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Gov. John Hickenlooper has released a list of appointments to several state-level boards and commissions, including the Ground Water Commission, Small Business Stationary Source Technical and Environmental Compliance Advisory Panel, Board of Addiction Counselors Examiners, Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners, and the Board of Nursing. The group of appointees… Continue Reading Gov. Hickenlooper releases appointments, one from Springs

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Springs should make most of Olympic ties

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Four years ago, I spent nearly all of February in Vancouver, covering the 2010 Winter Olympics in that wonderfully vibrant city. Fortunately, making arrangements late helped me snag a great deal on a downtown apartment (overpriced at first, then available at a much-lower rate) in a high-rise building less than a half-mile from the main… Continue Reading Springs should make most of Olympic ties

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Every January, without fail, some intrepid reporters covering the state Legislature in Denver do a little digging and come up with a few interesting stories, based on a sampling of proposed bills that are beginning to work their way through the General Assembly. Sometimes those first stories come out before the right people even know… Continue Reading Later bar hours could work for Colorado

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Little Rock shows different infill can work

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You have no reason to know Anita Davis, and that’s fine. She lives nearly 1,000 miles away in Little Rock, Ark., and, full disclosure, she happens to be my cousin. She also has set an example in Little Rock for other cities, and visionary developers, to follow. Including here in Colorado Springs. I just saw… Continue Reading Little Rock shows different infill can work

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Some years begin with little fanfare or anticipation, just a fresh outlook and a clean plate. But something about the arrival of 2014 feels different. In part, it’s knowing that the year will be automatically eventful, thanks to the scheduled elections in June (party primaries) and November (general). But it’s also based on Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Looking into the crystal ball for 2014

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Headlines aside, people stood out in 2013

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You’re probably growing weary of reading how much the City for Champions projects mean to Colorado Springs’ future, and how the initial funding approval provided by far the best feel-good story of 2013. Most likely, you also aren’t interested in reading more about the past year’s fires, floods and government controversy. Good, because we feel… Continue Reading Headlines aside, people stood out in 2013

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Signs go up, signs come down. Companies sell or move, and people move on. Such is life throughout the business world. But it’s different when we’re talking about a daily newspaper. It’s hard to explain, but newspapers have dual roles. They need to make a profit, obviously. But to endure, they also must have a… Continue Reading Gazette says goodbye to building, not past

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City for Champions approved for full state funding

After months of uncertainty, revisions, controversy and discordant public opinion, the Colorado Economic Development Commission decided Monday to give Colorado Springs a chance to back up its promises. Despite staff and third-party advice to the contrary, the commission approved full tax-increment funding via the Regional Tourism Act for an estimated $120 million to help finance… Continue Reading City for Champions approved for full state funding

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Sometimes, an old mentor once advised me, it’s best to get out of the way and simply let your sources tell your story. So I’m taking that advice here. It’s so tempting to spend the next 750 words or so criticizing the members of City Council who voted to stop funding the $256,000 budgeted for… Continue Reading What losing CSU help means to nonprofits

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Nearly three months ago, I joined a group of business and community leaders on a trip to Washington, D.C., for two days of meetings and sessions with government officials, addressing issues of interest to Colorado Springs. Two weeks ago, I returned to D.C. for an entirely different purpose, this time personal. When adult children are… Continue Reading Look around, and you’ll find ideas for us

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