The word gets out on Colorado Springs

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Our city's budget cuts are more than just a local story now, as the Sunday Denver Post has a front-page story by reporter Michael Booth giving an outsider's look at what's going on with local government services in Colorado Springs.

Under the print headline Springs lays bare its budget woes in painful cuts, the story reiterates what many of the Independent's readers already know from our coverage over the past ... well, year or more. But it's also interesting to see how it's presented to a different audience.

The story does have one news hook: The city will "turn out the lights" for at least a third of its 24,000 streetlights on Monday. Initially, we had heard that the city might just wait for lights to burn out and then not replace them. But that apparently wouldn't be saving money fast enough.

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