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Election night party news

Election night party news

Want to go top an election night party, have a glass of wine, munch some light appetizers and schmooze with your favorite Republicans/Democrats? The Republicans will be whooping it up on Nov. 4 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Stargazers, while the Dems will open the doors of the Gold Room (just south of the Mining… Continue Reading Election night party news

The politics of being Beauprez, Hickenlooper

Early spring, 2003. Newly elected Congressman Bob Beauprez was the guest of honor at a business-sponsored event in Aurora. Another familiar figure was present, a sandy-haired political newcomer who soon would become mayor of Denver. “I’m here to talk to Congressman Beauprez,” said John Hickenlooper. “If I’m elected, he’ll be one of the folks I’ll… Continue Reading The politics of being Beauprez, Hickenlooper

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County retrieves set of 1930s murals

Thanks to a remarkable partnership between El Paso County and the Denver Public School System, nine 1930s murals are being installed in Centennial Hall. The murals depict familiar characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Boy Blue. They were executed by… Continue Reading County retrieves set of 1930s murals

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While I was driving across the Colorado Avenue bridge into downtown the other day, a billboard caught my eye. “Less Government, More Freedom,” it proclaimed, touting the candidacy of a local political hopeful. That’s a common campaign theme for Republicans and Libertarians. It sounds plausible — who among us hasn’t railed at the inefficiencies, incompetence… Continue Reading Consider this: More government, more freedom

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Some downtown icons still stand

Do commercial buildings learn? If they want to avoid the wrecker’s ball, they’d better be like enduring businesses — carefully conceived, solidly built, well located and open to change. Just as businesses that fail to evolve fall by the wayside, so do aging buildings that can’t be profitably reimagined. Can you predict which buildings will… Continue Reading Some downtown icons still stand

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Bankrupt developer Jannie Richardson was jailed Oct. 3, accused of felony theft after persuading a man described as an “elderly, confused business associate” to write “checks on her behalf” totaling at least $970,000. He had previously invested $7 million with Richardson in other business ventures, none of which has been returned. Bond was set at… Continue Reading Richardson held in alleged felony theft

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Local architects don’t get shot at C4C gems

When the concept of City for Champions was first unveiled, its promoters emphasized one thing above all in their initial fact sheet: jobs, jobs and more jobs. “(City for Champions will) provide economic job diversification rather than over-reliance on Department of Defense related jobs (and) help solve a high unemployment rate by creating more than… Continue Reading Local architects don’t get shot at C4C gems

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This’ll make for many hours of interesting reading,” said a cheerful city employee in the print shop, located in the basement of the City Administration Building. “Yeah, right!” I retorted, “I can’t wait to sit down before the fireplace, faithful dogs at my feet, and begin reading.” That said, I plunked down $12 for a… Continue Reading Budget provides textbook on city operations

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Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

After months of dour predictions hinting that the 2015 city budget would incorporate as much as $6 million in cuts, Mayor Steve Bach unveiled his administration’s proposed budget Monday morning at the City Administration Building. There were no visible cuts. The 2015 general fund budget of $259 million is 3 percent higher than the 2014 budget.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

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PERA outcome likely best for Springs

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PERA outcome likely best for Springs

One of the hoariest tenets of economic development has to do with “primary” jobs. Such jobs are prized because they bring new revenue into a regional economy, spurring local demand for goods and services. Increased demand encourages non-primary employers to add workers and expand their facilities, thereby creating more secondary jobs. Colorado Springs boomed in… Continue Reading PERA outcome likely best for Springs

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