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Hazlehurst: Maketa’s abuse of power exposes systemic problem

Terry Maketa hits the spot Three girlfriends, that’s a lot Naked selfie and a tax hike too Terry Maketa is the sheriff for you! As County Commissioner Darryl Glenn accurately noted, Sheriff Terry Maketa’s multiple improprieties in office were “the worst-kept secrets in town.” Four years ago, Pam Zubeck of the Colorado Springs Independent detailed… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Maketa’s abuse of power exposes systemic problem

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On May 15, the nine members of the Colorado Springs Planning Commission gathered at City Hall for their monthly meeting. For the old hands among them, the agenda seemed ominous, as did the crowded room. Items 6a-6c were particularly threatening. Innocuously titled “The Farm,” the three items had little to do with farming, and a… Continue Reading Perhaps the time has arrived to question sprawl

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The Colorado Springs Utility Board ()AKA City Council will meet Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m., with the agenda and associated attachments already online. Here are the most significant items, including forecast electric and gas rate increases and the expected length of the Martin Drake Power Plant outage. In what is presumably a worst-case scenario, Utilities… Continue Reading Rates up, Drake down for as long as a year

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Judging from the emails piling up in my inbox, the two worst people in Colorado are U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who will oppose each other in the Senate race this November as Udall seeks a second term. Did you know that “Shutdown Cory” single-handedly engineered the Tea Party shutdown of… Continue Reading It’s election year, and the craziness already has begun

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As I was biking past the new Garden of the Gods Gourmet location at 26th Street and U.S. Highway 24 on Sunday morning, a beautifully restored 1960 Thunderbird emerged from the parking lot and stopped abruptly. I slowed down, intending to say “nice ride!” to the car’s proud owner, when I heard the starter motor… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Drake discussion will have to change now

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One death is a tragedy — a million deaths is a statistic.” That epigram, often attributed to Joseph Stalin, neatly sums up two characteristics of our species: sentimentality and innumeracy. We don’t like to think about large numbers, big data or inexorable fate. We’d much rather focus on our own lives, the lives of those… Continue Reading Here’s a comparison to warm up your mind

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Four bills under consideration by the state Senate are somewhat misleadingly called the “telecommunications modernization legislative package.” According to the folks pushing HB 1328-133, they will “protect consumers, deliver the benefits of competition, protect 911, create a broadband fund and establish a streamlined process for private investment.” The state House already passed the package by… Continue Reading Beware of four bills sailing through Capitol

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What does Mark Ferrandino most desire as he finishes up his final session as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives? There are lots of potential answers, but one comes to mind: Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat, would like to figure out how to snatch back the $120 million in tax increment funding that the state… Continue Reading Legislative action brings out rest of C4C story

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City Councilor Joel Miller’s attempt to rewrite Colorado Springs eminent domain ordinances may seem well-intentioned. But laws, like elected officials, are not always what they seem to be. Miller had unveiled his ordinance at the group’s work session on Monday, and he insisted upon bringing it up for a vote on Tuesday. City Attorney Wynetta… Continue Reading Eminent domain brings out the best and worst

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Those of us who know Nolan Schriner understand four things about him. • He knows what he’s talking about. • He’s honest. • He doesn’t suffer fools gladly. • He’s diplomatic … but only to a point. It was apparent that Colorado Springs Council President Keith King and his Council colleagues Joel Miller and Don… Continue Reading Nominee fights back against Council’s ‘chilling effect’

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