Fact No. 1: At almost $20 million annually, Colorado’s historic preservation fund is by any measure the largest in the nation. Fueled by a voter-mandated 22 percent share of gaming taxes paid by casinos in Cripple Creek, Blackhawk and Central City, the fund has provided more than a billion dollars to preservation projects statewide since […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Widening Interstate 25, fixing the entrance into Fort Carson at Gate 19 and the chances for another round of Base Realignment and Closure, as well as opportunities for job creation through cybersecurity topped the list of concerns when members of the Colorado congressional delegation met with the Colorado Springs Impact group during […]
In a Monday press release, The United States Olympic Committee announced that Boston will withdraw its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The widely anticipated withdrawal came after strong community opposition to the Games surfaced in Boston. I wrote about the USOC’s travails in the Independent in April of this year. “Boston isn’t like L.A., […]
Wandering through downtown the other day, I was struck by the strange disconnect between what our businessmen, politicians and downtown promoters say as opposed to what they actually do. What they say: we want a vibrant, vital, robust (see how well I’ve absorbed their buzzwords) downtown, with a stimulating mix of retail, restaurants and bars, residences, offices, art galleries, theaters, restored historic buildings … a festive mix of everything that anyone might want. And what do we have?
Colorado Springs attorney Greg Givens has practiced law for 16 years and moved to Colorado Springs in 2010. A California native and Darmouth College graduate, Givens represents employees and employers in areas such as wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour and unemployment insurance appeals. This week Givens spoke with the Business Journal on the perks […]
The report of the city’s Independent Ethics Commission regarding Colorado Springs City Councilor Helen Collins’ role in a 2014 real estate transaction with TABOR author and former elected official Douglas Bruce deserves a one-word synopsis: Devastating. In the report, released early Monday afternoon, June 8, the Commission found that Collins committed at least two felonies, as […]
Made yet another pilgrimage up the pass to Cripple Creek a couple of weekends ago accompanied by a friend who, like me, enjoys playing the quarter slots. After several hours of hopeful play, we were down a few bucks and decided to get a meal in the casino’s steakhouse.
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 […]
Despite City Council’s refusal to waive park development fees for downtown development, Darsey Nicklasson and Kathy Loo have decided to move forward with their projected downtown apartment building, Blue Dot Place. They announced their intentions in an email sent to the City Council and Mayor on Wednesday. The 32-unit building will be located at 418 […]
It was fun to pretend that we had a real horse race on our hands, wasn’t it? Even though Mary Lou Makepeace had been outpolled 2-to-1 by John Suthers on April 7, she contested the runoff bravely and tenaciously. Pot for potholes? A peacemaker, not a prosecutor? Rock the Vote? Catchy slogans designed to capture […]
So here it is at last, the grand opening of the resplendent new addition to the Fine Arts Center. It’s a triumph for and a tribute to our community. We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the foundations, businesses and individuals whose generous contributions made this day possible. But it’s obvious that we owe much to one man, FAC President and CEO Michael De Marsche. Without his leadership, it’s reasonable to assume that the arts community would still be mired in pointless infighting, that no plan would have been conceived, that no project would have been launched.
If I were Mayor Steve Bach, I’d be mad, mad, mad! And here’s who I’d be mad at: I’m mad at the media! I have a contentious meeting with a few community leaders who volunteered their time to work on a stormwater task force. After the meeting, all hell breaks loose. It appears that I’ve […]