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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

Re: “The general and the whiz kid

"...69% of Halter's money has come from individuals, only 22% of Lamborn's has..."

People claim they want "local control" but if 78% of Lamborn's money comes from out of state firms and billionaires then Lamborn is not the choice for local control.

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Posted by OldCrank on 07/30/2014 at 7:22 PM

Re: “A major hitch

No good comes out of Bryan Construction & Scott Bryan!!!

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Posted by Jill Stanley on 07/29/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “A major hitch

All agreement MUST be in writing in the state of Colorado. Norris has several documents that acknowledge the agreement. He should be repaid for his generosity!

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Posted by Tammila on 07/29/2014 at 9:27 AM

Re: “A major hitch

How much is actually contributed to the military families?
Does anyone actually know?

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Posted by Simon Moore on 07/28/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “AFA picks visitor center site

So glad the City has so much money after paying for road repair and storm water drainage that we can pay for a welcome center for the federal government, a hall of fame for a Swiss company that raked in over $8 billion between 2009-2012 and a $90+ million stadium for no team.

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Posted by Navan Meath on 07/27/2014 at 9:55 PM

Re: “Jonesing for open space

So what would happen theoretically, if the property in question was held by a private owner? Could they still be sued by CBD?

Posted by Ryan Wolfe on 07/27/2014 at 3:50 PM

Re: “A new accreditation affirms the Humane Society's practices

They have an ok program called tnr for trap nuter and release, I say ok because it reduces the feral cat population overall, but I am SOOO disappointed and angry that stewie is worth such an expinsive heart surgery, but kittens that need bottle fed are trash. I realize it is hard work, I did it with 4 never having had a cat before and being disabled and I was able to get them all fixed and adopted on my own because HSPPR said they would be killed if I brought them in. I then wrote them and was told that wasn't their policy, it must have been a misunderstanding or miscommunication, but on my tnr re-registration form it isright there in blac and white that if you bring in an unweaned kitten, they will be put down. My other problem with this programs with this program is I was asked to sign if I saw a member of my colony was ill, I was to take it to the vet at MY OWN EXPENSE, find my own food + commit to feeding forever, if I am admitted to the hospital (as I often am, incoherent, I am to find a sub, and I'm never allowed to let them know I am done), and the last thing I think is ridicules to ask of people is to come check at there building to see if any colony members where there, well I don't control wild cats that don't belong to anyone and I don't see them regularly, so I would have to go twice a week and guess if that black cat or calico cat that isn't mine and I don't have an attachment too, so I don't know how I would even recognize it...being disabled all of these things make it impossible for me to sign and say I will do stuff I know I can't do....I think it's ridiculous to expect these things of people that just want to help with the over population...so now I just do what I can without HSPPR, and I tame kittens over 8-10 weeks old that aren't suposed to be tamable and get them placed with a no kill group....and lower the numbers of feral kittens given up on. Just my $.02, but I would love everyone to go to a no kill shelter first and donate to them...

Posted by Jenner Dreismeier on 07/26/2014 at 4:26 AM

Re: “The shadows know

Wow, I am a bit surprised that citizens trying to make a positive impact on our fine community are being condemned. We should be happy that any citizen willing to get involved regardless of their financial background should be celebrated. We all have the ability to make a difference, in our own way. It takes a village.

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Posted by martham on 07/25/2014 at 6:01 PM

Re: “AFA picks visitor center site

The only reason to go to the AFA museum is to watch the cadet formations - at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other than some historical material on the building of the AFA the contents of the museum are utterly forgettable - thus when they move this offsite the first tourists are sure to wonder why they wasted their time in it.

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Posted by LivesLocally on 07/24/2014 at 10:03 PM

Re: “AFA picks visitor center site

hall of fame? to cheats and drugs? oh you meant OTC, not USAFA

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Posted by apathetic on 07/24/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “AFA picks visitor center site

Because you know... fuck grass and open fields.

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Posted by Dave Elizi on 07/24/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “A major hitch

What a tangled web we weave...

Anschutz should pay Norris the $1M as a side matter when buying the property, but as this unfolds we'll see how much honor the man has. What's $1M out of $8B?

I went to the rodeo, once, as a newcomer here. Didn't like the sermon preached at the end of the show. Never went back. Never will.

No article in the Gazette. Bwahahahaha....guess we know how much honor he has.

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Posted by OldCrank on 07/24/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “A major hitch

A nice piece of reporting on a topic missing from the Gazette. Good job!

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 07/24/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “The shadows know

Mr. Snider and Ms. Jan Martin nailed it. This is the same group that keeps renaming itself because of past failures. These people are desperate to feel like they have actual influence in the City when they do very little except write donation checks, serve on boards, and get drunk at another Regional Business luncheon. Colorado Springs is bullshit and very little action. The sense of power of a few is pathetically reinforced and encouraged by reporters of both local papers. Collaboration and improvement isnt wanted. They maintain their positions and influence because they feed the dysfunctional relationships of local officials while still getting the City and Utilities to give money for their budgets and projects. Fools.

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Posted by Academygrad on 07/23/2014 at 8:12 PM

Re: “The shadows know

25 millionaires trying to run things...the rich should run everything... screw the poor people. profits over environment, profits over morals, profits over education, just profit... everything else just gets in the way of a few rich people making more money. I have a feeling that asking for more money after rejecting recreational MJ is not going to go over so well. the rich newspaper owners will sure and try to make a go at it I am sure. good luck with that.

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Posted by happyfew on 07/23/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “The shadows know

This is the third time this group has formed, each time producing little more than a new FaceBook page with each attempt. But at least they are trying.

Mr. Snider is perpetually confused at what is going on with council.

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Posted by Staci6 on 07/23/2014 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Marijuana grow-lights cause problems for ham-radio operators

Paul T, actually LED lamps are a common source of interference for radios.

Posted by Dave H on 07/21/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Network nightmare

The first hire should be a true system architect. You don't use managers, network engineers, database engineers, or software developers to design a system of this size and complexity, as they are experts in their areas but often cannot see the big picture. System Architects are expensive, but they only need to be here for a couple of years every 6-8 years. They also ensure you get a right-sized and secure system that fits your budget.

After that you bring in an IT manager to work with the architect on the initial and year-to-year budgeting and when that is done he can move on to hiring and overseeing your engineers, developers, helpdesk, and procurement staff.

Posted by LivesLocally on 07/20/2014 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Freedom by bondage

Tejontech I think your a little to uptight to haemorrhage a "redhead" avatar. BDSM doesn't lead to abuse and less civility, a world of discontented selfish people with no personal accountability do. When we create a culture of playing the victim and always blaming others the moral fabric starts to decay. We have communities of houses and no one knows each others name. We have social media that emboldens people because of anonymity to say horrible and disgusting things to each other. We have a lack of education and critical thinking skills as well. So all this is to say BDSM is not the cause of anything.

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Posted by David Gould on 07/20/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Network nightmare

UPDATE: Now that an editor at the Indy has updated the article to correct errors in the Independent's original reporting, (related to total city IT expenditures since 2011), The Ombudsman will adjust its comments accordingly... So instead of being $85 Million over 3 1/2 years, or $24.3 million annually (as originally reported) IT spending by the City of Colorado Springs is now $38 Million for 3 1/2 years, or $10.8 million annually. Really ? So everything is "OK Now" ? NOT. Blowing $10.8 million dollars a year on IT with no results is still reckless, and doing it with a revolving door HR management style, (The department has had four CIOs since 2011) seems like a "shoot from the hip" approach to city government.

And when you do the research on Hogan Lovells (The "Law Firm" that the mayor uses to run the city apparently), their local Colorado Springs office has 6 people... 3 Partners, 2 Associates and 1 Council. When you look at their background and experience... their Partners have experience in contract disputes, construction, business torts, real estate, and banking, civil litigation and litigation avoidance experience in construction/surety, real estate, health care, environmental/toxic tort, and general business and commercial matters, with specific expertise in restrictive and protective real property covenant matters, transactional aspects of bankruptcy law and environmental regulations related to real property. Their 2 Associates do nothing but commercial and construction litigation, and their sole "Council" staffer or "tech guy" is an ex IP patent counsel at Ramtron International Corporation... TRANSLATION: NO IT EXPERIENCE AT ALL. And according to the Indy report above as of July 7, the city had paid the firm $2,735,234 since 2011, including $751,298 so far this year, records show.

And now the Mayor wanted $2M more for IT ? Seems like we should have Hogan Lovells pay back the $2M they were paid for "services" from 2011-2013 as it seems we are not getting a very good ROI on our IT money spent. Where is the "work product" from Hogan Lovells ? What is their assessment of our IT department ? What recommendations have they made ? Or is the mayor hiding behind Attorney Client Privilage ? Looks like the Ombusman is going to have to file a FOIA request to get to the bottom of this emerging scandal and absolute misuse of funds.

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Posted by Technolgy Ombudsman on 07/18/2014 at 6:46 AM

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