May 21, 2013 4:52 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Last minute changes in state election laws and the potential recall of State Senator John Morse could leave the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office nearly $130,000 in the red.
Clerk Wayne Williams told the Board of County Commissioners today he estimates it will cost... more »
May 21, 2013 3:15 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The graduates of United States Air Force Academy Class of 2013 may have to hold their hat a little longer for this year's flyover. Since the Air Force Thunderbirds have been grounded indefinitely by sequestration budget cuts, the Texas Flying Legends and WestPac Restorations have stepped up... more »
May 21, 2013 3:06 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The owner of the local Porsche dealership gave two wounded warriors and their wives a VIP trip to Hollywood to thank them for their service. Don Hicks of Porsche of Colorado Springs made the winning bid of $4,250 for the trip at a charity fundraiser auction for... more »
May 21, 2013 12:17 PM
PUEBLO - One of the racecars in this weekend's 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be sporting a little piece of Pueblo as it speeds around the Brickyard.
Panther Racing's National Guard Indy Car has two stickers bearing the logo of the Center for American Values (CAV) on... more »
May 21, 2013 12:15 PM
LAKEWOOD - Members of the Colorado Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office are investigating whether cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus have turned up in our state. The investigation follows the discovery of the virus last week in pigs in Iowa by the National Veterinary Service Laboratories.
While... more »
May 20, 2013 8:45 PM
CALHAN - A strong effort is underway to sway governor John Hickenlooper into either signing or vetoing a new renewable energy bill.
Senate Bill 13-252 mandates rural electric cooperatives produce at least 20 percent of their electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources by the year 2020. Previous... more »
May 20, 2013 4:44 PM
CALHAN - Farmers and ranchers in Colorado are pressuring Governor John Hickenlooper to veto a renewable energy bill that doubles portfolio standards for rural electric co-operatives.
Senate Bill 13-252 would mandate the co-ops get at least 20 percent of the electricity from solar, wind and other renewable power sources... more »
May 17, 2013 8:35 PM
DENVER - Most of county sheriffs in Colorado have joined in a lawsuit against the state over the new gun control laws. In all, 54 of the state's 64 sheriffs have signed on as plaintiffs in the suit which seeks to overturn the high capacity magazine ban and expanded background... more »
May 15, 2013 8:21 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The first people to be convicted of burglarizing evacuated homes in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood during the Waldo Canyon Fire were issued heavy sentences Wednesday.
Shane Garrett, 35, was sentenced to 48 years in prison with 5 years of mandatory parole. Belinda Wells-Yates, 39, was sentenced... more »
May 14, 2013 10:02 PM
PUEBLO - The state agency that oversees halfway houses believes managers at Pueblo's Minnequa Community Corrections followed all the proper procedures after an offender in their custody died 18 months ago of a drug overdose.
Adam Beauchamp, 27, took a lethal amount of Fentanyl back on November 20, 2011... more »
May 13, 2013 8:44 PM
PUEBLO - A Colorado Springs mother is frustrated with the lack of answers provided to her 18 months after her son died of a drug overdose while serving his sentence at a Pueblo halfway house.
The body of Adam Beauchamp, 27, was found in his bed at Minnequa Community... more »
May 10, 2013 7:00 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A Colorado Springs police sergeant charged with filling out phony time sheets will get to keep his pension. The district attorney filed charges of theft and forgery against Sergeant James Butierres yesterday.
Just before making a court appearance, Butierres filed his retirement paperwork.
Dan Slack,... more »
May 10, 2013 6:50 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A strange twist has surfaced in a 16-year old homicide cold case out of Colorado Springs. Just after midnight on may 24, 1997 Gino Romero, 13, was shot and killed while riding in the back seat of an old black sedan during a drive by shooting in... more »
May 9, 2013 3:26 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The issue of panhandling in downtown Colorado Springs is back in the news because the panhandlers themselves are back. Following a failed attempt to completely ban soliciting downtown, Colorado College will host a series of Community Conversations to find better solutions to help the chronically homeless and... more »
May 8, 2013 8:52 PM
PUEBLO - When parole officers relocated some 60 offenders from the Community Corrections Services Inc. (CCSI) facility in Pueblo last Friday, owner Al Gurule told News 5 at the time that he had simply decided not to renew his contract.
Then on Monday, we discovered a report by state... more »
May 8, 2013 3:57 PM
CANON CITY - Deputies with the Fremont County Sheriff's office arrested their "most wanted" fugitive Tuesday. Matthew Lee Boyd, 36, escaped from a community corrections facilty in Pueblo last Thursday.
The sheriff's office say Boyd had a history of assaulting officers and was known to carry several knives with... more »
May 7, 2013 7:56 PM
PUEBLO - All of the community corrections programs in Pueblo have a history of inadequately following state regulations, consequently increasing the risk to public safety.
As recently as September , the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) with the Colorado Department of Public Safety ranked Minnequa Community Corrections and Crossroads... more »
May 6, 2013 7:50 PM
PUEBLO - The Pueblo halfway house Community Corrections Services Inc. (CCSI) that closed suddenly Friday morning had a history of security issues. In August, state auditors found "concerning public safety issues" at CCSI and determined that "escapes were not managed appropriately."
The report details instances where head counts were... more »
May 3, 2013 8:28 PM
PUEBLO - Using trash bags and cardboard boxes, around 60 men living at Pueblo's Community Corrections Services Incorporated packed up their belongings Friday morning and moved to another facility to serve out their time.
"All they did was gave them a bags and said pack up, yous are leaving,"... more »
May 2, 2013 8:21 PM
Colorado Springs city leaders announced this week they will spend $46 million dollars improving their aging stormwater system. Many of the projects are aimed at better controlling the increased run-off from the Waldo Canyon Burn Area.
"We want to move it forward as quickly as we can," said City... more »
May 1, 2013 9:40 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Civil unions officially became legal across Colorado Wednesday and as gay and lesbian couples celebrated across the state, a community rally and mass ceremony marked the occasion in Pueblo.
At least 16 couple's applied for and received the first civil union licenses to be granted in... more »
April 30, 2013 7:46 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Immunization records shows one in six students in Academy District 20 opted out of at least one of their scheduled vaccines this school year. The district's exemption rate increased from 11 percent, or roughly one in nine students, the previous year.
While official immunization rates are... more »
April 29, 2013 1:19 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The woman at the center of a scandal that cost a Manitou Springs police officer his job and Colorado Springs taxpayers $480,000 could serve up to four years of supervised probation under the terms of a plea bargain in which she admitted guilt today for attempting to... more »
April 26, 2013 7:23 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - This is the day they've all been waiting for. After 8 long weeks of studying and memorization, there's just one final test. The four teenagers huddled over a table inside the hangar at Cutter Aviation rack their brains to remember which gauges are where inside the cockpit... more »
April 19, 2013 8:43 PM
DENVER - Certain public schools in Colorado could soon be required to serve free breakfast to students during the start of the school day. House Bill 1006 , the Breakfast after the Bell bill, passed the State Senate Friday after clearing the House last month.
Beginning in the fall... more »
April 18, 2013 9:48 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Public outcry is growing over the lavish bonuses awarded to two members of Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach's inner circle. Laura Neumann, the mayor's Chief of Staff, and City Attorney Chris Melcher were both given $25,000 bonuses last year on top of their six figure salaries.
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April 18, 2013 9:15 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The Myron Stratton Home in Colorado Springs is celebrated its 100th anniversary with an open house of their newest expansion. The Centennial at Myron Stratton is a new building that will house nearly two dozen low income seniors in the community. The building hold the administrative offices... more »
April 17, 2013 8:31 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Mayor Steve Bach is asking the Colorado Springs City Council to take $11,875,000 million dollars out of savings. A majority of the money, $10 million worth, is directly tied to flood and fire mitigation efforts.
The rest would be spent on a study to see whether... more »
April 17, 2013 1:59 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The Mayor's office plans to ask City Council for an additional $10 million this year to pay for flood mitigation work in and down stream from the Waldo Canyon burn area. The money would come from the city's reserves and a majority of it, $8.8 million, would... more »
April 16, 2013 6:50 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Snowy rooftops in April, if even just a trace, are a good sign when it comes to the drought. There may not be enough moisture to actually help irrigate the lawn, but the freezing cold temperatures have kept most of us from turning on the sprinklers.
... more »
April 16, 2013 11:49 AM
Category: News Position/Title: Content Producer Details: KOAA Television, the Cordillera-owned, consistent #1 NBC affiliate in Colorado Springs/Pueblo, CO seeks a Full time Content Producer to produce on-air newscasts and create online content for KOAA.com. We are looking for a true producer, not a show stacker; an aggressive individual with the... more »
April 15, 2013 8:42 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A majority of Colorado Sheriffs have joined together in a lawsuit to try and block two of the state's new gun laws from taking effect. In all, 37 of the 64 county sheriffs in the state, including El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, are filing the civil... more »
April 9, 2013 9:11 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A Colorado Springs teacher arrested by detectives with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office on charges of sexual assault on a child had just recently been hired by the Harrison School District. Carmen Centennial, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions between... more »
April 9, 2013 5:17 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Detectives with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office have arrested an elementary school teacher on charges of sexual assault on a child. Carmen Centennial, 39, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on multiple occasions between December and March.
Deputies do not suspect there are... more »
April 3, 2013 8:37 PM
DENVER - Sheriffs from more than a dozen Colorado counties held a news conference Wednesday to highlight what they see as flaws with the state's new gun control laws. The event was held a short distance away from the Denver Police Academy where President Obama held up the gun laws... more »
April 1, 2013 8:32 PM
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... more »
March 29, 2013 8:14 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensminger is speaking out about the new controversial state gun control laws describing them as unenforceable.
"I want it firmly understood," Ensminger stated. "My position is not only not to enforce these laws but to give a rational as to why these... more »
March 22, 2013 9:26 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - As the bell rang for the start of school Friday morning at Queen Palmer Elementary, students found a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, a carton of milk, string cheese and an apple laid out on their desks. The school began serving breakfast "after the bell" two... more »
March 21, 2013 6:09 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - His colleagues called him a visionary leader. Slain Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements introduced a number of reforms during his two years in charge of the state prison system.
Clements presided over an era of declining inmate populations and championed ideas to keep the population... more »
March 15, 2013 8:27 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Police officers and firefighters in Colorado Springs are poised to a get pretty good raise next year. The pay increases were recommended as part of a comprehensive study by the Waters Consulting Group which was hired by the city to evaluate compensation.
Mayor Steve Bach says... more »
March 15, 2013 12:55 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Investigators with the Colorado Springs Fire Department say the five acre grass fire that started Thursday afternoon in the Red Rock Canyon Open Space was started by a model rocket. Fire crew found the model rocket while working to contain the flames, confirming an report taken by... more »
March 14, 2013 8:21 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft under the command of 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base is growing. The National Defense Authorization Act enabled the acquisition of a used C-130 that had previously slated for retirement to be used as a backup. The addition means... more »
March 11, 2013 7:51 PM
CANON CITY - The Colorado Department of Corrections has identified the inmate worker who died this morning while working on a hydraulic dump truck. George Kronsbein, 55, was working at the East Canon Complex DOC Fleet Service Station when he died.
Kronsbein was incarcerated on March 1, 2011 as... more »
March 11, 2013 6:51 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - In the mid-morning hours Monday, Vanessa Jones is driving her patrol car through the Garden of the Gods taking a careful look at all of the vehicles in the parking lot.
"This in an area that we patrol quite frequently," Jones said.
She is one... more »
March 7, 2013 9:14 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County have split over ambulance service breaking off a 17-year relationship. In a prepared statement to the Emergency Services Agency board Wednesday, Colorado Springs Fire Chief Rich Brown said the department intends to recommend to City Council that they... more »
March 6, 2013 9:30 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Research being conducted by cadets at the US Air Force Academy could one day make commercial air travel safer. As part of a senior capstone project, a group of engineering and biology majors are studying the effects of light and sound to limit the number of bird... more »
March 5, 2013 8:00 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - At the noon daily mass at Saint Mary's Cathedral, parishioners come to quietly pray and worship in a custom that has spanned centuries and continents.
As church leaders in Rome begin the process of electing a new Pope, Bishop Michael Sheridan says 150,000 or so members... more »
February 27, 2013 7:32 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - They may sit on opposite sides of the aisle in Congress but today Senator Mark Udall, (D) Boulder and Congressman Doug Lamborn, (R) Colorado Springs found a piece of common ground, literally. The politicians have launched a committee to come up with a name for the new... more »
February 27, 2013 3:27 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - A man accused of helping a teenage homicide suspect to evade capture will stand trial for his alleged role in the crime. Jerel Couch, 19, is charged with being an accessory to murder for letting homicide suspect Macyo January stay at his apartment.
Fourth Judicial District... more »
February 27, 2013 2:38 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The teenage suspect of a double homicide that claimed the lives of a Fort Carson Soldier and his pregnant wife may be tried as a juvenile rather than as an adult. Macyo January, 17, is accused of shooting and killing SSG David Dunlap and his wife Whitney... more »
February 26, 2013 8:57 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Plans to form regional body to upgrade the crumbling storm water system in Colorado Springs and El Paso county have been put on hold. Colorado Springs Council delayed a vote Tuesday on a joint resolution with El Paso County Commissioners on storm water until next month.
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February 25, 2013 8:26 PM
DENVER - Homeowners in Colorado either refinanced or paid off their mortgages last year faster than they have at any time in the previous three years. A report released Monday by the Colorado Division of Housing finds 86,816 deeds of trust were released between October 1 and December 31 last... more »
February 25, 2013 7:57 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The synthetic drug Spice is supposed to mimic the high that comes from using marijuana. It's legal in most places except the military. Thanks to the work of Air Force Academy cadet Alexa Gingras, it's now easier for commanders to test whether a member of their ranks... more »
February 21, 2013 2:57 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The worst of the storm brought out the best in a small group of strangers Wednesday night. They rallied together to help push free more than 30 vehicles that had gotten stuck spinning their wheels in the ice and snow at of Woodmen Rd. and Union Blvd.... more »
February 20, 2013 12:20 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The family a Cincinnati soldier whose body was at a Colorado Springs hotel room Sunday morning describe their sister and daughter as a very warm and caring individual. Sgt. Kimberly Walker, 28, part of a refueling company attached to the Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at... more »
February 19, 2013 1:49 AM
DENVER - Among the handful of Democratic representatives voting against gun control measures Monday was freshman representative Leroy Garcia of Pueblo. He voted no on three of the four measures, only supporting the universal background check bill.
"We don't want criminals or people who shouldn't have guns possessing guns,"... more »
February 19, 2013 1:16 AM
ERIE, CO - A proposed law that passed the Colorado House of Representatives on a partyline vote Monday would it illegal to own or sell some of the high capacity ammunition magazines manufactured at Magpul Industries.
House Bill 1224 limits magazine capacity in the state to no more than... more »
February 19, 2013 1:10 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The four gun control bills that passed the Colorado House of Representatives Monday are likely to make it through the State Senate as well. Senate President John Morse, (D) Colorado Springs, expects it to take a couple of days for the bills to be transferred over and... more »
February 18, 2013 5:45 PM
DENVER - It's now faster for all active duty military members to fly from Denver International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration recently announced that member of the US Armed Forces are eligible to use the Pre-Check express lane at the airport's South Security Checkpoint.
Passengers who choose to volunteer... more »
February 18, 2013 12:00 AM
SCOTTSDALE - A very apologetic Todd Helton faced the cameras Sunday as he arrived at the Rockies spring training camp. The 39-year-old first baseman emphasized his embarrassment when talking about his arrest earlier this month for suspicion of drunk driving.
Helton fought back tears when he was asked about... more »
February 14, 2013 2:18 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Every door of every home and business in Colorado Springs now serves as a legal yard stick. On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Marsha Krieger affirmed the city's 20 foot solicitation boundary from the entryways of private buildings and residences within the city limits.
The restriction... more »
February 13, 2013 4:21 PM
DENVER - The judge presiding over the lawsuit between the City of Colorado Springs and the American Civil Liberties Union over the new Downtown solicitation ban has exempted one part of the law from her preliminary injunction.
A news release issued by the city reads:
Federal Judge Marsha... more »
February 7, 2013 12:24 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - When police officers remove marijuana plants from indoor grow operations, they are encouraged to suit up in protective clothing. Respirators, Tyvex body suits, rubber gloves and even eye protection are used to protect the officer's health.
What is so dangerous about pot plants?
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February 6, 2013 11:17 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The message from an industry consultant to members of the Emergency Services Agency board Wednesday is that it will be best for patients if the both city and county can continue to work together as they consider renewing their contract with ambulance provider American Medical Response. The... more »
February 6, 2013 11:07 PM
MONUMENT - There were balloons, birthday cake and prayers Wednesday night in Monument as friends and loved ones hold out hope that missing teenager Dylan Redwine will soon be found. Wednesday marked his 14th birthday. Dylan's mom Elaine says prayer vigil was organized to try and keep her son's disappearance... more »
February 5, 2013 7:23 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Under Colorado's new recreational marijuana law, any adult over the age of 21 can grow and keep up to six marijuana plants in their home. But those plants may actually be damaging the health of anyone living in or near the home.
Dr. John Martyny, Ph.D.... more »
February 1, 2013 12:40 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - NBC News President Steve Capus says he is leaving after seven years running the network's news division. While NBC News stood at the top of the ratings during most of his tenure, the decline of the "Today" show over the past year was a major blight... more »
January 31, 2013 12:20 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - An armed man who went on a dangerous crime spree along Powers Boulevard just before rush hour Wednesday has been taken into custody. Ivan Commodore Stamps, 45, faces a slew of charges ranging from carjacking to assaulting an officer.
A Colorado State Trooper tried to pull... more »
January 29, 2013 11:05 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department are looking for three men they believe tried to lure children on two occasions this week.
In the first case, a Hispanic man in his late 20's, approximately 6'2" tall with a thin build and possible mustache approached a... more »
January 21, 2013 7:45 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Big changes could be store for Colorado Springs Utilities. City Council is expected to vote on a ballot measure Tuesday that would turnover control of the public utility to a independently elected board of directors.
The ballot proposal calls for a 7 member board to be... more »
January 19, 2013 8:09 PM
by R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) - Stan Musial, one of baseball's greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, has died. He was 92. Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP... more »
January 18, 2013 5:52 AM
PEYTON - A man was burned after a fire broke out in a workshop on his property in the 12200 block of Smith Road early Friday morning. Firefighters from the Falcon Fire Department were called to the property at around 1:30 a.m.
The man reportedly suffered minor burns to... more »
January 16, 2013 10:52 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - At roughly 14,000 total acres, the City of Colorado Springs parks and opens spaces are big part of the community's identity. But without the right stewardship, they can also be dangerous, especially to homeowners who live at the boundaries.
City forester Paul Smith explains when the... more »
January 16, 2013 4:42 PM
US AIR FORCE ACADEMY - Hey kids, have you ever wondered what it's like in space? Why not ask an astronaut about it? This week the US Air Force Academy is collecting questions from local students from kindergarten through 12th grade to be asked of former astronaut and retired Air... more »
January 16, 2013 4:19 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS - The fire department at Peterson Air Force Base conducted live training exercises Wednesday afternoon on the west side of the installation. While the training is routine, smoke and flames were visible from the Powers Boulevard corridor.
The base issued a news release Wednesday to calm any... more »
January 16, 2013 1:04 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Energy companies may soon be drilling for oil and natural gas near Colorado Springs neighborhoods. City Council held a work session Tuesday hear from members of the state oil and gas commission about new environmental restrictions on drilling.
Oil companies have expressed interest in drilling wells... more »
January 16, 2013 1:00 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - There weren't many empty seats at the Cheyenne Mountain High School auditorium as hundreds of people came out to the city's first wildfire safety information meeting.
City leaders from the police and fire departments spoke about the importance of preparing for an evacuation and how to... more »