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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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Donna Nelson, operations manager for Security Service Federal Credit Union, will be the city’s economic vitality specialist. “Donna is an ideal person for this job,” said Mayor Steve Bach in a press release. “Her skills range from marketing to mergers to acquisitions to re-engineering operations. Her military service and a business track record that most… Continue Reading Nelson to be city’s first economic vitality specialist

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Pikes Peak Highway could be completely paved by the end of the year, if Mother Nature cooperates. If she doesn’t, then the city plans to complete it early in 2012. That would complete the project a year earlier than planned, and in enough time for next year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Mayor Steve Bach… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Highway paving project to be finished early

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The City of Colorado Springs will contract with private companies for $1.68 million in road projects that are expected fund 20 construction jobs. The projects will be open for bid, and work is scheduled to begin August 22. They include: • Cimarron Street from East Sierra Madre Street to West of Wahsatch Avenue; • Cascade… Continue Reading City’s roadwork outsourcing will mean 20 jobs

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City Clerk Young retires

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Long-time City Clerk Kathryn Young is retiring as of July 28. Young has been a city employee since 1983. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served this extraordinary organization and its citizens for the past 28 years,” said Young. “While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will deeply miss the… Continue Reading City Clerk Young retires

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