Ashley Portillo, KOAA News 5

Ashley Portillo

KOAA News 5

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

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Past articles by Ashley:

Spring chicks selling out, others turn to raising their own chickens for eggs

High egg prices have led to a surge of people looking to buy chicks this spring. It's also driving people to raise their own chicks and hens, and sell them. → Read More

Homeless camp cleanups, a temporary solution to a larger problem

This week, police and cleanup crews cleared out homeless camps in Southeast Colorado Springs. Advocated say clean-up efforts and sweeps like this are only a temporary solution to a larger problem. → Read More

Colorado Missing Person's Day remembers more than 500 Coloradans who haven't been found

Tomorrow is a day to remember the hundreds of Coloradans who are missing, including a missing murder victim in Southern Colorado. → Read More

Colorado Springs ice cream lovers say it's never too cold to enjoy a frozen treat

Local school districts canceled classes Monday, and one snow day activity that a lot of kids enjoy, is getting ice cream. For many families in Colorado, it's also tradition on a snow day. → Read More

Two months after tragedy, Club Q owner says club will re-open this year

Today marks two months since the shooting at Club Q. Today, the owner of Club Q also told News5, that within weeks of the tragedy, they knew the club would re-open one day at the same location. → Read More

Club Q hero gifted Super Bowl tickets from LA Chargers after heroic actions

Tickets to the Super Bowl have been given to the man many have called a hero for his quick and selfless actions to save lives at Club Q. → Read More

Last-minute shopping boosts local businesses heading into the holiday

The severe cold is not stopping local shoppers from getting their last-minute Christmas shopping done. → Read More

Colorado Springs organizations helping homeless people during severe weather

Severe cold weather like this is dangerous for Colorado Springs vulnerable and homeless population. Local organizations are helping the community out to make sure they have a warm place to stay. → Read More

Local ranchers prepare livestock for dangerously cold temperatures

As severely cold temperatures move into Southern Colorado, local ranchers are making plans to protect their livestock and keep them safe. → Read More

Porch pirates steal from homes in Colorado Springs

It's the holiday season, which means it's also the time of year when more thieves are seeing opportunities to steal packages from the front door of your home. → Read More

Club Q survivor, Ed Sanders, shares story of recovery and resiliency

A survivor of the Club Q shooting, who was released from the hospital on Thursday, is sharing his story with News5. → Read More

Rise in RSV cases impacting classrooms in Southern Colorado

Southern Colorado schools have been hit with RSV and other respiratory illnesses in the past few weeks, and today, two local classrooms are closed because of children getting sick with the virus. → Read More

'Tripledemic' expected to increase hospitalizations in Southern Colorado

A wave of flu, COVID-19, and RSV cases are hitting Southern Colorado right now. Health officials are calling it a "tripledemic." → Read More

Governor Jared Polis visits Club Q memorial

On Tuesday, Governor Jared Polis visited Club Q in Colorado Springs, where five people were shot and killed, and 22 others were injured. → Read More

Local LGBTQ-owned businesses and their allies share support for Club Q

During a time of mourning and grieving like after Saturday night’s mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, the local LGBTQ+ community and their allies are coming together. → Read More

Adopt-A-Family holiday gift drive kicks off its second year

A local effort is underway to help families in need in Colorado Springs, and you can be a part of helping them have a good joyous, and festive Christmas. → Read More

Candidates weigh in on competitive race in Colorado State Senate District 11

Senator Dennis Hisey (R) and Representative Tony Exum (D) are running for the seat in the Senate District 11 race, and the two both spoke to News5 about their last campaign push. → Read More

Fine Arts Center celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, known as Day of the Dead, began at midnight on Monday night, and a community celebration happened at the Fine Arts Center on campus of Colorado College. → Read More

Local 'Buy Nothing Project' gains popularity during inflation, rising costs

As budgets are tightening, a local FaceBook group is growing. It's where you can find items you need without paying a dime. → Read More

Local teacher is hoping to educate future voters

A teacher at Vista Ridge High School is encouraging students to get registered to vote if they're old enough. → Read More