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Council rebels, wants lawyer

Since six newcomers joined the Colorado Springs City Council five months ago, all nine members of the city’s legislative body have embraced a single goal. They want their own lawyer. “This is the most important issue that we’ll have to deal with,” said Council President Keith King at a post-election Council retreat last May. City… Continue Reading Council rebels, wants lawyer

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Stadium has limited facts, support

Of the four projects in the City for Champions package, the downtown stadium/events center may be the most puzzling. While the Colorado Springs Sky Sox would appear to be the project’s major beneficiary and partner, officials of the organization have been cautiously noncommittal, noting several months ago they’re satisfied with their current Stetson Hills location… Continue Reading Stadium has limited facts, support

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Drake panel still looks at possible closure

The Drake task force is about one-third of the way through its process of studying the future of the city-owned, coal-fired power plant, and it is conducting a public hearing tonight  to keep people informed of what’s at stake. “We’ve met twice, and we’ve hired a consultant to examine the scenarios about the plant,” said… Continue Reading Drake panel still looks at possible closure

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This time the pro-marijuana side lost a crucial battle. But that doesn’t mean the war is over regarding recreational marijuana in Colorado Springs. By a narrow 5-4 margin, the City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to ban retail sales and cultivation of marijuana within the city limits. The city joins Woodland Park, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls… Continue Reading City says no to selling rec pot; ballot coming?

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To start Colorado Springs City Council’s debate this week about whether to allow retail sales of recreational marijuana, Mayor Steve Bach took advantage of his position to go first. Everyone knew which side the mayor would take, and he soon confirmed his opt-out feelings, bluntly calling the idea of allowing retail (not medical) marijuana sales… Continue Reading Yes, mayor, we must cooperate

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Colorado Springs City Council narrowed its options in legislating retail sales of recreational marijuana to two: an outright ban or a moratorium of nine to 12 months. But city residents will have to wait a few more weeks to learn the outcome. That’s because some Councilors making the decision aren’t talking — at least not… Continue Reading Council’s pot sales options – none or maybe later

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The city and its enterprises employ thousands of people. Every day some of them quit, get promoted or migrate from one department to another — and it’s not news. Unless you’re a department head, a member of Council or spectacularly fired, the jackals of the media don’t much care. But if you’re Aimee Cox, we’re… Continue Reading Council’s loss becomes Mayor Bach’s noteworthy gain

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Can new leaders handle the load?

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For those who think the Colorado Springs city government and business community are on the verge of becoming more unified and coordinated, just look at the events of Tuesday. That morning, in a long-anticipated gathering at City Hall, six new members of the City Council were sworn in, with Mayor Steve Bach welcoming them to… Continue Reading Can new leaders handle the load?

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It’s not surprising that North Korea’s ditzy young dictator couldn’t find Colorado Springs on the map, even while threatening nuclear attack. His uncertain physical geography may simply parallel our city’s murky psychic geography. We live here, but do we understand our place of residence? It’s as comfortable and unknowable as the Chelsea Hotel in the… Continue Reading City leaders – King and his court still old, white, male

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Council elections have come and gone with results that baffled even the least savvy prognosticator (that would be me). I called two of six, doing a little better than the Housing and Building Association (1-5), but a little worse than the Independent and the Gazette (3-6). Yet my record’s a lot worse than theirs, since… Continue Reading Thoughts about what to expect from new City Council

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