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Last January, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed an 18-member task force on wildfire insurance and forest health, as well as a 17-member wildland and prescribed fire advisory committee. Noting that 25 percent of Colorado’s population lives in the wildland-urban interface, Hickenlooper said that the two groups would prepare recommendations that would “reduce the risk of loss… Continue Reading Area has just one rep on state fire-response panels

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While the 2013 session of Colorado’s Legislature offered a share of both victories and defeats, the sentiment among the state’s business community is that overall, it was a loss. On one hand lawmakers approved several pro-business bills, including legislation to provide startup incentives, expand Medicaid and protect the small-business health care market. But on the… Continue Reading Business leaders take dim view of Legislature’s work

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Council to get direction about retail marijuana

Colorado Springs City Council will start work on regulations needed for the retail marijuana industry at a work session Monday, May 13. City Attorney Kyle Sauer will brief the city council on state legislation regarding retail marijuana licensing and regulation. Council will give the city staff direction for a public process to evaluate options to… Continue Reading Council to get direction about retail marijuana

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Neumann Systems Group is attempting to bounce back from a year of bad publicity and political wrangling about the company’s contract with Colorado Springs Utilities. The Springs company has submitted a proposal for an $18.75 million grant to the Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory for a carbon capture technology that will… Continue Reading Neumann has new proposal for carbon capture

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Deputy fire chief to serve as interim chief

Deputy Chief Tommy Smith will serve as interim fire chief for the city of Colorado Springs, according to a press release from Mayor Steve Bach’s office. Smith has been with the fire department since 1991 and served as a firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. He currently oversees support services, including the training division,… Continue Reading Deputy fire chief to serve as interim chief

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Fire chief to retire April 30

Colorado Springs Fire Chief Richard Brown will retire April 30 after 32 years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Brown was appointed chief by Mayor Steve Bach, after Steve Cox left the position to become chief of staff under the mayor’s administration. And even though Bach says he’ll name an interim fire chief by April… Continue Reading Fire chief to retire April 30

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Utilities board ends sales study contract

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Colorado Springs Utilities board members decided yesterday to nix a contract to study selling or leasing its electric power generation. The board unanimously decided not to move forward with a $500,000 study, suggested in 2012 by Mayor Steve Bach in a letter to the board. Board chairman Keith King signaled the direction the board was… Continue Reading Utilities board ends sales study contract

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Mayor Steve Bach plans to ask City Council for nearly$12 million from its reserve funds, the bulk of which will go to rebuild and restore two creeks in the wake of the Waldo Canyon fire. Bach announced his intentions during a press conference this morning. He is also asking for additional money to also cover… Continue Reading Mayor asking $10 million for summer flood mitigation

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City Council approves solar garden expansion

Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to expand the solar gardens program at Colorado Springs Utilities. CSU will pay a performance-based incentive of 16 cents per kilowatt hour generated by up to 3 megawatts of solar panels installed in gardens during the first year of the expanded program. The pilot program allowed for 2 megawatts… Continue Reading City Council approves solar garden expansion

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Waldo fire report: City must improve communication, documentation

Better communication, documentation,  logistics support and training on incident management are four areas in which the city needs to make improvements, as detailed in the After Action Report on Waldo Canyon Fire. The report, released Wednesday, details the city’s strengths in working the Waldo Canyon fire and outlined areas for improvement. The Waldo Canyon fire… Continue Reading Waldo fire report: City must improve communication, documentation

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