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By Pam Zubeck Colorado Springs City Council voted unanimously on Nov. 12 to grant a local business a tax incentive but refused to name the business. It’s unclear when the identity will be revealed for a company to which the city assigned the code name “Project Beach.” For $14,310 in sales and use tax breaks, […]
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One of the last stockpiles of chemical weapons remaining in the United States is being methodically destroyed in southern Colorado, bit by bit. The Pueblo Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant, which occupies about 85 acres on the grounds of the U.S. Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot, is one of two sites in the nation — the […]
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Deep in the heart of Pike & San Isabel National Forests (PSI) are thousands of winding and bifurcating passages resembling an intricate network of arteries and veins. These 2,500-plus miles of trails and roads in forestlands spanning 15 Colorado counties transport nature lovers and recreationists to and from some of their favorite outdoor destinations, and […]
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More than 185,500 ballots have so far been returned statewide for the Nov. 5 coordinated election, and the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office released a list of common mistakes seen this election cycle. Corrections for the most common errors are as follows. 1. You must sign your own ballot envelope: Verify your name and […]
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By Pam Zubeck A rocky couple of months after being chosen to negotiate an emergency ambulance contract with Colorado Springs ended on Oct. 11 when the city announced it had scrapped talks with Falck Rocky Mountain. The city now will try to hammer out a new five-year contract, with five one-year options, with American Medical Response […]
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Steven Cedre owns the city’s smallest full-service bicycle shop, and he’s watching the latest Trump tariffs take a huge bite out of his business.  Across the board, the U.S. bicycle industry — which relies on China for more than 90 percent of its bikes and bike parts — is reeling from the tariff hikes, the […]
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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on trade tariffs. Goldman Sachs economists last week warned the Trump administration’s trade war is damaging U.S. economic growth and raising consumer prices, and J.P. Morgan economists estimate the latest round of tariffs will cost American households up to $1,000 per year. At the same […]
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As the state’s top lawyer, Attorney General Phil Weiser, 51, runs the state’s largest law firm, with more than 270 attorneys. He is both Colorado’s chief legal adviser and top law enforcement official. His office prosecutes violations of state law, represents Colorado in legal disputes and issues advice to agencies and the General Assembly. His […]
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They may sometimes have their differences, but the mayors of seven jurisdictions from Monument to Pueblo agree that many of the issues they face require cooperative, regional solutions. “I’m very aware as the mayor of Colorado Springs that what happens in Colorado Springs, particularly in terms of economic development, impacts our surrounding communities,” Mayor John […]
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By J. Adrian Stanley and Pam Zubeck, Colorado Springs Independent  The El Paso County Assessor’s Office announced plans last week to tax short-term rentals, often referred to by the brand name Airbnb, as commercial properties. The change opens a can of worms regarding how those properties are handled by city and county officials, insurance companies […]
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El Paso County is asking business owners to weigh in on a new master plan that will map out the county’s growth for the next 30-50 years. Businesses and citizens will have multiple opportunities to provide input during the planning process, including public meetings and an online survey. The county’s existing plan is a compilation […]
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While the U.S. Olympic Museum and UCCS William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center are well under way, the construction of two downtown sports facilities and a new visitor center at the U.S. Air Force Academy — remaining components of the City for Champions suite of projects — has yet to begin. But although […]
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