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Most public employees in El Paso County must, by state law, join the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association.PERA covers the employees of Memorial Health System, Colorado Springs Utilities, the City of Colorado Springs and of every public school district in the county – but not employees of El Paso County. County employees, as well as… Continue Reading County pension plan at crossroads

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Who’s the smartest guy on the block? Not Bill Gates — Microsoft is the past, not the future. Not Warren Buffett — he managed to lose plenty during the world financial meltdown, even though he knew it was coming. Not Nobel laureate/New York Times columnist Paul Krugman — he writes eloquently and convincingly, but he’s… Continue Reading Better start practicing that ‘bouncing dead cats’ thing

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The city has apparently forgotten to turn in homework on time. It has failed to meet the July 24 deadline to submit notice for participation in the November election as required by state statute. So, whether Colorado Springs issues will be included on the ballot depends on whether County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink will… Continue Reading City misses county election deadline

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Despite El Paso County’s ongoing financial woes, County Commissioners won’t be asking the voters to approve any new taxes. “I think we need to make it clear that we won’t be going to the voters and asking for a tax increase,” said Board Chair Jim Bensberg, after the commission had received a grim overview of… Continue Reading County commissioners decide against tax increases

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Early this afternoon, City Councilman Bernie Herpin confirmed that Colorado Springs and LandCo have resolved their lawsuit.
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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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