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Downtown’s Blue Dot Place apartment complex is, according to developer Darsey Nicklasson, on schedule for completion this fall. It has been a process that has led to some interesting design changes, as Nicklasson and business partner Kathy Loo respond to feedback from potential tenants and apply cost-benefit analyses to other construction options that also appeal… Continue Reading Blue Dot priorities embrace quality of life

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Standardized test fatigue hits K-12 level

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CMAS? TCAP? PARCC? If you’re a parent, a student or a teacher, you know exactly what those abbreviations mean — standardized tests. Thanks to the allure of federal grants, and the antics of busybodies in the Colorado Legislature, the words of Bob Dylan’s iconic song could be altered from “everybody must get stoned” to “every… Continue Reading Standardized test fatigue hits K-12 level

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As those of us who have covered City Council meetings in the past couple of years know only too well, former Councilor Joel Miller is remarkably prolix. Unlike his laconic colleague Helen Collins, Miller frequently spoke from the dais, going on … and on  … and on. On one occasion, he harangued his captive audience… Continue Reading The world according to candidate Joel Miller

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Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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Two decades ago, the daily paper then still known as the Gazette-Telegraph launched a “community-wide discussion about the future of Colorado Springs,” featuring “a series of essays by people in our community.” Cheryl Gillaspie and I contributed the first two essays, which were published May 10, 1995. We had both been re-elected to City Council… Continue Reading Messages from 1995 still relevant now

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For journalists, Colorado Springs has traditionally been a target-rich environment. Ours is an argumentative, contentious and perpetually dissatisfied community — there’s always something going on. Sadly, for those of us who thrive on dissonance, dissension and dysfunction, 2015 promises to be less interesting than 2014. • City elections: We’ll have at least four serious candidates… Continue Reading New year might be brighter, less crazy

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Colorado Springs — are we the world capital of self-flagellation? Sometimes it seems that way as civic leaders trot off to cool cities like Austin, Portland, Oklahoma City and Papeete (they wish!) to gawk enviously at their betters. We in the media love to join the chorus. Woe is us, we write! Unlike (fill in… Continue Reading Think we have troubles? Check Seattle

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Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Mayor Steve Bach’s brief Monday announcement that he won’t seek re-election came as no surprise. Nearly a year ago, Bach met with John Suthers at the latter’s request. Suthers, who would be term-limited as Colorado’s attorney general at the end of 2014, told Bach that he intended to run for mayor, citing an oddly disingenuous… Continue Reading Mayor’s exit sets up intriguing race in April

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Those of us who attended Tuesday’s City Council meeting, or watched it on TV, learned one thing: Council is mad, mad, mad! In fact, they’re MAD  AS  HELL, and they’re not going to take it anymore! Who are they mad at? Our honorable Mayor Steve Bach, whom they characterize as contemptuous, dismissive and unyielding when… Continue Reading Council-Bach feud spirals down to new depths

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Bach indicates he won’t run

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will announce whether he intends to run for a second term as mayor within a few days. Will he or won’t he? All indications are that he won’t. He’s privately told a few friends that he won’t run, and senior administration officials are already speaking of their time in office… Continue Reading Bach indicates he won’t run

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