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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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About this time of year in 1977, a phone call from a friend in journalism let me know about a possible job opening up at what was then known as the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. That led to phone interviews and, in July, a quick trip from Arkansas for an in-person visit. I’ll never forget boarding… Continue Reading Another voice, different perspective add to CSBJ menu

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Big facilities, funding rule in Omaha

More than 40 men and women from Colorado Springs had just returned from spending much of last week in Omaha, Neb., on the annual Regional Leaders Trip. They came back energized by all they had seen and heard, thinking of fresh ways to apply the lessons from the trip, coordinated by the Colorado Springs Regional… Continue Reading Big facilities, funding rule in Omaha

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To readers of the Business Journal: As of the date on this issue, Friday, June 1, the city’s weekly business newspaper returns to local ownership. It looks the same, which is intentional, and in fact even the company’s name remains intact: Colorado Publishing Co. But the hope is that you’ll notice improvements in the weeks… Continue Reading New era for CSBJ

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