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Colorado Springs in need of convention center

Many believe Colorado Springs is an excellent city. It is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee, several important military installations, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the five star Broadmoor Hotel, the World Arena. There is Pikes Peak International Raceway, even Pikes Peak, gateway to the Rockies, home of the famous Race to the Clouds. Yet… Continue Reading Colorado Springs in need of convention center

Up close and personal with Monument’s mayor

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Betty Konarski was the first born in a family of five children; her younger siblings were all males. Big males. The brothers currently weigh in-between 240 and 250 pounds and stand tall between 6’4 and 6’5. Konarski learned early on how to be strong and how to be a direct communicator. “I learned to protect… Continue Reading Up close and personal with Monument’s mayor

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Water woes send ripple through economy

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The water shortage hit Colorado Springs like a sucker punch, except in this case it was telegraphed two years in advance. Colorado had already endured consecutive years of drought, but spring came and the water flowed. By the time the Colorado Springs City Council invoked mandatory conservation measures, water supplies were seriously low, and consumers… Continue Reading Water woes send ripple through economy

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The year 1935 generally was not a good one. The Nazis repudiated the Versailles Treaty, Huey Long was assassinated in Louisiana, and more than 20 percent of U.S. workers were unemployed. Then, Oklahoman Carl C. Magee patented the parking meter. In recognition of its famous inventor, Oklahoma City was the first city in the nation… Continue Reading Downtown parking meters are point of contention for some citizens

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Public safety threat drives bond issue

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When 61 prisoners were granted early release from the El Paso County jail in July 2003, the story made the front page headlines and the five o’clock news. El Paso County Citizens for Public Safety protested the move on the courthouse steps – and Mothers Against Drunk Driving warned of the danger of putting DUI… Continue Reading Public safety threat drives bond issue

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Economic recovery stalls in Colorado

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The national economy may be slowly emerging from recession, but Colorado and its neighboring states continue to lose jobs, said Vectra Bank economist Jeff Thredgold. “It’s no secret that Colorado has been hit hard in the past 18 months, with an especially sharp increase in unemployment,” Thredgold said. “Six Rocky Mountain states – Colorado, Arizona,… Continue Reading Economic recovery stalls in Colorado

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Sales tax revenue skid ends – barely

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The slide in city sales and use tax revenue has stopped, at least for now. The city’s sales and use tax for August increased 2.27 percent over the prior year period. Sales tax actually dropped by .81 percent, but use taxes increased by just over 40 percent. An example of a use tax would be… Continue Reading Sales tax revenue skid ends – barely

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If you have ever walked through Acacia Park, or strolled Tejon downtown, you’ve seen them, perhaps even been solicited by them. Panhandlers, some homeless, some not, hang out at the park day and night. They roam the streets in the downtown area, constantly begging for money or cigarettes. Some are aggressive and threatening, others polite… Continue Reading Downtown task force says panhandlers are a problem

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Real Estate Briefs August 2, 2002

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Congratulations this week to the City of Fountain for its 2002 designations as one of the country’s top ten “All American Cities.” Mayor Ken Barela and City Manager, Greg Nyhoff, along with the Fountain City Council definitely get credit for raising the awareness, the commitment and the money (the national competition requires that a city… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs August 2, 2002

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Colorado Springs City Councilmember Charles Wingate has been charged with forgery and embezzlement for allegedly using a city business card to charge pizza deliveries to his home. Wingate denies wrongdoing, and said he will be exonerated when the facts come out in trial. The first-term councilmember allegedly charged several pizzas to a card belonging to… Continue Reading City Councilmember facing felony charges, 15 years

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