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Springs should embrace its ’86 cycling roots

Three years ago this week, the USA Pro Challenge brought world-class cycling back to Colorado Springs after a 25-year absence. With the global TV coverage showing many breathtaking camera views around Garden of the Gods and above the city, the Pro Challenge sprang to life in August 2011 as Colorado Springs hosted the Prologue time… Continue Reading Springs should embrace its ’86 cycling roots

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Look around you, not always in the most obvious places, and you’ll see some very positive signs of a developing trend in the Pikes Peak region. For starters, check the downtown alley going north and south between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. Already, one block of alleyway has been spruced up and resurfaced between Bijou… Continue Reading Area must reach out more to young adults

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For those who were watching the special meeting Tuesday afternoon of the El Paso County commissioners and the Colorado Springs City Council, in person or on TV/computer, you saw an amazing — even memorable — display of local politics in action … or perhaps that should be inaction. For three hours in the Council Chambers… Continue Reading City, county almost make it work, except …

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Week after week, we hear assurances that important announcements are coming, perhaps soon, in regard to City for Champions. Just a guess, but that probably would not include anything newsworthy in regard to the proposed multipurpose Colorado Sports and Event Center, commonly known as the downtown stadium. In truth, it’s an indoor-outdoor complex adjacent to… Continue Reading Downtown complex could go back to baseball

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Hard to justify more than stormwater

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In small groups, meetings and conversations across the city, discussions have been ongoing about what ballot issues should go before local voters in the November election. The suspense won’t last much longer. By the end of July, county commissioners must decide, as required by state law, what countywide questions to present as ballot measures. That… Continue Reading Hard to justify more than stormwater

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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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