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Re: “In the poorhouse now

Very simply, Colorado Springs has suffered as good paying, middle of the road education jobs have left the area. If City Council pounds the final nail into the coffin of The Drake poweplant ending reasonable energy, away go all hopes of ever regaining in this sector.

Jobs increases in food and service are great, except that they will never replace what was lost. And when no one can afford to eat out, bye-bye more jobs. It's time to get smart.

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Posted by Liz Anderson on 08/13/2014 at 8:06 AM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

This seems a bit backwards. Shouldn't we see the contents of the study before we finalize a resolution of agreement? No study is completely useless.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 08/12/2014 at 7:14 PM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

is the opposite of tax-increment financing......tax-excrement financing?????

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Posted by Susan Mattheson Murray on 08/12/2014 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Stormwater: the big ask

I'm not in favor of such a large amount of money for so long a period. I prefer the PPRTA approach of short durations with specific projects identified.

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Posted by ConcernedCitizen on 08/12/2014 at 2:45 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Last month our kitchen was on fire and it took 5 calls before 911 picked up. It required me to stay in the home to fight it myself as it quickly was getting out of control. 911 and the Fire Department told me that they were extremely busy and couldn't field all the calls. Life or death should always take precedence over one families home. This family are not in a life or death situation but simply an economic inconvenience. We all have them, but if anything is put to a vote it would obviously be for additional 911 operators and not on one homes storm water issues.

Posted by springs_mom on 08/11/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Participation in the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, is on a community rather than an individual basis. So they can buy insurance and have not as the City of Colorado Springs does participate. There is no requirement that you are in a flood plain to buy flood insurance.

Posted by Niue on 08/11/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

The Chiaramontes don't qualify for flood insurance, because their home is not located in a flood plain.

Posted by Pam Zubeck on 08/11/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Guitar Legend Johnny Smith Alive and Well in Colorado Springs

I disagree with this statement in the article: "His best known composition is the early '60s monster hit of the Ventures, "Walk, Don't Run." Smith wrote that song for a 1955 recording session by devising a counter-melody to the chord changes of the old, treacly pop standard, 'Softly, As in the Morning Sunrise.'"

Listen to both songs. They are substantially different. Many songs use similar chords. So what?! The article makes it sound as if Johnny Smith simply stole or copied the earlier song. "Walk Don't Run" is genius in its own right.

I am a musician, composer and music theorist. This statements is false or, at best, misleading.

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Posted by Rat Rude Monger on 08/10/2014 at 8:42 PM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

Anschutz owns more stadiums and event centers in COS than he and his entertainment impresarios know what to do with. He is the proud owner of: (1) the Broadmoor Event Center Complex - various venues totaling 285K sq ft; (2) the World Arena - an 86K seat multi-purpose arena & event venue plus an adjacent ice rink; and (3) the Norris-Penrose Event Center - a 36K sq ft indoor arena and a 10K seat outdoor stadium.

There is nothing unique about stadiums. Tourists don't come from thousands of miles around to visit a stadium. Every city already has a stadium or two or three. COS is not lacking in stadiums, but what makes COS truly unique is that we don't have a DOWNTOWN stadium, and even more shocking, we don't want one. The mayor, City Leaders, and developers, THEY want a downtown stadium, but not us. And we - the unenlightened, the skeptical, the dullards - don't think it's very sporting of the mayor and City Leaders to force us to pay for a redundant, superfluous, asphalt, concrete, fake grass, graffiti plastered, panhandler infested, garbage strewn, iconic and visionary stadium/event center.

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Posted by curious on 08/08/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Why has he not purchased flood insurance?

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Posted by Chuckie46 on 08/08/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “A transformed Fort Lyon promises homeless a second chance

Having worked directly in urban settings with homeless convicted ID drug users for years I can tell you that the Fort Lyon model is simply brilliant! Remove the homeless from the temptations/habits of their urban setting and they will experience and then demonstrate healthy behavior change!

Jack Broderick/FTT

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Posted by FITT Inc. on 08/08/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Soil moves on and near mountains. If you need examples, look at the terrazzo at the AFA or some of the mitigation at UCCS, as well as residential areas. Mountain areas are subject to natural disasters. If water rolls down that hill that way, think about what a fire would look like. Mining usually occurs in these areas. It's lovely to live there but any thinking person would know you pay a price for it.

It will be interesting to see how those vast new developments planned for the Mesa affect that ecosystem with its shifting soils and steep drainage. Developers are likely to skirt needed engineering and buyers are likely to daydream rather than be hardnosed about water and soil issues. Here we go again?

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Posted by Clara McKenna on 08/08/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Isn't it nice that we have no bothersome government regulations to stifle the local economy?

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/07/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Pam Zubeck - a map showing the location of the preservation area in relation to both the townhomes at Pebblewood, the Pinecliff Townhomes, and the Chiaramontes' lot would have been useful. Also, right now it would seem that the city needs to block-off that curb/gutter drain up on Golden Hills Rd to stop rain water from going down the 18-inch storm sewer pipe which runs through the Pebblewood complex; of course, having said this, I don't know where that water from Golden Hills Rd would drain to if they did that.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

Clara McKenna - you left one out; Rockrimmon also has large areas of dolomite clay soil and homes were built in those areas anyway without having proper foundations. When this clay soil gets wet it expands and has wrecked havoc with hundreds of homes in that area. Neither this, nor the numerous mine shafts underneath that area stopped the city from approving development. City government has played a major role in alot of the problems homeowners currently have.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

"This home went through foreclosure prior to the Chiaramontes buying it." - Pam Zubeck

Yes, but banks don't have to play by the same disclosure rules that we have to.

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Posted by boomer47 on 08/07/2014 at 5:20 PM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

Short version: Bend over.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/07/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “City for Champions still controversial

So that the $45K C4C study is not a total loss, it will also look at other economic factors, such as military downsizing. Perhaps the studiers will also look at how to develop a business park at the airport now that COPT has withdrawn due to COS being a "slower-growth market." And, despite what the mayor and City Leaders tell us in the Gazette, how will a downtown stadium, fully financed and paid for by the public via future sales tax revenue, speed up economic growth?

Anshutz, owner of the Broadmoor, who has invested heavily in his own event center, also likes the idea of a downtown stadium/event center. But apparently he doesn't like the stadium idea enough to use his own money to build it, which he could easily do, being a billionaire, if he thought the idea had merit. Anshutz can read a financial prospectus as well as Trump and Buffett and Gates, his fellow billionaires, but there's just something about C4C's stadium project that is off putting. What could that something be? Billionaires, even civic-minded billionaires, don't intentionally build money losing projects, especially notorious money losers like stadiums, and this particular project is guaranteed to bleed red ink. Maybe Anschutz recognizes that COS is not as professional sports team crazy as L.A. and doubts that our citizenry, let alone new out-of-state tourists, will spend $100, including hotdogs, to attend an Olympic training event in the proposed iconic and visionary downtown stadium. Anschutz will spend his billions on only those projects where the numbers predict a profit. That's the way millionaires become billionaires, and the way billionaires keep on being billionaires. Skinflint Anschutz will let the taxpayers, most of whom are civic minded but none of whom are billionaires, pay for a stadium, whether they want one or not

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Posted by curious on 08/07/2014 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Urban jewel still awaits makeover

City Aud is a really neat old building with much history and character.
It will be a crime if the city and county fail to restore it and put it to good use.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/07/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “The waterfall no one wanted

No money exists for stormwater runoff solutions.
Yet another screaming success story from TABOR.
Pay now or pay later. But make no mistake, you're gonna pay.

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Posted by OldCrank on 08/06/2014 at 9:31 PM

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