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Blog: New format at City for Champions meeting


City for Champions organizers are touting their monthly information meeting Tuesday as interactive and hands-on. Attendees will be greeted by athletes who train at the Olympic Training Center and then will have a chance to walk from station to station and to talk one-on-one with project leaders. At the Colorado Springs City Council...

No I.D., no entry


Message from security officials at the Colorado Springs City Administration Building: No I.D., no entry. Anyone doing business at the CAB, 130 S. Nevada Ave., is now welcomed at the front doors by two large signs that say, “100 % I.D. Check, for everyone’s safety. Thank you for your cooperation.” The signs are new, said Colorado Springs...

County Commissioner Glenn rebukes Colorado Springs


El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn publicly scolded Colorado Springs Chief of Staff and City Council members Tuesday telling them they needed to “get their act together.” Glenn became visible frustrated Tuesday during a joint meeting of the commissioners and city council members, who met to hammer out the details of an intergovernmental...

Colorado Springs City Council endorses regional stormwater plan


Colorado Springs City Council endorses the creation of a regional stormwater authority – which if voters approve in November would collect $48 million a year in fees to pay for regional flood control projects.

Council and Mayor at odds — again — over city’s charter


City Councilors and Mayor Steve Bach are engaged in another power struggle – this time over the city budget.

The city did not violate the Open Records Act


The City of Colorado Springs did not violate the Colorado Open Records Act in a January request for records by The Gazette for email correspondence.

City spending $2 million to patch up roads


Colorado Springs-based Trax Construction was the lone contractor to bid on the city’s $2 million pothole project.

Mayor won’t comment on Xcel’s interest in CSU’s electric division


Mayor Steve Bach issued a statement today saying he would not comment on whether Colorado Springs Utilities should consider Xcel Energy‘s interest in buying CSU’s electric division.

Council president won’t consider sale of CSU electric division


Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King opposes selling any part of the Colorado Springs Utilities. Here is his statement:

Two Colorado Springs residents question state officials over CFC contract


This news coming from Gazette state reporter Megan Schrader.

Proposed City Attorney ethics policy does not answer key questions, City Council says


Several Colorado Springs city attorneys could not answer City Council president Keith King’s question Monday:

Air Force Academy visitors’ center not part of state’s plan for CFC funding


Is the Air Force Academy visitors’ center still part of the City for Champions proposal?

Mayor asking for $2 million to rebuild IT network


Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach wants to abandon $2 million in budgeted capital improvement projects in favor of pumping the money into the city’s Information Technology department, which has had a rocky few months with an internal investigation, its chief leaving and 10 employees’ positions outsourced. The council will consider the request...

A recreational pot question on November ballot sinks


Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King said putting a recreational marijuana question on the November ballot would cost too much. He won’t support it. “If we do it in April there would be no extra cost,” he said. Council is set to discuss a proposed recreational marijuana ballot question at its work session Monday...

Republican Suzi Bach endorses Democrat for County Commission


Suzi Bach, a registered Republican and wife of Republican Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, is throwing her support behind Democratic candidate Jariah Walker for El Paso County Commissioner in District 5. “I’ve known Jariah and his family for more than 25 years,” Bach said in a prepared statement released Thursday by the Walker campaign....

City may have violated Colorado Open Records Act


The City of Colorado Springs may have violated the Colorado Open Records Act law when it did not provide all of the email correspondence The Gazette requested related to the city council’s fired legislative assistant. In January, Mayor Steve Bach fired the City Council’s newly hired legislative assistant George Culpepper. At the time, the city...

Council member Miller may be deciding vote on a November recreational marijuana ballot question


It appears that it will come down to council member Joel Miller whether Colorado Springs voters will get a chance to vote on recreational marijuana sales in November. Council members Val Snider, Don Knight, Merv Bennett and Andy Pico said they are not interested in putting the question on the ballot. They prefer that citizens […]

Proposed charter amendment opens wound over firing


When former Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera appeared this week before City Council to talk about a charter change that would give council the ability to hire and fire its own staff, it opened a not-so old wound. Rivera told the council that he was proposing a charter change because of what happened to in January […]

Springs Chief of Staff to make Mayor's case for Capital Improvement Program


Colorado Springs Chief of Staff Steve Cox will make a case to City Council Monday for the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Program, which includes funding for stormwater projects. Mayor Steve Bach is pushing what he calls a “holistic, one-step approach” to solving the city’s CIP backlog, including streets, parks, public safety,...

AG Suthers considering run for Colorado Springs Mayor


Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers is considering a run for Colorado Springs mayor in 2015. Rumors have swirled for months that Suthers has been talking with Colorado Springs business leaders about a possible run. “I am very fortunate that I have lots of options,” Suthers, 62, told reporter Andrea Sinclair during a recent...

Time running out for recreational marijuana on November ballot


Mark Slaugh, chairman of the nonprofit group Every Vote Counts, did not appear to win over the Colorado Springs City Council Tuesday when he made a plea for recreational marijuana sales. Slaugh told the City Council that in a recent Every Vote Counts poll, 60 percent of respondents said they would support lifting the ban […]

Local group will rally at City Hall for recreational marijuana sales


Above, Members of Every Vote Counts and UCCS Students for Sensible Drug Policy recently marched on City Hall in support of a marijuana club. Gazette photo by Christian Murdock)    A local group that favors recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs will rally at City Hall Tuesday in hopes that City Council will put a recreational...

Board that oversees City for Champions promises open meetings, open books


When the governing board that oversees the City for Champions projects meets, it will be in open and all of its records will be subject to the Colorado Open Records Act. The details of the Regional Tourism Act Board, headed by Mayor Steve Bach, Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King and El Paso County […]

City has paid $40 for one pothole claim


Since January, people have filed 123 claims with the City of Colorado Springs, hoping to get money to pay up for damage to their vehicles caused by smacking into a pothole. The city has paid one. Count ‘em. One.  Colorado Springs resident Janice Foster got $40 for a blown out right front tire. She hit a […]

Council President King not intimidated by 'hushmail' on eminent domain


Despite recent calls for more civility in the local political scene, the mud still is slinging. Someone is circulating anonymous emails accusing Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King of being a “traitor” because he has raised concerns about a proposed eminent domain ordinance. The email subject line says “Keith King is a...

Council member Martin to reflect on her last year on council on social media


At-large council member Jan Martin “woke up to find a note on my calendar that my one year countdown to being in office begins today,” she wrote on Facebook Monday.  Martin said she wrote a blog in 2007 about what it was like to run for office. Now, she plans to write daily Facebook posts […]

More trouble in city's IT department, director put on paid leave


Colorado Springs Information Technology director Joe Palmer has been placed on paid leave by the city, the city’s Chief of Staff Steve Cox said Wednesday. It leaves the department without a director and without a deputy director. Cox would not say why the director was “asked to take a few days off.” Palmer, who has […]

Council president King defends long meetings, says name calling goes both ways


When it comes to public name calling among city officials, the snipes go both ways, said Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King. King faced a room full of City for Champions supporters Tuesday when organizers of the project held the third monthly meeting. When the questions rolled in for King, they came by text […]

Sports and event center could take two years to plan


It may be two years before the finance details of the proposed downtown sports and events center are finalized, according to a supplement milestone report sent by the city to the state regarding the City for Champions. “Discussions are currently taking place with a leading national and international design, development and operating...

Firefighters won't weigh in on City for Champions project


Colorado Springs firefighters will not weigh in on the City for Champions project. Saying they decided to stay out of fray, the Colorado Springs Professional Firefighers, Local 5, will remain silent. Board members of the association heard presentations from the city’s economic vitality analyst Bob Cope and from council member Joel Miller, who...

Olympic museum organizers expect land donation settled by July


Organizers of the U.S. Olympic museum – part of the Colorado Springs City for Champions project – expect to have all major charitable solicitations confirmed by January 2015, according to a supplement to the city’s milestone report sent to the state on the City for Champions. The city sent a milestone report to the state […]

Douglas Bruce confronts council woman with her 'jackass' comment


It all started with a late-night tweet. Gazette Video Editor John Schroyer tweeted his favorite quote from a gathering of friends the night of March 28: “You shut your mouth when you’re talking to me.” Colorado Springs City Council member Jill Gaebler responded on Twitter: “Sounds like that jackass Doug Bruce.” Bruce, a long-time political...

Colorado Springs Utilities rates tops for reliable service


When it comes to reliable service, Colorado Springs Utilities is a gem. The publicaly-owned utility company was presented with the Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for providing “the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.” That puts the Springs...

Mayor Bach will ride city bus to celebrate new route


Sen. John McCain rode the “Straight Talk Express” bus. Franki Smith rode the Double Dutch Bus. On Monday, Mayor  Steve Bach will ride the MMT bus. Bach will be joined by Colorado Springs Branch NAACP President Henry Allen and his executive committee, City Council members Jill Gaebler and Jan Martin, County Commissioner Amy Lathen and...

Council member Miller will propose eminent domain restrictions


In questioning Mayor Steve Bach’s three nominees to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board on Monday, council member Joel Miller wanted to know where they stand on the use of eminent domain. The issue of condemnation has risen to the top of Miller’s radar because of the proposed City for Champions tourism projects. Two of...

Who had the best snide remark in City Hall this week? You decide


Just in case you missed Tuesday’s City Council meeting, here is one highlights reel. The council was asked by Mayor Steve Bach to confirm three nominees for the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board. The board has operated mostly behind the scenes since it was created in 1970. But now the board will be in […]

Only three qualified candidates for Council's legislative assistant; application period extended


Colorado Springs City Council still is accepting applications for a new legislative assistant. The city extended the deadline to apply by one month — to April 27. The Council’s last assistant, George Culpepper, was fired by Mayor Steve Bach in January. The job, which pays $3,841-$4,801 per month, was posted Feb. 24 with a March 24 […]

City Council chatty behind closed doors


Colorado Springs City Council sure has a lot to discuss behind closed doors. It met in a closed meeting Monday for two hours and 26 minutes. The council discussed four topics — one of which was not listed on the published agenda. They talked about “legal advice and negotiation consultation with the city attorney regarding a […]

City Council delays confirmation of three Urban Renewal Authority Board members


City Council postponed a vote to confirm three of Mayor Steve Bach’s appointments to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board. Bach appointed Valerie Hunter, Nolan Schriner and Peter Scoville to sit on the nine-member board, which oversees restoration and redevelopment of designated areas in the city that are considered as...

Utilities predicting no watering restrictions this summer due to lots of winter snow


This summer, when residents are watering their lawns on any day they please, they ought to thank Mother Nature for dropping lots of the fluffy white stuff. At the moment Colorado Springs Utilities officials are prediciting that there will not be a need for summer watering restrictions. Utilities expects its water storage to be above two years...

Mayor appoints three members to Urban Renewal Authority Board


Mayor Steve Bach has appointed three new members to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board. His appointments are subject to confirmation by City Council, which is expected to be decided at its March 25 meeting. Bach has chosen Valerie Hunter, Nolan Schriner and Peter Scoville to sit on the nine-member board, which oversees...

Campaign refund?


City Council president Keith King gave $250 in February, 2011 to Mayor Steve Bach’s campaign, records show. (King’s wife Sandi gave $200) Wonder if he’d like a refund.  

UCCS study says outsourcing city and state jobs is not a good move


Is outsourcing government jobs a good thing? The city of Colorado Springs thinks so. It has outsourced jobs in two departments in recent months. But a report from the Colorado Center for Policy Studies at UCCS says outsourcing government jobs may not be all that it promises to be, which is to save taxpayers money. The […]

Flash flood season is nearing, city launched awareness campaign


 Colorado Springs is launching an emergency preparedness campaign with a special emphasis on “Flash Flood Awareness.”  Flash flood season typically runs late March through September. The city’s Office of Emergency Management says there is a real threat of flash flooding and debris flow in certain parts of the city. Residents are...

Council member Jan Martin endorses Walker for County Commissioner


It’s election season and endorsement press releases are flying all over the place. Today, Colorado Springs council member Jan Martin endorsed Jariah Walker in his bid for El Paso County Commissioner in District 5. “I am very excited to give my full support to Jariah Walker,” Martin said in the press release. “Jariah is...

City councilor answers Drake questions, says $135 million scrubbers work


Following a recent article in the Gazette with an update on the installation of scrubber technology at Martin Drake coal-fired power plant, resident Paul Kleinschmidt sent a letter to all city council members with additional questions.  “We asked for the answers of these questions from you on Feb. 11, 2014, we have read the Gazette’s...

City Council and Business Alliance commit to strengthening relationship


A meeting this week between Colorado Springs City Council and the Regional Business Alliance was like a second date after the first one had gone really bad. Each side spent time talking about what they’ve been up to, what their long-term goals are and where they see themselves in the future. They talked about how […]

Take a leap: Apply to be legislative assistant for City Council


The Colorado Springs City Council is looking for a new legislative assistant. The Council’s last assistant, George Culpepper, was fired by Mayor Steve Bach in January. The job, which pays $3,841-$4,801 per month, was posted Monday. The last time the Council was hiring for this postion, more than 100 people applied. This is what a...

City internal investigation into IT department proves no breach


An internal investigation into the Colorado Springs Information Technology department has shown there was no breach of city data, the city’s Chief of Staff Laura Neumann said. “There is no evidence of data theft,” she said Monday. City Council members were alerted to the issue in a Jan. 27 email that simply said 10 city […]

Proposed CFC event center is not a convention center, city attorney says


The proposed City for Champions downtown events center is not a convention center, the city’s interim city attorney Wynetta Massey says. City Council wanted to know, and here’s why: If the proposed 10,000 seat downtown events center had met the legal definition of a convention center, then Colorado Springs residents would have had to vote...

Proposed City for Champions projects takes center stage if four upcoming meetings


Residents will get four chances this month to speak up about the proposed City for Champions projects. There are four public meetings scheduled about the four proposed $250 million tourism projects – a U.S. Olympic museum, a downtown events center, an Air Force Academy visitors center and a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs sports...

Talk of City for Champions town hall shows fracture in City Council


A call this week for a City Council-sponsored town hall where residents can say whether they love or hate the City for Champions proposal revealed a fracture in City Council. Some council members, including president Keith King, Joel Miller and Andy Pico, said residents are frustrated that they’ve had no input into the four proposed […]

Council president King won't sign NDA to get CFC docs


 City Council president Keith King said he won’t sign a non-disclosure agreement to get the City for Champions pro formas on the four proposed tourism projects.  King was considering signing the NDA to get his hands on the elusive financial documents, he said. But he said after he read the NDA there was no way he […]

Flying Horse residents appeal planned 7-Eleven store in their neighborhood


Flying Horse residents launched an email campaign this month to City Council members and the media in hopes of persuading the council to overturn earlier decisions allowing a 7-Eleven store in their neighborhood and a right hand turn into the planned store. The council will host a public hearing Tuesday (Feb. 11) on the issues. […]

Does the proposed CFC event center look like a duck? City councilors ask for legal opinion


Colorado Springs City Council asked the City Attorney to research whether the proposed City for Champions downtown event center could be considered a convention center. If the proposed 10,000 seat downtown event center, which includes a 3,000-seat indoor facility, a 1,500-space parking garage and pedestrian bridge, does meet the convention...

Council president may sign confidentiality agreement to get City for Champions documents


Council president Keith King said he will consider signing a confidentiality agreement with the city just to get his hands on the pro formas of the City for Champions projects. King said he was offered the chance to see the confidential documents Tuesday morning after some of the City Council members learned Monday that the […]

Phone poll asks about a recall on Council President King


Colorado Springs voters in District 3 – the Broadmoor area – were asked this weekend in a phone poll if they would support a recall against Council President Keith King. A New York-based polling firm made the calls, but so far no one is taking credit for the poll, which also asked voters to rate […]

Outside counsel on the fired legislative assistant won't exceed $10K


Colorado Springs will not spend more than $10,000 on an outside attorney to handle the firing of the City Council’s legislative assistant, the city’s chief of staff said. Chief of Staff Laura Neumann, who announced her resignation Tuesday, said the city had a verbal agreement with law firm Hogan Lovells “that their services on the […]

City Council was asked to cover the Culpepper buyout; it refused


City Council was asked by Mayor Steve Bach to cover the settlement package of the legislative assistant that he fired, council president Keith King said. “I rejected the fact that it was our responsibility for the severance or buyout offer,” King said. “We didn’t do any of it.” The City Council hired George Culpepper Dec. 18 […]

City officials will not negotiate settlement with fired legislative assistant Culpepper


The city was in many discussions with fired City Council Legislative Assistant George Culpepper but there never was a formal offer, the city’s Chief of Staff Laura Neumann said Tuesday morning. Mayor Steve Bach said the Culpepper issue “is a confidential personnel matter.” “There is no agreement with Mr. Culpepper, nor will there be,” Bach said...

Urban Renewal Authority Board has open seat, board will oversee funds for City for Champions


If you want a front-row seat and a voice in the City for Champions projects, you may want to apply for a seat on the Urban Renewal Authority Board. Mayor Steve Bach wants to fill a slot on the nine-member volunteer board, which oversees City-Council approved redevelopment projects. Something sure to dominate the board’s discussions […]

Culpepper firing highlights power struggle between mayor and council, council president says


Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King said the abrupt firing of legislative assistant George Culpepper by Mayor Steve Bach represents the power struggle in the new form of government. It will be a topic the City Council discusses at its upcoming retreat, Jan. 29. King said the conflict may have to be resolved with […]

What have other cities done when the mayor ignores a city law?


Something George Culpepper was asked to look into before he was fired by Mayor Steve Bach was what happened in other cities when the mayor refused to follow a city law. Council member Joel Miller asked Culpepper, who was the City Council legislative assistant, to research how other cities resolved situations when the city council […]

Results of Sky Sox community survey still locked away


Moving Sky Sox baseball stadium downtown no longer is part of the City for Champions plan but all information gathered to support that project is locked away. Colorado Spring’s city attorney will not release the results of a community survey taken by the city last summer to gauge public interest in a downtown baseball stadium even […]

Mum's the word on Culpepper firing


In one minute the Colorado Springs City Council called its special meeting to order only to remove the one item — a discussion on the firing of its legislative anaylyst George Culpepper — from the agenda. The meeting was adjourned and so was the reason Culpepper was fired by Mayor Steve Bach only weeks after […]

Fired legislative liaison expected to ask for a public meeting today


More details about the firing of City Council legislative liaison, George Culpepper, could be revealed today at 11 a.m. in City Hall. Culpepper, who was hired by the City Council Dec. 18 and fired last week by Mayor Steve Bach, is expected to ask that the discussion about his position and termination be held in […]

Fired City Council legislative analyst in talks with city, could be offered payout


It appears that Colorado Springs city officials may be trying to convince fired City Council legislative analyst George Culpepper to sign a confidentiality/non-disparagement clause for a payout package. Culpepper, who was fired last week by Mayor Steve Bach, had signed a notice last week saying he intended to ask City Council to discuss his...

City Council legislative liaison out after six days; fired by the mayor


It was a short lived job for George Culpepper,  legislative liaison to the Colorado Springs City Council. He started Jan. 2 working for the City Council. His job was to research issues for the council to help them formulate council’s proposed policies.. It seems that Culpepper was fired Thursday by Mayor Steve Bach. He was making […]

City Hall becomes citizens' art gallery


City Hall will showcase local art beginning this month with work by Colorado College and Coronado High School students. Council has dedicated two areas of City Hall to exhibit citizen artwork — the second floor of City Hall with a newly designed gallery and the third floor in council chambers, which is dedicated for K-12 […]

Denver attorney will win big with City for Champions


Colorado Springs recently was awarded an estimated $120.5 million over the next 30 years to help finance the City for Champions — four major tourism projects that proponents say will transform the region. Now the city will find out who wins and who loses on the deal, which is made possible through the state’s Regional […]

Council president wants Bach to reconsider his decision to ignore council


Colorado Springs City Council President Keith King wants Mayor Steve Bach to reconsider his decision to ignore the council’s budget ordinance. One day after the Bach held a press conference to announce that he would ignore a section of Council’s budget ordinance that limits his ability to move money, King issued a press release...

Some Council questions to staff "hot potatoes," require mayor approval to answer


Some City Council questions to city staffers are just to hot to answer without the mayor’s approval. In the days leading up the city’s big win at the state for its City for Champions proposal, one city council member tried to get information from the city’s economic vitality specialist about the proposal. Council member Joel […]

City looking for a Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor will head economic vitality


It seems there is great interest in becoming the Colorado Springs Deputy Chief of Staff. The job had been posted for 36 hours and more than 40 candidates from across the country applied. The pro: It pays from $95,340 to $131,088 a year. The con: It’s an at-will position, meaning it’s easier to fire than […]

All-American City quilt on display at city offices


A quilt displayed in the Colorado Springs City Administration Building is on tour to 20 cities and features a special quilt square representing Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is a finalist in the 2013 All-America City Awards. Each of the 20 finalist cities has submitted a quilt square that represents its city.  The quilt  is touring […]

Jury still out on which stormwater funding model is best


Colorado Springs City Council says Mayor Steve Bach may have jumped the gun calling his stormwater plan “the most sensible.” Hold on, Council says in a letter sent to the mayor. The task force has not solidified its proposal and likely won’t do so until after the New Year.  It’s too early to say which […]

Rumor of Bach's resignation is false


Recent coffee shop talk ended with a question, “Is it true that Mayor Steve Bach is going to resign?” The question has been floating around for a few weeks and even showed up in the recent market report of former Colorado Springs council member Tim Leigh, who said he’d been asked the question. The rumor […]

Colorado Springs City Council still chewing on spending public money on private groups


Colorado Springs resident Joe Vaccaro said if he wants to give money to a political candidate or issue he will. But it shouldn’t come out of his utility bill, he told City Council last week. Vaccaro was one of only a few people who spoke at the Nov. 12 council meeting on the issue of […]

One marathon meeting down, another one coming for Colorado Springs City Council


Fourteen hours and 10 minutes. That is how long the Colorado Springs City Council met Tuesday. It’s a record, at least in the past seven years, said council member Jan Martin. Even so, the Council left several issues unresolved. “We made some progress, but not a lot,” said Council president Keith King, at about the […]

Colorado Springs City Council plans marathon meeting day Nov. 12


Budgets, electric rates and money for the city’s economic development group all will be considered during a Colorado Springs City Council marathon meeting day Nov. 12. The council, which doubles as the Colorado Springs Utilities board of directors, will have a full day of meetings beginning at 9 a.m. in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada […]

SDS Pueblo pump station to have horsepower of four racing cars


When complete, the Juniper water pump station in Pueblo will have many motors and one of them will have the horsepower of four Formula 1 racing cars. It will need it to pump water 1,500 feet in elevation from Pueblo Reservoir to Pueblo West, Fountain, Security and Colorado Springs. Juniper station at Lake Pueblo State Park […]

No desks, employees or coffee pot in City Council's 'virtual' stormwater department


In Keith King’s vision of a city stormwater department there are no employees or desks. There isn’t even a physical office, whiteboards or coffee pot. It would be a virtual stormwater department, he said. When City Council sent a letter to Mayor Steve Bach earlier this month outlining its plan for a stormwater department, it […]

City puts lien on local resident's property to cover demolition costs


For the first time in years, the city of Colorado Springs has put a lien on local resident’s property. Colorado Springs City Council says resident Mark Cunningham owes the city $38,371.36 for the demolition of his house at 1726 W. Colorado Ave. In 2008, the house was damaged by fire. In 2010, the city began […]

A new city stormwater department not needed, mayor says


Mayor Steve Bach is not keen on the idea of creating a city Stormwater Department – a proposal the Colorado Springs City Council wants to pursue. “We don’t want to grow government,” Bach said in his remarks to City Council this week. Bach was reacting to a letter the nine council members sent him earlier […]

Mayor wants to spend $200,000 on PR on proposed City for Champions


Mayor Steve Bach wants to spend $200,000 on a public relations campaign for the proposed City for Champions project. The money would come from the Lodgers Automotive Rental Tax $4 million fund and it’s in his proposed 2014 annual budget. But the LART fund is one of the few over which City Council has direct control […]

Colorado Springs residents can sign up for emergency tweets


Finding out about a disaster in the Colorado Springs area is now a tweet away. The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management and fire and police departments have enrolled in Twitter Alerts, an emergency notification feature delivered directly to subscriber phones, city officials report. Residents who sign up will receive notifications on...

Less than five companies bid on Colorado Springs community solar garden project


 Less than five companies are vying for a chance to build additional community solar gardens in Colorado Springs. Applications were due Oct.1. The solar companies bid to provide up to 2 megawatts of solar energy to the city’s electric grid. One or more companies could win bids, said John Romero, Colorado Springs Utilities general manager […]

State receives nearly 100 emails on City for Champions proposal, most opposed


State officials have received 93 emails about the City for Champions proposal and nearly all of them have been opposed to the project. Of the 93 emails, 89 email writers are opposed and 4 are in favor, as of Sept. 27. The emails have been steadily coming into Jeff Kraft, director of business funding at […]

Before the rain, nearly 3,000 residents complained about watering restrictions, bills


The rain may have cooled down the customer complaint line at Colorado Springs Utilities, but from August 2012 through the end of July 2013, about 2,700 customers complained. That is 8 percent more complaints than last year, according to a report the Colorado Springs Utilities Board will hear Sept. 18 at its monthly meeting. Most of the angry...

Council vows to solve its city attorney dilemma


Will the city council change the city’s charter to ensure that it has its own attorney to represent the council? That is the question the city council will have to consider if it wants to pursue the issue of having its own attorney, said Chris Melcher, city attorney. Melcher said the city’s charter is clear […]

Colorado Springs tree removal program in Union Meadows will continue despite concerns


  There was proof that when trees fell in the city’s forested areas, residents heard it. City officials heard it too as some residents cried foul over the city’s tree-cutting program in two of the city’s open space areas — one in the Broadmoor area and one not far from the University of Colorado at […]

City will pay Leigh's attorney fees; new councilor faces ethics commission


Just as one former city councilor is off the hook with the ethics commission and getting his legal expenses picked up by taxpayers, a new councilor has been charged with conflict of interest and must face the commission. Taxpayers are covering the legal expenses for former Colorado Springs council member Tim Leigh, whose bill  crested […]

Councilor Martin rips into Business Alliance leader, questions city's contribution to the organization


Get in a room to talk about renewable energy and blood pressure will rise and voices will carry. It was no different Tuesday when the Colorado Springs City Council met to discuss the expansion of the community solar garden pilot project, which allows utility users to buy solar panels in solar gardens and transfer energy into […]

City's application for four major tourism projects OKd for outside review


Colorado Springs has been told that its application to a state sales tax rebate program to help pay for four major tourism projects meets the state’s requirement of being a “unique and extraordinary” and will now move forward in the review process. The application, and its economic forecast numbers, will be scrutinized by a...

City Council gets new council administrator


She’s the person who will be expected to know the city council’s every move. Eileen Lynch Gonzalez has been named city council administrator. She takes over for Aimee Cox, who left the council for the city’s economic vitality office. Council President Keith King said the council looked at 140 applications. The council like...

Black Forest fire cost city of Colorado Springs nearly $650,000


Colorado Springs activated its Emergency Operations Center the day the Black Forest fire started and ran a 24-hour operation for the next four days. The city’s response and support for the Black Forest fire cost is $650,000, a report expected to be given to the city council July 22. Bret Waters, the city’s division manager, […]

Is it time to ease lawn watering restrictions? One council member will ask


Council member Joel Miller has asked Colorado Springs Utilities water experts to give an update how much water is now in the city’s reservoirs. The report is expected at the July 17 utilities board meeting. If the reservoirs are up to 1.75 years of storage then Miller would want to consider easing watering restrictions for […]

Balloon Classic a go for 2013, but still up in the air for future years


Colorado Balloon Classic will be held in Memorial Park this Labor Day weekend. But organizer Patsy Buchwald said she still is looking into other locations, including out of the state,  for the annual balloon event.  “I’m not trying to play a game,” she said. “I’m trying to stay in business.” The Colorado...

New City Council steps into energy debate


For a moment it might have seemed that the sun had set on the expansion of a Colorado Springs community solar garden project. But it’s not over. Although the new council undid at its April 23 meeting what the previous council had done, the new council vowed to revisit electric rates and the topic of […]

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