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Despite the calls for dissolving the Memorial Health System board and the outrage about CEO Larry McEvoy’s $1.15 million severance package. experts say it is not out of line with industry standards. Continue Reading McEvoy’s $1.15 million severance below industry average

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Memorial Health System’s board president challenged city council member Tim Leigh on every single point of his complaints about the hospital and the way it’s being run. Last week, Leigh sent a widely-dispersed email that said he’d been told about many issues with Memorial: some faulty real estate deals, some issues with doctors and some… Continue Reading Memorial responds to council member’s criticisms

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City Council: RLF should be more open

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The Regional Leadership Forum should consider being more transparent, more open, said Colorado Springs City Council members. The remarks came at the end of a presentation by Pam Keller of Keller Homes, who is also an individual member of the forum. “Are the meetings open?” asked council member Brandy Williams. “Do people know when they… Continue Reading City Council: RLF should be more open

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City Councilman Tim Leigh has a lot of ideas. Some are wild — like getting Colorado Springs Utilities to build kayaking rapids in Fountain Creek. Some are big — like building a downtown, Olympic-themed sports arena. And some are just plain unconventional — like using money from the lease for Memorial hospital’s assets to pay… Continue Reading Tim Leigh: A visionary or just eccentric?

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The Colorado Springs City Council task force now charged with deciding the future of Memorial Health System has taken a turn – to leasing the assets of the hospital to a newly created, independent nonprofit system. The move is a compromise between keeping it under city control and a total transfer of the assets to… Continue Reading Task force considering leasing Memorial’s assets to nonprofit

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Council refers strong mayor initiative to voters

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At this afternoon’s specially called Colorado Springs City Council meeting, council members unanimously agreed to put the “strong mayor” initiative on the ballot. Actually, council members had no choice in the matter, once the City Clerk formally notified them that backers of the initiative had submitted petitions containing 25,591 valid signatures of registered Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Council refers strong mayor initiative to voters

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Anything going on this week? Nah, just being the hometown of the United States Olympic Committee and having the Winter Games happening on the same continent. Not that anyone here can tell. Colorado Springs isn’t sporting any golden rings or staging any celebrations, nothing to declare that that this is the hub of the country’s… Continue Reading We’re the proud home of the USOC, but who would know?

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While there’s much to criticize in city council’s recent decision to forbid camping on public land, thereby outlawing the homeless tent cities which have sprung up along Fountain Creek, we believe that council response to the tent cities was reasonable and appropriate. Leaving aside the questions of litter, pollution, general unsightliness and the perceived danger… Continue Reading Good reasons to ban camping

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FREX surplus buses sold, service may continue

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In a bit of good news for commuters, the city has succeeded in selling nine surplus FREX buses to the York County Transportation Authority in Pennsylvania for a total of $1.44  million, an average of $160,000 per bus. The next step is up to City Council, who will decided Feb. 9 whether local proceeds from the… Continue Reading FREX surplus buses sold, service may continue

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