More Monica Mendoza Articles

  • Minnesota company interested in buying Colorado Springs Utilities' electric division

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Xcel Energy has an interest in buying Colorado Springs Utilities' electric division, which includes the controversial Martin Drake Power Plant. The Minneapolis-based company, which has Colorado operations, asked Colorado Springs Utilities if it would entertain the idea of selling its...

  • Colorado Springs City Council OKs $1.1 million for troubled IT Department

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    The Colorado Springs City Council approved spending $1.1 million in hopes of fixing the city's troubled Information Technology Department. It's only half of what Mayor Steve Bach requested, but the council said it does not trust that the IT department has the expertise to solve all...

  • Colorado Springs electric rates drop a bit as one Drake unit powers up

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Colorado Springs Utilities customers will get a bit of relief in their summer electric bills beginning Friday when electric rates go down 2.2 percent - about $1.68 per month on a typical residential bill. Colorado Springs Utilities has powered up one of three units in the Martin...

  • Taxed after death: City Council to vote on fee hikes at cemeteries, golf courses

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Predicting that many families will want to move their veteran loved ones out of the city's cemeteries and into a national veterans cemetery planned near Colorado Springs, the city is proposing a 200 percent increase to dig up the caskets. The proposed increase in the disinterment fee...

  • Recommendation for sprinkler installation disregarded by Utilities ahead of Drake fire

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    In what reads like an eerie prediction, the company that insures Colorado Springs Utilities' Drake power plant recommended in February the installation of a sprinkler system beneath the turbine generators in the case that lubricating oil would come into contact with hot steam pipes....

  • Doctor warns of health dangers associated with living near Drake power plant

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The health care costs that the community bears due to illnesses related to pollution coming from the downtown coal-fired power plant should be considered in the decision on when to close it, one doctor said. Pollutants from coal-fired plants can cause mental delay, autism and a host...

  • State tentatively OKs separation of Colorado Springs' four City for Champions projects

    Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Each of the four proposed City for Champions projects will be viewed as separate entities, under the draft agreement between the city and the state. The Office of Economic Development and International Trade sent its edits and remarks to Colorado Springs on its proposed resolution,...

  • Colorado Springs council's votes on fees, roads increase divide with mayor

    Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Votes on a budget item and business license fees Tuesday deepened the divide between the Colorado Springs City Council and the mayor. In one move, the council denied Mayor Steve Bach's request to transfer $2 million from the roads and technology projects into the Information...

  • Springs Council postpones marijuana ballot questions

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Colorado Springs voters will not get a chance to vote on recreational marijuana in November because the city does not have enough money to pay for the election, City Council said Tuesday. The council also won't bring the issue of a charter change to November's ballot. It had...

  • Mayor to ask City Council to spend roads money on IT issues

    Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Colorado Springs' information technology department is in such bad shape the mayor is asking the City Council to fix it using $2 million previously slated for road and technology projects. Chief of staff Steve Cox on Tuesday will ask the City Council to divert $2 million budgeted for...

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