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People on the Move – July 27, 2012

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Lauren Larson is the new director of the division of registrations at the Department of Regulatory Agencies. Larson comes to DORA with nearly two decades of experience in business and public policy analysis and consulting, including nine years at the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. At DORA,… Continue Reading People on the Move – July 27, 2012

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If the Waldo Canyon fire caught local residents by surprise, it’s not because they weren’t warned, but because they weren’t paying attention. Continue Reading Wildfire warnings have gone ignored since 1990s

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Although El Paso County Public Trustee Tom Mowle recently submitted a letter of resignation, he has already reapplied for his position and maintains that he has been a good steward of public money. All 10 of the state’s public trustees appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper stepped down last week after a Denver Post story questioned… Continue Reading Mowle reapplies to be county’s public trustee

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Ben Johnson guides people through the memories of their hallways and dresser drawers. He walks with them through their imaginations to the bathroom and through the closets and basements of the homes they’ve lost to fire. “Usually, it’s not something people want to do right away,” said Johnson, a general insurance adjuster for Farmers Insurance.… Continue Reading Insurance claims require recollection of belongings

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With news this week that the Waldo Canyon fire is the most expensive wildfire for insurance companies in Colorado’s history, rumors started to fly about increasing premiums and full coverage becoming harder to get. “I think there’s a concern that there will be an immediate impact to insurance premiums,” said Carol Walker, executive director of… Continue Reading Insurers say Waldo fire not enough to bump premiums

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Raso sends familiar EDC messages

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For nearly an hour over breakfast earlier this week, Joe Raso talked to 200 or so business leaders about the evolving local economic landscape from his perspective as the new president and CEO for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. Throughout the room, movers and shakers from the business community listened intently to Raso’s… Continue Reading Raso sends familiar EDC messages

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Simple questions about our water

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As the Waldo Canyon fire made abundantly clear, we need to think about water in the arid high desert in which we live. That prompted me to ask Gary Bostrom, Colorado Springs Utilities’ chief water services officer, how much water we use. Two weeks later, I received an answer from Mark Murphy, who works in… Continue Reading Simple questions about our water

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Toss out idea to repeal newspaper-theft law

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Sometimes when you see something that is wrong, you know you need to do something about it. Nine years ago, I was serving as the state representative in District 56, representing the people of Eagle, Lake and Summit counties in the Colorado House of Representatives. Someone was upset about something written in one of the… Continue Reading Toss out idea to repeal newspaper-theft law

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Hey website Functionality Junkies, I’m talking to you this time. You know who you are — if an image is on a Web page you want it animated. If we’re streaming content onto one page, you suddenly want it on 50 pages. If we create one category for content, you want 30 more. We love… Continue Reading Why more on your website isn’t always better

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On the Horizon – July 20, 2012

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July 24 Speed Networking The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC hosts speed networking from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Springs Orleans, 123 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Each person has two minutes to introduce themselves and tell their story; then the whistle blows and each person moves to the next. For details visit www.coloradospringschamber.org… Continue Reading On the Horizon – July 20, 2012

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