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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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After nearly four hours of meandering debate, City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to approve the intergovernmental agreement creating the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority. Their action appears to make it certain county commissioners will refer the measure to the November ballot.  It’s not often Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Jan Martin, Val Snider, Keith King, Merv… Continue Reading Mayor bets his future against stormwater

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Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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As our elected leaders continue finding new ways to avoid cooperating on important issues, there’s a growing sense that perhaps doing nothing beats making a serious mistake. So, once again, we’re hearing rumbles that the stormwater fee for El Paso County property owners might not make it onto the November ballot, after all. Never mind… Continue Reading Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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Fees, battles threatening  stormwater

Tuesday was a long and contentious day for El Paso County commissioners, for five members of the Colorado Springs City Council, and especially for the weary members of the Stormwater Task Force. And it ended in uncertainty, with city and county leaders opposing Mayor Steve Bach’s ideas for governance of a stormwater authority. Unless they… Continue Reading Fees, battles threatening stormwater

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It looks as if residents of El Paso County, Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain and Green Mountain Falls will have the opportunity of voting to tax themselves (I mean, “fee” themselves) to fund regional stormwater needs. Colorado Springs City Council obligingly approved the proposed intergovernmental agreement earlier this week, and other jurisdictions are expected to… Continue Reading Stormwater leaders gear up for ballot campaign

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What can we do about income inequality? In a long piece in Politico, billionaire venture capitalist Tom Hanauer supports nearly doubling the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. Hanauer is seriously rich. He was the first non-family member to invest in Jeff Bezos’ tiny little online bookstore, and also founded an Internet marketing company… Continue Reading Want to be a congressional intern? Open your checkbook

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Routon: Primary sends stern message to Lamborn

Just one minute after the deadline for turning in ballots in Colorado’s 2014 primary election, El Paso County created the first surprise Tuesday night. The first results of mail-in votes showed U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn with a tenuous 51-49 percent lead, just a 1,200-vote difference, over Republican challenger Bentley Rayburn. At that moment, 7:01 p.m.,… Continue Reading Routon: Primary sends stern message to Lamborn

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