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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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PERA, city pension trial set for October

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A five-day trial pitting Colorado Springs against the Public Employees Retirement Association will start Oct. 28. At risk is $185 million from the lease proceeds of Memorial Hospital to University of Colorado Health. The money could be used to jump start a new foundation that will distribute grant money once it is up and running… Continue Reading PERA, city pension trial set for October

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Here’s a challenge for all you would-be entrepreneurs — run for City Council. You have three months to create, finance and market a new organization. Once you commit, you’ll be subject to frequent, fierce and often unfair media scrutiny. If you succeed in your local test market, you may be able to go statewide and,… Continue Reading City candidates have to apply business principles

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Milton E. Proby project wins state award

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The project that turned the Milton E. Proby Parkway into a four-lane divided parkway, with three additional bridges has received statewide accolades. The Colorado chapter of the American Public Works Association named the parkway “Project of the Year.” The project aided traffic congestion through a major intersection in Colorado Springs. “The recognition of Milton E.… Continue Reading Milton E. Proby project wins state award

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A coalition of local business, community leaders and elected officials are trying to secure a $19.8 million appropriation to federal legislation that provides disaster assistance related to Hurricane Sandy and Fort Collins High Park fire. They say the money is sorely needed to aid with lingering Waldo Canyon fire recovery efforts. Organizations included in the local effort include the Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Springs lobbying for $20 million under Hurricane Sandy federal relief package

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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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