" explains Thea Etchells.
Your definition of early may be different than others when it comes to holiday shopping.
"I think everybody is starting to shop earlier," explains Thea, who's just finishing up a shopping trip to Best Buy with her dad, Dale.
The... more »
November 13, 2010 12:19 AM
Greg Lingus has been around cattle all of his life.
"It's just a good way to make a living, it really is," says Lingus, a local rancher. However, he notes that it's one that's becoming very difficult for smaller operations.
"It's getting tougher and tougher, especially overheads." From... more »
November 9, 2010 12:05 AM
Helicopters definitely aren't quiet.
"There's no way to make a helicopter a silent bird," says Bill Sulzman. "They have huge engines and they make a lot of noise."
Sulzman has a protest group named just for that noise called the "Stop the Whop Whop Campaign." He says his... more »
November 7, 2010 8:04 PM
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... more »
November 6, 2010 6:48 PM
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... more »
November 6, 2010 12:43 AM
The hassles of moving are only happiness for Jesse Thomas, an Iraq combat veteran who's been homeless for months; including the last five that he's had his son, Jah-mere.
"This is the car seat that I had for him when we slept in the car and these two baby... more »
October 29, 2010 11:17 PM
Crews have put in hours of work, trying to get control of a fire that started at a south Colorado Springs trash transfer station -- a place used to move trash and recyclables.
"The fire is contained within that building, Lt. Carl Miller told News First 5 around 5... more »
October 24, 2010 7:37 PM
A new report shows over half of college graduates owe money, and their debt is sometimes more than they'll make in their first year of employment. That's if they get a job at all.
Samantha Larson is a junior at U.C.C.S. studying childhood sociology. She's getting closer to graduation,... more »
October 24, 2010 12:40 AM
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,... more »
October 16, 2010 6:33 PM
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... more »
October 10, 2010 8:06 PM
Ever since Joe Chapman got a letter saying high voltage power lines were possibly going up behind his home, he started talking to neighbors to find out what they knew.
"Of sixty or seventy people (that he spoke to), only six people got a letter." Chapman explains. He lives... more »
October 8, 2010 12:18 AM
Colorado Springs Police have been following a crime trend picking up through the summer.
"A lot of high dollar bikes we're taken," explains Lt. Pat Rigdon, C.S.P.D. At the scenes of burglaries, they keep running into similar circumstances.
"It seemed like people knew what they were looking for."... more »
October 2, 2010 12:25 AM
Christopher Smith was in an auto-accident last week, and is surprised how Colorado Springs Police responded.
"They did not do an accident report and left the scene," says Smith, who has estimates showing that accident did nearly $550 in damage.
Then, just four days later, Smith was in... more »
September 26, 2010 7:47 PM
Southern Colorado's hungry are getting hungrier. Groups like Care and Share give out millions of pounds of food a year, but keep having to find millions more.
"In 2 years we've moved from 11 million to 18.5," says Deborah Tuck, C.E.O. of the food bank.
They supply local... more »
September 19, 2010 7:18 PM
Bicyclists found a tough test of endurance this weekend at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
"This is a very unique type of race for them, to have us here overnight," says Tim Scott, race director for 24 Hours of Colorado Springs.
Some of the riders, finishing up at... more »
September 18, 2010 12:20 AM
By the end of the day Friday, all four people injured in a helicopter crash on Pikes Peak were out of the hospital, but it was a busy day for emergency crews in place that's tough to reach.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office was called just before 8... more »
September 13, 2010 8:02 PM
It may be warm this time of year, but cold weather isn't far away. So homeless advocates are doing extra work to get ready for the winter, but this year they may be a little short on help.
Colorado Springs Police say of the 100 to 150 homeless still... more »
September 12, 2010 6:37 PM
While it's usually not the most expensive thing on your ticket at a diner, coffee is getting more expensive as you sip.
At Colorado Springs coffee importer Barista Espresso, they're already seeing price increases and say you'll probably see them too.
"In the gourmet market, you'll start to... more »
September 11, 2010 7:17 PM
Recent anti-Muslim stories in the news have a group in Colorado Springs asking people to be more tolerant of religious differences. They say protests over a mosque in New York City and Pastor Terry Jones' plan to burn the Quran, are isolated incidents of a bigger issue -- religious intolerance.... more »
September 9, 2010 6:48 PM
A long-time downtown Colorado Springs landmark could soon see some change.
The sign for Michelle Chocolatiers and Ice Cream could be coming down, if the building it's been on for years sells in an auction next month.
The business was in operation for more than 50 years in... more »
September 5, 2010 8:11 PM
Travelers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle are finding more of the same at Colorado Springs camp sites.
"We've called probably four different campgrounds before we came upon this one," says Sherry Rheinhart. Her family is visiting from Arizona.
"I just pulled in this morning... more »
September 4, 2010 7:12 PM
Just within the last week, two mother bears and their cubs got inside local homes. Both incidents ended the same way -- all six bears were euthanized.
That's sparked a lot of conversation among those who care about wildlife.
Donna Ralph has been rehabilitating smaller animals for 10... more »
September 4, 2010 12:46 AM
Clifton Morgan has been upset since Wednesday, when he found out his child's legs were bound together by a teacher while in class at Bates Elementary School Monday.
"It could cause bodily harm if there was a fire drill, bomb threat, you know, anything," Morgan, the child's father, said... more »
August 28, 2010 1:01 AM
Edna Espinoza found the openness of Bear Creek Park, in Colorado Springs, relaxing.
"(Bear Creek Park) Seemed like a nice area to bring the kids so they can just run around," Espinoza says while watching her kids on the playground.
On Friday, she's watching her kids extra closely... more »
August 26, 2010 9:14 PM
Fort Carson's population is growing and deployment cycles look to be continuing. That's what Fort Carson's Commanding General, Major General David Perkins, told a packed room at the Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday evening.
Col. Robert McLaughlin, garrison commander for Fort Carson, says 2010 will see the... more »
August 9, 2010 11:54 PM
The "falling rock" signs on Highway 24 sure weren't lying Monday afternoon.
"Pay attention to them because it could happen at any time," warns Capt. Linda J. Radice with the Manitou Springs Fire Department.
Brad Hodgeman hears that warning loud and clear after his family vacation came to... more »
August 7, 2010 11:04 PM
Most yard sales on Saturday in Colorado Springs were getting rid of items, but one yard gained an item -- a car.
Niccole Copelli was having a yard sale, that morning and she noticed a boy getting into an S.U.V.
"Right about then the car started to roll... more »
August 5, 2010 7:11 PM
The stresses of war come home with many in the military, making the transition home difficult, but is the same true for the K-9 companions on the battlefield?
The handlers of one dog that has been back home, recovering from deployment at Peterson Air Force Base, say the dog... more »
August 2, 2010 5:38 PM
Most of the business owners with space in Majestic Building at 15 East Bijou St. are back in business, after a fire in the downtown building left them wondering how extensive the damage would be Monday morning.
What would normally be a busy Monday morning was a stand still... more »
July 26, 2010 6:55 PM
K.C. Stark served five years in the Army, but now is back in Colorado and making a living as a dispensary owner in Colorado Springs.
When he served treatment with marijuana was something you didn't think about.
"You did fear that you could lose benefits," says Stark, a... more »
July 22, 2010 7:59 PM
When the sun gets hot and you're working hard, it's not uncommon to start to sweat. However, for people with Ectodermal Dysplasia, they can't -- leaving them susceptible of overheating quickly. It's just one complication from the rare condition that families are coming to the disorder's national foundation's annual conference.... more »
July 3, 2010 10:41 PM
Fourth of July celebrations are going on all weekend long, not just the 4th. At Fort Carson, they're starting a little early.
The Mountain Post celebrated the 4th on the 3rd, at Iron Horse Park. They expected 10,000 people to join in the celebration.
"Just really getting a... more »
July 1, 2010 10:55 PM
Thursday is the deadline for medical marijuana businesses to be up and operational by, which was set by, now signed, House Bill 1284.
Registrations had to be in Colorado Springs city offices Wednesday evening, by 5 p.m. 451 businesses are now in the books as well as $225,500 in... more »
May 31, 2010 5:50 PM
The price of freedom is costly.
"We have freedom because of today," says Paul Johnson, a Marine Corps veteran, referencing the lives lost in service of the United States.
Monday morning at Memorial Park groups met honoring the fallen, including a group with a new memorial. The Special... more »
May 30, 2010 7:39 PM
They may not be rivets, but the staples being driving by Laura Button to support her soldier.
"Taking care of things here is the least I can do for the sacrifice that he has made, not only for us but for our country." Button says.
Her husband, Specialist... more »
May 16, 2010 8:47 PM
The anticipation has been building. You can measure it in signs that line roads and bridges around town. For many who made them, they soon won't be waiting any longer.
Nearly 1,000 soldiers are coming home over the weekend, to family and friends ready to welcome them back with... more »
May 10, 2010 11:32 PM
Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division will likely be deploying to Iraq this fall, taking over some of the duties done, right now, by the 3rd I.D. As the soldiers prepare, they're meeting with the people they'll be working directly with on the ground, the Iraqis.
Iraqi generals visiting American... more »
May 3, 2010 7:36 PM
The Warrior Transition Unit works with soldiers to heal from injuries. Since a recent New York Times article, it's one of the more talked about units on Post, but some soldiers in the unit disagree with some of the conversation.
"I actually read that New York Times article and... more »
May 1, 2010 8:14 PM
You've had your chance, now the Census Bureau is hitting the streets.
"By constitutional mandate we're mandated to count every single person in the Untied States," says Deborah Muehleisen, who works with the U.S. Census Bureau. That process begins with the questionnaire sent to your home, but if you... more »
April 30, 2010 11:08 PM
The Commanding General of the Army's program for recovering soldiers visited Fort Carson. Brigadier General Gary Cheek's visit comes just days after a New York Times article came out, widely criticizing the program.
General Cheek had already planned his visit to the Mountain Post before last Sunday's article, but... more »
April 30, 2010 3:06 PM
Fort Carson has a new Purple Heart recipient.
Friends and family came to McMahon Theater on the Mountain Post to watch the award be pinned on the chest of Specialist Robert Hunt.
Hunt, serving as a combat medic with D Company, 2-27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, was injured... more »
April 26, 2010 1:04 PM
Fort Carson is hosting U.S. Army Medical Command on Post to discuss Warrior Transition Unit initiatives and Soldier care on Monday, according to a press release.
The Army created the Warrior Transition Units in 2007 to manage care of Soldiers requiring extensive treatment of wounds, injury and illness.
... more »
April 22, 2010 7:56 PM
Crews with the 302nd Airlift Wing on Peterson Air Force Base could be you're saving grace when wildfires break out. Several crews at Peterson make up one of four units of the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, or MAFFS for short. They help contain wild land fires that get too big... more »
April 19, 2010 6:17 PM
A program unique to Colorado Springs is getting people into jobs, more than 4,000 last year alone. Goodwill of Colorado Springs is one of the first chapters in the country to work with the Department of Human Services to get people using public assistance, like welfare, into jobs.
In... more »
April 12, 2010 6:35 PM
Friends came together to say one last goodbye to a friend who was very valuable to the community in many ways, Peggy Parr.
Parr, who was active in many local groups and on the El Paso County Search and Rescue team, passed away this month at the age of... more »
April 4, 2010 5:35 PM
A Colorado Springs tradition is revived this Easter.
"It's a good glorious morning!" the loudspeakers boomed in Acacia Park before the sun was up on Easter. It was a chilly one too, but plenty of folks toughed it out. They're trying to reclaim a local tradition lost, an Easter... more »
March 24, 2010 7:54 PM
A house fire from February leaves a Colorado Springs family in a desperate situation. However, thanks to the generosity of others in our community, the family is now on the mend.
"It was 1:30 in the morning when it started," explains Bill Daily, as he points out the part... more »
March 21, 2010 8:45 PM
Seven years ago, Eric Majors was a C.E.O. of a publicly traded technology company out of Colorado Springs. Now Majors is on his way to prison.
"If my serving in prison will help people feel better, I hope it does," Majors explains. "I hope it serves some constructive purpose... more »
March 4, 2010 11:54 PM
Soldiers set to deploy are usually seen off by family and friends, but these men and women got a special visit from the Army's Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey, Jr.
"We talked through their training and preparation, and I'm very pleased with what I saw," Gen. Casey... more »
February 25, 2010 12:38 AM
Issues with picture messaging and social networking in schools keep popping up.
"We have had some incidents with some inappropriate pictures," says Drenda Manning, assistant principal at Florence Middle School.
Instead of ignoring it, the community of Florence came together to talk it out.
"It could be... more »
February 18, 2010 7:59 PM
News First 5 learned about 175 inmates that are paroled, each month, with no where to live. These numbers are from the Department of Corrections. Continuing a News First 5 investigation, we questioned why a parolee was dropped off to live under a bridge in Colorado Springs. For D.O.C., they... more »
February 14, 2010 7:46 PM
The same reasons that make some people so happy on Valentines Day can have the opposite effects on others.
Suicide prevention volunteers say often, thoughts of suicide surround money, the holidays and relationships.
"Valentines Day is obviously a day where people pay more attention to relationships," says Terri... more »
February 12, 2010 8:49 PM
The homeless population is already high in Colorado Springs, but a state department may be adding to it.
After getting out of prison in Sterling, this isn't the home sweet home Scott Meacham was expecting.
"They paroled me underneath the (Bijou St.) bridge," says Scott Meacham, who was... more »
February 11, 2010 9:37 PM
"I prepared myself to graduate high school, I didn't prepare myself to go to college," says Bryant Hopson.
If they were being honest, a third of Colorado students entering college would say that. Those numbers are according to an annual report from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. It... more »
February 6, 2010 12:06 AM
Walking downtown on a Friday night, you might think there are plenty of cities that are more "dangerously drunk" than Colorado Springs. However, in a recent study, there are only two in the country, and one of them is Denver.
Men's Health Magazine has their own rankings, and they... more »
February 4, 2010 8:48 PM
Roadside advertising, for lack of a better word, is a performance based job.
"I put some music on. I've got my head phones. I try to get in people's faces as much as I can," says Raul Paz, a roadside advertiser.
You probably see them frequently, but it's... more »