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Bach hires CIO

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Mayor Steve Bach has hired a new chief information officer to handle the city’s information technology projects. Joe Palmer will join the city Jan. 21 after final approval from City Council on Jan. 8. His salary will be $128,000. Palmer was most recently chief information officer for Jefferson County, where he oversaw a staff of… Continue Reading Bach hires CIO

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Every four years, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration holds a public meeting in Colorado Springs to review federal transportation certification review. This year, the meeting is slated for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, 15 S. Seventh Street. The two groups will jointly… Continue Reading Federal transportation authorities hold Springs public hearing

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Local politics might lead to a different future

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It was an eventful year in politics and government — nationally, regionally, and locally. In fact, 2012 may have been a watershed year, one in which the comfortable assumptions of the past were overturned and the future became cloudy and uncertain. Elections First came the party primary elections on June 26, notable locally on two… Continue Reading Local politics might lead to a different future

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While Colorado Springs is still undecided about retail marijuana, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners seems to be set to do something immediately. The group will vote on two marijuana-related items tomorrow at its regular meeting: a resolution that will ban the possession, consumption, use or display of marijuana on county property and the… Continue Reading County officials meeting tomorrow to discuss marijuana ban

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Pikes Peak open to cyclists Jan. 1

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The city’s parks and recreation department and the U.S. Forest Service are giving cyclists a holiday present: unescorted bike trips up Pikes Peak all year round, starting Jan. 1. The decision came after a pilot program proved to be both popular and successful, said program director Karen Palus. All riders must complete a use agreement… Continue Reading Pikes Peak open to cyclists Jan. 1

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Amendment 64 is now officially state law, allowing adults to grow up to six plants at home and possess small amounts of marijuana without fear of state criminal prosecution. But that’s about the only clear conclusion from the news earlier this week that Gov. John Hickenlooper certified the Nov. 6 election results. It’s not clear… Continue Reading News analysis: City examines local options for retail marijuana

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After months of debate and delay, City Council has passed the first reading of changes to the fire code as a result of the Waldo Canyon fire. The Fire Department’s fire marshal met with more than 1,200 people, the Home Builders Association, City Council and Mayor Steve Bach to develop the amendment. The efforts focused… Continue Reading City Council OKs first reading of fire-code changes

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ACLU subpoenas mayor, councilor and police chief

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The Mayor’s Counsel meeting and press conference originally scheduled for Thursday Dec. 13 have both been canceled, due to the ongoing lawsuit against the city’s no-solicitation ordinance. The American Civil Liberties Union has subpoenaed Mayor Steve Bach, Councilor Merv Bennett and Police Chief Pete Carey to testify in the federal trial in Denver Thursday morning.… Continue Reading ACLU subpoenas mayor, councilor and police chief

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Colorado Springs will hold an open house to discuss the installation of a roundabout at the five-legged intersection of Tejon Street, Cascade Avenue, Ramona Avenue and Cheyenne Boulevard. The open house is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 at St. Aiden’s Anglican Church, 1626 S. Tejon St. Engineers from the project team… Continue Reading City to hold open house about Tejon St. roundabout

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The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority is seeking a volunteer to serve on its citizen advisory committee. The committee provides recommendations to the PPRTA board of directors about budgets, contracts and project implementation. Committee members must live in Colorado Springs, unincorporated El Paso County, Manitou Springs, Green Mountain Falls or Ramah. Members must be able… Continue Reading PPRTA board seeks volunteer for advisory committee

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