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Let the game come to you

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What do coaches say to teams when things seem out of synch, when players are struggling, doing their best but somehow not clicking? The effort may be there, but the results aren’t. “Let the game come to you.” If you’ve ever played a team sport, you’ve heard those words. Your coach sees that you’re not… Continue Reading Let the game come to you

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The Field of Council Dreams is set, and the race has officially begun — so welcome to our messy, chaotic, wonderfully democratic and deeply satisfying city elections. On April 7, we’ll vote to choose three candidates among 13 aspirants for at-large seats on City Council. In addition, voters in District 2 can choose between Kanda… Continue Reading Build your own government

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“When Dan Gallagher took over from Mark Earle [as airport director] he looked through a stack of business cards in Earle’s desk drawer,” said Mayor Steve Bach last week. “One of the cards was from Sierra Nevada Corporation, so Dan called them.” That was the beginning of a long, complex process that culminated last week… Continue Reading How Gallagher found Sierra Completions

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“I just want to serve my community.” “I love this city, and I want to help make it better.” “I’m deeply humbled that so many people have asked me to step up run for Mayor/City Council (choose one).” “I will act collaboratively and cooperatively to move our city forward.” “We are at a crossroads/an inflection… Continue Reading Candidates: Look to Drake options

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We need real money for stormwater

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At its Jan. 24 meeting, the Colorado Springs City Council approved a stormwater resolution presented by Councilor Jan Martin. The plan calls for an annual total of $19 million in designated stormwater funding, beginning in 2016. This number assumes $8 million will be available annually from funds now used to pay principal and interest on… Continue Reading We need real money for stormwater

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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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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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In a telling display of futility, City Council refused Tuesday to put Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed $160 million infrastructure bond issue on the April 7 city election ballot. After a parade of city department heads and concerned citizens came forward to emphasize the gravity of the city’s capital improvement, stormwater, public safety, road maintenance and… Continue Reading New city theme: Don’t start thinkin’ about tomorrow

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Local economy feels healthier to start 2015

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Last Friday night, we went out to eat at Fujiyama, one of the many popular restaurants downtown on Tejon Street. Given that Colorado College was playing a home hockey game, and various other entertainment options were available to start the weekend, we didn’t expect to see much in the way of crowds. As we sat… Continue Reading Local economy feels healthier to start 2015

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