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Live coverage: State of the City address from Mayor John Suthers
Live coverage: State of the City address from Mayor John Suthers

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Scores of Colorado Springs elite descended upon The Broadmoor Friday morning to hear what strides the city has made in the past year and to...

Colorado Springs Utilities Board OKs rate hike to increase solar energy share
Colorado Springs Utilities Board OKs rate hike to increase solar energy share

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Colorado Springs Utilities won't meet its goal of producing 20 percent of its energy through renewable resources by 2020. But it's coming about as...

City, public look to future of Colorado Springs park
City, public look to future of Colorado Springs park

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Jeff Milburn has lived on Old Stage Road since the late 1970s and said traffic has increased substantially at nearby North Cheyenne Cañon Park in that...

Committee selects new El Paso County Republican chair in turbulent meeting
Committee selects new El Paso County Republican chair in turbulent meeting

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Jeers, hushes and profanities made up a substantial portion of the El Paso County Republican Party's executive committee meeting Monday evening as the...

Some El Paso County Republicans up in arms over proposal to replace county chair tonight
Some El Paso County Republicans up in arms over proposal to replace county chair tonight

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Some members of the El Paso County Republican Party's executive committee are crying foul over a proposal to name a new county chair at a meeting...

Trump nominates El Paso County businessman to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Trump nominates El Paso County businessman to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Sep 18, 2017

President Trump has tapped Walter G. Copan, an El Paso County businessman who helps entrepreneurs cash in on innovation, as undersecretary of commerce...

Kent Thiry urges Colorado Republicans against calling off next year's primary election
Kent Thiry urges Colorado Republicans against calling off next year's primary election

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Sun, Sep 17, 2017

The wealthy executive who championed a ballot measure to let unaffiliated voters cast ballots in Colorado primaries now is urging state Republicans to...

Douglas Bruce speaks out against Colorado Springs and El Paso County ballot measures
Douglas Bruce speaks out against Colorado Springs and El Paso County ballot measures

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce sang a familiar tune Thursday afternoon, decrying city and county ballot measures coming up in November. Standing in...

Artwork in Colorado Springs meant to encourage conversation instead sparks controversy
Artwork in Colorado Springs meant to encourage conversation instead sparks controversy

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Irony abounds as a piece of art meant to encourage civil discussions generates its own debate. "Double Bench III" was built out of two-by-fours and...

Strawberry Hill workshop yields public comment, criticism and walk-outs
Strawberry Hill workshop yields public comment, criticism and walk-outs

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Sep 13, 2017

A third public workshop on a master plan for Strawberry Hill yielded a few results, harsh words and some defiant walk-outs. Many of the approximately...

Colorado Springs council to consider extending hours for medical marijuana dispensaries
Colorado Springs council to consider extending hours for medical marijuana dispensaries

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado Springs may be allowed to stay open later to help patients access their medicine. Dispensaries in town are...

POLL: Should the City Council vote to allow businesses to apply for entertainment districts in Colorado Springs?
POLL: Should the City Council vote to allow businesses to apply for entertainment districts in Colorado Springs?

By: - 0 Fri, Sep 8, 2017

Mike Bristol, owner of Bristol Brewing Co. and a partner in the Ivywild School, said he plans to apply for an entertainment district for the building...

Vince Bzdek: Don't drain the swamp; move it from Washington, D.C., to Colorado
Vince Bzdek: Don't drain the swamp; move it from Washington, D.C., to Colorado

By: Vince Bzdek - 0 Tue, Sep 5, 2017

Dick Celeste, former Ohio governor, ambassador and Colorado College president, threw out an interesting idea a couple of weeks ago: Instead of draining...

Doug Lamborn blames Obama for dismantling the country’s immigration laws
Doug Lamborn blames Obama for dismantling the country’s immigration laws

By: Erin Prater - 0 Tue, Sep 5, 2017

Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn took an accusatory tone Tuesday after President Trump's  decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood...

‘A devastating betrayal’: Colorado officials react to Trump’s decision to end DACA program
‘A devastating betrayal’: Colorado officials react to Trump’s decision to end DACA program

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Tue, Sep 5, 2017

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, called President Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA,...

Entertainment districts would be business friendly, but require trust and community support
Entertainment districts would be business friendly, but require trust and community support

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, Sep 5, 2017

It takes trust to let someone carry a beer from one business to another, to drink on the sidewalks or on a closed street. Trust and an entertainment...

State Rep. Pete Lee reveals bid for Senate at Democratic forum in Colorado Springs
State Rep. Pete Lee reveals bid for Senate at Democratic forum in Colorado Springs

By: Ernest Luning - 0 Sat, Sep 2, 2017

State Rep. Pete Lee, a term-limited Colorado Springs Democrat, announced Saturday night that he's running for the Senate District 11 seat held by state...

Dierdorff resigns as El Paso GOP chair, citing personal reasons
Dierdorff resigns as El Paso GOP chair, citing personal reasons

By: Dan Njegomir - 0 Fri, Sep 1, 2017

Trevor Dierdorff, elected as a "political outsider" in February to chair the El Paso County Republican Party - the state's largest county-level GOP -...

Council seeking feedback on transportation issues in the Pikes Peak region
Council seeking feedback on transportation issues in the Pikes Peak region

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Sep 1, 2017

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking feedback on what transportation problems exist in the region and what roads, sidewalks and trails...

TABOR reset would prevent big budget cuts, El Paso County official says

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Wed, Aug 30, 2017

If El Paso County does not get voters' permission in November to adjust a state-mandated revenue cap, the resulting budget cuts could have...

Pro-marijuana group shoots for 2018 to propose recreational pot sales in Colorado Springs
Pro-marijuana group shoots for 2018 to propose recreational pot sales in Colorado Springs

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Advocates for legalized recreational marijuana sales in Colorado Springs are setting their sights on a 2018 ballot proposal, since the chances of...

Colorado Springs City Councilman Tom Strand juggling obligations to run for Congress
Colorado Springs City Councilman Tom Strand juggling obligations to run for Congress

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Tom Strand isn't planning on giving up his seat on the Colorado Springs City Council to run for Congress against Republican Doug Lamborn, the...

Colorado Springs City Council and Gov. Hickenlooper declare Friday Women in the Air Force Day
Colorado Springs City Council and Gov. Hickenlooper declare Friday Women in the Air Force Day

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Aug 25, 2017

The Colorado Springs City Council and Gov. John Hickenlooper have declared Friday "Women in the Air Force Day." To celebrate the proclamation,...

Colorado Springs Utilities customers getting refund on electric bills
Colorado Springs Utilities customers getting refund on electric bills

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Fri, Aug 25, 2017

Colorado Springs Utilities customers will soon see a credit on their electricity bills, although exactly when and how much hasn't been decided....

City to host community workshop Wednesday to review North Nevada Avenue master plan
City to host community workshop Wednesday to review North Nevada Avenue master plan

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Plans for North Nevada Avenue will be reviewed Wednesday night during a workshop hosted by the City of Colorado Springs. The public is invited to...

Stormwater fees headed for November ballot in Colorado Springs
Stormwater fees headed for November ballot in Colorado Springs

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Wed, Aug 23, 2017

After months of debates, arguments and unanswered questions, the Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to cement a set of proposed stormwater...

Request to install security cameras in Colorado Springs park meets mixed reaction
Request to install security cameras in Colorado Springs park meets mixed reaction

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Support for an emergency request to install security cameras at John Venezia Community Park was mixed Monday afternoon among Colorado Springs City...

City Council to vote on stormwater ballot language, $450,000 request for Venezia Park
City Council to vote on stormwater ballot language, $450,000 request for Venezia Park

By: Conrad Swanson - 0 Tue, Aug 22, 2017

The Colorado Springs City Council will vote whether to cement the city's place on El Paso County's November ballot for a proposed set of stormwater...

League of Women Voters plan Colorado Springs series on money in politics
League of Women Voters plan Colorado Springs series on money in politics

By: Joey Bunch - 0 Mon, Aug 21, 2017

The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region is planning a series of community conversations in Colorado Springs about how money in politics...

El Paso County prodding water providers to plan for the future
El Paso County prodding water providers to plan for the future

By: Rachel Riley - 0 Thu, Aug 17, 2017

El Paso County has launched an effort that will encourage smaller water providers to plan for an uncertain future. The county is home to a...