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Governor debate to stream live

The fifth debate between Colorado governor candidates, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Bob Beauprez, tonight, Oct. 15, at the Gallogly Events Center on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus, will be streamed live on pbs.org/newshour/rundown/colorado-governors-debate/. The debate begins at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must have tickets. The tickets are… Continue Reading Governor debate to stream live

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Ballots mailed this week for 2014 General Election

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will mail approximately 333,866 ballots today, Oct. 13, to voters for the 2014 General Election, according to a news release. The ballot includes races for federal, state and county offices along with various state and local questions and issues. A copy of a sample ballot, ballot issue… Continue Reading Ballots mailed this week for 2014 General Election

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Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

After months of dour predictions hinting that the 2015 city budget would incorporate as much as $6 million in cuts, Mayor Steve Bach unveiled his administration’s proposed budget Monday morning at the City Administration Building. There were no visible cuts. The 2015 general fund budget of $259 million is 3 percent higher than the 2014 budget.… Continue Reading Mayor Bach unveils 2015 budget with some clever balancing

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Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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Last week, an extraordinary thing happened in El Paso County! Citizens, working alongside their locally elected officials, local government staff members, business leaders, military representatives, nonprofit representatives and more, all brought to fruition a collaborative proposal to tackle our region’s long-standing, complex flooding and stormwater management problem. This is no small accomplishment. Stormwater management is… Continue Reading Stormwater proposal deserves ‘yes’ vote

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Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

Throughout the years, once-unincorporated areas in Colorado have chosen for different reasons to go legitimate and incorporate themselves — but some still have resisted. Among those communities that have chosen time and time again to remain under the jurisdiction of El Paso County are Falcon, just northeast of Colorado Springs, and Security-Widefield, between Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

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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 works director preps for fresh beginning

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New works director preps for fresh beginning

Travis Easton, the city’s new public works director, brings with him some uncommon public service experience. Easton served as the mayor of Monument from 2009 until earlier this year. In addition, he has been a senior vice president of civil engineering with Nolte Vertical Five in the Pikes Peak region. He’ll transition at the end… Continue Reading New works director preps for fresh beginning

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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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Amy Lathen seeks mayor’s seat

In a press release sent out early Monday afternoon, El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen confirmed that she will run for Mayor in April’s municipal election. A formal announcement is expected soon. Lathen, 47, has served six years as the District 2 county commissioner. She has been a key member of the Stormwater Task Force, and… Continue Reading Amy Lathen seeks mayor’s seat

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