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Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

Throughout the years, once-unincorporated areas in Colorado have chosen for different reasons to go legitimate and incorporate themselves — but some still have resisted. Among those communities that have chosen time and time again to remain under the jurisdiction of El Paso County are Falcon, just northeast of Colorado Springs, and Security-Widefield, between Colorado Springs… Continue Reading Residents: We’re unincorporated for a reason

For those who were watching the special meeting Tuesday afternoon of the El Paso County commissioners and the Colorado Springs City Council, in person or on TV/computer, you saw an amazing — even memorable — display of local politics in action … or perhaps that should be inaction. For three hours in the Council Chambers… Continue Reading City, county almost make it work, except …

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In small groups, meetings and conversations across Colorado Springs, deep discussions have been ongoing about what ballot issue (or issues) should go before local voters in the November election. The suspense won’t last much longer. By the end of July, El Paso County’s commissioners must decide as required by state law what countywide questions to… Continue Reading Hard to justify more than stormwater on November ballot

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Yeager leads by example at Independence Center

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Yeager leads by example at Independence Center

Losing and regaining her hearing has had a profound effect on Patricia Yeager’s life. Yeager, now CEO of The Independence Center, lost about 50 percent of her hearing at age 2, but wasn’t given a hearing aid until she was 5. By then, the West Virginia native’s speech was affected, leading to 12 years of… Continue Reading Yeager leads by example at Independence Center

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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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Grant aids counseling for flood victims

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A grant will make it possible for The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to offer a crisis counseling program for Coloradans affected by floods in September. The department received initial funding of almost $792,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. The program will fund work by eight… Continue Reading Grant aids counseling for flood victims

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Initial flood damage at $10m, city officials say

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Recent flooding in Colorado Springs will cost about $10 million in repairs to public infrastructure, according to Bret Waters, the city’s emergency management division director. “It’s conservative,” Waters said at Mayor Steve Bach’s monthly press conference. “Today’s the first sunny day, so we’re out still looking for damage. It’ll be higher.” Gold Camp Road is… Continue Reading Initial flood damage at $10m, city officials say

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Court: Argent, Friese borrowed $12 million … then didn’t pay it back

Former Colorado Springs banker and resident Chad Friese and his firm, The Argent Company, borrowed nearly $12 million from dozens of individuals and their retirement accounts, but did not pay it back, according to court documents. A civil lawsuit filed in June 2011 in El Paso District Court by more than 60 people, their retirement… Continue Reading Court: Argent, Friese borrowed $12 million … then didn’t pay it back

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More than 7,000 Colorado jobs added in December

The employment picture in the state continues to present interesting trends, including a slightly better unemployment rate than the country but a loss of government jobs. Employers in Colorado added 7,100 nonfarm payroll jobs from December to January and the state’s unemployment rate improved, now slightly better than the national rate, according to data released… Continue Reading More than 7,000 Colorado jobs added in December

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County OKs stormwater resolution, Mayor wants to postpone

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners passed a stormwater resolution resolving to find funding sources and identify major construction projects to address the more than $900 million in infrastructure updates and repairs in the region. But Mayor Steve Bach is asking the city council to postpone consideration of the issue until a new council… Continue Reading County OKs stormwater resolution, Mayor wants to postpone

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