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The long-awaited HDR Inc. “Study of Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant” was released earlier this week. As I ploughed through most of its 160 pages, I felt for our hapless city councilors. They’ll have to read it, understand it, and base important decisions on the report’s content. Actually,… Continue Reading Close Drake to save financial, environmental costs

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Yes, there will be life beyond the Olive Branch

When did the breakfast meeting establish itself so firmly in business culture? You can’t imagine the characters in “Mad Men” going to breakfast meetings — they were too hung over in the morning, barely able to dictate to their secretaries and fend off their mistresses. Such stressful lives required three-martini lunches, not breakfast meetings. The… Continue Reading Yes, there will be life beyond the Olive Branch

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Water Conservation Board donates $175K grant for flood study

The Colorado Water Conservation Board contributed a $175,000 grant to assist in studying methods of flood restoration and mitigation for two watersheds in the Pikes Peak region. The study will begin in January and focus on the restoration and protection of the Cheyenne Creek and Upper Fountain Creek watersheds, city officials explained Wednesday in a… Continue Reading Water Conservation Board donates $175K grant for flood study

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Sometimes, an old mentor once advised me, it’s best to get out of the way and simply let your sources tell your story. So I’m taking that advice here. It’s so tempting to spend the next 750 words or so criticizing the members of City Council who voted to stop funding the $256,000 budgeted for… Continue Reading What losing CSU help means to nonprofits

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Suppose it’s 1975, and you love your ’70 Plymouth Superbird and its fire-breathing 440 6-pack. It’s cool, it’s paid for, it’s sleek and it’s fast. Gas is cheap … but wait a minute! The damn government bureaucrats at something called the EPA are changing the rules — some nonsense about smog and lead pollution. You… Continue Reading City faces tough options, and consequences, for Drake

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Colorado Springs city government and Colorado Springs Utilities signed a five-year contract last week with an international company that will provide fleet maintenance services for both entities beginning next year. City officials said outsourcing fleet maintenance of more than 3,500 vehicles and equipment is estimated to save the city and Utilities more than $4 million… Continue Reading City and CSU sign 5-year fleet maintenance contract

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Colorado Springs Utilities announced Friday its intent to award a contract for the design, construction and operation of its newest Community Solar Garden project to a local company and its engineering partner. The ITA was offered to Pikes Peak Solar Garden LLC, a joint venture of Springs-based SunShare LLC and Hawaii-headquartered Sunetric, according to the… Continue Reading Utilities reveals intent for solar garden contract

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

Colorado Springs Utilities customers might see their monthly bills jump nearly 5 percent in January, but local experts and officials say that residents should soon see rates start to level off. “Utility budgets are always a balance between expenditures to ensure safe, reliable utility services and keeping rates as low as possible,” Utilities CEO Jerry… Continue Reading Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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Colorado Springs Utilities received the 2013 Employer Support Freedom Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. CSU was one of 14 firms to receive the award, which recognizes employers who provide outstanding support to members of the National Guard and Reserve. Of CSU’s 1,800 employees, 360 are veterans and 80 are members of the National… Continue Reading Colorado Springs Utilities wins DoD award

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Ex-staffer sues SunShare over salary

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A former employee of local solar power development company SunShare recently filed a civil suit against the firm and its owner for allegedly failing to pay him $60,000, according to court documents. Nicholas Hellbusch, a certified public accountant who worked for SunShare shortly after owner David Amster-Olszewski founded the company in June 2011, claims in… Continue Reading Ex-staffer sues SunShare over salary

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