Earlier this week Bronco Billy’s owner Full House Resorts announced plans to build a $70 million 150-room upscale hotel in Cripple Creek. If successful, it’ll be a game-changer for the historic mining town, which has not fully recovered from the Great Recession. As currently envisaged, the new hotel would wrap...
Since the first Europeans ventured into the Pikes Peak region during the 19th century, eager entrepreneurs have sought to exploit the mountain. We’ve built a trail, a railroad and a highway to the summit, and we handed over the majestic summit plain to a souvenir shop, a doughnut bar, a...
Ever visit a Kum & Go? They’re to convenience stores what Costco is to retailers. They’re big, efficient and customer friendly. Pumps are widely separated and easy to access. The stores are spacious and welcoming, offering fresh pizza and pastries, and many locally sourced products. The privately owned Midwestern chain has entered the Colorado Springs […]
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It appears that Colorado Springs will soon have its own poet laureate. Now that’s a harmless, feel-good idea. After all, isn’t it better to have our very own poet laureate than to have, say, our own nuclear arsenal?
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Attack ads! They’re everywhere, inescapable unless you’ve managed to leave the 21st century and dwell in an idyllic, undefiled wilderness, without TV, Internet access, cell phones, newspapers or mail. Otherwise, you have to put up with various screamers telling you all about Bob Schaeffer, Mark Udall, Barack Obama, and John McCain.
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In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. In football, four downs and you give up the ball. As an elected official, you never know how many chances you’ll have to make a difference during your term in office. The remaining undeveloped 18,000 acres of Banning Lewis Ranch once again are officially on the market, presenting […]
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Here are some lessons from last week’s epochal financial meltdown/bailout. On the good side, we learned that the federal government can be powerful and decisive at a time of real crisis. Whatever you might think about the rescue plan drafted on the fly by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, it almost certainly will forestall an economic disaster of unparalleled scale.
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It’s never easy to understand the collective mind of public bureaucracies, which often seem maddeningly obtuse. Case in point: last weekend was the 150th anniversary of Julia Archibald Holmes’ ascent of Pikes Peak. Holmes, an adventurous 20-year-old, was the first European woman to climb the mountain. It took her and her companions five days to find their way to the then-pristine summit.
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It’s almost the middle of July in an election year — time for prognostication. Who will win? Who will lose? Given my past record, you probably won’t find out here, but who knows? Even a blind hog sometimes finds an acorn, so here are my picks. Hillary’s running mate: Colorado Gov. John...
Being a registered Republican who often votes for Democrats, I’m particularly exasperated with this year’s bizarre presidential campaign spectacle. And no, it’s not because there are 25 candidates competing for the nomination, or because so many of them have moved to the farthest shores of the American left, or...
There’s an opening in Denver that absolutely fits my skill set. During my so-called career, I’ve worked in four of America’s most disliked professions. I was a 1970s investment banker in New York City; I worked as a real estate broker in the 1980s, specializing in overpriced properties; in the...
There’s a wonderful, if likely apocryphal, anecdote describing Winston Churchill’s reaction to the post-World War II takeover of Yugoslavia by Marshall Tito’s communist “partizans.” As the story goes, a young intelligence officer burst into Churchill’s office to inform him, in agitated tones, that Yugoslavia was about to fall into communist hands.
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