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Being a croupier (i.e., one who manages a craps table game) isn’t as easy as it might seem. Which is why a class of aspiring croupiers, who hope to land a job when Cripple Creek casinos introduce table games this summer, were busy learning their trade this week. “Running a roulette wheel isn’t as difficult… Continue Reading Job seekers hope they won’t roll craps during croupier training

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Deal — or no deal? USOC — or USnoC? City Council made a deal to keep Their Olympian Majesties in Colorado Springs — and now they have to do some quick repair work to keep everything from falling apart. Unpleasant Reality No. 1: The U.S. Olympic Committee’s first priority is not a new office building… Continue Reading My humble suggestions for how council can salvage USOC deal

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The lawsuit LandCo filed against the U.S. Olympic Committee and the City of Colorado Springs was conceived well before any of the deadlines in the original agreement among the three partners had passed. “(LandCo lawyer) Steve Long has been working on this for six months,” said Russ Rizzo of Linhart P.R., a Denver-based firm which represents… Continue Reading LandCo lawsuit planned before deadlines passed?

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All this “Dream City” stuff that The Gazette is pushing seems to be affecting my sleep. The other night I had a dream that was so vivid, that seemed to ring so true, that I wrote it down as soon as I awoke. Apologies to Samuel Coleridge, but journalists don’t dream of “Xanadu, where Kubla… Continue Reading What a wonderful world it would be if R.C. were still around

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The El Paso County District Attorney’s office is investigating certain transactions allegedly made by Ray Marshall and/or entities under his control. Marshall and his company LandCo are the primary developers of the three-way project involving the city and the U.S. Olympic Committee to build a downtown headquarters for the USOC, among other things. The investigation… Continue Reading DA investigating Marshall

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Foreclosure proceedings against 110 acres of land in northern El Paso County managed by the developer chosen by the city to oversee the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters/Olympic Training Center project appear to be just the tip of the legal iceberg bearing down on Ray Marshall and LandCo. While Marshall’s attorneys, Greenberg Traurig, claimed that he… Continue Reading Marshall, LandCo facing landslide of legal problems

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Way outside the norm

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How many human resource employees does a local government, or a local government enterprise, need to function effectively? Judging by the dramatically different staffing levels of two H.R. departments supervised by the same set of elected officials, the answer to that question is not as straightforward as you might expect. The City of Colorado Springs,… Continue Reading Way outside the norm

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Last week, a long-awaited bill to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness was rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would have designated Rocky Mountain National Park as a protected wilderness, and would have expanded the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The vote was 282-144, two votes shy… Continue Reading GOP boys put primary preservation before environmental preservation

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A few months ago, Glen Gustafson, School District 11’s CFO, said that the district’s financial problems required the closure of underutilized schools. The arithmetic is compelling: two half-full schools cost nearly twice as much to operate, staff and maintain as does one full school. During the last 10 years, the district tried a number of… Continue Reading There goes the neighborhood: The unintended consequences of good business decisions

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Every year, in order to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996, Colorado Springs Utilities provides its customers with an annual water quality report. To a lay reader, the report is alarming, even terrifying. As required by law, CSU lists every “contaminant” that is present in our drinking water. It’s an a dismaying… Continue Reading Tap water likely better — and it’s a lot cheaper

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