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COPPeR hires first executive director

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COPPeR, the nonprofit Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, has hired Bettina Swigger as its first executive director. She starts the job Jan. 3. Swigger has managed the Summer Arts Festival at Colorado College for three years and also has worked as the administrator for the citywide Mozart @ 250 celebration, a freelance arts… Continue Reading COPPeR hires first executive director

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A burger, fries and an ice-cold coffee?

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The world’s biggest drinks maker, Coca-Cola, and Italian coffee roaster illycaffe have teamed up create ready-to-drink coffee products. The companies plan to seal the deal by the end of the year. The RTD global coffee market is valued at just under $10 billion and has grown an estimated 10 percent during the past five years.… Continue Reading A burger, fries and an ice-cold coffee?

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The free downtown shuttle service could come to an end early next year. The city’s public transportation arm, Mountain Metropolitan Transit, had planned to pay for the shuttle’s operation cost starting in 2008, but proposed 2008 public transportation cuts to cover a $1.3 million budget shortfall include eliminating the shuttle service. Proponents of the free… Continue Reading Downtown shuttle service on the chopping block

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FEMA team from Denver heading to California

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Personnel and equipment is on its way to California from Denver to assist with wildfire response and recovery efforts in California. The team, members of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, consists of five people and four pieces of equipment from the Mobile Emergency Response System. The team left yesterday, and is… Continue Reading FEMA team from Denver heading to California

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Webster University gets $10 million gift

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St. Louis-based nonprofit Webster University, which has two campuses in Colorado Springs, has received a $10 million donation from former U.S. Ambassador George H. Walker III. The gift is the largest single donation in Webster’s 92-year history. Walker cited Webster’s “tremendous international outreach” as the motivation for the donation. “Having served abroad in Hungary for… Continue Reading Webster University gets $10 million gift

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A premier party for a Trading Spaces television episode filmed in Colorado Springs this summer is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Will’s Sports Pub & Grill, 424 S. Nevada Ave. The episode will be televised at the party from 8 to 9 p.m. The episode features local residents and roller derby skaters Karma Getcha… Continue Reading Premier party for Springs’ Trading Spaces episode

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Small business continued to create Colorado’s new jobs during 2004. The updated Colorado Small Business Profile, released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration, shows that small businesses added 25,400 net new jobs during the latest year studied. “Small businesses are Colorado’s job-creating dynamo,” said Dr. Chad Moutray, chief economist… Continue Reading Colorado small businesses create 25,400 jobs in 2004

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FHA-approved lenders offer subprime antidote

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Countrywide Financial Corp. announced its intention this week to help 82,000 subprime borrowers facing higher payments to stay in their homes. But, the company is not the only financial institution promoting FHA fixed-rate refinanced or restructured loans to borrowers overwhelmed by high-risk escalating adjustable rate mortgages. The HUD-sponsored program, launched Sept. 5 with the support… Continue Reading FHA-approved lenders offer subprime antidote

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USA Basketball is looking to move its headquarters and training facilities out of Colorado Springs after the 2008 Summer Games. USA Basketball, the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the U.S., has issued a request for proposal to cities interested in forging a long-term partnership. More than 20 cities have expressed interest.… Continue Reading USA Basketball looking to move from Springs

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Waiting tables a real drag for women

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There’s a good chance your waitress is depressed. Nearly 15 percent of women working in the food service industry report having experienced depression in the last year – nearly triple that of their male counterparts, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. And, depression among food workers is among… Continue Reading Waiting tables a real drag for women

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