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Grant awarded to develop plan for Monument Creek

Grant awarded to develop plan for Monument Creek

According to a news release from the city of Colorado Springs, a study to develop a plan to protect and restore the Monument Creek watershed will start in July thanks to a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant/Disaster Recovery planning grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. According to the release, the grant will be… Continue Reading Grant awarded to develop plan for Monument Creek

Neumann deal dogs Drake

In February 2008, The Gazette reported a possible technological breakthrough by a local company, Neumann Systems Group, that seemed to have limitless potential. According to the firm’s president Dave Neumann, the company’s proprietary technology could be used to remove both carbon dioxide and sulfur oxides from coal-fired power plant emissions. Moreover, he noted, the potential… Continue Reading Neumann deal dogs Drake

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Drake: What’s the true cost?

“To understand where you’re going, it helps to understand where you’ve been.” That hoary cliché is particularly applicable when seeking to understand why Colorado Springs Utilities clings to the Martin Drake downtown coal-fired power plant. Exasperated Drake opponents have argued that the plant’s three generating units are old (dating from the 1960s and 1970s), accident-prone… Continue Reading Drake: What’s the true cost?

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Don’t forget the ballot issues

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Most registered voters in Colorado Springs should have received their ballots for the 2015 municipal election, giving you ample time — until Tuesday, April 7 — to make the choices and mail or submit completed ballots. As in the past, the Business Journal isn’t endorsing candidates in contested races, which for this election include the… Continue Reading Don’t forget the ballot issues

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“I just want to serve my community.” “I love this city, and I want to help make it better.” “I’m deeply humbled that so many people have asked me to step up run for Mayor/City Council (choose one).” “I will act collaboratively and cooperatively to move our city forward.” “We are at a crossroads/an inflection… Continue Reading Candidates: Look to Drake options

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Let the water wars begin

“From 1950 through 2013, water use in the Colorado Springs area increased from about 11,000 ac-ft/yr to a 5-year average of approximately 82,000 ac-ft/yr. This is a 750 percent increase; over the same time population increased 960 percent.” — Colorado Springs Utilities, Integrated Water Resource Plan What will the city’s population be 73 years hence,… Continue Reading Let the water wars begin

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Water: Time to worry

In December 2013, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave a little-noticed speech to the Colorado River Water Users Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas. Given that Colorado Springs gets 70 percent of its water from the Colorado River, it’s no surprise that senior officials of Colorado Springs Utilities were in attendance. Wayne Vanderschuere, general manager of… Continue Reading Water: Time to worry

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CSU earns $542,000 in alternative fuel grants

The Colorado Energy Office awarded Colorado Springs Utilities with a $500,000 grant for the construction of its second compressed natural gas fueling station at its John Pinkerton Service Center. The first station, located next to Springs Utilities’ East Service Center at 706 Tia Juana St., recently reopened. Utilities also received a second grant valued at… Continue Reading CSU earns $542,000 in alternative fuel grants

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Water rates rank high

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance refers to “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.” Many Colorado Springs homeowners may experience such a state when their monthly Utilities bill arrives. One of them, Mike Graham, reacted by sending us… Continue Reading Water rates rank high

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Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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As our elected leaders continue finding new ways to avoid cooperating on important issues, there’s a growing sense that perhaps doing nothing beats making a serious mistake. So, once again, we’re hearing rumbles that the stormwater fee for El Paso County property owners might not make it onto the November ballot, after all. Never mind… Continue Reading Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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