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Re: “Making lethal, legal

The bill failed in committee by an 8-5 vote. I expect a voter referendum; rather disappointing that we must force our government to hear us via referendums.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 02/07/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “New Summit House moves ahead

"American rustic"? That sounds a lot like a glorified log cabin.

This is an opportunity to make a building that is a sculpture, one that soars and sweeps and provides views and overhangs and mimics the mountain's wind-swept majesty.

But hey, a log cabin will be nice, too.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JohnKoury on 02/05/2015 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Balloons will launch, gas rate cut expected, needy could be drug-tested, and more

re: Balloons :
So, Scott Appelman is going to shock and awe us for $90,000 by bringing in really cool shaped balloons (which we already attract) and events between and after the balloon launches ,like a food truck competition, well hell there is a brilliant idea! The trucks are already all parked together 1 mile away daily at platte and Nevada, this stuff is Genius!!! really? maybe a car show? brilliant. and it had a name Colorado Springs Colorado Balloon Classic and was a great event with 38 year history!, no the mayor and facebook and the news media want us to name the Balloon event and it must have the name Colorado springs in it , how stupid are we? "The New Colorado Springs Balloon fest and Car Show , now with food truck wars" yeah thats a better name than "Balloon Classic"! I can't wait to see just how much more fabulous it will be for our $90k investment.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dan LaChappelle on 02/04/2015 at 6:50 PM

Re: “People are driving stoned, more are taking buses, Ute Valley just got bigger, and more

The Bus Service and PPCC need to pull their heads together and put a route in at the Rampart Campus. It makes absolutely ne sense to schedule degree required classes where there is no public transportation. The alternative is to cancel classes at Rampart, forcing more traffic on the roads to the Centennial Campus.

There are degree specific, non core, non online classes that cancel for lack of enrollment. Get it together, folks. Especially since you've got the OK to offer 4 year degrees.

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Posted by Liz Anderson on 02/04/2015 at 7:45 AM

Re: “From class assignment to cover

Enyone can master photography, you just need some imagination, and good will
http://justlookinto.com/blog/2015/02/04/trick-photography/

Posted by Mike Denison on 02/04/2015 at 4:41 AM

Re: “Power struggle

327000 birds and bats die from coal energy per year. 7000 birds and bats from wind energy. Horses are not skittish animals that will even worry about a power line or any noise it might make. I own10 of them ride them right down the roads out here in Falcon they don't jump from the loud traffic. Military has to buy 25% of their energy from renewable sources and we have four bases here that need to buy it. Colorado Government requires 30% of their energy to be renewable. Just to keep up with that demand these are needed and this won't be the last one proposed south of the same area is another hill with empty land just prime for another one. When I was a kid and saw my first big wind mill I thought it was really cool looking and always have. Drove off the highway on dirt roads to go under them in Burlington. Bet money if they are built people will drive out to see them. Albert Einstein said 50 year ago. "New type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move towards higher levels." This is the only way we pass on a world to our grand children yet to come.

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Posted by Nick Carpenter on 02/03/2015 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Foodenomics

Northgate? Upper Skyway? I would not exactly call those "food deserts" inhabited by "the poor."

Posted by Chas S Clifton on 02/01/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Trapped in the dying mall

Does anyone remember the Wicks-n-Sticks at The Citadel Mall? My parents owned the store. They had to sell during the financial crisis in the late 80s. The stock market crashed in '87.

Posted by Alison on 02/01/2015 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Long live the FONG

I miss Rich!

Posted by JerryS on 01/31/2015 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Eye in the sky?

Until we have our backlog of infrastructure cleared......

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Posted by marge on 01/30/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Hole-y land

Here's the thing Colorado Springs: You've chosen a development pattern that won't ever be able to pay for itself (aka Sprawl). Those shiny and new subdivisions that you build on the fringes of town cannot pay for themselves over multiple life-cycles. Neither can the big box stores. The tax base simply isn't there. 5,600 lane miles (and sewer, and electric, and police/fire/ems protection, and schools, etc. etc.) and 194 square miles are absurd numbers for the population of Colorado Springs to support.

Thought experiment (or actual one) for those that don't believe me. Take a not-so-great block of the west side or downtown (after years of disinvestment). It can't be a block of parking..just buildings. Compare that block with the same sized area in a new or relatively new section of town. I'll guarantee that the older, compact, mixed use, walkable/bikeable area provides more tax on a per acre basis than the shiny and new development. An example can be found here.
http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2012/1/…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422…

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Posted by rt on 01/30/2015 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Balloons will launch, gas rate cut expected, needy could be drug-tested, and more

Our town with an airport is missing out on BILLIONS of dollars in revenue . But I would like to see a socialist solution for the pot of gold, that is legal marijuana. How about everybody is required to grow 16 plants,outside, where plants belong, to be surrendered to the city. The city gives jobs prepping the organic matter to be sold at the CITY AUD for what ever the world price is, ( Denver average, Washington , Oregon , or DC) we sell it for half, to be sold in increments of twenty dollars a bag. At the same time, Jack up the gas tax to 10cents per gallon to be sunsetted when the roads get fixed. In order to purchase the cheap pot, visitors need to buy it from the central location that is the CITY aud? only buy it in $20 increments, so naughty people from out of sate cannot buy it up all at once. Also, host world class acts at the auditorium , three shows a day, so the visitors have something else to spend their money on when they are in line . The visitors will pay for the gas tax, which will pay for the roads. Our reward for growing and surrendering 16 plants will be a solar panel system, to be installed immediately on all customers of CSU. If customer lives in apartment, then a solar collective will pass on the savings to the CSU customers who grew the weed. When they leave town, the solar panels get surrendered to the city. Then we will make our emissions goals for the coal plant, due to less use of the facility. Having solar panels will create jobs in installation, maintenance , re wiring your house, and of course the best benefit will be cheaper electricity, cleaner air, and visitors paying for our streets! All can be done in two years time. Oh yeah, if you don't wish to grow, assign the task to someone on the books who needs a job at the colorado Coloradoworkforce. It would be nice to clear the books, and give everyone hospitality jobs too! It has to be done this year, or will loose the novelty. I am sure the alcoholic community would like to see their bars filled too. It is so depressing to go to these restaurants, and see them be mostly empty on most nights. The hospitality industry could sure use a boost! So if we host the world , for two years, we could get their revenue to pay for our solar panels. We could call it HELP GREEN COLORADO SPRINGS! If everybody planted their seeds in May, and have the visitors start showing up in October, when it is harvest time, by next year we should have all our roads paid for by visitors, and locals who buy gas. Locals will be saving thousands on utility bills over the course of twenty years, so everybody should be on board.

Road raging roads of a broken Colorado Springs . Time to dismiss all members of city council if they cannot understand how to budget for potholes. Hey ,guess what? It snows in the winter, and they're surprised there are potholes when they do nothing? Hahaha next winter there will also be potholes. They need to get fixed every year , or we will be paying more for broken axles, and loose struts and shocks. Is it mayor Bach's own way of an income stimulator? Perhaps people should not purchase new cars until the roads are fixed. Boycott motor city until the roads get fixed annually?

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Posted by Tanya Medina on 01/30/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Hole-y land

I recall that Mayor Bach went to the council asking for $2 million from the general emergency fund to pave roads. Then when they okayed it, he turned around and used it for the IT dept. I also believe he also took money for city road infrastructure and used it on the I25 work. If anyone is to blame for the condition of our roads, it lies at his feet. Paying out millions for NDAs, updating city hall, giving out bonuses not approved by council, the list goes on and on. It's not that people are "cheap" as happyfew thinks. It's that we are sick of paying out stupid legal and severance fees (as noted by goldsabbath), and having one thing being said and another done with our money. If we need more funding, then the city and county governments need to restore trust and transparency.

10 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Vikki Haas Walton on 01/29/2015 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Hole-y land

This is a "tourist town," among other things. I have never seen the infrastructure so bad in 50 years. I wonder what our visitors think? I'm ashamed.

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Posted by Ralph Shoemaker on 01/28/2015 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Down and out and bitten

The Salvation Army has far worse problems than just bedbugs at their main shelter (and at their transitional housing on Yuma and Yampa). The RJ Montgomery Center has a major problem with black mold. The staff there and at the transitional housing are supposedly "saved" ex cons and sociopaths who literally drive the homeless back on to the street for their own sick twisted amusement. I know of one instance in August 2014 where a shelter resident was booted for bringing bedbug spray to the facility. If Major Richard thinks that all is fine with TSA's housing and shelter programs, than he needs serious psychiatric help.

Posted by netscaper113 on 01/28/2015 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Eye in the sky?

Um, wouldn't it require staff to maintain and fly? Staff that would be paid a "life-long pension"???

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by MargRita Williams on 01/28/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Eye in the sky?

With six or so years now without a helicopter, and with it apparently being such a crucial tool, has there been any kind of increased crime rate during that time that would be attributable to lack of aircraft? If it's as effective as they say, it seems that the effects of not having one should have become obvious over the past few years.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by atomicbird on 01/28/2015 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Hole-y land

But we will elect another teabagger mayor that will continue to avoid anything that costs money unless it helps the rich people running this slum. cutting the street department budget dramatically as mayor botch did and expecting anything different than what we see now for our roads is crazy. but hey, lets build a stadium that nobody wants... except mayor botch's buddies. this town will never learn, and it will continue to degrade to slumville... thanks teabaggers!

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Posted by happyfew on 01/28/2015 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Hole-y land

Hmm... how much did the mayor spend on outside legal counsel these past few years? $1.8 million, as I recall. And about all that severance he paid out (still can't figure out why "retired" staff gets severance). Wasn't that about $2.4 million? That's $4.2 million right there... or enough to overlay yet another 47 miles of bad roads.

I hate to oversimplify things, but I'm guessing the "average" local citizen is thinking the same thing. And government wonders why we don't trust them to do the right thing.

22 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by goldsabbath on 01/28/2015 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Lofty proposal

Yes, the proposal may be "lofty", based on its reference to aviation, but it is very much "down-to-earth" in its concept and application. At this time, there are up to five C-130s that can be made available for exclusive lease to Colorado for aerial firefighting. The lease would be well within the state's budget, and a fraction of the amount that the USFS is blowing on refurbishing worn out USCG aircraft. The state's political leaders should applaud Tony Kern's efforts and act quickly on his proposal.

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Posted by Tom Robinson on 01/28/2015 at 8:08 AM

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