The history of the American West is written not in blood, but in water. Without imported water, Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix would have remained as they were during the early years of the 20th century — pleasant, sleepy backwaters, footnotes to a larger history. Continue Reading One river, so little waterContinue reading …
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
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again. Because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, he who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt Continue Reading Here’s to hoping we haven’t been too timid or too coldContinue reading …
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
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 …
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
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 …