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City still must provide more detail for plans

Colorado Springs’ application for state funding of four projects under the provisions of the Colorado Regional Tourism Act was duly filed this week with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, finally going public with details that had been kept secret for months. Officials thought to be involved in the process had repeatedly claimed… Continue Reading City still must provide more detail for plans

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Leigh cleared of ethics allegations

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In an 11-page report to City Council, the Colorado Springs Independent Ethics Commission found that former City Councilman Tim Leigh did not violate any provision of the city ethics code, as alleged by Dave Neumann and Neumann Systems Group. City Council formally accepted the report Monday and voted unanimously to take no further action. Leigh… Continue Reading Leigh cleared of ethics allegations

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Damaging or smart, gun laws still reality

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Damaging or smart, gun laws still reality

Some say that July 1 marked the dawn of a new era in Colorado gun-control policy, but one local gun shop owner says it amounts to a business setback. “What we did is create a useless law that hurts Colorado business and has no effect whatsoever on the crime rate,” said Paul Paradis, who owns… Continue Reading Damaging or smart, gun laws still reality

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Fireworks displays allowed in city celebrations after all

First the fireworks were on – then they were cancelled. Finally, thanks to higher-than-expected levels of rain, they were back on again. The city decided that public fireworks displays in approved locations would be allowed for the Independence Day celebrations. The displays adhered to the fire code through the fire marshal’s office and all conditions… Continue Reading Fireworks displays allowed in city celebrations after all

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CSU earns highest DoD employer award

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Colorado Springs Utilities was one of 15 employers nationwide to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and military Reserve employees. More than 2,899 companies were nominated by the National Guard members and Reservists they employ. “I… Continue Reading CSU earns highest DoD employer award

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Colorado Springs: No fireworks in city limits

Justweeks after the Black Forest fire destroyed 509 homes and killed two people, the city of Colorado Springs banned all fireworks within the city limits. Blaming the continuing hot, dry conditions – and continuing fires burning in different parts of the state – the Colorado Springs Fire Department has halted all public fireworks displays in… Continue Reading Colorado Springs: No fireworks in city limits

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In what might have been a preview of next week’s City Council public hearing regarding retail marijuana sales in Colorado Springs, City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler hosted her first District 5 town hall meeting at the Patty Jewett Golf Course clubhouse Tuesday evening. The meeting, billed as “A Conversation with Your Councilwoman,” drew a mostly middle-aged… Continue Reading Gaebler’s town hall elicits concerns about water, pot

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Last January, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed an 18-member task force on wildfire insurance and forest health, as well as a 17-member wildland and prescribed fire advisory committee. Noting that 25 percent of Colorado’s population lives in the wildland-urban interface, Hickenlooper said that the two groups would prepare recommendations that would “reduce the risk of loss… Continue Reading Area has just one rep on state fire-response panels

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While the 2013 session of Colorado’s Legislature offered a share of both victories and defeats, the sentiment among the state’s business community is that overall, it was a loss. On one hand lawmakers approved several pro-business bills, including legislation to provide startup incentives, expand Medicaid and protect the small-business health care market. But on the… Continue Reading Business leaders take dim view of Legislature’s work

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Council to get direction about retail marijuana

Colorado Springs City Council will start work on regulations needed for the retail marijuana industry at a work session Monday, May 13. City Attorney Kyle Sauer will brief the city council on state legislation regarding retail marijuana licensing and regulation. Council will give the city staff direction for a public process to evaluate options to… Continue Reading Council to get direction about retail marijuana

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