At a special media briefing this morning, Mayor Steve Bach praised council’s decision to restore funding to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Regional Business Alliance and the Police Department–but expressed dissatisfaction over Council’s apparent decision to fund park watering costs by taking $1.1 million from the city’s emergency reserve fund, and firmly rejected Council’s […]
Earlier this month, the Associated Press distributed a story about the last breeding pair of Yangtze giant soft-shell turtles. “She’s around 80 years old. He’s 100. Breathless scientists watched as the world’s most endangered turtles successfully mated. But the attempt to breed the species’ last known female with the last known male in China has failed because the eggs didn’t hatch .... The elderly pair can try again next year, part of a delicate attempt to keep the species alive.”
Mayor Steve Bach’s oft-stated goal is to make Colorado Springs the most business-friendly city in America. Wait a minute! Aren’t we already business-friendly? And if we aren’t, let’s just get rid of the rules and regulations that inhibit business. That’s not as easy as it seems. City ordinances, and the regulatory practices that result from […]
Like Rodney Dangerfield, Colorado Springs architects get no respect. It must be galling to be shut out, to see the most nationally significant regional architectural commission since the Air Force Academy go to an out-of-town firm. Earlier this week, we learned that the U.S. Olympic Museum organizers had chosen Colorado Springs-based contractor GE Johnson Construction […]
Colorado, as Ed Quillen noted recently, has two state songs, a state bird, a state fossil, a state butterfly, a state mineral and a state fish. And, despite Douglas Bruce’s callous and unreasoning opposition, we might soon have a state reptile, the Western Painted Turtle. Now, all of those designations are fine, I suppose, but they share one characteristic: no one much cares.
As a journalist, you live for “hot tips.” So imagine my delight when an anonymous informant passed along this incendiary news: Ed Anger is alive and well and living right here in Colorado Springs. Anger, for those of you who are so deeply stuck in the morass of modern liberal thought that you’ve never heard about his bracing, common-sensical columns for the Weekly World News, is possibly America’s Most Decorated Columnist — the recipient of every major award that our profession can dole out.
According to one expert in identity theft, it’s only a matter of time before my identity is stolen. It happens for many reasons — medical, educational, professional and ultimately for financial reasons. Not that I have a mountain of money to steal … It’s easy during this wireless Internet age, to gather information about people. […]
Remember Capt. Renault’s famous line in “Casablanca?” “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Given the hand-wringing about the stunning revelation that motorcycle cops have ticket-writing quotas, triggered by the revelation that a couple of low writers (bad pun intended) had been faking it, you’d think that Colorado Springs residents are as naïve as kindergartners.
It would be nice if our city’s quarrelsome elected leaders could agree on the most important issues facing Colorado Springs, wouldn’t it? Imagine if Mayor Steve Bach agreed to support a regional stormwater enterprise, and Council got behind the City for Champions projects — wouldn’t that be great? And what’s the matter with them, anyway? […]
It was 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, time for the new City Council to begin its first meeting as the Utility Board. Eight of nine board members were in their seats, but board chairman Keith King was standing over a table to the side, fussing with a stack of papers. The minutes ticked by; 1:05, 1:07, […]
Throughout David Welker’s life, he’s been open to different possibilities and ventured off course to explore new opportunities. After living in multiple cities during his youth, Welker craved new challenges and experiences, visiting different countries, serving in the military and crafting drinks at Ivywild. He now works in commercial real estate for Hoff & Leigh […]