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90% of primary votes counted when election office evacuated

27. June 2012

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What might have been a night of exciting Republican primary contests quickly spiraled into irrelevance, as the Waldo Canyon fire transmogrified into “a firestorm of epic proportions” destroying a yet unknown number of homes and businesses in northwest Colorado Springs. Election officials couldn’t finish counting ballots by 7:15, when the County Clerk’s office on Garden […]

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High-profile job openings but few applicants

3. January 2011

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There are a few job openings in town. We’re talking about positions that include your very own private office with an actual window and the opportunity to sit in meetings and make decisions that effect every one of your fellow residents – or at least those with minor land-use issues. C’mon, step right up, don’t […]

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Paige vs. Merrifield?

17. December 2010

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Sean Paige vs. Mike Merrifield for the District 3 city council seat? Now that’s a race that might eclipse the mayoral contest, except for one insignificant detail. It’s a race about nothing. In its post-strong mayor incarnation, city council will have little power, and will find it difficult to exert that power in any effective […]

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Petition urges commissioners to revisit term limits extension

15. November 2010

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The indefatigable Rick Wehner, who is one of many disgruntled citizens unhappy about the apparently deceptive wording of the Nov. 2 ballot measure which loosened term limits for county elected officials, has decided to do something about it. Wehner is circulating an online petition asking that the measure  “…which was originally worded in an obtuse manner, […]

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Signs and portents on election day

2. November 2010

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Turn out the lights – the party’s over. It’s election day. Signs and portents: Before dawn this morning, Democratic volunteers were walking the streets of my Westside neighborhood with GOTV doorhangers. That’s impressive, and seems to confirm earlier impressions that the Dems have finally gotten deadly serious about the Lee/Morse races. In normal times, rookies […]

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At last, a new downtown hotel!

29. October 2010

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One swallow may not make a Spring, but a new downtown hotel is reason for celebration. Perry Sanders and Rafi Sassower accomplished the seemingly impossible, by securing $11 million in permanent financing for their Mining Exchange Hotel project. That pretty much guantees that the hotel will be open for business by mid-2011. Given the unrelenting […]

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Rivera’s opposition to 300 part of awkward dance with Jenkins and Co.

18. October 2010

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Mayor Lionel Rivera and the proponents of Issue 300 have been engaging in an awkward little dance ever since David Jenkins decided to put real money behind the “Mayor Project.” Rivera has long supported changing the form of government, but his particular model is substantially different from the one that voters will either approve or […]

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Tim Leigh breaks leg in bike crash

8. October 2010

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Local cycling paths and running trails will be a little less crowded for the next few weeks,after a cycling accident late Thursday afternoon left real estate broker, ex-mayoral candidate and present city council candidate Tim Leigh with a  broken femur. The good news is his ego is still intact. Tim underwent an operation this morning, […]

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Hente, Martin speak out on strong mayor proposal

4. October 2010

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Incumbent City Council members Jan Martin and Scott Hente have penned a letter in opposition to Issue 300, which would alter the city’s form of government and allow a “strong mayor.” They make some good points, including that many problems of city government have been the result of antic voter decisions, including TABOR and restricted-use revenue […]

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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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