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PPACG to create regional sustainability goals

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking input from the community as it creates measurable regional sustainability goals for El Paso and Teller counties. The group is asking for advice from cities, counties, businesses, economic development organizations, as well as environmental groups, schools, citizens and the military. The first meeting is scheduled for… Continue Reading PPACG to create regional sustainability goals

County seeking judge applicants

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The Fourth Judicial District is seeking applicants for a new county court judgeship that starts July 1. The legislature created the new position last year to help address crowded El Paso and Teller county dockets. Eligible candidates must live in El Paso County and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado. The… Continue Reading County seeking judge applicants

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Unsafe buildings under scrutiny

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners is considering an ordinance that would require the removal of unsafe buildings from unincorporated areas of the county. Any building or structure would be deemed unsafe under the ordinance if it: presents a substantial danger or hazard to public health or safety is materially dilapidated and unused by… Continue Reading Unsafe buildings under scrutiny

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Grants destined for El Paso, Teller counties

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The State Historic Fund has awarded 60 historic preservation grants totaling $7,124,311, and portions of that money will fund four El Paso County projects. The Drennan Community School Building preservation project was awarded $199,736. Located in rural El Paso County, the building will be renovated for municipal use and will be fueled by green technology.… Continue Reading Grants destined for El Paso, Teller counties

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County flu cases spike

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El Paso County experienced a dramatic rise in flu cases last month. “In January 2008, El Paso County reported 22 hospitalized individuals with the flu, which represents a marked difference as compared to January 2007 when only three cases were reported,” said Dr. Bernadette Albanese, medical director for the El Paso County Department of Health… Continue Reading County flu cases spike

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County economic development initiatives pass

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners has approved two economic development measures. The first was a contract between the state of Colorado’s Economic Development Commission and El Paso County, granting $12,500 to market and promote its enterprise zone, one of 16 in the state. The zone covers parts of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and… Continue Reading County economic development initiatives pass

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The Colorado Department of Corrections’ southern Colorado office expects to begin an official search for a new location by the end of the year. The regional headquarters is at 2862 Janitell Road in Colorado Springs, where the agency leases the entire 65,000-square-foot building. That lease expires during 2010. A request for proposals will be distributed… Continue Reading Department of Corrections seeking expanded facility

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Key land parcels near the corner of Interstate 25 and Baptist Road have been acquired by El Paso County. The move enables interchange improvement to proceed after several months of delay. Phoenix Bell Associates owns property within the town of Monument that is west of 1-25 and between Baptist Road and state Highway 105. The… Continue Reading County to receive right of way for Baptist Road widening

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Commissioners approve developer park fees

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners has approved the 2008 Regional and Urban Park Fees that are paid by developers per housing unit to in turn fund regional and urban parks. The fees for neighborhood parks are $105, for community parks $161 and for Regional parks $422. The Board approves these fees each year… Continue Reading Commissioners approve developer park fees

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El Paso County will enter into a statewide network this year that will notify victims of crime about the status of their offenders 24 hours a day. The County Sheriff’s of Colorado will announce the launch of the program, called the Victim Information and Notification Everyday, or Colorado VINE, tomorrow during the organization’s annual conference.… Continue Reading El Paso County entering victim notification network

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