To counter complaints in the business community about the city’s growing transient population, Manitou Springs has contracted with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department to provide patrol officers to start this week and continue through Labor Day Weekend. The tourist town has seen its homeless population rise during the […]
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Knowledge is power — or so the saying goes. But lately, it seems some public entities are acting as if releasing information is disempowering. What happens when residents want information from their government? How do citizens who are deeply and personally concerned about governmental actions — or inaction — fare when they seek information? What […]
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Monday, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, and retired Lt. Gen. Ed Anderson will join leaders of the Pikes Peak region for a forum on national security and economic prosperity in Colorado Springs and the state. The forum will take place Monday at noon at The Broadmoor hotel. The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., […]
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  (Editor’s Note: This article originally identified Friends of Cheyenne Cañon as the group pursing legal action to block the land exchange. It’s now been corrected.) By Amy Gillentine Sweet and John Hazlehurst Some groups opposing the land swap with The Broadmoor aren’t waiting for Colorado Springs City Council to decide the fate of 184 acres of […]
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Retail giant Walmart is suing the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and the Colorado Department of Revenue because the company doesn’t think it should be required to collect transportation taxes for the new Walmart and Sam’s Club in Fountain. The lawsuit is set for bench trial in Denver District Court starting Sept. 9. PPRTA collects […]
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Woodland Park voters will face a record number of ballot questions in the city’s April 5 election, nine of which are proposed charter amendments that would streamline governmental processes and create incentives for new business. Recommendations to streamline operations, which include term-limit modifications for council and mayoral appointments, as well as public notification requirements and […]
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Amy Lathen was elected to serve as chairwoman of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners, while Dennis Hisey will serve as its vice-chairman. The group reorganized today with a new leadership slate. Darryl Glenn will serve as third commissioner, and will act as the chairman in the event that both Lathen and Hisey are […]
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By Jan Martin After eight years of spending every day worrying about the details of running a city, I’m enjoying taking some time to get reacquainted with the Colorado Springs I love. Although I’ve attended countless events, been on the inside circle of local politics and know all the movers and shakers, I’m enjoying taking […]
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Tuesday’s City Council meeting began amicably enough. Wearing western shirts, cowboy hats and blue jeans, Council’s seven male members thereby saluted the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. A few minutes after the meeting began, Council President Merv Bennett read a resolution honoring former Mayor Steve Bach for his four years of service as the city’s […]
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On June 2, Mayor Steve Bach will perform his last official function, introducing John Suthers to be sworn in as Colorado Springs’ next mayor. For Bach, and the city, it has been a long, strange trip. Elected in 2011 by a 57-43 margin over Richard Skorman, Bach led the city through four singularly tumultuous years. […]
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It was fun to pretend that we had a real horse race on our hands, wasn’t it? Even though Mary Lou Makepeace had been outpolled 2-to-1 by John Suthers on April 7, she contested the runoff bravely and tenaciously. Pot for potholes? A peacemaker, not a prosecutor? Rock the Vote? Catchy slogans designed to capture […]
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  It was a cheerful and festive crowd that gathered in the downtown Gold Room on Tuesday night, even before the first results came out in the Colorado Springs mayoral runoff election. At 7:20 p.m., Secretary of State Wayne Williams made the announcement that everyone expected. “John Suthers leads with 67.88 percent of the vote,” […]
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