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Send lawyers, guns and money

The s**t has hit the fan – Warren Zevon “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” 1978. You’d never expect the Colorado Springs City Council to so perfectly conform its meeting agenda to Warren Zevon’s great song, but just take a look at the agenda for Monday’s Council work session. Item 8E (lawyers). A resolution of the City… Continue Reading Send lawyers, guns and money

Hazlehurst: Banning Lewis Ranch under contract

Nor’wood’s press release (see below) announcing its pending acquisition of the Banning Lewis Ranch was, shall we say, interestingly uninformative. It’s full of tantalizing tidbits, of amiable bullet points intended to please community leaders, environmentalists and conservationists. Are they serious, or is this just another mega-subdivision deal, another step in the continuing de-urbanization of Colorado… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Banning Lewis Ranch under contract

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Hazlehurst: Council finds new low for embarrassment

It should have been a routine matter on City Council’s agenda this week. Mayor Steve Bach had nominated three Colorado Springs residents to serve on the Urban Renewal Authority. Under the charter, the mayor appoints qualified community members to the authority, subject to Council confirmation. As volunteer city boards go, it’s a powerful body. Once… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Council finds new low for embarrassment

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Stage appears set for Anschutz buying Gazette

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He owns hotels, railroads, newspapers, sports teams, arenas, movie theaters and ticket brokers. He has interests in at least 150 companies. His family foundation, created in 1964, has more than $2 billion in assets. He gave $100 million to the University of Colorado Medical Campus, which was renamed to recognize his generosity. His net worth… Continue Reading Stage appears set for Anschutz buying Gazette

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“Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun/I fought the law — and the law won.” — written by Sonny Curtis, performed by the Crickets, the Bobby Fuller Four, and the Clash. Ah, the good old days! When laws were laws, criminals were caught, and punishment was certain. Do we still fight the law? Or have the… Continue Reading Obeying laws today is knowing which ones to bend

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Last week’s media brouhaha over a nonexistent Steve Bach meltdown concerning Memorial Health System was mercifully short-lived. It endures only in the embarrassment of the perpetrators (a certain daily newspaper, unnamed to protect the guilty) and the greater embarrassment of those who were gulled by the scam (that would be yours truly). Thinking that Bach… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Bach, Council must play together nicely

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At the beginning of the week, Bloomberg’s website featured two stories. One noted the continuing fall of Facebook shares since the company’s initial public offering, when the investing public snapped up 421 million shares of the 8-year-old firm at $38 a share. At that price, the company was valued at 107 times trailing earnings, a… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Facebook finding its place in history of investments

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It’s exciting to be back at CSBJ! I’ve missed writing about business during the past 18 months. In Colorado Springs, the biggest stories are at the nexus of politics, business and belief — religious or secular. Take the strange and scarcely believable saga of the Banning Lewis Ranch, which in 25 years has gone from… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Prepare for future pitches of progress and prosperity

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People change jobs all the time, so you have to wonder why Bettina Swigger’s decision to leave her job as executive director of COPPeR earlier this week caused such a stir. We featured the news on our website, as did the Gazette. Facebook exploded with sadly congratulatory posts, such as these two. “We were fortunate… Continue Reading Arts sector rich in diversity, lacking in opportunities

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For those of us who delight in the political theater of the absurd, Nov. 2 was an unmitigated delight. Dan Maes! Tom Tancredo! The Ugly Three! Dick “it’s not my fault” Wadhams! Strong Mayor to be named later! And most of all, the bamboozled voters of El Paso County, who loosened term limits when they… Continue Reading To feel better about local government, lower their pay

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