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Local hospital charges not easy to analyze

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Charges for procedures at Colorado’s hospitals vary wildly across the state — and even within cities. And no one really can explain why. What health care experts and consumer advocates do know: Some hospitals charge vastly more money for the same procedures, and it’s not necessarily the smaller, independently run hospitals that are more expensive.… Continue Reading Local hospital charges not easy to analyze

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Last January, Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed an 18-member task force on wildfire insurance and forest health, as well as a 17-member wildland and prescribed fire advisory committee. Noting that 25 percent of Colorado’s population lives in the wildland-urban interface, Hickenlooper said that the two groups would prepare recommendations that would “reduce the risk of loss… Continue Reading Area has just one rep on state fire-response panels

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Springs faces stormy summer

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We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We couldn’t last year after the most damaging fire in Colorado history, and we can’t now after the same fate struck El Paso County again. We have no option to wallow in anguish, wondering what will happen next. Instead, 509 families in our midst have to move on, just… Continue Reading Springs faces stormy summer

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City should ban sale of recreational pot

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As our nine City Councilors face the most important decision of their tenure, I offer nine reasons to prohibit legalization of the sale of recreational marijuana: 1. “If we don’t tax it as a legal substance, we lose tons of revenue we need to help our city.” The problem with this argument is that it… Continue Reading City should ban sale of recreational pot

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As an employer, do you need an employee manual? If your business already has an employee manual, when was the last time it was reviewed and revised? If it has been some time since the manual was prepared, you should consider updating it because, among other things, the laws are constantly changing. Some benefits of… Continue Reading Employee manuals – employers’ luxury or necessity?

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Marriage made in chocolate heaven?

The chocolate in Kellogg’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Chocolatey Almond brand breakfast cereal, now available at local Target stores, does not come from the Durango-based Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. In fact, it does not contain the ingredient required for the legal definition of chocolate: Cocoa butter. The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory logo is featured prominently… Continue Reading Marriage made in chocolate heaven?

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Re/Max opens first downtown office space

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Re/Max Properties signed a lease on a new downtown office space. The real estate firm, which boasts more than a 14 percent share of the local residential real estate market, has offices throughout the city. But its new space in suite 100 on the ground floor of the Alamo Building at 102 S. Tejon St.… Continue Reading Re/Max opens first downtown office space

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The Small Business Development Center and the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado presented several awards at Friday’s luncheon that capped off Small Business Week. The Small Business Development Center’s volunteer of the year award went to Terry Zarsky, business services librarian at the Pikes Peak Library District. The special recognition – community involvement award… Continue Reading SBDC, BBB honor small business champions, owners and people

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Any U.S. Bank customer who wants to make a donation to the American Red Cross can use any of the bank’s  124 ATMs in Colorado. “In response to the wildfires in our state, U.S. Bank will continue to accept donations from its customers for Red Cross disaster relief at 124 of its ATMs in Colorado… Continue Reading Red Cross donations accepted at US Bank’s ATMs

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Cabela’s ready to make its entry into Colorado

When Cabela’s opens the doors of its two new Denver-area stores this August, Colorado Springs residents will be able to trim 200 miles from their trek to the retail chain’s closest outposts. The outdoors merchandiser announced last year the implementation of a different business model for the pair of new locations — a 110,000 square-foot… Continue Reading Cabela’s ready to make its entry into Colorado

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