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Midyear report: State’s economy achieving in ’14

A midyear economic report by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business indicates the state continues to outshine expectations for growth in 2014. The report showed, among other things, that Colorado employment was up 3 percent in May compared to May 2013. The Colorado Business Economic Outlook published in December indicated employment would… Continue Reading Midyear report: State’s economy achieving in ’14

When the stock market is high, poised possibly to fail, and when interest rates are at rock bottom, where does a person invest his or her money? “The stock market is up 180 percent from the March 9, 2009 bottom,” said Certified Financial Planner Jeff Jensen. “They remember when they lost 57 percent of their… Continue Reading Investing in volatile times can work

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Economic numbers from early 2014 would lead economists to believe there’s another recession in America. Not so, said Fred Crowley, a UCCS professor of economics, economic consultant and well-known authority on the subject.  In the first quarter of the year, the gross domestic product dropped 2.9 percent, an annualized number, Crowley said. “Normally, if you… Continue Reading Local economy on a slow rebound

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Military presence strong; future unclear

As part of last year’s Budget Control Act, Congress mandated $1.2 trillion in cuts across federal agencies, including $50 billion in Pentagon cuts over the next decade. Despite recent congressional austerity measures and the looming threat and uncertainty surrounding base realignments and closures, or BRAC, the Pikes Peak region’s military sector remains strong, according to… Continue Reading Military presence strong; future unclear

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Gourmet eatery settling into new digs

There were all of six tables and a single deli cooler at its former location on West Cucharras Street. Fast-forward two months, move everything four blocks to 26th Street and U.S. 24, quintuple the space and — voilà! — you have the new and vastly expanded Garden of the Gods Gourmet. One of the Westside’s… Continue Reading Gourmet eatery settling into new digs

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Incline to be closed for repairs

The Manitou Springs Incline will close in late August for up to four months, so needed maintenance can be done to the popular attraction. The incline, officially opened to the public in 2013 after being heavily used by trespassers for years, is being “loved to death,” according to a video on the attraction’s website, manitouincline.com.… Continue Reading Incline to be closed for repairs

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Westside living can change one’s outlook

The lease to the Westside apartment I share with my twin brother expires this month. I’ve paced myself in deciding whether to sign another year-long contract or start fresh elsewhere, with a new landlord and different tenants. But the past year has made definite one thing: I won’t soon be leaving the place I’ve fondly… Continue Reading Westside living can change one’s outlook

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Not much has changed in the Westside’s transportation system since Interstate 25 and Midland Expressway were constructed in the decades between 1955 and 1975. Those two limited-access highways diverted tourist and commuter traffic from city streets such as Nevada and Colorado avenues, leaving neighborhood roadway alignments alone. Except for minor engineering and flood control tweaks,… Continue Reading Change is coming to West Colorado Avenue

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Tied to tourism: Local events create major summer impact

Colorado Springs tourism brings to mind the usual attractions worthy of occupying the in-laws between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Sites like Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak make many a tourist’s list. And while those landmarks are stunning for out-of-towners and locals alike, some people prefer their… Continue Reading Tied to tourism: Local events create major summer impact

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Tourism businesses off to strong start this season

Just try getting a ride these days on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. You may score a seat on the earliest train, leaving the station at 8 a.m., or perhaps a week or so hence. You can attempt to ride stand-by, but that’s not recommended. Your best bet is to make reservations, according to Traffic… Continue Reading Tourism businesses off to strong start this season

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