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Crowds gather to support Carson

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Crowds gather to support Carson

Hundreds of people from across Colorado gathered Tuesday afternoon at Centennial Hall in Colorado Springs to show support for the Fort Carson Army post, which faces a potential cut of up to 16,000 soldiers — two-thirds of the Mountain Post’s personnel — by 2020. The Keep Carson Strong event was hosted by a partnership between… Continue Reading Crowds gather to support Carson

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Summit House plans underway

The city released its formal Request for Proposals for architectural and engineering services for the new Pikes Peak Summit House Monday morning. This marks a significant milestone for the long-deferred plan to replace the rundown 1965 structure. Twenty years ago, a comprehensive master plan for Pikes Peak identified two major priorities for preserving the peak’s… Continue Reading Summit House plans underway

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Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Throughout her eight years on the Colorado Springs City Council, Jan Martin has tried to take the high road — even when it wasn’t the popular way to go. She has believed strongly in the need for dealing with stormwater. She feels the city’s residents should be convinced to pay more (yes, in taxes) to… Continue Reading Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Balloons returning for new festival

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Balloons returning for new festival

The balloons are back in town. The city of Colorado Springs announced last week that it was in final negotiations with Hot Apple Productions to provide a balloon festival during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7. The new festival, yet to be named, was chosen through a request-for-proposal process to fill a space vacated by the… Continue Reading Balloons returning for new festival

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City may host summit, governor says in talk

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City may host summit, governor says in talk

Four years ago, when John Hickenlooper was the newly elected governor, his constituents said loud and clear that there were far too many regulations for business. He made it his first order of business and directed state agencies to reduce redundancies and red tape for business. Now, he says, there are half as many statewide… Continue Reading City may host summit, governor says in talk

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The challenges of investing in our family

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There’s no money to support economic development. We need money for stormwater, roads and bridges. Why should I give City Hall more money when they waste the taxes we pay?  These are the assertions I hear around our family dinner table, requiring us to gain perspective. In anthropological economics, the concept of societal surplus refers… Continue Reading The challenges of investing in our family

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A while back it was asked, “What would you do with a million dollars?” The question came up again recently … what would I do? So I thought I’d challenge myself and come up with some ideas. 1. $500,000 to promote Colorado Springs to Denver and Boulder. Why? To end the extremely short-sighted nature of… Continue Reading How the city could spend $1 million the right way

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Snider’s exit not good for city

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True to his low-key form, Val Snider decided last week to break some news in a different way — on his Facebook page. With no fanfare, Snider made known his decision not to pursue a second term on the Colorado Springs City Council. Snider, a retired Air Force major with a lengthy resumé of civic… Continue Reading Snider’s exit not good for city

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Ford leads local sales, enhanced by military

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Ford leads local sales, enhanced by military

New vehicle registrations continue to grow each year in El Paso County, swelling to 27,161 last year with Ford as the leading brand in the region. There were 529,595 total registered vehicles in the county last year — 343,669 of which were in Colorado Springs — according to data published earlier this month by the… Continue Reading Ford leads local sales, enhanced by military

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Gas-price effect draws mixed responses

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Gas-price effect draws mixed responses

Does the precipitous fall in gasoline prices mean that fuel-efficient cars are losing value, while the gas guzzlers that consumers once shunned are now in high demand? And if low prices persist for years to come, what will the consequences be? Sheila Gantzler, dealer sales and service manager at ADESA Auto Auction in Fountain, says… Continue Reading Gas-price effect draws mixed responses

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