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AngloGold Ashanti puts CC&V mine on the block

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

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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Here’s a profoundly irritating campaign trope, to which most of our council/mayor candidates seem to subscribe: “Governments don’t create jobs — companies, entrepreneurs and people create jobs. The role of government is to remove obstacles to business and stick to the basics — public safety, infrastructure and parks!” That sounds great on the campaign trail,… Continue Reading Yes, government should help create jobs

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Is Colorado Springs finally emerging from its long economic funk? Are we at last moving forward into the broad, sunlit uplands that Winston Churchill believed awaited England once Nazi Germany was vanquished? It took England decades to shake off the wounds of war, shed its colonial empire, restructure social and political institutions and build a… Continue Reading Growth, progress have their down sides

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There were few surprises at Thursday night’s mayoral goat rope at UCCS, skillfully emceed by KKTV’s Don Ward and featuring the usual assortment of questions from a media panel, community leaders, UCCS students and Gazette readers. At this point in the campaign, the candidates have responded to every likely question dozens of times, and have… Continue Reading UCCS election forum: Observations and reflections

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Ads influence the world of media consumers

Can you have newspapers or magazines without advertising? Every editor longs for such a perfect world, one shielded from the clamorous demands of commerce. Imagine: no powerful advertisers who might pull their ads if displeased by an editorial, no imperious publishers who drive revenue by cutting newsroom staff, no fighting to get your great investigative… Continue Reading Ads influence the world of media consumers

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Bach looks back

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Bach looks back

In June 2011, Steve Bach took office as the city’s first strong mayor, promising to transform city government, revitalize the local economy and run a lean, efficient, business-friendly administration. Those tasks would have challenged the most experienced politician, yet Bach had never served as an elected official. His decades of business experience had familiarized him… Continue Reading Bach looks back

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Twelve of the 13 at-large candidates for City Council were seated uncomfortably Tuesday evening behind tables that arced across the stage at Stargazers. There they would sit for the next two hours, giving bite-sized replies to complex questions (“you will each have 30 seconds to answer”). It was Westminster for local politics, the biennial City… Continue Reading Candidates differ, despite common backing

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Springs shorted by Historical Fund

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Springs shorted by Historical Fund

The Colorado State Historical Fund, established by the 1990 constitutional amendment that legalized gambling in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek, mandates that a portion of gaming tax revenue goes to fund historic preservation projects throughout the state. Since being established in 1991, the fund has disbursed approximately $266 million to thousands of historic… Continue Reading Springs shorted by Historical Fund

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Nearly one month from now, on April 7, the City Clerk’s office will receive the final ballots in the 2015 Colorado Springs municipal election, and we’ll learn the outcomes as city voters choose a new mayor (unless a runoff is required), three at-large members and one district representative for City Council, plus District 5 deciding… Continue Reading City could be headed for calmer times

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