The Colorado Springs City Council has a long history of use (and sometimes misuse) of so-called executive sessions. Such meetings within meetings can be held only during regular or special meetings. According to the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, Colorado open records laws require that “the topic must be announced to the public with as […]
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Mayor John Suthers announced yesterday that Colorado Springs Airport Aviation Director Dan Gallagher will leave the position in early October. Gallagher has taken a job as director of aviation business and finance with the Massachusetts Port Authority. Current Assistant Aviation Director Troy Stover will serve as interim director while a national search is conducted for Gallagher’s […]
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While there is little venture capital spent in Colorado Springs these days, history suggests the local economy has always been fueled by bold entrepreneurs who love risk, seek opportunity and are always in a hurry. Case in point: the Colorado City Glassworks. On Feb. 9, 1889, Jerome Wheeler and five other businessmen incorporated the Colorado […]
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Downtown’s vagrant presence has reached such proportions, business owners are digging into their own pockets to hire extra security. Also, an effort by a cadre of women business owners has led to police placing more emphasis on the problem. Downtown business owner and investor Kevin O’Neil says he’ll commit $20,000 to hire around-the-clock security to […]
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  (Editor’s Note: This article originally identified Friends of Cheyenne Cañon as the group pursing legal action to block the land exchange. It’s now been corrected.) By Amy Gillentine Sweet and John Hazlehurst Some groups opposing the land swap with The Broadmoor aren’t waiting for Colorado Springs City Council to decide the fate of 184 acres of […]
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Here’s a suggestion for a new City Council motto: Opacity is Us! And no, I’m not talking about Council’s stumbling attempts to delegitimize/criminalize/effectively ban the demon weed from Colorado Springs. Nor am I fuming over the sit/lie/Po’ People Get Out Of Town ordinance. Instead, let’s consider Council’s decision at yesterday’s meeting to give a fat […]
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This little ad in the classified section of Wednesday’s Independent caught my eye. Investment Properties 7 Income Properties. Good condition. East. West. Central. Owner carry. 20 percent down. The phone number listed was a familiar one. It belongs to Douglas Bruce. Is the Dougster finally pulling up stakes and taking his act on the road? […]
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Back in 1988, the city negotiated a special deal with the people who then owned Banning Lewis Ranch. Ever since then, new owners have tried to undo the agreement — which requires developers to pay for all infrastructure costs associated with the 17,760-acre property. The cost: $12,000 an acre. Secret negotiations to undo the agreement […]
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King Soopers employees at 10 Colorado Springs store locations ring in the season of giving with The Big Ring, a day of corporate-wide employee volunteerism with The Salvation Army’s 125th annual Red Kettle Campaign. During The Big Ring, King Soopers employees take over the Red Kettles from 3:30-6:30 p.m., volunteering their time to ring bells in support […]
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This is the second in a three-part series. His world extends beyond the borders of El Paso or Teller counties-to places like Entebbe, Uganda, and communities in the Sudan or India, but his career focuses squarely on deal-making here at home. So how does commercial real estate broker Leroy Landhuis tie together such diverse geographical […]
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You might be forgiven for supposing that Councilmember Don Knight has been solely focused on efforts to expand Council’s powers (or reclaim them from Mayor Bach!), while valiantly fighting against any local public funding for the “City for Champions” proposal. Not so! The Knight of Sorrowful Mien has been busy at work behind the scenes, […]
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Almost every human activity has an economic impact. Such impacts might be difficult to analyze, but that hasn’t stopped economic development gurus from putting out numbers. It’s clear that cycling, arts/culture and the military are important drivers of our future economic growth, but another one might beat all three put together. Dogs. Colorado Springs is […]
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