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For the past week, we’ve listened as all sides have talked about what to do with the city’s windfall that would come from the negotiated 40-year lease of Memorial Health System to the University of Colorado Health. Almost everyone has fixated on the money — starting with that $74 million up-front payment from UCH, then… Continue Reading Editorial: Another major reason to like Memorial-UCH lease deal

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When the first news came out of California to start the week, everyone who cares about the stability and future of Colorado Springs had to feel encouraged. After months, actually years, of uncertainty and rumors, The Gazette would have new ownership, and the city’s longtime daily newspaper could move forward again in a positive way.… Continue Reading Editorial: Gazette’s status remains cause for concern

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Let’s talk about blue gold

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As the 2008 documentary “Blue Gold” suggests, there are bound to be world water wars in the next few decades, as the survival of our civilization will depend on water resources that are growing ever more scarce. Just as we are fighting over oil resources now, so will we declare war around the globe to… Continue Reading Let’s talk about blue gold

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Five most common hiring mistakes

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Hiring a new or replacement employee is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as managers. It also happens to be one of the most strategic and costly decisions as well. There are many ways to improve your chances of hiring well, but the simplest is to avoid the most common hiring… Continue Reading Five most common hiring mistakes

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Gold Hill Mesa retail strategy panning out

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Gold Hill Mesa builders are making plans to add retail and restaurants to the mixed-use development under construction at 21st Street and U.S. Highway 24. Continue Reading Gold Hill Mesa retail strategy panning out

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United Way cuts grants to agencies

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Even as the United Way of the Pikes Peak Region celebrates the end of its annual campaign Tuesday, some community groups have less to be happy about. Continue Reading United Way cuts grants to agencies

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At the beginning of the week, Bloomberg’s website featured two stories. One noted the continuing fall of Facebook shares since the company’s initial public offering, when the investing public snapped up 421 million shares of the 8-year-old firm at $38 a share. At that price, the company was valued at 107 times trailing earnings, a… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Facebook finding its place in history of investments

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Fredell Enterprises, Inc. 2929 Prospect St., Suite 105 Founded: 1984 Employees: 25-30 Website: coloradolandscapedesign.com Even though it’s the first thing people see when they look at a house, landscaping is often the last thing they budget for. “It’s like buying a Mercedes and deciding not to have them paint it,” said Paul Fredell, who runs landscaping… Continue Reading Fredell’s business grows with xeriscaping

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Colorado Springs hasn’t paid much attention to business signs in years, but that didn’t stop Larry Barrett from counting the potentially illegal signs in one small area south of downtown. Continue Reading City preparing to enforce stricter sign regulations

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Small jobs add revenue for local-based firm The calls to GE Johnson Construction Company are sometimes surprising. Can someone come over and patch a hole? Does the firm fix door hinges or paint walls? Fred Wolfe, GE Johnson construction executive, admits that such calls were a little strange at first for the Colorado Springs-based general… Continue Reading Fix-it jobs come in handy for GE Johnson Construction

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