El Paso County

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Reader: Don't Assume Everyone From Colorado Springs is a Gay-Hating Loonbag

    We recently introduced you to Gordon Klingenschmitt, a newly elected state representative whose critics portray him as a homophobe into exorcisms. Some of the many readers who responded cast aspersions on El Paso County, where Klingenschmitt's district is located, as well as nearby Colorado Springs, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2014

    Marijuana: Manitou Springs Votes for Rec Pot Sales, Other Towns Don't

    Just over three months after Maggie's Farm opened its doors as the first recreational pot shop in Manitou Springs and began dumping money into town coffers, voters gave the business a thumbs-up, overwhelmingly defeating a proposal to ban recreational pot sales in the town. See also: "Oregon, Alask ... More >>

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    September 19, 2014

    Photos: Ten Colorado Counties With the Drunkest Drunk Drivers

    The website is out with its latest statistics about driving under the influence in the state. Included is data featuring the average blood alcohol content of DUI arrestees in every Colorado county, and the numbers in the top ten are all more than twice as high as the legal limit -- ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Marijuana: Could Colorado Springs Approve 26 Percent Tax on Recreational Pot?

    Colorado Springs voters could decide whether to allow recreational cannabis sales in the city next April -- if, that is, pro-pot and anti-pot city leaders can find some common ground first. Recreational cannabis sales are currently banned in the Springs because of a city council vote last year, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Jennifer Reali, Fatal Attraction Killer Turned Gospel Singer, In Lakewood Halfway House

    Jennifer Reali gained a lot more notoriety as the so-called Fatal Attraction killer of her lover's wife than she has for the gospel singing on self-released albums that she recorded while doing time at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. Hear a sample of her song stylings below. Now, however, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2014

    Colorado contributes a horn dog and a sleazeball to America's Worst Politicians

    King George III was "a Tyrant...unfit to be the ruler of a free people," Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago last week. He had it right -- and ever since then, Americans have been calling out their leaders. "Tyrant" was just the start; we've moved on to crook (Nix ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2014
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    June 2, 2014

    Photos: Ten Colorado school districts with the most suspensions, expulsions

    Which Colorado school districts deal with the most discipline issues? The Colorado Department of Education has compiled the data for the 2012-2013 school year (the most recent one available), and the figures are staggering. Several districts in the state handled well over 10,000 incidents during tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Edward Montour case: Juror blasts "abhorrent" prosecution

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Aaron Lucas blamed sex assaults on identical twin Brian, just busted on same charges

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Videos: Gerald Boland's death brings Boulder County flood toll to four, state's to seven

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Marijuana: Meet Don Knight, whose vote may ban recreational pot sales in Colorado Springs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Bicyclists are easier to intimidate than motorcyclists on Marksheffel Road

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Update: Lime Gulch fire in Jefferson County is growing, evacuations ordered

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Marijuana: Will recreational pot live or die in Colorado Springs?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    Medical marijuana revenues in Colorado for 2012: $199 million-plus

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Gun laws unenforceable, but El Paso sheriff says he'll still try to enforce them

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Pinon Canyon expansion battle: Will troop reductions help or hurt?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Fetus = person? District court judges have come to different conclusions

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Juvenile lifers: Who are the 51 in Colorado?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensaries: 266 licensed MMCs in Colorado, 272 pending

    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.

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    July 11, 2012

    Photos, videos: Waldo Canyon fire finally 100 percent contained

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Waldo Canyon fire update: One death, 347 homes destroyed, 20K threatened

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Doug Lamborn touts his record -- a real reign of error!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Ten infamous 2011 crimes with Colorado connections

    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 >>

  • News

    February 24, 2011

    The War Next Door

    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.

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    November 17, 2010

    Medical marijuana: Colorado Springs zoning rule would force closure of 69 MMJ centers

    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 >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Medical marijuana dispensary bans pass in Aurora, Dougco: Fuel for legalization fight?

    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 >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Marijuana and Colorado Springs cops: Should dispensary taxes be used to fund police?

    ​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

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    October 14, 2010

    Glenn Beck lovers better not shoot each other at Colorado Springs gun event...

    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 >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Immigration Center: Business that allegedly faked fed link hit with $2.5 million judgment

    A Flickr photo​As Denver City Councilman Chris Nevitt noted yesterday in support of a proclamation demanding comprehensive immigration reform, "I think the two sides of this debate have demonized each other. The immigration-rights folks look at the people who pursued the Arizona measure as bei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Josh Penry-John Morse idea to give university boards more leeway potentially dangerous

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    Frank Azar Loses Lawsuit Against Own Client

    Have you been injured in an auto accident? If so, call attorney Frank Azar, "The Strong Arm." He’s been fighting insurance companies in Colorado for years and he’ll get you a $25,000 settlement. Then, you can turn around and sue Frank Azar (profiled by Westword in 2002) for half of a million dol ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008


    It’s a classic, and occasionally overused TV news trick: the secret-camera Gotchya! But in the case of beer-guzzling Fourth Judicial District D.A. John Newsome – who was videotaped by KOAA in Colorado Springs drinking 134 ounces of the sudsy stuff over a five-hour period – the reporting was bo ... More >>

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    January 21, 2008

    Bruce on the Loose

    The Colorado Statehouse goes live at 1 p.m. today -- and not a moment too soon. When Speaker Andrew Romanoff, et. al., decided to start broadcasting their sessions (at and Comcast's channel 165), they didn't have any idea that they'd be getting a mid-season star: Doug Bruce. "Ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2007

    Robert Charles Browne is a Killer Con Man

    This cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine is a lengthy but surprisingly slipshod examination of the Robert Charles Browne case, the former tree farmer who claims to be one of the most prolific serial killers in history, with 48 victims scattered across the country. The piece, by Chip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2007

    No Tell Hotel

    Welcome to the first installment of blog category #258, or, as it's known to civilians, Done Got Burgled. It is here that we hope to dredge life from the Denver police blotter by reporting on crimes and arrests that shape our city — or at least malform it in some barely perceptible way. It ... More >>

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    June 23, 2006

    Holtzman Halts

    Marc Holtzman's emotional exit from the governor's race Thursday, after the Colorado Supreme Court declined to monkey with the established process for petitioning your way onto the ballot, was the final take on a death scene that's been dragged out for weeks — or months, if you believe he neve ... More >>

  • News

    February 10, 2005

    Beyond Contempt

    The child-protection system wants to shut down family-rights activist Suzanne Shell. And vice versa.

  • News

    February 19, 2004

    The Message

    Free at Last

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    November 13, 2003

    Scratching the Bitch

    Joseph Paiva was born defective, but prosecutors stamped him a habitual criminal.

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    December 20, 2001

    Storme Watch

    An update on a model prisoner.

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    June 21, 2001

    Shades of Black

    Defense attorneys fight to save their clients by comparing them to current residents of death row.

  • News

    December 2, 1999

    What We Have Here...Is a Failure to Rehabilitate

    The youthful offender system was supposed to save gang kids. Now its about snitching, frontingand growing numbers of teens headed for adult prison.

  • News

    December 31, 1998

    Hall of Shame

    You'd have to go a fur piece to find bigger embarrassments.

  • News

    March 12, 1998

    He's a Real Pistol

    Is that a banana in your pocket, or was Bob Silva elected sheriff?

  • News

    October 9, 1997

    Out of Focus

    Demons continue to haunt the injured ironworker who held up Focus on the Family--as well as his victims.

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    May 8, 1997

    Final Analysis

    Just because state senator Charles Duke may be paranoid doesn't mean Newt Gingrich didn't steal his pocketknife. Does it?

  • News

    October 10, 1996

    Due Unto Others

    Next month, Colorado voters will decide whether the state's $5 billion worth of tax-exempt properties are all charity cases.

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    May 2, 1996

    Gasoline Alley

    Diamond Shamrock's pipeline isn't built yet, but it's already brought a flammable mixture to Elbert County politics.

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