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Mayor Steve Bach hired a Denver law firm to undertake an investigation of allegations of misdeeds in city government. Kelly, Stacy and Rita LLC has been hired and will start an investigation immediately, according to a city press release. Former finance director Terri Valasquez was fired earlier this year, and she has hired a law […]
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Sen. Mark Udall will head up a committee that oversees issues critical to Colorado’s military and aerospace communities. Udall, who is a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, has been named the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, which oversees such issues as cyberdefense, military space programs, nuclear weapons and intelligence programs. […]
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  The outlook for the U.S. economy appeared dimmer Monday after a report that Americans spent less at retail businesses for a third straight month in June.   The report led some economists to downgrade their estimates for economic growth in the April-June quarter. Many now think the economy grew even less than in the […]
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The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance Governmental Affairs Advisory Council is hosting two opportunities to meet the candidates running for governor. Business leaders and others are invited to hear directly from Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican candidate Bob Beauprez. The events will be held at Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. No registration is required […]
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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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A contoversial tax proposal aimed at stifling local opposition to oil and gas drilling is nearing a decision in the Colorado House. The measure would take severance tax payments from local governments that take steps to slow or prevent oil and gas drilling. The bill comes after state energy regulators clashed with county and municipal […]
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Was there anything to learn by sitting through two City Council candidate forums? On Monday, more than 100 civic-minded voters braved icy streets to watch candidates strut their stuff in an environmental forum at Stargazers. Twenty-four hours later, a slightly different crowd gathered at the Mining Exchange Hotel for the Business Journal-KOAA forum. The formats […]
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More than 100 people showed up to Mayor Steve Bach’s town hall meeting at the Penrose Library Wednesday to talk about how to revitalize downtown. Ideas included creating an Olympics museum, building a Sky Sox stadium, adding high-speed rail, offering more housing options and improving access from Interstate 25. Bach used the opportunity to reiterate […]
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In concert with local mass media and community partners, the UCCS will host a Colorado Springs mayoral candidate forum at 7:30 p.m. March 19 in Berger Hall. The university will join with the Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, KKTV, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Regional Leaders Forum, Downtown Partnership and the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute […]
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President Obama today nominated Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, to head U.S. Strategic Command. Strategic Command, based at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons, missile defenses and space warfare mission.   The four-star general has commanded the Air Force Space Command since 2007, […]
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Justweeks after the Black Forest fire destroyed 509 homes and killed two people, the city of Colorado Springs banned all fireworks within the city limits. Blaming the continuing hot, dry conditions – and continuing fires burning in different parts of the state – the Colorado Springs Fire Department has halted all public fireworks displays in […]
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Mayor Steve Bach says increasing the number of jobs in the Colorado Springs area by 6,000 a year is a “stretch goal.” “It’s 2 percent,” he said during the monthly Mayor Counsel meeting. “I hardly think that’s laughable.” Bach went on the defensive about his jobs goal at the Wednesday morning meeting, explaining that the […]
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