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Melcher to be next city attorney

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Christopher Melcher will be the new city attorney when Patricia Kelly retires Sept. 30. Melcher, who became counsel at Colorado College in 2006, was confirmed at today’s city council meeting. The city never advertised for Kelly’s position after she announced her retirement earlier this month. But Mayor Steve Bach praised Melcher for his law and… Continue Reading Melcher to be next city attorney

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The El Paso County Elections officers will get some long-awaited elbow room when they move their offices this weekend to the El Paso County Citizen’s Center… Continue Reading El Paso County offices relocate to new Citizen’s Center

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In the wake of criticism over suggested ballot initiatives, City Attorney Pat Kelly has announced her decision to retire on Sept. 30. The decision comes after Kelly sent Mayor Steve Bach several suggestions for November ballot initiatives, including one that would allow City Council to appoint the city attorney, instead of the mayor. The initiatives,… Continue Reading City attorney retiring after 25 years

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State unemployment rate: unchanged

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Colorado saw no change in the state unemployment rate from June to July of this year, according to figures from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The state added 3,200 nonfarm payroll jobs, for a total of 2.2 million people employed in the state, according to the monthly survey of business establishments. Government jobs… Continue Reading State unemployment rate: unchanged

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City Councilman Tim Leigh has a lot of ideas. Some are wild — like getting Colorado Springs Utilities to build kayaking rapids in Fountain Creek. Some are big — like building a downtown, Olympic-themed sports arena. And some are just plain unconventional — like using money from the lease for Memorial hospital’s assets to pay… Continue Reading Tim Leigh: A visionary or just eccentric?

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CSU seeks public comment on gas plan

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Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking public comment for its 2011 natural gas integrated resource plan. The plant is posted at the CSU web site. As a local distribution company, Colorado Springs Utilities manages the natural gas supply and the distribution system required to physically deliver natural gas to customers. The updated plan is intended to… Continue Reading CSU seeks public comment on gas plan

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Denver firm chosen for investigation

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Mayor Steve Bach hired a Denver law firm to undertake an investigation of allegations of misdeeds in city government. Kelly, Stacy and Rita LLC has been hired and will start an investigation immediately, according to a city press release. Former finance director Terri Valasquez was fired earlier this year, and she has hired a law… Continue Reading Denver firm chosen for investigation

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The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corp. are working on a merger deal, discussing how the merged organization might be structured and possibly who its president and CEO should be. Who do you think should lead the organization? Leave a comment below.

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The Colorado Court of Appeals says public boards can vote in secret. The court on Thursday agreed with the Fort Morgan City Council, which was sued after members cast secret ballots to fill vacancies on their own board. The board also voted secretly to appoint a municipal judge. The judges said that nothing in Colorado’s… Continue Reading Court rules public boards can vote in secret

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Colorado Springs is set to have one economic development organization – one that combines the efforts of the Economic Development Corp. and the Chamber of Commerce. After an meeting Tuesday that lasted more than six hours, the two groups voted unanimously to merge operations – at least in principle, said Bill Hodgkins, board president for… Continue Reading Chamber/EDC merger: Structure? Jobs? Layoffs?

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