Fifteen years ago, the Colorado Springs City Council voted to replace the Carle family, who had been the concessionaires on Pikes Peak for 99 years, with a national firm, ARA Services.
ARA, which has since changed its name to Aramark, won the contract with a bid that was substantially higher than any other. Not only would the city’s yearly revenue from the peak almost double, to $500,000, but ARA also would invest $1 million in the peak’s aging infrastructure. At the time, city leaders believed that the mountain environment would be dramatically improved and that a new summit house would be erected in time for the new millennium. Continue Reading City seeking to make ‘peak’ pay off
The city is seeking $1 million annually from a new Pikes Peak concessionaire, but will the increased revenue make a difference?
Past performance suggests that it will not.
During 2007, the city projected operating revenue from tolls and concessions of $2,708,069 — and estimated operating expenses at exactly the same number. Continue Reading Additional revenue might not make a difference
The men and women who serve as the eyes and ears of our leaders should be informed, dispassionate, smart and thoroughly familiar with both Iraq and the Middle East. Continue Reading Finding the right info is not that toughContinue reading …
All over the length and breadth of our great nation, lefty blogs such as Dailykos and Huffington Post have found a new target/victim: rookie Congressman Doug Lamborn. For those of you with actual lives who don’t follow petty political spats, here’s some background. A Monument couple, Jonathan and Anna Bartha, one of whom had worked… Continue Reading Swiftboating the CongressmanContinue reading …
Crass? Clueless? Just plain dumb? All of the above? Yup, all of ’em are good descriptors of the Fine Arts Center’s midnight teardown of the historic Carpenter mansion last week.
And why did they tear it down? For a parking lot!
According to FAC public relations flack Charlie Snyder, the decision had been made years before, but they just now got around to doing it. Continue Reading FAC joins the growing list of vandals
Here’s an email from Senator Salazar’s office that was forwarded to me a couple of days ago. From: Richard Skorman, Regional Director and Angela Joslyn, Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar Re: Invitation to Forum for Military Issues in the Pikes Peak Region When: Wednesday, August 29th 10:00 A.M.-11:30 Where: City Council Chambers, 107… Continue Reading Managing Community InputContinue reading …
Watching the Broncos stumble haplessly around during last week’s preseason game against the ’Boys was, unless you are a Cowboys fan, a painful experience.
The Donksters, who just last week were anointed as Super Bowl contenders by the Denver media, looked more like pretenders, destined to finish at or near the bottom of the AFC. Continue Reading Let’s admit we’re licked on the water front
As a native of our fair city, I appreciate both its extraordinarily beautiful setting and its enduring quirkiness. General Palmer, poised gracefully in the saddle of his noble bronze steed at the intersection of Nevada and Platte, is part of that quirkiness. The statue, which was funded by citizen contributions, was placed in its present… Continue Reading Leave the General Alone!Continue reading …
Made yet another pilgrimage up the pass to Cripple Creek a couple of weekends ago accompanied by a friend who, like me, enjoys playing the quarter slots.
After several hours of hopeful play, we were down a few bucks and decided to get a meal in the casino’s steakhouse. Continue Reading The cost of free lunches sure adds up
Having written a newspaper column for more than 10 years, I’ve become something of a connoisseur of the genre. I suppose that I read a dozen columnists regularly. Some I admire, some I abhor, but one stands out – and he’s not really a columnist. He’s Bill Gross, an investment advisor who runs PIMCO, the… Continue Reading My favorite columnistContinue reading …