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Re: “The public faces land access issues everywhere

Giving Palmer Land Trust credit for executing a conservation easement on Strawberry Fields is like congratulating the fox for not eating all the chickens.

Posted by doonya on 01/09/2019 at 8:39 PM

Re: “City of Fountain conducts questionable deals, most employees live outside the city limits

If they live in Pueblo West. Why are they allowed to bring their patrol vehicles home with them. Is the city actually paying for the gas, oil, and vehicle maintenance for the added miles?

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Posted by one to question many on 11/01/2018 at 5:35 PM

Re: “City officials want to limit how many plants you can grow at home

Tequila I am also fighting the county that has no ordinance. I even asked the marshals and sheriff's office of the law. Everything was fine in 2016, then 2017 at the end of July HB 1221 happened the law enforcement saw they can get $4700 grant to raid my house and other medical patients, the grant was $6 million. Guns drawn they terrorized my family and have lied about my case and charged me with a felony over 7 plants my plant count was 40. Then the police almost a year after the raid since I wanted proof of complaints I saw them ask my neighbors. I let all my close neighbors know of my medicine getting grown so that I didn't offend them by the smell. They said still my grow didn't bother them. But the cops friends a few doors down they colluded and I saw them ask 11 months after the raid. Two people complained 6 times no video or reports written. I plead not guilty November 21st 2017. The cops wrote the complaints August 14th 2018. I asked for a fast and speedy trial which is 6 months a year later I go to trial, after the DA can make up stuff. I have realized the criminals running parts of the judicial system are destroying lives for a dollar. I almost died from my injuries and wanted off the pills. The miracle plant has saved my life. Wish me luck November 6th 2018.

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Posted by MMJ is a setup on 10/25/2018 at 2:24 PM

Re: “City of Fountain conducts questionable deals, most employees live outside the city limits

>"Last ask questions about the 117 fire and who was command of that fire in the beginning as it was on I25 request the dispatch logs and recordings."

Call Carl Tatum, chief of Hanover FD, and ask him.

Posted by Tannim Alt on 10/23/2018 at 4:55 PM

Re: “City of Fountain conducts questionable deals, most employees live outside the city limits

If Darin or his supporters feels he was done wrong and he has nothing to hide then he should sign a document that allows the city to release his employee files and all complaints, investigations, and pay outs the city settled on his behalf. I feel if that got out there would not be any supporters left. He has bullied, lied, discriminated and terminated firefighters for years when they would not help cover his inappropriate actions. Talk about double standards when is he selling his home in Fountain and moving into his new departments district. So many people always thought he was the golden boy of Fountain that could do no wrong. The ambulance service that he started has never made any money nor pays for itself it cost the tax payers several 100,000 dollars per year to subsidize the ambulance not to mention the additional 180K or more per ambulance more they spend on replacement ambulances every 4-6 years. Lets see how long he stays where hes at before he is fired or retires again. Last ask questions about the 117 fire and who was command of that fire in the beginning as it was on I25 request the dispatch logs and recordings. Its ironic on how many people covers for the incompetence of this guy its about time to shed some light on him. Stop listing to his lip service and start looking at his actions, the transformation of the fire service in Fountain and the renewed partnerships with other fire departments since he was retired. He is the biggest joke in the fire service leadership in the County he never attends any leadership level meetings at the County or State level, he always talked crap about other leaders and departments until he needed them and then he acted like he was there best friends. He was nothing more than a tumor as the Fountain Fire Chief that needed to be cut out and finally Fountain City leader done it and the pay out was the best money they have spent.

18 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Chad Stone on 10/18/2018 at 10:12 PM

Re: “City of Fountain conducts questionable deals, most employees live outside the city limits

Another biased hit piece with little to sustain a loosely-chained-together list of allegations tainted with liberal buzz.

9 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Tannim Alt on 10/18/2018 at 2:06 PM

Re: “City of Fountain conducts questionable deals, most employees live outside the city limits

Come on Pam everyone knows you are buddies with Darrin. He is Fountains big joke. He isn't qualified to be a Fire Chief. He has an associates Degree and an old Fire Instructor Certificate. He doesn't meet the requirements for Stratmoor Chief either. He has been friends with Dottie for years that is how he got hired, not on his qualifications. He has zero fire or medical certificates. He made $115,000 to show up on a scene and smoke a cigarette. His training Officer in Fountain would lie and falsify his training records. They would even throw in a CPR card without training. Look at the qualifications of Chief Orr and the other Chiefs in El Paso County.
You didn't even mention that Darrin was sued 3 times as a Chief for sexual assault and discrimination. All cases were settled for big money.
He even fired a paramedic because he tried too many times to save people that Darrin thought should have been left for dead. This same paramedic gave a disposition against Darrin for the sexual harassment suit against him.
Bottom line Fountain is a mess because Scott Trainor is a coward. He had plenty of documentation to fire Anstine but didn't because he was afraid of the backlash. Anstine didn't have to retire he knew he was about to be fired and took the buyout.
Get rid of Trainor and put in someone that has integrity and honor. What City Manager would let his Police Chief take pictures with a 2 time felon convicted cocaine dealer? That speaks for his character.

23 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Reality Chek on 10/17/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “City officials want to limit how many plants you can grow at home

I'm fighting city laws now, on my fence. But I'm goin by state court on the 20th. Bunch of bullshit, if u ask me.

Posted by tequila on 08/08/2018 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

As RMS points out, right now in Colorado Springs, anyone can operate a lodging business in any house in almost any neighborhood by using an investment property exclusively as a short term rental. City Council will be voting in August on code regarding Short Term Rentals (STRs). To date, most of the feedback about the proposed ordinance has been coming from the owners/investors of short term rentals. However, the City Planning office wants to hear from neighborhood residents too. What kind of neighborhood do you want to live in? What impact do/could investment properties solely used as short term rentals have on your neighborhood?
As an example, the house across the street from us in Holland Park has become one of the these businesses, and we have lost the opportunity to have a long-term neighbor. If left unchecked, it could happen to you as well! Investors see this as a lucritive way to maximize their profits (vs. renting long term to actual residents of our city) and it has the potential to choke out real residents who need to have a place to live their lives. Please contact Meggan Herington from the City Planning office before its too late to have your voice heard:
(719) 385-5083
Do so no matter how you feel, knowing that this is a real opportunity for your voice to have a lot of influence on city policy.

Posted by Michael Applegate on 07/12/2018 at 2:08 PM

Re: “The Exodus Road wants to help the anti-trafficking effort in Colorado

Using an information from an NGO source to make the arrest by a local law enforcement?
It sounds creating red tape over "protocol of using the information source ", especially if some of the information was not so accurate or even justified.
Are local LE ready to put up with a headache in this matters while the feds or an international organization may not have a proper guidance either?

Posted by LIMA-CHARLIE on 05/13/2018 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Sex workers get caught in the crossfire of human trafficking intervention and religion

Exodus road says they wont endorse decriminalization. By not doing so Exodus road IS endorsing the conflation of erotic services as a profession with sex trafficking due to how the whole system works. They are apparently ok with the damage that is being perpetrated upon sex workers via criminalization and the conflation enables this damage. That was just politics on their part. Talking out of both sides of ones mouth like a politician does.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Domina Elle on 05/09/2018 at 6:58 AM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

If you happen to live next to one of these vacation rental properties you may have a different set of concerns and it is a legitimate revenue opportunity that should be looked into.

Some of these properties have no "on-site" owners and really there is no one for even the neighbors to contact if there happens to be issues with the "guests" this is not the same thing as renting out a room in your home in which you also live. I would also hope the committee will include some of the vacation rental businesses so they can bring out their concerns for consideration as well.

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Posted by rms on 04/29/2018 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

The public really needs an arrogant busybody on council telling people how to be 'good neighbors'? Maybe need to form a committee of busybodies.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by R Wehner on 04/29/2018 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Springs group crafting vacation rental law

Hmm..."Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, the bed and breakfast industry and Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau." These are all businesses and dollar recipients from businesses who are now having competition introduced in the free market by vacation rentals. What to do? Go to City government who has always protected their cronies by offering new regulations or laws to raise the bar for participation and hinder free market competition. Works every time. Where is the participation invitation in this committee from those who do are wish to offer their homes on AirBnB or VRBO? Seems like a very lopsided usual.

19 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Joel C. Miller on 04/26/2018 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

He should. He is actually quite rude!

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Posted by R Wehner on 04/01/2018 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

It is my understanding that Rick Wehner will be running for City Council in April 2019. Rather than running for an at large seat, he will be running for a large Gadfly seat!

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Posted by What's the Word? on 04/01/2018 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

Interesting how many times, in how many parts of the country, and from so many in differing businesses I hear the same thing you referenced as reasons why companies with sophisticated management do not want to move to the region nor expose their employees to the prevailing attitudes.

If, in fact, all that will happen is more homes with people strapped to a mortgage and in fact just plain married to it leaving little so spend on retail items to support city government, do you think that every effort needs to be made that looking at the potential for reduced revenues needs to be examined rather than just opposing the development?

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Posted by R Wehner on 03/29/2018 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

developers can build as many homes as they want. just pay for the infrastructure that goes along with them. they have been getting a sweet deal for way to long... so they keep buying the city councils (until this current one) to keep their gravy train running. if the current council gives away the banning lewis to the developers... we are doomed for decades to come.

this city is plagued by the uptight argumentative teabaggers that run this village and ruin its reputation for any business that may want to relocate here. also don't forget the religious freaks that are so intolerable. these two things are the last thing any young person wants to start a family around. the sooner we rid ourselves of these two obstacles the better the city will have a chance to become a real city that people will want to move to.

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Posted by happyfew on 03/29/2018 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?


For the sake of an interesting and different discussion:

Are 10,000K to 12,000K people moving to Colorado Springs each year just because 'evil' developers are developing land so those people will have homes to live in?


Are developers responding to a need to provide developed land so that builders can provide homes for the annual yearly increase in population? It is, after all, a legitimate business.

I think the real issue is that land is developed with honest planning that not only will there be homes on that land, but industrial and commercial and manufacturing firms that will generate jobs, produce 'export revenue products' and property taxes that will allow the revenues appropriate to the need to fund annual operating expensed PLUS a little gravy money to start whacking away at the past due infrastructure needs?

And - for any number of reasons - those industrial and manufacturing firms are not attracted to Colorado Springs and are locating new plants in other cities they feel more comfortable with. I think maybe we need to set down the large glass of Kool-Aid, grab some real strong coffee and figure out why companies do not want to be in Cspgs!

Do we need to be looking not at the mess but what we can do and who we can elect and what kind of EDC needs to exist to bring revenue as well as bodies to the region? Other cities are kicking but - why are we sitting on ours?

Posted by R Wehner on 03/29/2018 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Is the Olympic scandal damaging the city's image?

infrastructure was left to ruin under mayor botch, not the current council.

we elected a developer and we should have expected infrastructure to crumble... it is the last thing a developer cares about.

Posted by happyfew on 03/29/2018 at 1:08 PM

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