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Throughout the expansive room inside Library 21c, interested people gathered in clusters, listening to others, asking questions and receiving answers. The crowd estimated at 250 to 300 might not have been fully united, but on this Tuesday evening, even the known cynics kept their confrontational instincts in check. The event was billed as a “different”… Continue Reading C4C meeting produces more clarity

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LART makes us look less friendly

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As you already might have seen in this issue, Business Journal columnist John Hazlehurst takes the Colorado Springs city government to task for its treatment of nonprofit events seeking Lodgers and Automobile Renters Tax funding. As a direct result of City Council forcing event organizers to provide justification proving economic impact, and making that a… Continue Reading LART makes us look less friendly

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No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision.… Continue Reading No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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USA Pro Challenge returns for third time

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USA Pro Challenge returns for third time

After a 2013 hiatus, the state’s largest spectator event once again is making its way through Colorado Springs next week — but don’t blink. The fourth USA Pro Challenge is welcoming back some of the world’s fastest cyclists, with Stage 4 of the seven-stage event here on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 21. The stage will start… Continue Reading USA Pro Challenge returns for third time

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Look around you, not always in the most obvious places, and you’ll see some very positive signs of a developing trend in the Pikes Peak region. For starters, check the downtown alley going north and south between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. Already, one block of alleyway has been spruced up and resurfaced between Bijou… Continue Reading Area must reach out more to young adults

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Another August, another Copper Triangle, and another couple of weeks of being broke. We left Colorado Springs last Friday afternoon for Copper Mountain, stayed in a pleasant studio at Copper Mountain Resort on Friday and Saturday nights, and came back Sunday afternoon. The bike ride was wonderful, as always. What’s not to like about an… Continue Reading Triangle reaffirms what Colorado Springs needs

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Bicycle Experience enjoys high-profile digs

Most shop owners, whatever their ilk, would probably be upset if someone selling the same stuff moved in a block away. Fortunately for Bicycle Experience’s Todd Hood and Bubba “Blaze” Hayes, they’re only in competition with themselves. “Now we have a boutique,” said Hood, from the newest Bicycle Experience shop at the Ivywild School. That… Continue Reading Bicycle Experience enjoys high-profile digs

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Failed dreams help define city’s past

As stolid and unimaginative as our little city sometimes seems, it has had its share of dreamers and schemers, folks who weren’t afraid to reach for the brass ring. Some of their dreams came true — but many others didn’t. Colorado Springs didn’t host the Winter Olympics in 1956 or 1960. No railroad tunnel was… Continue Reading Failed dreams help define city’s past

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Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

Michele Hefner has spent half her life working at the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings. Now the general manager, Hefner, 39, ruminated recently with the Business Journal about her 20 years working at the popular tourist attraction west of Colorado Springs. How did you arrive at becoming manager of the attraction? Going to college, I got… Continue Reading Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

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Week after week, we hear assurances that important announcements are coming, perhaps soon, in regard to City for Champions. Just a guess, but that probably would not include anything newsworthy in regard to the proposed multipurpose Colorado Sports and Event Center, commonly known as the downtown stadium. In truth, it’s an indoor-outdoor complex adjacent to… Continue Reading Downtown complex could go back to baseball

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