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The city of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities will spend more than $27.7 million on stormwater improvements next year. The money will go toward capital projects, pre-disaster mitigation, staffing, operations and maintenance. It also includes $7 million in stormwater expenses to address effects of the Waldo Canyon fire. The money will be spent on:… Continue Reading City, CSU to spend millions on stormwater drainage improvements

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One by one, the Colorado Springs fire and police chiefs, emergency management supervisor and Mayor Steve Bach made their comments Tuesday as the city unveiled its Initial After Action Report for the Waldo Canyon fire. Their message, which shouldn’t be expected to change much between now and the final report in March 2013, was fairly… Continue Reading Fire report doesn’t finish city’s story

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Better communication with each other and with residents topped the list of lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon fire, said city officials at a preliminary after-action report this morning. The fire started June 23 and raced into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood Tuesday, June 26. A combination of high winds and dry weather fueled the fire… Continue Reading City’s disaster communications needs improvement, report says

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Amy Long’s voice is calm and hopeful. In the tourism game, she understands the ebb and flow of the market better than anyone. She’s the vice president of marketing and membership at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. After the Waldo Canyon fire took a turn toward Colorado Springs on June 26, she was… Continue Reading Springs marketing its way out of fire’s economic effects

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Some charities struggle to reach expectations

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With Colorado Springs charities, it seems to be feast or famine these days. Continue Reading Some charities struggle to reach expectations

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Springs has a different image now

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Recently, on a quick driving trip into the mountains, we made a conscious decision to inject Colorado Springs into every conversation with strangers, just to see what the reaction would be. It’s usually worth the effort anyway, even without an ulterior motive. But this time the intent was simply to gauge whether the response would… Continue Reading Springs has a different image now

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CVB hopes to reinvigorate LART with two new grants

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For the first time this year, sales tax collections in Colorado Springs are down. But tourism officials are speedily working to get travelers to the city this fall to make up for summer losses during the Waldo Canyon fire. July’s sale taxes were down nearly 4 percent from the same time last year; but the… Continue Reading CVB hopes to reinvigorate LART with two new grants

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Manitou Springs small-business owner Safron Neusaenger took a call this week from a vendor who said her debit card only covered half of what she owed. Continue Reading Small businesses’ injuries hard to treat

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CST seeks businesses to participate in card program

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The nonprofit fire-victim assistance organization, Colorado Springs Together, is asking businesses to participate in a discount shopping-card program that will aid 1,700 families affected by the fire. CST, a partnership among the city, community organizations and business owners, aims to aid victims while bolstering local business, said spokesman John Henry. He said the number of… Continue Reading CST seeks businesses to participate in card program

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City council postpones changes to fire code

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Colorado Springs City Council put off voting on changes to the fire code for reconstruction in Mountain Shadows, following opposition from residents who lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon fire. Council heard the suggested changes two weeks ago, which included “hardened” structures with stucco or cementious siding, trees and bushes set back from home… Continue Reading City council postpones changes to fire code

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