El Paso County has a $1.35 billion backlog in road maintenance; there is an 8 percent gap between the number of job openings over the number of job seekers in the region; and the Pikes Peak region now has domestic water secured for the next 50 years, at least. Business...
Nine years after his technology was lauded as a cost-effective way to continue using coal for power plants in Colorado Springs and across the nation, Dave Neumann believes it’s no longer sensible to market his product in the United States. So the former U.S. Air Force Academy professor and researcher...
Water district managers in Fountain, Security and Widefield acted quickly based on news reports that drinking water there was found to have high levels of chemical contaminants that are linked with health hazards. The districts are searching for the source of the contamination — and at least one has closed...
Fountain, Widefield, Security systems contain chemicals linked to health hazards Recent studies in Fountain, Security and Widefield show that the water there is contaminated with industrial chemicals that could cause a public health hazard. Known as perfluoroalkyls, or PFAs, research suggests the chemicals are potent carcinogens and endocrine disrupters at levels...
Since Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2013 executive order, the Colorado Water Conservation Board has been hard at work developing the Colorado Water Plan. Soliciting input from all stakeholders — including water providers, environmental groups, recreational interests, municipal/industrial/agricultural users, ranchers, sportsmen, public and private landholders and just plain citizens — CWCB has...
During Monday’s meeting of the Utilities Board, Item 11 on the agenda seemed innocuous enough: “Electric Integrated Resources Plan Update.” In fact, it was yet another skirmish in the continuing battle over the Martin Drake Power Plant. From a strict dollars-and-cents perspective, considering only those costs that can both be...
In February 2008, The Gazette reported a possible technological breakthrough by a local company, Neumann Systems Group, that seemed to have limitless potential. According to the firm’s president Dave Neumann, the company’s proprietary technology could be used to remove both carbon dioxide and sulfur oxides from coal-fired power plant...
“To understand where you’re going, it helps to understand where you’ve been.” That hoary cliché is particularly applicable when seeking to understand why Colorado Springs Utilities clings to the Martin Drake downtown coal-fired power plant. Exasperated Drake opponents have argued that the plant’s three generating units are old (dating from the...

Water: Time to worry

In December 2013, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave a little-noticed speech to the Colorado River Water Users Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas. Given that Colorado Springs gets 70 percent of its water from the Colorado River, it’s no surprise that senior officials of Colorado Springs Utilities were in attendance. Wayne...
‘People love Colorado. Our population ballooned from 1 million in 1930, to over 5 million today, and is projected to grow even faster in the future. So how do we ensure that this population growth doesn’t change what we know and love about our state? When it comes to...
(Editor's note: This is a revised version of a story that was posted Monday with updated information. The proposal at the end is unchanged.) “Colorado Springs Forward” is a relative newcomer to a long list of action-oriented community nonpartisan groups, but it may become a formidable player nonetheless. During the...

Water rates rank high

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance refers to “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.” Many Colorado Springs homeowners may experience such a state when their monthly Utilities bill arrives. One of them, Mike...