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Pothole repair and major street and water improvements in Colorado Springs are in full swing, and if you have a pothole to be repaired, be sure to call the pothole hotline at 385-6808. City street crews moved their annual pothole repair date ahead by five days after receiving so many calls. Officials said the hotline… Continue Reading Pothole repair and public works projects underway

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Luis Velez, 52, is the new police chief for Colorado Springs and is the first Hispanic to hold the job. A 27-year veteran of the police department, Velez has been alternating duties as acting chief with another candidate since former chief Lorne Kramer became acting city manager, then city manager. Velez, deputy chief since 1998,… Continue Reading Colorado Springs hires first Hispanic police chief

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A 20-year business veteran with tourism development, real estate marketing and legislative affairs expertise is the new Manitou Springs Economic Development Council director. Kitty Clemens most recently was associate director of the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk in Pueblo. She also served as executive director of the Manitou Springs-based Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association. “We are thrilled… Continue Reading Manitou Springs names new economic development director

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Former police chief named city manager

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At times, there is a coolness in Lorne Kramer’s expression. Like when he’s sitting alone in a crowded room. His black-framed half-glasses ride low on his nose, a far-away look fills his eyes, and you wonder what he’s thinking. Nevertheless, when he stands to greet a visitor, the frown disappears, a smile spreads across his… Continue Reading Former police chief named city manager

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The city is struggling with how to solve financing and building new roads and facilities and funding public services when it’s squeezed between taxation limitations, population growth and maintaining existing facilities built decades ago. New impact fees and possible excise taxes are on the table, mostly directed to new development. But recent research confirms that… Continue Reading City eyes revenue increases via excise taxes, impact fee hikes

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Imagine going before the Colorado Springs City Council to voice concerns about a development proposed for your neighborhood. You don’t like the proposal and you list your concerns before the council. A few days later a lawsuit arrives in your mailbox. You’ve been SLAPPed. House Bill 1192 would defend citizens from similar situations – developers… Continue Reading Bill would protect citizens' govt. participation

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After years of in-fighting, more than $500,000 in taxpayer money, and thousands of hours in meetings, preparing studies and taking photographs, the Colorado Springs City Council has shelved the proposal to connect Constitution Avenue to I-25. The council Monday ignored its staff’s recommendation to extend Constitution Avenue to I-25 to create improved traffic flows along… Continue Reading East West Mobility Study is still a work in progress

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Palmer Village Development, LLC, recently unveiled a comprehensive proposal for re-development of Colorado Springs’ Southwest Downtown corridor that may be the first of its kind in the country. “This concept is really well-thought out,” says Olson Plumbing and Heating owner, Mike Trapp. Trapp admits that initially many landowners resisted the Urban Renewal plan because of… Continue Reading Palmer Village plan unites public vision with private know-how

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Manitou Springs wants to change misconceptions

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It’s Carnivale time in Manitou Springs, and that can only mean one thing – Manitou’s retail hibernation is about to end, and by the time the iris blooms tourists will be flocking back to this artistic enclave nestled against the eastern shoulder of Pikes Peak. Some retail stores remain closed while owners wait for more… Continue Reading Manitou Springs wants to change misconceptions

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With months of public hearings and preliminary planning behind them, organizers of a 6-mile extension of Woodmen Road to Highway 24 in Falcon are moving ahead on plans to improve and extend the busy arterial. Woodmen Road currently carries heavy daily commuter traffic on a two-lane stretch between Powers Boulevard east to Highway 24. “We… Continue Reading Colorado Springs moves ahead with improvement to Woodmen Road

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