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State wants mandatory life jackets for Labradors

17. December 2012

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In what may qualify as the single most absurd government regulation ever proposed, the Colorado Department of Agriculture proposes to require dog boarding and training facilities that have in-ground pools to equip dogs with “flotation devices” before they enter the water. You may think that this is just an early April Fools story – but […]

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Dougan, Leigh ditch Utility Board to interview with HBA

14. December 2012

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Although there may be candidates for City Council who have yet to announce, the Housing and Building Association has decided to go ahead and interview the ones that have. On Thursday, the organization interviewed at least four announced candidates: Jim Bensberg (District 3), Tim Leigh (District 1), Angela Dougan (District 2) and Jill Gaebler (District […]

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Utilities board meets to discuss Sierra Club suit

14. December 2012

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Remember the old adage, attributed variously to Otto von Bismarck and to a 19th-century Illinois legislator? “I have come to the conclusion that the making of laws is like the making of sausages—the less you know about the process the more you respect the result.” That quotation seemed apt yesterday afternoon during a particularly dismal […]

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Bensberg announces Council candidacy

11. December 2012

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Former El Paso County Commissioner Jim Bensberg has announced his candidacy for Colorado Springs City Council, in District 3. The election will be April 2.   Bensberg, 58, served from 2003 to 2011 on the El Paso County Board of Commissioners representing District 5. Previously, he was the Area Director for U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard. […]

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Get ready for ‘Everybody Welcome’ election in April

10. December 2012

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The sign on Fannie Mae Duncan’s legendary Colorado Avenue establishment was simple and to the point: “Everybody Welcome.” Get ready for an “everybody welcome” election in April, when six seats on our powerful, ill-paid, and mildly fractious council will be up for grabs. It’s easy to run. You don’t have to persuade the suspicious grandees […]

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Lathen praises business, ignores Bach in State of the Region address

5. December 2012

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During a noontime lunch sponsored by the Regional Business Alliance, County Commission Chairwoman Amy Lathen delivered a “State of the Region” speech to more than four hundred attendees. At 4,099 words, the address was only 444 words less than the United States Constitution. Lathen began by noting that “For all of us who live and […]

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Stage appears set for Anschutz to buy Gazette

21. November 2012

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He owns hotels, railroads, newspapers, sports teams, arenas, movie theaters and ticket brokers. He has interests in at least 150 companies. His family foundation, created in 1964, has more than $2 billion in assets. He gave $100 million to the University of Colorado Medical Campus, which was renamed to recognize his generosity. His net worth […]

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Mayor Bach pens letters to Utilities board about budget

15. October 2012

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Mayor Steve Bach opened another front in the ongoing war between his administration and Colorado Springs Utilities this morning, releasing a pair of letters sent to City Council President Scott Hente on Friday. The letters, one addressed to Hente in his capacity as Council president and the other to him as Utility Board Chair, are […]

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My son’s perspective on the Obama/Romney debate

15. October 2012

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After the first Obama/Romney debate I wrote a piece for CSBJ arguing that Obama lost the debate big time, and that his sorry performance might cost him the presidency. My son Sam, an organic farmer in central Maine, didn’t agree. Here are some excerpts from our email exchange. If after reading them you think that […]

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The debate, the debacle and the disaster

4. October 2012

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John Elway, who appeared on stage at a Mitt Romney rally earlier this week, knows how to pick a winner. He bet the Broncos season on a sore-armed, stiff-necked 36-year-old quarterback, who looked as if he might take the donkeys all the way on Sunday afternoon. He risked infuriating Democratic-leaning Bronco fans with his public […]

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