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The Martin Drake power plant  in downtown Colorado Springs was listed among 353 coal-fired plants in the country that are “ripe for retirement” in a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists released today. The Union of Concerned Scientists is a science-based nonprofit that started as a collaboration between students and faculty at the Massachusetts… Continue Reading Drake listed among coal plants ‘ripe for retirement’

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Panhandling ordinance gets first reading Nov. 13

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The Colorado Springs City Council will take up the “no soliticitation zone’ ordinance at its Nov. 13 formal meeting. The ordinance will prohibit panhandling downtown and in Acacia Park, if it passes City Council. The city attorney was asked by Council to present options for addressing solicitation downtown and on the Westside on Oct. 8.… Continue Reading Panhandling ordinance gets first reading Nov. 13

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El Paso County voters returned nearly all incumbents to their positions, voted to remove extra terms for commissioners and gave both the sheriff and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority the tax money they asked for in years to come. They also gave the county two Democratic members of the state House, with Pete Lee… Continue Reading Local voters pass taxes for sheriff, PPRTA, retain commissioners

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Surprise! You found a free parking spot downtown

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It might be a bit like finding Waldo, but visitors to downtown may find a free downtown parking meter beginning today. The City’s Parking System Enterprise will make two parking meters in the downtown area free. The catch is that the special meters will be in new locations each day. Staff will move the free… Continue Reading Surprise! You found a free parking spot downtown

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Mayor creates pension solutions team

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Mayor Steve Bach has created a pension solutions team. “The city’s current pension plans are not fiscally sustainable and if not changed will lead to General Fund insolvency. It is essential that the plans be modified for long term sustainability,” Bach said in a press release. Accountant Marv Strait will lead the solutions team. Other… Continue Reading Mayor creates pension solutions team

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The city of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities will spend more than $27.7 million on stormwater improvements next year. The money will go toward capital projects, pre-disaster mitigation, staffing, operations and maintenance. It also includes $7 million in stormwater expenses to address effects of the Waldo Canyon fire. The money will be spent on:… Continue Reading City, CSU to spend millions on stormwater drainage improvements

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Better communication with each other and with residents topped the list of lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon fire, said city officials at a preliminary after-action report this morning. The fire started June 23 and raced into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood Tuesday, June 26. A combination of high winds and dry weather fueled the fire… Continue Reading City’s disaster communications needs improvement, report says

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An independent audit of the city’s Urban Renewal Authority requested by Mayor Steve Bach recommends the authority and city partner more closely. The review, conducted by Hogan Lovells law firm, suggests the authority move into city offices and use city resources, such as planners and staff, in order to operate more efficiently. Questions about two… Continue Reading Report: City and Urban Renewal Authority need closer relationship

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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is endorsing the El Paso County sheriff in his appeal to raise taxes to provide money for critical operations. Sheriff Terry Maketa is asking for a .o023 county-wide sales tax, which would produce $17 million a year for eight years to hire more jailers and more deputies for patrol,… Continue Reading Business Alliance supports two ballot initiatives, endorses candidates

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Construction starts on Nevada medians

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Construction for new medians on Nevada Ave. between Bijou and Cucharras is underway and expected to be completed by Nov. 20, according to the city of Colorado Springs. The downtown improvement project is part of an action plan created in 1998, the city press release said, and is being paid for by the parking enterprise.… Continue Reading Construction starts on Nevada medians

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