Mike and Tammy Pinto plan to open a restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs this month. Bistro de Pinto, at 26 E. Kiowa, will be about 1,000 square feet, seat about 30 people and have about six employees.
Peak Vista reopened its Fountain Health Clinic, located in the Lorraine Center, after renovating the facility to expand services. A federal grant from Department of Health and Human Services allowed Peak Vista to include medical and dental care, expanding coverage for low-income uninsured Fountain residents.
Homeowners’ insurers have settled nearly 70 percent of claims resulting from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the Insurance Information Institute. The institute estimates that as of Jan. 24 more than 732,000 homeowners’ claims have been settled for a total of $11.4 billion.
The mall – it’s an explosion of stimuli for the shopping senses. Window displays, sale ads, seasonal styles, neon signs, inviting kiosks and the food court all create a hub for the mega-industry of retail commerce. But the magic doesn’t just happen by accident. It’s a coordinated effort among store owners and the mall marketing staff. At The Citadel, that effort is led by Diane Loschen. Loschen is senior marketing director for The Citadel, the region’s oldest indoor shopping mall.
A Colorado Springs running store has been named a top choice in four readers’ polls by Runners World magazine. Colorado Running Co., 833 N. Tejon St., won for the mountain region in the categories of general excellence, best customer service, best community outreach and best product selection.
Colorado’s tobacco tax will help pay for programs that address health disparities in American Indians and blacks. More than $1.3 million has been designated for programs, such as diabetes prevention and cardiovascular disease. Eighteen community-based programs, health departments and health care organizations across the state have been awarded grants to pay for prevention, early detection and needs assessment and referral.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has scheduled public hearings next month to discuss Wal-Mart’s application for federal deposit insurance. Wal-Mart is proposing to create the Wal-Mart Bank, an industrial loan company that would be headquartered in Salt Lake City. ILCs are state banks that are supervised and insured by the FDIC.
You may not see Mark Iorio wearing a white lab coat with a stethoscope stuffed in the pocket, but he knows how to keep a physicians’ network in good health. Iorio is CEO of Colorado Springs Health Partners, a group of 90 Colorado Springs physicians. As the city has grown, so has CSHP, which was formed nearly 60 years ago by six World War II veterans who were doctors. Today, the organization numbers some 700 employees, including physicians and their support staff, at 11 locations.
One of Colorado Springs’ upscale shoe stores now carries more styles and selections. “We took an area that used to be dressing rooms – we were using it for storage,” said Saboz owner Linda Bridger. “We remodeled and more than doubled our shoe display area.”
If the majority of legislators and Gov. Bill Owens agree, Colorado will join 21 other states that have passed bills to protect nurses and other medical professionals who “blow the whistle” on medical errors and inefficiencies, according to a news release. Rep. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, has introduced HB 06-1193 – Whistleblower Protection, which prevents an employer from firing a health care worker in retaliation for the worker reporting substandard patient medical care.
If you are one of the many business owners who will need to file an extension this year, you’ll be glad to know the Internal Revenue Service has tried to make the process a little easier. In a move the IRS says is intended to simplify the extension process, officials have designed a single-standard extension request form, eliminating the need for business owners to have to choose from four different forms.
Workers and residents in downtown and south Colorado Springs now have another option for dry cleaning their clothes – Pressed4Time, a franchise owned and operated by former Sky Sox pitcher Scott Randall. Randall bought the franchise in October, and said business has been successful, but there is room for growth. “I have plenty of routes still available,” he said. “I hope to really grow the business. Everyone who uses it loves it – it really saves time.”