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Want some interesting reading? Take a look at the El Pomar Foundation’s most recent annual report, which details every grant that the foundation made during 2006.
El Pomar has been such a ubiquitous and important player for so many years that it’s difficult to imagine life without it. Deeply rooted in the community, El Pomar is unlike any other entity in Colorado Springs. Continue Reading In case you haven’t done it lately, thank God for El Pomar

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The El Pomar Foundation is negotiating to acquire the historic McAllister House from the National Society of Colonial Dames in Colorado.
Built during 1873 at 423 N. Cascade Ave. by Maj. Henry McAllister, the first director of Gen. William Jackson Palmer’s Colorado Springs Co., McAllister House is one of the most significant historic properties in the city. It has been operated as a house museum by the Colonial Dames since 1960 when the society acquired it. At the time, it was believed that the then-owners intended to tear it down and use the site as a parking lot. Continue Reading Dames close to sealing plan to share McAllister House

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Riding up the Santa Fe Trail to the north boundary of the Air Force Academy on a recent sunny weekday afternoon, I expected to have the trail to myself. It was late October in the middle of the workday, so most of my fellow cyclists would be stuck in their cubicles.
In fact, there were plenty of riders on the trail. They were fit, lycra-clad, fast-moving … geezers! Continue Reading So much for the myth about retirement — go geezers!

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OK, what kind of city are we? Our goal, according to several iterations of our city&rsquo;s nonsensical and ever-changing mission statement, is to be a &ldquo;world-class city.&rdquo;<br>
But, as University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economics professor Tom Zwirlein pointed out the other day, that might not be a realistic goal.<br> Continue Reading Time to accept that we&rsquo;re a &lsquo;third city&rsquo; and proud of it

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City mulling options for Fire Station 1

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Another city landmark might soon be just a memory.
Next year’s city budget includes a proposal to sell Fire Station 1 and build a new station elsewhere, or construct a new station “on or near the existing site.” The city estimates that the sale of the existing building might bring as much as $1.2 million. Continue Reading City mulling options for Fire Station 1

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On Aug. 13, northern Colorado rancher W.D. Farr died at the age of 97. His passing marked the end of an era.
Bill Farr was the last of his generation of visionary “water buffalos” — men who saw that the Front Range could not flourish and grow without undertaking enormous transmountain water diversions from the Colorado River. A near-contemporary of California’s William Mulholland, Farr brought the same drive and determination to obtaining water for the parched cities and farms of northern Colorado. Continue Reading Springs seeking solutions beyond Colorado River for water supplies

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Here’s an excerpt from a recent article in the New York Times.
“As struggling newspapers across the country cut back on investigative reporting, a new kind of journalism venture is hoping to fill the gap.
“Paul E. Steiger, who was the top editor of The Wall Street Journal for 16 years, and a pair of wealthy Californians are assembling a group of investigative journalists who will give away their work to media outlets. Continue Reading Interesting investigation into a new old-media proposal

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The 1922 compact, which divided the flow of the Colorado River among seven western states, allocated 7.5 million acre-feet to the Upper Basin states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Colorado’s share amounts to 51.75 percent of 7.5 million acre-feet, or slightly more than 3.88 million acre-feet annually. Colorado diverts less than the state’s allotment, so, it would seem that we could tap the river for more. Continue Reading Lingering question: Is there still water to develop?

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Water supply not likely to increase

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“the Southwest appears to be entering a new drought era … even several of the wetter runs yield increasing drought due to the overwhelming effect of the heat-related moisture loss.”
Nolan Doesken, CSU Climatologist and Klaus Wolter, NOAA Continue Reading Water supply not likely to increase

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In 1850, Los Angeles was a tiny Spanish pueblo, relying on the Los Angeles River for its water supply.
The river’s water was distributed by the kind of communal system — dams, waterwheels and ditches — that still exists in parts of Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Continue Reading Mulholland’s moxie made L.A. – for better or worse

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