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Colorado Springs City Council narrowed its options in legislating retail sales of recreational marijuana to two: an outright ban or a moratorium of nine to 12 months. But city residents will have to wait a few more weeks to learn the outcome. That’s because some Councilors making the decision aren’t talking — at least not… Continue Reading Council’s pot sales options – none or maybe later

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Let’s make the most of LART

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For years, Colorado Springs quietly has collected and utilized the revenues from a Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax. By comparison with other cities our size and larger, we’ve never turned the LART tax into a gold mine, charging only 2 percent for lodging and just 1 percent for car rentals in addition to the usual… Continue Reading Let’s make the most of LART

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New concepts change face of higher ed

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Years ago the University of Phoenix spooked higher education. What does it mean to have a for-profit university (a subsidiary of Apollo Group)? Despite drastic enrollment declines recently, it boasted some 600,000 students in 2010 (founded in 1976). Will this new model change the face of higher education? The answer is a definite yes. Labor… Continue Reading New concepts change face of higher ed

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Have you noticed the lifeguards at the pool or at the beach? Their job is to be vigilant, watch weather and water conditions, and save swimmers and surfers who find themselves in peril. Around water, some people get into trouble because they are overconfident, too tired or they are not paying attention to what is… Continue Reading Identify your business lifeguard and you’ll benefit

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Digital Edition – July 12, 2013

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A retail clothing store that focuses on social change opened its doors over the weekend at a new shop in Colorado Springs. Seven Status: Fashion Creating Change opened for business Saturday  at Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Dr. The consignment boutique uses an increasingly popular business plan in which a percentage of the profits are… Continue Reading Socially conscious boutique opens at Citadel

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Robert Allen Zickefoose, 48, of Colorado Springs was indicted by a statewide grand jury on seven counts of securities fraud and theft, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced Monday. Zickefoose owns Zickefoose Reserves LLC, based in Colorado Springs. The indictment alleges that he offered unregistered oil and gas investments that were discovered by the Colorado… Continue Reading Colorado Springs man accused of securities fraud, theft

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The Black Forest fire has cost $292.8 million in insurance claims so far, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. There have been about 3,630 homeowners and auto insurance claims filed so far in the aftermath of the fire, which killed two people and burned 486 homes. Initially, it makes the Black Forest fire… Continue Reading Insurers estimate $292 million in losses in Black Forest fire

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Lockheed Martin delivers antennas for next-generation GPS satellites

Lockheed Martin is preparing to install the navigation, communication and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite for the next-generation Global Positioning System. Lockheed Martin is currently under contract for production of the first four GPS III satellites, and has received advanced procurement funding for long-lead components for four additional satellites. The GPS III… Continue Reading Lockheed Martin delivers antennas for next-generation GPS satellites

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Consumer spending and retail sales ended the second quarter on a soft note, indicating that economic growth is weaker than expected. According to the National Retail Federation, a retail trade association, June sales increased 0.6 percent from May and 3 percent from the previous year. “Consumers remain wary,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Even… Continue Reading Second-quarter retail sales show slower economic growth

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