Last week, after battling for more than a decade to execute Edward Montour Jr. for the 2002 murder of guard Eric Autobee at the Limon prison, prosecutors abruptly caved on the second day of his trial, agreeing to a deal that will keep Montour in prison for life without parole. The experience left a ... More >>
If a script writer for a network television alphabet show (CSI, NCIS, etc.) isn't already working on an episode inspired by Aaron and Brian Lucas, you can bet one will get underway shortly. Aaron, a decorated former soldier who'd been stationed at Fort Carson, tried blaming his identical twin, Brian ... More >>
The numbers are constantly changing when it comes to the devastating floods in Colorado -- and unfortunately, the latest alteration involves an increase of the fatality total in both Boulder County and the state as a whole. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has confirmed the death of Gerald ... More >>
Colorado Springs is one of the state's largest medical marijuana markets, and El Paso County, where it's located, voted in favor of Amendment 64, albeit by just ten votes. Nevertheless, the Springs city council is likely to issue a de facto ban on recreational pot sales later today, with the decidi ... More >>
What's the most dangerous stretch of road in Colorado? After the slaying of an airman in LoDo last Saturday, some people might say 15th and Market streets. Anyone who's gotten stuck on the mean streets of Cherry Creek might suggest First Avenue. But our nomination this week is Marksheffel Road just ... More >>
After more than a week, the Black Forest fire in El Paso County is 95 percent contained, allowing the focus to shift to repair and recovery. But there's no rest for the weary: Firefighters are currently battling a new blaze in southern Jefferson County. Dubbed the Lime Gulch fire, it's already cons ... More >>
While Denver City Council members seem to be on track for allowing recreational marijuana stores within city limits, their compatriots in Colorado Springs aren't nearly as far along. If it were up to Colorado Springs mayor Steve Bach, there wouldn't be any recreational sales in his city: Bach has be ... More >>
Legislators working on bills pertaining to Amendment 64 nearly passed a repeal measure aimed at retail sales of recreational pot in part over fears that taxes modest enough for voters to approve might not cover costs. But a document revealing retail sales and state sales taxes in fiscal year 2012 (s ... More >>
Last week, in a post about some of the more unusual aspects of the main bill to regulate Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of cannabis, we highlighted a passage that would require marijuana magazines to be kept behind the counter of general re ... More >>
During recent months, numerous sheriffs, including Larimer County's Justin Smith and Weld County's John Cooke, have ripped proposed gun-control measures before the Colorado legislature. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa has been critical of such efforts, too. But his office is upset at local medi ... More >>
As the Pentagon contemplates different ways to achieve reductions in force in the ramp-down from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, business leaders in Colorado Springs are pushing for a plan that would actually bring more troops to Fort Carson -- while ranchers battling expansion of a maneuver site in s ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Meaning of Life," tells the story behind a seemingly contradictory legal argument being made by Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives: that a fetus is not a person. The court case in which it asserts that claim has now been appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court. ... More >>
This week's feature, "The Old Boys," explores an emerging quandary in the criminal justice arena. Colorado has 51 state inmates serving life without parole for crimes committed when they were under eighteen -- and thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision declaring such sentences unconstitutional, t ... More >>
As of last week, there were 266 licensed dispensaries in Colorado, with the possibility for almost double that number by the time the state Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division finishes licensing. But there's no real telling when that will be.
In the latest installment of a long-running saga, yesterday Governor John Hickenlooper reappointed five of the ten public trustees who resigned last month -- at his request. And he appointed three new trustees in three counties, including one who really puts the "public" in public trustee: sometime ... More >>
At approximately 9:50 a.m. yesterday, the Colorado Springs Police Department made its first arrest for the city's public camping ban, which officers began enforcing ordinance in 2010. During an investigation of unlawful camps that had been set up in the area, members of the city's Homeless Outreach ... More >>
Update: At long last comes the announcement residents of Colorado Springs have been awaiting since June 23, when the Waldo Canyon fire flared to life. The blaze, which destroyed 346 homes and took the lives of Barbara and William Everett, age 73 and 74, respectively, is finally 100 percent containe ... More >>
Update:Firefighters made progress against the Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs yesterday -- enough to get a better sense of the destruction that took place the previous day. The number of homes destroyed had been estimated at north of 300, and that proved all too accurate. Thus far, 347 homes ... More >>
Voters "like having someone with a proven record," Representative Doug Lamborn said after winning yesterday's primary. And what a record! Hell would have to freeze over in El Paso County -- which doesn't look likely, given the Waldo Canyon fire raging there -- before voters would skip sending this s ... More >>
And you thought you had a crazy year. Getting jiggy with a student at a Baptist school, driving a scooter without a license in Miami, possessing four grams of cocaine in Aspen, threatening to shoot out a Best Buy in Aurora over a video game and literally getting shit on in Boulder -- these are all s ... More >>
Rich in history and imperiled species, Pinon Canyon isn't like any other place on earth. Locals fear that the Army wants to tear the hell out of it.
Despite a threatened lawsuit aimed at councilwoman Judy Montero and developer Mickey Zeppelin, the Denver City Council approved new medical marijuana grow operation regulations last night with no changes. But MMJ attorney Warren Edson predicts that the bill on view below will backfire, with b ... More >>
Large pics below.The still-bad economy has inspired a number of small-time metal thieves -- like Richard Goodface and Duane Brown, who allegedly swiped Denver storm grates in October. But according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, they're pikers in comparison with several suspects a ... More >>
Tanya Garduno.While members of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council are celebrating results showing that an El Paso County measure to ban medical marijuana businesses officially lost at the polls, they're already facing another potential crisis. According to CSMCC president Tanya Ga ... More >>
Brian Vicente.Update: The Sensible Colorado staff has been hard at work trying to determine if any of the community or county attempts to ban medical marijuana dispensaries were unsuccessful -- and they've found seven bright spots amid the disappointments in places like Aurora and Douglas Cou ... More >>
One of the main arguments for the marijuana-legalization measure that Californians will vote on today is the tax revenue that legal pot would bring to struggling communities -- ones like Colorado Springs, which may launch a police squad funded by a new pot of pot money
Glenn Beck.You've stumbled upon a new feature: Comment of the Day, in which we highlight one of the most amusing, most interesting or most something comments to pop up of late. We kick things off with a take from Eric about Glenn Beck's upcoming appearance as a keynote speaker at the October ... More >>
Rene Ogden.Earlier this week, Rene Ogden and twins Chase and Olivia were found dead in their Colorado Springs area home. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, police declined to rule out any possible causes for their deaths even as reports surfaced that Rene had recently seemed depressed ... More >>
"Gee, I wish I could afford college."Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and Minority Leader Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, are brainstorming ways to keep Colorado's colleges from suffocating amid crippling losses in revenue from the state. Atop the mount of potential soluti ... More >>
The child-protection system wants to shut down family-rights activist Suzanne Shell. And vice versa.
Free at Last
Joseph Paiva was born defective, but prosecutors stamped him a habitual criminal.
An update on a model prisoner.
Defense attorneys fight to save their clients by comparing them to current residents of death row.
The Colorado Springs Airport hopes to keep coyotes off the runways.
The youthful offender system was supposed to save gang kids. Now it’s about snitching, fronting—and growing numbers of teens headed for adult prison.
Ten years ago, Colorado began to force batterers into treatment programs. but do they work?
Is that a banana in your pocket, or was Bob Silva elected sheriff?
Just because state senator Charles Duke may be paranoid doesn't mean Newt Gingrich didn't steal his pocketknife. Does it?
Already in jail awaiting trial in a murder-for-hire case, James Darnell allegedly can't stop plotting.
Next month, Colorado voters will decide whether the state's $5 billion worth of tax-exempt properties are all charity cases.
Diamond Shamrock's pipeline isn't built yet, but it's already brought a flammable mixture to Elbert County politics.