Debbie Kelley, The Gazette

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Mountain View, CA, United States

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Divide couple accused of being part of large black-market marijuana ring in Colorado

DIVIDE — A married couple renting a house in Divide for the past year were arrested Tuesday in a marijuana raid the Teller County Sheriff’s Office is calling “the largest → Read More

El Paso County school district board, superintendent agree to his removal

Hanover School District 28’s Board of Education has ousted Superintendent Grant Schmidt. → Read More

Children's Hospital program in Colorado Springs shows improvements in students' self confidence, resilience

A pilot program to gauge whether one-on-one health coaching at school would increase sixth graders’ confidence in controlling their own behavior has shown positive results, according to Children’s Hospital Colorado → Read More

El Paso County school districts feel the pain as pandemic shrinks state funding

State funding cuts to public schools amounting to $621.4 million weren’t as deep as initially thought, but still are painful, say finance officials, who worked feverishly to submit 2020-21 budgets → Read More

Lewis-Palmer school board president's alleged anti-Semitic photo leads to call for resignation

A Monument parent is calling for the resignation of Lewis-Palmer School District 38 Board of Education President Matthew Clawson after what she said she believes was an offensive, anti-Semitic photo → Read More

Garry Berry Stadium again graduation central for Colorado Springs D-11

Kristen Weigel remembers how bright and hot the sun was 31 years ago when she walked across the stage at Garry Berry Stadium to graduate from Doherty High School. → Read More

Free bike sharing initiative to benefit chronically homeless in Colorado Springs

PikeRide is providing free bike-share memberships, helmets and gear to Greenway Flats residents. → Read More

In-person graduation finally arrives for Colorado Springs' largest school districts

Waiting paid off for El Paso County’s two largest school districts, Academy D-20 and Colorado Springs D-11, which pushed out in-person graduation plans until this week, starting with Air Academy → Read More

Colorado College president prepares to exit nearly 3 decades in higher education

Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler talks about leaving after nine years to become the first female CEO at the National Geographic Society. → Read More

World War II drove Colorado Springs woman to nursing

Evelyn French had her sights set on becoming a teacher. → Read More

Targeted efforts lead to 29% decrease in El Paso County homeless population, Colorado Springs officials say

For the first time in five years, El Paso County’s homeless population has decreased significantly, according to results of an annual survey. → Read More

Youngest of 22 children in Black Forest family under intensive treatment after mysterious downturn

An unexpected health crisis is threatening the young but strong bond of identical 6-year-old twins and testing the mettle of the 24-member Smith family of Black Forest. → Read More

Classroom learning in El Paso County schools will look a bit different this fall

El Paso County K-12 students returning to school in late summer will be back in familiar surroundings after the coronavirus pandemic abruptly ended the spring semester. → Read More

Here's what El Paso County schools will look like in the fall

El Paso County K-12 students returning to school in late summer will be back in familiar surroundings after the coronavirus pandemic abruptly ended the spring semester. → Read More

The expected COVID-19 crisis for the homeless never happened in El Paso County

An anticipated COVID-19 outbreak affecting up to 30% of El Paso County’s homeless population based on national modeling of the novel coronavirus never materialized. → Read More

Layoffs, furloughs, pay freezes possible for some Colorado Springs school districts

Layoffs, pay freezes and furloughs of up to seven days are on the table in School District 49, as El Paso County's third-largest school district scrambles to bridge steep reductions → Read More

Private schools challenge Colorado's disbursement of pandemic relief funds in federal complaint

The Colorado Association of Private Schools has appealed to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to intervene in how Colorado Department of Education officials are interpreting allocation of federal COVID-19 → Read More

Health care workers in Colorado Springs take a knee during White Coats for Black Lives

Bektu Solomon got up from the grassy knoll between UCHealth Memorial Hospital North and Children’s Hospital Colorado Friday with tears running down her face. → Read More

UCCS to start in-person classes Aug. 24 with some instruction to remain remote

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs intends to start the fall semester with in-person, on-campus classes on Aug. 24, officials announced Thursday. → Read More

Colorado Springs faith leaders to host public prayer walk for racial healing Saturday morning

Declaring the city and nation need to pray together for racial healing, Colorado Springs area faith leaders will hold a community prayer walk at 10 a.m. Saturday at Acacia Park → Read More