<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:41:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Broadmoor, city in talks to try to solve water pipeline problems]]> http://gazette.com/broadmoor-city-in-talks-to-try-to-solve-water-pipeline-problems/article/1581053?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broadmoor-city-in-talks-to-try-to-solve-water-pipeline-problems/article/1581053?custom_click=rss

An antiquated pipeline snaking out of Rosemont Reservoir is leaking badly and raising concerns for The Broadmoor, which has been talking with Colorado Springs Utilities since 2012 about ways to ensure that its grounds and golf courses keep getting needed water from the reservoir.

The water line leaks "both in and out. When it's above ground and it rains, it leaks water in. And it leaks water out. It's operating at less than 50 percent capacity and has for years," said Gary Pierson, who handles long-term infrastructure issues for The Broadmoor and is president and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Co. (Both companies are owned by entrepreneur Philip Anschutz, as is The Gazette.)

Replacement of the pipeline could cost $35 million



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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:26:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Open house for Colorado Springs' new SDS pipeline draws 1,200]]> http://gazette.com/open-house-for-colorado-springs-new-sds-pipeline-draws-1200/article/1581039?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/open-house-for-colorado-springs-new-sds-pipeline-draws-1200/article/1581039?custom_click=rss

More than 1,200 people endured 90-degree temperatures Saturday in eastern Colorado Springs to learn more about Colorado Springs Utilities' new Southern Delivery System.

During the SDS Waterfest at the Edward W. Bailey Water Treatment Plant on Marksheffel Road, kids and adults interacted with community volunteers at hands-on educational booths. And most of those on hand were treated to a guided tour of the state-of-the art facility.

"What I liked most was seeing how the water goes from dirty to clean and how it goes through the system," said 11-year-old Dawson Schara, who was at the event with his 10-year-old brother Joshua and his mom and dad, Cathy and David Schara.

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]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:45:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Star of 'The Bachelor' not running for Colorado office after all]]> http://gazette.com/star-of-the-bachelor-not-running-for-colorado-office-after-all/article/1580982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/star-of-the-bachelor-not-running-for-colorado-office-after-all/article/1580982?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Ben Higgins, the most recent star of ABC's "The Bachelor," isn't running after all for public office in Colorado.

Higgins announced Friday he is abandoning his run as a Republican for a Denver state House district.

He had filed paperwork only Wednesday formally declaring his candidacy.

In a statement from Disney-ABC Television Group, Higgins says that "due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to move forward as a candidate."

Campaign spokesman Roger Hudson says he cannot elaborate. Disney didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

Higgins appeared last year on "The Bachelorette." This year, he was star of "The Bachelor" and now lives in northwest Denver with his



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:02:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Addition to Corral Bluffs Open Space on Colorado Springs' radar]]> http://gazette.com/addition-to-corral-bluffs-open-space-on-colorado-springs-radar/article/1580825?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/addition-to-corral-bluffs-open-space-on-colorado-springs-radar/article/1580825?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' Trails, Open Space and Parks program is eyeing land to add to Corral Bluffs Open Space, which was acquired eight years ago and remains closed to the public.

Earlier this week, committee members of the preservation group under the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department toured some of a privately-owned 223-acre parcel edging the nearly 600 acres owned by the city. Corral Bluffs Open Space is shaped like a horseshoe, and the private land fills in the gap.

Chris Lieber, TOPS' program manager, described the land as "very meaningful" to the ultimate vision for the open space.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:29:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado delegate refuses to support Donald Trump]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-delegate-refuses-to-support-donald-trump/article/1580826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-delegate-refuses-to-support-donald-trump/article/1580826?custom_click=rss

Republicans kicked off their 2016 National Convention Monday in Cleveland, and a handful of Colorado's delegates have agreed to share their experiences with Gazette readers. Throughout the four-day event, alternates and guests will contribute their takes. The series will appear occasionally this week in print and online.

Don Olmstead, a delegate for Congressional District 5 and the chairman of former presidential candidate Ted Cruz's El Paso County campaign, wrote Wednesday about the hostile atmosphere toward delegates who refused to give their support to nominee Donald Trump.

"I was elected by the 5th Congressional District as a delegate for Ted Cruz and was proud to vote for him last night (Tuesday).



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:44:38 -0600
<![CDATA[John Hickenlooper appears cut from VP list, despite flirtations]]> http://gazette.com/john-hickenlooper-appears-cut-from-vp-list-despite-flirtations/article/1580824?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/john-hickenlooper-appears-cut-from-vp-list-despite-flirtations/article/1580824?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton may name her choice for vice president as early as Friday, and despite repeated flirtations, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is not expected to propose to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Instead, three other Democrats — U.S. Sen. Timothy Kaine of Virginia, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Tom Perez — emerged this week as more likely picks to join the Clinton ticket. Vilsack’s son, Doug Vilsack, lives in Colorado.

Hickenlooper, a second-term governor, made a list of potential No. 2 picks for the Clinton campaign, but Democratic operatives and Hickenlooper allies concede he did not make the final cut, barring a drastic change.



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:27:59 -0600
<![CDATA[CDOT commissioner whose district includes El Paso, Teller counties resigns]]> http://gazette.com/cdot-commissioner-whose-district-includes-el-paso-teller-counties-resigns/article/1580735?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdot-commissioner-whose-district-includes-el-paso-teller-counties-resigns/article/1580735?custom_click=rss

After less than a year on the job, Nolan Schriner resigned his position as District 9 transportation commissioner July 11.

The District 9 commissioner represents El Paso, Fremont, Teller and Park counties on the Colorado Department of Transportation's Transportation Commission.

"I wish I could have stayed," Schriner said Tuesday. "I did enjoy it, and it was a very educational process for me."

But Schriner said he had "serious back surgery" several months ago and his recovery is going to take longer than expected.

He was appointed to the position in September 2015 for a term that was supposed to last through July 2019.

Appointments are made by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:23:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado delegates at RNC marvel at political process]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-delegates-at-rnc-marvel-at-political-process/article/1580749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-delegates-at-rnc-marvel-at-political-process/article/1580749?custom_click=rss

Protesters gathered outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Tuesday as delegates nominated Donald Trump their presidential standard bearer.

A handful of Colorado's delegates have agreed to share their experiences with Gazette readers. Throughout the four-day event, alternates and guests will contribute their takes on the day. The series will appear occasionally this week in print and online.

Joel Crank is an 18-year-old graduate of Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs. He was elected a delegate for Ted Cruz from the 5th Congressional District. He is among the youngest delegates in Cleveland.



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:23:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper for VP talk generates surprise, excitement]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-for-vp-talk-generates-surprise-excitement/article/1580705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-for-vp-talk-generates-surprise-excitement/article/1580705?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper has made a short list of finalists for Hillary Clinton's running mate.

The news that he was spotted Friday leaving Clinton's private residence in Washington, D.C., surprised some who considered Hickenlooper a long-shot for vice presidential candidate.

But even those who are surprised Hickenlooper is in the running alongside Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Timothy Kaine admit Hickenlooper could bring unique qualities to the ticket.

"He's made it further during this process than I would have surmised," said Eric Sondermann, an independent political analyst and commentator. "I think his attraction is as a business-friendly centrist."

Clinton is expected to announce her pick by the first days of the



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:23:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Texas senator rallies El Paso County Democrats]]> http://gazette.com/former-texas-senator-rallies-el-paso-county-democrats/article/1580750?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-texas-senator-rallies-el-paso-county-democrats/article/1580750?custom_click=rss

Former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis stopped in Colorado Springs Tuesday to show support for Hillary Clinton and attempt to show that El Paso County isn't just for Republicans.

Davis spoke to a group of 30 Clinton campaign volunteers at a phone bank event. There are 111 days until the November election.

"We are always saying that every election is the most important of our lifetime," Davis said. "But we are about to determine the values of this country. Are we going to let the venom of Donald Trump decide that? I'm terrified of that scenario."

Davis said fellow Democrats believe Clinton will win the election, but things can quickly turn. She shared personal experiences of her years in politics and said her career was



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:23:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Mark Waller turns to old friend for swearing in as El Paso County Commissioner]]> http://gazette.com/mark-waller-turns-to-old-friend-for-swearing-in-as-el-paso-county-commissioner/article/1580690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mark-waller-turns-to-old-friend-for-swearing-in-as-el-paso-county-commissioner/article/1580690?custom_click=rss

More people than usual filled Centennial Hall for the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday morning.

The large crowd, which included Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder and 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May, showed up before 8:30 a.m. to welcome Mark Waller to the board. Waller took his oath of office as the District 2 El Paso County commissioner then promptly hugged his friend and former Pueblo court colleague, Judge Steven Fieldman.

Waller addressed the audience before his work began at the 9 a.m. meeting.

"A bunch of you were probably required to be here," he joked, referring to the numerous county staff in attendance.

"I can't wait to do the work of the



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:22:58 -0600
<![CDATA[High-ranking Colorado Democrat sentenced for driving drunk]]> http://gazette.com/high-ranking-colorado-democrat-sentenced-for-driving-drunk/article/1580741?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/high-ranking-colorado-democrat-sentenced-for-driving-drunk/article/1580741?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A high-ranking Democrat in the Colorado House has pleaded guilty to driving drunk.

Rep. Dan Pabon of Denver has been sentenced to community service and alcohol education and treatment.

The lawmaker must also appear at a victim impact panel. That's a requirement for drunk-driving offenders sponsored by Pabon and other lawmakers.

Pabon pleaded guilty to driving drunk on March 17 near the state Capitol.

Pabon was also fined $1,303.

Pabon is speaker pro tem, meaning he holds the gavel when the House Speaker is absent. Pabon was elected to the state House in 2010 from a district in northwest Denver.



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:22:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Melania Trump not the only person to borrow from an Obama speech]]> http://gazette.com/melania-trump-not-the-only-person-to-borrow-from-an-obama-speech/article/1580689?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/melania-trump-not-the-only-person-to-borrow-from-an-obama-speech/article/1580689?custom_click=rss

As the nation mulls similarities between Melania Trump's Monday night speech and Michelle Obama's 2008 speech, little has been said about Darryl Glenn's use of a phrase made famous by then-candidate Barack Obama. Glenn's campaign says the move - in prime time before a national audience at the Republican National Convention - was deliberate.

"Darryl was throwing Obama's own words back in his face. That was the point," said Katey Price, a spokeswoman for Glenn's campaign.

"Mr. President, I have a message," Glenn said Monday night as he addressed the convention in Cleveland. "This is not about black America, white America or brown America, this is about the United States of America."

The delivery won Glenn a standing



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:22:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Recount to begin in El Paso County District 4 commissioner contest]]> http://gazette.com/recount-to-begin-in-el-paso-county-district-4-commissioner-contest/article/1580694?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/recount-to-begin-in-el-paso-county-district-4-commissioner-contest/article/1580694?custom_click=rss

Scott Turner demands a recount.

The District 4 El Paso County commissioner candidate, who narrowly lost to Longinos Gonzalez in the June 28 Republican primary, told Clerk & Recorder Chuck Broerman on Monday to begin the recount process. "We spent a lot of time chatting with a lot of folks," Turner said. "We spent a lot of time praying over this. It's not a decision we made lightly."

After election night, Gonzalez was ahead of the bank manager by 32votes. Broerman said that margin rose to a 34-vote edge after election officials OK'd 22 more ballots - 12 in favor of Gonzalez and 10 for Turner. Broerman said some people had forgotten to sign their mail-in ballots but did so during the signature verification process. Others came



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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:22:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado delegates at RNC agree: Conservatives will unite for Trump]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-delegates-at-rnc-agree-conservatives-will-unite-for-trump/article/1580654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-delegates-at-rnc-agree-conservatives-will-unite-for-trump/article/1580654?custom_click=rss

Republicans kicked off their 2016 National Convention Monday in Cleveland, and a handful of Colorado's delegates have agreed to share their experiences with Gazette readers. Throughout the four-day event, alternates and guests will contribute their takes on the day. The series will appear occasionally this week in print and online.

Steve House is chair of the Colorado GOP and is a delegate at the convention by virtue of the position he holds.

"While the first day was turbulent, I remain hopeful this week will be an opportunity for the Republican Party of Colorado to unify.

"Above all, Coloradans will learn this week how the policies and experience of a strong business leader like Donald Trump will restore pride and



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