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Gaining irreversible momentum — that’s what Fort Carson hopes to accomplish with this year’s sustainability conference.
The Army post has been sponsoring the conference for five years, and is the military leader in sustainability projects, said Hall Alguire, an expert on sustainability at the post.
“Fort Carson adopted a sustainability plan because it just makes sense for meeting the mission requirements in the future,” he said. “We can train more, if we lose less energy, less water and move efficiency levels up. Fort Carson wants to be a great training base in 30 years, so we have to focus on goals, and protecting our resources.” Continue Reading Sustainability conference in fifth year at Fort Carson

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Downtown ‘problems’ might not exist

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“We had the crime analyst pull up the statistics, and the numbers don’t reflect that concern. If there’s a problem, we aren’t hearing about it.”<br>-Lt. Rafael Cintron Continue Reading Downtown ‘problems’ might not exist

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RMCC opens two offices in Colorado Springs

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Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers is partnering with the physicians of Cancer Center of Colorado Springs and will have two locations in Colorado Springs: 3027 N. Circle Drive and 320 E. Fontanero St., Suite 200.
The sites will comprise Colorado Springs’ largest provider of cancer care. Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers-Colorado Springs will care for about 11,000 patients this year, and will include 12 oncologists and 90 support staff. Continue Reading RMCC opens two offices in Colorado Springs

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During the past year, downtown Colorado Springs’ retail vacancy rate has increased by more than 3 percentage points.
Ben Lowe, a researcher at Sierra Commercial Real Estate, puts the vacancy rate at 15.9 percent for the second quarter of 2006. A year ago, the rate was 12.5 percent. Continue Reading Springs’ downtown ‘struggling to find an identity’

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RMTA seeking to bring teamwork to recruiting

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Alliances, partnerships, collaboration.
Organizers of the first leadership forum of the Rocky Mountain Technology Alliance believe those are the keys to improving the technology business environment in Colorado Springs, and the corridor of the Rocky Mountains from Albuquerque to Fort Collins. Continue Reading RMTA seeking to bring teamwork to recruiting

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Bringing home the bacon

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Women in Colorado generate $49.8 billion in sales — thanks to roughly 245,000 women-owned businesses throughout the state.
Colorado ranks 13th in the number of women-owned business, an entrepreneurial group that is on the rise nationwide, according to the Small Business Administration.
The report uses newly released U.S. Census and other data to describe women’s contributions to the economy. Nationally, the number of women-owned firms increased 20 percent from 1997 to 2002, while the total number of U.S. firms grew by 7 percent. Continue Reading Bringing home the bacon

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COPIC Insurance Co. — which covers more than 80 percent of privately insured Colorado physicians — has announced that there will be no overall rate increase in its physician medical malpractice coverage for 2007.
Trends in claims losses will drive rate decreases in some medical specialties and increases in others. Continue Reading No malpractice rate increase in Colorado for 2007

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Springs groups serving young people get grants

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Two Colorado Springs youth organizations have received grants from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.
The grant, part of a $2.3 million Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program, went to 72 youth-serving organizations offering programs in 32 Colorado counties.
Project Redirect received $32,889 from the agency. The group is part of the El Paso County Department of Human Services and is a community collaboration project designed to address the problems of servicing multi-system and multi-problem pre-teen and teenagers. Continue Reading Springs groups serving young people get grants

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Report debunks nursing shortage

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The Colorado nursing shortage – twice that of the rest of the country – is an artificial creation caused by staffing ratios and low pay in the state’s hospitals.
That’s according to a report from the Nurses Alliance of Colorado, part of the Service Employees International Union, which represents 1.3 million hospital employees nationwide. Continue Reading Report debunks nursing shortage

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State health department receives bioterror grant

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will receive a federal grant of $7.2 million for a bioterrorism hospital preparedness program.
The money will be used across the state to develop medical surge capacity and capability to deal with mass casualty events.
“With the attention given to the public health dangers of avian influenza and bioterrorism threats, this funding will go a long way in preparing Colorado hospitals in the event that an emergency arises,” Sen. Wayne Allard said. Continue Reading State health department receives bioterror grant

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