The City of Colorado Springs will contract with private companies for $1.68 million in road projects that are expected fund 20 construction jobs. The projects will be open for bid, and work is scheduled to begin August 22. They include: • Cimarron Street from East Sierra Madre Street to West of Wahsatch Avenue; • Cascade […]
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President Barack Obama urged Americans to call Congress about the lack of progress on raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Apparently, people took him up on it. Congressman Doug Lamborn’s office reports that his website is moving slowly, and that the House of Representatives switchboard is clogged with phone calls. According to an email from Lamborn’s […]
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Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is blasting as “radical” a Republican proposal to open up more than 50 million acres of public lands to logging and other development. Babbitt, who was Interior secretary for eight years under President Bill Clinton, says the GOP bill would virtually repeal the 1964 Wilderness Act and open an area […]
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Colorado’s position as a key battleground state in the 2012 presidential race comes with a wrinkle neither party seems to like: A freewheeling ballot initiative tradition that could put both legalizing marijuana and gay marriage before voters on Election Day next year. Marijuana activists have begun gathering signatures to ask voters to allow pot for […]
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The Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have issued an ozone alert for the Front Range. Officials say hot temperatures, clear skies and light winds may lead to increased ozone throughout the region. The alert is in effect until 4 p.m. Monday. Ozone can trigger attacks for people […]
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Less than two weeks away from the deadline for an unprecedented government default, President Barack Obama sought Friday to pressure House Republicans to come around to a deal that he insisted must include new taxes as well as unpalatable spending cuts. At the same time, even with no clear end in sight to negotiations that […]
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Employers in Colorado added 4,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June, dropping the state’s unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, according to the state’s Bureau of Labor and Employment. While there was a net increase overall, government jobs dropped by 2,600 jobs, while the private sector added 7,100. June marked the fourth straight drop in […]
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Long-time City Clerk Kathryn Young is retiring as of July 28. Young has been a city employee since 1983. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served this extraordinary organization and its citizens for the past 28 years,” said Young. “While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will deeply miss the […]
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The Treasury Department said Thursday it has exited its investment in Chrysler LLC after Italian automaker Fiat SpA purchased the U.S. government’s remaining holdings in the auto company. Fiat paid $560 million to the Treasury Department for the government’s 98,000 shares. Fiat has run the company since it emerged from bankruptcy protection in June 2009. […]
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As the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officially opened its doors Thursday, the House was considering legislation that could restrict its authority to act against abuses of the financial system. Republican sponsors of the bill say they are simply trying to promote transparency and accountability in the agency that was created a year ago as […]
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The dollar is falling against the euro and most other major currencies ahead of a meeting of European Union leaders. Investors expect that the summit, taking place Thursday, will produce some sort of agreement to help stem the region’s debt crisis. Talks will focus on a new aid package for Greece and ways to stop […]
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Gov. John Hickenlooper has joined the Western Governors University Board of Trustees. A nonprofit, online university, the school was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, including former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer. WGU was established to increase higher education opportunities for working adults, offers online degrees in business, information technology, education and health professions. It […]
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