More Monica Mendoza Articles

  • Rain is brief, but causes a mess throughout county

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    The rain lasted only about one hour Saturday afternoon, but it created mud slides, sliced at least one tree to the core and left a few businesses along Academy Boulevard without power for a few hours. Sunday could be a repeat performance from Mother Nature, the National Weather...

  • Electric rates in Colorado Springs may be rolled back in September

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Electric rates could be rolled back again in September when a second boiler inside Martin Drake Power Plant is expected to be up and running. Colorado Springs City Council members, in their role as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, said Wednesday they will consider rolling back...

  • Colorado Springs Utilities to Xcel: 'Thanks, but no thanks'

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Colorado Springs City Council will soon send a letter that reads something like this: "Dear Xcel Energy, thank you for your interest in buying Colorado Springs Utilities energy division, but no thanks." The council, in its role as the Colorado Springs Utilities Board, emphatically...

  • Council president wants Colorado Springs to explore electric power options

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King does not want to sell the city's electric division but he does want to explore other options for the city's electric power, like buying natural gas on the market. In its deliberations over the future of the coal-fired Martin Drake...

  • No deals on fees between Colorado Springs council, mayor

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Mayor Steve Bach is pitching a plan to waive park and school fees for downtown residential developers, but it may be shot down by Colorado Springs City Council members. Some said they wouldn't support it if Bach vetoed their business license fee legislation. On Wednesday, Bach did...

  • 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....

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