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Perry Sanders to buy Cygnet building

Colorado Springs businessman Perry Sanders confirmed that he will acquire Cygnet Building Holdings LLC. The sale is expected to close in the very near future, pending the resolution of certain legal problems associated with past ownership. The company’s principal asset is the five-story building at 31 North Tejon St., which houses The Famous Steak House and… Continue Reading Perry Sanders to buy Cygnet building

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Anschutz’s impact spreads at Broadmoor

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Anschutz’s impact spreads at Broadmoor

When Philip Anschutz first came to town a few years ago, a prominent local businessman asked him a simple question. “Mr. Anschutz,” he asked deferentially, “do you look upon Colorado Springs as an undervalued asset?” “Absolutely!” replied our city’s sometimes-resident billionaire. Since then Anschutz has acquired, renovated and expanded The Broadmoor, acquired The Gazette and… Continue Reading Anschutz’s impact spreads at Broadmoor

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Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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Two decades ago, the daily paper then still known as the Gazette-Telegraph launched a “community-wide discussion about the future of Colorado Springs,” featuring “a series of essays by people in our community.” Cheryl Gillaspie and I contributed the first two essays, which were published May 10, 1995. We had both been re-elected to City Council… Continue Reading Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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Water: Time to worry

In December 2013, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave a little-noticed speech to the Colorado River Water Users Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas. Given that Colorado Springs gets 70 percent of its water from the Colorado River, it’s no surprise that senior officials of Colorado Springs Utilities were in attendance. Wayne Vanderschuere, general manager of… Continue Reading Water: Time to worry

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For journalists, Colorado Springs has traditionally been a target-rich environment. Ours is an argumentative, contentious and perpetually dissatisfied community — there’s always something going on. Sadly, for those of us who thrive on dissonance, dissension and dysfunction, 2015 promises to be less interesting than 2014. • City elections: We’ll have at least four serious candidates… Continue Reading New year might be brighter, less crazy

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Colorado Springs — are we the world capital of self-flagellation? Sometimes it seems that way as civic leaders trot off to cool cities like Austin, Portland, Oklahoma City and Papeete (they wish!) to gawk enviously at their betters. We in the media love to join the chorus. Woe is us, we write! Unlike (fill in… Continue Reading Think we have troubles? Check Seattle

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Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Water’s limitations about to haunt us

‘People love Colorado. Our population ballooned from 1 million in 1930, to over 5 million today, and is projected to grow even faster in the future. So how do we ensure that this population growth doesn’t change what we know and love about our state? When it comes to our water, this plan has answers.”… Continue Reading Water’s limitations about to haunt us

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Bagley chosen for Springs Council seat

At a special meeting Monday evening, Colorado Springs City Council appointed Air Force retiree and Air Force Academy graduate Larry Bagley to serve as District 2 Councilmember until April 7. Bagley, 71, will replace former Councilman Joel Miller, who resigned in order to run for Colorado Springs Mayor. The Council chose Bagley from 10 applicants for the… Continue Reading Bagley chosen for Springs Council seat

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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