<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:05:22 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Gay Boy Scout leaders statement has Klingenschmitt under fire again]]> http://gazette.com/gay-boy-scout-leaders-statement-has-klingenschmitt-under-fire-again/article/1556478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gay-boy-scout-leaders-statement-has-klingenschmitt-under-fire-again/article/1556478?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Rep. Grodon Klingenschmitt, a Colorado Springs Republican who frequently finds himself in trouble for his religious-right speech, admonished the Boy Scouts of America for ending a ban on gay leaders, saying it opened the door for child molestation.

There was an immediate outcry to Klingenschmitt's segment, which was part of an online broadcast released two days ago on his ministry PIJN News (Pray In Jesus Name News).

He says the Boy Scouts will promote homosexual men to mentor and camp with young boys "and it will lead to child abuse."

"It's not about the sexual pleasure of adults," Klingenschmitt said. "It should be about protecting innocent children.



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:54:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Comcast whiffs on customer service as Colorado Springs contract is up for renewal]]> http://gazette.com/comcast-whiffs-on-customer-service-as-colorado-springs-contract-is-up-for-renewal/article/1556489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/comcast-whiffs-on-customer-service-as-colorado-springs-contract-is-up-for-renewal/article/1556489?custom_click=rss

Comcast isn't the most popular company in Colorado Springs or across the nation.

City Council is preparing to renew the firm's local franchise contract, but Comcast again has ranked among the worst in the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

The company's already dismal score on cable TV customer service dropped 10 percent over the past year, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported in June. The telecom sector hit the bottom in the entire index, which surveys patron satisfaction in restaurants, banks, airlines, health insurers and more. Comcast lingers near the bottom of that sector.

Comcast also topped the Customer Service Hall of Shame for the second straight year, 24/7 Wall St. reported last week after its annual survey



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:49:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Council resolution will funnel Colorado Springs money to Fountain Creek Watershed]]> http://gazette.com/council-resolution-will-funnel-colorado-springs-money-to-fountain-creek-watershed/article/1556433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/council-resolution-will-funnel-colorado-springs-money-to-fountain-creek-watershed/article/1556433?custom_click=rss

Take heart, water users downstream of Colorado Springs.

A City Council resolution approved Tuesday lets Mayor John Suthers start funneling city money to the Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District.

"It's a big deal," says district Executive Director Larry Small.

It's a big deal because farmers and ranchers along Fountain Creek lose farmland with every storm. The Air Force Academy is being inundated, too.

Without stormwater mitigation upstream, a 100-year storm could overtop east Pueblo levees and flood neighborhoods there.

Downstream, the Arkansas Valley suffers when Fountain Creek flows too high, such as the 20,000 cubic feet per second it reached on June 15, and Pueblo Reservoir



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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:03:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Lamborn legislation would ban acquisition of some fetal tissue]]> http://gazette.com/lamborn-legislation-would-ban-acquisition-of-some-fetal-tissue/article/1556425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lamborn-legislation-would-ban-acquisition-of-some-fetal-tissue/article/1556425?custom_click=rss

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn announced legislation Tuesday aimed at banning the acquisition of fetal tissue from induced abortions - meaning researchers might only be able to get it from stillborns or fetuses lost in miscarriages.

The legislation comes amid scrutiny of Planned Parenthood after anti-abortion activists secretly captured video of the nonprofit's executives discussing procedures for obtaining fetal tissue for research.

Following release of the videos, Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, questioned Colorado State University's use of such tissue and demanded an explanation.

The university responded by stressing that it follows all state and federal laws while acquiring fetal tissue that it uses to help find a cure for



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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:11:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Flood risk sparks Manitou Springs debate about relocation of city hall, police station]]> http://gazette.com/flood-risk-sparks-manitou-springs-debate-about-relocation-of-city-hall-police-station/article/1556442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-risk-sparks-manitou-springs-debate-about-relocation-of-city-hall-police-station/article/1556442?custom_click=rss

The consequences of a serious flash flood in Manitou Springs could be so severe, its fleet of police vehicles could be washed down the main drag, rendering police unable to provide emergency response services.

Police Chief Joe Ribeiro told Manitou Springs City Council members Tuesday night that when the city gets a flash flood warning, his civilian employees have to move police vehicles to higher ground.

City councilors held a lengthy work session Tuesday to discuss the idea of moving City Hall and the police and fire departments out of the flood zone. No decisions were made Tuesday night.

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]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:03:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado board's history class review leads to recall effort]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-boards-history-class-review-leads-to-recall-effort/article/1556440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-boards-history-class-review-leads-to-recall-effort/article/1556440?custom_click=rss

GOLDEN — Critics of a suburban Denver school board that considered reviewing a U.S. history course to emphasize patriotism turned in signatures Tuesday to force a recall election for three conservative members responsible for the push.

The clash in Colorado's second-largest school district — and one of the state's fiercest political swing counties — has parents and educators citing a long list of complaints against the board members targeted for the recalls, including accusations of secret meetings and criticism over the new superintendent's pay.

One board member facing recall, however, said what opponents are really upset about is a new system for salary increases that is based on teacher performance



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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:28:46 -0600
<![CDATA[California-based payroll company to bring 1,700 jobs to Denver]]> http://gazette.com/california-based-payroll-company-to-bring-1700-jobs-to-denver/article/1556397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-based-payroll-company-to-bring-1700-jobs-to-denver/article/1556397?custom_click=rss

DENVER - ZenPayroll, a California-based firm that helps small businesses manage payroll, will bring about 1,700 jobs to Denver in the next few years as part of an expansion announced Tuesday on the steps of the state Capitol.

The state and city teamed up to offer the company a multi-million dollar incentive package to help encourage the move to the Mile High City.

Through Colorado's Job Growth Tax Credit the company is eligible to receive $17.5 million over the next eight years. The credit is claimed on the business's state income taxes. ZenPayroll will receive half of what it pays in federal income tax back in state tax credits for each job created.

"If you average it out, it's over eight years, it's about $1,200 or



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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:36:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado adds regulations for trampoline courts, adventure rides]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-adds-regulations-for-trampoline-courts-adventure-rides/article/1556367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-adds-regulations-for-trampoline-courts-adventure-rides/article/1556367?custom_click=rss

At the Springs Trampoline Park, new Colorado regulations for trampoline courts and aerial adventure parks mean annual inspections will be conducted by a third party and injuries will be reported to the state. What won't change is the standard to which the park holds itself, according to Isaac Brandon, general manager.

"We follow the regulations set by the International Association of Trampoline Parks, which are much more strict than the state regulations that will be in place," Brandon said, adding that Springs Trampoline Park, 2512 Airport Road, has been part of the association since the park was built a year and a half ago.

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]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:15:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area events and meetings this week]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-and-meetings-this-week/article/1556331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-events-and-meetings-this-week/article/1556331?custom_click=rss The Colorado Springs City Council work session begins at 1 p.m. Monday in council chambers in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.

Colorado Springs Sister Cities International will have an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., to share information on global citizen diplomacy, international relations, foreign cultures and Colorado Springs' seven sister cities. The event features food and entertainment.

The CSSCI engages the sister cities to advance peace, friendship, cultural understanding and mutual economic reward. The cities are Ancient Olympia, Greece; Bankstown, Australia; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Fujiyoshida, Japan; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico;



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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:14:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado legislators working to draft drugged driving bill]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-legislators-working-to-draft-drugged-driving-bill/article/1556258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-legislators-working-to-draft-drugged-driving-bill/article/1556258?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Driving high and driving drunk carry the same charge in Colorado, and that's a problem for those who want to track the impact, if any, of legalized marijuana on the safety of the state's roads and highways.

It's impossible to break out state-wide statistics about the number of convictions for driving under the influence of marijuana or other drugs. The charges and convictions are all lumped together under the same impaired driving statute.

That's a problem, says Rep. Jon Keyser, R-Morrison, who will propose a bill in the 2016 legislative session to enable marijuana-related driving offenses to be tracked.

"The motivation is really to be able to have a real discussion with real numbers and real data," Keyser



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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:50:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Top 5 stories you may have missed over the weekend around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/top-5-stories-you-may-have-missed-over-the-weekend-around-colorado-springs/article/1556300?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/top-5-stories-you-may-have-missed-over-the-weekend-around-colorado-springs/article/1556300?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at the top five stories you may have missed from gazette.com and the Colorado Springs area over the weekend: 

1) The winners were announced. Quintessential Colorado: a look at the winning photo entries. Click here to read more.

2) Disasters: Recovery, Reflection. Patchwork of El Paso County fire codes may leave residents vulnerable, experts say. Click here to read more.

3) Colorado Springs Utilities working on plans for future of Drake power plant. Click here to read more. 

4) More than 100 volunteers turn out to help build Colorado Springs playground. Click here to read more. 

5) Colorado legislators working to draft marijuana DUI bill. Click



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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:46:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Utilities working on plans for future of Drake power plant]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-working-on-plans-for-future-of-drake-power-plant/article/1556261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-working-on-plans-for-future-of-drake-power-plant/article/1556261?custom_click=rss

Whether you want the Martin Drake Power Plant closed or prefer continued coal burning, Colorado Springs Utilities has a plan for you.

The staff has produced nine possible portfolios for its Electric Integrated Resource Plan, winnowed from 87 scenarios first envisioned.

Each option would provide a different mix of power sources, with Drake's coal constituting from 37 percent to 15 percent of the mix, depending on which EIRP is selected. Natural gas remains the primary source in all the scenarios, ranging from 52 percent to 38 percent.

The public is invited to weigh in on these options at a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Leon Young Service Center, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway.



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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:11:01 -0600
<![CDATA[On 25th anniversary of the ADA, Colorado Springs to begin looking at ways to improve accessibility]]> http://gazette.com/on-25th-anniversary-of-the-ada-colorado-springs-to-begin-looking-at-ways-to-improve-accessibility/article/1556238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/on-25th-anniversary-of-the-ada-colorado-springs-to-begin-looking-at-ways-to-improve-accessibility/article/1556238?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs officials hope the creation of a working group to review the regional building code will help overcome an unquantified number of local accessibility issues 25 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Jeff Greene, chief of staff for Mayor John Suthers, said the group will form in the next 30 days and discuss the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department's code in an effort to address accessibility concerns for disabled people in the region.

"They have had meetings with county commissioners, they have had meetings with some of our council members, but it's time for us to be responsive to what their concerns are," he said.



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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:53:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Waller among three candidates for El Paso County commission seats]]> http://gazette.com/waller-among-three-candidates-for-el-paso-county-commission-seats/article/1556229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/waller-among-three-candidates-for-el-paso-county-commission-seats/article/1556229?custom_click=rss

Mark Waller, the former Republican leader of the state House of Representatives, is officially running for County Commissioner.

Waller, 46, was preparing to file his paperwork on Friday to run for District 2 which encompasses eastern Colorado Springs and runs to the edge of northeastern El Paso County.

"I've had a lot of folks in the community call me and tell me that they thought this would be a great opportunity not only for me, but for the community as well," Waller said. "I have relationships with the people in El Paso County and Denver that can help us accomplish our goals. For example, getting more transportation dollars down to Colorado Springs and El Paso County. I have the experience and the relationships to



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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:46:30 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso, Teller counties fill November ballot]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-teller-counties-fill-november-ballot/article/1556228?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-teller-counties-fill-november-ballot/article/1556228?custom_click=rss Twenty-two governmental jurisdictions in El Paso County plan to present candidates and/or issues to voters on the Nov. 3 ballot, according to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

In Teller County, five entities have submitted letters of intent to participate in the upcoming election, according to the Teller County Clerk and Recorder's Office. Friday was the first deadline for the state, municipalities, counties, school districts and special districts to declare their intent to be on the ballot.

Although there's no presidential race in 2015, Ryan Parsell, spokesman for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office, said it's an important election.



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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:45:51 -0600