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In small groups, meetings and conversations across Colorado Springs, deep discussions have been ongoing about what ballot issue (or issues) should go before local voters in the November election. The suspense won’t last much longer. By the end of July, El Paso County’s commissioners must decide as required by state law what countywide questions to… Continue Reading Hard to justify more than stormwater on November ballot

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At first glance, the banner headline atop The Gazette’s front page on June 27 probably made many readers choke on their coffee. “Carson could lose 16,000 troops,” that headline screamed. Underneath, another line (we call them teasers) lured readers to a story in the Business section with this dire message: “Ripple effect — Maximum cuts… Continue Reading Let’s not overreact to potential Army cuts

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BJ Scott, who has devoted 18 years of service to Peak Vista Community Health Centers in different capacities, announced Friday that she will retire on Dec. 31. Scott most recently has served as executive director of Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation, but she was Peak Vista’s president and CEO for the decade of 2001… Continue Reading BJ Scott to retire from Peak Vista at end of year

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Routon: Primary sends stern message to Lamborn

Just one minute after the deadline for turning in ballots in Colorado’s 2014 primary election, El Paso County created the first surprise Tuesday night. The first results of mail-in votes showed U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn with a tenuous 51-49 percent lead, just a 1,200-vote difference, over Republican challenger Bentley Rayburn. At that moment, 7:01 p.m.,… Continue Reading Routon: Primary sends stern message to Lamborn

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Look closely: Broadmoor has elevated itself

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If you went to The Broadmoor in the 1970s, when my first experiences there took place, you couldn’t help but be impressed. The golf was superb, you could find locals all the time at the Golden Bee and Tavern, the Terrace Lounge beside the lake was great for people-watching and the old Broadmoor World Arena… Continue Reading Look closely: Broadmoor has elevated itself

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These days, almost any news about the local business and jobs environment tends to skew toward the dark side, focusing on what we need instead of what we have. We need more companies with primary jobs. We need more venture capital. We need more programs to develop the workforce. We need more unity among local… Continue Reading Manufacturing Partnership looks promising from the start

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Editorial: Crucial moment for Mayor Bach

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One question we hear at times from readers goes something like this: You’re a business paper. Why do you pay so much attention to local politics? That’s a fair reaction. Our answer is to make two points. First, between senior reporter/columnist John Hazlehurst and executive editor Ralph Routon, we believe our historical perspective from decades… Continue Reading Editorial: Crucial moment for Mayor Bach

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Six months ago, Nechie Hall understood the challenge she was accepting. She had been involved with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center since the 1990s, and she had been committed to making this city a better place for more than four decades. After a successful career as a local advertising/marketing executive, then enduring the unexpected… Continue Reading Hall puts FAC in better position for future

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If you’re like most people in Colorado Springs, you’re thinking the city is a year away from a pivotal moment — the 2015 mayoral election. We’ll have the first round of voting next April, likely narrowing the field to a runoff. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, Mayor Steve Bach will be seeking a second four-year… Continue Reading Stormwater may turn into early city election

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Robin Roberts, a Colorado Springs business leader and president of Pikes Peak National Bank, has accepted an offer to join the gubernatorial campaign of Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon as the Denver-area businessman’s independent running mate. Dunafon made the announcement Thursday night on his Facebook page. Roberts, who says she has been registered as unaffiliated with… Continue Reading Local banker Robin Roberts enters governor race as running mate

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