Citizens for Accountable Government, the group calling for a switch to a strong mayor form of government in Colorado Springs, may find that an obscure 1992 city ordinance could derail its efforts. The measure restricts any initiative to a single subject. Created in response to multi-subject initiatives such as the Douglas Bruce-authored 1991 “mini-TABOR” amendment, […]
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Colorado Springs and the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) apparently have settled their multi-year dispute concerning the withdrawal of Memorial Health System from PERA. Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Springs City Council met behind closed doors in executive session in a “special meeting” prior to a regularly scheduled meeting as the Utility Board. In attendance: […]
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A bill currently moving through the Colorado Legislature aims to relax the regulatory burden for the more than 500,000 small business owners throughout the state. Since it was introduced to the Colorado General Assembly on Jan. 11, the first day of regular session, Senate Bill 1 has already garnered support from many Colorado Springs business […]
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Neumann Systems Group has another plan to make coal-fired power plants more environmentally friendly. The company that has been battling to save the Martin Drake Power Plant and it’s coal-cleaning Neustream technology that’s used there, says its newest venture could amount to 250 high-tech jobs, $400 million in construction projects and $150 million in sales. Neumann […]
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Lawmakers are debating whether Colorado illegal immigrants who graduate from state high schools should qualify for college tuition that’s lower than the out-of-state amount. A Senate committee led by Democrats will hear the proposal Thursday and decide whether it should move forward. The Democratic bill would a separate tuition category that is a bit higher […]
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More than 20 years ago, traveling from New Hampshire to California, Jason Wells stopped in Denver to visit a friend. As is the story for many transplants to Colorado, Wells fell in love with the state, the weather, the people, and says he’s “still visiting.” He earned his bachelor’s degree, law degree and a master […]
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Mayor Steve Bach is taking his message directly to the people – through a website called bachsoffice.com. Sharply styled and looking much like a campaign site, bachsoffice.com will be updated frequently and include messages from Bach, news releases, event calendars and photos. People will also be able to get involved in some of Bach’s pet projects […]
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City officials announced over the weekend that they have hired a city clerk, a position that has been without a permanent appointment since July when former City Clerk Kathryn Young retired. Sarah Johnson was chosen after a two-month recruitment period in which more than 97 people applied, officials said. Johnson has 18 years of elections […]
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Colorado Springs sales-and-use tax collections are up in the first two months of 2012, higher than the first two months of 2011. Overall, collections are 6.9 percent higher than at this time last year, according to the collections report released by the city Tuesday. In February, the city reported that sales and use tax was […]
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Amendment 64 is now officially state law, allowing adults to grow up to six plants at home and possess small amounts of marijuana without fear of state criminal prosecution. But that’s about the only clear conclusion from the news earlier this week that Gov. John Hickenlooper certified the Nov. 6 election results. It’s not clear […]
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Colorado Springs will hold an open house to discuss the installation of a roundabout at the five-legged intersection of Tejon Street, Cascade Avenue, Ramona Avenue and Cheyenne Boulevard. The open house is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 at St. Aiden’s Anglican Church, 1626 S. Tejon St. Engineers from the project team […]
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City Councilors Jan Martin and Val Snider reached the end of the political trail Tuesday afternoon when they sat through their last, mercifully brief Council meeting. Term limits forced Martin to leave the dais, while Snider declined to run for a second term, choosing to run ultra marathons instead. Martin and Snider will be missed. […]
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