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Monument trustees likely mired in 3-3 stalemate through summer

MONUMENT - The Monument Board of Trustees, which abruptly canceled two meetings last week after half of its members didn't show, could be stuck in a 3-3 stalemate for most of the summer if its members can't choose a trustee to fill the vacant seventh seat.

The board also failed to reappoint three key staff members by the state deadline, and it now has until June 15 to select a trustee to replace Don Wilson, who was elected mayor in the April 3 election.

Monday night, a motion to appoint one of three trustee candidates failed with three "no" votes by Trustees Jeffrey Bornstein, Greg Coopman and Laurie Clark - who also voted against reappointing the town's attorney, clerk and treasurer on May 7. The rejected trustee candidate



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Foam in Widefield aquifer contamination could be 6X more toxic than previously believed

The Air Force's problem with contaminated water, which it has been attempting to remedy in southern El Paso County with an unprecedented aid package, could get a lot worse.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recently sought to publish a study revealing how perfluorinated compounds found in military firefighting foam could be nearly six times more toxic than current advisories, Environmental Protection Agency emails show.

Two years after the crisis arose, the Air Force has begun paying for cleansing the compounds from water flowing into taps in Security, Widefield and Fountain.



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Colorado Springs council tackles problems with executive sessions - in another executive session

The Colorado Springs City Council might change how it holds executive sessions, though details weren't available because the group discussed the issue Monday in an executive session.

The council has spent about $5.4 million to settle at least seven lawsuits since 2013, all decisions made in closed sessions in apparent violation of Colorado's open meetings law.

Now the council is addressing how to change its handling of such sessions, Council President Richard Skorman said.

That conversation, expected to last weeks, includes updates to make council actions "more transparent to our constituents," Councilman Tom Strand said.

Councilmen Don Knight and Bill Murray voted against holding Monday's discussion behind



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Thunderbirds to be joined by former Broncos quarterback before Air Force Academy graduation

The Air Force Thunderbirds will fly over Colorado Springs about 11 a.m. Tuesday in preparation for their performance at the Wednesday graduation at the Air Force Academy.

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese will fly with them before the practice.

Griese, who played with the Broncos from 1998 through 2002, works as a football analyst on ESPN. Griese also played for the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears.

The Thunderbirds' practice and Wednesday performance likely will



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Colorado wildlife managers battle prevalent brain disease

DENVER — Colorado wildlife managers are fighting a deadly disease that attacks the brain of deer, elk and moose, and has infected up to 16 percent of male animals tested in parts of Colorado.

The Denver Post reports that data show chronic wasting disease is threatening the health of Colorado wildlife populations already hammered by rapid human population growth and a development boom that devours open habitat. Colorado Parks and Wildlife leaders last week called combating the disease a top priority.

They've launched a task force and are mulling tactics including tracking the disease by requiring hunters to test carcasses of the animals they kill, and trying to reduce the prevalence of the disease by hunting



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Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Tuesday, May 22

Here's a look at what's going on Tuesday in the Colorado Springs area:

    

MUSIC

    

STAGE

“Irreversible” — A play by Jack Karp, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, through May 27, Pikes Peak Market, 9 S. Weber St., $6-$12, pay-what-you-can Sundays; counterweighttheatre.com.

Through May 27: “Bullets Over Broadway the Musical” — 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Vintage Theatre, Aurora, $19-$38; vintagetheatre.org.

Through May 27: “The Who’s Tommy” — Stage Theatre, Denver, $30 and up. Go online for times and dates: denvercenter.org.



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Colorado Springs man with penchant for explosives heads back to prison

A Colorado Springs man with a history of experimenting with explosives in his Hillside neighborhood home is headed back to prison - this time after an errant blast caused by an attempt to make a marijuana concentrate.

Edward J. Kiley, 64, was sentenced Monday to six years in prison, the result of a plea bargain in which he admitted to making a marijuana concentrate/hazardous extract, a felony.

The charge dates to a Feb. 16 blast in the 700 block of East Vermijo Avenue that startled his neighbors.

Although Kiley told police someone had tossed something through his window, their search uncovered marijuana concentrate residue, an unspecified amount of marijuana and five empty butane cans, authorities said.



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Man, 21, found guilty in gang rape of 13-year-old Colorado Springs girl

In a case that drew national attention and prompted a death threat against the judge, a jury convicted a Colorado Springs man Monday of both counts in the gang rape of a 13-year-old girl, rejecting a defense based on inconsistencies in the girl's account.

The guilty verdicts - which include a finding that the girl was subjected to force, as alleged - set up a potential life sentence for 21-year-old Jacolby Hasan Williams, whose attorneys argued that he wasn't in his apartment when the girl said she was pinned to a bed there and sexually assaulted by as many as five males.

"At the end of the day, it's justice," said a man who identified himself as her oldest brother.

As the verdicts were read, the girl's mother dabbed at



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3 injured in officer-involved shooting in Teller County

Three were injured after an officer-involved shooting in Cripple Creek Sunday night, reported Colorado Springs police.

At about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Teller County sheriff’s deputies and Cripple Creek police officers responded to calls concerning a suspicious person at the 1200 block of Colorado 67, police said.

As officers arrived, one adult male sped off in a vehicle, sparking a short-lived pursuit that ended with the male crashing the vehicle at mile marker 51, police said.

At least one round was shot, striking the suspect, after he “aggressively attacked” officers, police said.

The suspect, one Teller County sheriff’s deputy and one Cripple Creek police officer were transported to a local hospital, all with non-life-threatening injuries sustained during the confrontation, police said.



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State remains committed to I-25 toll lanes despite El Paso County opposition

Despite near unanimous opposition at meetings in El Paso County, the Colorado Department of Transportation is determined to go ahead with toll lines if Interstate 25 is widened between Monument and Castle Rock.

About a dozen people reiterated Wednesday at another hearing on the proposed $350 million project that adding a toll lane in each direction to widen the road to six lanes in the 17-mile stretch known as "the Gap" would amount to double taxation and not ease traffic jams except for those who pay the toll.

CDOT has held a series of meetings and open houses related to the project over the past month. At each, residents have voiced the same objection: the state isn't listening when they say they don't want toll lanes.



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Cañon City woman, 32, dies in Fremont County jail

CAÑON CITY - Sarah Pinz, 32, died Sunday in the Fremont County jail in Cañon City, the Sheriff's Office reported Monday.

Pinz had been arrested Saturday on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and criminal impersonation, both felonies, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense, court records show.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating her death.

"No foul play is suspected," officials say, but the cause and manner of Pinz's death will be determined by an autopsy.



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Monday's traffic: Multi-vehicle wreck snarls traffic on Interquest Parkway

Roundup of traffic and road conditions around Colorado Springs on Monday.

6:56 a.m.

A crash on westbound shoulder of Martin Luther King Jr Bypass west of Union Boulevard, tweeted Colorado Springs Traffic.

Click here for updates on The Gazette's interactive traffic map.



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Colorado College's timeless approach prepares students for whatever lies ahead

Much has changed since Tony-award winning Broadway producer Nancy Nagel Gibbs graduated from Colorado College in 1971. But not much is different in how prepared CC graduates are for the rest of their lives.

"In your time at Colorado College, I believe you, as I, have been changed for the good," Gibbs told the crowd of more than 5,000 gathered Monday morning for the commencement.

"Embrace change and further it through the skills you learned here," she advised students during her keynote address. "Even if you were picked last in gym or even if you think you're not that smart, you can still find you can succeed.



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Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear Jr. remains incompetent to stand trial, judge says

Admitted Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear Jr.'s legal limbo will stretch into a third year without a trial date in sight.

Two years after Dear, 60, was declared mentally unfit for trial, 4th Judicial District Chief Judge William Bain reaffirmed the decision Monday, keeping the defendant confined to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo for the foreseeable future.

Dear's defense team waived his right to appear at the brief hearing.

Bain said little, mentioning only that he based his decision on the latest report from Dear's treatment team, which again found Dear incompetent, meaning he does not have a "rational" understanding of the court process.

The judge's decision means Dear's prosecution



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Colorado Springs-area events calendar: Wednesday, May 23

Here's a look at what's going on Wednesday in the Colorado Springs area:

    

MUSIC

    

STAGE

“Irreversible” — A play by Jack Karp, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, through May 27, Pikes Peak Market, 9 S. Weber St., $6-$12, pay-what-you-can Sundays; counterweighttheatre.com.

Through May 27: “Bullets Over Broadway the Musical” — 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Vintage Theatre, Aurora, $19-$38; vintagetheatre.org.

Through May 27: “The Who’s Tommy” — Stage Theatre, Denver, $30 and up. Go online for times and dates: denvercenter.org.



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