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Water: Time to worry

In December 2013, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave a little-noticed speech to the Colorado River Water Users Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas. Given that Colorado Springs gets 70 percent of its water from the Colorado River, it’s no surprise that senior officials of Colorado Springs Utilities were in attendance. Wayne Vanderschuere, general manager of… Continue Reading Water: Time to worry

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For journalists, Colorado Springs has traditionally been a target-rich environment. Ours is an argumentative, contentious and perpetually dissatisfied community — there’s always something going on. Sadly, for those of us who thrive on dissonance, dissension and dysfunction, 2015 promises to be less interesting than 2014. • City elections: We’ll have at least four serious candidates… Continue Reading New year might be brighter, less crazy

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Colorado Springs — are we the world capital of self-flagellation? Sometimes it seems that way as civic leaders trot off to cool cities like Austin, Portland, Oklahoma City and Papeete (they wish!) to gawk enviously at their betters. We in the media love to join the chorus. Woe is us, we write! Unlike (fill in… Continue Reading Think we have troubles? Check Seattle

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Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Water’s limitations about to haunt us

‘People love Colorado. Our population ballooned from 1 million in 1930, to over 5 million today, and is projected to grow even faster in the future. So how do we ensure that this population growth doesn’t change what we know and love about our state? When it comes to our water, this plan has answers.”… Continue Reading Water’s limitations about to haunt us

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Bagley chosen for Springs Council seat

At a special meeting Monday evening, Colorado Springs City Council appointed Air Force retiree and Air Force Academy graduate Larry Bagley to serve as District 2 Councilmember until April 7. Bagley, 71, will replace former Councilman Joel Miller, who resigned in order to run for Colorado Springs Mayor. The Council chose Bagley from 10 applicants for the… Continue Reading Bagley chosen for Springs Council seat

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Those of us who attended Tuesday’s City Council meeting, or watched it on TV, learned one thing: Council is mad, mad, mad! In fact, they’re MAD  AS  HELL, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Who are they mad at? Our honorable Mayor Steve Bach, whom they characterize as contemptuous, dismissive and unyielding when… Continue Reading Council-Bach feud spirals down to new depths

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Area’s best work: Choices by the decades

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Area’s best work: Choices by the decades

Colorado Springs was founded in 1871, 12 years after its western neighbor, Colorado City. The first buildings here were log cabins and thrown-together structures described in a contemporary account as “miserable shacks.” They soon were replaced by substantial creations in wood, brick and stone as cities arose on the once-pristine lands at the base of… Continue Reading Area’s best work: Choices by the decades

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Bach indicates he won’t run

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will announce whether he intends to run for a second term as mayor within a few days. Will he or won’t he? All indications are that he won’t. He’s privately told a few friends that he won’t run, and senior administration officials are already speaking of their time in office… Continue Reading Bach indicates he won’t run

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