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Consumer confidence uptick

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Despite a jittery economy, consumers showed renewed confidence this month. The New York-based Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose to 88.6 for the month, up from a revised 87.8 during November – the first increase since July. Confidence levels are considered important because they indicate possible changes in spending patterns, and consumer spending contributes nearly… Continue Reading Consumer confidence uptick

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Fort Carson Town Hall Meeting

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments will host the Fort Carson Town Hall Meeting at the Antler’s Hilton hotel on Jan. 14 about how the Pikes Peak region will respond to troop increases. Organizers will provide the updates on the arrival, deployment and return of brigades, and offer information about demographics, housing estimates, behavioral… Continue Reading Fort Carson Town Hall Meeting

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Want to get there faster? Take Platte Avenue or Academy Boulevard. The City’s 2007 Travel Time Study results show that average, drivers on Platte proceeded through eight green traffic signals before being stopped by a red one. Drivers on Academy averaged seven. Drivers on Powers Boulevard, Research Parkway, and Woodmen Road hit an average of… Continue Reading Survey uncovers Colorado Springs’ fastest travel routes

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McDivitt Law Firm will pay for Yellow Cab rides within Colorado Springs this New Year’s Eve. Attorney Mike McDivitt said he came up with the idea after he was startled by a recent survey that ranked Colorado Springs as the nation’s third drunkest city. “I love this town, and I just didn’t dream we’d have… Continue Reading Law firm paying for New Year’s Eve cab rides

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Some of the nation’s retailers are implementing restrictive return policies. A few have resorted to consulting a “naughty list” of habitual gift returners before issuing a refund, according to Consumer World, an Internet consumer resource guide. Many national retailers – Sports Authority, Express, The Limited and KB Toys – use this database to track customer… Continue Reading Too many gift returns land you on ‘naughty list’

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Fort Carson budget for continued growth

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In view of the 4,800 additional soldiers and new brigade combat team that have been assigned to Fort Carson, an obvious question might be “Will the existing post be able to handle all the new folks?” While it’s still too early to get a reading from the Department of the Army on specific future plans… Continue Reading Fort Carson budget for continued growth

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Form 990 overview, forms on Web

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The 2008 Form 990 is now available on the Internal Revenue Web site. Organizations will begin using the new Form 990 for the 2008 tax year but must continue to use the current form for the 2007 tax year. The new Form 990 consists of an 11-page core form that must be completed by each… Continue Reading Form 990 overview, forms on Web

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Fire department expands with mobile crews

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Colorado Springs Fire Department has created a new approach to combat the rising volume of calls – a mobile two-person squad based outside a fire station. Similar plans have been instituted in places such as Seattle and Miami-Dade County, Fla. The Springs’ first two-man squad responds to the Knob Hill neighborhood, near Platte and Circle.… Continue Reading Fire department expands with mobile crews

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November foreclosures up 68 percent

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The number of November foreclosure filings nationwide surged 68 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Analysts from RealtyTrac say that in all, 201,950 foreclosure filings were reported last month, compared with 120,334 during November 2006. Still, last month’s filings are down 10 percent from October’s 224,451. The decline in filings from October… Continue Reading November foreclosures up 68 percent

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County DHS applies for $492,786 in CSBG grants

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The El Paso County Department of Human Services has applied to receive $492,786 in Community Services Block Grants for 2008 and 2009. The federal CSBG grants are awarded annually to provide county emergency and self-sufficiency services to low-income families. The Pikes Peak Community Action Agency and the Salvation Army’s emergency shelter will provide those services… Continue Reading County DHS applies for $492,786 in CSBG grants

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