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As we all know, nobody asked the public — and certainly not the media — for thoughts and ideas before Colorado Springs submitted its application for state Regional Tourism Act tax funding. Nobody wondered if even a little community brainstorming might produce better dreams for ambitious projects than the $218 million package being put forward… Continue Reading Mr. Anschutz, here’s a different proposition

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When you’ve come from another part of the country, you never forget your first visit to the Air Force Academy. You see the Cadet Chapel from a distance as you exit off Interstate 25. You drive amid the peaceful pines, make a stop to check out Falcon Stadium, then reach the inner campus and the… Continue Reading AFA tourism project isn’t just political pawn

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As the year of 2013 began, we were hearing regularly about a potentially huge windfall for the Colorado Springs economy, with an impact substantial enough to change our local governments’ outlook for the future. Just two quarters later, we enter July fully realizing that the supposed promise of an economic boom created by oil and… Continue Reading Drilling aside, what could help city coffers?

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Sometimes, when life deals you a few hours of unexpected free time, you simply have to take advantage. That’s what happened to me last weekend, after driving to Denver to pick up my wife at the airport. (Yes, she flew out of there, not Colorado Springs, because this trip was paid for with airline miles,… Continue Reading Quick trip finds a different world at Park Meadows

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Just like yesterday, I still remember my first drive into the Black Forest. It was in the fall of 1977, on a beautiful weekday afternoon. I was feeling a little homesick, though I never would’ve admitted it at 25, having moved here from my native state of Arkansas a few months earlier. So I decided… Continue Reading Black Forest: Trip into the past, and future

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Here’s how deep our summer event scene is

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Last August, on a perfect late-summer afternoon, thousands of locals and cycling enthusiasts from across the globe flocked to downtown Colorado Springs for an occasion to remember. They shared the thrill of watching Stage 5 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge, with many of the world’s best cyclists starting in Breckenridge, climbing Hoosier Pass, speeding… Continue Reading Here’s how deep our summer event scene is

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One year ago this past week, the Colorado Springs Business Journal changed hands. Our company, which assumed the name of Colorado Publishing Co. from the previous owners, brought the city’s established weekly business publication back into local control. From the start, our readers made it known that they didn’t want to see major changes. Improvements,… Continue Reading ‘New’ CSBJ reaches one year and counting

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2014 election will produce familiar names

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To the average Coloradan with even a passing interest in politics, the biggest story of this year — and deservedly so — already has been the state Legislature, which gave us civil unions, gun control, immigration reform, retail marijuana regulations and much more. Now the local focus is switching toward the effort to recall state… Continue Reading 2014 election will produce familiar names

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Forget future, tourism needs success now

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Anyone who has spent more than a year in Colorado Springs should know what to expect starting this weekend. It’s the arrival of our annual summer tourism season, which means traffic jams on Interstate 25 around the Cimarron/U.S. Highway 24 exit, then westward on U.S. 24 from there. It also means car travelers flocking into… Continue Reading Forget future, tourism needs success now

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Gould leaves AFA, but not Colorado Springs

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We’re down to the final few days before Lt. Gen. Michael Gould steps aside as the 18th superintendent of the Air Force Academy and retires from military service. For many Colorado Springs residents and business folks, that change of command might not seem like a huge deal. For them, it’s just another supe leaving, and… Continue Reading Gould leaves AFA, but not Colorado Springs

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