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Council era ends as Martin, Snider bid farewell

City Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider reached the end of the political trail Tuesday afternoon when they sat through their last, mercifully brief Council meeting. Term limits forced Martin to leave the dais, while Snider declined to run for a second term, choosing to run ultra marathons instead. Martin and Snider will be missed.… Continue Reading Council era ends as Martin, Snider bid farewell

John Suthers might not have needed it in the race to determine Colorado Springs’ next mayor, but he definitely found himself riding a new wave in local politics. Thanks to a surprising late surge, 88,966 voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s municipal election, 1,592 fewer than those who voted four years earlier. But voter turnout, as… Continue Reading Suthers leads right swing in municipal election

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Draper takes over at RBA

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The initial task for the new president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance will be to rebuild bruised relationships with the business community. Dirk Draper will begin his new job May 1, and he anticipates spending the first three months talking with business owners and “doing a lot of listening” to their… Continue Reading Draper takes over at RBA

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Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Throughout her eight years on the Colorado Springs City Council, Jan Martin has tried to take the high road — even when it wasn’t the popular way to go. She has believed strongly in the need for dealing with stormwater. She feels the city’s residents should be convinced to pay more (yes, in taxes) to… Continue Reading Martin takes small wins, but what’s next?

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Balloons returning for new festival

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Balloons returning for new festival

The balloons are back in town. The city of Colorado Springs announced last week that it was in final negotiations with Hot Apple Productions to provide a balloon festival during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7. The new festival, yet to be named, was chosen through a request-for-proposal process to fill a space vacated by the… Continue Reading Balloons returning for new festival

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‘Mayor of Motor City’ would be proud

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‘Mayor of Motor City’ would be proud

Jan Martin has strong feelings concerning car shopping. “I hate buying cars! I absolutely hate it worse than anything! It might be that I know too much,” the Colorado Springs native and current City Councilor said. Martin knows a lot. Her breadth of automotive knowledge was formed by her family’s six-decade involvement in the industry… Continue Reading ‘Mayor of Motor City’ would be proud

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Makepeace hosts series of roundtable talks

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Makepeace hosts series of roundtable talks

Colorado Springs mayoral candidate Mary Lou Makepeace will host a roundtable discussion Jan. 20 at The Loft at Sonterra Grill on Tejon Street. The event will be the first in a series of five for the former Colorado Springs Mayor, and is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. at 28B S. Tejon St. “The roundtables are being… Continue Reading Makepeace hosts series of roundtable talks

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Makepeace joins race to become mayor

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Makepeace joins race to become mayor

Mary Lou Makepeace announced that she will be running for the next mayor of Colorado Springs. Makepeace, who previously served six years as the city’s mayor, declared her candidacy to a crowd of more than 100 at the Gold Room Wednesday morning. “I’m in! … I have decided that I am somebody, and that I can… Continue Reading Makepeace joins race to become mayor

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Tuesday afternoon, the Colorado Springs City Council pivoted mindlessly between farce and tragedy. The meeting started on a lighthearted note, as Jan Martin sought to persuade Council to forward the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax Committee’s recommendations for the 2015 budget to Mayor Steve Bach without changes. It seemed like a no-brainer, since Council will… Continue Reading Council sinks to new low over Jones Park

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If you’re like most people in Colorado Springs, you’re thinking the city is a year away from a pivotal moment — the 2015 mayoral election. We’ll have the first round of voting next April, likely narrowing the field to a runoff. Unless the landscape changes dramatically, Mayor Steve Bach will be seeking a second four-year… Continue Reading Stormwater may turn into early city election

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