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Time to vote on Utilities governance

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Bring together almost any group of prominent community leaders these days, and inevitably the subject turns to Colorado Springs Utilities — in particular, the future of Martin Drake Power Plant. On one extreme, there are the environmentalists, who are more determined to force the issue of closure after the May 5 fire that temporarily shut… Continue Reading Time to vote on Utilities governance

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Bach puts needs ahead of jobs

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Our preview to Mayor Steve Bach’s fourth State of the City speech identified jobs as one of the primary subjects he would likely address in his comments, and that turned out to be true — to absolutely nobody’s surprise. But in Bach’s 30-minute presentation, notably more realistic and less boastful than his previous such speeches,… Continue Reading Bach puts needs ahead of jobs

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CSBJ shares in sponsoring Lamborn-Rayburn debate

In an unprecedented media alliance, the Colorado Springs Business Journal, The Gazette and the Colorado Springs Independent are combining to host the first in a series of political debates during this election year, with incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn debating Republican challenger Ret. Gen. Bentley Rayburn at 6 p.m. Monday, June 16 at Centennial Hall,… Continue Reading CSBJ shares in sponsoring Lamborn-Rayburn debate

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Editorial: One option for Sheriff Maketa

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There is plenty of accountability to go around in the scandal that Sheriff Terry Maketa has brought upon himself, misusing his power for at least half of his 12 years in office, creating an environment in his operation that now could cost taxpayers millions in legal bills and settlements. We also should have a consensus… Continue Reading Editorial: One option for Sheriff Maketa

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Grading the state Legislature

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Now that the dust has settled on the Colorado Legislature’s 2014 session, it’s time for a quick evaluation of how well the state lawmakers treated business this year. We won’t get into politics except to note that Republicans and Democrats seemed to come away satisfied. And the two parties also felt like the opposite side… Continue Reading Grading the state Legislature

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Editorial: Where to find help for Drake

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Little did anyone realize how quickly the ground could shift underneath Colorado Springs Utilities as the result of a single unexpected mishap. But that’s exactly where we are now with the temporary forced closure of Martin Drake Power Plant after the near-catastrophic fire of May 5. Make no mistake, that fire qualifies as yet another… Continue Reading Editorial: Where to find help for Drake

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Opinion: Harwood hopes to lead revival

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Last week, nearly 200 people from across the local business, government and nonprofit ranks gathered at the Pinery at the Hill to hear a pep talk from Rich Harwood, arguably the nation’s leading crusader for community action. Pikes Peak United Way, trying in various ways to engage residents throughout Colorado Springs, brought Harwood here in… Continue Reading Opinion: Harwood hopes to lead revival

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Applause for Gruen’s I-25 work

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In case some of you missed it, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments recently approved new plans and shuffled funding for a $95 million project to rebuild the Interstate 25 interchange at Cimarron Street / U.S. Highway 24. The construction will take shape quickly in the form of a design-build timetable that will hasten… Continue Reading Applause for Gruen’s I-25 work

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Defending the individual voter

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You won’t find endorsements for political candidates in the Colorado Springs Business Journal. That’s simply not how we operate. We’ve been asked and encouraged to support certain individuals, but we make no exceptions. We might take a stand on ballot issues that affect the community as a whole, and obviously the local business scene, but not… Continue Reading Defending the individual voter

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Staying focused on two zones

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Listen to leaders talk about the keys to revitalizing Colorado Springs, and you’ll hear several recurring responses. Mayor Steve Bach talked about three specific “drivers” this week at his monthly briefing. One is the airport’s commercial zone, being cultivated to appeal to possible manufacturing companies. Next is the future evolution surrounding University of Colorado Health… Continue Reading Staying focused on two zones

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