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Kudos! – February 15, 2013

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Kudos! – February 15, 2013

Discover Goodwill will participate in the 2013 Checkoff Colorado campaign Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado is one of 15 nonprofits selected by the state Legislature to participate in 2013’s Checkoff Colorado, a public-awareness campaign promoting voluntary contributions to designated charitable organizations. Coloradans preparing 2012 state income taxes have the opportunity to contribute a portion… Continue Reading Kudos! – February 15, 2013

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People on the Move – February 15, 2013

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Ian Ahrendsen and Paul Clarkin have earned New England Financial’s Leaders level of recognition, which is given to top producers who exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity, professionalism and customer service across the company. Ahrendsen has worked in financial services for three years. Clarkin, who has an MBA in finance from the University of… Continue Reading People on the Move – February 15, 2013

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Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

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Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

UCCS student Chuck Furgeson faced off against four sharks this week and lived to tell about it. He was the first to make a five-minute pitch about his invention during Peak Venture Group’s version of the popular ABC television show “Shark Tank” on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus. The network program features budding… Continue Reading Innovators with big ideas face ‘sharks’

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Two interesting and apparently unrelated news items surfaced on Tuesday. Susan Edmonson will become the CEO of the Downtown Partnership. After 141 years, The Gazette no longer will be printed in Colorado Springs. The latter comes as no surprise. It has been clear for years that The Gazette’s 32-year-old presses needed to be scrapped. As… Continue Reading Downtown news could lead to solutions, and a ballpark

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Drought leads to water restrictions starting in April

A hot dry summer followed by low snowpack in the mountains this winter and higher-than-expected demand has created a water crisis for Colorado Springs Utilities. Trying to refill reservoirs that are at 48 percent of capacity, the city-owned utility is suggesting Stage 2 water restrictions for customers starting in April. That means that outdoor watering… Continue Reading Drought leads to water restrictions starting in April

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Leaders grapple with stormwater concerns

Civic activists, El Paso County elected officials and the business team of the Regional Stormwater Task Force rolled out the heavy artillery at Monday’s informal City Council meeting, but their target was absent. Mayor Steve Bach was in Scottsdale, Ariz., taking a week off to celebrate both his 70th birthday and, with his spouse Suzi,… Continue Reading Leaders grapple with stormwater concerns

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Judge permits city to enforce partial no-solicitation

While the city’s downtown no-solicitation zone is still being challenged in court following an ACLU lawsuit against the city, Federal Judge Marsha Krieger ruled today that police can enforce a portion of the law that prohibits soliciting within 20 feet of a residential or business entrance. Colorado Springs City Council approved an ordinance in November… Continue Reading Judge permits city to enforce partial no-solicitation

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Foreclosure sales and filings slow

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Statewide foreclosure sales in 2012 dropped 18.9 percent from the 2011 total. There were 15,903 completed foreclosures in 2012, according to the Colorado Division of Housing. There were 19,617 in 2011. New foreclosure filings also fell 10.6 percent from 31,975 in 2011 to 28,579 in 2012. “Foreclosures in 2012 basically dropped back down to 2006… Continue Reading Foreclosure sales and filings slow

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Local economy making gains in housing, auto sales and confidence

Construction companies are taking out more single family permits. Consumers are feeling more confident. And, people are buying more cars. Three indicators, described in the Quarterly Update by the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, show the local economy has continued its growth since the summer of 2011. The best performance indicators were new single family permits,… Continue Reading Local economy making gains in housing, auto sales and confidence

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NRF blames politicians for fragile economy

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NRF blames politicians for fragile economy

January retail sales, which rose only 0.3 percent show consumer confidence is barely rising from the gutter.  Consumers are bogged down in payroll taxes and rise in gasoline and energy prices, say National Retail Federation executives, who blame politicians. “Today’s retail sales figures continue to indicate a stable yet fragile economy,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay… Continue Reading NRF blames politicians for fragile economy

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