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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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Mayor’s office launches bachsoffice.com

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Mayor Steve Bach is taking his message directly to the people – through a website called bachsoffice.com. Sharply styled and looking much like a campaign site, bachsoffice.com will be updated frequently and include messages from Bach, news releases, event calendars and photos. People will also be able to get involved in some of Bach’s pet projects… Continue Reading Mayor’s office launches bachsoffice.com

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Xcel threatens to cut Boulder solar rebates

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Xcel Energy officials are threatening to cut solar rebates and energy-efficiency programs if Boulder voters approve a plan to break from Xcel and start a municipal utility. Xcel regional vice president Jerome Davis said in a letter Tuesday that during the five or more years it will take to form the utility, the company may… Continue Reading Xcel threatens to cut Boulder solar rebates

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Colorado Springs police are urging Wall Street protesters to get permits that would allow them to set up tents to keep their supplies as long as they don’t try to sleep in them. Police say if the protesters do not comply or the permits are not approved, the tents will have to be taken down.… Continue Reading Colorado Springs police urge permits for protests

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Carey to serve as interim chief

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The deputy chief of police will serve as interim police chief until a new one can be hired, according to a press release from the city of Colorado Springs. Peter Carey has been with the Colorado Springs Police Department since 1984, and was named deputy chief in 2008. He has been a master patrol officer,… Continue Reading Carey to serve as interim chief

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