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Cripple Creek’s casinos are betting on a much-needed economic boost from new games, higher betting limits and extended operating hours. Measured by adjusted gross proceeds, Cripple Creek casino revenue reached the high water mark of $154.9 million during 2007, following years of steady growth. But during 2008, yearly revenue plummeted nearly 10 percent to $140.1… Continue Reading Casinos betting changes will boost bottom lines

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In a lengthy article in the New Yorker earlier this month, Dr. Atul Gawande pondered a single, simple health care question. Why, he wondered, is McAllen, Texas, one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country? “Only Miami — which has much higher labor and living costs — spends more per person on health… Continue Reading Firefighter model worth considering in health care debate

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Perry Sanders says that his plan to convert three downtown office buildings into a boutique hotel that would include upscale bars, restaurants, a health club and penthouse suites is ready to move forward. Continue Reading New downtown hotel plans moving forward

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Vice mayor’s plan would shift majority of city revenue from sales taxes to property taxes Vice Mayor Larry Small wants to restructure the way the city levies and collects taxes, shifting the burden from an all-too-often see-sawing sales tax to a more stable property tax. The essence of the proposal is simple: Small calls for… Continue Reading Small floats 600% mill levy increase

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Historically, local recessions have been times of ferment and change in Colorado Springs. During the 1970s, business and political leaders focused on economic development and created the Economic Development Council. One of the first such organizations in the United States, the EDC was amazingly successful in recruiting companies and creating primary jobs. The EDC’s success… Continue Reading Time for some serious Springs re-branding efforts

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Thanks to the Olympic Training Center and the presence of cycling’s national governing body, USA Cycling, the Springs has long hosted elite cyclists. But just as NASCAR drivers don’t buy their race cars from local auto dealers, elite riders rarely patronize local bike shops. “They’re actually more of a pain than anything else,” said Kay… Continue Reading Cycle shops not just for the elite

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Bucking the transportation trend

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As we’re reminded daily, times are tough in the automobile industry.

Sales are down, dealerships are closing, both Chrysler and General Motors are passing through government-mediated bankruptcies, and even mighty Toyota has suffered its first yearly loss.

But maybe auto dealers are just selling the wrong kind of vehicle. Continue Reading Bucking the transportation trend

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July 1 marks the 146th anniversary of one of the most significant battles in American history, one which dominated our national consciousness for many decades. Yet the anniversary will pass unmarked, and many remember the battle only for the speech that it inspired. The Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought July 1-3, 1863, marked the… Continue Reading As generations change, so does historical relevance

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Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera began lobbying the city to relax its policy on skybridges long before LandCo’s U.S. Olympic Committee development proposal, which includes a skybridge, was made known to City Council, according to Vice Mayor Larry Small. On Sept. 27, 2007, Rivera summoned the Board of the Downtown Development Authority to a meeting… Continue Reading Update: LandCo reps at meeting where mayor lobbied for skybridge

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We seem to be in the midst of one of our periodic funks — when we worry about our so-called leadership class. “Alas and alack!” we complain. “We have no leadership!! Where are the great, visionary leaders who will lift us from the slough of despond to the shining heights of optimism — and how… Continue Reading Our so-called city leaders aren’t even faking it that well

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