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In May 2011, Mike Kazmierski resigned as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation. Kazmierski, a blunt-talking former Army colonel, had been at odds with many of the EDC’s supporters and board members. The Great Recession hadn’t made it any easier to persuade businesses to move to Colorado Springs, and city… Continue Reading Kazmierski hits the economic development jackpot in Reno

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The race for mayor of Colorado Springs definitely is heating up, far ahead of the April 2015 municipal election. El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen formally announced on Labor Day, sending a statement to the media that may presage a major campaign theme. “It is time to unlock the doors of the Mayor’s Office,” Lathen… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates make moves to set up race

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Blue Dot starts a new trend

“Why are we going ahead?” asked Darsey Nicklasson. “Because Colorado Springs needs this.” In a letter explaining their decision to go ahead with their long-planned, 33-unit Blue Dot apartment development on South Nevada Avenue, Nicklasson and partner Kathy Loo made their point in a single sentence. “We will continue to be a very active part… Continue Reading Blue Dot starts a new trend

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Amy Lathen seeks mayor’s seat

In a press release sent out early Monday afternoon, El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen confirmed that she will run for Mayor in April’s municipal election. A formal announcement is expected soon. Lathen, 47, has served six years as the District 2 county commissioner. She has been a key member of the Stormwater Task Force, and… Continue Reading Amy Lathen seeks mayor’s seat

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You’re the mayor of Colorado Springs. You’re exasperated with City Council and the Board of County Commissioners. They’re not paying attention to your frequently expressed concerns about the proposed Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority. You’ve emailed, you’ve written letters, you’ve met individually, you’ve sent lawyers, chiefs of staff, consultants, public works directors, every damned director… Continue Reading Bach’s position sets stage for mayoral race

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Ring the Peak lingers in concept, not reality

Until the early 20th century, Colorado Springs residents enjoyed virtually unfettered access to the forests, fields and lakes of the city’s mountain backdrop. In the early 1870s a trail led up Cheyenne Canyon, through Jones Park, to Seven Lakes and on to the summit of Pikes Peak. Cabins and homesteads dotted the slopes, and one… Continue Reading Ring the Peak lingers in concept, not reality

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Despite City Council’s refusal to waive park development fees for downtown development, Darsey Nicklasson and Kathy Loo have decided to move forward with their projected downtown apartment building, Blue Dot Place. They announced their intentions in an email sent to the City Council and Mayor on Wednesday. The 32-unit building will be located at 418… Continue Reading Apartment plans move forward

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Marijuana: Same claims since the 1800s

Here’s how 19th century snake-oil purveyors advertised a remedy for whatever ails you: “Hasheesh Candy, The Eastern Gunjah of Enchantment, or Oriental Exhilarant and Nervine Compound. A pleasurable and harmless stimulant confectionized for Nervousness, Debility, Confusion of Thoughts, Loss of Appetite, Depression of Spirits, Nervous Headache, Chills and Fever, Impotence, Nervous Debility, Want of Vitality,… Continue Reading Marijuana: Same claims since the 1800s

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No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision.… Continue Reading No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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After nearly four hours of meandering debate, City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to approve the intergovernmental agreement creating the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority. Their action appears to make it certain county commissioners will refer the measure to the November ballot.  It’s not often Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Jan Martin, Val Snider, Keith King, Merv… Continue Reading Mayor bets his future against stormwater

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