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“A strike by state employees in certain areas — in regulatory agencies, in transportation for example — could be very damaging to the state’s economy,” Barry said. Continue Reading Lots of legislative wishes, limited amount of money

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MRSA presents many uniquely troubling problems to the American healthcare system. For many years, staph-associated infections could easily be controlled by any of a dozen antibiotics. But with the widespread use of antibiotics, new strains of S. Aureus arose which were resistant to most treatments. Particularly in hospital settings, MRSA infections have become common. Continue Reading Community — Staph infections rise in state, nation

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“And as all politicians know instinctively, blue-ribboning is a flawless way to avoid dealing with issues while appearing to do something.”
You’ll have to wait until next week to see my early prognostications for 2008. Continue Reading A few hits, a few misses, but mostly solid predictions

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2007: Water was the big issue

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Why doesn’t the city have any bronze sculptures? Why no brick facades and timbered entrances? Why does Wal-Mart build beautiful structures in Woodland Park, Monument, Durango and Broomfield, and not here? Continue Reading 2007: Water was the big issue

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ldquo;… Colorado Springs always tried to take credit for things that happened in Colorado City long before the Springs existed. In fact, Colorado Avenue was laid out on the Fosdick Plat of Colorado City on Nov. 1, 1859 … Colorado Springs when it was founded in 1871 named its joining Street ‘Huerfano’ right to the western city limit of Colorado Springs. Same road, different names. Continue Reading Novel concept: grow economically but not physically

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A question: have you watched any of the presidential debates? And if so, have you watched more than one? And if so, are you not either related to or working for one of the candidates?
The debates seem designed to bring out the least attractive features of all the candidates — and, alas, the candidates have no shortage of unattractive features. Continue Reading The two best presidential candidates aren’t running

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Last week, Moody’s Investor’s Service put four of the nation’s leading bond insurers on notice that, to retain their vital AAA ratings, they will each have to raise billions of dollars in additional capital. Continue Reading Subprime crisis extends its reach to bond insurers

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In mid-November, Colorado Springs Utilities released the final draft of the 2008-2012 water conservation plan.
It’s a worthy, well-conceived, eminently practical document, which lists 23 steps that utilities intends to take to reduce water use.
Colorado Springs, as the plan points out, at 112 gallons per day, already has one of the lowest per capita rates of residential water use in Colorado and the Southwest. Continue Reading Time to admit that solving water woes won’t be painless

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The wildfires that ravaged southern California might seem a world away, but conditions exist along the Front Range which could produce similar devastation in the Pike Peak region.
And the cost of damages such fires might cause could reach into the billions. Continue Reading Urban interface wildfire: disaster waiting to happen

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Forests in the Pikes Peak region have been blackened by immense wildfires many times during the past.
During the fall of 1853, a fire started east of Cheyenne Mountain and, driven by southeast winds, burned unchecked for three weeks until it reached the top of Wilkerson Pass, 70 miles from its origin. Continue Reading Pikes Peak region has had its share of wildfires, blazes

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