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Volunteers have huge value in our youth sports

By Chuck Wielgus Volunteerism is as American as apple pie. The notion is born out of need, and the idea that people in a community can come together to overcome that need. Within our swimming community, I often refer to coaches as the essential segment of our club system, but the system requires events, and… Continue Reading Volunteers have huge value in our youth sports

Big shots’ gun spot making noise

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Big shots’ gun spot making noise

At Magnum Shooting Center, business started not with a whimper… “We had 1,700 paid members before we opened,” said Todd Lockburner, principal and general manager of the region’s Super Wal-Mart of firearms, located just off Northgate Boulevard and Interstate 25. The $7 million, 33,000-square-foot center opened at Polaris Pointe in November with the help of… Continue Reading Big shots’ gun spot making noise

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Business scene changes as clients age

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Business scene changes as clients age

The aging of America has had many impacts, especially on businesses. Local entrepreneurs have had to adapt their products and services to retain and expand their market share as their clients age. “It’s weird — I think the whole market is changing,” said Johnny Nolan, who owns two popular eateries in Colorado Springs, SouthSide Johnny’s… Continue Reading Business scene changes as clients age

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Balloons returning for new festival

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Balloons returning for new festival

The balloons are back in town. The city of Colorado Springs announced last week that it was in final negotiations with Hot Apple Productions to provide a balloon festival during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7. The new festival, yet to be named, was chosen through a request-for-proposal process to fill a space vacated by the… Continue Reading Balloons returning for new festival

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Community celebrates Incline’s reopening

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Community celebrates Incline’s reopening

Following three months of closure and $1.5 million in repairs and upgrading, the Manitou Incline opened to an eager crowd Dec. 5. Officials involved in the project spoke to the crowd before the first hikers made their way to the Incline’s peak. Speakers included Manitou Springs Mayor Marc Snyder; Krithika Prashant, senior communications specialist for… Continue Reading Community celebrates Incline’s reopening

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C4C compresses to single issue

The debate over City for Champions has evolved (or devolved) into a single-subject argument. The context: Should local tax-increment financing (TIF) be used to cover approximately $100 million of the $250 million proposal? Is TIF a painless way to fund major civic improvements, or is it a sophisticated scam, a way for special interests to… Continue Reading C4C compresses to single issue

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Creekside project on track, not on budget

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Creekside project on track, not on budget

After a decade of waiting, followed by months of unanticipated delay, officials now say visitors at America the Beautiful Park will have access to Fountain Creek by July. The Creekside at America the Beautiful Park project stalled just after its summer 2014 groundbreaking, when Colorado Springs Utilities workers encountered hazardous building materials buried beneath the… Continue Reading Creekside project on track, not on budget

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North Pole still has same lure

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North Pole still has same lure

When Santa Claus needs to get away, he vacations in Cascade. That’s been the case since 1956, when the North Pole: Home of Santa’s Workshop, was created by Wesley Spurry. Following the model of a park in Lake Placid, N.Y., Spurry and investors Art Herzberger and George Haggard brought the Christmas-themed concept to the foot… Continue Reading North Pole still has same lure

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BivySak brings adventure to front door

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BivySak brings adventure to front door

Having just launched a business catering to the Colorado lifestyle, friends Eric Liebold, Joe Thomas and Conaire Hallisy are about to celebrate their company’s one-week anniversary. “We are a true startup,” said Liebold, who also holds the position of COO for Chief Petroleum Co. BivySak, an online subscription service based in Colorado Springs, creates and… Continue Reading BivySak brings adventure to front door

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Sky Sox officially sign with Milwaukee

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Sky Sox officially sign with Milwaukee

Colorado Springs Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor said April seems so far away. “If you could start the 2015 season tomorrow, it wouldn’t be soon enough for us,” Ensor said Oct. 2 during a press conference in the banquet room of Security Service Field. “That’s the level of excitement we have.” Following… Continue Reading Sky Sox officially sign with Milwaukee

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