The Colorado Oil and Gas Association has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a fracking ban approved by Longmont voters. COGA says the ban illegally prohibits the ‘safe and responsible development of oil and gas.’ Earlier this month the state decided against filing a similar lawsuit, but says it supports the action taken by [...]

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A federal district court judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Colorado Springs’ new panhandling ordinance. The rules were set to go into effect tomorrow. The city passed the ordinance in late November on a vote of 8-1, prompting a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU.

In a statement, ACLU [...]

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The vast Niobrara shale formation, which covers much of northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, is now estimated to be a third bigger than first thought. Two of the largest companies drilling the field, Noble Energy and Anadarko, say the area may be capable of producing as much as 3.6 billion barrels of oil over [...]

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Colorado’s elected officials have issued statements regarding today’s school shooting in Connecticut. Click inside for statements from Governor Hickenlooper, as well as a statement from Colorado’s Congressional Delegation.

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Denver-based Clarity Media Group has purchased the Colorado Springs Gazette in a deal announced today. The agency’s CEO will also serve as chairman of the paper. Dan Steever will stay on as President and Publisher, with plans to expand coverage. Steever says they’ve already started adding staff in the newsroom, and plan to grow [...]

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The number of Colorado hospitals receiving an “A” grade for patient safety nearly doubled in the past six months, from seven to 13, according to Washington-based Leapfrog Group.

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The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, has filed a federal lawsuit in Denver after the Colorado Springs City Council yesterday voted to approve a panhandling ban.

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Colorado Springs Police Officer Matt Tyner was killed in late July during a traffic stop near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Silver Drive. CSPD’s Major Accident Unit and the District Attorney’s Office investigated the accident, which is protocol.

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Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson addressed dozens of supporters in Fort Collins today about national security, a balanced budget, and the war on drugs.

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The city is holding its annual e-town hall tomorrow (Thursday) for public input on the proposed 2013 budget. Click inside for details on how to participate.

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Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced a second round of layoffs this week at a Colorado plant, this time at its blade factory in Windsor. Earlier this week, the company let go of 75 workers at its Brighton plant. According to a press release from the Danish company, about 18% of Vestas’ Colorado workforce [...]

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Interstate 25 will close in both directions through Denver tomorrow for the 2012 presidential debate at the University of Denver. From 5 until 10 PM, the Colorado Department of Transportation will close about six miles of the interstate, from Santa Fe Drive (US 85) to Hampden Avenue (US 285).

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The Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to Colorado’s strategy to reduce air pollution, which relies heavily on switching some coal fired power plants to natural gas. The Regional Haze Plan is being praised by Governor John Hickenlooper for meeting national air quality standards. Tisha Schuller is President of the Colorado Oil and [...]

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Rev. Michael O. Minor’s decision to ban fried chicken from his Baptist church was so radical that, eventually the White House heard about it.

And, says Minor, “People started tasting the home cooked flavor of [healthier] grilled and baked chicken and started doing it at home.”

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This Saturday, sandbags will be distributed free of charge to residents who could be affected by flooding in aftermath of the Waldo Canyon fire. Click for the full press release.

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As cyclists prepare to race into Colorado Springs Friday, some road closures are already taking effect. Click on this post for information regarding road closures due to the USA Pro Challenge.

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Colorado Springs’ Office of Emergency Management is hosting a resident preparedness meeting Thursday evening, focusing on updated information and current flood related issues. Read more for the full press release.

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As the number of Americans tipping the obesity scale grows, another battle over the bulges has emerged: How much should public policy control the collective diet?

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State Highway 67 near Cripple Creek is now open to all lanes. A sinkhole closed the route last Saturday, and the roadway was opened on one-lane traffic earlier this week. The Colorado Department of Transportation says the sinkhole is now repaired, at a cost of an estimated $112,000.

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State Highway 67 near Cripple Creek is now open to one-lane traffic after a sinkhole closed the route over the weekend. The Colorado Department of Transportation has installed a portable signal, alternating the lane between northbound and southbound traffic. The signal alternates direction every five minutes. Vehicles wider than 12 feet are still prohibited [...]

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Wind power giant Vestas has announced it’s laying off workers at its Pueblo facility. Vestas would not provide an exact number, but did say that the job reduction represents about three percent of its total US and Canadian workforce. The plant had employed some 400 people making towers for wind turbines. In total, about 1700 [...]

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Officer Matthew (Matt) Tyner was killed today while conducting a traffic enforcement near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Silver Drive.

Around 2:30 this afternoon, he was involved in a traffic crash, and died from his injuries.

The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Major Accident Unit responded to the scene to begin an investigation. A representative with [...]

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Steve Cox, Chief of Economic Vitality for Colorado Springs, has announced his pending retirement, effective at the end of the month. Click on the post to see the full press release.

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