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Enduring groups built city’s base

Gen. William Palmer founded Colorado Springs in 1871, hoping to build a peaceful, prosperous and temperate city. Palmer’s vision may have been influenced by the purple prose of Fitzhugh Ludlow, who published “Heart of the Continent” in 1868, three years before the first stake was driven here. “When Colorado becomes a state,” Ludlow grandly predicted,… Continue Reading Enduring groups built city’s base

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Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

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Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

As charitable foundations go, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation punches way above its weight. In 2012, the organization brought in $584,347 in contributions and grants, and spent $582,136. That’s below the $1 million threshold that many rating agencies use in deciding whether a foundation merits evaluation, and is dwarfed by national giants with much lower… Continue Reading Weinstein, MRFF fight near and far

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What does Mark Ferrandino most desire as he finishes up his final session as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives? There are lots of potential answers, but one comes to mind: Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat, would like to figure out how to snatch back the $120 million in tax increment funding that the state… Continue Reading Legislative action brings out rest of C4C story

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City, task force take separate stormwater paths

  Larry Small, the articulate former Colorado Springs vice mayor, defines as well as anyone the problem of asking voters to pass judgment on paying for stormwater projects. “Stormwater funding is always a hard thing to sell,” Small said. “And if it fails, it’s not the kind of thing that you can bring right back… Continue Reading City, task force take separate stormwater paths

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City Councilor Joel Miller’s attempt to rewrite Colorado Springs eminent domain ordinances may seem well-intentioned. But laws, like elected officials, are not always what they seem to be. Miller had unveiled his ordinance at the group’s work session on Monday, and he insisted upon bringing it up for a vote on Tuesday. City Attorney Wynetta… Continue Reading Eminent domain brings out the best and worst

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Denver Post may be for sale – will Anschutz bid?

National media including the New York Times reported Wednesday that Digital First Media, which owns multiple newspaper properties including the Denver Post, will shut down its digital news hub in New York City and is in the process of “readying its newspaper properties for sale.” According to Ken Doctor in the Nieman Journalism Lab, “The… Continue Reading Denver Post may be for sale – will Anschutz bid?

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Those of us who know Nolan Schriner understand four things about him. • He knows what he’s talking about. • He’s honest. • He doesn’t suffer fools gladly. • He’s diplomatic … but only to a point. It was apparent that Colorado Springs Council President Keith King and his Council colleagues Joel Miller and Don… Continue Reading Nominee fights back against Council’s ‘chilling effect’

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Hazlehurst: Council finds new low for embarrassment

It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda this week. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body. Once… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Council finds new low for embarrassment

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Hazlehurst to leave Business Journal, join Bach Administration

Effective immediately, Senior Reporter John Hazlehurst will be taking an extended leave of absence from the Business Journal to join Mayor Steve Bach’s Administration. Bach created a new position for Hazlehurst, titled “Keeper of the Dogs of War.” No new appropriation will be necessary to fund the position, which will be folded into the City’s… Continue Reading Hazlehurst to leave Business Journal, join Bach Administration

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PPRTA sides with Council in Pothole Fight with Mayor – Who’s right?

As anyone who follows local government knows, certain members of City Council really, really don’t like Mayor Steve Bach. So when Bach came to them on Tuesday with a request for an emergency appropriation of $2 million from city reserves to fund additional street maintenance, they were immediately suspicious. Councilor Joel Miller, who serves as… Continue Reading PPRTA sides with Council in Pothole Fight with Mayor – Who’s right?

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