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There’s a certain slimy literary genre that newspaper employees have grown used to in the past decade — the pre-sale, pre-bankruptcy, pre-termination letter from the boss. Digital First Media CEO John Paton sent such a missive to DFM employees last week. It’s a classic of its kind, beginning with the fake-friendly, informal opening salutation (“Folks,”)… Continue Reading Best name for a newspaper? It’s now taken

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We have a developing crisis in a segment of the local small-business community, and it has nothing to do with the region’s economy, our endless political skirmishes or consumer behavior. But it’s a direct result of the disastrous fires that struck El Paso County the past two summers, Waldo Canyon in 2012 and Black Forest… Continue Reading Post-fire insurance woes taking hold

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The headline in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said it all: “Brewers settle for Colorado Springs as AAA team’s host.” Neither Colorado Springs nor Milwaukee had a choice. There are 32 major league teams and 32 Triple-A cities – so when one team jumps ship, as did the Rockies (and others in recent weeks), it triggers a… Continue Reading Baseball lives on in Springs, so why not a new name?

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Recently, the Business Journal obtained a grant for an unusual purpose — to bring together everyone this newspaper has recognized through the years as our Rising Stars, formerly known as “40 Under 40” honorees. Along with the invitation to a reception that took place Thursday night, we asked everyone to address one question: “If you… Continue Reading How young leaders would spend $1 million

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Planting seeds for downtown’s future

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A crowd of more than 100 people stood together last Thursday afternoon on a dirt-covered lot beside South Nevada Avenue, celebrating both a moment and a dream finally beginning to come true. This was the groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Dot apartment complex, a 33-unit project at 412 S. Nevada, between Costilla and Cimarron streets. Partner… Continue Reading Planting seeds for downtown’s future

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Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

In November 2010, Colorado Springs voters approved a radical change in the City Charter by a 60-40 margin. Issue 300, a citizen-initiated charter amendment, replaced the city manager form of government with a “strong mayor” system. The amendment, supported by an ad hoc coalition of longtime local business leaders, benefited from a sophisticated, heavily funded… Continue Reading Four years later, it’s time to ask: Was the strong-mayor idea worth it?

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(Editor’s note: This is a revised version of a story that was posted Monday with updated information. The proposal at the end is unchanged.) “Colorado Springs Forward” is a relative newcomer to a long list of action-oriented community nonpartisan groups, but it may become a formidable player nonetheless. During the past several months, it has… Continue Reading Update: Colorado Springs Forward alters its strategy

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New garrison boss keeps Carson on track

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Col. Joel Hamilton looked forward to starting his assignment in May as Fort Carson’s garrison commander with a few calm months of learning his new post and meeting people. Little did Hamilton realize, until just before arriving, that he’d be stepping into a tough situation from his first day on the job, May 21. When… Continue Reading New garrison boss keeps Carson on track

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In May 2011, Mike Kazmierski resigned as president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation. Kazmierski, a blunt-talking former Army colonel, had been at odds with many of the EDC’s supporters and board members. The Great Recession hadn’t made it any easier to persuade businesses to move to Colorado Springs, and city… Continue Reading Kazmierski hits the economic development jackpot in Reno

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The race for mayor of Colorado Springs definitely is heating up, far ahead of the April 2015 municipal election. El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen formally announced on Labor Day, sending a statement to the media that may presage a major campaign theme. “It is time to unlock the doors of the Mayor’s Office,” Lathen… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates make moves to set up race

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