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Ever visit a Kum & Go? They’re to convenience stores what Costco is to retailers. They’re big, efficient and customer friendly. Pumps are widely separated and easy to access. The stores are spacious and welcoming, offering fresh pizza and pastries, and many locally sourced products. The privately owned Midwestern chain has entered the Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Old Colorado City braces for Kum & Go’s large invasion

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s 1969 description of the five stages of grieving still resonates. Once again, we’ve seen our friends and neighbors stricken by sudden tragedy, and forced to negotiate all five stages in a few days. Imagine yourself in their place — could this be you? Denial. It can’t be happening again! Last year’s fire was… Continue Reading No easy solutions for using planes to fight fires

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In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. In football, four downs and you give up the ball. As an elected official, you never know how many chances you’ll have to make a difference during your term in office. The remaining undeveloped 18,000 acres of Banning Lewis Ranch once again are officially on the market, presenting… Continue Reading Some tough options remain for Banning Lewis Ranch

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Let us travel back to the dear, dead days beyond recall when Colorado voters, led by the eccentric Douglas Bruce, added the TABOR amendment to the state constitution in 1992. As every subsequent Colorado politician has learned, the Bruce-drafted amendment prohibits local governments from raising or renewing taxes without a vote. Versions of the amendment… Continue Reading Marijuana, TABOR and the City Council

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It was fascinating, if not exactly enlightening, to see the northeast corner of Acacia Park turned into our very own Potemkin village on Wednesday afternoon. A press release described the event in glowing terms. “The City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, Downtown Partnership, Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Colorado Springs Urban Intervention… Continue Reading Mayor Bach’s Potemkin village

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Fact No. 1: At almost $20 million annually, Colorado’s historic preservation fund is by any measure the largest in the nation. Fueled by a voter-mandated 22 percent share of gaming taxes paid by casinos in Cripple Creek, Blackhawk and Central City, the fund has provided more than a billion dollars to preservation projects statewide since… Continue Reading Here’s how to help a lot of people preserve properties

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“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?” “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” “That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes. — Arthur Conan Doyle, Silver Blaze Several months ago, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a $75,000… Continue Reading Amid silence, big plans evolve to pursue tourism funds

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The city and its enterprises employ thousands of people. Every day some of them quit, get promoted or migrate from one department to another — and it’s not news. Unless you’re a department head, a member of Council or spectacularly fired, the jackals of the media don’t much care. But if you’re Aimee Cox, we’re… Continue Reading Council’s loss becomes Mayor Bach’s noteworthy gain

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It’s been a long, strange trip for the city of Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor, two feuding organizations locked in a long, unhappy marriage. When Gen. William Palmer founded the city in 1871, much of the rolling mesa at the foot of Cheyenne Mountain was owned by Burton C. Myers, who planted a few acres… Continue Reading Broadmoor’s newest dreams won’t come soon

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Are you mad, mad, mad because other people are getting handouts, subsidies, benefits, tax breaks, rebates, refunds and entitlements, and you’re not? If not, you may be the only living American who believes that he/she isn’t being screwed, swindled, shortchanged, taken advantage of, exploited, played for a sucker and made to pay retail for everything.… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: SunShare pays price for youth, transparency

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