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Air Force Academy eases social distancing restrictions after 2 cadet suicides

Social distancing restrictions at the Air Force Academy have been relaxed after it reported two cadet suicides in less than a week following attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Emails obtained from the academy show the Colorado Springs base had received complaints about how the policies made the school prison-like for about 1,000 […]

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Air Force discloses drug investigation into nuclear missile guards in Colorado, 2 other states

By Robert Burns, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Security guards at an Air Force base responsible for protecting strategic nuclear missiles in three states are under investigation for alleged marijuana use, Air Force officials said Monday. They are part of the same security force whose members were caught using the hallucinogen LSD four years ago. […]

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A deputy’s knack for sussing out mules has made a lonely stretch of I-70 the top drug-bust site in Colorado

LOMA –– A patch of asphalt interrupts the median of Interstate 70 on an empty stretch of scrubby desert 10 miles east of the Utah border. It is a perfect spot for watching vehicles blow through on commutes, vacations, recreational outings, commercial load-hauling trips. And drug smuggling missions. For more than two decades, Mesa County […]

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U.S. military wants Colorado, other states to keep wind turbines from interfering with nuclear sites

By James MacPherson, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — The military wants North Dakota and four other states with nuclear missile arsenals to consider introducing new rules aimed at preventing conflicts between wind turbines and helicopters that provide security at launch facilities. Department of Defense and Air Force officials outlined their concerns in a letter before […]

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Space Command’s initial home will be in Colorado Springs, congressman says

COLORADO SPRINGS — A Colorado congressman says the initial headquarters for the Pentagon’s new Space Command will be in his home state. Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn said Wednesday the command will officially start operations at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs next month. Lamborn says he hopes the Pentagon will chose Peterson for […]

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Jared Polis touts military projects as he tries to lure national museum and Space Command to Colorado

The military is the third largest economic driver in Colorado, and Gov. Jared Polis wants to make it even more prominent. The Democrat is trumpeting an effort to lure the National Medal of Honor Museum to Denver, offering state land near the Capitol as a location, and working with Colorado’s congressional delegation to land the […]

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The Air Force Academy chapel is leaky and corroding. But repairs have been on hold for months.

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press The landmark Cadet Chapel that towers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is suffering from leaks and corrosion, so the school has drawn up the most ambitious restoration project in the building’s 55-year history. But the repairs have been on hold for months while officials try to settle […]

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Evolution of a matriarchal “horse-tribe” provided inspiration for author’s fantasy world

Laura E. Reeve began writing science fiction and fantasy in the fifth grade, leading to a lifelong obsession for building worlds. Along the way, she spent nine years as a U.S. Air Force Officer, holding operational command positions and having the opportunity to escort Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty inspectors. Her civilian jobs have ranged from […]