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  • Pension dispute could send Colorado Springs, PERA to trial in October

    Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Colorado Springs and the Public Employees' Retirement Association could head to trial in October in a high-stakes dispute over pension liabilities. The city's appeal of a February ruling that sided with PERA has been denied, said Leslie Oliver, a PERA spokeswoman. The ruling sets the...

  • Collins' answer to homelessness: Ship them out and 'make them work'

    Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Helen Collins has a unique approach to helping homeless people in Colorado Springs: Give them a bus ticket out of town and "make them work." The Colorado Springs councilwoman spoke up Tuesday against the city's 2014 Action Plan for housing and homeless programs - sparking a brief...

  • Audit reveals missteps in Colorado Springs housing division, leads to HUD review

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Amid poor organization and lackluster oversight, a Colorado Springs' housing division employee apparently lied to federal officials to keep up with grant deadlines, city auditors found. The auditors painted a troubling picture of a division charged with executing Mayor Steve Bach's...

  • El Paso County Public Health boss Jill Law steps down

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Jill Law has resigned as director of El Paso County Public Health, ending a roughly two-year run as head of the agency. Law announced her departure "with a heavy heart" in an email to health department employees on Monday, though she said she previously shared her plans with the El...

  • Early 2015 health insurance filings in Colorado a welcome surprise for consumers

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Preliminary health insurance filings released Monday showed rates in Colorado holding relatively steady next year amid a crowded market of more than 1,000 plans, the state's insurance commissioner said. Most of the 1,071 medical and dental insurance plans pitched by carriers for 2015...

  • Collins' views on homelessness prompt response from fellow council member

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Helen Collins idea for addressing homelessness across Colorado Springs: Bus tickets and jobs. The council member spoke up Tuesday against the city’s 2014 Action Plan for housing and homeless programs — sparking a brief exchange with council woman Jill Gaebler and prompting two audience...

  • Grant money will help Springs Rescue Mission expand shelter program

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    After offering a warm place to sleep for hundreds of people last winter, The Springs Rescue Mission plans to re-open and expand its shelter this year with the help of nearly $40,000 in grant money. The funding was among a list of grants that will go to organizations across the city,...

  • New affordable housing units planned for Colorado Springs seniors

    Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    A new development aims to boost the amount of affordable housing for seniors in Colorado Springs. Christian Church Homes plans to begin construction of Hatler-May Village after recently receiving millions in federal subsidies to help finance the $11.5 million project. When completed,...

  • Bonds among Black Forest, Waldo Canyon fire victims help with healing

    Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Kath Schnorr saw her house burn countless times since June 11, 2013, as newscasts ran the same Black Forest fire footage over and over. Every time, it chipped at her psyche. Such emotional pain surfaces often in a region hit by destructive wildfires. Her plight is likely far from...

  • Homeless count up in county while emergency beds decline

    Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    More homeless people appear to be going without shelter despite a relatively small uptick in homelessness across El Paso County - the result of a steep drop in emergency beds, an annual survey found. The assessment highlighted the annual Point in Time survey, which showed a 4-percent...

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