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Investor-owned utility Xcel Energy has proposed that Colorado Springs Utilities enter into a non-disclosure with Xcel subsidiary Public Service of Colorado “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value proposition that would provide for PSCo’s acquisition of and assumption of operations for CSU’s generation fleet.” The “fleet”… Continue Reading Xcel Energy interested in buying, operating Utilities’ power generation

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Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

The ongoing debate over the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant has been almost exclusively locally focused. Proponents and opponents alike have examined local costs, local health impacts and Drake’s impact on the local economy. But Colorado Springs isn’t an island, and it may be that a newly unfolding national energy narrative will make the positions… Continue Reading Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

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Urban renewal! It’s what we all want, isn’t it? Imagine new structures replacing blighted areas of southwest downtown, a gleaming new city arising from the abandoned buildings, potholed streets, cracked sidewalks and decaying warehouses of downtown’s forgotten zone. Aren’t you glad that the city, the state, the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority and downtown property… Continue Reading Tejon’s energy shows how downtown can develop

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What can we do about income inequality? In a long piece in Politico, billionaire venture capitalist Tom Hanauer supports nearly doubling the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. Hanauer is seriously rich. He was the first non-family member to invest in Jeff Bezos’ tiny little online bookstore, and also founded an Internet marketing company… Continue Reading Want to be a congressional intern? Open your checkbook

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Hazlehurst: We need to be more business-friendly

Mayor Steve Bach’s oft-stated goal is to make Colorado Springs the most business-friendly city in America.  Wait a minute! Aren’t we already business-friendly? And if we aren’t, let’s just get rid of the rules and regulations that inhibit business. That’s not as easy as it seems. City ordinances, and the regulatory practices that result from… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: We need to be more business-friendly

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Taking an action at its Tuesday regular meeting that may benefit many small businesses in Colorado Springs, City Council voted to eliminate almost all business licensing fees, thereby foregoing nearly $400,000 in annual revenue. Businesses ranging from concrete contractors to operators of “circuses and menageries” must still apply for city licensure, but there will be… Continue Reading Council votes to end business licensing fees, but Bach may veto

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Like Rodney Dangerfield, Colorado Springs architects get no respect. It must be galling to be shut out, to see the most nationally significant regional architectural commission since the Air Force Academy go to an out-of-town firm. Earlier this week, we learned that the U.S. Olympic Museum organizers had chosen Colorado Springs-based contractor GE Johnson Construction… Continue Reading Museum organizers should be going all-local

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Suzi Bach endorses a Dem

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Suzi Bach endorses a Dem

Democrat Jariah Walker, who will oppose incumbent Republican County Commissioner Peggy Littleton in the race for District 5 released an updated list of supporters yesterday. One stood out: Suzi Bach, identified only as the “president, Ramsgate Management Services.” Does this mean that Mr. Bach, aka Mayor Steve Bach, is about to jump on the Democratic… Continue Reading Suzi Bach endorses a Dem

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Roads: Too many, too bad, perhaps too late?

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Roads: Too many, too bad, perhaps too late?

On the highway to hell Highway to hell I’m on the highway to hell And I’m goin’ down All the way  —AC/DC, 1980 Too bad AC/DC lead vocalist Bon Scott is no longer with us. Were we so blessed, he might confirm that the Highway to Hell could be any of a hundred major arterials… Continue Reading Roads: Too many, too bad, perhaps too late?

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King: No city-referred measures in November

It looks as if Colorado Springs City Council won’t refer any charter amendments to city voters this fall. Here’s the text of an email from Council President Keith King to his colleagues (in italics). Council Members: We just finished the agenda planning session for Monday and Tuesday. There are two issues that I want to… Continue Reading King: No city-referred measures in November

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