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G.H. Phipps wins national safety award

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A local general contractor was one of five Colorado companies named as among the nation’s safest contractors of 2008 by the Associated General Contractors of America. G.H. Phipps Construction Co. and Colorado Springs-based G.E. Johnson Construction were recognized with first and second place “Construction Safety Excellence” awards respectively in the “Building Division,” 700,000 to 1… Continue Reading G.H. Phipps wins national safety award

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Great Western Bank announced today that it plans to purchase First Community Bank’s Colorado branches for about $20 million. First Community Bank is a subsidiary of First State Bancorp., based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals but is anticipated to close this summer. The agreement involves the acquisition of 20… Continue Reading First Community Bank’s branches to be purchased

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Will Pat Bowlen sell the Broncos?

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Things just aren’t what they used to be for the Denver Broncos. Ticket sales are lagging and a host of new faces, including that of the head coach,  don’t feel like neighbors to Denver fans. Is it time for owner Pat Bowlen to throw in the towel? The Bleacher Report considers the issue.

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Pueblo issues conditions for SDS

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Pueblo County indicated this morning that there are a number of conditions that must be met before it issues permits for the southern delivery system that will pipe water into Colorado Springs to support future growth. The conditions come after months of negotiations between Springs and Pueblo officials.  “At our initial glance, it looks as if… Continue Reading Pueblo issues conditions for SDS

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The House Business Affairs and Labor Committee delayed a vote yesterday on a proposed law that would let workers who are “locked out” during labor disputes collect unemployment benefits. House Bill 1170, sponsored by Rep. Edward Casso, D-Commerce City, has drawn opposition from business leaders who said the legislation gives unions the upper hand in… Continue Reading Committee delays vote on ‘locked out’ labor pay

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Sand Creek Library ready to reopen March 21

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The Sand Creek Branch Library will re-open March 21 after a five-month remodeling and expansion project.The $2.4 million renovation project was paid for through the Pikes Peak Library District budget, with $340,000 in fund-raising specifically for the project. The district still needs to raise $274,000 to finish the project. Sand Creek is one of the… Continue Reading Sand Creek Library ready to reopen March 21

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Marian House rechristened

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The new Marian House Self Sufficiency Center will become the Bishop Richard C. Hanifen Center on March 17.Hanifen is bishop emeritus of Colorado Springs. The Hanifen Center at Marian House will house most of Catholic Charities emergency and transition services as well as programs in collaboration with other social service agencies. The Marian House Life… Continue Reading Marian House rechristened

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Hazardous waste collection extending hours

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Beginning this Saturday, the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 3255 Akers Drive, will accept drop offs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.The facility’s regular hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Last year more than 10,000 residents recycled more than 214,000 pounds of… Continue Reading Hazardous waste collection extending hours

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion today unanimously endorsing Colorado’s position in a decades-old water dispute that Kansas can only be reimbursed $40 per day as compensation for expert witnesses utilized in presenting its case. “The Supreme Court’s decision today marks a bright note for Colorado in this long-running water dispute,” Attorney General John… Continue Reading Supreme Court sides with Colorado in fee dispute

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the agency that insures bank deposits said today that it has plenty of money to cover any failures this year. Sheila Bair, the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said the agency has set aside $22 billion to cover any projected losses during the next year, leaving $19… Continue Reading FDIC has funds but would like ‘bigger cushion’

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