Zach Thaxton, KOAA News 5

Zach Thaxton

KOAA News 5

Monument, CO, United States

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Past articles by Zach:

Fort Carson admits to causing 20 fires during training exercises

Fort Carson on Monday admitted to causing 20 wildland fires in the past year alone. In an email to News 5, Fort Carson Media Relations Chief Brandy Gill said, "In the past 12 months we have had 20... → Read More

Tri-Lakes deals with fastest growth rate in Southern Colorado

How much growth is too much, and how fast is too fast? Monument and surrounding areas are learning quickly as the Tri-Lakes are the fastest-growing area of El Paso County and among the top 5 faste... → Read More

UCCS' Ent Center for the Arts opens to students

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs' gleaming, metallic, 92,000-square-foot, $60 million Ent Center for the Arts is now officially open to UCCS students and the public. The first day of th... → Read More

Inmate attacks deputy serving Christmas meal at Pueblo jail

Pueblo County Sheriff says that the dilapidated and over-crowding issues at the Pueblo County Detention Center are partly to blame for an inmate attack on a deputy on Christmas Day. → Read More

Stuck buck highlights urban wildlife conundrum

Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Thursday will address El Paso County Commissioners at their regularly-scheduled 9:00 a.m. meeting about what to do about deer and bear overpopulation in urban areas. ... → Read More

Colorado's Uhlaender reacts to Russian Olympic ban

A Colorado Olympian whose dreams of standing on the medal podium in Sochi were dashed by a doping Russian says she feels "elated" that Russia has been banned from the 2018 games in South Korea. Ka... → Read More

Pueblo-area water district warns of online bill-pay scam

The St. Charles Mesa Water District east of Pueblo is warning customers about an online billing scam. The district, which services more than 4,100 customers, does not offer online billing. Howeve... → Read More

UCCS Officer remembered on Planned Parenthood shooting anniversa

More than a dozen people gathered on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs campus Monday night for a candlelight remembrance vigil for UCCS Police Officer Garrett Swasey on the second anniver... → Read More

Bear-proofing trash to be mandatory in Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a new ordinance requiring all residences and businesses to bear-proof their trash or face potential fines. → Read More

Decade-dormant Victory Ridge to open Tuesday

The construction project on the southeast corner of Voyager Parkway and Interquest Parkway has sat dormant since 2008 when the original developer ran out of money amid the Great Recession → Read More

CSPD unveils red-light camera proposal to crowd of skeptics

Colorado Springs Police Wednesday night unveiled a proposal to bring back the controversial red-light photo enforcement program that, in its previous iteration, lasted less than a year in 2010-'11.... → Read More

DNA provides new lead in 1988 unsolved murder

A Colorado Springs unsolved murder from 1988 is getting renewed attention after police on Monday released a new computer-generated depiction of a possible suspect in the case. → Read More

Colorado Springs releases draft Bicycle Master Plan

Colorado Springs city leaders this week released a 36-page draft Bicycle Master Plan, detailing a broad vision for expansion and enhancement of the region's biking infrastructure. Entitled COS Bik... → Read More

Motor City test-drive car theft caught on video

A Colorado Springs car dealership has a cautionary warning for fellow dealerships after a would-be test-driver stole a vehicle off the lot right in front of a salesman. → Read More

Monument Pop Warner squad reacts to award from Peyton Manning

The Monument Blizzard are on Cloud 9. The Pop Warner football team from the Tri-Lakes is one of ten nationwide recipients of a $10,000 grant from helmet-maker Riddell. The announcement of the pri... → Read More

Rattlesnake bite death of hiker in Golden exceedingly rare

The death of a man in Jefferson County Saturday from a rattlesnake bite defied odds believed to be as long as 1 in 50 million. Daniel Hohs, 31, died shortly after being bit on the ankle while hiki... → Read More

Woodland Park Aquatic Center prices irk large families

The brand-new Woodland Park Aquatic Center is nearing completion of construction, with an opening day set for Sunday, August 29. "My whole entire family has been excited about this," said Vicki Jo... → Read More

Two years of reconstruction looms for Pikes Peak Ave.

Beginning in October, a mile-and-a-quarter stretch of Pikes Peak Avenue east of downtown Colorado Springs will be chewed up, spit out, and rebuilt from scratch. A $17 million taxpayer-funded recon... → Read More

Woodmen Road construction enters home stretch

70 percent down. 30 percent to go. That's the amount of work completed thus far on the 18-month, $31 million Woodmen Road Corridor Improvement Project, according to project engineer Clyde Pikkara... → Read More

Westcliffe mourns native sons following tragic drowning

Helpful. Giving. Generous. Kind. Reliable. Polite. Those are just some of the adjectives residents of Westcliffe are using to describe two brothers who tragically drowned Sunday night in a po... → Read More