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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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Earle steps down as director of Colorado Springs Airport

Mark Earle is stepping down as aviation director of the Colorado Springs Airport, officials announced Friday. Assistant Aviation Director Dan Gallagher will assume the role of interim director while the city conducts a national search for a new director. Gallagher has been with the Colorado Springs Airport since 2010. Earle has agreed to serve as… Continue Reading Earle steps down as director of Colorado Springs Airport

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Mail ballots go out, election is April 2

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Mail ballots go out, election is April 2

Ballots for the April 2 municipal election are in the mail. Voters who haven’t received a ballot by Friday, March 15, should call the City Clerk’s office at 385-5901. The election is  mail-in ballot only, and must be received by the city clerk’s office or dropped off at one of the designated sites by 7… Continue Reading Mail ballots go out, election is April 2

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Forums provide insight on Council races

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Forums provide insight on Council races

Was there anything to learn by sitting through two City Council candidate forums? On Monday, more than 100 civic-minded voters braved icy streets to watch candidates strut their stuff in an environmental forum at Stargazers. Twenty-four hours later, a slightly different crowd gathered at the Mining Exchange Hotel for the Business Journal-KOAA forum. The formats… Continue Reading Forums provide insight on Council races

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B Lab: State benefit corporation bill flawed

Proposed legislation in Colorado to create the legal framework for benefit corporations is opposed by the nonprofit originally responsible for the idea. A benefit corporation — as defined by the 13 other jurisdictions that provide for them — is a business that puts the environment and society ahead of the bottom line. In Colorado’s version,… Continue Reading B Lab: State benefit corporation bill flawed

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The new CEO for Neumann Systems Group says he doesn’t understand why the local company has become a “political whipping boy” for Colorado Springs leaders. NSG, which is installing a clean-coal scrubber at the Martin Drake Power Plant near downtown, has been under fire for months – constantly battling misconceptions and falsehoods, said Todd Tiahrt,… Continue Reading Neumann CEO defends company record, progress

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City candidates show different strategies

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City government went to the dogs — or rather the dog — Tuesday morning. Mayor Steve Bach gave a Spirit of the Springs award at his news conference to Swagger, the Old English sheepdog which beat out 2,720 competitors to win reserve best-in-show at Westminster. The pooch belongs to Colton and Heather Johnson, part of… Continue Reading City candidates show different strategies

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