It was quite a celebration last Friday morning at the Bailey Water Treatment Plant, located way out east (or at what used to be “way out east”) at the intersection of Highways 94 and 24. The occasion: the formal “turn on the faucet” moment for the Southern Delivery System, marking...
Elon Musk does not think small. The 43-year-old founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors, took on  legacy organizations that seemed impregnable, challenging the mighty on their own ground. A payment system that competes directly with Visa and MasterCard? How preposterous — didn’t he realize that it wouldn’t work? A couple of billion dollars later, […]
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In a notable display of uber-conservative lunacy, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed bills last month that set aside $3 million to fund lawsuits aimed at taking over Utah lands owned by the wicked federal guv’mint. The Feds own more than 60 percent of Utah, which many Utahans resent. Reasoning that...
The mid-February campaign finance reports are in and given that ballots for the April 2 election will be mailed out in three weeks, they’re pretty illuminating. Reports cover a two-week period, typically between Jan. 31 and Feb. 15. We’ll lead off with District 3, where former council member Tom Gallagher is opposing incumbent at-large councilor […]
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I’m tired of gloom and doom-so here are my foolishly optimistic predictions for the year to come. A quiet boom will re-ignite our local economy, driven by government spending and renewed consumer /business confidence. New businesses will form and thrive, and existing enterprises will grow, modestly prosper, and even hire new...
Another year gone, and what do we have to show for it? An optimist would say that he/she has grown, learned and flourished; a pessimist might note that he/she is just that much closer to dusty death. But since none of us are dead yet, let’s be optimistic.
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So who won the election? Barack Obama became president-elect and John McCain got the consolation prize — a seat in the U.S. Senate! And thousands of other pols and wannabe-pols spent Tuesday night celebrating or mourning. But there were other winners and losers, non-politicians who either profited mightily or slunk away broke and disgraced. And here are some of them — shining examples of American entrepreneurship, and equally shining examples of “what were they thinking?”
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Could there be anything more fun than the uproar over HB 1072, the recently-passed bill that amends the so-called “Labor Peace Act” of 1963? If political junkies were film buffs, it’s like seeing the original cut of “Casablanca.” Labor dinosaurs do battle with business troglodytes! Sinister labor barons threaten the free enterprise system! Democratic pols, flush with labor dollars, crush the GOP defenders of truth, justice and the American way! The fearless advocates of working Americans fight the evil minions of millionaire monopolists!
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You’ll be glad to know that the ever-vigilant folks at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) have taken upon themselves the task of telling us about marijuana. Here’s an excerpt from a recent press release: “DENVER—The State of Colorado today lauched (sic) a new website to answer common questions about the legalization of […]
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The Pikeview quarry, AKA the scar on the mountain, has been in more or less continuous operation since 1905. When it opened, it was miles away from the quiet residential areas of Colorado Springs, and virtually invisible from the city. Noise, dust, bare rocky terrain … so what? Quarries...
At lunch a few weeks ago at Phantom Canyon, one of our city’s leading economic development honchos, we’ll call him Mr. H., was asked why the local business community doesn’t seem to have any clout with the El Paso County legislative delegation. Other than the delegation’s lone Democrat, the group opposed last year’s statewide Referendum C initiative, which business fervently supported. Moreover, our GOP legislators are supporting other business-unfriendly initiatives that we may see on the November ballot.
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Next Monday, Colorado Springs Sister Cities International will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. According to the event press release, “Anyone interested in global citizen diplomacy, international relations or who simply wants to experience...