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There will be no charge for on-street parking in downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City on Saturdays throughout December. The free parking is expected to cost the city $27,200 in uncollected meter money, but city officials reason that the free parking will bolster shopping traffic and in turn boost sales tax revenue.

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National women’s sportswear retailer Title Nine will move into the longtime vacant downtown retail space next to Terra Verde this spring. The storefront, at 210 N. Tejon St., has sat empty for more than three years. The space, along with Terra Verde’s, was once home to the Chinook Book Shop, but when Chinook went out… Continue Reading Title Nine to fill longtime empty space next to Terra Verde

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Commercial sales affected by credit crunch

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Office building sales across the U.S. fell 70 percent during October from a year earlier, according to a report this week from Reuters. The story said a Nov. 20 report issued by Real Capital Analytics shows that sales of office properties that typically sell for more than $5 million fell to $4.4 billion during October.… Continue Reading Commercial sales affected by credit crunch

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The El Paso County Veteran and Military Affairs Office has moved from the Department of Human Services at 105 N. Spruce St. to the first floor of the Robert L. Russel Building at 105 E. Vermijo Ave. The office assists residents who served in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps. It… Continue Reading Veteran and Military Affairs Office at new location

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Cyber Monday virtually all its cracked up to be

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If there was any doubt about Cyber Monday being all that for online retailers, this year’s sales totals might convince skeptics. Overall traffic to retail Web sites rose 26 percent this year, according to Shop.org. Internet analysis company, comScore.com says the one-day sales totals reached $733 million. CyberMonday.com, a site that compiles Cyber Monday deals,… Continue Reading Cyber Monday virtually all its cracked up to be

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Nearly two months after opening its first Colorado Springs location, the Denver-based Spicy Pickle sandwich restaurant chain has opened a second Springs store – and there are apparently more on the way. The first store opened Sept. 4 at 1466 W. Garden of the Gods Road. The second location opened last week in Briargate at… Continue Reading Colorado Springs on Spicy Pickle expansion fast track

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County to consider budget cuts

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The El Paso County Board of Commissioners will discuss proposed mandates and balancing options to the county’s revised 2008 budget when it meets Thursday. Earlier this month, the board voted to furlough more than 100 county employees during the weeks of Christmas and Thanksgiving after a shortfall forced it to shave $4.1 million to balance… Continue Reading County to consider budget cuts

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SBA extends award nominations deadline

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The Small Business Administration has extended the deadline to submit Small Business of the Year award nominations. Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 14. There are 10 award categories, including the Small Business Person of the Year Award. To receive a nomination package, e-mail christopher.chavez at sba dot gov or call 303-844-0501. The Colorado Small… Continue Reading SBA extends award nominations deadline

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Construction work a little safer last year

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Construction workers across the nation worked more but were injured less often last year. The non-fatal injuries and illnesses case rate decreased from 6.3 cases per 100 workers during 2005 to 5.9 percent last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Construction injuries and illnesses totaled 412,900… Continue Reading Construction work a little safer last year

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Lodging group reports increased bookings

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The Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association is reporting that year-to-date 66.4 percent of Colorado hotel rooms have been occupied, compared to 64.6 percent a year ago. The statewide average daily room rate during October was $115.93, compared to $105.72 one year ago. Colorado Springs’ average daily room rate for October hit $86.68, down from August’s… Continue Reading Lodging group reports increased bookings

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