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Yes, we have an arts scene worth recognizing

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Ron Brasch remembers reading a newspaper article about 15 years ago, shortly after he had moved to Colorado Springs. The article was anything but flattering about our city and its appeal to outsiders who might consider moving here. In particular, the piece sent a critically negative message about the local arts scene and its shortcomings,… Continue Reading Yes, we have an arts scene worth recognizing

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Gambucci shows what staying can produce

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Andy Gambucci came to Colorado Springs in 1949, leaving his hockey-crazy hometown of Eveleth, Minn., to further his education and play sports at Colorado College. Little did Gambucci know at the time where his career path would lead, both in athletics and the business world. He certainly excelled at hockey, and Gambucci played on the… Continue Reading Gambucci shows what staying can produce

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My drive to work each day brings me down West Colorado Avenue, through Old Colorado City and into downtown. Every morning I notice the Goodwill property that hopefully now will become a candidate for revitalization with mixed-use development. Look at it, imagine the possibilities and you can’t help but wish you had the money to… Continue Reading Mixed-use solutions: They’re all around us

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Spend most of a week in Washington, D.C., as a group of 30 local leaders coordinated by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance just did, talking to people involved with government in many ways — from elected officials to support staffs, lobbyists and federal agency staffers — and soon you hear the same messages, over… Continue Reading D.C. takeaway – battles there can hurt here

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One busy day inside the beltway matters

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The morning begins with a brisk walk down 14th Street, seeing hordes of workers on their trek, drive or ride to another day of making America’s federal government run. Off in the distance, the Capitol sits, surrounded by the office buildings that house literally thousands of legislative staffers, working for the lawmakers,… Continue Reading One busy day inside the beltway matters

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Time for city to realize aerospace’s value

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We think we know everything that’s going on around us. We think we fully understand the details, the priorities and the needs of our military and its related high-tech presence. Whether we are business leaders, elected officials or media observers, we try to keep up, try to pay close attention, and most of us feel… Continue Reading Time for city to realize aerospace’s value

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UCH makes news, and Memorial handles it

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Just this past week, a patient at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs was undergoing treatment for heart-related problems. The troubles escalated to the point of perhaps needing additional care, and after much communication, emails and faxes between cardiologists, the patient eventually was transferred to the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, where she has shown… Continue Reading UCH makes news, and Memorial handles it

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Area could have new case of donor fatigue

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Last year at this time, many of us who are involved in big or small ways with area nonprofit agencies were adding a new term to our vocabulary. Donor fatigue. The region had suffered during the Waldo Canyon fire, and we had endured most of the economic and personal aftershocks. For months, we heard story… Continue Reading Area could have new case of donor fatigue

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AFA change of command sends fresh message

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Looking out at the crowd, and farther to the 4,000 cadets hoping for immediate inspiration from their new leader, Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson made a very public debut Monday morning as the Air Force Academy’s new superintendent. She had a tough act to follow. Actually two tough acts, because the change-of-command ceremony already had been… Continue Reading AFA change of command sends fresh message

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Quick: What’s the best economic news for Colorado Springs in the past month or two? Let’s see, Quantum announced it would cut 170 of the 305 jobs from its manufacturing operation here, but that’s better than a total shutdown. No? OK, the state economic development commission will consider Colorado Springs’ application for sales-tax rebates to… Continue Reading Time has come for new faces and personalities

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