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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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They’ve been called boring bean counters. They get asked if their favorite fashion accessories are green visors and pocket protectors. They are the butt of jokes on countless websites and their work traits are now slogans on T-shirt and coffee mugs. They are accountants. “I’m damn proud of it,” said Tad Goodenbour, certified public accountant… Continue Reading Accountants: Going beyond bean counting and pocket protectors

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Nurses, computers scientists and retail sales people are in demand in Colorado. Those are the top three occupations with the most job listings, according to the Colorado Department of Labor. In Colorado, hospital employment has grown every year for the past 19 years with the most sought employees being registered nurses. And, there does not… Continue Reading Job openings are in health care, computers and retail

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Uncertainty in Washington about the 2012 defense budget — and billions in cuts expected in the next decade — has major defense contractors worried about shrinking contracts and cutting jobs. But smaller businesses in Colorado Springs are cautiously optimistic that smaller contracts might even the playing field. “Smaller companies are more nimble,” said Buddy Gilmore,… Continue Reading Defense budget cuts a bittersweet prospect in Springs

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Where do Colorado Springs jobs come from? It’s true that the city relies heavily on its public sector, employers such as Fort Carson and Memorial Hospital, for roughly 40 percent of the city’s workforce. But it’s the private sector that’s the real backbone of the economy, providing the other 60 percent. Here’s a look at… Continue Reading A look at some of Colo. Springs’ top private employers

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