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Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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By James Moore The recent City Council decision to defer a vote on the future of Memorial Health System is prudent and one the board of trustees of Memorial supports. There are many misunderstandings about Memorial Health System and what an ownership change would really mean for our community. To be fair, health care is… Continue Reading Memorial’s best path: As a nonprofit

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Aurora council might use iPads to save money

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The Aurora City Council is considering trying out iPads to go green and help save some green. The Aurora Sentinel reports that council members in the east Denver suburb want to see if using the tablet computers can replace papers. City officials say it currently costs $710 to print each city council information packet and… Continue Reading Aurora council might use iPads to save money

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City Council – meeting this afternoon as the Utility Board – will not consider a proposed contract with Neumann Systems Group. The item was pulled off the agenda. The locally based company has been developing commercial systems for elimination of pollutants (eventually including greenhouse gases) from flue gas at fossil-fuel burning power plants. Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Utilities board delays decision on Neumann, waits for final report

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At today’s informal  City Council meeting, Councilman Sean Paige will propose a formal city audit of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp. In an email to his colleagues, Paige spelled out his reasons. “(The EDC) has cumulatively received a lot of taxpayer and ratepayer money over the years, which makes up a sizable portion… Continue Reading Paige calls for EDC audit

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Ted Eastburn, a former Colorado Springs City Councilman and a cardiologist with Memorial Hospital,  committed suicide this morning at the hospital. Police said hospital staff members reported hearing a gunshot fired from inside a locked office. When police arrived they found the body. Eastburn was elected to the council in 1999 and served a term.… Continue Reading Former councilman Eastburn commits suicide

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Just look at them. They are men of principle, to be sure. They are strong-willed, strong-minded and have spines of steel. They are not to be messed with. Unfortunately for us, they’re also easily blinded by ideology and appear to lack much common sense. That’s right: I’m talking about our very own Colorado Springs City… Continue Reading Mayor, council send the wrong message ­— again

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PILT: Phased out?

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Council has yet to consider codification Voters may have believed that by approving Issue 300 they had put an end to payment in lieu of taxes, or PILT, from utilities to the city’s general fund, but that might not be the case. A draft codifying Issue 300, deferred from the City Council’s regular meeting this week… Continue Reading PILT: Phased out?

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 Here we are, 15 months from the 2011 City Council elections, and the maneuvering has already begun. According to the usual unreliable sources, some of our self-appointed leaders are trying to construct a slate of “appropriate” candidates who, fueled with money and credentials, will sweep into office and replace our present demoralized, delegitimized, and disrespected… Continue Reading Aging lions might be best City Council candidates we have

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At a joint meeting this morning, the El Paso County Board of Commissioners presented the Colorado Springs City Council with a preliminary “partnership proposal” aimed at keeping the Pioneers Museum open during 2010. The proposal contains three “initiatives.” – The city would continue to manage the museum. – The city would return ownership of the… Continue Reading County, city discuss future of Pioneers Museum

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During Monday’s “budget markup session,” City Council members couldn’t stop using three apparently interchangeable phrases. They promised to concentrate upon providing “essential city services,” “vital city functions” and “core city services.” In the view of every one of our nine elected officials, public safety comes first. And after public safety comes yet more public safety,… Continue Reading Now’s the time to hunker down and join in the fight

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