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Colorado Springs City Council has chosen Fire Chief Steve Cox to be interim city manager. No national search for a permanent manager will be conducted until after next April’s city elections, because of the possibility that the city’s form of government might be changed to a “strong mayor” system, Vice Mayor Larry Small said. “Steve… Continue Reading Fire Chief Steve Cox chosen as interim city manager

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Colorado Springs City Manager Penny Culbreth-Graft will resign effective April 16. She told city council today that after 32 years in public service she’s leaving to launch a family business in public speaking, consulting and writing. Vice Mayor Larry Small said the council will appoint an interim city manager to take over after Culbreth-Graft leaves and then… Continue Reading Culbreth-Graft resigns

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Deborah Tuck is faced with the task of helping feed the tens of thousands of low-income Coloradans who depend upon the Care and Share Food Bank for sustenance. Recently named CEO of Care and Share of Southern Colorado, Tuck came to Colorado Springs from Flagstaff, Ariz. where she spent 10 years as the founding president… Continue Reading Tuck takes the helm at Care & Share of Southern Colorado

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A report from the Brookings Institute that tracked recession and recovery in the 100 largest metropolitan areas, gives Colorado Springs and the ‘mountain metros’ of the intermountain west mixed reviews. While some western metropolitan areas were particularly hard-hit by the recession, notably Las Vegas, others, including Colorado Springs, suffered less. The good news: the ‘gross… Continue Reading Mountain states slowest to shake off recession

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A new frontier for Pioneers Museum

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For decades, the financially strapped Pioneers Museum has been one of the city’s crown jewels, an institution owned and largely funded by city taxpayers.

With public dollars dwindling, that may be about to change. Continue Reading A new frontier for Pioneers Museum

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One of the most memorable political images of the past year has to be that of a man in his late 60s at one of the Tea Party rallies holding a sign which read, “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!” Proponents of health care reform seized upon the sentiments thereby expressed as evidence of… Continue Reading Geezers of Colorado Springs unite — save our city

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St. Paddy’s wagon on the prowl

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The Colorado Springs Police Department will be increasing traffic enforcement and setting up a number of DUI checkpoints from this evening through March 17. In addition to DUI patrols, the mobile blood and alcohol testing vehicle will be deployed. The CSPD offered this advice for anyone who doesn’t want to be swept up in the… Continue Reading St. Paddy’s wagon on the prowl

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Gazette owner to exit bankruptcy

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Freedom Communications, the bankrupt owner of the Colorado Springs Gazette, has won court approval of a reorganization plan. Judge Brendan Shannon of the U.S. bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware approved the plan that had been crafted by attorneys for and its secured and unsecured creditors. The plan represented a significant victory for the unsecured creditors,… Continue Reading Gazette owner to exit bankruptcy

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AG lists top consumer complaints

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has listed the top consumer complaints for 2009. During the 2009 calendar year, Colorado consumers filed 1,984 complaints with the Office of the Attorney General. The top 10 categories of complaints received last year were: Type of business complaints 1. Rebate offers, 631 2. Utility complaints (cable and satellite television),  254… Continue Reading AG lists top consumer complaints

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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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