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Indicators show good quality of life

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The tax burden for residents of the Pikes Peak region is remarkably low and housing is relatively affordable, but the suicide rate is double the national average and incidents of domestic violence have more than quadrupled since 2001.
Those statistics are just some of the highlights contained in the Pikes Peak United Way’s “Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region” report, which was released yesterday and focused on nine areas, including economic, social, environmental, and cultural indices, as well as transportation and public safety. Continue Reading Indicators show good quality of life

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City seeking to make ‘peak’ pay off

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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

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Finding the right info is not that tough

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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 tough

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Additional revenue might not make a difference

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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

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America’s Mountain looks more like a junk yard

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Built in 1964, the Pikes Peak Summit House is too small to handle the half million visitors it receives each summer.
In addition, improper thermodynamic engineering during construction has triggered a melting of the permafrost, resulting in an uneven and unpredictable sinking of the building. By 1992, its foundation was so compromised that the structure had to be supported by dozens of heavy-duty jacks. Continue Reading America’s Mountain looks more like a junk yard

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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 Congressman

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FAC joins the growing list of vandals

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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

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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 Input

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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

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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!

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