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The city of Colorado Springs and the Westside Community Center LLC have renewed their partnership agreement to continue operating the Westside Community Center at 1628 W. Bijou St. The new agreement will run through December 2015. The partnership started in 2010, and the Westside Community Center LLC was created by the Center for Strategic Ministry,… Continue Reading City continues partnership for Westside Community Center

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If you were given the task of creating a new governance model for Colorado, you might well discard the entire existing system. Continue Reading How to reach elected leaders: Play the game, it’s not difficult

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Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors – essentially City Council in a different role – is seeking 10 Springs residents to be part of a task force charged with developing and evaluating requests for proposals regarding a study to decommission and remove the Martin Drake power plant, located in the downtown corridor. Residents should be… Continue Reading CSU board seeks volunteers to study Drake decommission

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PPACG seeks community volunteer

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking a volunteer to serve on its community advisory committee. Members must have the time to review materials and attend meetings, and must be a resident of El Paso or Teller counties. The committee meets the last Wednesday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m in… Continue Reading PPACG seeks community volunteer

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Neumann Systems Group has another plan to make coal-fired power plants more environmentally friendly. The company that has been battling to save the Martin Drake Power Plant and it’s coal-cleaning Neustream technology that’s used there, says its newest venture could amount to 250 high-tech jobs, $400 million in construction projects and $150 million in sales. Neumann… Continue Reading Neumann proposes rare-earth metals extraction business for downtown plant

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The Colorado Springs City Council voted 8-to-1 Tuesday to ban panhandling downtown. City Attorney Chris Melcher redrafted the ordinance after requests from Councilors to include Acacia Park and the sidewalk in front of the library on Cascade Avenue. Those areas were originally omitted from the zone because Melcher worried they would be considered public forums.… Continue Reading City Council bans panhandling downtown

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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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