More Monica Mendoza Articles

  • Manitou Springs fireworks show will be covered by the chamber, not the Red Cross

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The $10,000 cost for a fireworks show in Manitou Springs last weekend will be covered by the Chamber of Commerce. Originally, the bills for the show that lighted the sky the night before the Emma Crawford Coffin Races were slated to be covered by a $50,000 American Red Cross economic...

  • Blog: Binnings won't run for mayor

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Local economist Tom Binnings said he will not run for mayor in Colorado Springs. Binnings was mulling the idea, but said this week he decided against it.

  • Blog: Will public testimony matter on electric rate increases?

    Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    City Council president Keith King still wants to hear from the public on the 5.5 percent electric rate increase scheduled to begin Jan. 1. The rate increase is built into the approved 2015 Colorado Springs Utilities budget, so one might ask, what’s the point of the public hearing?...

  • Blog: Fieldhouse Brewing promises to change opinions about gluten-free beer

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Maybe you’ve read that gluten free beer is not too tasty. But local brewery owner Niki Fields says before making a final judgment on gluten free beers you ought to try Fieldhouse Brewing Company’s gluten free beer. The Fieldhouse, 521 S. Tejon St., has featured a gluten free IPA...

  • Council approves a $1 billion Utilities budget with electric rate hike

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Maybe it's time to buy some heavy-duty blankets. The Colorado Springs City Council on Tuesday approved a $1 billion Colorado Springs Utilities budget for 2015 that calls for a 5.5 percent electric rate increase just in time for the new year. It adds up to about a $48 increase a...

  • Manitou fireworks funded with Red Cross grant

    Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    If you enjoyed the fireworks in Manitou Springs on Friday night, you can thank the American Red Cross. It might not seem like a typical Red Cross-sponsored program, but the fireworks were part of the city's disaster recovery plan, Red Cross officials said. The $10,000 tab was...

  • Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau seeks comparison to other tourism groups

    Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau will spend $40,000 on a study to find out how other tourism organizations do business, how much they spend and whether city taxes that fund the organization should increase. The study is expected to help the CVB compare itself to...

  • Colorado Springs City Council OKs regional stormwater contract

    Updated: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Members of the regional stormwater task force cheered Tuesday when the Colorado Springs City Council voted 7-2 to approve a contract for a stormwater funding program that was two years in the making. With a sigh of relief following the vote, council member Jan Martin said the city...

  • Bach uses proclamation to officially oppose stormwater initiative

    Updated: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    In another volley fired in the campaign on a proposed stormwater initiative, Mayor Steve Bach issued a proclamation Tuesday listing reasons he believes the plan is flawed. Bach, who has issued one other proclamation since he took office in June 2011, said this is an important...

  • Mayoral proclamation is Bach's last word on stormwater issue

    Updated: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Mayor Steve Bach said what he had to say about the proposed stormwater initiative and he won't say anymore. The El Paso County Commission on Tuesday gave final approval to a stormwater intergovernmental agreement and OK'd a ballot measure that will allow voters to decide on funding...

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