Bracing for dogfights during transition to new Council

Go to the Humane Society and adopt six dogs. Don’t pay any attention to the Golden Retrievers and Labradors — we want tough, assertive, dominant dogs. How about two Pit Bulls, a Doberman, a Rottweiler and a pair of German Shepherds? Now load ’em in the back of your pickup, drive down to their new […]

Businesses saving green with energy

Businesses saving green with energy

After adding insulation and replacing light fixtures and HVAC systems, the owners of CityRock are saving almost 60 percent on utility bills — about $11,000 a year. It’s a huge savings, said Joe Groshong, who owns the 17,000-square-foot climbing gym in downtown Colorado Springs with his wife Lara. While they weren’t solely motivated by finances, […]

Greenland oasis could benefit counties

Greenland oasis could benefit counties

Growth in northern El Paso and southern Douglas County has long depended on a single factor — and it’s not roads, drainage infrastructure, government regulation or land costs. It’s water. Without reliable and predictable sources of water to sustain development for the long future, communities can neither grow nor thrive. A variety of small providers […]

Liquor stores: small-retail model

Liquor stores: small-retail model

Seventy years ago, small retailers dominated most markets in Colorado Springs. Food was distributed through scores of small independent grocery stores, each serving its immediate neighborhood. Small hardware stores sold everything from sledgehammers to staples from storefronts in downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. Wholesalers supplied shoes, men’s clothing, sporting goods, books, […]

Colorado bill ensures full access to meds

Patients with severe chronic disease are eager to gain access to a new class of medications known as “biosimilars,” which are less expensive imitations of “biologic” medications, yet have proven highly effective at treating a wide range of debilitating diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, many types of cancer, psoriasis and lupus, among others. Right […]

Biz Alliance deploys new team to help local business

Within the military-style organizational chart that describes the new Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, a group of volunteer foot-soldiers is deploying to small businesses. They are conducting interviews, hosting educational forums and networking. They were known as ambassadors in the old Chamber of Commerce model. They had launched Chamber University and Chamber Connect and hosted […]

Casino odds aren’t as flexible as you think

Casino odds aren’t as flexible as you think

Gamblers, as anyone who has spent time in a casino knows, are superstitious. They may know that slot machine payouts are governed by the chilly indifference of a computer chip, and that a random-number generator determines when jackpots are paid. But that knowledge seldom is internalized. Many players seem to believe certain machines are “looser” […]

What cognitive dissonance means in Colorado Springs

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” — Yogi Berra Cognitive dissonance is, like “cellar door,” a lovely linguistic dyad. The words trip sweetly off the tongue, yet lose a lot in translation. To open the cellar door (particularly if you live in a dilapidated Westside Victorian) is to descend into a dark and […]

Moondog slips in to fill guitar shop void

Moondog slips in to fill guitar shop void

Moondog Music Owner: Mike Judge Employees: Two, part-time Website: Moondogmusicshop.com Address, phone: 10 S. 25th St., 634-7425 If there’s one word that describes Mike Judge’s approach to business, it’s “mellow.” Judge opened Moondog Music Shop in Old Colorado City about six months ago, and it’s definitely easy come, easy go. He opens “around 11” and […]

Save tax refunds, or help save retailers?

Save tax refunds, or help save retailers?

It’s tax refund season. And even though local financial advisers recommend their clients sock away the extra cash, it’s a good time of year for Colorado Springs retailers. Nationally, 75 percent of Americans have received or will get a tax refund, and the Internal Revenue Service estimates that the average refund this year will be […]