Latest El Paso County, Colorado Stories

2008-07-15 21:00:18

By The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jul. 15--Wind shifts erased the gains made Tuesday by firefighters at Fort Carson, who initially contained a grass fire by 50 percent before watching the high winds trigger the flames to full capacity about 3:30 p.m. The flames ignited from a spark from a lawn mower three miles south of Gate 6, near Camp Falcon, a youth camp just off Highway 115. There is no threat of structural damage, said Jake Jacob, deputy director of Emergency Services with...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By Dave Philipps, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jul. 10--Hidden in a grassy basin on the eastern plains, the Paint Mines is a trove of whimsical hoodoos made from bright, sherbetcolored stone. For generations, this geologic oddity on the plains has drawn people to it. Archaeological evidence suggests that paleolithic hunters camped in the area during thousands of years, using the regional clay to make crude cooking vessels. In modern times, it has been an engaging day trip for city...

2008-07-06 18:00:15

By Pam Zubeck, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jul. 6--Colorado Springs' proposed $1 billion Southern Delivery System came under sharp criticism in the nearly 400 comments submitted to a federal agency preparing an environmental report on the water pipeline project. Among them are concerns about the degradation of Fountain Creek, destruction of archaeological artifacts, energy use and water quality in the Arkansas River downstream. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently released...

2008-06-25 15:00:00

By Barry Noreen, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jun. 25--Manitou Springs, eclectic home to covens, a cog railway and the fruitcake toss, must have a lot going for it. How else could we explain why one-third of the 1,350 students in Manitou Springs School District 14 live in another school district, yet their parents choose to send them there? The percentage is higher at Manitou Springs High School, where 40 percent of the student body resides elsewhere. "The school is really...

2008-06-18 21:00:12

By The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Jun. 18--Three wildfires scorched hundreds of acres of pastureland and destroyed two buildings on the plains east of Colorado Springs this afternoon, authorities said. No one was hurt. Officials offered sketchy reports on the types of buildings that burned. Lt. Lari Sevene of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said they included a barn and a second outbuilding, possibly a corral. She had said one building was an unoccupied house but later...

2008-03-22 21:00:15

By Brian Newsome, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo. Mar. 22--No one knows why, but more Colorado Springs residents kill themselves than do residents in all other major U.S. cities but one. Only Las Vegas has a higher suicide rate among the top 54 urban areas in the U.S., according to a 2007 report by the National Association of County & City Health Officials. And while Las Vegas and the cities with the third- and fourth-highest suicide rates have the country's highest death rates...

2008-03-10 12:00:00

Cattle and cannon fire are a poor mix, but ranch families and the Army have been mixing them together on 200,000 acres at Fort Hood, Texas, for more than 50 years. Home of the III Corps and the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood is the Army's largest armor training post, covering 217,000 acres just north of Killeen, Texas. The post was established in the early days of World War II when the Army was racing to prepare for war overseas and needed training bases quickly. So the War Department...

2007-02-10 00:00:11

The U.S. Air Force Academy, hit by a cheating scandal and other bad behavior, has asked its cadets to spend the weekend in self-examination. The school's 4,300 cadets were restricted to campus, the Washington Post said. They were asked to spend the weekend in small-group discussions of their self-image and the image of the institution. In addition to allegations of cheating by 28 freshmen, Internet privileges were stripped from 43 students in January because they had downloaded...

2005-06-27 22:36:32

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Monday named arabbi who has served as a senior military chaplain to helpchange the religious climate at the Air Force Academy amidconcern over inappropriate proselytizing by evangelicalChristians. Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff, previously the top chaplain in theU.S. military's European Command, will serve as a specialassistant for "values and vision" to acting Air Force SecretaryMichael Dominguez and Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper, the...

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