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City releases stormwater expenditure report

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City releases stormwater expenditure report

City officials released this week a comprehensive list of stormwater expenditures from 2004 through 2014 to give citizens a more comprehensive picture of total spending. According to a news release issued by the city, the stormwater program for the city of Colorado Springs has included substantial spending over the past 15 years on “new flood control… Continue Reading City releases stormwater expenditure report

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Clerk’s office opens election drop boxes

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Clerk’s office opens election drop boxes

The office of the El Paso County clerk and recorder, in cooperation with the Colorado Springs city clerk, has opened six 24/7 ballot drop boxes and installed office-hour drop boxes inside city Department of Motor Vehicle offices to support the 2015 Colorado Springs municipal election. The 24/7 boxes and the interior boxes at the DMV offices… Continue Reading Clerk’s office opens election drop boxes

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UCCS to host mayor candidate forum

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UCCS to host mayor candidate forum

In concert with local mass media and community partners, the UCCS will host a Colorado Springs mayoral candidate forum at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in Berger Hall. The university will join with the Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, KKTV, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Regional Leaders Forum, Downtown Partnership and the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute… Continue Reading UCCS to host mayor candidate forum

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The Field of Council Dreams is set, and the race has officially begun — so welcome to our messy, chaotic, wonderfully democratic and deeply satisfying city elections. On April 7, we’ll vote to choose three candidates among 13 aspirants for at-large seats on City Council. In addition, voters in District 2 can choose between Kanda… Continue Reading Build your own government

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Answers exist for ‘Does the government buy what I sell?’

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On Jan. 15, Colorado small business owners got a peek into the secrets of finding success as government contractors at the first free workshop in the 2015 Pikes Peak Library District series, TalkGovBiz. Our local business community knows that small business is the backbone of this country. Statistics from the Small Business Authority’s Office of… Continue Reading Answers exist for ‘Does the government buy what I sell?’

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Why do individuals and businesses donate to political campaigns? More specifically, what motivates local residents and businesses to donate to candidates in non-partisan city elections? In this bitterly partisan era, you know (or think you know) what you’re going to get in a partisan election. Staunch Republicans may have contributed to Mitt Romney’s campaign in… Continue Reading The politics of political contributions

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City may host summit, governor says in talk

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City may host summit, governor says in talk

Four years ago, when John Hickenlooper was the newly elected governor, his constituents said loud and clear that there were far too many regulations for business. He made it his first order of business and directed state agencies to reduce redundancies and red tape for business. Now, he says, there are half as many statewide… Continue Reading City may host summit, governor says in talk

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In a telling display of futility, City Council refused Tuesday to put Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed $160 million infrastructure bond issue on the April 7 city election ballot. After a parade of city department heads and concerned citizens came forward to emphasize the gravity of the city’s capital improvement, stormwater, public safety, road maintenance and… Continue Reading New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

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As those of us who have covered City Council meetings in the past couple of years know only too well, former Councilor Joel Miller is remarkably prolix. Unlike his laconic colleague Helen Collins, Miller frequently spoke from the dais, going on … and on  … and on. On one occasion, he harangued his captive audience… Continue Reading The world according to candidate Joel Miller

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Clerk’s Office expands driver’s license services

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Clerk’s Office expands driver’s license services

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder is ushering in the new year by offering expanded services to driver’s license customers. Beginning Monday, Jan. 5, each El Paso County Motor Vehicle Office will offer these additional driver’s license transactions: Issue a copy of the customer’s motor vehicle record; Duplicate the driver’s license for a minor;… Continue Reading Clerk’s Office expands driver’s license services

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