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in advocating “pot for potholes,” recreational marijuana proponents promised a potent new revenue source for tackling a familiar urban headache.but in manitou springs, the only pikes peak region community so far to permit recreational pot shops, the cash infusion has meant more than road repairs.just more than two years after manitou opened the first of its two retail pot stores, community leaders credit a booming pot trade for driving a resurgence in the city’s finances. the tax money has helped double manitou’s general fund after back-to-back natural disasters, bankrolled long-hoped-for improvements in its gritty eastern corridor and eased the financial path toward preparing for future disasters.“that all came about because of marijuana,” said marcy morrison, a longtime manitou resident






a late-winter train ride up pikes peak for fresh doughnuts at 14,000 feet – the


manitou springs – doughnuts and i enjoy a special relationship. as a kid, wednesday’s lunch was always a dozen doughnuts. at the office, i loved staff meetings because the boss brought doughnuts, and i still drive from aurora to thornton for haircuts because there’s a krispy kreme nearby.but don’t tell my wife, the nurse. she hates doughnuts.more specifically, she hates me eating doughnuts, insisting they’re destructive to my health and waistline. that’s why i neglected to tell her the real reason for our winter ascent of pike’s peak.during january and february, the manitou & pikes peak cog railway trains only go two-thirds of the way up the mountain. come march, weather permitting, they travel all the way to the summit.  i booked tickets for the season’s first trip to the top.unlike norma






colorado springs’ january wind storm wasn’t the most destructive, but it is amon


by kaitlin durbin, the gazettedespite downed trees, widespread power outages and wind-torn property across colorado springs, january’s freak wind storm didn’t make the list of the city’s most costly or destructive disasters, but it is among the deadliest.two people have died from injuries received during the jan. 9 wind storm: joseph boyer and marjory francis. that ranks the natural disaster among the deadliest in colorado springs.the waldo canyon fire and the black forest fire, two of the state’s most costly disasters, also killed two people each. the 2013 flash flood in manitou springs killed one.still, the state measures disasters in terms of dollars, not death.the hurricane force winds didn’t produce enough property damage to make the rocky mountain insurance information association’s






andrew lawrence swiatek jr. identified as 11th colorado springs homicide victim


a 19-year-old man has been arrested in a fatal saturday shooting in colorado springs that was discovered by a newspaper carrier.provided by the colorado springs police departmentmalik leeandrew lawrence swiatek jr., 29, was found dead on the 2200 block of farnsworth drive. he was found by a man delivering copies of the gazette, colorado springs’ newspaper.on saturday afternoon, police say, malik rashod lee was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and possession of a weapon of a previous offender.colorado springs police say their investigation into the killing is ongoing.swiatek’s death is the 11th homicide in the city this year. at this point in 2016, colorado springs had just one homicide.anyone with information is asked to call the colorado springs police department at 719-444-70






man in critical condition after shooting in colorado springs – the denver post


a man was shot multiple times in a colorado springs parking lot and was taken to the hospital in critical condition saturday a little after 1 a.m.colorado springs police say officers arrived at the parking lot, which is at the intersection of south academy boulevard and chelton road, but were unable to find any witnesses.there is no suspect information at this time. the man’s name has not been released.






frustrated, injured springs can only cheer on gophers


akeem springs was hobbling away on crutches from the gophers’ ncaa tournament pep rally sunday when he was stopped by fans.one man pointed and said, “he’s not afraid to shoot.”springs laughed. there hadn’t been much to smile about for the gophers senior captain since suffering a torn right achilles’ tendon injury late in friday’s big ten tournament quarterfinal win against michigan state in washington, d.c.his college career was over. he wasn’t able to help his team try to make a run to the conference tourney championship. he wouldn’t get to play in the ncaa tournament, either. another emotional blow came on selection sunday, when springs saw the fifth-seeded gophers were being sent to milwaukee, his second home.springs, a 6-foot-4 guard, spent three years at wisconsin-milwaukee before dec






man accidentally shot himself while driving in colorado springs, police say – th


a man accidentally shot himself while driving late sunday in southeast colorado springs.police say the man was near the 2100 block of jet wing drive — west of the colorado springs airport — when the shooting happened just before midnight. he was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.investigators did not immediately release further details in the case, including the man’s name or if he is facing any charges.last week, an 18-year-old colorado springs man was arrested after telling investigators he was wounded in a downtown drive-by shooting. investigators say they believe he really had accidentally shot himself. phillip terry has been charged with prohibited use of weapons and false reporting.“upon viewing the victim’s injury and the trajectory of the bullet,” colorado spri






minnesota's springs out for season with torn achilles tendon


washington — starting minnesota guard akeem springs is out for the rest of the season with a torn achilles tendon in his right ankle.springs was injured late in the gophers' big ten tournament quarterfinal victory over michigan state on friday. a team spokesman confirmed the season-ending injury saturday.the graduate student was averaging 9.5 points and 24 minutes for minnesota, which has experienced a significant turnaround from 8-23 last season to being a lock for the ncaa tournament.sophomore dupree mcbrayer, who started the first 19 games of the season, returned to the starting lineup for fourth-seeded minnesota's semifinal game against michigan.coach richard pitino expects players will dedicate the remainder of their games to springs.






a land of 10,000 lakes for sure. but how about springs?


the land of 10,000 lakes also may be the land of 15,000 springs. or many more.minnesota stands to gain that distinction as the department of natural resources works to build an online inventory of the state’s estimated 15,000 to 22,000 springs.a spring is a natural flow of water from an aquifer — an underground layer of rock — to the earth’s surface, in the definition of dnr research analyst greg brick, who began work last year on the spring inventory project. springs are critical resources even if they go overlooked compared to the state’s beloved lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands.among their benefits, springs give life to cold-water trout streams and create and support special habitats. many lakes and streams depend on springs, which also can offer evidence of groundwater impairment an






13-year-old texas girl who went missing in colorado springs is found on coal tra


a 13-year-old texas girl who went missing last week while vacationing with her family in colorado springs was found safe monday night on a coal train in a small town some 300 miles away.adalie rivera, from lubbock, texas, was last seen on friday morning at about 6:30 a.m.. she was in colorado staying at the quality inn colorado springs airport hotel when she disappeared.lt. howard black, a colorado springs police spokesman, said the girl somehow ended up on the train in dumas, texas — a panhandle town of about 15,000 people more than two hours north of lubbock — where she was located by law enforcement.black said she was unharmed despite being missing for about four days.“we’re looking at and trying to understand how she got from colorado springs to dumas,” he said wednesday morning. “we’r






springs man charged with violating social host law, police say


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjefferson d. eames, 49, of springs, was arrested thursday, march 2, 2017, and charged with allowing underage drinking at his home and providing xanax to a youth living at there, east hampton town police said. (credit: ehpd) a springs man has been charged with allowing underage drinking at his home and providing xanax to a youth living at there, police said.jefferson d. eames, 49, of springs, is under arrest, taken into custody thursday by east hampton town police on charges of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of violating the...






colorado springs police searching for texas teen who went missing while on vacat


provided by colorado springs police departmentadalie rivera, age 13, from lubbock, texas, has been missing since friday morning.colorado springs police are asking for help finding a 13-year-old girl from texas who went missing while on vacation in colorado.adalie rivera, age 13, from lubbock, texas, has been missing from colorado springs since early friday. she was on vacation with her family staying at the quality inn colorado springs airport hotel on aerotech drive.rivera is believed to be wearing a short sleeve navy blue t-shirt, medium blue denim jeans and red, black and white size 5 nike sneakers, police said in a news release sunday morning. she was also wearing a neon yellow bracelet worn on her right wrist.adalie is described as 5-foot to 5-1, 115 to 120 pounds, with brown eyes. ad






colorado springs police find man shot to death wednesday – the denver post


colorado springs police are investigating after finding a man who had been shot and killed early wednesday.officers responded to the 800 block of east vermijo avenue just before 3 a.m. “upon arrival they did find a man who was deceased outside the residence with an apparent gunshot wound,” said lt. howard black, police spokesman.police so far have no suspects, black said.anyone with information about the death is asked to call the colorado springs police department at 719-444-7000 or crime stoppers tip line at 719- 634-7867this story will be updated when more information becomes available.






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nonstop to colorado springs launches in july


san diego will be getting a return of nonstop service to colorado springs this summer, thanks to frontier airlines.beginning july 10, frontier will operate the new daily flights between san diego and colorado springs on its airbus a320 aircraft. san diego departures are scheduled for 11:25 a.m., while the colorado springs flights will leave at 10:35 a.m.the airline is offering one-way promotional fares starting at $29, but the offer will expire by midnight eastern time on wednesday, for travel through aug. 9.frontier is marking a return to a route that it had previously operated out of san diego on a seasonal basis. no other airline currently offers nonstop service to colorado springs.“we’re pleased that frontier is returning service between san diego and colorado springs,” san diego inter






nonstop to colorado springs launches in july


san diego will be getting a return of nonstop service to colorado springs this summer, thanks to frontier airlines.beginning july 10, frontier will operate the new daily flights between san diego and colorado springs on its airbus a320 aircraft. san diego departures are scheduled for 11:25 a.m., while the colorado springs flights will leave at 10:35 a.m.the airline is offering one-way promotional fares starting at $29, but the offer will expire by midnight eastern time on wednesday, for travel through aug. 9.frontier is marking a return to a route that it had previously operated out of san diego on a seasonal basis. no other airline currently offers nonstop service to colorado springs.“we’re pleased that frontier is returning service between san diego and colorado springs,” san diego inter






bart commuters receive unpleasant surprise at new warm springs station – the mer


like hundreds of commuters who live in south fremont, james was excited to use the new warm springs bart station after its march 25 opening.“the location of the warm springs bart was well thought out and is close to both highways 880 and 680,” james, who works in oakland, wrote in an email. “(that’s) convenient for many commuters like myself.”not so fast.like hundreds of commuters who live in south fremont — ridership at the new station on both tuesday and wednesday was more than 2,400, according to bart — james (who did not want his last name published) discovered warm springs does not yet provide full service. on weekdays until 6 p.m., riders can travel directly to any stop on the daly city line. riders traveling to stops on the richmond line, as james does to get to work, must get off t






achilles' tendon injury likely ends season for gophers' akeem springs


washington – akeem springs transferred to minnesota for his senior year, believing the gophers would give him a chance to finish his career in the ncaa tournament.but springs now probably won’t get that opportunity. he suffered what is likely a torn right achilles’ tendon injury in the second half of minnesota’s 63-58 victory against michigan state on friday in the big ten tournament.“i don’t think it’s looking good,” coach richard pitino said after the game. “we think it’s a popped achilles’. our doctors ... i think they’re pretty sure of it. it’s a huge blow. if that is the case, i feel awful for akeem. my heart dropped.”springs, a 6-foot-4 guard and team captain, fell to the floor after the gophers grabbed a defensive rebound near the four-minute mark of the second half friday. he could






achilles' tendon injury likely ends season for gophers' akeem springs


washington – akeem springs transferred to minnesota for his senior year, believing the gophers would give him a chance to finish his career in the ncaa tournament.but springs now probably won’t get that opportunity. he suffered what is likely a torn right achilles’ tendon injury in the second half of minnesota’s 63-58 victory against michigan state on friday in the big ten tournament.“i don’t think it’s looking good,” coach richard pitino said after the game. “we think it’s a popped achilles’. our doctors ... i think they’re pretty sure of it. it’s a huge blow. if that is the case, i feel awful for akeem. my heart dropped.”springs, a 6-foot-4 guard and team captain, fell to the floor after the gophers grabbed a defensive rebound near the four-minute mark of the second half friday. he could






second home catches fire on same block in western springs


a second fire on the same block in western springs within 24 hours was extinguished thursday evening.a vacant house at was reported on fire at 5:30 p.m. on the 4900 block of woodland avenue, just two doors from of another vacant home that caught fire on wednesday evening."i don't believe in coincidences," said carol christian, who lives across the street. "you have to figure someone is setting these fires."christian called the fire department about 7:40 p.m. wednesday, when she arrived home and saw the one-story brick house on fire.western springs firekimberly fornek / pioneer pressfirefighters gather outside a house on woodland avenue in western springs during a fire.firefighters gather outside a house on woodland avenue in western springs during a fire. (kimberly fornek / pioneer press)"






achilles' tendon injury likely ends season for gophers' akeem springs


washington – akeem springs transferred to minnesota for his senior year, believing the gophers would give him a chance to finish his career in the ncaa tournament.but springs now probably won't get that opportunity. he suffered what is likely a torn right achilles' tendon injury in the second half of minnesota's 63-58 victory against michigan state on friday in the big ten tournament."i don't think it's looking good," coach richard pitino said after the game. "we think it's a popped achilles'. our doctors ... i think they're pretty sure of it. it's a huge blow. if that is the case, i feel awful for akeem. my heart dropped."springs, a 6-foot-4 guard and team captain, fell to the floor after the gophers grabbed a defensive rebound near the four-minute mark of the second half friday. he could






4 suspects rob colorado springs convenience store at s gun-point, make off with


four suspects used a s gun to rob a convenience store in northeast colorado springs early monday, making off with cash, retail items and even the sales clerk’s car.the hold-up happened about 3:30 a.m. on the 2200 block of research parkway, according to colorado springs police. the clerk told investigators that of the four suspects, at least one of them was armed with a s gun.“the suspects appeared to arrive on foot,” police said in a news release. “however they took the store clerk’s key and got away in his vehicle.”the clerk’s vehicle was a silver, late-model mazda 3 with a temporary tag, police say. no one was hurt.






car stolen with two toddler brothers in it is found


cathedral city, calif. -- two southern california toddlers have been found safe after authorities located the car they’d been in when it was stolen. cathedral city police said on twitter that the two brothers were in their babysitter’s honda accord when she stepped out for an errand thursday night and someone stole it.an amber alert was issued identifying the boys as 1-year-old jayden cortez and 2-year-old carlos cortez. the car and the children were found early friday in desert hot springs. police say they have no information on the suspect. desert hot springs is about 12 miles north of palm springs and about 100 miles east of los angeles. 






western springs fires being investigated as arson


a second fire on the same block in western springs within 24 hours was extinguished thursday evening, and both are now being investigated as arson, western springs police said.a vacant house at was reported on fire at 5:30 p.m. on the 4900 block of woodland avenue, just two doors from of another vacant home that caught fire on wednesday evening."i don't believe in coincidences," said carol christian, who lives across the street. "you have to figure someone is setting these fires."christian called the fire department about 7:40 p.m. wednesday, when she arrived home and saw the one-story brick house on fire.kimberly fornek / pioneer pressfirefighters gather outside a house on woodland avenue in western springs during a fire.firefighters gather outside a house on woodland avenue in western sp






mix-up threatens opening of 350-student colorado springs charter school – the de


several hundred colorado springs-area students’ plans to attend a military-style charter school this fall are in jeopardy after organizers failed to get state approval instead of linking up with a local district.without state approval, colorado springs school district 11 would have to agree to accept the charter school — which it had previously rejected because of the cost — or the colorado military academy will likely never open, a school official said wednesday.“if they (the d-11 board) don’t give approval, then we’re not going to have a military academy here in colorado springs,” said retired air force col. reggie ash, president of the military academy’s board. “if it’s delayed any further, our facility, our funding and our leadership all dry up, and it all goes away — meaning it’s not






dave chappelle talks police brutality


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gophers' captain akeem springs suffers likely season-ending injury friday vs. mi


washington – akeem springs transferred to minnesota for his senior year, believing the gophers would give him a chance to finish his career in the ncaa tournament.but springs now probably won't get that opportunity. he suffered what is likely a torn right achilles' tendon injury in the second half of minnesota's 63-58 victory against michigan state on friday in the big ten tournament."i don't think it's looking good," coach richard pitino said after the game. "we think it's a popped achilles'. our doctors ... i think they're pretty sure of it. it's a huge blow. if that is the case, i feel awful for akeem. my heart dropped."springs, a 6-foot-4 guard and team captain, fell to the floor after the gophers grabbed a defensive rebound near the four-minute mark of the second half friday. he could






man stabbed by son, 15, at colorado springs motel


a 15-year-old boy stabbed and seriously hurt his father thursday night at a motel on colorado springs’ west side.the stabbing happened at about 8 p.m. at the high country lodge on the 3600 block of west colorado avenue. colorado springs police say the boy and his father got into an argument when the teen pulled out of a pocket knife and stabbed the man in the abdomen“the 15-year-old fled the area prior to police arrival,” police said in a news release. “the victim was taken to a local hospital by personal vehicle with serious injuries.”the father is expected to survive.a second-degree assault warrant for the teen was served. the teen’s name was not released.






man stabbed by son, 15, at colorado springs motel


a 15-year-old boy stabbed and seriously hurt his father thursday night at a motel on colorado springs’ west side.the stabbing happened at about 8 p.m. at the high country lodge on the 3600 block of west colorado avenue. colorado springs police say the boy and his father got into an argument when the teen pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the man in the abdomen“the 15-year-old fled the area prior to police arrival,” police said in a news release. “the victim was taken to a local hospital by personal vehicle with serious injuries.”the father is expected to survive.a second-degree assault warrant for the teen was served. the teen’s name was not released.






police locate stolen car with 2 toddlers safe inside


cathedral city, calif. — two southern california toddlers have been found safe after authorities located the car they'd been in when it was stolen.cathedral city police said on twitter that the two brothers were in their babysitter's honda accord when she stepped out for an errand thursday night and someone stole it.an amber alert was issued identifying the boys as 1-year-old jayden cortez and 2-year-old carlos cortez.the car and the children were found early friday in desert hot springs.police say they have no information on the suspect.desert hot springs is about 12 miles north of palm springs and about 100 miles east of los angeles.






boy falls to death hiking with family in colorado springs – the denver post


colorado springs, colo. (ap) — a young boy who was hiking with his family died after falling in southwest colorado springs.police lt. mike velasquez tells the gazette (https://goo.gl/kuhv0o ) that the boy, whose name and exact age have not been released, fell near gold camp road on friday afternoon and was dead when a high-angle rescue team found him.police are investigating the fall as an accident.deadly falls have happened in the area before. in april, a 24-year-old hiker died after a 40-foot fall near gold camp road between tunnels 1 and 2.___information from: the gazette, http://www.gazette.com






metra train-pedestrian fatal collision - the doings western springs


a person was killed april 20, 2017, after being struck by an inbound metra train on the bnsf line near the la grange-western springs border, officials said. the 1208 train traveling east from aurora hit the person about 6:25 a.m., metra said.






viavi laying off 61 in colorado springs – the denver post


a computer network company plans to lay off 61 of its colorado springs employees by the end of july as part of a restructuring.milpitas, calif.-based viavi solutions inc. has notified the affected employees they will lose their jobs between march 10 and july 31, the company said in a letter sent monday to the colorado department of labor and employment.viavi said a global restructuring and workforce reduction plan will affect about 10 percent of its 3,200 employees this year.the colorado springs office of viavi, formerly called jdsu, was acquired as part of a $165 million acquisition of agilent technologies’ network solutions division in 2010 and employed 135 people five years ago.






dave chappelle weighs in on yellow springs new year's eve incident


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police say fire in western springs home 'suspicious in nature'


the western springs fire department put out a fire in vacant house early tuesday.the department responded at about 12:27 a.m. to the fire at 4939 woodland ave. a neighbor had called to report the building was on fire.no one was inside the house and no one was injured during the fire, officials... (annemarie mannion)






family of teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues edina dentist


the “negligent and dangerous” actions of an edina oral surgeon during a routine wisdom teeth extraction led to the death of an eden prairie teen, the ’s family is alleging in a lawsuit filed this week in hennepin county district court.the medical malpractice and wrongful death suit against dr. paul tompach, who continues to see patients under state licensing board restrictions, alleges that several missteps caused the death of sydney galleger in june 2015. the lawsuit’s allegations about what tompach did wrong early in the procedure mirror much of what the state board of dentistry investigation determined before it put him under indefinite restrictions starting in march 2016.those missteps range from incorrectly administering general anesthesia to failing to provide proper monitoring durin