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History: Area’s oldest businesses

Businesses, like natural persons, are mortal. They’re born, struggle through youth, flourish for a while, and then pass quietly away. Few attain the biblical lifespan of three score and ten – in fact, most expire within a decade or two. Colorado City was founded in 1859, Colorado Springs in 1871, Manitou Springs in 1872. By… Continue Reading History: Area’s oldest businesses

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It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda at Tuesday’s meeting. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body.… Continue Reading Council finds new low for embarrassment

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Aging businesses hang on in one small cluster

What do we know about small businesses? We know that they generate jobs, foster innovation and strengthen communities. We know that strength begets strength: A thriving small business community grows organically, encouraging new entrants and disseminating the nuts-and-bolts knowledge that drives success. Yet small businesses are vulnerable. Shifting markets, local economic downturns, higher interest rates,… Continue Reading Aging businesses hang on in one small cluster

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You’ll be glad to know that the ever-vigilant folks at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) have taken upon themselves the task of telling us about marijuana. Here’s an excerpt from a recent press release: “DENVER—The State of Colorado today lauched (sic) a new website to answer common questions about the legalization of… Continue Reading What is this state agency smoking, at $3.7 million a year?

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It’s hard to know what to make of the latest flare-up between Mayor Steve Bach and five of the nine members of City Council. In a letter to Bach signed by Council President Keith King, Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Helen Collins and Don Knight, the five declared their opposition to any “local public funding” for… Continue Reading Fractious Council quintet oversteps boundaries

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Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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At a hastily called press conference Monday afternoon, City Council President Keith King and Board of County Commissioners Chair Dennis Hisey voiced their displeasure with Mayor Steve Bach and with the City for Champions proposal, which could be endangered as a result. The two officials presented letters addressed to Mayor Bach, which he had yet… Continue Reading Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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Tension grows over C4C among local leaders

At a hastily called press conference Monday afternoon, Council President Keith King and Board of County Commissioners Chair Dennis Hisey voiced their displeasure with Mayor Steve Bach and with the City for Champions proposal. The two officials presented letters addressed to Bach, which he had yet to see, enumerating their concerns. The first missive, signed… Continue Reading Tension grows over C4C among local leaders

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If you ever spent much time with UCCS economics professor Daphne Greenwood, one point should’ve been abundantly clear. She’s usually the smartest person in the room. That’s why we should pay attention to her newly released study of the business of local government, “The Decision to Contract Out: Understanding the Full Economic and Social Impacts.”… Continue Reading Greenwood’s study sheds new light on outsourcing

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Clouds loom over Drake’s future

When Colorado Springs Utilities first constructed a coal-fired power plant on the Drake site 80 years ago, it was a reasonable decision. Electricity demand was growing, and generating plants had to be situated near customers, as well as close to a rail line. If the working-class neighbors near the plant didn’t like the soot falling… Continue Reading Clouds loom over Drake’s future

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Our elected leaders seem far more sensible and informed when they’re disagreeing via carefully reasoned emails than they do when posturing from the dais. For proof, consider this email chain, featuring Mayor Steve Bach, Councilor Don Knight, and Councilor Andy Pico. We start with Bach’s widely circulated email decrying the lack of net new jobs… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Mayor, councilors show civility, logic

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