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Editorial: Activists should target Big Marijuana

Some see it as a blessing, others a curse. Either way, environmental activists are vigilant in Colorado Springs and up and down the Front Range. Big Marijuana should be in their sites. The most dedicated environmentalists take to the streets to protest fracking, opposing more production of natural gas and oil. They ask consumers to use less energy. They advocate ...

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County to hire experts on SDS

The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners made good on a resolution that clears the way for the county to hire legal and engineering experts to evaluate Colorado Springs’ progress on stormwater improvements as they relate to the Southern Delivery System. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the resolution and spoke in critical terms of Colorado Springs’ history of funding, or ...

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Colorado Springs Utilities works to clear the air on scrubber project cost

When Colorado Springs Utilities inked a deal in 2011 to spend $111.8 million on a scrubber technology project to clean pollutants coming from the coal-fired Martin Drake power plant, officials budgeted $10 million for site work. But the project was delayed, material prices increased, and the city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities had to hire a contractor to assist in the project ...

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Drake power plant fully operational

Ten months after a fire ripped through Martin Drake Power Plant, Colorado Springs Utilities announced on Monday that the plant is fully operational after $20 million of repair work. Lubricating oil dripping on hot steam pipes ignited the fire on May 5, 2014 — the blaze heavily damaged three boilers in the plant, shutting down all operations for more than ...

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Colorado legislators face 3 big issues; can they find compromise in session’s second half?

The politically divided chambers of the Colorado General Assembly spent the first half of the 2015 session shooting down each other’s bills left and right: Rollbacks of gun control died in the first weeks, as have funding and reforms for social programs. Party leadership hope the second half can be ruled by compromise on the three biggest issues of the ...

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Job gains revised higher


New employment estimates show job growth in the energy rich Northern Colorado was more supercharged than thought in 2014, adding to worries about a slowdown in drilling activity, the state Department of Labor and Employment said this week. Pueblo and the state’s other metro areas also gained, the agency said. The Greeley area alone added an estimated 9,000 nonfarm payroll ...

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Proposed wind farm project draw ire of some residents

An expansive wind farm is looming in El Paso County’s future— a project stretching south of Calhan that could put more than 100 towering wind turbines across the plains east of Colorado Springs. The project, owned by NextEra Energy Resources, has become the source of much controversy for residents who face a future of the turbines on their horizon. For ...

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Contract will allow Colorado Springs customers to buy into wind energy

Colorado Springs Utilities signed a contract with Xcel Energy last week that will allow customers to buy into wind energy coming from a wind farms in northeastern Colorado. The two-year deal will bring 20,000 megawatt hours to Colorado Springs, and could bring the utility company closer to its goal of offering 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, said Kenny Romero, ...

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