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Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

It’s never easy for elected officials in Colorado Springs to give employees a raise, especially when the employees in question are senior executives. That’s particularly true in today’s local economic environment, where unemployment remains high, underemployment is common, and many residents find themselves with depleted savings and diminished paychecks. City Council refused by a 5-4… Continue Reading Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

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Mayor Steve Bach offered City Council  an unexpected olive branch Wednesday when he appointed Wynetta Massey as city attorney and named Dan Gallagher aviation director for the Colorado Springs Airport. Both Gallagher and Massey had been serving as interim appointees. Mayor Bach has frequently declined to forward the names of interim appointees to Council to… Continue Reading Mayor’s appointments might ease city tension

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Red Noland changes hands

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Mike Jorgensen and Thom Buckley announced Monday afternoon they have acquired all stock in the Red Noland Automotive Group. The company owns and operates multiple Colorado Springs dealerships, including Cadillac, Infiniti, Jaguar and Land Rover. In a separate transaction, Jorgenson and Buckley also acquired the company’s buildings and real estate, including a collision center and… Continue Reading Red Noland changes hands

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Monday’s City Council work session, scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, didn’t get underway until 2:22. It wasn’t because Councilors were shirking their duty – they were there, meeting behind closed doors in “executive session,” considering an undisclosed legal matter. It seemed obvious that they were discussing the city’s strategy regarding the Public Employees’ Retirement… Continue Reading Nobody will talk about city’s PERA appeal

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It’s never easy for elected officials in Colorado Springs to give employees a raise, especially when the employees in question are senior executives. That’s particularly true in today’s local economic environment, where unemployment remains high, underemployment is common, and many residents find themselves with depleted savings and diminished paychecks. City Council refused by a 5-4… Continue Reading Council says no to raise for Utilities’ Forte

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Historic firearms? Try Pioneers Museum

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Historic firearms? Try Pioneers Museum

It’s easy to get the impression that most gun owners are angry, middle-aged men who thrive on the doomsday rhetoric of some gun manufacturers. In fact, many Americans own firearms for reasons that have little or nothing to do with self-defense. Far from focusing on home invasions or the tyranny of the federal government, they’re… Continue Reading Historic firearms? Try Pioneers Museum

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City, others could reshape Banning Lewis

Nearly nine decades ago, the Banning Lewis Ranch was created in the late 1920s, when heiress Ruth Banning and her husband Raymond “Pink” Lewis assembled more than 30,000 acres of land east of Colorado Springs. Ruth Banning raised prize Herefords on the property, and she was an exceptionally careful steward of the land. In 1948,… Continue Reading City, others could reshape Banning Lewis

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Election brings new torrent of themes, extremes

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It’s too bad that we can’t give politicians a mandatory timeout. We could brighten the dreary stretch of time between November and April by forbidding campaign activity of all kind — no speeches, no fundraising, no self-serving press releases, no “town hall” meetings, no partisan attacks. Alas, such is not the case. While most of… Continue Reading Election brings new torrent of themes, extremes

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Before a packed house at the Regional Business Development Center Tuesday afternoon, Stephannie Finley skillfully led the first in a series of monthly meetings to “review and update” the City for Champions proposal. The first hour of the meeting was predictably dull, as backers of each of the four projects took their turns at the… Continue Reading First C4C update draws ire, applause

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As this version of the Colorado Springs City Council approaches its one-year anniversary, it may be time for a quick performance assessment. It should be simple enough. At the mischievous suggestion of a prominent local businessman, we’ll use metrics generally accepted in the corporate world — those that the Council majority cited as they quizzed… Continue Reading Council – time for an early ROI assessment

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