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  • 911 Authority fires CEO, loses his replacement

    by stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    The El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority terminated the contract of its CEO, who was on paid administrative leave, for "confidential personnel matters," and its interim CEO resigned from the authority effective Wednesday. James M. Anderson, the authority's former CEO, was put on paid...

  • Lowderman fined more than $14,000 for campaign finance violation

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    An administrative law judge ordered El Paso County Assessor Mark Lowderman to pay a $7,290 campaign finance violation fine and repay the county for a mailer his office sent out that the judge said was primarily intended to "support his campaign" for treasurer. "I can't believe it,"...

  • Udall stays away as Obama raises cash for campaign

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    DENVER — President Barack Obama urged Colorado Democrats to throw their support and their money behind the state's Sen. Mark Udall, who is locked in a tight re-election bid. But the senator himself was nowhere to be seen, having decided at the last minute to stay in Washington rather...

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

    by Monica Mendoza Monica.Mendoza@gazette.com
    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...

  • Obama has pizza and pool night in Denver

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    DENVER — On Tuesday, President Barack Obama's continuing quest to break free from the constraints of the White House brought him to a crowded pizza restaurant, a pool bar and face-to-face with a man wearing a horse head mask. Shortly after arriving in Denver, Obama headed to the...

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

    by monica mendoza monica.mendoza@gazette.com -
    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...

  • Colorado raises estimate for health care drops

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    DENVER — Colorado's health insurance exchange has doubled its estimate of how many will drop their policies. Connect For Health Colorado projected in April that 13 percent of people would drop or not pay for policies this fiscal year. But the exchange has revised that estimate to...

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

    by monica mendoza Monica.Mendoza@gazette.com -
    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...

  • Soda tax's last stand? Bay Area preps for showdown

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    WASHINGTON — If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out? Sugary drinks have been under fire for years, with many blaming them for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases. Yet efforts to curb consumption by...

  • Colorado's retirement system reports strong returns for 2013 fiscal year

    by Megan Schrader megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    DENVER - Colorado's public employee retirement system reported a $6.6 billion investment income in 2013 fiscal year - a nearly 16 percent return on investment. The Public Employees' Retirement Association now holds an estimated $43.7 billion in assets used to help pay the current and...

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