“When Dan Gallagher took over from Mark Earle [as airport director] he looked through a stack of business cards in Earle’s desk drawer,” said Mayor Steve Bach last week. “One of the cards was from Sierra Nevada Corporation, so Dan called them.” That was the beginning of a long, complex process that culminated last week […]
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Urban renewal! It’s what we all want, isn’t it? Imagine new structures replacing blighted areas of southwest downtown, a gleaming new city arising from the abandoned buildings, potholed streets, cracked sidewalks and decaying warehouses of downtown’s forgotten zone. Aren’t you glad that the city, the state, the Colorado Springs Urban...
We seem to be in the midst of one of our periodic funks — when we worry about our so-called leadership class. “Alas and alack!” we complain. “We have no leadership!! Where are the great, visionary leaders who will lift us from the slough of despond to the shining heights...
“And as all politicians know instinctively, blue-ribboning is a flawless way to avoid dealing with issues while appearing to do something.” You’ll have to wait until next week to see my early prognostications for 2008.
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Stuff happens, as the old saying goes (bowdlerized for this family friendly publication). We in the media tend to concentrate on the bad stuff, because that’s news. As a veteran reporter once put it, “If I go to a neighborhood, and 40 houses aren’t burning to the ground, my editor...
If there was ever an issue guaranteed to twist right-thinking conservatives into convoluted knots, the Army’s proposed Pinon Canyon expansion is it. Here’s some background. Twenty years ago, the Army acquired 230,000 acres in southeastern Colorado for use as a “maneuver area.” Colorado lawmakers trumpeted the acquisition as key to protecting Fort Carson from closure, pointing out that few, if any, Army posts would have such an asset.
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You’ve gotta hand it to the Democrats — they sure know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And, conversely, you’ve gotta hand it to the Republicans — they’ve managed to nominate the one candidate who can reach out to independents and Democrats, and win in November. For months to come, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will be locked in a real-time celebrity death match, a fight that will grow in passion and nastiness every week, until a winner finally emerges.
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It’s 7 a.m. on a sunny June day — time to head for the mountains. I want cool air, sparkling vistas, snowcapped peaks, wildflowers in bloom, a fun day and a temporary respite from the urban clamor of the Springs. I’m not the only one. Turning onto Highway 24 from...
Democrat Jariah Walker, who will oppose incumbent Republican County Commissioner Peggy Littleton in the race for District 5 released an updated list of supporters yesterday. One stood out: Suzi Bach, identified only as the “president, Ramsgate Management Services.” Does this mean that Mr. Bach, aka Mayor Steve Bach, is about to jump on the Democratic […]
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Do you have a major civic initiative tucked away in a drawer somewhere? Would you like to roll it out and get Springs residents so excited about it that they’ll fund it with their tax dollars? The template is simple. You gather a group of core supporters who share your enthusiasm for the project. You […]
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Here’s a marketing maxim we’ve all heard: Control your brand. A city’s brand should be accurate, timeless, immune from scandal or piracy and beloved by residents and visitors alike. The Big Apple. The City by the Bay. The Mile High City. No one can remove the bay from San Francisco...
Craggy-faced, erect, serious and besuited — the four men standing on the City Auditorium stage might have been retired bankers, Vietnam-era pilots or perhaps even tough old ranchers from the eastern plains. Nope — Tom Strand, Merv Bennett, Bill Murray and Larry Bagley were there to be sworn in as newly elected (or re-elected) members […]
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