Forte gets $100K raise
Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte was given a raise of more than $100,000 over three years April 8, with the first year's raise being retroactive to Jan. 1.
Forte has been paid $276,750 a year, plus incentive pay totaling roughly $60,000. The raise boosts his pay to $377,316 this year, with no incentive pay. In 2015, his pay will rise to $412,246, and in 2016, to $447,175.
Voting against the raise were Council President Keith King and Councilors Joel Miller, Helen Collins and Val Snider. — PZ
Philipps wins Pulitzer
Gazette reporter Dave Philipps was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on Monday in the National Reporting category, for his series of stories in May titled "Other than Honorable." The citation credits the Gazette "for expanding the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated, focusing on loss of benefits for life after discharge by the Army for minor offenses, stories augmented with digital tools and stirring congressional action."
Philipps, a Colorado Springs native, has worked at the Gazette for 10 years as a reporter, photographer, restaurant critic and cartoonist. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting in 2010.
"The Army fought our coverage every step of the way," Gazette editor Joe Hight said of "Other than Honorable" in a cover letter to jurors, adding that it was "the most-read story The Gazette has ever published." — RM
Arena goes Broadmoor
The Colorado Springs World Arena will change its name to the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, but remain under nonprofit ownership and management, facility management announced Tuesday.
The 7,300-seat arena also has come to a "comprehensive multi-year venue services agreement" for event booking and sponsorship sales with AEG Facilities, a venture owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz, who also owns The Broadmoor resort.
Officials also announced that the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche will play a preseason hockey game at the arena on Oct. 2, for which tickets go on sale May 8. In addition, a celebrity golf tournament to benefit USA Hockey will be held Oct. 1 at the Broadmoor; cost is $3,000 per foursome, which includes Oct. 2 game tickets. — PZ
Court again for LandCo exec
The Colorado Court of Appeals has remanded criminal charges against Ray Marshall to a lower court to be reinstated.
Marshall is the local developer whose company was selected to build the expansion of United States Olympic Committee facilities on behalf of the city and private partners. Prosecutors alleged Marshall diverted money from a multimillion-dollar public-private-partnership deal through his then-company, LandCo Equity Partners.
The April 10 appeals court decision overturned a 2012 decision by a lower court. A representative from the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office says that means Marshall should once again face 41 charges, including Class 2 and Class 3 felonies, related to theft and racketeering. If convicted, Marshall could face a lengthy prison term.
The charges were initially dismissed because Marshall was acquitted of related charges in a different case, and a prosecutor had sought to join the cases. The cases weren't joined because Marshall's attorneys fought off the motion. But after he was acquitted of the earlier charges, Marshall's lawyers switched tactics, saying the two cases were so related that they should have been joined, and the USOC-related charges should therefore be dismissed because trying Marshall for them would constitute double jeopardy. The judge agreed, but the appeals court disagreed. — JAS
Primary for Lamborn
For the fourth time in five elections, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will have a June 24 primary opponent. Last weekend, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn pulled 37 percent of the delegates at the Republican Assembly to Lamborn's 63 percent, to land on the primary ballot.
Rayburn ran in 2006, when Lamborn won the seat that had been vacated by Joel Hefley's retirement. He ran again in 2008. In 2010, there was no primary opponent, and in 2012, Lamborn defeated Robert Blaha.
Rayburn didn't return a phone call seeking comment.— PZ