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City candidates show different strategies

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City government went to the dogs — or rather the dog — Tuesday morning. Mayor Steve Bach gave a Spirit of the Springs award at his news conference to Swagger, the Old English sheepdog which beat out 2,720 competitors to win reserve best-in-show at Westminster. The pooch belongs to Colton and Heather Johnson, part of… Continue Reading City candidates show different strategies

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Neumann Systems Group lays off ‘about’ 11, blames mayor

Neumann Systems Group has laid off its vice president of marketing, along with “about 10″ other people, said Dave Neumann, founder and board president of the technology company. And he says it’s all Mayor Steve Bach’s fault, because his staff and one City Council member have created a toxic environment for business. The e-mail and… Continue Reading Neumann Systems Group lays off ‘about’ 11, blames mayor

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Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

Sen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities. Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs.… Continue Reading Udall to head U.S. Senate Stategic Forces subcommittee

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Marijuana task force struggles with issues

Employers should be able to fire workers who test positive for marijuana use — even if they aren’t working under the influence of the drug. That’s the biggest recommendation from the state’s Amendment 64 task force, a 24-member group charged with producing regulatory framework to allow recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older.… Continue Reading Marijuana task force struggles with issues

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County OKs stormwater resolution, Mayor wants to postpone

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners passed a stormwater resolution resolving to find funding sources and identify major construction projects to address the more than $900 million in infrastructure updates and repairs in the region. But Mayor Steve Bach is asking the city council to postpone consideration of the issue until a new council… Continue Reading County OKs stormwater resolution, Mayor wants to postpone

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The Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority and City of Colorado Springs will present the completed designs for widening three key segments of Austin Bluffs Parkway at an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 4210 Austin Bluffs Parkway. To see the designs or for more information, go… Continue Reading PPRTA unveils Austin Bluffs Parkway designs, holding open house

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Colorado Springs ranks in the top 20 “best-run cities,” according to the website 24/7wallst. The article ranked the top best- and worst-run cities in the nation – San Bernadino is the nadir, and Plano was the zenith. In between, Colorado Springs ranked 14th on the best-run list, besting cities like Boston and Portland, Ore. In… Continue Reading Springs ranks 14 on “best-run” cities list

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The city’s ethics commission has decided to narrow its investigation of City Councilor Tim Leigh to three allegations related to actions he took regarding Neumann Systems Group. The commission, at the same time, said it could not investigate several other allegations — including those that said Leigh had made negative public statements, had interacted with… Continue Reading Ethics Commission narrows scope of Leigh investigation

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Colorado Springs residents started getting their holiday shopping on in November, pouring $10.2 million into city coffers with sales and use tax. The City is reporting that sales and use tax collections in December, which represent sales activity in November, are up 14.1 percent over the same month last year. So far, that is the… Continue Reading November shopping pushes sales tax collections past 2007 levels

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Despite a full-court press by Colorado Springs’ business and community leaders, its federal lobbyist and the state’s congressional delegation, no money was approved for watershed management or protection after the Waldo Canyon fire and the High Park fire. The House of Representatives failed to pass an amendment to an appropriations bill that delegated funds to… Continue Reading House fails to approve Colo. money for watershed protection

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