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Rise in COVID-19 cases leading some in El Paso County to seek unneeded tests, health officials say

Amidst a rise in COVID-19 cases in El Paso County, some residents are seeking out testing unnecessarily. → Read More

Colorado Springs City Council delays decision on mask mandate

Colorado Springs City Council doesn't expect to vote Tuesday on a measure to make masks mandatory after hearing from business representatives who pushed the board to act. → Read More

El Paso County and Colorado coronavirus cases rising, exceeding highs set in April and May

The average number of people testing positive for COVID-19 daily in El Paso County is rising and has exceeded the highs set in April and May, public health data show. → Read More

City abandons plan for sports complex in northern Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has abandoned plans for a sports complex near Interquest and Voyager parkways, but not the vision for multiuse sports fields that would serve the rapidly growing northern area → Read More

Polis lauds Colorado Springs for getting off coal energy

They're singing his song in Colorado Springs, so naturally Gov. Jared Polis "applauded" a vote Friday by the city's power supplier to ease off coal and amp up wind and → Read More

Colorado Springs Utilities commits to closing coal-fired generation at Drake Power Plant by 2023

Colorado Springs Utilities committed Friday to closing down the coal-fired portions of Martin Drake Power Plant by 2023 and investing significantly more in renewable energy in coming decades. → Read More

State approves new Pikeview Quarry Reclamation plan over safety and cost objections

A state regulatory board approved a new reclamation plan for Pikeview Quarry on Wednesday, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar open space deal with the city of Colorado Springs that → Read More

El Paso County commissioners deny concrete batch plant near Falcon

El Paso County commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to block a proposed Falcon-area concrete batch plant area after hearing hours of testimony from residents who objected to the potential for noise, → Read More

Colorado Springs residents could see plastic bag fees on November ballot

Colorado Springs City Council could ask voters in November to approve a 10-cent fee on single-use plastic bags aimed at combating pollution. → Read More

Colorado Springs Council informally backs parks protection measure

A majority of Colorado Springs City Council members informally agreed Monday to put a question on the November ballot that would protect park land from sale or swap without voter → Read More

El Paso County commission possibly violated open meetings law

El Paso County commissioners went into closed sessions last year to discuss a ballot question that could have asked voters to allow the county to retain tax dollars, a possible → Read More

Poll: Residents largely unfamiliar with county commissioners

An El Paso County poll conducted last year found a majority of respondents didn't know the identity of their county commissioners. → Read More

Colorado's moratorium on utility disconnections expires; some providers offer additional grace

After almost three months of protection from utility disconnection during the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado residents may again have their lights shut off for nonpayment. → Read More

Residents call on Colorado Springs Utilities to focus on a renewable energy, not natural gas

More than 30 residents called on Colorado Springs Utilities on Wednesday to invest in a future energy mix that would rely more on renewable electricity than natural gas once the → Read More

East Canyon fire: 5% containment gained on wildfire near Durango

High winds did not drive a 2,700-acre wildfire in southwest Colorado into erratic behavior Tuesday as in days past and firefighters achieved 5% containment, officials said. → Read More

Firefighters achieve 5% containment of 2,700-acre fire near Durango

High winds did not drive a 2,700-acre wildfire in southwest Colorado into erratic behavior Tuesday as in days past and firefighters achieved 5% containment, officials said. → Read More

El Paso County sees declining coronavirus cases

The average daily number of new COVID-19 cases in El Paso County has been falling since the end of May – overall a positive sign in the fight against the → Read More

East Canyon Fire west of Durango burns about 2,000 acres

A lightning-sparked fire in southwest Colorado that started on Sunday has blackened about 2,000 acres and prompted evacuations as high-risk conditions continue for the region. → Read More

Coronavirus safeguards in place for El Paso County primary election

El Paso County voters who want to cast their June 30 primary ballot in person at the polls will find election officials in gloves, masks and behind plexiglass to ensure → Read More

Colorado Springs City Council may purchase land that could fuel Pikeview Quarry reclamation

Some Colorado Springs City Council members praised a planned $8.8 million land deal Monday that they expect to help finance reclamation of Pikeview Quarry -- a hillside scar close to → Read More