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Hazlehurst: Mayor, councilors show civility, logic

Our elected leaders seem far more sensible and informed when they’re disagreeing via carefully reasoned emails than they do when posturing from the dais. For proof, consider this email chain, featuring Mayor Steve Bach, Councilor Don Knight, and Councilor Andy Pico. We start with Bach’s widely circulated email decrying the lack of net new jobs… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Mayor, councilors show civility, logic

The city’s Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax fund has been on the books since 1980, supported by a 2-percent tax on hotel rooms and a 1-percent levy on automobile rentals in Colorado Springs. The purpose of the LART tax, according to the city’s 2013 budget, is “to attract visitors and enhance the economy of the… Continue Reading Business Alliance angles for a bigger chunk of LART

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“We can so do this!” said Amanda Miller last Saturday as we waited to start the Copper Triangle, a 78-mile bike ride through the mountains. We’d be riding from Copper Mountain resort up Fremont Pass and down to Leadville on Colorado 91, up U.S. 24 to Tennessee Pass, Battle Mountain and Minturn, then the long… Continue Reading Events, and participation, may be our real future

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Council stays on track with NeuStream at Drake

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Following a long, contentious and apparently unadvertised public hearing, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utilities Board, declined Wednesday to revisit its July 18 decision to finish installation of the $130 million NeuStream pollution control system on the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant and defer any study of the plant’s future until 2013.… Continue Reading Council stays on track with NeuStream at Drake

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“Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun/I fought the law — and the law won.” — written by Sonny Curtis, performed by the Crickets, the Bobby Fuller Four, and the Clash. Ah, the good old days! When laws were laws, criminals were caught, and punishment was certain. Do we still fight the law? Or have the… Continue Reading Obeying laws today is knowing which ones to bend

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Last week’s media brouhaha over a nonexistent Steve Bach meltdown concerning Memorial Health System was mercifully short-lived. It endures only in the embarrassment of the perpetrators (a certain daily newspaper, unnamed to protect the guilty) and the greater embarrassment of those who were gulled by the scam (that would be yours truly). Thinking that Bach… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Bach, Council must play together nicely

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At the beginning of the week, Bloomberg’s website featured two stories. One noted the continuing fall of Facebook shares since the company’s initial public offering, when the investing public snapped up 421 million shares of the 8-year-old firm at $38 a share. At that price, the company was valued at 107 times trailing earnings, a… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Facebook finding its place in history of investments

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It’s exciting to be back at CSBJ! I’ve missed writing about business during the past 18 months. In Colorado Springs, the biggest stories are at the nexus of politics, business and belief — religious or secular. Take the strange and scarcely believable saga of the Banning Lewis Ranch, which in 25 years has gone from… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Prepare for future pitches of progress and prosperity

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Enough complaining! Rather than focus on everything that’s wrong about our city, it’s time we focus on what’s right. Let’s forget about the wretched economy, the fumbling politicians and the crazy Republicans/Democrats (pick either or both) who are cheerfully destroying our great city/state/nation. Here’s my top picks. Pikes Peak! Let’s hear it for our mountain,… Continue Reading It’s time to focus on what’s right about Colorado Springs

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A piece I wrote in last week’s Business Journal, in which both mayoral candidates and political operatives agreed that an effective campaign would cost as much as $500,000, left one question unanswered: Where would the money come from? In past years, candidates vied for endorsements from four powerful business groups: the Pikes Peak Association of… Continue Reading Who’ll put up all that money for mayoral campaigns?

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