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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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Drake: What’s the true cost?

“To understand where you’re going, it helps to understand where you’ve been.” That hoary cliché is particularly applicable when seeking to understand why Colorado Springs Utilities clings to the Martin Drake downtown coal-fired power plant. Exasperated Drake opponents have argued that the plant’s three generating units are old (dating from the 1960s and 1970s), accident-prone… Continue Reading Drake: What’s the true cost?

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Snider’s exit not good for city

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True to his low-key form, Val Snider decided last week to break some news in a different way — on his Facebook page. With no fanfare, Snider made known his decision not to pursue a second term on the Colorado Springs City Council. Snider, a retired Air Force major with a lengthy resumé of civic… Continue Reading Snider’s exit not good for city

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Mayoral candidates: Tough assignment

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Following Val Snider’s decision not to seek a second at-large term on City Council, it’s clear at least three new members will take their seats at the Council dais after the April 7 city elections. Jan Martin is term-limited after eight years and can’t run again. Merv Bennett will run for a second term, and… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates: Tough assignment

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Snider won’t run for re-election

Val Snider announced Friday morning on Facebook that he will not run for a second term on City Council. Here’s his post: 2015 CITY COUNCIL ELECTION CAMPAIGN RAMPS UP……FOR SOME After much thought and personal reflection I have decided I’d like to take my life in a new direction, other than running for another 4 years on… Continue Reading Snider won’t run for re-election

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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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Streetcars can help Springs’ economy

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Bring back a streetcar to Colorado Springs? Why would we want to do that? What could an electric streetcar do for Colorado Springs? A citizen group, the Colorado Springs Streetcar Task Force, asked those same questions in January 2009. The task force undertook a streetcar feasibility study, the first step in a formal planning process… Continue Reading Streetcars can help Springs’ economy

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