Hickenlooper ethics complaint, firefighters circulate petitions, County budget to be approved, and more news for the record 

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  • A complaint filed Oct. 12 by a nonprofit run by former House Speaker Frank McNulty, a Republican, accused Gov. John Hickenlooper of traveling the world on private jets, compliments of wealthy benefactors, without disclosing the gifts as required by law. Hickenlooper, who's exploring a possible 2020 presidential run, issued a statement calling the complaint to the Independent Ethics Commission an effort to "trump up frivolous accusations" and "a political stunt aimed at influencing the upcoming election."
  • The International Association of Firefighters Local 5 is circulating petitions for an April 2 city election ballot measure that would . The measure would not allow them to strike, however. They'll need 15,907 valid signatures of city voters by Dec. 28.
  • Commissioners are due to approve El Paso County's 2019 budget by Nov. 29. The $356.6-million spending plan includes $130.2 million in discretionary spending for public safety, infrastructure and other core services, the county said in a release. The balance is committed to state and federal programs, such as human services and food stamps. As proposed, the budget would funnel $7 million to road safety projects.
  • On Oct. 11, the Colorado Springs Fire Department announced that Robert Stambaugh, who's been with the CSFD for 32 years, would be placed on administrative leave with pay when he returned to his regular work shift on Oct. 14. But the department could change his status to leave without pay after reviewing the police report about his alleged use of child pornography. KKTV reported he faces charges of sexual exploitation of a child.
  • Democratic leaders in the Colorado House urged Rep. Jovan Melton of Aurora to step down after news reports said he'd been arrested twice in the past two decades for domestic violence involving different women, CPR.org reported. He pleaded guilty in one case to harassment but denied physically harming anyone.
  • Garden of the Gods Park is now closing its gates after 9 p.m. from Nov. 1 to April 30 and after 10 p.m. from May 1 to Oct. 31. One exception: a gate at Black Canyon Road and Garden Drive will be open to traffic to and from Rampart Range Road.


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