This week around Colorado Springs: Your calendar, Jan. 20-26

By: The Gazette
January 19, 2014 Updated: January 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

All City of Colorado Springs administrative offices and agencies will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Manitou Springs City Council is expected to vote on a second reading of an amendment to the city code that would legalize retail marijuana sales in the town of about 5,200 people. Council approved the first reading on a 6-1 vote at its Jan. 7 meeting. Tuesday's council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.

Colorado Springs Utilities Board will discuss the Martin Drake Power Plant decommissioning study at its meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Plaza of the Rockies, south tower, fifth floor, 121 S. Tejon St.

The report lists 12 possible scenarios at Drake, including leaving the coal-fired plant open for 30 years and closing it by 2019.

The report includes financial analysis as well as the environmental and social costs of each scenario. The board will spend the next several months discussing its options and expects to have a decision by summer.

The Colorado Springs School District 11 board will vote this week on a recommendation to add seventh and eighth grades at Buena Vista Montessori Elementary School, and will consider charter renewals for the Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning and Roosevelt-Edison Charter School, among other agenda items.

The regular meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the boardroom at the administration building, 1115 N. El Paso St. To see the full agenda, go to and click on Board of Education.

A Community Conversation on "Economic Development in the 21st Century and City for Champions" will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in Colorado College's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.

A panel discussion will be followed by small group discussions. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2014 "Choice in Education" fair will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' recreation center gymnasium, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.

Representatives from school districts, charter schools, parochial schools, home schools, colleges, online schools and trade schools will have information about their programs.

The Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy will provide complimentary day care.

The event is sponsored by The Gazette.


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