Both Colorado Springs and Pueblo are trying to put together deals to build downtown sports/event facilities. Political and business leaders as well as downtown advocates in each city have long yearned for such facilities. It’s an article of faith among economic development advocates that such sports venues accelerate and sustain downtown economic revitalization. Yet they’re […]
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Tuesday’s City Council meeting began amicably enough. Wearing western shirts, cowboy hats and blue jeans, Council’s seven male members thereby saluted the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. A few minutes after the meeting began, Council President Merv Bennett read a resolution honoring former Mayor Steve Bach for his four years of service as the city’s […]
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A decade ago, what is now the Cottonwood Center for the Arts was shoehorned into a former city utilities building near the Colorado Avenue Bridge. It wasn’t the greatest venue, but it was affordable, with reasonably convenient studio and exhibition space for artists. Downtown wasn’t the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, but it was certainly a […]
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Historic preservation in Colorado has never been easy or permanent. One generation’s precious historic structure can quickly become another era’s white elephant, a dreary old pile of bricks that needs to be torn down or gutted. Along the Front Range, skyrocketing real estate prices fueled by an influx of new core city residents has challenged […]
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Dutch Bros. Coffee staffs its locations with employees who have good energy and a passion for people. For a lot of young workers, drive-thru coffee shops are their introduction to the workforce. “Dutch Bros. is often a first job for many people,” said Angi Veek, a company spokesperson, via email. “The younger generation fuels our […]
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The Art and Facts of Business, a delightful exhibition that opened last week at the Pioneers Museum, brings vivid life to the vanished enterprises that once graced Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. There’s a glowing illuminated sign from the Burns Theater, a saddled, full-size plaster horse that once stood before Bingo’s Saddle Shop […]
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There is no individual, business or health care provider that is going to deliver a cure-all for the opioid epidemic. “The abuse of opioids is now a leading cause of death in the United States and recently was identified as a cause for the decrease in life expectancy in the country,” said José Esquibel, director […]
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Within the next few months, the state Mined Land Reclamation Board is expected to consider Transit Mix Concrete’s application for a quarry permit on a portion of the 1,200-acre historic Hitch Rack Ranch just south of Colorado Springs on Highway 115. This is the second quarry permit application that the company, a subsidiary of Chicago-based […]
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On Monday afternoon, downtown hotelier and entrepreneur Perry Sanders formally abandoned his quest to repurpose Antlers Park as the sports and events center as part of a City for Champions proposal, stating he had found “a better downtown site.” Sanders confirmed the previous site was a last-ditch choice, brought forward because of time constraints. Unless […]
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In a peer-reviewed study released this week by Environmental Science and Technology, four prominent scientists (including Christopher Higgins of the Colorado School of Mines) call for strict regulation and a possible worldwide ban of an entire class of fluorinated chemicals related to those that contaminated wells and drinking water systems in Fountain Valley. The contamination […]
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At 7 a.m. on a bright, sunshiny Monday, more than 100 civic leaders boarded Gray Line buses and headed for the summit of Pikes Peak to witness the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex. It was a slow trip, as the buses labored up almost 8,000 feet of altitude gain, carefully negotiating […]
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Sometime this summer, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utility Board, will begin the process of deciding what to do about Rosemont Reservoir, an impoundment that supplies irrigation water to The Broadmoor hotel. As the Business Journal reported last July, Colorado Springs Utilities had been engaged in periodic negotiations with The Broadmoor, which […]
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