Free parking on Saturdays in December

There will be no charge for on-street parking in downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City on Saturdays throughout December. The free parking is expected to cost the city $27,200 in uncollected meter money, but city officials reason that the free parking will bolster shopping traffic and in turn boost sales tax revenue.
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Veteran and Military Affairs Office at new location

The El Paso County Veteran and Military Affairs Office has moved from the Department of Human Services at 105 N. Spruce St. to the first floor of the Robert L. Russel Building at 105 E. Vermijo Ave. The office assists residents who served in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps. It […]
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Cyber Monday virtually all its cracked up to be

If there was any doubt about Cyber Monday being all that for online retailers, this year’s sales totals might convince skeptics. Overall traffic to retail Web sites rose 26 percent this year, according to Shop.org. Internet analysis company, comScore.com says the one-day sales totals reached $733 million. CyberMonday.com, a site that compiles Cyber Monday deals, […]
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Colorado Springs on Spicy Pickle expansion fast track

Nearly two months after opening its first Colorado Springs location, the Denver-based Spicy Pickle sandwich restaurant chain has opened a second Springs store – and there are apparently more on the way. The first store opened Sept. 4 at 1466 W. Garden of the Gods Road. The second location opened last week in Briargate at […]
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County to consider budget cuts

The El Paso County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed mandates and balancing options to the county’s revised 2008 budget when it meets Thursday. Earlier...

SBA extends award nominations deadline

The Small Business Administration has extended the deadline to submit Small Business of the Year award nominations. Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 14. There are...

Construction work a little safer last year

Construction workers across the nation worked more but were injured less often last year. The non-fatal injuries and illnesses case rate decreased from 6.3 cases per 100 workers during 2005 to 5.9 percent last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Construction injuries and illnesses totaled 412,900 […]
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Lodging group reports increased bookings

The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association is reporting that year-to-date 66.4 percent of Colorado hotel rooms have been occupied, compared to 64.6 percent a year ago. The statewide average daily room rate during October was $115.93, compared to $105.72 one year ago. Colorado Springs’ average daily room rate for October hit $86.68, down from August’s […]
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Young professionals all dressed up with no where to go

Young professionals in Colorado Springs don’t have a very bright outlook about the future of their careers here. Results from a joint survey ...

Is your smile sending the wrong message?

Be careful how you smile around the office – it says a lot about your professionalism. Raise your eyebrows with a smile and your flirting. Curl up the edges of your mouth while your brow is furled and could be perceived as condescending. That’s what Patti Wood, self-proclaimed body language expert and author of Success […]
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Gov. Ritter, Colorado Counties Inc. conference in Springs this week

Gov. Bill Ritter will give the keynote address during the Colorado Counties, Inc. 100th Annual Conference in Colorado Springs on Tuesday. The conference will be...

Low income energy bills to rise 23%

Energy Outreach Colorado is anticipating that energy bills for low-income families will increase 23 percent this year, thanks mostly to a reduction of federal...