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Blog: Bennett quietly campaigning for council president, King could resign

0 - Wed, Apr 1, 2015

The new City Council members have not even been named but the current City Council members already are jockeying for the council’s top position – council president.

Incumbent Merv Bennett has put out feelers among his fellow council members –...

Plugging potholes a-plenty
By: Billie Stanton Anleu 0 Tue, Jun 2, 2015

Don’t care for our potholes? Grab a shovel or bouquet – you decide.

First, the shovel. Mohave County in the early 1980s was poor, with few...

Blog: Anti-Suthers robocalls make the rounds
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Mar 25, 2015

Colorado Springs residents were treated to robocall Tuesday night that at first seemed to be pro-John Suthers for mayor.

But as the...

Blog: District 2 candidate Calef is not a lobbyist, flyers make the claim
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Just before The Gazette’s City Council candidates’ virtual forum Thursday, District 2 candidate Kanda...

Blog: Mayor Bach publishes online book with highlights from his term
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Mar 18, 2015

City staffers have published online book on the city’s website called "Building a Better Tomorrow" highlighting the city’s work and initiatives in...

Blog: City fills 5,000 potholes in one week
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Mar 18, 2015

 

 

Blog: Councilwoman Collins' financial backers from a higher power
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Feb 25, 2015

Councilwoman Helen Collins has picked up more than $7,360 in financial contributions in her fight to keep her District 4 seat.

...

Blog: No one from Suthers camp asked Lathen to drop out of mayor’s race
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Feb 20, 2015

There’s no telling who slung the first mud ball into the Colorado Springs mayoral campaign, but rumors were running rampant last week that former...

Blog: HBA out early with mayoral and council endorsements
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Feb 13, 2015

Just as several at-large City Council candidates were filing the proper paperwork Wednesday for the April election, news that the Political Action...

Blog: Last call for Colorado Springs candidates
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Feb 4, 2015

Colorado Springs City Clerk Sarah Johnson is putting out the last call for candidates.

She is reminding potential candidates for mayor or City...

Blog: Bach names two Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Board members
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Mayor Steve Bach announced the reappointment of Valerie Hunter and appointment of Zachary McComsey to fill two positions on the Colorado Springs...

Blog: Profess your love on a city bus bench this Valentine's Day
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Forget the flowers and candy this Valentine's Day.

Blog: Colorado Springs City Council will discuss Utilities governance change
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Maybe it’s time for a Colorado Springs Utilities board of directors that can devote all of its time to Utilities instead of...

Blog: Collins recall funded by secret group could be protested
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Colorado Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins said a recall effort could happen...

Blog: Makepeace says more citizen input needed on proposed capital program
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Jan 27, 2015

In recalling how the Springs Community Improvement Program began in 1998 and 1999, former Colorado Springs mayor Mary...

Blog: Two more candidates for mayor, Suthers raises more than $50,000
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace and self-employed real estate broker Justine Herring are in the 2015 race for mayor, at least they...

Blog: Govenment Watch group funding recall effort against Councilwoman Collins
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Jan 27, 2015

The newly formed nonprofit group Colorado Springs Government Watch has jumped into the recall effort against City...

Blog: Mayor Bach received $999 in gifts in 2014
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach received some lunches, tea and a poncho among other gifts in 2014, according to a report he released Friday.

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Blog: CSU's Gas Rodeo team tops in nation
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Jan 21, 2015

The Broncos didn’t get one this year, but Colorado Springs Utilities did.

A four-member team dubbed “Explosive Limits” brought home first...

Blog: Urban Renewal Board looking for a volunteer, group has big part in C4C
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Jan 13, 2015

The City of Colorado Springs is accepting applications to fill a position on the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board – the group that has...

Blog: Is posing in a photo with Douglas Bruce "guilt by association?"
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Dec 31, 2014

Colorado Springs Government Watch wants to know if the father of Colorado’s tax limitation movement Douglas Bruce is the...

Blog: Valley Hi Golf Course under new management
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Valley Hi Golf Course will be under new management in 2015.

 

Blog: No "thanks" for Mayor Bach via website
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Somone took the time to create a special website for the citizens of Colorado Springs to send a "thank you" note to...

Blog: City Attorney recognized for outstanding work
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Dec 10, 2014

Colorado Springs City Attorney Wynetta Massey has been recognized as “Outstanding City Attorney of the Year” by the...

Blog: Five -- so far-- vying for Dist. 2 council vacancy
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Dec 8, 2014

Bill Murray, who dropped his bid in 2013 for the District 2 seat to endorse Joel Miller, is back for a second chance. He...

Blog: Website thanks Bach, but who launched it?
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Dec 4, 2014

Someone wants to publicly thank Mayor Steve Bach for his time in office, but who?

An...

Blog: City Council wants views on C4C and pot for District 2 post
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Dec 3, 2014

Help wanted: City Council is accepting applications to fill former-councilmember Joel Miller’s seat in District 2.

But City Council isn’t just...

Blog: Teen likes at-large Council seat
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Local political campaign volunteer Dylan Sparks had his sights on one of the at-large Colorado Springs City Council seats open in 2015.

He...

Blog: Panel will evaluate, grade, mayoral candidates
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Nov 21, 2014

A Colorado Springs consulting firm is looking for volunteers to evaluate mayoral candidates.

Candidates Plus in seeking applicants for the...

Spirt of the Springs Awards hits 111th mark
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Mayor Steve Bach handed out 111th Spirit of the Springs Award this week to the Vanguard School at Cheyenne Mountain...

Blog: City hosts "Bring a Turkey to Work Day" -- goal is 500 birds
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Nov 20, 2014

For the past seven years Colorado Springs employees have hosted a turkey drive and they’ve made a little contest among...

Blog: Newly formed watchdog group targets Council member Miller
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Nov 19, 2014

 

A new Colorado Springs government watchdog group has formed and its first...

Blog: Voters could still decide C4C sports center, debate heats up
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Voters still may get a chance to decide the fate of a proposed City for Champions downtown sports and events center.

City Council postponed a...

Blog update: No skating in Acacia Park tonight
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Nov 14, 2014

The weather is chilly and the holidays are around the corner. It must mean it's time to skate.

Tonight is the grand opening of the skating...

Blog: Second compressed natural gas filling station to open in 2015
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Nov 7, 2014

Vehicles that run on compressed natural gas will have a second location in Colorado Springs in 2015 to fuel up.

The Colorado Energy Office...

Blog: Colorado Springs has new electronic campaign finance reporting
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Nov 3, 2014

Campaign finance reporting in Colorado Springs just went paperless.

The City Clerk’s Office launched an electronic campaign finance filing...

Blog: Binnings won't run for mayor
By: Monica Mendoza 0 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...

Blog: Will public testimony matter on electric rate increases?
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Oct 29, 2014

City Council president Keith King still wants to hear from the public on the...

Mayoral proclamation is Bach's last word on stormwater issue
By: Monica Mendoza 0 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...

Blog: City Attorney time still an issue with City Council
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Oct 22, 2014

City Attorney Wynetta Massey assured City Council Tuesday that it was not going to receive less city attorney time in 2015.

Some council...

Blog: Utilities recognized for water conservation work
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Colorado Springs Utilities is the winner of the 2014 “WaterSense Partner of the Year” award. The team celebrated Wednesday at the Colorado Springs...

Blog: Council members host Saturday office hours to talk CFC
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Oct 22, 2014

 

Council members Helen Collins and Joel Miller will host office hours Saturday, Oct. 25 in City Hall specifically to talk...

Blog: Council president asks Mayor for quarterly reports on severance packages
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King wants the City Council to be informed quarterly when the mayor spends...

Blog: No money for economic development organizations?
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Oct 7, 2014

Earlier this year, the City Council’s committee that oversees about $4 million in Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax...

Blog: City hires new IT director, will oversee a network overhaul
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Oct 7, 2014

Carl Nehls was introduced this week as the city’s new chief information officer and takes over the troubled Information...

Blog: Utilities manager joins Neumann Systems Group
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Oct 3, 2014

Colorado Springs Utilities energy manager George Luke has retired from the publicly-owned utility and is joining the...

Blog: Threatened boycott of business and owner removes CFC decal
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Sep 30, 2014

One local resident sent an email Sept. 29 to Richard Skorman, owner of Poor Richards, and said he would boycott the establishment because he saw a...

Blog: Miller will ask Council to postpone vote on event center
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Council member Joel Miller will ask City Council Tuesday to postpone the vote on a proposal that would ask voters to...

Blog: Makepeace will make announcement of mayoral run in November
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Former Colorado Springs mayor Mary Lou Makepeace said she is not ready to make a formal announcement about a possible run for mayor in 2015.

...

Blog: Melcher was paid more than $100K after he resigned
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Maybe he’s been out of mind since January, but former City Attorney Chris Melcher was on the tax payer’s nickel until...

Blog: Phone scammer trying to collect city sales taxes
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Sep 11, 2014

If you get a telephone call from someone claiming that you could be arrested for tax evasion over unpaid city sales taxes, it's a scam, city...

Decision on marijuana ballot question expected today
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Today could be the day.

City Council is set to consider a ballot question on recreational marijuana today at its meeting. The issue has been...

Colorado Springs Forward won't pursue Utilities charter change, for now
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Speculation about the agenda of the newly formed Colorado Springs Forward group is running high.

Some suspect the group wants to change the...

John Cassiani tapped to head up Colorado Springs Forward
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Sep 4, 2014

John Cassiani, a real estate consultant and broker, is heading up the newly formed Colorado Springs Forward group.

Cassiani has been...

Colorado Springs economist mulling run for mayor
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Sep 4, 2014

The job of mayor is looking attractive to Colorado Springs economist Tom Binnings.

Utilities competes in gas rodeo
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Sep 3, 2014

How fast can a team of utilities workers set a meter, make it wrench tight, level and meet national standards?

More than 500 sign Colorado Springs Forward letter
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Sep 3, 2014

More than 500 people have signed an open letter in support of the newly formed Colorado Springs Forward group, which still is a little...

Mayor's appointee to Public Works was to be secret until Tuesday
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Aug 25, 2014

The name of Mayor Steve Bach's appointee for director of Public Works was to remain secret until Tuesday.

Some Colorado Springs City Council...

Colorado Springs hires outside attorney for advice on City for Champions
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Aug 25, 2014

The city of Colorado Springs has hired an outside attorney to give a legal advice about a citywide Tax Increment Financing district for the City...

Former Monument mayor up for Colorado Springs Public Works director
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Colorado Springs City Council will be asked Tuesday to confirm Mayor Steve Bach’s appointment of a new public works director -- the former mayor of...

Blog: New format at City for Champions meeting
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Aug 18, 2014

City for Champions organizers are touting their monthly information meeting Tuesday as interactive and hands-on.

Attendees will be...

No I.D., no entry
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Aug 14, 2014

Message from security officials at the Colorado Springs City Administration Building: No I.D., no entry.

County Commissioner Glenn rebukes Colorado Springs
0 Wed, Jul 30, 2014

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn publicly scolded Colorado Springs Chief of Staff and City Council members Tuesday telling them they needed...

Colorado Springs City Council endorses regional stormwater plan
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Council and Mayor at odds — again — over city’s charter
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

The city did not violate the Open Records Act
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

City spending $2 million to patch up roads
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Mayor won’t comment on Xcel’s interest in CSU’s electric division
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Council president won’t consider sale of CSU electric division
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Two Colorado Springs residents question state officials over CFC contract
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Proposed City Attorney ethics policy does not answer key questions, City Council says
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Air Force Academy visitors’ center not part of state’s plan for CFC funding
0 Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Mayor asking for $2 million to rebuild IT network
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Jun 23, 2014

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...

A recreational pot question on November ballot sinks
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Colorado Springs City Council president Keith King said putting a recreational marijuana question on the November ballot would cost too much. He...

Republican Suzi Bach endorses Democrat for County Commission
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Suzi Bach, a registered Republican and wife of Republican Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, is throwing her support behind Democratic candidate Jariah...

City may have violated Colorado Open Records Act
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Jun 16, 2014

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...

Council member Miller may be deciding vote on a November recreational marijuana ballot question
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Jun 13, 2014

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...

Proposed charter amendment opens wound over firing
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Jun 12, 2014

When former Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera appeared this week before City Council to talk about a charter change that would give council the...

Springs Chief of Staff to make Mayor's case for Capital Improvement Program
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Jun 5, 2014

Colorado Springs Chief of Staff Steve Cox will make a case to City Council Monday for the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Program, which includes...

AG Suthers considering run for Colorado Springs Mayor
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, May 29, 2014

Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers is considering a run for Colorado Springs mayor in 2015. Rumors have swirled for months that Suthers has...

Time running out for recreational marijuana on November ballot
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, May 28, 2014

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...

Local group will rally at City Hall for recreational marijuana sales
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, May 22, 2014

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...

Board that oversees City for Champions promises open meetings, open books
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, May 15, 2014

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...

City has paid $40 for one pothole claim
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, May 13, 2014

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...

Council President King not intimidated by 'hushmail' on eminent domain
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, May 12, 2014

Despite recent calls for more civility in the local political scene, the mud still is slinging. Someone is circulating anonymous emails accusing...

Council member Martin to reflect on her last year on council on social media
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Apr 22, 2014

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...

More trouble in city's IT department, director put on paid leave
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Apr 16, 2014

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...

Council president King defends long meetings, says name calling goes both ways
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Apr 16, 2014

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...

Sports and event center could take two years to plan
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Mon, Apr 14, 2014

It may be two years before the finance details of the proposed downtown sports and events center are finalized, according to a supplement milestone...

Firefighters won't weigh in on City for Champions project
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Apr 11, 2014

Colorado Springs firefighters will not weigh in on the City for Champions project. Saying they decided to stay out of fray, the Colorado Springs...

Olympic museum organizers expect land donation settled by July
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Apr 10, 2014

Organizers of the U.S. Olympic museum – part of the Colorado Springs City for Champions project – expect to have all major charitable solicitations...

Douglas Bruce confronts council woman with her 'jackass' comment
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Apr 9, 2014

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:...

Colorado Springs Utilities rates tops for reliable service
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Apr 8, 2014

When it comes to reliable service, Colorado Springs Utilities is a gem. The publicaly-owned utility company was presented with the Diamond Level...

Mayor Bach will ride city bus to celebrate new route
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Apr 3, 2014

Sen. John McCain rode the “Straight Talk Express” bus. Franki Smith rode the Double Dutch Bus. On Monday, Mayor  Steve Bach will ride the...

Council member Miller will propose eminent domain restrictions
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Apr 1, 2014

In questioning Mayor Steve Bach’s three nominees to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board on Monday, council member Joel Miller...

Who had the best snide remark in City Hall this week? You decide
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Thu, Mar 27, 2014

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...

Only three qualified candidates for Council's legislative assistant; application period extended
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Colorado Springs City Council still is accepting applications for a new legislative assistant. The city extended the deadline to apply by one month...

City Council chatty behind closed doors
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Mar 25, 2014

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...

City Council delays confirmation of three Urban Renewal Authority Board members
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Tue, Mar 25, 2014

City Council postponed a vote to confirm three of Mayor Steve Bach’s appointments to the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority Board. Bach...

Utilities predicting no watering restrictions this summer due to lots of winter snow
By: Monica Mendoza 0 Fri, Mar 21, 2014

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...

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