Saratoga Springs ‘contrarian’ Franck won’t run again

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The city’s most independent City Council member, who is serving his eighth term in office, said he will not run again.

Commissioner of Accounts John Franck, who has been known as a contrarian for going his own way on many city issues, said he will not seek a ninth term due to an “ongoing family medical concern.”

The commissioner is currently battling other members of the five-member

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El Paso County restaurants among businesses eligible for latest COVID-19 financial relief | Colorado Springs News

Small-business owners in El Paso County could have a lifeline tossed their way thanks to a new grant program, a county news release announced.

El Paso County is working with the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to disperse funding locally after the state Legislature passed a Senate bill devoting money to COVID-19 relief for small businesses.

The grant program, known as the 2021 Pikes Peak Small Business COVID-19 Relief

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El Paso County restaurants among businesses eligible for latest batch of COVID-19 financial relief | Colorado Springs News

Small-business owners in El Paso County could have a lifeline tossed their way thanks to a new grant program, a county news release announced.

El Paso County is working with the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to disperse funding locally after the state Legislature passed a Senate bill devoting money to COVID-19 relief for small businesses.

The grant program, known as the 2021 Pikes Peak Small Business COVID-19 Relief

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Free soccer this Spring in Colorado Springs for 600 children

COLORADO SPRINGS — 600 children from pre-kindergarten through second grade across Colorado Springs are able to play soccer this Spring for free, thanks to a grant from Comcast NBCUniversal and supporting funds from Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The first 300 local children to register in each of the designated age group divisions will enjoy free soccer this season from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.

In addition to the funding, both

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Seven Springs prepping for ‘mid-December’ opening amid new covid restrictions

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Despite 10” of natural snow falling on the slopes last week, Seven Springs Mountain Resort is not quite ready to open for skiing.

“It’s too bad, but we feel we don’t have enough snow to open yet. With social distancing, we’re not comfortable opening with just two lifts

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Here’s where to cut your own Christmas tree near Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If you’re looking for a way to get the family out of the house this holiday season, why not try cutting your own Christmas tree? Here’s what you need to know about tree cutting near Colorado Springs.

The first step is to decide where you’d like to go. The closest area to Colorado Springs is northwest of Woodland Park, in the Pikes Peak Ranger District.

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Fountain teens take on leadership roles in new youth council program | Colorado Springs News

A new program is helping Fountain youth take an active role in their community and local government.

Councilwoman Detra Duncan worked with City Manager Scott Trainor to develop the Fountain Youth Council, a program Duncan says will allow local teens to learn about and get involved in municipal government, gain leadership experience, represent and advocate for youth, build their resumés and make friends — all while improving their community. The

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Denver’s Buntport Theater to bring drive-in, live theater show to Colorado Springs | Arts & Entertainment

Buntport Theater will put a live theater twist on the drive-in movie schtick.

In the popular Denver company’s new show, “The Grasshoppers,” attendees will sit in their cars at Legacy Loop, 1800 Recreation Way, and watch four human-sized green grasshoppers interact in a nature documentary spoof.


6 things to do around Colorado this weekend: drone soccer, Boo at the Zoo, bizarre expo, Governor’s Art Show, Olympic Cool Science

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to reopen Friday with reduced service, officials say

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After being closed for more than six months during the coronavirus pandemic, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will reopen Friday with reduced service, officials announced on Wednesday.

The world’s largest rotating tram car will initially be open Friday through Monday, officials said. The first car will head up each day at 8 a.m., with the last car down at 6 p.m.

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Unusual gems lurk in Colorado Springs architectural landscape | Lifestyle

Slow down and look around as you travel the streets of our fair city.

For there are hidden architectural gems to be found in the Pikes Peak region. Have you really looked at the exterior of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum on Tejon Street as you hurry past?

The magnificent building, built in 1903 as the El Paso County courthouse, sports keystones of American Indian faces, angelic figures and leaves

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The Rise and Fall of Creal Springs’ Ozark Hotel

More than a hundred years ago, those in need of some rest and relaxation would often travel to Creal Springs.

To explain, we have to go back to 1720

At the time, mineral-rich spring waters were discovered in the area which led to small communities growing around them.

According to the Williamson County Historical Society, in the late 1800’s multiple buildings once stood near the springs as hotels and resorts

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Virgin Hotel project for downtown Palm Springs postponed

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The Virgin Hotel project in downtown Palm Springs has been postponed, city officials announced Tuesday evening.

The 69-foot, 142-room hotel has been in the works since September 2015 and it was planned to be located just north of the Kimpton Rowan Hotel. The project has faced numerous delays, mostly brought about by the arrest of developers John Wessman and Richard Meaney and then Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet.

Meaney

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Much-anticipated Virgin Hotel in Palm Springs postponed, developer plans to build condominiums

The Virgin Hotel project in downtown Palm Springs has officially been postponed, the city announced Thursday evening.

City leaders cited that the change in plans was spawned by the impacts of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry. They added that Grit Development and Virgin Hotel developers “specifically and mutually agreed to replace this existing hotel plans on that site with the residential project.”

“I’m glad to see housing going downtown and

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