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Downtown will feel loss of bookseller

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When the Chinook Bookshop closes on June 15, downtown Colorado Springs will be losing one of its most recognizable retailers. What effect the closing will have on the downtown business climate is uncertain. “We have a vibrant, pedestrian downtown, and without a new bookstore, it will hurt,” said Richard Skorman, owner of Poor Richard’s Bookstore… Continue Reading Downtown will feel loss of bookseller

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The Colorado Springs Independent and the Denver Newspaper Agency have entered into a distribution agreement that allows subscribers to receive home delivery of the weekly alternative newspaper and the Sunday edition of the Denver Post. The arrangement began March 18. “We always wanted to have stand-alone home delivery and they agreed to deliver our paper… Continue Reading Independent pairs with Sunday Denver Post for home delivery

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Water war hits sod farmers

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A water war is brewing in El Paso County’s eastern plains, and the business owners in the middle agree on one thing: The battle could last a long time. Declining water levels in the Upper Black Squirrel Basin, an alluvial aquifer that sits atop the Denver Basin, indicate that ground water depletion is exceeding the… Continue Reading Water war hits sod farmers

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People on the Move

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Barbara Ennis has joined Rusinak Real Estate as a broker associate. She will be specializing in residential sales and relocation from the 7150 N. Academy Blvd. office. Steve Ingham has joined Academy Bank as executive vice president and market area manager. He will be responsible for the development and management of the bank’s commercial lending… Continue Reading People on the Move

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Specialty contractor in it for the long haul

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The adage, “if you wait long enough, something great will happen,” applies to Dean Gorell, owner of JD Steward Mechanical Inc. Gorell weathered a few changes at JD Steward and waited out a few years of corporate control before becoming, in May 2001, the sole owner of the Colorado Springs long-standing heating, air-conditioning, plumbing and… Continue Reading Specialty contractor in it for the long haul

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Colorado sees sharp increase in exports

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High-tech products dominate Colorado’s export business. Foreign sales of semiconductors – Colorado’s No. 1 export product – experienced a 59 percent increase from 2002 to 2003, from $654 million to $1.03 billion. The total amount of Colorado exports was $6.1 billion in 2003, an increase of 10.6 percent from 2002, according to the Colorado Office… Continue Reading Colorado sees sharp increase in exports

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Latrell's feet planted firmly on the ground

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* Name: Joe Latrell * Organization: Beyond-Earth Enterprises * Position: President/CEO * Hometown: I was born in Schenectady N.Y., but I call Colorado Springs my home. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 28 years. * Education: I graduated from Widefield High School in 1985. I have taken some college courses but mostly… Continue Reading Latrell's feet planted firmly on the ground

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Struggles of an off-the-beaten-path downtown

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The Wal-Marts, the Home Depots and the Barnes and Nobles have one advantage over the small retailer in addition to discounts, plentiful parking and extended hours. Location. Commuters welcome the ease of stopping at the nearest shopping center to pick up a box of laundry detergent or the latest bestseller. Small retailers, nestled in urban… Continue Reading Struggles of an off-the-beaten-path downtown

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Chief executives express confidence

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Chief executive officers are upbeat about the economy and many plan to expand their payrolls and investment spending this year, according to The Executive Committee International’s first quarter Confidence Index which was released this month. The survey asked nearly 1,100 middle-market chief executives about economic trends and issues. Despite The Confidence Index slipping by 1.5… Continue Reading Chief executives express confidence

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People on the Move

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Benjamin D. Henderson has joined BKD LLP as a staff accountant. He will focus on audit and general business consulting. Edward M. Priem II is working at BKD LLP as a staff intern. He will serve clients in audit, general business consulting and tax consulting. Brent Tuck CPA has joined BKD LLP. He has more… Continue Reading People on the Move

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