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From the city’s top brass to local business organizations, a consensus has been reached: There are myriad reasons to be optimistic entering 2016. Following the Great Recession, natural disasters, political infighting and the inability to form a cohesive vision for Colorado Springs, 2015 appears to have set the stage for a new year of progress […]
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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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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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Colorado Springs voters sent an emphatic message to Mayor John Suthers and city council Tuesday evening: You’re doing fine, just keep up the good work! Suthers won overwhelmingly with 73.6 percent of the vote. Unlike 2016, when former Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace forced a runoff vote, none of his three opponents got more than 11.3 […]
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When the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center opened the innovative John Gaw Meem building in 1936, it was the culmination of one extraordinary woman’s vision. Alice Bemis Taylor, aided by friends Julie Penrose and Elizabeth Sage Hare, conceived and largely funded the FAC. It was an extraordinary gift to a sleepy little tourist town of […]
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Three-and-a-half years after former Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach submitted the city’s application for state tax increment financing for the City for Champions proposal, one key component of the proposal is virtually dead. “It’s very unlikely that the downtown sports and events center can be built without public funding,” said Mayor John Suthers. “I don’t […]
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The proposed land exchange between The Broadmoor and the city of Colorado Springs is one step closer to approval, despite efforts by opponents to delay, modify or kill the deal. The Trails and Open Space Coalition has formally endorsed the swap. It will be considered by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board later this month, […]
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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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On April 1, 1989, the first edition of the Colorado Springs Business Journal rolled off the press. The city has evolved over the past 30 years. Colorado Springs has grown to be one of the 40 largest cities in the country, the economy is booming and people are flocking to live in the Pikes Peak […]
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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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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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