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Marijuana task force struggles with issues

Employers should be able to fire workers who test positive for marijuana use — even if they aren’t working under the influence of the drug. That’s the biggest recommendation from the state’s Amendment 64 task force, a 24-member group charged with producing regulatory framework to allow recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and older.… Continue Reading Marijuana task force struggles with issues

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Let’s put candidates under business microscope

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What do business people want? They want a business-friendly City Council, one with members who understand the myriad problems that businesses encounter in their dealings with local government. They want elected officials who are smart, accountable, adaptable and quick to respond to changing realities. They want decision-makers, not ditherers. They want far-sighted yet practical folks… Continue Reading Let’s put candidates under business microscope

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Springs Airport moving on without Frontier

It should have been a time of celebration at the Colorado Springs Airport. Crews were wrapping up the finishing touches on a $236,000 visual display that leaves no doubt in travelers’ minds that Colorado Springs is home to the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. Air Force Academy and wonders of nature. But just as a giant… Continue Reading Springs Airport moving on without Frontier

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Spotlight doesn’t mean gun shops are happy

“I’ve been through booms and I’ve been through busts,” said Paul Paradis, the owner of Paradise Firearms on West Colorado Avenue, “and I don’t like either one. I prefer things to be steady and predictable.” For established gun shop owners such as Paradis, who has sold firearms from his Westside storefront for more than 25… Continue Reading Spotlight doesn’t mean gun shops are happy

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Local investors are now competing against institutional money at the El Paso County Public Trustee’s foreclosure sales. Two out-of-state investors have been bidding on foreclosures at the local sales. Colony American Homes, an Arizona-based unit of Colony Capital LLC, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., buys homes and rents them out while they appreciate. Granite Ranch… Continue Reading Local real estate investors battling with new Goliaths

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Rapid growth for St. Francis

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Rapid growth for St. Francis

The St. Francis Medical Center of the future could become a dominant presence in northern Colorado Springs, even replacing Penrose Hospital as the main campus for Centura Health in the city. Unexpected growth at St. Francis, on the southeast side of the Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road interchange, and demand for new services have led… Continue Reading Rapid growth for St. Francis

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Coffee business brews off beaten path

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Coffee business brews off beaten path

Urban Steam Coffee Bar 1025 S. Sierra Madre St. 473-7382 www.urbansteamcoffee.com Owner: Kelly Bubach Employees: One full-time, two part-time Kelly Bubach is a former IT professional who left his job to turn his love of java into a warehouse coffee bar in a southern corner of downtown. The neighborhood, southwest of Tejon and Las Vegas… Continue Reading Coffee business brews off beaten path

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Colorado’s future starts with educated minorities

Look around at America’s leadership — CEOs, public officials, nonprofit leaders, surgeons and military leaders. They mostly have one thing in common: They are Baby Boomers, and they are preparing to retire in the next decade. Where will we find leaders, skilled professionals and entrepreneurs to continue growing our economy and prosperity? Answering this question… Continue Reading Colorado’s future starts with educated minorities

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STEM’s yellow brick road to employment

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STEM’s yellow brick road to employment

A friend came to me the other day to announce that he was thinking about becoming a police officer. This came as a shock, since he is probably the most talented artist and painter I have ever met. Up until now, I have watched him provide well for his family through various painting and art… Continue Reading STEM’s yellow brick road to employment

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Anderson: straight talk, sad news

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For nearly an hour Tuesday night, Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson gave a roomful of local difference-makers a full and honest assessment of how he views the Army in general and Fort Carson in particular. Speaking to the Winter Night Club at The Broadmoor, Gen. Anderson outlined how the Army is dealing with all the threats… Continue Reading Anderson: straight talk, sad news

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