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Water: When will we need more?

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Water: When will we need more?

Our water and SDS: Second of a three-part series Next: Bargain or boondoggle? Is Southern Delivery System the future of the city or a needless extravagance? How much water will we need from SDS in 2016? In 2040? In 2013, city residents used 78,067 acre-feet of water, 3,000 acre-feet less than in 1986. Is such… Continue Reading Water: When will we need more?

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Judging from the emails piling up in my inbox, the two worst people in Colorado are U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who will oppose each other in the Senate race this November as Udall seeks a second term. Did you know that “Shutdown Cory” single-handedly engineered the Tea Party shutdown of… Continue Reading It’s election year, and the craziness already has begun

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As I was biking past the new Garden of the Gods Gourmet location at 26th Street and U.S. Highway 24 on Sunday morning, a beautifully restored 1960 Thunderbird emerged from the parking lot and stopped abruptly. I slowed down, intending to say “nice ride!” to the car’s proud owner, when I heard the starter motor… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Drake discussion will have to change now

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SDS: It’s a long story

In the late 1980s, water managers at Colorado Springs Utilities still hoped to build a major water diversion structure that would have taken water from the Holy Cross Wilderness Area south of Vail and eventually transported it to Colorado Springs and Aurora. That effort, more than a decade in planning, had been delayed by Eagle… Continue Reading SDS: It’s a long story

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At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Utilities CEO Jerry Forte had bad news and good news about the fire Monday that severely damaged and shut down the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant. The good news: The fire was largely confined to the southern wing of the building, which houses Unit 5, a 51-megawatt generator that… Continue Reading Forte says Drake shutdown might last a while

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Drake Plant’s near-disaster

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Drake Plant’s near-disaster

Chief says Drake fire could have been worse Colorado Springs Fire Chief Chris Riley did not mince words in describing what could have been. Riley, recapping the fire department’s quick and massive response to the serious fire Monday at Martin Drake Power Plant, praised what he called the quick and courageous response of firefighters on… Continue Reading Drake Plant’s near-disaster

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Update: Fire at Drake Power Plant causes plant shutdown

At 9:40 PM Monday morning a serious fire broke out in the downtown Drake Power Plant, sending plumes of black smoke hundreds of feet in the air above the plant. Observers described flames shooting out of the southeastern part of the Drake complex. The fire was contained at 11:45 a.m., said Kurt Dennison, spokesman for… Continue Reading Update: Fire at Drake Power Plant causes plant shutdown

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One death is a tragedy — a million deaths is a statistic.” That epigram, often attributed to Joseph Stalin, neatly sums up two characteristics of our species: sentimentality and innumeracy. We don’t like to think about large numbers, big data or inexorable fate. We’d much rather focus on our own lives, the lives of those… Continue Reading Here’s a comparison to warm up your mind

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Council watches as powers erode

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Since 1991, Colorado Springs residents have often voted to limit the powers of City Council. In that year, city voters instituted the local Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) charter amendment that forbade Council from raising taxes without voter approval and limited annual city revenue growth. A companion measure phased out a half-cent capital improvements tax… Continue Reading Council watches as powers erode

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Four bills under consideration by the state Senate are somewhat misleadingly called the “telecommunications modernization legislative package.” According to the folks pushing HB 1328-133, they will “protect consumers, deliver the benefits of competition, protect 911, create a broadband fund and establish a streamlined process for private investment.” The state House already passed the package by… Continue Reading Beware of four bills sailing through Capitol

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