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Joel Miller joins mayoral race, resigns Council position

City Councilor Joel Miller announced his resignation from City Council Monday morning, effective at the end of the afternoon Council work session. Concurrently, he announced that he’ll run for mayor in next April’s city election. Miller, who took office 19 months ago, said that multiple frustrations in office contributed to his decision. “The same old… Continue Reading Joel Miller joins mayoral race, resigns Council position

Nor’wood Development Group’s acquisition of the 18,000-acre Banning Lewis Ranch, announced last week, was greeted with cautious optimism by regional open space/conservation advocates. It has been widely assumed that half or more of the total acreage would be set aside as parkland, open space, paleontological reserve with limited public access, and a portion reserved for… Continue Reading Banning Lewis deal might face tough hurdle

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Bach to ask for stormwater vote

Following voter rejection of the proposed Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority on Nov. 4, Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will bring forward a detailed “Financing Plan for High Priority Unfunded CIP” at Monday’s City Council work session. Bach will ask that “that City Council refer an item to the April 2015 Municipal election requesting voter… Continue Reading Bach to ask for stormwater vote

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Lathen announces candidacy for mayor

El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen formally launched her mayoral campaign Monday evening at Qualtek Manufacturing on North Nevada. A crowd of about 150 supporters listened appreciatively as Lathen spoke, frequently interrupting her with applause. She was introduced by Qualtek owners Tom and Mary Fagnant, followed by Rep. Bob Gardner and former Chamber of Commerce… Continue Reading Lathen announces candidacy for mayor

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When Colorado Springs voters go to the polls to elect a new mayor next April — only about 140 days from now — there will be at least three well-qualified candidates to choose from, four if incumbent Mayor Steve Bach chooses to run for a second four-year term. Bach, Amy Lathen, Mary Lou Makepeace, John… Continue Reading Early analysis of the mayoral Final Four field

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City tries to bring back what it had

How does a city replace what it once threw carelessly away? From 1960 to 1980, downtown lost approximately 1,000 residential units. Many buildings that contained them have long since disappeared, as has the downtown culture that supported them. The long process of demolition and change was carefully recorded by local photographers Helen and James McCaffery.… Continue Reading City tries to bring back what it had

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Mary Lou Makepeace knows how to fill a room and give a speech. Those talents were on abundant display Wednesday morning at the packed downtown Gold Room (a Mining Exchange event venue) as Makepeace formally kicked off her mayoral campaign for the April 2015 city election. Makepeace called for “collaboration and unity among our civic… Continue Reading Makepeace makes strong points in campaign kickoff

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Post-election, here’s an agenda for the Legislature looking to 2015

Years ago, state legislator Ken Chlouber gave an eager aspirant to local office some tart words of advice. The candidate had bored Chlouber for 15 minutes as he described his brilliant and innovative plans for his city’s future, until Chlouber finally spoke. “Well, all those plans and ideas are fine,” he said, “but if you… Continue Reading Post-election, here’s an agenda for the Legislature looking to 2015

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Dispirited Democrats! Delighted Republicans! It was 2008 all over again, except this time the winners had an “R” after their names. A few dazed survivors were left to pick through the wreckage Tuesday night, including Michael Merrifield, Pete Lee and then, much later, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who somehow managed to come back from the dead… Continue Reading Pavlovian response prevails in stormwater vote

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It’s always fun to follow the continuing feud between Mayor Steve Bach’s administration and Council President Keith King’s five-person Council majority. King’s latest biblically-tinged letter to Bach, obtained by the Business Journal, starts off on a hopeful note. “City Council is willing…to come together and honor the Isaiah 2 mandate: ‘Turn our swords in plowshares… Continue Reading Back to business: Bach, Council still firing salvos at each other

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