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Harris opens new office in Springs

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In a few years, Harris Corp. has grown its Colorado Springs location from three employees to 83 and has plans to continue to grow in spite of the uncertain federal budget environment. The company started its government services division in the Springs in 2006. Division head Chris Forseth said the company outgrew both its first… Continue Reading Harris opens new office in Springs

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DoD cuts furloughs to 14 days

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DoD cuts furloughs to 14 days

The good news: Department of Defense civilian employees will have fewer days off than first thought under sequestration. More good news: Those furloughs will be delayed until mid-to-late June, instead of early in May The bad news: They’ll still face 14 unpaid days of leave during the rest of the budget year, which ends Sept.… Continue Reading DoD cuts furloughs to 14 days

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Earle steps down as director of Colorado Springs Airport

Mark Earle is stepping down as aviation director of the Colorado Springs Airport, officials announced Friday. Assistant Aviation Director Dan Gallagher will assume the role of interim director while the city conducts a national search for a new director. Gallagher has been with the Colorado Springs Airport since 2010. Earle has agreed to serve as… Continue Reading Earle steps down as director of Colorado Springs Airport

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Inspiration Mars team to speak at Space Symposium

The Space Symposium has added a last-minute panel that will be sure to draw attention: the team that put together the Inspiration Mars proposal to send two people around the Red Planet. Heading up the panel are: Dennis Tito, chairman of the Inspiration Mars Foundation, Taber MacCallum, chief technology officer for the foundation and CEO… Continue Reading Inspiration Mars team to speak at Space Symposium

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DoD delays civilian furloughs

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The Department of Defense’s civilian workforce – including 3,000 at Fort Carson alone – have a two-week respite from furloughs, according to the latest news from the Department of Defense. Furloughs were set to take place starting next week, as part of the billion-cut to the Defense Department from budget sequestration. Sequestration seeks to cut… Continue Reading DoD delays civilian furloughs

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AFA cancels annual July 4th celebration

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AFA cancels annual July 4th celebration

The Air Force Academy’s annual Independence Day celebration has become the latest casualty of federal budget cuts, known as sequestration. The cuts – designed to erase $1.2 trillion from the federal budget in a decade – hit the Department of Defense particularly hard. About half the cuts will come from the DoD’s budget, on top… Continue Reading AFA cancels annual July 4th celebration

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Sequestration has thrown uncertainty and confusion into the budget and travel-planning process for the nation’s military and its civilian contractors. And that ambiguity is affecting one of the biggest conventions in Colorado Springs, the annual Space Symposium hosted by the international nonprofit Space Foundation. “What we’ve seen, most of all, is confusion,” said Elliot Pulham,… Continue Reading Sequester hits Space Symposium in unexpected ways

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‘The Science Guy’ wins Space Foundation award

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‘The Science Guy’ wins Space Foundation award

Bill Nye,  who inspired a new generation to understand and appreciate science, will receive the Space Foundation’s 2013 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award. Nye, who hosted his own television show “The Science Guy,” now leads The Planetary Society and was selected for the award for his ability to convey scientific concepts and make space… Continue Reading ‘The Science Guy’ wins Space Foundation award

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Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

With sequestration taking effect in a matter of days, Fort Carson is preparing to instigate necessary cuts issued by the Department of Defense. The DOD told Congress that civilian workers could face a furlough of up to 22 days beginning in late April. The move affects 3,000 civilian workers at the Army post, but is… Continue Reading Fort Carson warns of civilian furloughs

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Military cuts less damaging than forecasted, analysis shows

The initial impact from budget cuts and sequestration to Colorado Springs’ defense assets might be much less than originally forecasted by El Paso County. According to an analysis by USA Today, the state stands to lose $161 million in reductions to its Army assets and 4,803 jobs. Air Force estimates for Colorado suggest that it… Continue Reading Military cuts less damaging than forecasted, analysis shows

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