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New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

In a telling display of futility, City Council refused Tuesday to put Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed $160 million infrastructure bond issue on the April 7 city election ballot. After a parade of city department heads and concerned citizens came forward to emphasize the gravity of the city’s capital improvement, stormwater, public safety, road maintenance and… Continue Reading New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

Mayoral candidate Mary Lou Makepeace launched the first in a series of “round table” discussions Tuesday morning at the Loft at Sonterra Grill, a downtown meeting venue on Tejon Street, with an hour-long event focused exclusively on city infrastructure. Several dozen Colorado Springs residents were in attendance, while others followed the event on Twitter or… Continue Reading City infrastructure tops agenda at forum

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Downtown’s Blue Dot Place apartment complex is, according to developer Darsey Nicklasson, on schedule for completion this fall. It has been a process that has led to some interesting design changes, as Nicklasson and business partner Kathy Loo respond to feedback from potential tenants and apply cost-benefit analyses to other construction options that also appeal… Continue Reading Blue Dot priorities embrace quality of life

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Snider won’t run for re-election

Val Snider announced Friday morning on Facebook that he will not run for a second term on City Council. Here’s his post: 2015 CITY COUNCIL ELECTION CAMPAIGN RAMPS UP……FOR SOME After much thought and personal reflection I have decided I’d like to take my life in a new direction, other than running for another 4 years on… Continue Reading Snider won’t run for re-election

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CMAS? TCAP? PARCC? If you’re a parent, a student or a teacher, you know exactly what those abbreviations mean — standardized tests. Thanks to the allure of federal grants, and the antics of busybodies in the Colorado Legislature, the words of Bob Dylan’s iconic song could be altered from “everybody must get stoned” to “every… Continue Reading Standardized test fatigue hits K-12 level

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Let the water wars begin

“From 1950 through 2013, water use in the Colorado Springs area increased from about 11,000 ac-ft/yr to a 5-year average of approximately 82,000 ac-ft/yr. This is a 750 percent increase; over the same time population increased 960 percent.” — Colorado Springs Utilities, Integrated Water Resource Plan What will the city’s population be 73 years hence,… Continue Reading Let the water wars begin

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As those of us who have covered City Council meetings in the past couple of years know only too well, former Councilor Joel Miller is remarkably prolix. Unlike his laconic colleague Helen Collins, Miller frequently spoke from the dais, going on … and on  … and on. On one occasion, he harangued his captive audience… Continue Reading The world according to candidate Joel Miller

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Perry Sanders to buy Cygnet building

Colorado Springs businessman Perry Sanders confirmed that he will acquire Cygnet Building Holdings LLC. The sale is expected to close in the very near future, pending the resolution of certain legal problems associated with past ownership. The company’s principal asset is the five-story building at 31 North Tejon St., which houses The Famous Steak House and… Continue Reading Perry Sanders to buy Cygnet building

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Anschutz’s impact spreads at Broadmoor

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Anschutz’s impact spreads at Broadmoor

When Philip Anschutz first came to town a few years ago, a prominent local businessman asked him a simple question. “Mr. Anschutz,” he asked deferentially, “do you look upon Colorado Springs as an undervalued asset?” “Absolutely!” replied our city’s sometimes-resident billionaire. Since then Anschutz has acquired, renovated and expanded The Broadmoor, acquired The Gazette and… Continue Reading Anschutz’s impact spreads at Broadmoor

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Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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Two decades ago, the daily paper then still known as the Gazette-Telegraph launched a “community-wide discussion about the future of Colorado Springs,” featuring “a series of essays by people in our community.” Cheryl Gillaspie and I contributed the first two essays, which were published May 10, 1995. We had both been re-elected to City Council… Continue Reading Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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