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Denver cultural district: possible role model?

In November 1988, voters in the six-county Denver Metro Area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson) were asked to approve a 1/10 of a cent sales tax for something called the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. The district’s purpose: “to distribute funds for the support of cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten… Continue Reading Denver cultural district: possible role model?

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The time has come to ask some difficult and uncomfortable questions about Keith King. The City Council meeting of Tuesday, July 22, was a particularly sad and dispiriting spectacle, magnifying questions about King’s leadership as Council president. King allows — even encourages — Councilors Joel Miller and Don Knight to make lengthy political speeches from… Continue Reading King: Inevitable conclusion tells us it’s time to go

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VA facility could lead to cemetery battle

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VA facility could lead to cemetery battle

Woody Allen once remarked, “Death should not be seen as the end, but as a very effective way to cut down expenses.” That may be true of individuals, but not of the Veterans Administration. The VA operates 131 national cemeteries, at an annual cost of approximately $500 million. Operating, maintaining, upgrading and expanding the cemetery… Continue Reading VA facility could lead to cemetery battle

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Fees, battles threatening  stormwater

Tuesday was a long and contentious day for El Paso County commissioners, for five members of the Colorado Springs City Council, and especially for the weary members of the Stormwater Task Force. And it ended in uncertainty, with city and county leaders opposing Mayor Steve Bach’s ideas for governance of a stormwater authority. Unless they… Continue Reading Fees, battles threatening stormwater

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Failed dreams help define city’s past

As stolid and unimaginative as our little city sometimes seems, it has had its share of dreamers and schemers, folks who weren’t afraid to reach for the brass ring. Some of their dreams came true — but many others didn’t. Colorado Springs didn’t host the Winter Olympics in 1956 or 1960. No railroad tunnel was… Continue Reading Failed dreams help define city’s past

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It looks as if residents of El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain and Green Mountain Falls will have the opportunity of voting to tax themselves (I mean, “fee” themselves) to fund regional stormwater needs. Colorado Springs City Council obligingly approved the proposed intergovernmental agreement earlier this week, and other jurisdictions are expected to… Continue Reading Stormwater leaders gear up for ballot campaign

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Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

The Colorado Springs City Council (in its dual capacity as the Utility Board) met Wednesday and ignored Xcel Energy’s June 28 offer to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with Xcel subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value proposition that would… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

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Olympic Museum organizers wrap up USOC deal

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The U.S. Olympic Museum’s organizers announced Thursday that they have inked a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee for their project to be, in name and in fact, the official U.S. Olympic Museum. Here’s the press release: The United States Olympic Museum announced today that it has signed a 30-year agreement with the United States… Continue Reading Olympic Museum organizers wrap up USOC deal

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Two years ago, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that slashed that state’s top income tax rate by 24 percent and made smaller reductions for low-income filers. As the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities pointed out, the measure “fully exempted business profits that are ‘passed through’ from the firm to individual owners. No… Continue Reading Kansas offers tough lesson in tax-cut consequences

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Dreaming of a downtown five-plex

Small developers find different obstacles every step of the way What’s the key to downtown development? Is it City for Champions, tearing down the Martin Drake Power Plant, or is it something else? We don’t know. But regardless of your position on C4C or Drake, you likely agree with downtown boosters that more residential development… Continue Reading Dreaming of a downtown five-plex

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