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Drake: A first post-fire look inside

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Drake: A first post-fire look inside

Photos by Cameron Moix

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As I was biking past the new Garden of the Gods Gourmet location at 26th Street and U.S. Highway 24 on Sunday morning, a beautifully restored 1960 Thunderbird emerged from the parking lot and stopped abruptly. I slowed down, intending to say “nice ride!” to the car’s proud owner, when I heard the starter motor… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Drake discussion will have to change now

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SDS: It’s a long story

In the late 1980s, water managers at Colorado Springs Utilities still hoped to build a major water diversion structure that would have taken water from the Holy Cross Wilderness Area south of Vail and eventually transported it to Colorado Springs and Aurora. That effort, more than a decade in planning, had been delayed by Eagle… Continue Reading SDS: It’s a long story

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At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Utilities CEO Jerry Forte had bad news and good news about the fire Monday that severely damaged and shut down the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant. The good news: The fire was largely confined to the southern wing of the building, which houses Unit 5, a 51-megawatt generator that… Continue Reading Forte says Drake shutdown might last a while

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Drake Plant’s near-disaster

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Drake Plant’s near-disaster

Chief says Drake fire could have been worse Colorado Springs Fire Chief Chris Riley did not mince words in describing what could have been. Riley, recapping the fire department’s quick and massive response to the serious fire Monday at Martin Drake Power Plant, praised what he called the quick and courageous response of firefighters on… Continue Reading Drake Plant’s near-disaster

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CSU, Denver, Aurora all reuse water

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Colorado Springs Utilities, along with Denver Water and the city of Aurora, all reuse a significant amount of water after it has gone through a treatment plant. It’s called non-potable water and as such is not acceptable for public consumption, cooking or bathing. The wastewater system collects all the water from homes and businesses, then… Continue Reading CSU, Denver, Aurora all reuse water

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Utilities analysis: SDS under budget and on time

Fifty years from now, residents of Colorado Springs will be pleased the leaders of today developed the Southern Delivery System, say a number of state water specialists. The oft-maligned $898 million project will have the capacity to pump 50 million gallons of Arkansas River Basin water per day north to Colorado Springs. The project is… Continue Reading Utilities analysis: SDS under budget and on time

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City Council to reconsider utilities’ CEO compensation

After initial discussions in February, the Colorado Springs City Council will consider a revised proposal for a reduced pay adjustment phased in over three years for Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte. A decision will be made at the April 8 Council meeting. A raise would eliminate the CEO’s performance incentive and increase the base… Continue Reading City Council to reconsider utilities’ CEO compensation

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Clouds loom over Drake’s future

When Colorado Springs Utilities first constructed a coal-fired power plant on the Drake site 80 years ago, it was a reasonable decision. Electricity demand was growing, and generating plants had to be situated near customers, as well as close to a rail line. If the working-class neighbors near the plant didn’t like the soot falling… Continue Reading Clouds loom over Drake’s future

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Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

It’s never easy for elected officials in Colorado Springs to give employees a raise, especially when the employees in question are senior executives. That’s particularly true in today’s local economic environment, where unemployment remains high, underemployment is common, and many residents find themselves with depleted savings and diminished paychecks. City Council refused by a 5-4… Continue Reading Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

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