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Easter is just around the corner, and consumers are ready to spend more than last year, according to a March survey from the National Retail Federation and sales at local stores. Candy, gift and apparel store owners in Colorado Springs said they are seeing the increase, in large part, because of the return of Fort… Continue Reading Easter spending on the rise nationally, locally

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* Name: Becky Houston * Organization: Barnstorm Visual Communications Inc. * Position: President * Hometown: An Arbor, Mich. * How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Seven years * Education: Bachelor’s degree in graphic design * A few words about your company: Barnstorm is a high-end graphic design studio. Our uniqueness and strength is… Continue Reading Houston leans toward technology-based design

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The state of high technology

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When the average, non-engineer-type person thinks about high technology, most likely what first comes to mind are computers, software products and cell phones. However, the meaning of high technology in the 21st century is wide open, from the Internet to biotechnology to microelectronics, and Mike Semmens believes the possibilities are endless as long as the… Continue Reading The state of high technology

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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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People on the Move

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Don Rogers has been named president and CEO of Pueblo Bank & Trust. Rogers comes to the organization from Lexington, Ky., with 32 years in bank management and 26 years serving as president/CEO. Jimmy Wilson has joined Dynalectric Co.’s Colorado Springs office as purchasing agent. Wilson will apply his background in electrical equipment and material… Continue Reading People on the Move

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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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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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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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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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