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3 years 6 months ago

Runoff mayoral candidates face-off

Voters are about one month away from the runoff election to see who will be Colorado Springs' first strong mayor; and with the field narrowed down to two, we're hearing more from the two remaining candidates. They faced off for the first debate of the runoff election on Friday at...

3 years 6 months ago

"Lt. Dan" rocks Fort Carson

One of actor Gary Sinise's best known roles is "Lieutenant Dan" in the 1994 movie Forrest Gump . Along with acting he's also an advocate for veterans and a musician. Friday, the "Lieutenant Dan Band" put on a free concert on Fort Carson. Some were kind of surprised to...

3 years 7 months ago

Ballot Issue 1A confusing to some

You may have already received your mail-in ballot. Along with choosing a Mayor and City Council, Colorado Springs ballots have two questions. One of them caught a local woman off-guard. "I opened it up and read it," says Mary Taggart, a concerned voter; but she had to read Issue...

3 years 8 months ago

Last night for Margot Lane's lights

Margot Lane's two enormous evergreens, covered in thousands of lights, near I-25 and Uintah St, have ushered in the Christmas season for years for Colorado Springs. They're hard to miss. The beacons can be seen for miles. Monday is the last night they'll be on this year, and maybe...

3 years 8 months ago

D-49 discussions continue

Falcon School District 49 is preparing for a special board meeting Thursday night at 6:30. D-49 board meetings have seen heated discussion between parents and the district in recent weeks as board members have tried to cover a $4 million dollar budget gap. January 13th the board decided to...

3 years 9 months ago

A.F.A. cadets helping Ft. Carson families

"Fun, relief of stress, and something out of the ordinary," Melissa Gaines says that's what she was wanting for her kids -- A.J., Alex, and C.J. --- when she brought them out to the Air Force Academy on Saturday. Cadets invited families of deployed 3rd Brigade Combat Team soldiers from...

3 years 9 months ago

Plenty of space to fill

"I've got over 2 million square feet of listings in town," says Randy Dowis, a principal with NAI Highland, LLC. He's been working in Colorado Springs more than 20 years and he says for empty commercial real estate -- office, retail, and industrial -- it's all reaching high numbers. Lots...

3 years 9 months ago

Positive job numbers, negative outlook

December numbers from the Labor Department show improvement in the job market, but for those on the front lines -- trying to find work -- things aren't looking so positive. "People come and go all day long," says Byron Gunn, who's unemployed and spending his days at the Pikes...

3 years 10 months ago

Serving up some Christmas cheer

In Colorado Springs, thousands -- with no where to go -- are turning to the Salvation Army for a holiday meal. "I live alone and have been unemployed," says Sel Bethel, a Christmas diner at the Salvation Army offices on South Weber St. It's not an uncommon story; Bethel...

3 years 10 months ago

Finding the best holiday travel deals

Before many travelers take off this holiday season, they'll be taking their credit cards to the internet. "Looking for the best deal," says Daniel Finholm. But how far in advance tickets are purchased is different for everyone. "I just wait for those prices to drop, and wait...

3 years 10 months ago

Ready, set, shop!

Stephanie McCroskey is getting the holiday shopping season underway; trying to cross some names off her lists by waiting in line at the Colorado Springs Toys "R" Us near Citadel Mall for sales beginning at 10 p.m. Many stores hold "door buster" sales after Thanksgiving, but many wait for the...

3 years 11 months ago

Is the altitude affecting your attitude?

A study from the University of Utah's School of Medicine says living at a high altitude, like Colorado, could trigger depression, possibly even leading to a higher rate of suicides. Ralph Lundgren was diagnosed with depression in the 80's. He's thought of suicide off and on, but his depression...

3 years 11 months ago

Marriage on the decline

"I do" is becoming "I don't want to." New numbers from the Pew Research Center show a decline in marriage. They say about half of American adults are married, but in 1960 that number was closer to three-fourths; and views of the family are changing too. "Americans still...

3 years 11 months ago

Close call

Tim and Carol Barta have received some calls they thought sounded fishy. They saved one of the messages and played it for News First 5. "...calling you from the American Department of Law and Investigation," the voice on the Barta's answering machine says. That agency may not sound...

3 years 11 months ago

Recalls on the road

Derek Fetty has been working on cars for a while; but lately, across the board, he's seeing more auto recalls than usual. "Here lately they've (government regulators) been getting a lot more, a lot more , meticulous about what kind of repairs they're going to let slide through the...

4 years 2 days ago

Conservatives square off in Colorado Springs

South Sierra Madre in Colorado Springs drew the battle lines for Republicans Sunday, amongst themselves; both sides with a conservative candidate they want in the Governor's office. "We wouldn't be in it, this dividing up the Republican vote, if Tancredo hadn't jumped in after the assembly," says Jimmie Butler,...

4 years 1 week ago

Running toward recovery

Steve LaRocque, a Fort Carson soldier, has a reminder of what happened in September of 2009 every time he laces up his running shoes. LaRocque was shot in the knee while helping others who were injured during an ambush in Afghanistan; five people were shot that day, one person...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Bicycle thief caught on camera

Colorado Springs Police have been following a crime trend picking up through the summer. "A lot of high dollar bikes we're taken," explains Lt. Pat Rigdon, C.S.P.D. At the scenes of burglaries, they keep running into similar circumstances. "It seemed like people knew what they were looking for."...

4 years 3 weeks ago

Are budget cuts making bad drivers?

Christopher Smith was in an auto-accident last week, and is surprised how Colorado Springs Police responded. "They did not do an accident report and left the scene," says Smith, who has estimates showing that accident did nearly $550 in damage. Then, just four days later, Smith was in...

4 years 4 weeks ago

Hunger growing in Southern Colorado

Southern Colorado's hungry are getting hungrier. Groups like Care and Share give out millions of pounds of food a year, but keep having to find millions more. "In 2 years we've moved from 11 million to 18.5," says Deborah Tuck, C.E.O. of the food bank. They supply local...

4 years 1 month ago

Bicyclists tackle 24 Hours

Bicyclists found a tough test of endurance this weekend at the U.S. Air Force Academy. "This is a very unique type of race for them, to have us here overnight," says Tim Scott, race director for 24 Hours of Colorado Springs. Some of the riders, finishing up at...

4 years 1 month ago

The helpers need some help

It may be warm this time of year, but cold weather isn't far away. So homeless advocates are doing extra work to get ready for the winter, but this year they may be a little short on help. Colorado Springs Police say of the 100 to 150 homeless still...

4 years 1 month ago

Coffee prices on the rise

While it's usually not the most expensive thing on your ticket at a diner, coffee is getting more expensive as you sip. At Colorado Springs coffee importer Barista Espresso, they're already seeing price increases and say you'll probably see them too. "In the gourmet market, you'll start to...

4 years 1 month ago

Pushing for religious tolerance

Recent anti-Muslim stories in the news have a group in Colorado Springs asking people to be more tolerant of religious differences. They say protests over a mosque in New York City and Pastor Terry Jones' plan to burn the Quran, are isolated incidents of a bigger issue -- religious intolerance....

4 years 1 month ago

Busy campsites in Southern Colorado

Travelers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle are finding more of the same at Colorado Springs camp sites. "We've called probably four different campgrounds before we came upon this one," says Sherry Rheinhart. Her family is visiting from Arizona. "I just pulled in this morning...

4 years 1 month ago

Questions on how bears are being handled

Just within the last week, two mother bears and their cubs got inside local homes. Both incidents ended the same way -- all six bears were euthanized. That's sparked a lot of conversation among those who care about wildlife. Donna Ralph has been rehabilitating smaller animals for 10...

4 years 1 month ago

Looking for partners to handle a big year

Fort Carson's population is growing and deployment cycles look to be continuing. That's what Fort Carson's Commanding General, Major General David Perkins, told a packed room at the Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs Thursday evening. Col. Robert McLaughlin, garrison commander for Fort Carson, says 2010 will see the...

4 years 3 months ago

National conference hits close to home

When the sun gets hot and you're working hard, it's not uncommon to start to sweat. However, for people with Ectodermal Dysplasia, they can't -- leaving them susceptible of overheating quickly. It's just one complication from the rare condition that families are coming to the disorder's national foundation's annual conference....

4 years 3 months ago

Not too early to start celebrating

Fourth of July celebrations are going on all weekend long, not just the 4th. At Fort Carson, they're starting a little early. The Mountain Post celebrated the 4th on the 3rd, at Iron Horse Park. They expected 10,000 people to join in the celebration. "Just really getting a...

4 years 3 months ago

Over one hurdle, on to the next

Thursday is the deadline for medical marijuana businesses to be up and operational by, which was set by, now signed, House Bill 1284. Registrations had to be in Colorado Springs city offices Wednesday evening, by 5 p.m. 451 businesses are now in the books as well as $225,500 in...

4 years 4 months ago

Memorial Day honored in Colorado Springs

The price of freedom is costly. "We have freedom because of today," says Paul Johnson, a Marine Corps veteran, referencing the lives lost in service of the United States. Monday morning at Memorial Park groups met honoring the fallen, including a group with a new memorial. The Special...

4 years 4 months ago

Waiting for the welcome home

They may not be rivets, but the staples being driving by Laura Button to support her soldier. "Taking care of things here is the least I can do for the sacrifice that he has made, not only for us but for our country." Button says. Her husband, Specialist...

4 years 5 months ago

Iraqi generals visit the Mountain Post

Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division will likely be deploying to Iraq this fall, taking over some of the duties done, right now, by the 3rd I.D. As the soldiers prepare, they're meeting with the people they'll be working directly with on the ground, the Iraqis. Iraqi generals visiting American...

4 years 5 months ago

Census workers going door to door

You've had your chance, now the Census Bureau is hitting the streets. "By constitutional mandate we're mandated to count every single person in the Untied States," says Deborah Muehleisen, who works with the U.S. Census Bureau. That process begins with the questionnaire sent to your home, but if you...

4 years 6 months ago

Getting ready for fire season

Crews with the 302nd Airlift Wing on Peterson Air Force Base could be you're saving grace when wildfires break out. Several crews at Peterson make up one of four units of the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, or MAFFS for short. They help contain wild land fires that get too big...

4 years 6 months ago

Working for more than a paycheck

A program unique to Colorado Springs is getting people into jobs, more than 4,000 last year alone. Goodwill of Colorado Springs is one of the first chapters in the country to work with the Department of Human Services to get people using public assistance, like welfare, into jobs. In...

4 years 6 months ago

Remembering a friend

Friends came together to say one last goodbye to a friend who was very valuable to the community in many ways, Peggy Parr. Parr, who was active in many local groups and on the El Paso County Search and Rescue team, passed away this month at the age of...

4 years 7 months ago

Nipping a problem in the bud

Issues with picture messaging and social networking in schools keep popping up. "We have had some incidents with some inappropriate pictures," says Drenda Manning, assistant principal at Florence Middle School. Instead of ignoring it, the community of Florence came together to talk it out. "It could be...

4 years 8 months ago

Making a tough job even tougher

The same reasons that make some people so happy on Valentines Day can have the opposite effects on others. Suicide prevention volunteers say often, thoughts of suicide surround money, the holidays and relationships. "Valentines Day is obviously a day where people pay more attention to relationships," says Terri...

4 years 8 months ago

From prison to a prison of homelessness

The homeless population is already high in Colorado Springs, but a state department may be adding to it. After getting out of prison in Sterling, this isn't the home sweet home Scott Meacham was expecting. "They paroled me underneath the (Bijou St.) bridge," says Scott Meacham, who was...

4 years 8 months ago

Alcohol study surprising to locals

Walking downtown on a Friday night, you might think there are plenty of cities that are more "dangerously drunk" than Colorado Springs. However, in a recent study, there are only two in the country, and one of them is Denver. Men's Health Magazine has their own rankings, and they...

4 years 8 months ago

A different kind of advertising

Roadside advertising, for lack of a better word, is a performance based job. "I put some music on. I've got my head phones. I try to get in people's faces as much as I can," says Raul Paz, a roadside advertiser. You probably see them frequently, but it's...

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