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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

Colorado Springs Utilities customers might see their monthly bills jump nearly 5 percent in January, but local experts and officials say that residents should soon see rates start to level off. “Utility budgets are always a balance between expenditures to ensure safe, reliable utility services and keeping rates as low as possible,” Utilities CEO Jerry… Continue Reading Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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Despite 2010 bill, payday loans continue

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Despite 2010 bill, payday loans continue

Your dog needs emergency surgery but you don’t have the cash. And your next payday isn’t for another couple of weeks. One possible solution, if you want your pooch to thrive, is to apply for a payday loan to get quick cash. You’ll come away with a healthy dog, but you’ll pay high interest rates… Continue Reading Despite 2010 bill, payday loans continue

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Sports a robust part of Springs’ economy

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Sports a robust part of Springs’ economy

If there’s one area of Colorado Springs that has potential for growth, it’s the sports businesses that have sprung up here because of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the natural environment and a concentrated effort to grow the sector. Everyone knows Colorado Springs is home to the USOC headquarters, the Olympic Training Center and 57 different… Continue Reading Sports a robust part of Springs’ economy

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Stadium financing has been an issue across the ages

How are sports stadiums financed? In America and throughout the world, public monies are almost invariably involved. That’s not a modern invention. The Roman Colosseum, an elliptical amphitheater seating as many as 60,000 people, was completed in 80 AD. It was financed with treasure looted by Roman legions from the Second Temple in Jerusalem 10… Continue Reading Stadium financing has been an issue across the ages

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Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

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Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

A few years ago, a woman was facing the news she would need a double amputation below her knees because the arteries in her legs were diseased and blocked. A snowstorm delayed the surgery, and the woman went on the Internet to explore options for her condition. She found Spectranetics and a few phone calls… Continue Reading Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

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Tech Incubator tends to business growth

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Tech Incubator tends to business growth

The Colorado Springs Technology Incubator helps budding entrepreneurs with questions regarding all startup issues. If a person needs a patent attorney, the connection will be made. If the need is venture capital, staff will take the steps to find the money. If the entrepreneur needs information on how to market, the incubator will help. The… Continue Reading Tech Incubator tends to business growth

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Holiday party planning: Avoid the lawsuits

It’s the scenario no boss wants to deal with: A manager at the annual office holiday party has a little too much to drink. He hits on every woman in the room — and even grabs a client invited to the party and kisses her. In the cold light of the morning after, bosses are… Continue Reading Holiday party planning: Avoid the lawsuits

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Court: Argent, Friese borrowed $12 million … then didn’t pay it back

Former Colorado Springs banker and resident Chad Friese and his firm, The Argent Company, borrowed nearly $12 million from dozens of individuals and their retirement accounts, but did not pay it back, according to court documents. A civil lawsuit filed in June 2011 in El Paso District Court by more than 60 people, their retirement… Continue Reading Court: Argent, Friese borrowed $12 million … then didn’t pay it back

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How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

What’s renewable energy — and what isn’t? Those two questions became critically important to senior officials of Colorado Springs Utilities when a voter-approved initiative in 2004 required that electric utilities derive a certain percentage of their retail electricity sales from renewable sources. Currently, municipally owned electric utilities in Colorado serving more than 40,000 customers must… Continue Reading How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

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Alley arts project making leap from plan to progress

A couple of years ago, a few downtowners got together and started talking about renovating the alleys of the city’s core, making them more pedestrian-friendly with new pavement, paint and lighting, transforming them from stinky backstreet vagabond thoroughfares into bright, artistic retail and dining corridors. They made a plan, which began like a lot of… Continue Reading Alley arts project making leap from plan to progress

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