Members of the armed services face enough threats on the job that their home life should be a safe haven. But that certainly doesn't appear to be the case for one Fort Carson soldier. A criminal complaint against her civilian husband, Mitchell Gibson, documents years of abuse and punishment capped b ... 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 >>
Most of us have had the experience of dealing with neighbors whose partying is too loud. Typical responses include asking them to lower the volume a notch or two, calling the cops or putting in earplugs and grumbling yourself to sleep. But according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, that's ... More >>
Fort Carson soldier Richard Sheltra's guilty plea for having sex with a thirteen year old would be shocking in and of itself. But other elements of the story make it even more disturbing. For instance, Sheltra, seen here and in additional photos below, is the second Fort Carson soldier to be senten ... More >>
The long-simmering battle over the future of a major hunk of southeastern Colorado may have taken a giant step toward resolution in Pueblo yesterday. A senior Army official assured ranchers that the Pentagon has no plans to expand the sprawling, 367-square-mile Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site -- and migh ... More >>
According to Amendment 64, local municipalities that allow recreational cannabis businesses will need to have their rules and licensing processes in line by October 1 -- which is less than three months away. That means towns and counties across the state that haven't already banned recreational mari ... 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 >>
The Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons website draws attention to unsolved murders, and we tried to do likewise in three posts last year -- in May, September and November. The ten crimes featured in this installment include two of the most famous unsolved crimes in Boulder history: the ... 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 >>
It sounds like a spoof, but the Caveman Cafeteria -- Denver's newest (and only) food truck specializing in paleo diet dishes -- is no joke. Even though its owner, Will White, is a comedian.
This has been one hot summer -- and it's bound to get even hotter. Tempers are flaring over the handling of the wildfires, and rumors are heating up over their possible cause: terrorists are setting the fires. And President Barack Obama's visit to the Waldo Canyon fire today is fanning the conspirac ... More >>
Update: "For all those who are worried.... I'm ok. Just dealing with some shit but I will be fine." That's a Facebook message posted a short time ago by John Severe, a Colorado Springs resident who's worked for the military. And he is indeed dealing with some shit: He's one of five people arrested t ... More >>
Update: In recent days, Fort Carson-based Sergeant Christopher Mountjoy was arrested in the death of Virgil Means outside the Sin City Disciples motorcycle club. Now, a second soldier, John Burrell, has been arrested in the incident. He's being held on the charge of murder in the first degree.
Lately, ranchers and community leaders in southeastern Colorado are feeling a bit like the battle-weary Michael Corleone of The Godfather Part III. Every time you think you're out, they pull you back in -- "they" being the Pentagon planners seeking more intense use of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, ... More >>
Scott Tipton.No question, rebranding can be a bitch. Is that Slinky in the CenturyLink commercials really an improvement over the Qwest lightbeam? But nothing quite spells "public relations fiasco" like the U.S. Army's clueless attempt to change the name of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site to " ... More >>
Verde Wellness.Verde Wellness's Chuck Blackton locks up his medical marijuana buds, edibles, hash and tinctures in a Volkswagen-sized, all-but-dynamite-proof safe each night. So does every dispensary owner who follows the law (or has any sense) -- which makes the three after-hours break-ins V ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: The man found murdered near a Motel Six on the 3800 block of Paris Street early Saturday morning has been ID'd as Anthony Silva, an army sergeant stationed at Fort Carson. He was due for discharge soon and was headed back to Illinois to visit with his family. Denver Po ... More >>
We've all seen those molded green plastic soldiers; they're a staple of every kid's childhood and, thanks to the Toy Story series, heroes of the big screen. But we've never seen plastic soldiers like this -- begging for money, assaulting women, placing a rifle under their chin. It's the arr ... 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.
Artillery ranges and tank maneuvers on fragile grasslands. Depopulated farm towns, suitable for urban warfare exercises for thousands of troops. A military installation the size of Massachusetts, sprawling across southern Colorado from Trinidad to the Kansas border. If you're going to plan, p ... More >>
Ronald Eugene Beach, 63, has been sentenced to twenty years in federal prison for sexual abuse of minors, and the stipulated facts included in his plea agreement on view below certainly present a strong, and disturbing, case for the sentence's length. The targets? His own granddaughters, who ... More >>
The signature battle wounds for Iraq and Afghanistan vets are post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) -- ailments that are difficult to diagnose and easy for officials to ignore. While vet advocates like Andrew Pogany and innovative treatment programs like El ... More >>
Ramone Hollins.Did you catch our story about Ramone Hollins, one of three Fort Carson soldiers caught breaking into a Colorado Springs medical marijuana dispensary who claimed his goal had been to destroy the weed, not to steal it? One reader who did had a funny response to this excuse.
A Flickr photoHere's possibly the best evidence yet that something very, very wrong is occurring at Fort Carson, the giant Army base in Colorado Springs: A joint NPR and ProPublica investigation into how the military handles brain injuries has found that as many as 40 percent of Fort Carson ... More >>
Courtesy of Fort CarsonSgt. Sean Durkin: Hasn't his family suffered enough?The virulent homophobes (and anti-semites) of Westboro Baptist Church will supposedly begin protesting at various locations around our area on Thursday -- if they actually turn up, that is. They were no-shows at a Boul ... More >>
Presumably, Sgt. Brian Kelly Wells thought it would be worth the commute.If charges against him are true, Sgt. Brian Kelly Wells, who's stationed at Fort Carson, wanted to have sex with an underage girl so badly that he was willing to drive all the way from Colorado Springs to Adams County to ... More >>
Representative Wes McKinley is sitting in a bar in Denver, but his mind is hundreds of miles away -- on the rangeland of southeastern Colorado, that stunning swathe of cactus and canyons and ranches that have been in families for generations. The land that the U.S. Army would like to conquer ... More >>
Twenty-five years ago, the Department of Defense took over 235,000 acres of ranchland in southeastern Colorado -- the largest condemnation of private property in the country. And the Army's not done yet. Six years ago, word surfaced that the feds would try to add another 400,000 acres to the ... More >>
Mystery choppers over the Kirby ranch.A recent blog item featured several photos of the black helicopters of Yoder, which have been buzzing Shellie Kirby's ranch in the southeast corner of El Paso County for the past three years. Kirby has filed several complaints with Fort Carson, the Nation ... More >>
Cue the Wagner: Blackhawks buzz the Kirby ranch.All Shellie Kirby wants is a place where she and her husband Mark can live in peace with their Spanish mustang, Rebel, and their other horses and burros. But their seventy-acre ranch in the southeast corner of El Paso County, where the couple ha ... More >>
A photo from the StimulusColorado.org website. StimulusColorado.org, a new website co-sponsored by Associated General Contractors of Colorado, the Colorado Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors, Colorado Contractors Association, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Denver ... More >>
The public-affairs office at Fort Carson hasn't issued a press release about the Army's decision not to base an additional brigade there -- a move that calls into doubt millions in additional contracts, not to mention even more money in long-term economic impact. The most recent news items on its ... More >>
Every nanosecond of every day, new writing appears on the Internet -- and for the most part, that's a good thing. All too often, however, important reportage gets lost in the flood. Today's, for instance: "Coming Home," a series of investigative reports on Salon.com about "preventable deaths at Fort ... More >>
An artist springs from Colorado Springs
When the Army tried to take down Andrew Pogany, it messed with the wrong coward.
Radio has been pronounced in near-death condition more times than Augusto Pinochet -- and radio news seems to be in the worst shape of all. Among all the stations in Denver, only KOA still maintains a sizable news staff, and when big stories hit, even that outlet is stretched thin. Hence the reports ... More >>
January 29, 2004
The Broncos call in a $20,000 air strike for patriotism.
The media's massive buildup to battle makes war seem almost anti-climactic.
An appreciation of fireguys, and one rogue amazon.
AFTER LISTENING TO COLORADO'S PATRIOTS, FRANCISCO DURAN SHOT OFF MORE THAN HIS MOUTH.