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Calling for private citizen and business community participation to build a better Colorado Springs, City Manager Lorne Kramer addressed a receptive audience of 200 Economic Development Corporation (EDC) members, politicians, nonprofit leaders and media representatives on Thursday, July 11 at the Colorado Hall. On hand for the event were new Deputy City Manager, Dave Nickerson… Continue Reading City Manager outlines key issues for community heavy-hitters

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Colorado Springs Utilities’ water conservation message is reaching some – but water savings so far are about six percent below the 20 percent target number. Since implementing stage two water restrictions on June 11, residents have cut back water use by about 14 percent. On June 30, residents used over 134 million gallons of water.… Continue Reading Water shortages: some get it, some don't care

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Lasers will light the night, not fireworks

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Extreme fire danger and sensitivity to those who have lost homes and other property in Colorado wildfires will result in the substitution of a laser light show in place of the annual July 4 fireworks display at Memorial Park. Long a tradition, the fireworks were the culmination of the daylong celebration, following a performance of… Continue Reading Lasers will light the night, not fireworks

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When the national media shows coverage of the fire in the mountains west of Colorado Springs, they’re telling people Colorado is on fire – and that just isn’t the case, according to a handful of tourism officials, elected officials, and even the Mayor of Manitou Springs.But, that’s not to say the fire is not devastating… Continue Reading Pikes Peak region tourism not threatened by wild fires

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This may be the year that was for Patsy Buchwald, president and owner of the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic. First, she was named one of the Top 100 women-owned businesses in Colorado, and now she is the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s 2002 Small Business Person of the Year.Buchwald purchased the balloon festival in… Continue Reading Patsy Buchwald is Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year

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A federal designation that the entire state of Colorado is a national drought disaster area further reinforces pleas from the Colorado Springs City Council for residents to conserve water. It also amplifies the importance of Colorado Springs Utilities director Phil Tollefson’s speech to members of the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. The importance of… Continue Reading CO named drought area; water dispute escalates

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Quality land development and quality of life go hand in hand – or so says Scott Smith, chief operating officer and manager of La Plata Investments, developer of 9,600 acres in the Briargate community for six of the last 22 years. Briargate today represents the culmination of vision, land studies, planning, building, economic boom and… Continue Reading Developer outlines plans for Briargate community

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Go ahead, run those sprinklers every day – but be aware, it will cost you. Ignore the rules and you’ll pay at least an extra $150, and maybe more, if a proposed plan for new water rates is adopted by City Council. Voluntary water conservation hasn’t worked so far, as a voluntary request a few… Continue Reading Drought may dramatically increase water rates

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Councilman Charles Wingate has a partner in his efforts to rid Colorado Springs of what he believes is excessive tax and wasteful spending. Meet anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce, someone not unknown in the tax abatement arena. Wingate unsuccessfully floated several proposed tax cuts before the city council a few weeks ago, and now, with Bruce,… Continue Reading City councilman has support in effort to cut taxes

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Voluntary water conservation isn’t working in Colorado Springs. Since the city recently asked residents to cut consumption by 10 percent, consumption has risen over 30 percent for the same period a year ago. At a news conference, Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace asked residents to be considerate of the voluntary water reduction because of… Continue Reading Colorado Springs mayor seeks water conservation

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