Pam Zubeck 
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Pam Zubeck

Pam Zubeck, a journalist for 34 years, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Emporia State University. She worked at the Tulsa Tribune before coming to Colorado Springs, where she spent 16 years at the Gazette and in September 2009 came to the Indy. She has won numerous awards, including the Associated Press... more

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Re: “El Paso County jail hits new record with 1,880 inmates

You're right about the timing of the indictment. The blog post has been edited accordingly. Thanks for letting us know.

Posted by Pam Zubeck on 02/20/2019 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Local firm had high levels of chromium in discharge water

Absent a statement from Qualtek, we reported: Utilities spokesman Steve Berry says via email no fine will be levied, because of three factors: 1) It was quickly remedied with no reoccurrence; 2) the monitoring plan was adjusted accordingly, and 3) the discharge containing the higher-than-allowed level was limited. In addition, he notes, "There were no operational impacts for our treatment plant."

Seems pretty clear that Qualtek is serious about his environmental responsibility.

Posted by Pam Zubeck on 02/04/2019 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Local firm had high levels of chromium in discharge water

When I called, I said who I was, that I work for the Independent and that we were working on a story about the discharge and if there was someone there who could comment. The person who answered the phone said, "No. I'm sorry" and hung up.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 02/01/2019 at 4:09 PM

Re: “City to annex 183 AFA acres

This might answer boomer47's question about ownership. The city says the Academy owns the property and will lease it to the developer. Here's the entire explanation from the city about "True North Commons," the development's label, apparently:

"This project includes applications for annexation of approximately 183 acres with associated zone change, master plan and concept plan establishment. Although the proposed annexation does consist of 183 acres, over 125 of those acres are dedicated per the master plan for open space. The overall developable acres will be just over 57 acres. The United States Air Force is the applicant and property owner for these applications and will ultimately remain the underling property owner. USAFA will enter into a contract with the developer (Blue & Silver) in an Enhanced Use Lease which is separate and independent of any city processes. Under the Enhanced Use Lease, the property will be subject to typical property and sales taxes as if the land was privately owned.

"The United States Air Force Academy petitioned the City for annexation on October 23, 2018. This annexation meets the Colorado State Statute requirements for an annexation being heard before a municipality. Since that time the developer has prepared the land use applications required by the City and these have been reviewed by all applicable City agencies. In addition outside agencies including the United States Fish and Wildlife, the Army Corps of Engineers and Colorado Geologic Survey have reviewed the proposed items. All agency comments have been addressed and the proposed applications are moving forward to public hearing.

"All development that will be proposed in the future once annexed will be required to follow the City standard process for development which will include meeting all standard criteria for Stormwater."

But merely annexing the property doesn't add it to the tax rolls if it's owned by a tax-exempt entity, such as the Academy. I would guess that the 57 developed acres will be subject to taxes, whereas the balance of land designated as open space would not be taxed. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 01/16/2019 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Major party caucuses to be held March 6

Ms. Furstenburg has not yet filed as a candidate with the Federal Election Commission; at least, she's not listed as a candidate.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 03/05/2018 at 9:42 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Cleanup costs for Colorado Springs downtown land: $4.4 million

To be clear, Richard Skorman wasn't rude and didn't "shout down" this person or anyone. He allowed her the full amount of time allowed anyone else and then told her she was mistaken in some of the comments she made. The video is available on the city's website if you'd like to view it and make your own judgment.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 04/26/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Local developers make two picks for Colorado Springs City Council

All candidates are welcome to let us know about campaign events that we can then tell our readers are happening. The Independent plans to endorse candidates as the election draws nearer. The filing deadline is Monday, Jan. 23.

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Posted by Pam Zubeck on 01/20/2017 at 5:07 PM

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