<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - government]]> http://gazette.com/rss/government Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:16:10 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Forth will face Lee as Republican vying for House District 18]]> http://gazette.com/forth-will-face-lee-as-republican-vying-for-house-district-18/article/1583690?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forth-will-face-lee-as-republican-vying-for-house-district-18/article/1583690?custom_click=rss

There's a new Republican in the House District 18 race.

Cameron Forth, a 41-year-old land surveyor who grew up in Colorado Springs, was appointed to replace Sonya Rose on the November ballot after Rose withdrew as a candidate.

Forth was picked by a vacancy committee composed of eligible House District 18 voters, however, since a quorum wasn't present, Colorado Republican Party Chair Steve House gave final approval to Forth taking the seat on the ballot.

Forth will face incumbent Rep. Pete Lee, a Democrat who has been in office since he was elected in 2010.

Additionally Paotie Dawson, a Libertarian, will be on the ballot in November in the central Colorado Springs district.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:58:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs couple pays nothing for first-in-the-nation solar array]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-couple-pays-nothing-for-first-in-the-nation-solar-array/article/1583677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-couple-pays-nothing-for-first-in-the-nation-solar-array/article/1583677?custom_click=rss

Nancy and Lynn Gramoll couldn't help but smile as they stood on the small deck of their Colorado Springs home on Thursday and talked about the solar array recently installed on the roof.

The sun shone brightly in the mid-morning sky as the couple boasted about the Colorado Energy Office's Weatherization Assistance Program designed to help retirees like the Gramolls, people with disabilities and low-income families save on utility bills. The Gramolls' Union Boulevard home is the first in the United States to receive a solar array as part of low-income weatherization services.

"It's great to go green," said Nancy, 62.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:03:02 -0600
<![CDATA[EPA: Metals get into creek near site of big mine waste spill]]> http://gazette.com/epa-metals-get-into-creek-near-site-of-big-mine-waste-spill/article/1583722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-metals-get-into-creek-near-site-of-big-mine-waste-spill/article/1583722?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Discolored water containing metals escaped into a Colorado creek from a wastewater treatment plant after heavy rain fell near the site of an earlier mine waste spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

The EPA hasn't identified the metals or quantities that were released in the incident Tuesday near the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado.

Local officials said the release wasn't big enough to warrant a public advisory.

Last year, an EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered a 3-million-gallon spill while doing preliminary cleanup work at the mine, tainting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:51:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Peaceful pipeline protest held in Colorado Springs park]]> http://gazette.com/peaceful-pipeline-protest-held-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1583712?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/peaceful-pipeline-protest-held-in-colorado-springs-park/article/1583712?custom_click=rss

Like hundreds if not thousands of Indians across the nation, Donald Little Thunder, friends and family members marched in protest Thursday against the controversial $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline.

They chanted, sang and beat drums through downtown Colorado Springs' Acacia Park in an effort to raise awareness and support for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and others protesting in North Dakota.

The underground pipeline is designed to stretch nearly 1,170 miles, carrying oil from the Bakken fields of western North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois. It also is to travel beneath the Missouri River, the sole source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:42:12 -0600
<![CDATA[GUEST COLUMN: Politically homeless in Colorado: Trump could be 'final straw' for moderate Republicans]]> http://gazette.com/guest-column-politically-homeless-in-colorado-trump-could-be-final-straw-for-moderate-republicans/article/1583691?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guest-column-politically-homeless-in-colorado-trump-could-be-final-straw-for-moderate-republicans/article/1583691?custom_click=rss

Donald Trump's boisterous and confrontational campaign for president may be the final straw that drives Colorado's few remaining moderate Republicans out of the party.

An outsider candidate, Trump seems to be doing everything in his power to antagonize Republicans with moderate proclivities, a group that 60 years ago was the mainstay of the GOP.

They were called "Eisenhower Republicans" because of their strong support for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who embraced a cooperative and compromising domestic policy along with a strongly internationalist foreign policy.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:38:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Gov. Hickenlooper might order ambitious cuts in Colorado's carbon emissions]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-hickenlooper-might-order-ambitious-cuts-in-colorados-carbon-emissions/article/1583628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-hickenlooper-might-order-ambitious-cuts-in-colorados-carbon-emissions/article/1583628?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper might order a one-third cut in power plants' carbon gas emissions over the next 14 years despite a court-ordered stay that has derailed the federal Clean Power Plan.

If he does, Colorado Springs Utilities might need to revisit its plans for the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant, now scheduled to close in 2035.

Hickenlooper's proposed executive order, obtained by The Gazette, would direct state agencies to find ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 35 percent by 2030 compared with 2012 levels.

By comparison, the Clean Power Plan calls for a 2030 reduction of those emissions by 28 percent in Colorado compared with 2005 levels, when most plants emitted more CO2 than in 2012.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:50:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado to vote on restoring presidential primaries]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-to-vote-on-restoring-presidential-primaries/article/1583597?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-to-vote-on-restoring-presidential-primaries/article/1583597?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado voters will get to decide this fall whether to scrap presidential caucuses and replace them with primary elections .

They'll also get to decide whether unaffiliated voters should be allowed to vote in primaries .

The secretary of state's office announced Wednesday that the two ballot measures had enough petition signatures to appear on statewide ballots.

The primary push came after Democrats and Republicans alike grumbled about last March's presidential caucuses. Democrats had long lines and confusion; Republicans were miffed that they not to make a more direct choice for president.

And unaffiliated voters are now Colorado's largest voting demographic, outnumbering either Democrats or

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:15:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Utilities predicts failure on conservation goal]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-predicts-failure-on-conservation-goal/article/1583061?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-utilities-predicts-failure-on-conservation-goal/article/1583061?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs Utilities won't meet its five-year goal to slash energy demand by 12 percent, a conservation threshold that's critical for closure of the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant.

The bad news about "demand-side management" emerged after a rosy presentation Wednesday by Kenny Romero, Utilities' manager of demand side management and renewable energy solutions.

"Why are we not trying to meet the goal?" asked Utilities Board member Keith King, who had pushed through the 12 percent DSM goal in November, up from a 10 percent reduction originally sought.

Said Romero, citing a study by Cadmus consultants: "With all our programs . you still don't get quite to 12 percent. We would have to look deeper into other

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:34:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Flood project through Garden of the Gods will reroute Colorado Springs floodplain]]> http://gazette.com/flood-project-through-garden-of-the-gods-will-reroute-colorado-springs-floodplain/article/1583514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-project-through-garden-of-the-gods-will-reroute-colorado-springs-floodplain/article/1583514?custom_click=rss

Two years after city officials teamed with residents of a west-side Colorado Springs neighborhood to plan flood mitigation and reconstruction of Camp Creek, a project to remove more than 100 properties from the flood plain is about to begin.

On Monday, crews could begin the first phase of the more than $30 million project rebuilding about 5,100 feet of channel through Garden of the Gods Park and the Rock Ledge Ranch.

The work could be potentially lifesaving for residents of the Pleasant Valley neighborhood when heavy rains pound the Waldo Canyon fire burn area in the mountains to the west.

"As a community, we can't let our guard down," said Colorado Springs Emergency Manager Bret Waters. "Even though we're seeing some

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:41:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs City Council denies special district sought by developers planning infill housing project]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-denies-special-district-sought-by-developers-planning-infill-housing-project/article/1583544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-city-council-denies-special-district-sought-by-developers-planning-infill-housing-project/article/1583544?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs City Council narrowly nixed a new metropolitan district Tuesday for multifamily dwellings on the city's northwest side.

The 5-4 vote trounced the effort by Tuscan Foothills Village developers to finance public improvements on the property they planned to buy.

Tuscan Foothills envisioned 2.3 acres of apartments and 14.82 acres of townhomes to house about 300 people along the west side of Centennial Boulevard south of Chuckwagon Road.

The metro district sought no more than $300 million in debt, with a maximum added property tax of 30 mills to pay for the improvements plus 10 mills for operating and maintenance expenses.

"There are over 80 specialty districts in the city," Councilwoman Helen

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:05:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs mayor, former mayor promote 'raising the bar']]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mayor-former-mayor-promote-raising-the-bar/article/1583539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-mayor-former-mayor-promote-raising-the-bar/article/1583539?custom_click=rss

Mayor John Suthers and former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace may not seem to have much in common beyond being Republicans and wanting the best for Colorado Springs.

But they share strong support for a ballot proposal to "raise the bar" and make it more difficult to amend the Colorado Constitution.

They'll appear in television advertisements later this week to urge Coloradans to vote for that proposal, expected to be Amendment 71 on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The Colorado Constitution is the easiest to amend of any in the nation, Makepeace notes in her video spot, which can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/aP5Z0Peqzec.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:41:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado-based VA executive accused of misusing work time]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-based-va-executive-accused-of-misusing-work-time/article/1583553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-based-va-executive-accused-of-misusing-work-time/article/1583553?custom_click=rss DENVER — A government watchdog agency says a Denver-based VA executive misused official time over a four-year period because she couldn't show she had worked for all or part of up to 14 days.

In a report released Tuesday, the inspector general of the Veterans Affairs Department said the executive was also frequently late, sometimes reporting more than hour after she was due.

The executive was identified as Melanie Murphy, a regional director for the Veterans Benefits Administration. In an email to The Associated Press, Murphy said she disagrees with the findings and will contest them.

The report said VA officials would take "appropriate action" after speaking with agency attorneys and human resources

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:54:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado governor may ask for one-third cut in CO2 pollution]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-may-ask-for-one-third-cut-in-co2-pollution/article/1583549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-may-ask-for-one-third-cut-in-co2-pollution/article/1583549?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado's Democratic governor may ask for a one-third cut in greenhouse gas pollution from power plants, even though the federal Clean Power Plan is stalled and Republicans in the state are resisting.

Gov. John Hickenlooper's office has drafted a proposed executive order directing state agencies to work on ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power generators by 35 percent by 2030 compared with 2012 levels.

"We have a very rough outline that we are in the process of vetting for input and discussion," Hickenlooper spokeswoman Kathy Green said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday. "No decisions have been made."

She didn't say who was involved in the discussions.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:27:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Helping small business key focus of Kaine roundtable in Denver]]> http://gazette.com/helping-small-business-key-focus-of-kaine-roundtable-in-denver/article/1583491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/helping-small-business-key-focus-of-kaine-roundtable-in-denver/article/1583491?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD - Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine outlined running mate Hillary Clinton's five-point plan to help small businesses Tuesday during a visit to an aerospace parts manufacturing facility in Lakewood.

Kaine, a senator from Virginia, kicked off a roundtable session with a handful of Colorado small business owners by outlining what he and Clinton would do to help small businesses grow and develop.

Democrats U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter joined the group.

With a backdrop of machined parts, a fork lift and towers of shelving, Kaine pledged to make growing small businesses a priority.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:30:12 -0600
<![CDATA[El Paso County voters will decide whether county should provide high-speed internet to less-populated areas]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-voters-will-decide-whether-county-should-provide-high-speed-internet-to-less-populated-areas/article/1583508?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-voters-will-decide-whether-county-should-provide-high-speed-internet-to-less-populated-areas/article/1583508?custom_click=rss

Voters will decide in November whether El Paso County will opt out of a controversial state Senate bill and open the door to help bring high-speed internet to rural areas.

The Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved (5-0) ballot language that would allow the county to provide, facilitate, partner or coordinate with online service providers to bring fiber-optic internet to places that have been ignored in the past. The question that will appear on the ballot in November says that passing the measure would restore "local authority and flexibility that was taken away" by the Colorado Revised Statutes.

"This is something that will benefit consumers," said District 5 Commissioner Peggy Littleton.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:56:52 -0600