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Eight local stories making headlines this week


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This new sign is going to cost $217,000. - COURTESY OCUSA TASK FORCE
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  • This new sign is going to cost $217,000.

  1. Colorado Springs School District 11 staff's preliminary budget recommendations for next year include eliminating 111 positions, among them 35 elementary school teachers, 20 high school teachers and nine middle school teachers.
  2. Deputy County Administrator Nicola Sapp has resigned after 17.5 years with El Paso County.
  3. A dog in El Paso County tested positive for rabies on March 15 — the first since 1974.
  4. Refacing the gateway sign on North Interstate 25 to label the Springs Olympic City USA will cost $217,000 and be funded with donations.
  5. The City Planning Commission OK'd an ordinance expanding accessory dwelling units, but asked staff to do more research before Council votes.
  6. The Broadmoor's plan to expand Broadmoor Hall by about 170,000 square feet survived appeal. The City Planning Commission unanimously approved the project March 21.
  7. Sgt. Cesilia Valdovinos' allegation that a command sergeant major ordered her, a Muslim soldier, to remove her hijab (News, March 13) was found to be "unsubstantiated," Fort Carson announced March 22.
  8. Colorado Springs Utilities plans to award a contract in coming months to add 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system by late 2023.



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