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  Falling natural gas prices are taking a toll on La Plata County’s budget.   The county was told Tuesday it could lose more than $920,000 in property-tax revenue because of a 25 percent drop in natural gas prices last year.   The assessed value of oil and gas development in the county changes annually… Continue Reading La Plata County losing taxes from natural gas

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Colorado Springs City Council will meet Wednesday to discuss Memorial Health System lease and to lay the parameters of a new foundation to be created from the proceeds of the lease with the University of Colorado Health. The council meeting is set for 10 a.m. at council chambers, but Memorial materials will be available on… Continue Reading City calls special council meeting for Wednesday

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The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority will pay for half of the costs to repair sidewalks next to private property, according to a press release from the city of Colorado Springs. That is, if the homeowner pays the other half. The plan is to repair and replace concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters – with 50… Continue Reading PPRTA to split costs of sidewalk repair

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There was broad support from those who spoke at an initial public input meeting regarding a possible city ordinance prohibiting panhandling downtown Tuesday. Before the city administrators present the ordinance at an informal city council meeting Monday, the Downtown Partnership wanted to get input from stakeholders, said downtown partnership executive director Ron Butlin. The ordinance… Continue Reading Downtown stakeholders support no-panhandling ordinance

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Colorado Springs will host the final round of public input for TBD Colorado, a statewide group gathering information about some of Colorado’s largest issues. The summit is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at Berger Hall at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Summits are also scheduled for the Mt.… Continue Reading TBD Colorado to hold final summit in Springs

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The city is hosting a Wednesday lunch and learn discussion on how to make downtown better. The event is scheduled for 12:11 p.m. to 12:49 p.m. at the City Administration Building at 30 S. Nevada Ave.  Sack lunches are welcome, but there won’t be any food served. The event will begin with a rapid-fire five-minute… Continue Reading City hosts ‘lunch and learn’ to discuss downtown vision

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The city’s new event coordinator is Brianna Goodwin, who worked as a fire and life safety educator in the Colorado Springs Fire Department for the past six years. Goodwin, who will work in the newly created economic vitality division, is a graduate of Colorado State University and also worked for the American Cancer Society. Her… Continue Reading Goodwin to become city’s events coordinator

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More than $50,000 in grants are available for the Spirit of the Springs program and the city is seeking applications to fund requests. Applications for the money – which was raised during the first Mayor’s Cup golf tournament – can be found at www.bachsoffice.com. Deadline is June 29, 2012. Funding decisions will be announced in… Continue Reading Spirit of the Springs offers first round of grants

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The Governor’s Office of Information Technology wants to make collaboration easier. OIT set up a data-sharing website, the Colorado Information Marketplace at data.colorado.gov, where the idea is to enhance productivity and collaboration between state agencies, local government, the private sector and the public, organizers of the site said. On the website, users can locate information… Continue Reading New state website aims to share public, private sector information

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Skinner named city CFO

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Kara Skinner will be the city of Colorado Springs’ new chief financial officer, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Bach’s office. Skinner will be confirmed by City Council at their formal meeting June 12. She was acting as interim finance and budget director, and has been with the city since 2006. The press… Continue Reading Skinner named city CFO

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