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Both the city of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities moonlight as auctioneers. The Colorado Springs Police Department auctions impounded vehicles on the third Saturday of each month at CSPD’s impound lot, 2725 East Las Vegas St. There may be some good deals available, but these auctions are clearly not for the unsophisticated or unwary… Continue Reading Even the public sector dabbles in the auction business

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Legislators mull PERA

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Proposal includes raising retirement age This week the Colorado Legislature began hearings on Senate Bill 01, a bipartisan measure aimed at restoring long-term solvency to the Public Employees Retirement Association, the public pension plan that covers more than 425,000 active and retired public-sector workers in Colorado. The measure was crafted in response to the severe… Continue Reading Legislators mull PERA

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College endowments fell for a second year in a row, but Colorado College remains the most endowed school in the state, on a per-student basis. A survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund, Inc., a Connecticut nonprofit included endowment levels of  842 U.S. institutions with $306 billion in aggregate… Continue Reading Colorado College endowment leads state, despite market decline

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Couldn’t sleep last night and found myself surfing the Web at 2 a.m. Checked the New York Times site, which, strangely enough, was dated Jan. 29, 2020. There was a story about our own city that seemed … well, even stranger. Good thing I copied the text — my computer blackscreened, and I could never… Continue Reading The end of a dream city: Colorado Springs 2020

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The Front Range Water Council, which consists of all major water providers along the Front Range, including Colorado Springs Utilities, Denver Water, and five others, has released a report titled “Water and the Colorado Economy.” The report paints a very different picture of water use on the Colorado Front Range than what is commonly portrayed.… Continue Reading Front Range cities good at making every drop count

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 In a drastic move to address general fund budget gaps, the city has begun to remove trash cans from neighborhood parks. About 400 trash cans will be removed from 128 neighborhood parks and from all urban trail corridors within the next two weeks. Justifying the decision, city spokesperson Julie Smith said,  “The parks department spends… Continue Reading City to remove trash cans from parks, trails

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 Here we are, 15 months from the 2011 City Council elections, and the maneuvering has already begun. According to the usual unreliable sources, some of our self-appointed leaders are trying to construct a slate of “appropriate” candidates who, fueled with money and credentials, will sweep into office and replace our present demoralized, delegitimized, and disrespected… Continue Reading Aging lions might be best City Council candidates we have

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“I’ve always been an early adapter,” said local social media guru Tonya Hall, “so I signed up for MySpace when it was launched in 2003 — and I saw then that social media would change marketing in ways that no one could imagine.” A self-described military brat, Hall was born in Kansas and grew up… Continue Reading Hall making company connections through social media

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The Orange County Business Journal reported today that Freedom Communications, the bankrupt parent company of the Colorado Springs Gazette, has filed an amended reorganization plan with the Delaware bankruptcy court. Under the new plan, which was the product of an agreement between the secured and unsecured creditors of the company, all of the company’s equity… Continue Reading Secured, unsecured creditors agree on new Freedom bankruptcy plan

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Despite the efforts of local streetcar advocates to revive urban rail, Colorado Springs officials have historically regarded light streetcars and trolleys with benign indifference. But that hasn’t always been the case. The Colorado Springs streetcar enterprise, which operated between 1887 and 1932, was at its height the most extensive modern and comprehensive streetcar system of… Continue Reading Streetcars dominated transportation for 45 years

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