The Colorado Springs City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday afternoon to vote next month whether to annex nearly 200 acres of Air Force Academy land into the city for a new visitors center at the school.The council’s decision Tuesday - which states that the annexation plan follows city guidelines - comes last week's recommendation from the Colorado Springs Planning Commission.A formal vote on the annexation is set for Feb. 26. The decision was part of the council's consent calendar, signifying a lack of controversy. They did not discuss the itemIn all, the city would annex 183.14 acres of vacant land west of Interstate 25 along Northgate Boulevard, adjacent to the new Santa Fe Trail. Fewer than 60 acres would be developed, including a hotel, conference center, retail businesses and commercial. The rest of the land would be open space.The visitors center planned for the academy is one of four City for Champions projects intended to increase tourism and spur redevelopment in … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs City Council sets vote to annex land for Air Force Academy for visitors center
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0 View Comments El Paso County and Colorado Springs each unveiled a digital makeover this week. Once a cluttered and outdated maze of menus and tabs, the county's website now features an easy-to-navigate interface with accents of blue and a slideshow of photographs showing the Pikes Peak region's natural beauty, from bighorn sheep to Pulpit Rock. Officials say the website, which remains at the URL www.elpasoco.com, makes it easier for citizens to find exactly what their looking for. Users can choose from a list of "popular services," such as marriage licenses or Department of Motor Vehicles information, or use a search bar on the homepage for more specific inquiries. The county recently has spent more than $200,000 - most of which paid for the updated website - on efforts to improve its digital presence. Some components of the old online platform dated back to the county's original website, which launched in the 1980s, county spokesman Dave Rose told commissioners while showing … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs, El Paso County tout website makeovers
Local officials and municipal attorneys say they are worried a proposed constitutional amendment — backed by the Colorado Farm Bureau and the oil and gas industry — will blunt the ability of cities, towns and counties to make many land-use decisions.The measure is Initiative 108. Backers are currently gathering signatures in hopes of placing the measure on the fall ballot.It would enable property owners to seek compensation if a law or regulation reduces their land’s “fair market value.” Under current law, a government has to compensate only if a property is taken by eminent domain or its action leaves the land with no economic use.Switching from a total taking to fair market value could spawn countless lawsuits over a myriad of basic local land-use decisions such as zoning and siting municipal facilities, said Robert Widner, an attorney who represents cities, towns, counties and special districts.“Every time government acts, it is going to ask, … [Read more...] about Colorado ballot initiative could blunt local land-use rules, officials warn
On its face, getting on the ballot in Colorado by petition should be easy. All that statewide Democratic and Republican candidates have to do is gather 10,500 signatures from members of their own party — 1,500 from each of the state’s seven congressional districts. To put that in perspective, there were more than 1 million registered members in each party as of April 1. But the reality is much different. The process has been dogged by controversy the last two election cycles, from a forgery conviction in 2016 to the submission of fraudulent petitions this year by gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton. And the Colorado Supreme Court is deciding whether to hear a lawsuit that alleges six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn broke the rules to qualify in his re-election bid. The situation has some campaign operatives questioning whether Colorado should do away with the petition process altogether. Even those who see its utility acknowledge some of its shortcomings — as … [Read more...] about Fraud and forgery have marred the way some Colorado candidates get on the ballot — is it time for a change?
State Sen. Leroy Garcia, a Pueblo Democrat, is Senate president for the 2019 General Assembly — and he could hold the post for four years, if Democrats maintain their hold on the Senate in 2020.Here’s a look at Garcia:Age: 35.Family: Married to Michelle Randall Garcia; two sons, Jeremiah and Xan.District: Senate District 3 includes most of Pueblo and Pueblo West.Education: Master’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University (Iowa), bachelor’s in management from the University of Phoenix, associate’s degree in emergency medical services from Pueblo Community College.Outside the Statehouse: He teaches emergency medical services at Pueblo Community College and is a paramedic with American Medical Response in Pueblo.How he got to the Senate: Garcia, formerly a Pueblo City Council member, served two years in (2013-14) representing state House District 46.He was first elected to the Senate in 2014, winning by a 10-point margin over Republican … [Read more...] about Senate President Leroy Garcia: ‘We need to lead with honor’