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Stormwater effort takes hold

The Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority (PPRDA), aka the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Authority, aka the Pikes Peak Regional Flood Control Authority is, like the summer floods that it seeks to mitigate, building momentum. At Monday’s City Council work session, Councilors considered and commented on a proposed intergovernmental agreement establishing the PPRDA. The draft agreement… Continue Reading Stormwater effort takes hold

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Say what you want about Mayor Steve Bach, but he can sure fill a room! More than 600 members of the Colorado Springs business/government/nonprofit community gathered Thursday at the Broadmoor International Center for the Mayor’s “State of the City” speech. As befits one of the region’s most notable power lunches, it was a networkers’ dream… Continue Reading Bach talks about challenges, need for action in State of the City

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Hazlehurst: Summit House plans move ahead; what’s next?

Ever since the city budget quietly allocated $1.5 million for “planning and design work” on a proposed new Pikes Peak Summit House, nothing much has happened — or so it seemed. In fact, it appears that the ice on the summit is beginning to melt (literally and figuratively!) and that the long-dreamed-of replacement to the… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Summit House plans move ahead; what’s next?

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Hazlehurst: Banning Lewis Ranch under contract

Nor’wood’s press release (see below) announcing its pending acquisition of the Banning Lewis Ranch was, shall we say, interestingly uninformative. It’s full of tantalizing tidbits, of amiable bullet points intended to please community leaders, environmentalists and conservationists. Are they serious, or is this just another mega-subdivision deal, another step in the continuing de-urbanization of Colorado… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Banning Lewis Ranch under contract

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These artists stand out among region’s best

Who are the best visual artists in the Pikes Peak region? That’s an impossible question, given that there are at any time thousands of artists creating work at the foot of Pikes Peak. So let’s sharpen the focus and establish some objective criteria. • Sustained quality of work. Successful artists nurture and expand their talent,… Continue Reading These artists stand out among region’s best

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Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

Those of us unfortunate enough to report on politics are used to hysteria. If, for example, it became publicly known that your boss was foolin’ around with his female subordinates, it would be unfortunate for those involved and their families, but hardly a matter of countywide concern. But Sheriff Terry Maketa? Given the indignantly expressed… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: EPA the wrong target in city’s Drake saga

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Here’s a recent email to longtime environmental activist Lee Milner from George Luke, Colorado Springs Utilities’ interim chief energy services officer: “This is in response to your recent question in regard to the ability to use insurance proceeds from the Drake 5 fire to fund DSM or renewables in lieu of repairing or replacing Drake… Continue Reading Drake damage apparently not as bad as feared

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Hazlehurst: Maketa’s abuse of power exposes systemic problem

Terry Maketa hits the spot Three girlfriends, that’s a lot Naked selfie and a tax hike too Terry Maketa is the sheriff for you! As County Commissioner Darryl Glenn accurately noted, Sheriff Terry Maketa’s multiple improprieties in office were “the worst-kept secrets in town.” Four years ago, Pam Zubeck of the Colorado Springs Independent detailed… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Maketa’s abuse of power exposes systemic problem

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On May 15, the nine members of the Colorado Springs Planning Commission gathered at City Hall for their monthly meeting. For the old hands among them, the agenda seemed ominous, as did the crowded room. Items 6a-6c were particularly threatening. Innocuously titled “The Farm,” the three items had little to do with farming, and a… Continue Reading Perhaps the time has arrived to question sprawl

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SDS: There is no Plan B

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SDS: There is no Plan B

Our water and SDS: Last of a three-part series Few companies have long-term horizons. Managers and shareholders alike understand that they live in a world of creative destruction, described 72 years ago by Joseph Schumpeter as the “process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating… Continue Reading SDS: There is no Plan B

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