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An amendment to legalize industrial hemp for research purposes was included in the Farm Bill yesterday – and passed the United States House by a vote of 216 to 208. Representatives Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky and Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon sponsored the amendment. It allows… Continue Reading Industrial hemp research bill passes U.S. House

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City still must provide more detail for plans

Colorado Springs’ application for state funding of four projects under the provisions of the Colorado Regional Tourism Act was duly filed this week with the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, finally going public with details that had been kept secret for months. Officials thought to be involved in the process had repeatedly claimed… Continue Reading City still must provide more detail for plans

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Unlike most men of his generation, my father was an accomplished cook. He was particularly proud of his rice pudding, which contained many ingredients, and demanded extensive and careful preparation. On one occasion, long celebrated in family lore, he removed a perfect rice pudding from the oven only to discover that he had omitted a… Continue Reading It’s our own damn fault

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Eight local businesses have teamed with the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance to offer discounts on Fridays through the end of the fiscal year to the federal civilian employees who are currently being furloughed. The furloughs were part of the Budget Control Act, which requires nearly every federal worker to take 11 days of unpaid… Continue Reading Local businesses ease furlough’s financial pinch

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Knapp to exit PTAC, executive director search begins

The Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center is looking for a new executive director. Ken Knapp, who’s served as executive director of the contracting assistance office since March 2012, is moving to Pennsylvania, where he took a job as the executive director of an educational nonprofit. He’s been at the PTAC since its beginning in 2009… Continue Reading Knapp to exit PTAC, executive director search begins

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The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has hired Blakely + Company as its full-service public relations firm. The move also means that Katie Carrol, who has been the BBB director of public relations and broadcasting since 2005, has been laid off. “We’ve been hired as a full-service public relations firm, effective immediately,” said Lisa… Continue Reading BBB chooses Blakely for PR duties, lays off Carrol

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Leigh cleared of ethics allegations

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In an 11-page report to City Council, the Colorado Springs Independent Ethics Commission found that former City Councilman Tim Leigh did not violate any provision of the city ethics code, as alleged by Dave Neumann and Neumann Systems Group. City Council formally accepted the report Monday and voted unanimously to take no further action. Leigh… Continue Reading Leigh cleared of ethics allegations

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Digital Edition – July 5, 2013

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While the Colorado Springs economy is looking to be on the rise, it’s still crucial fort small businesses to be hyper-vigilant about their customer service, marketing mixes and efficiencies in order to establish a strong foundation for future success. Taking a page from successful small businesses — and there are many in Colorado Springs, making… Continue Reading Enable your small business to achieve big success

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Seeing blind spots between men, women

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You already know from John Gray that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but do you know how to promote interplanetary cooperation at the office? After decades of striving for gender equality in the workplace, you’d think the tough questions would be answered. You would be wrong. According to a terrific new… Continue Reading Seeing blind spots between men, women

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