There’s not much to like about gravel quarries, essential as they are to regional economies throughout America. We need construction aggregate to build and maintain highways and railroad beds and to construct commercial and residential buildings. Quarries must be ready to supply scores, even hundreds of customers on a daily...
This year’s city council elections have been epically nasty. Scorched-earth political tacticians have targeted Richard Skorman, Jill Gaebler and Yolanda Avila. It seems that Richard, Jill and Yolanda are weak-minded, sanctuary-cities loving, Sierra Club-supporting, big-spending, city-bankrupting liberals who deserve to go down to defeat! Fun accusations for sure — does it matter if they’re false? […]
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Three weeks ago,  I received a letter from Experian, the credit bureau. It seems their system was compromised and cyber thieves took my personal information — driver’s license number, Social Security number, bank accounts, address — pretty much everything they needed to steal my identity and wreck my credit. Experian was very apologetic and offered […]
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Prison escapees and ingenious scam artists often draw our admiration. Break out of prison or make a run for freedom and most of us will be secretly sympathetic. After all, if you were stuck in some godforsaken hole in upstate New York for the rest of your life, wouldn’t you...
How should Colorado Springs Utilities be governed? That’s a good question, especially since there’s no definitive answer. Until the mid-1990s, CSU was just another city department, albeit a large, resentful and unwieldy one. The CEO reported to the city manager, who oversaw all city departments. Although tight-lipped and clannish, CSU managers...
60,000.  That’s how many cars travel between Colorado Springs and Denver every day on Interstate 25. $1.35 billion. And that’s the cost of delays and wasted fuel sitting in traffic jams across the state. In Colorado Springs, it costs $460 for every licensed driver. And the biggest culprit for locals is the 26-mile...
A few years ago, the O’Neil Group was quietly successful. It owned Braxton Technologies, a satellite control and maintenance firm, a staffing company, an engineering firm, a real estate business and a property management firm, among others. Then CEO Kevin O’Neil made the first announcement that surprised the local business community: He’d purchased the U.S. […]
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Around the Front Range region this summer — Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Pueblo and Denver — one topic seems to dominate conversations: the increasing number of young, apparently jobless, possibly homeless, vagrants behaving aggressively on the streets in all four cities. These young men and women aren’t the same as...
“We can so do this!” said Amanda Miller last Saturday as we waited to start the Copper Triangle, a 78-mile bike ride through the mountains. We’d be riding from Copper Mountain resort up Fremont Pass and down to Leadville on Colorado 91, up U.S. 24 to Tennessee Pass, Battle Mountain and Minturn, then the long […]
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Every year without fail, no matter which party might be in power or sharing it, the Colorado Legislature sneaks up on us all. Those of us who understand the need to keep up with state politics enter the holiday season realizing it’s time to pay closer attention to what issues...
Getting more people involved in elections, reforming the initiative process and finding ways to solve the state’s fiscal conundrum are the big issues a statewide bipartisan group has set out to solve. And if the issues weren’t complicated enough, they’ve set an ambitious timeline: to have all three solutions on...
Anything going on this week? Nah, just being the hometown of the United States Olympic Committee and having the Winter Games happening on the same continent. Not that anyone here can tell. Colorado Springs isn’t sporting any golden rings or staging any celebrations, nothing to declare that that this is the...