Don’t Be That City: Georgetown, TX was not a renewable energy utopia

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Photo description: Colorado Springs Utilities Energy Workshop On August 28th, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) held an Energy Workshop. Not surprisingly, the hot topic was the closure of the Martin Drake Power Plant. Most of the citizens in attendance pushed for closure of the coal-fired power plant as soon as possible —no matter the cost or […]

What’s Up With The Old Southgate Sears Building?

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Photo credit: Sears Recently, a concerned reader contacted SpringsTaxpayers and asked if we had heard anything about a Feasibility Study that addresses turning the vacant Southgate Sears location into a homeless facility of some type. It was news to us! We did some exploring and filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request for emails […]

Councilwoman Generates Faux Support for ADUs

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Last month, SpringsTaxpayers filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request to obtain email communications, to and from Colorado Springs City Council members, on the subject of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), aka, “Mother-in-law cottages.” Colorado Springs City Council has been considering a change in zoning that would allow the majority of Colorado Springs homeowners on […]

Keeping People and Bears Safe: The First Town Hall

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Living in Colorado, we can all agree that we want to have safe interactions between bears and people. Residents who leave their trash out, or take other actions that have the consequence of attracting bears to neighborhoods, are contributing to the problem. When bears have specific interactions with people, the bears are euthanized. Colorado Parks […]

What to do about the Bear Problem on the West Side?

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The Bear Smart Task Force was organized a couple years ago to come up with solutions to bear invasions on the west side. Representatives from our local governments, interested nonprofits, and volunteers looked at many possible solutions, talked with wildlife officers, looked at bear ordinances in regional cities, and reviewed statistics of bear-human interactions. I […]