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AFA change of command sends fresh message

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Looking out at the crowd, and farther to the 4,000 cadets hoping for immediate inspiration from their new leader, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson made a very public debut Monday morning as the Air Force Academy’s new superintendent. She had a tough act to follow. Actually two tough acts, because the change-of-command ceremony already had been… Continue Reading AFA change of command sends fresh message

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It might be a good thing if I were as bad at forecasting disasters as at predicting election results. Only two of my six picks in this year’s City Council election races managed to get elected, but unfortunately I’m batting a thousand on Flood and Fire (no predictions yet regarding the other two horsemen, Famine… Continue Reading Surely the region grasps stormwater message now

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Drake panel still looks at possible closure

The Drake task force is about one-third of the way through its process of studying the future of the city-owned, coal-fired power plant, and it is conducting a public hearing tonight  to keep people informed of what’s at stake. “We’ve met twice, and we’ve hired a consultant to examine the scenarios about the plant,” said… Continue Reading Drake panel still looks at possible closure

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City auditor: Utilities’ hedging policy cost millions

A program designed to protect ratepayers from volatility in the natural gas market provided less savings than originally thought, due largely to the economic downturn and discovery of new reservoirs of the fuel. A city audit of the natural gas hedging program by Colorado Springs Utilities found that the municipal utility could have saved $208.3… Continue Reading City auditor: Utilities’ hedging policy cost millions

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Colorado Springs made the top ten list for  metro areas in the nation with the highest tech startup density,  according to nonprofit policy foundation Engine and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Springs placed ninth, behind San Francisco, San Jose and Boulder, which placed first on the list. The report used data from the Business Dynamics… Continue Reading Colorado Springs makes top-ten tech list

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State legislators to hold transportation meeting

State lawmakers will be in Colorado Springs early next week to hear about transportation issues from local residents. The Transportation Legislation Review Committee, made of 18 lawmakers, will be in town from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20,  at the Gallogly Events Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. During the past 10 years,… Continue Reading State legislators to hold transportation meeting

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The Community Health Partnership received a grant for $22,500 from Kaiser Permanente to support the Coordinated Access to Community Health program. CATCH is a program for low-income residents that provides referrals for primary care, speciality consultations and ancillary services like x-rays and laboratory tests. Doctors donate services to patients and a prescription drug program is… Continue Reading CHP receives grant for medical care for low-income residents

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has declared a disaster emergency for El Paso County due to flooding in Manitou Springs. The declaration will make resources available to remove debris from the flood and provide emergency protective services to the mountain town. The governor authorized $400,000 transferred into the disaster emergency fund and the Colorado Office of Emergency… Continue Reading Governor declares disaster emergency in El Paso County

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Space Command cuts Space Fence, ends local contract

Sequestration has caused the Air Force Space Command to cut the Space Fence completely – saving $14 million annually, but costing a Springs company a lucrative government contract. The Space Fence – a surveillance system designed to detect smaller space debris and other missiles – will be discontinued at the start of the fiscal year.… Continue Reading Space Command cuts Space Fence, ends local contract

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Quick: What’s the best economic news for Colorado Springs in the past month or two? Let’s see, Quantum announced it would cut 170 of the 305 jobs from its manufacturing operation here, but that’s better than a total shutdown. No? OK, the state economic development commission will consider Colorado Springs’ application for sales-tax rebates to… Continue Reading Time has come for new faces and personalities

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