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Hard to justify more than stormwater on November ballot

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

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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Military cuts less damaging than forecasted, analysis shows

The initial impact from budget cuts and sequestration to Colorado Springs’ defense assets might be much less than originally forecasted by El Paso County. According to an analysis by USA Today, the state stands to lose $161 million in reductions to its Army assets and 4,803 jobs. Air Force estimates for Colorado suggest that it… Continue Reading Military cuts less damaging than forecasted, analysis shows

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El Paso County leads state in home construction

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There were more new single-family building permits issued in El Paso County than in any other county in the state during the first 11 months of 2012, according to the Colorado Division of Housing. Pikes Peak Regional Building’s single-family construction permits  were up about 50 percent over 2011 totals, which those in the housing and… Continue Reading El Paso County leads state in home construction

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