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As the Colorado Springs City Council-led task force ends one phase of the process to determine Memorial Health System’s future, controversy is still plaguing the process. Continue Reading Martin offers insight into task force’s work

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New FHA policy hampering condominium market

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Recent policy changes for the Federal Housing Authority’s condominium certification is causing problems for buyers, sellers and homeowners’ associations. And many don’t even know they’re in trouble yet. The Federal Housing Authority established a new policy in June that requires all condominium projects to reapply for FHA certification every two years. Since then, FHA certification… Continue Reading New FHA policy hampering condominium market

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UCCS’ Larson battling to defend game patent

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For three long years, a small toy company headed by a UCCS professor has been at war with one of the country’s toy giants. Innovention Toys, LLC, founded by Michael Larson, director of the Mind Studios at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has sued MGA Entertainment, Inc., the mega toy-maker known for its… Continue Reading UCCS’ Larson battling to defend game patent

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‘First-to-file’ the winner in patent battles

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An entrepreneur who thinks he or she has something unique should consider filing for a patent as soon as possible. Recent changes in the U.S. patent law favor those who are “first to file,” said Michael Martensen, Colorado Springs attorney who specializes in intellectual property. It means that entrepreneurs have to be more diligent about… Continue Reading ‘First-to-file’ the winner in patent battles

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The phone rang in The Broadmoor hotel archivist’s office. It was a former Miss Broadmoor Bathing Beauty on the line. She and her husband honeymooned at the hotel in 1959, and the staff photographer took their photo by the lake. Is it possible that the photos still exist? “Yes,” she was told. “You are a… Continue Reading Photographers capture Broadmoor’s tourism history

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CC hockey takes over World Arena

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It’s two days before the Colorado College men’s ice hockey season begins and the team at the World Arena has their game faces on. Making ice is one of their specialties. And while Colorado College hockey games only represent 22 of the 250 events each year in the World Arena, hockey is a big part… Continue Reading CC hockey takes over World Arena

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There’s never been a producing oil or gas well in El Paso County, but that hasn’t stopped drilling plans for Houston-based Ultra Resources, which bought more than 18,000 acres of the failed Banning Lewis Ranch property. The region’s foray into oil and gas drilling will also be the city and county’s foray into how to… Continue Reading Fracking forces El Paso County to consider regulation stragegy

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Springs’ renewable energy emerging from shadows

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While Colorado has a reputation for having one of the fastest-growing green economies in the nation, Colorado Springs has limped behind in the shadows through most of these formative years. But that may be changing. That’s what David Amster-Olszewski hopes. He’s behind an effort to persuade the Colorado Springs City Council to approve a program… Continue Reading Springs’ renewable energy emerging from shadows

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Nearly 17,400 Colorado high school students failed to graduate in 2009 — something that will cost them $4.5 billion in personal income over their lifetimes. The Pikes Peak United Way is trying to strengthen those statistics with a new program it hopes will increase graduation rates among students who are now entering kindergarten. “About one-quarter… Continue Reading United Way’s ‘Success by 6’ seeks to boost literacy

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A big party at the Pueblo Dam last month marked the start of construction of the Southern Delivery System But not everyone is celebrating. Government leaders in Pueblo are holding their breath, hoping that the controversy that plagued the project is gone for good. “But we’ll have to wait and see,” said John Cordova, chairman… Continue Reading Phase I construction of 62-mile SDS pipeline under way

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