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20-year CSPD officer disciplined for “KILL EM ALL” comment
A Colorado Springs Police Officer found to have commented “KILL EM ALL” and then “KILL THEM ALL” on a livestream of a June Black Lives Matter protest that blocked I-25 traffic has received a 40-hour disciplinary suspension.  This comes after pressure from community activists and an internal investigation that began in July. Sgt. Keith Wrede has been a CSPD officer for 20 years.…

COS police oversight committee short list contains notable candidates
A call for applications to serve on the city's first police oversight committee has drawn interest from several retired law enforcement officers, including a former chief, an ex-president of Colorado College, and the wife of a slain officer. Numerically speaking, those who live in the eastern Council District 6 have the best shot at getting appointed to the city's soon-to-be created Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission (LETAC).  That's because only 13 people from that district, represented by Andy Pico, have made the 114-name shortlist from more than 800 applications seeking one of the 11 slots on the commission, which will include at least one member from each Council district. The number of applicants by district are: Northwest District 1— 14 North District 2 — 22 Southwest District 3 — 29 Southeast District 4 — 19 Mid-city District 5 — 17 Eastern District 6 — 13 So the largest numbers are from the city's southwest and north sides, which often are seen as among the least diverse areas of the city. The commission grew from the Colorado Springs police shooting of 19-year-old DeVon Bailey, who's Black, in August 2019 and subsequent protests after the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd's death fueled the Black Lives Matter movement, inspiring weeks of protests locally and across the nation. But numbers from districts alone don't tell the whole story.…

Lawsuit filed against El Pomar Foundation over Hitch Rack Ranch quarry controversy
A lawsuit was filed in El Paso County District Court against the El Pomar Foundation on behalf of the RMBC Group on Monday, Aug. 3, the Gazette reports. The RMBC Group, which owns the Hitch Rack Ranch, accuses El Pomar in the lawsuit of bypassing public process and secretly influencing officials to deny a permit application to set up a quarry on the property.…

Colorado Springs School District 11 to launch year under hybrid model
Many Colorado Springs School District 11 students will kick off their academic year Aug. 24 by logging on.…

Hiking Bob: Road trip hike Limber Grove-Sheep Mountain Loop; Incline opens
This hike combines a couple of trails to put together a nice little loop.  Located south west of the town of Fairplay in Park County, the trailhead is about 88 miles from the west end of Colorado Springs, an easy drive. Well, except for the last 8 miles, which frankly, suck.…

Local school districts set (and change) start dates


Courthouse protest supports those arrested at Donald Trump rally


State funds new co-responder programs


6 stories making headlines this week


Potential COVID-19 outbreaks hit El Paso County Judicial Building and Charis Christian Center
OUTBREAK UPDATES According to news releases issued by the Colorado Judicial Department and El Paso County Public Health, new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the El Paso County Judicial Building and Charis Christian Center in Colorado Springs.…

Strong traditional dishes and fusion make Pho & Cajun remarkable
LOVE AT FIRST SIP We’ve found it re-warding to stay open to the unexpected “wow” moments in life, and sometimes that means waiting two days for a bowl of soup.…

Black Lives Create Fest brings together 30 Black artists
In March 2015, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, essayist and professor Toni Morrison wrote in The Nation that in challenging times, artists must refuse to remain silent. “This is precisely the time when artists go to work,” she wrote in a piece for the progressive magazine’s 150th anniversary edition. “There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear.…

Opinion: Trump didn't bother to honor John Lewis
In one of the darkest days of the Trump presidency — and, yes, the competition remains fierce for Trump’s ultimate diei horriblis — it looked briefly as if Cory Gardner might have caught a break.…

Taylor Swift and Sarah Jarosz with the new and noteworthy
Taylor Swift, folklore (Republic) – Americana fans have dreamt of Swift showing up at Daryl Hall’s studios for an acoustic hoedown in the “Daryl’s House” series.…

Teller County residents confront Abolish ICE and Black Lives Matter protesters
NOT FROM AROUND HERE On Friday, July 17, a protest organized by Abolish ICE Denver came to the Teller County Jail.…


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