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Some Springs residents have apparently reported seeing giant spiders they believe have hitched rides into Colorado Springs with returning U.S. Soldiers, however experts say the spiders are native to Colorado and that there’s nothing to worry about. Continue Reading Spider scare: Giant Iraqi spiders hitching Army rides into Springs?

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Attorney Lindsay Fischer filed a lawsuit yesterday afternoon in El Paso County District Court challenging the city’s proposed issuance of certificates of participation to fund the proposed economic development agreement between Colorado Springs and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Continue Reading Fischer sues to prevent COPs from being issued without a vote

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Whether it’s a chance to check out the latest in décor and amenities, curiosity about emerging communities or pent-up demand for new homes, the 2009 Parade of Homes has seen activity – and potential buyers – out in force. Kirk Standley, director of events for the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, which sponsors… Continue Reading Parade of Homes attracts customers in “upbeat” year

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(A.P.) – Construction of new homes and apartments dipped slightly last month, missing expectations, in a sign that the building industry’s recovery from the housing bust is likely to be bumpy and gradual. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new construction fell 1 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 581,000 units,… Continue Reading US home construction falls 1 percent, misses views

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Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy opens

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The Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy opened today at 4220 E. Pikes Peak Ave. with more than 500 students, 42 teachers and onsite support from the Space Foundation. The aerospace-themed middle school was created through a partnerhsip between the foundation and School District 11. The academy is named in honor of Colorado native and astronaut John L.… Continue Reading Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy opens

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North Gate closed to bicyclists

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Bicyclists will not be allowed to enter the U.S. Air Force Academy through the North Gate because of a construction project that began Aug. 12 and is scheduled to end Oct. 11. Because of safety concerns with ongoing construction on North Gate Boulevard, all bicyclists attempting to enter the installation will be directed to the… Continue Reading North Gate closed to bicyclists

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Job seekers can skip the job fairs, but need to brush up on social skills and networking, say researchers from the job-placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Networking is the most valuable tool for job seekers, their most recent survey said, followed by social/professional networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The survey of… Continue Reading Looking for a job? Network, skip job fairs

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Home sales statistics for the Pikes Peak region seem to be improving slightly and are impressing a number of national real estate industry researchers. In its online real estate feature story, “Best Cities for a Housing Recovery,” Forbes.com listed Colorado Springs No. 3 on its top 10 list of cities most likely to return from the downturn, based… Continue Reading Prices soft, but local home market impressing researchers

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Selection of a general contractor to complete interior work on the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters building at 27 S. Tejon St. will be handled through a formal city bid process. “There is no inside track,” said city spokeswoman Sue Skiffington-Blumberg. Lee Jenniges will be the city’s contact for the project award. The deadline for responses to the… Continue Reading RFP published to finish USOC building

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Commercial real estate vacancy rates are at an all-time high, according to a Hoff and Leigh real estate market report that tracks local properties for sale. The report says Class B office building vacancy rates are hovering around 38 percent. Class A vacancy rates are at about 25 percent. The historical norm for Class A vacancy is… Continue Reading Commercial real estate vacancies at all-time high

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