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Flat tire in the Rockies

28. September 2010

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Last weekend we jumped into our temperamental little black roadster and headed for the mountains. If ever there was a top down, wind in your face, blue sky, dazzling sun two-lane blacktop day, Sunday was it. It was a day for German engineering, Rocky Mountain splendor and glowing aspens on the back road to Cripple […]

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New state venture capital committee leaves out Springs

22. September 2010

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Yesterday, Gov. Bill Ritter named 21 people to a new “venture capital investment advisory committee.” According to a report in the Denver Business Journal, “The panel is charged with helping to draw financial support for several Colorado industry sectors, including aerospace, bioscience, clean energy and information communication technology.” “I established this advisory panel to build […]

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USOC decision: City 2, Colorado Constitution 0

17. September 2010

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More than a year ago, attorney Lindsay Fischer appealed Judge Scott Sells’ decision that affirmed the legality of the city’s deal with the U. S. Olympic Committee. As some may remember, the deal called for the city to issue $38 million in so-called “certificates of participation,” to be secured by (in effect) mortgaging a fire […]

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Remembering Charles Ansbacher

13. September 2010

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Charles Ansbacher, who conducted the Colorado Springs Symphony for many years, and who so brilliantly led the community effort that culminated in the construction of the Pikes Peak Center thirty years ago, died yesterday evening at his home in Cambridge, aged 67. His was a brilliant and accomplished career, a life that burned brightly and […]

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Colorado initiatives: change you can pay for.

13. September 2010

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Colorado Springs voters will be asked Nov. 2 whether they want to radically revise the city charter and replace the city manager for of government with a so-called “strong mayor” system. While the term “strong mayor” may be misleading, one thing is clear about the proposal: It has been driven and financed by a handful of […]

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Want to build community? Kemmis says party on, dudes!

9. September 2010

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Daniel Kemmis, the former Mayor of Missoula, Mont., held forth yesterday evening at the Penrose House in an event entitled “A Vision for Thriving Colorado Towns.” As Mayor, Kemmis supported and/or initiated many projects to improve civic life in Missoula, including a kayak run, a trail along the river, a prairie grass park,a farmer’s market,  and […]

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Obama goes all medieval on us!

8. September 2010

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It appears that President Obama  has finally abandoned his cerebral, even professorial affect and has become once again a canny and combative politician.  Good on ya, Mr. President!  Way to man-up! Journalists are professionally neutral (more or less).  We try to not to root for one side or another, but we appreciate a good fight.  That’s […]

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Bill Hybl for strong mayor?

3. September 2010

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The strong mayor initiative is on the ballot. It’s propelled by money, voter discontent, money, powerful men and women, money, organization, and … did I say money? We can expect a powerful, well-financed campaign to drown out dissenting voices. It’ll probably pass, and then we’ll have to elect a person to fill the newly created […]

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Stay in the race, Dan!

2. September 2010

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Republican power brokers want Dan Maes to step aside as Republican nominee for governor. Their concerns: He can’t win, and he might drag down the rest of the ticket. Both concerns have merit, but there are two much larger questions that the uber-GOPsters haven’t considered. Dan Maes won the nomination fair and square. He came […]

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