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The Sports Business Journal reported today that the United States Olympic Committee will close its international relations office in Southern California and relocate the five-person office to Colorado Springs. The publication quoted USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun, who said that In order for the USOC to operate effectively, it needs to be more integrated on… Continue Reading USOC international relations office moving to Springs

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Legislation passed this week requiring investor-owned electric utilities to switch from coal to natural gas had the support of environmentalists, gas producers and the company most affected by its mandates, Xcel Energy. But not Colorado Springs Utilities. Backers of HB 1365 said that aging coal-fired plants, such as those operated by CSU, are inefficient, dangerous… Continue Reading CSU takes contrarian view on gas

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Confession: I watch a lot of TV sports. Observation: calm, cheerful, unworried coaches are about as common as short, fat models. Coaches spend their time in stressful contemplation of the future, especially on game day. Pass complete or incomplete? We gave up a short-handed goal? We’re losing at home to the Chiefs? But what coaches… Continue Reading City has one powerful weapon to enforce growth policy

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The Trails and Open Space Coalition, a long-established nonprofit that spearheaded a 1997 campaign to create a dedicated city tax to fund trails, parks and open space, is on the campaign trail again. The group is crafting a “sustainable parks initiative,” a proposed ballot issue that may transfer county and city parks to a new… Continue Reading Ballot issue would transfer city, county park authority

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Eagle County, Aurora and Colorado Springs have reached an agreement on a 15-year-old dispute over water rights in the Eagle River Basin. Aurora officials say the agreement, announced Wednesday, prevents Aurora and Colorado Springs from building water diversion structures within the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. Instead, water will be diverted from the less pristine Camp… Continue Reading Aurora, Colorado Springs reach Eagle water deal

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Citizens for Accountable Leadership, a group proposing changes in the structure government in Colorado Springs, released a list of 70 community members who have joined their effort. The supporters will join committee chairs Andy McElhany, Mary Ellen McNally and Chuck Murphy in creating ballot initiative that, if approved, will introduce a “strong mayor” form of… Continue Reading Strong mayor group lists supporters

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An 18-month study for the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority says the most feasible option would have passengers pay about $40, or an average of about 35 cents a mile, for one-way trips from downtown Denver to Vail on the Interstate 70 corridor or from Denver to Pueblo in the I-25 corridor. But, Colorado Springs residents… Continue Reading Best route for high-speed rail: Bypass downtown Springs

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Over the last three decades, the Colorado constitution has been amended more than 40 times. Voters have approved amendments that have limited spending, increased spending, lowered taxes, and which have imposed sharply different tax rates upon different kinds of property. These amendments have sometimes clashed, yielding consequences have proved to be unpredictable, unanticipated and, more… Continue Reading When voter amendments backfire

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Remember multiple-choice questions? Here’s one. Our city’s fiscal difficulties are a result of: 1. Feckless, improvident decisions by city council, such as mortgaging the Police Operations Center to pay off their jock pals at the USOC! 2. Feckless, improvident decisions by local voters, who have been consistently led down the primrose path of tax reductions… Continue Reading Blame for city’s money issues doesn’t belong to Council

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Sam and Kathy Guadagnoli have gained a reputation as one of Colorado Springs’ most creative, even fearless, dealmakers.

It’s no wonder: In the last 10 years, they’ve played a key role in remaking the city’s once-sedate downtown into a lively, diverse and busy destination. Continue Reading The city’s love-hate relationship with the Guadagnoli’s nightclubs

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