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Food Challenge begins today

Food Challenge begins today

Several Colorado Springs leaders will start the Celebrity Council Food Assistance Challenge Monday. It’s one of several events taking place during Hunger Action Month. By accepting the Food Assistance Challenge, the persons commit to eating all their meals from a limited food budget comparable to someone receiving food stamps. The participants will share their experiences… Continue Reading Food Challenge begins today

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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CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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“It’s been a great week!” said Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Doug Price, reacting to City Council’s decision to sustain Mayor Steve Bach’s veto of a proposed $1.3 million cut in the organization’s budget, following on the heels of the state Economic Development Commission’s support of the City for Champions proposal. Mayor Bach’s… Continue Reading CVB, RBA win full funding amid overrides

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At a special media briefing this morning, Mayor Steve Bach praised council’s decision to restore funding to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Regional Business Alliance and the Police Department–but expressed dissatisfaction over Council’s apparent decision to fund park watering costs by taking $1.1 million from the city’s emergency reserve fund, and firmly rejected Council’s… Continue Reading Bach instructs staff to ‘disregard’ council’s action

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Budget provides path for Council to battle Bach

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The battles have become a war. A divided City Council moved to escalate the Council vs. Mayor Steve Bach differences at Tuesday’s “budget markup” session. In keeping with Council’s recently installed committee structure, Councilor Don Knight, who heads the budget committee, presented proposed changes to Mayor Bach’s preliminary budget. Some seemed petty, such as the… Continue Reading Budget provides path for Council to battle Bach

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Quick: What’s the best economic news for Colorado Springs in the past month or two? Let’s see, Quantum announced it would cut 170 of the 305 jobs from its manufacturing operation here, but that’s better than a total shutdown. No? OK, the state economic development commission will consider Colorado Springs’ application for sales-tax rebates to… Continue Reading Time has come for new faces and personalities

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In what might have been a preview of next week’s City Council public hearing regarding retail marijuana sales in Colorado Springs, City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler hosted her first District 5 town hall meeting at the Patty Jewett Golf Course clubhouse Tuesday evening. The meeting, billed as “A Conversation with Your Councilwoman,” drew a mostly middle-aged… Continue Reading Gaebler’s town hall elicits concerns about water, pot

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Greccio Housing Development Director Jill Gaebler is the board president of the Colorado Springs Charter Academy, now one of the city’s most successful charter schools, which she helped found several years ago. She’s an Air Force veteran, a mother of two and a swift marathoner. How did you decide to start a Charter School? Back… Continue Reading Gaebler’s success lies in scripting of school

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