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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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Aubrey named communications director

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Cindy Aubrey, news director at KOAA-TV, will be the first chief communications officer under the new strong mayor form of government, said Mayor Steve Bach. “Cindy brings an incredible skill set to this position. The communications function is critical to presenting the right image to effectively tell our great story, recruit businesses, and showcase our… Continue Reading Aubrey named communications director

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Colorado Springs Utilities is looking for a few good businesses to work on the Southern Delivery System. The municipal utility is hosting its annual business opportunities workshop Thursday, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway. The free event will give subcontractors the chance to meet… Continue Reading Utilities looking for businesses to work on SDS

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In his “State of the City” address today, Mayor Lionel Rivera called upon Colorado Springs residents to suspend the city’s TABOR law for this year and through 2012 and urged the legislature to reform the pension plan for state and local government workers.
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Three of the voter initiatives that will appear on the November ballot sure sound attractive. Among other things, they promise to lower state income taxes, eliminate vehicle-registration fees, require government-owned authorities to start paying property taxes and forbid the state from assuming debt of any kind. What’s not to like? A lot, it seems. Critics… Continue Reading A threat of rate hikes, service cuts

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Citizens for Accountable Government, the group calling for a switch to a strong mayor form of government in Colorado Springs, may find that an obscure 1992 city ordinance could derail its efforts. The measure restricts any initiative to a single subject. Created in response to multi-subject initiatives such as the Douglas Bruce-authored 1991 “mini-TABOR” amendment,… Continue Reading ‘Strong mayor,’ single subject?

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Drought: economic issues won’t go away

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As the drought afflicting Colorado Springs and much of the rest of the state continues, tempers are hot over a deal in which the city utility sold an additional three million gallons of water to irrigate a golf course. The Broadmoor Hotel was sold city drinking water to irrigate its golf course while the rest… Continue Reading Drought: economic issues won’t go away

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Public health represents a challenge most people wish someone else would handle. After all, the business of indigent or uninsured health care is tricky – lots of need with not enough service providers willing to accept and treat a growing and underserved population. The El Paso County Board of Health and the Environment has been… Continue Reading Medical community at odds over politics of local health care

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It’s been only two and one-half weeks since America became the target of terrorism. Aside from lost lives and economic damage that continues to mount, consumer confidence took a big punch in the gut. People are afraid to fly despite the increasingly lower airfares and some investors are pulling – what is left of their… Continue Reading Sept. 11th hits U.S. and Co Springs economies but experts predict turn-around

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