7 stories making headlines this week

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  • Alissa Smith

In December, Downtown Colorado Springs was recertified as a Creative District of the State of Colorado by Colorado Creative Industries. It remains one of 26 recognized creative districts in the state. Above, a First Friday celebration and fundraiser for the Foundation for Successful Living at Art 111, a downtown gallery and art supply store.

CenturyLink has agreed to pay nearly $8.5 million in settlement fees to customers and the state of Colorado for allegedly charging deceptive hidden fees, falsely guaranteeing locked prices and failing to provide discounts and refunds it promised to Colorado consumers who signed up for internet, television and telephone services.

Colorado Springs residents may now only water their lawns three days per week, and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., after new water restrictions went into effect Jan. 1.

A formerly free service now costs $5: Pay that fee to dump yard waste for recycling into mulch at Rocky Top Resources, located at 1755 E. Las Vegas St., on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The program, sponsored by El Paso County, still accepts donations to Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado on top of the $5 fee.

The Defense Department opened commissaries, Military Service Exchanges, and Morale, Welfare and Recreation centers to veterans with service-connected disabilities, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war, and the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

Denver filed an appeal against a Dec. 27 county court ruling against its ban on urban camping. In his decision, County Court Judge Johnny C. Barajas cited an appeals court ruling that struck down a similar ban in Boise, Idaho, The Denver Post reports.


  • Courtesy Pikes Peak Regional Building Department

Home-building permits increase 18%. The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department issued more than 3,900 permits for single-family homes in 2019, an 18 percent increase over the five-year average. It issued permits for around 1,400 multi-family housing units and apartments.