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Words of advice for Council candidates

During my brief career in politics, I ran for office on four separate occasions. In 1989, I ran for the District 20 school board and lost. Two years later, I ran for an at-large City Council seat and barely made it, taking the fourth and final position by a few hundred votes. Four years later,… Continue Reading Words of advice for Council candidates

City Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider reached the end of the political trail Tuesday afternoon when they sat through their last, mercifully brief Council meeting. Term limits forced Martin to leave the dais, while Snider declined to run for a second term, choosing to run ultra marathons instead. Martin and Snider will be missed.… Continue Reading Council era ends as Martin, Snider bid farewell

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NORAD bolsters Cheyenne Mountain for added protection

Adm. William Gortney, commander of the U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, announced that certain significant communications assets are being moved into Cheyenne Mountain in order to protect them from electromagnetic pulse attacks. “There is a lot of movement to put capability into Cheyenne Mountain and to be able to communicate in there,” Gortney said during a… Continue Reading NORAD bolsters Cheyenne Mountain for added protection

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John Suthers might not have needed it in the race to determine Colorado Springs’ next mayor, but he definitely found himself riding a new wave in local politics. Thanks to a surprising late surge, 88,966 voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s municipal election, 1,592 fewer than those who voted four years earlier. But voter turnout, as… Continue Reading Suthers leads right swing in municipal election

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You can always count upon Colorado Springs voters to be thoughtful yet unpredictable, eccentric but somehow centered, antic yet logical. What did we find out when City Clerk Sarah Johnson delivered preliminary city election results Tuesday evening? Quite a lot, actually — so here are the answers to a few questions. • Can a united… Continue Reading Springs voters follow usual pattern

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Election day arrives; early look at probable outcomes

In a few hours, sometime after 7 p.m. tonight, April 7, we’ll know the 2015 city election outcomes – but there’s still time to speculate about the results. In the spirit of forecasting the Academy Awards, here are a few questions that only the voters can answer. Will there be a mayoral runoff election? Yes.… Continue Reading Election day arrives; early look at probable outcomes

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Try as you will, you won’t find a single mayor/council candidate in this election who’s business-unfriendly. They’re all reading from the same script: more jobs, more manufacturers, more young professionals, more entrepreneurs and mo’ money. And they’re all against the same things: flood, fire, potholes, high utility bills and … did I mention potholes? They’re… Continue Reading Looking for the city’s nastiest candidates

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Neumann deal dogs Drake

In February 2008, The Gazette reported a possible technological breakthrough by a local company, Neumann Systems Group, that seemed to have limitless potential. According to the firm’s president Dave Neumann, the company’s proprietary technology could be used to remove both carbon dioxide and sulfur oxides from coal-fired power plant emissions. Moreover, he noted, the potential… Continue Reading Neumann deal dogs Drake

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AngloGold Ashanti puts CC&V mine on the block

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AngloGold Ashanti puts CC&V mine on the block

AngloGold Ashanti today confirmed that it has initiated a plan to identify a joint venture partner or buyer of its Cripple Creek & Victor (CC&V) mine. “As we have mentioned since the latter part of 2014, we will work actively to reduce our net debt levels over the next two to three years to provide… Continue Reading AngloGold Ashanti puts CC&V mine on the block

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Drake: What’s the true cost?

“To understand where you’re going, it helps to understand where you’ve been.” That hoary cliché is particularly applicable when seeking to understand why Colorado Springs Utilities clings to the Martin Drake downtown coal-fired power plant. Exasperated Drake opponents have argued that the plant’s three generating units are old (dating from the 1960s and 1970s), accident-prone… Continue Reading Drake: What’s the true cost?

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