In May, the Colorado Springs Business Journal filed a Colorado Open Records Act request with the city of Colorado Springs, asking for “All minutes, voice recordings and video records of a closed executive session of the Colorado Springs Utility Board during which a decision was made or ratified to...
The unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has brought President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan back from the political graveyard, where it had been consigned by the court’s 5-4 decision to suspend it, pending appeals. The plan is aimed at reducing carbon, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions...
On Sept. 9, 2013, Zeezo’s owners Mark and Jessica Modeer bought the building that formerly housed Bryant & Scott Jewelers for $1.263 million. It seemed like a pretty hefty price for the 113-year-old 8,350-square-foot single-story building, but Mark and Jessica had a deserved reputation as canny business owners. Skeptics...
What do our proudly conservative city/county/Colorado Springs School District 11 elected officials want? Mo’ money! On the November ballot, Mayor John Suthers, with the support of a 6-3 supermajority of city council, will ask Colorado Springs voters to approve fee-based funding for a revamped stormwater enterprise. The annual tab? About $17...
Will we ever build anything in southwest downtown? Or will we just let the blight age like a fine single-malt whiskey? Surely the deserted area would be more picturesque with more cracks in the few sidewalks that remain, more broken windows, more potholes in streets that go nowhere, more parking lots where no one parks, […]
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You’ve gotta hand it to Donald Trump: He moves fast. Scarcely a week after taking office, he’s clipped the wings of the Environmental Protection Agency, threatened companies planning to move operations out of the country with a “border tax,” narrowed down his Supreme Court choices, made climate change denial official...
  (noun): 1. A feeling of fear or agitation about the possible election of Donald J. Trump to the U.S. presidency. Example: “The Democrats went to the polls in fear and Trumpidation.” Synonyms: Trumpophobia, Dystrumpia, Trumplosion, Trumpublican, Trumpification. Voting for Trump? I suspect that a majority of voters in El Paso County...
For the third time, Colorado Springs Judge David Prince is one of three finalists for a position on the Colorado Supreme Court. Colorado’s procedure for filling Supreme Court vacancies is simple and equitable. As mandated by a 1966 constitutional amendment, the Supreme Court Nominating Commission recommends three candidates to serve as judges for the Supreme […]
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Gov. Bill Ritter's decision to sign a bill forbidding the state to sell land to the Army for the purpose of expanding the Pinon Canon maneuver site was, despite the howls of protest from Springs politicians, utterly predictable. To us in El Paso County, the expansion seems reasonable, even mandatory....
“Everything’s up to date in Kansas City/They’ve gone about as fer as they can go.” That Richard Rodgers melody from the 1943 musical Oklahoma! was about that bustling Midwestern city as seen by a naïve cowboy in 1906. Not surprisingly, Kansas City residents quickly adopted it, and Oscar Hammerstein’s gently...
Sorry to rain on Colorado’s latest bipartisan political parade, but moving the Bureau of Land Management from Washington, D.C. to Grand Junction is a lousy idea. Both Colorado senators have jumped aboard the moving van, mouthing the usual platitudes about bringing government closer to the people. “The problem with Washington is...
What does Colorado Springs have in common with Buffalo, N.Y; St. Paul, Minn.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.? It’s simple — we’re all second cities, traditionally eclipsed, overwhelmed and sometimes beaten down by our bullying big brother city. That was certainly the case for us a few years ago,...