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During the 2008 general election, Colorado voters were confronted with 16 initiated constitutional amendments, all proposed by special-interest groups. A total of $70 million was spent prior to Election Day by advocates and opponents of the various measures. Was this a sorry, chaotic spectacle reflecting California-style dysfunction, or a splendid example of citizen participation in… Continue Reading Colorado Future exploring initiative process

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The Pikes Peak United Way maintains a Web site listing more than 130 local nonprofit organizations that might need volunteers. Created by United Way and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence in 2006, the database provides residents with the ability to match their skills to a nonprofit. During 2009, the site had 36,737 unique visits, resulting… Continue Reading United Way lights the path to volunteerism in Springs

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Colorado Springs residents are dedicated volunteers, giving millions of hours to their schools, churches, synagogues, charitable organizations and nonprofits of every kind. Without volunteers, most local nonprofits would either collapse or curtail their activities. More than 32 percent of people in Colorado volunteer on a regular basis each year, according to the Colorado Springs Center… Continue Reading Coloradans big on volunteerism of all types

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It’s usually an easy, pleasant drive to work from my house on the west side. Right on Bijou, down 21st to Colorado, thence to Cascade, turn north and I’m there — wait a minute! Not anymore. There are now small potholes, there are big potholes, and then there are the two potholes that almost entirely… Continue Reading Colorado Springs’ potholes and Denver’s success

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Rocky Wind Power’s parent company, Prevailing Power, is being investigated by the Iowa State Attorney General’s Office. Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. officials made that announcement today after they acknowledged earlier that their announcement about the company’s planned relocation to the city last week contained “inconsistencies.” “Initial research by the CSREDC on the company,… Continue Reading Rocky Wind parent company under investigation

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Me, Mr. Madoff and the Code of the Reporter

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Since the days of Damon Runyon, Gene Fowler and George Ade, journalists have carefully adhered to the unwritten Code of the Reporter. It’s simple, as it has to be — we’re not mental giants. Here it is: Learn to type well enough to produce an 800 word story in 20 minutes. Only begin writing 25… Continue Reading Me, Mr. Madoff and the Code of the Reporter

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Two groups of Colorado Springs businessmen are sponsoring parallel, loosely linked projects aimed at re-shaping city government.
Born of skepticism about city finances and leadership, the projects include independent audits of city operations and a push to change the structure of city government. Continue Reading Businessmen eyeing city government

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Colorado Springs businessman Buddy Gilmore filed to run for mayor of Colorado Springs, today. He’s the second member of the Colorado Springs business community to throw his hat in the ring, following real estate broker/developer Tim Leigh. Gilmore is the CEO of Shape Technologies, which, according to the company’s Web site, “provides innovative system solutions… Continue Reading Gilmore second to throw hat in mayor’s race

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Boulevard of oblivion

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Academy Boulevard awaits redevelopment effort About one year ago, city planners presented the “Academy Boulevard Corridor Revitalization Plan Update” to city council. First conceived during 2007, the report focuses on opportunities characterizing abandoned shopping centers and weed-strewn vacant lots as “redevelopment opportunities.” The plan defined the corridor as that portion of Academy and surrounding neighborhoods… Continue Reading Boulevard of oblivion

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During 1967, Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, a French journalist, published an influential book, Le Defi Americain (The American Challenge). In it he argued that France and Europe were losing a “silent economic war” with the United States. The book sold more than half a million copies in France alone, and provoked both serious policy changes and a… Continue Reading Hey, if China wants to be the world’s leader, let ‘em

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