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Drake: What’s the true cost?

Drake: What’s the true cost?

“To understand where you’re going, it helps to understand where you’ve been.” That hoary cliché is particularly applicable when seeking to understand why Colorado Springs Utilities clings to the Martin Drake downtown coal-fired power plant. Exasperated Drake opponents have argued that the plant’s three generating units are old (dating from the 1960s and 1970s), accident-prone… Continue Reading Drake: What’s the true cost?

Davis returns to run health foundation

Colorado Springs native Cari Davis has a passion for helping people in need — in particular, historically marginalized populations. Most recently, the 48-year-old taught management to health care professionals in Ethiopia and worked with leadership teams in Rwanda. Davis, who earned MBA and MPH degrees from Yale University, returned home earlier this month to become… Continue Reading Davis returns to run health foundation

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Cliff House still a Manitou anchor

If you ask Paul York, a butterfly effect that led to Manitou Springs’ resurgence in the late 1990s began largely thanks to an errant cigarette in 1982. The general manager of the 142-year-old building now known as the Cliff House at Pikes Peak, York said a man then hired by the city of Manitou as… Continue Reading Cliff House still a Manitou anchor

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Manitou fights the post-flood battle

During the flooding of 2013, torrents of rainwater, mixed with burnt trees and ash from the Waldo Canyon fire of 2012, careened through Manitou Springs with no respect for walls, homes or businesses. Primarily using grant funding, the city of Manitou Springs began a $6 million flood mitigation project last year. Grants came from the… Continue Reading Manitou fights the post-flood battle

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Manitou’s second pot shop nears opening

Emerald Fields, a recreational marijuana dispensary in Glendale near Denver, plans to open its second location in Manitou Springs by the end of this month. The company will be El Paso County’s second retail pot shop when it opens the store on Manitou Avenue — just down the road from Maggie’s Farm, which became the… Continue Reading Manitou’s second pot shop nears opening

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Manitou URA waking from slumber?

Years have passed since the 2006 inception of the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority, with relatively little to show for its efforts. But according to Mayor Marc Snyder, who also serves on the URA board, those efforts could be picking up as soon as this year. “Unfortunately [the URA’s beginnings] coincided with the Great Recession,… Continue Reading Manitou URA waking from slumber?

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Manitou administrator brings new approach

More than 20 years ago, traveling from New Hampshire to California, Jason Wells stopped in Denver to visit a friend. As is the story for many transplants to Colorado, Wells fell in love with the state, the weather, the people, and says he’s “still visiting.” He earned his bachelor’s degree, law degree and a master… Continue Reading Manitou administrator brings new approach

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Ads influence the world of media consumers

Can you have newspapers or magazines without advertising? Every editor longs for such a perfect world, one shielded from the clamorous demands of commerce. Imagine: no powerful advertisers who might pull their ads if displeased by an editorial, no imperious publishers who drive revenue by cutting newsroom staff, no fighting to get your great investigative… Continue Reading Ads influence the world of media consumers

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Bach looks back

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Bach looks back

In June 2011, Steve Bach took office as the city’s first strong mayor, promising to transform city government, revitalize the local economy and run a lean, efficient, business-friendly administration. Those tasks would have challenged the most experienced politician, yet Bach had never served as an elected official. His decades of business experience had familiarized him… Continue Reading Bach looks back

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Luck in love with local food scene

Brother Luck (yes, his real name), is the proprietor and executive chef of the relatively new Brother Luck Street Eats located on West Colorado Avenue. Luck oversees all restaurant operations, including the sourcing and preparation of seasonal, farm-to-table fare, much of it from local distributors. He hadn’t always been the boss, however, as he recalls… Continue Reading Luck in love with local food scene

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