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Two decades of Indian gaming

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Native American gambling establishments, which now generate more than $22.8 billion annually in revenue, came into existence after President Ronald Reagan signed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act during 1988. That law grew out of a 1976 Supreme Court decision, Bryan v. Itasca County. The Bryans, a Chippewa couple living in a mobile home on an… Continue Reading Two decades of Indian gaming

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Fountain doesn’t want it, and Cripple Creek surely doesn’t either. But there are rumblings that an American Indian tribe is considering building a casino about 10 miles south of Colorado Springs. Earlier this week, lobbyists for the Colorado Gaming Association, the casino industry’s trade association, met with several elected officials in El Paso County to… Continue Reading Indian casino in Fountain?

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Talking with a prominent local developer at last week’s “Best of” party at the Garden of the Gods Club, the discussion turned (surprise!) to the rules and regulations which govern the creation of new developments, be they 10 acres or 10,000. The developer — let’s call him Mr. Smith — shook his head in amused… Continue Reading Maybe it’s time to loose the chains that bind development

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By an 8-1 vote on Wednesday afternoon, the City Council, acting as the Utilities Board, approved the construction of the long-planned southern delivery system to bring water from Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs, Fountain, and Pueblo West. The first phase of the project, with an estimated cost of $880 million, was previously scheduled for completion… Continue Reading City approves Southern Delivery System

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The city has placed plans to develop a downtown transit station on hold. The city said this morning that continued fiscal challenges and the possibility of additional cuts to transit service prompted the decision. The plans will lie dormant for “an undetermined amount of time.” A number of other factors might have contributed to the… Continue Reading City puts transit station plans on hold

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“I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning.” — Joe Pesci to Ray Liotta in “Goodfellas,” 1990. Enduring myth: by consolidating city/county governments, we’ll get cheaper, more efficient service delivery.  As taxpayers, we’ll save — as residents, we’ll gain!  Everyone wins, except the greedy, dog-in-the-manger politicians and bureaucrats who have stalled such… Continue Reading Merging city and county might not be the brightest idea

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State retirement association seeking help from legislature to ensure solvency The CEO of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association now admits that his organization cannot continue to meet its obligations without “sweeping legislative changes.” Testifying on Monday before the Legislative Audit Committee, Meredith Williams painted a bleak picture for the lawmakers. “We can’t invest our way… Continue Reading PERA worse off than predicted

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Freedom CEO: Bankruptcy possible

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In an interview with the Orange County Register published earlier this week, Burl Osborne, the interim CEO of Freedom Communications, said that the company is in discussions with its bankers about “restructuring.”

Freedom, which owns dozens of media properties, including the Register and the Colorado Springs Gazette, is more than $700 million in debt.

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USOC, or US no see?

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Will there be, as rumored, a presentation about the newly minted U.S. Olympic Committee deal at today’s informal City Council meeting? The answer is yes, no or maybe.  Here’s what the agenda says. “In accord with the City Charter Art. III, §3-60(d) and its incorporated Colorado Open Meetings Act, §24-6-402(4)(a,b,e), C.R.S., the City Council, in Open Session, is… Continue Reading USOC, or US no see?

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Apparently undeterred by the failure of Issue 1A during April, during its informal meeting this afternoon, City Council will consider whether to ask the voters to extend the 0.665 mill levy once again come November. The mill levy originally supported the 1989 bonds which funded Powers Boulevard and the Police Operations Center.  Unless renewed by the… Continue Reading Mill levy extension redo in November?

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