Petitions due for April election, Gardner faces another opponent, the future of Waldo Canyon, and more news for the record 

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  • Deadline for submitting a petition to run for Colorado Springs City Council at-large or mayor is Jan. 22. Candidates must gather signatures from 100 registered voters to be placed on the April 2 ballot. To run, you must have lived in Colorado Springs for a year, be at least 25 and a registered voter.
  • The city's short-term rental ordinance went into effect Jan. 1, requiring all residents who rent out rooms and properties for periods of less than 30 days to obtain a $119 annual permit. Non-Airbnb STR's must also obtain a city sales tax license. Visit coloradosprings.gov/str for more information.
  • El Paso County and Colorado Springs are eying a plan to consolidate emergency management departments as the Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management. Council and county commissioners will consider a three-year agreement to work together, after which a long-range merger could take place.
  • Trish Zornio, a behavioral neuroscience lecturer at the University of Denver, announced plans to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020 after completing a 64-county exploratory tour.
  • Jeff Hays, former El Paso County GOP chair, will not seek a second two-year term in March as the state Republican chair.
  • Take part in the first public meeting about the future of Waldo Canyon from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
  • For-profit education company Career Education Corp. will forgo collecting $7.2 million from 3,600 Colorado students as part of a nationwide settlement, according to a statement from outgoing state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. The company has closed or phased out many of its brands, the statement says, but currently offers primarily online courses through American InterContinental University and Colorado Technical University.
  • The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has earned a new classification by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education due to its expanding doctoral program and increases in research activity. The new designation helps UCCS attract faculty and research funding.
  • Both Colorado Springs Sears stores will close in coming months due to a corporate scale-back. The Pikes Peak Workforce Center couldn't say how many jobs will be lost, and neither Sears nor city economic development officer Bob Cope responded to questions about job losses.
  • A meeting about Colorado College's arena project drew a full house to Cornerstone Arts Center on Jan. 5. Many attendees disputed that there is ample parking for the 3,000-seat arena to be built at Nevada Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. The next meeting is at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 at CC's Tutt Library.
  • A $5.8 million federal grant will support Colorado Shines Brighter, a state effort to improve early childhood education beginning with a comprehensive needs assessment and strategic planning process.



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