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Colorado Springs is calling on local architects and designers for their street smarts. The City of Colorado Springs is seeking regional talent to compete in a competition to design streets and surroundinglandscapes. The winner will be paid $1,000. Dubbed the “Cascade SmartScape Challenge,” the competition is sponsored by Xerox and led by City Councilmember Brandy… Continue Reading Streetscape design competition aims to spruce up Cascade Avenue

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Mayor Steve Bach will meet monthly with the Colorado Springs City Council in what he is calling the “Mayor’s Counsel.” The idea, he said, is that the City Council might need some counseling from him and he might need some counseling from them. “We are peers, they are not my Council,” he said. The monthly… Continue Reading Bach will host monthly meetings with City Council

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Colorado’s cities and towns are struggling to maintain the infrastructure needed to support basic needs of residents and businesses. That’s the report form the Colorado Municipal League, which shows two-thirds of cities list street maintenance as a major budgetary challenge. Colorado Springs is no exception – the city has a backlog of street and bridge… Continue Reading Colorado cities and towns struggle to maintain infrastructure

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Contractor to start pilot snowplowing program

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Now all they need is snow. Landscape Assist/Sod Tech has official approval for snow removal coverage for the northern part of Colorado Springs. The company will plow streets from Old Ranch Road north to Northgate Boulevard, with an east boundary of Highway 83, Shoup Road and Howells Road and a west boundary of I-25. The… Continue Reading Contractor to start pilot snowplowing program

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife says it has $1.7 million in matching grants available to support projects that would benefit fishing, shooting ranges or motorized boating. Parks and wildlife officials are accepting applications from individuals, organizations and local governments for some of that money. The Fishing is Fun grant program has $900,000 available to distribute for… Continue Reading $1.7M available for Colorado recreation projects

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New board, new name in chamber/EDC merger

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The city’s two main business groups have formalized their plans to unify and named its board members. The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. will become the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, as of Feb. 1. The new board will include: Chris Blees of Biggs Kofford; Frank… Continue Reading New board, new name in chamber/EDC merger

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The Colorado Springs City Council handed Mayor Steve Bach a rare defeat during yesterday’s formal council meeting when it voted down Bach’s request to deny stepped salary increases worth $749,000 for city employees. Continue Reading Bach loses mayor/council showdown

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City employees are continuing to get pay raises despite the fact that Mayor Steve Bach mandated a salary freeze in May. The raises have continued thanks to oversight in the city’s personnel policy manual. The $749,500 problem came to light when city staff told Mayor Steve Bach about the problem. The money is built into the… Continue Reading Mayor pressures Council to fix salary-freeze error

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Mountain Metro changes routes, times

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The Mountain Metropolitan Transit services will start fall changes at the end of the month. In order to maintain efficient operations, Mountain Metro changes its routes once or twice a year, according to the city of Colorado Springs. The upcoming changes include: Route 8 – a five block section on Willamette Avenue will be relocated… Continue Reading Mountain Metro changes routes, times

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Local law enforcement officials will hold a prescription drug take back event Saturday, said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers. “Prescription drug abuse is one of the fastest growing problems facing Colorado today,” Suthers said. “This take-back effort and partnership between the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement across the state will help keep these… Continue Reading Prescription drug take back scheduled for Saturday

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