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Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers makes a to-do list every year. He said he checked off most of his tasks for 2019. But one item didn’t get done — and it became a top priority on this year’s list. The city is still trying to resolve litigation over stormwater runoff. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]
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A year ago, Mayor John Suthers was worried about the progress of the City for Champions suite of projects, which he views as a tourism and development boost for the city. Although the state had granted $120.5 million in sales tax increment funding through the Regional Tourism Act, the city was under pressure to meet […]
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The ghosts of historic buildings Colorado Springs has lost haunt Mayor John Suthers. He sees the outlines of the 1912 Burns Theater, which occupied a space on the south side of Pikes Peak Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. Reputed to be one of the finest venues west of the Mississippi, the elegant theater […]
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After months of contentious discussions with Colorado Springs property owners, City Council has finally created new regulations to govern the operation of short-term rental properties, commonly offered through online booking platforms like VRBO and Airbnb. A divided Council voted 5-4 on Dec. 5 to approve new provisions as recommended by the City Planning Commission, which […]
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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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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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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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Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, approved at its June 17 meeting a new energy vision that will serve as the guiding principle for planning for the city’s future needs. The energy vision states that the utility will “provide resilient, reliable and cost-effective energy that is environmentally sustainable, reduces our […]
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