Doctors – from internists to specialists – are increasingly unwilling to accept new Medicare patients, and many are opting out of the program completely. In Colorado Springs, 5,000 Medicare patients were left with no primary care doctor when the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation closed. Many doctors opt out of Medicare because of the “hassle factor,” […]
For years, there has been an ongoing discussion in this country about the state of STEM education and the viable workforce it produces — and why so few women are part of it. According to U.S. Department of Commerce data gathered in 2009, women comprise only 24 percent of the workforce employed in fields of […]
University of Colorado Health is losing two of its founding members. Both Rulon Stacey and Bruce Schroffel will be leaving their positions with the organization. UCHealth, which operates Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, was formed by the two men, who created a partnership between the University of Colorado Hospital, which Schroffel was running, and Poudre […]
Turns out that pundits in the alarmist camp — who whined at the beginning of the year about this recession being the next Great Depression — clamored and threatened for naught.
The federal government spent the past two years shifting defense contracting jobs from the private to the public sector in an effort to save money, a practice it now acknowledges doesn’t work. It’s still happening, however, and companies in the Springs are feeling the pain. Known as “insourcing,” the policy ended eight years of a […]
Northrop Grumman and small businesses celebrated a milestone of $1 billion subcontracted to local small businesses on a single contract June 30 at its 3535 Northrop Grumman Point location. Through the Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract, global aerospace and defense company Northrop Grumman and 28 small businesses, with two headquartered in Colorado […]
What do tests really test? This may seem a silly philosophical question, but educators and government agencies are keen to figure this out. My concern here isn’t with education, but banking. Usually the banks do the testing: Are you credit-worthy? What’s your score? Anyone who ever took out a car loan, house mortgage or business […]
In southeast Colorado Springs, the use of many buildings has changed in recent years. “Repurposing” is the descriptive term identified by Carl Schueler, senior planner for the city. What used to be a big-box store on the corner of Hancock Expressway and South Academy Boulevard is now the home of Victory World Outreach chapel. A […]
Mounting mortgage despair? Looming legal issues? Reporting revenue declines? What’s an executive to do during these troubled times? Tap into your inner CEO. That’s what CEO consultant to the corporate stars Alan Cox says. He’s authored a new book, “Your Inner CEO,” in which he coaches CEO types on how to deal with difficult questions […]
More big-name online retailers, including Dell Inc. and Office Max, are saying goodbye to the hassle of mail-in rebates. Dell plans to move to an online rebate program next month. The company is eliminating paper rebates to improve customer service and sales. The changes, which will mainly affect consumers and small businesses, will take 12 to 18 months. Dell expects a 70 percent reduction in the number of promotions per product line and an 80 percent reduction in the number of promotions tied to a single product.
La Plata Communities is proposing an eight building, 128-unit apartment development on 12 acres adjacent to its upscale Cordera neighborhood, where home prices range from $300,000 to $800,000. La Plata sent an e-mail to Cordera residents inviting them to attend an information meeting last night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cordera Community Center, […]
Customers who prefer the self-checkout in stores can now take care of themselves at many major hotel chains, which are offering do-it-yourself kiosks. Thirty-seven Hiltons provide self-service machines for guests to check flight information and print out boarding passes, as well as check themselves into and out of the hotel.