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City Councilor Tim Leigh and local inventor Dave Neumann are exchanging barbs once again. Leigh issued his market report newsletter Friday afternoon that called for a grand jury investigation into how Colorado Springs Utilities handled its contract with Neumann Systems Group, creator of a clean-coal scrubber that has come under scrutiny in recent months as… Continue Reading Leigh, Neumann exchange barbs, call for investigations

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Spectranetics Corp., a Colorado Springs-based medical device manufacturer, announced today that it plans to buy Israeli medical-device maker Upstream Peripheral Technologies for $5.5 million, plus additional milestone payments. Upstream Peripheral Technologies, an affiliate of  ARAN Research Development & Prototypes Ltd., has produced tools that streamline peripheral vascular procedures and minimize radiation exposure. The acquisition allows Spectranetics to expand its vascular intervention… Continue Reading Spectranetics buying Israeli medical device maker for $5.5 million

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Colo. logs 87 work-related deaths in 2011

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The Colorado Health Department reports that work-related deaths increased by two in 2011 for a total of 87. The tally, released today, shows transportation fatalities were among the top three causes of death with 34. Sixteen deaths resulted from violence, including nine self-inflicted deaths, and 16 deaths involved equipment.    

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Odell plans May retirement from BBB

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Carol Odell, who has been the head of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado for more than two decades, plans to retire May 3. The nonprofit is now accepting applications for the position. As its CEO and executive director, Odell oversees a staff of 19 with an annual budget of $1.2 million. In the… Continue Reading Odell plans May retirement from BBB

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Law enforcement agencies from Denver to Colorado Springs are on the look out for the so-called “Clearninghouse bandit” — the person they believe has robbed 13 banks, including one in Colorado Springs. Local police, along with the FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, are investigating 13 bank robberies — nine in Denver, three in… Continue Reading Police say robber hit 13 banks along Front Range since August

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Bach hires CIO

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Mayor Steve Bach has hired a new chief information officer to handle the city’s information technology projects. Joe Palmer will join the city Jan. 21 after final approval from City Council on Jan. 8. His salary will be $128,000. Palmer was most recently chief information officer for Jefferson County, where he oversaw a staff of… Continue Reading Bach hires CIO

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Plans for the 2013 Pikes Peak Arts Fest are underway and organizers are accepting applications from artists who want to participate. The 9th annual arts fest, in America the Beautiful Park July 5-7, is a juried arts festival that features 100 national, regional and local artists. The fest is free to the public and its… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Arts Fest taking applications for summer event

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Yesterday was the first day for City Council hopefuls to pick up and circulate petitions of candidacy. In past years, would-be candidates were asked to complete a sign-out sheet before picking up candidate packages, but that’s no longer the case. “I’m not interested in who’s picking up packages,” said City Clerk Sarah Johnson. “Once they… Continue Reading What the council candidates’ filings say

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“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. … In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence,… Continue Reading We’re a Kmart town with Saks Fifth Avenue politics

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Trustee reports fewest foreclosures since 2006

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The El Paso County Public Trustee’s Office finished the year with the fewest foreclosure starts since 2006 and the most deed releases – which occur when someone pays off their home over time, through refinancing or a private sale – since 2007. Mowle’s staff started 230 foreclosures in December. “While this is 18 more than… Continue Reading Trustee reports fewest foreclosures since 2006

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