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Fewer fliers, but is there a silver lining?

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Passenger numbers are increasing at airports nationwide and in Denver, but the same can’t be said for Colorado Springs.
Enplanement trends at Colorado Springs Airport for 2007 are “disappointing,” according to the latest quarterly economic update of business conditions from Fred Crowley, an economics professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Fewer fliers, but is there a silver lining?

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Most businesses are judged by objective outcomes.
Does the service or product have a market? If so, are those services/products efficiently delivered, allowing the business to make a profit and continue as a going concern?
Is the business healthy? Is it adequately capitalized, appropriately located and serving a stable or growing market? Does it have strategic plans in place that will enable it to survive changes in its market? Continue Reading Business of education: A tale of two elementary schools

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The economy may be drifting into recession, but at least one profession is experiencing an unparalleled boom: political consulting!
If you have even the slightest expertise in politics, or economics, or polling, or direct mail or Internet marketing, this is your time in the sun.
No more Ramen noodles and Pabst Blue Ribbon for you. Nope, from now on it’s Sonoma Cutrer and Maine lobster! Continue Reading It’s a halcyon time for the political consulting industry

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Gold Camp Elementary is the newest elementary school in District 12. Thanks to a voter-approved bond issue, which authorized the school’s construction, Gold Camp opened its doors during 1997.
The school campus includes 10.4 landscaped acres on the edge of the Stratton Preserve, an upscale community north of Cheyenne Canyon. The school has 43, 830 square feet in a modern building, which includes amenities and features undreamed of when Buena Vista was constructed 88 years earlier. Continue Reading Gold Camp facing challenge of maintaining gold standard

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Buena Vista Elementary opened its doors during the fall of 1911, and The Gazette described the building in glowing terms:
“The latest and most up-to-date addition to the already large school system of Colorado Springs is the Buena Vista school, built on the cottage or unit plan at an approximate cost of $36,000. The plant, consisting of six buildings, occupies the entire 1600 block on Park Avenue (now Bijou Street), West Colorado Springs. Continue Reading Buena Vista battling declining enrollment, aging facilities (15311)

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The El Pomar Foundation is negotiating to acquire the historic McAllister House from the National Society of Colonial Dames in Colorado.
Built during 1873 at 423 N. Cascade Ave. by Maj. Henry McAllister, the first director of Gen. William Jackson Palmer’s Colorado Springs Co., McAllister House is one of the most significant historic properties in the city. It has been operated as a house museum by the Colonial Dames since 1960 when the society acquired it. At the time, it was believed that the then-owners intended to tear it down and use the site as a parking lot. Continue Reading Dames close to sealing plan to share McAllister House

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Want some interesting reading? Take a look at the El Pomar Foundation’s most recent annual report, which details every grant that the foundation made during 2006.
El Pomar has been such a ubiquitous and important player for so many years that it’s difficult to imagine life without it. Deeply rooted in the community, El Pomar is unlike any other entity in Colorado Springs. Continue Reading In case you haven’t done it lately, thank God for El Pomar

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Riding up the Santa Fe Trail to the north boundary of the Air Force Academy on a recent sunny weekday afternoon, I expected to have the trail to myself. It was late October in the middle of the workday, so most of my fellow cyclists would be stuck in their cubicles.
In fact, there were plenty of riders on the trail. They were fit, lycra-clad, fast-moving … geezers! Continue Reading So much for the myth about retirement — go geezers!

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OK, what kind of city are we? Our goal, according to several iterations of our city&rsquo;s nonsensical and ever-changing mission statement, is to be a &ldquo;world-class city.&rdquo;<br>
But, as University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economics professor Tom Zwirlein pointed out the other day, that might not be a realistic goal.<br> Continue Reading Time to accept that we&rsquo;re a &lsquo;third city&rsquo; and proud of it

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On Aug. 13, northern Colorado rancher W.D. Farr died at the age of 97. His passing marked the end of an era.
Bill Farr was the last of his generation of visionary “water buffalos” — men who saw that the Front Range could not flourish and grow without undertaking enormous transmountain water diversions from the Colorado River. A near-contemporary of California’s William Mulholland, Farr brought the same drive and determination to obtaining water for the parched cities and farms of northern Colorado. Continue Reading Springs seeking solutions beyond Colorado River for water supplies

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