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Two giants seem poised to battle it out over the Martin Drake Power Plant. On one side is the Sierra Club, with 1.4 million members, thousands of volunteers and an aggressive, well-funded legal arm. On the other, Colorado Springs Utilities, a multi-billion-dollar, city-owned enterprise with deep pockets and legal resources of its own. In the… Continue Reading Battle lines drawn over Drake: Sierra Club vs. CSU

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It has been a good year for Colorado credit unions. Billed as the alternative to traditional banks, credit unions gained 40,000 members across the state in 2012 and grabbed 26.6 percent of the market. One national survey released this week says credit unions are riding a wave of customer satisfaction and reached record-high membership in… Continue Reading Credit unions still riding wave of big-bank backlash

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None of the four major brewers in town who are sinking serious money into big expansions are worried about competition. The microbrew industry is growing and the owners and brewers at Trinity Brewing Company, Colorado Mountain Brewery, Bristol Brewing Company and Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. all say they’re expanding because they have to if they’re… Continue Reading Beer mania: Expansion rules scene across city

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The fiscal cliff is looming larger, and the country actually might endure a series of draconian cuts and tax increases — something that was never supposed to happen. When Congress passed a law in August 2011 requiring $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts — half from the Department of Defense — it was supposed to serve… Continue Reading Fiscal cliff cuts start with defense but could go deeper

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Delight Gluten-Free Magazine named Coquette Bistro and Bakery’s brunch among the five best gluten free brunches in the country. But that’s just the icing on an already rich cake for the Manitou Springs eatery. From possible national product deals to second locations and growing statewide and national notoriety, the restaurant seems to be on a… Continue Reading Manitou’s Coquette hopes to expand into downtown

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The owner of downtown club Gasoline Alley plans to renovate it and add a grill with a walk-up window that will be open lunch through late night. The remodel, planned to be finished by next summer, would move the stage away from the front of the club and put a casual restaurant with a walk-up… Continue Reading Guadagnoli to add grill, walk-up window to Gasoline Alley

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City Attorney Chris Melcher knew he might have to defend a no-solicitation ordinance in court, but he was surprised by how swiftly the American Civil Liberties Union filed its lawsuit. “I understand it was just two hours after the City Council voted,” Melcher said. On Nov. 27, Colorado Springs City Council approved a no-solicitation ordinance… Continue Reading City responds to ACLU’s no-solicitation law suit

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When local music engineer John Stewart sat at his computer to re-master a classic mash-up album, he had no idea his late-night project would strike a worldwide chord. The 25-year-old Stewart was listening to one of his favorite albums, “The Grey Album” — the 2004 Danger Mouse mash-up album that combined vocals from Jay-Z’s “The… Continue Reading Forbes gives nod to remake of Jay-Z, Beatles’ mash-up ‘Grey Album’

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Colorado took an unprecedented stance in the November election, legalizing recreational use of marijuana. City leaders still are working through many unanswered questions before the amendment goes into effect. “At this point, there are still more questions than answers,” said City Attorney Chris Melcher, who will discuss options for regulations inside city limits at the… Continue Reading News analysis: City trying to sort out Amendment 64 issues

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Shop specializes in guns for women

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Just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, minutes before the store actually opens, there’s already a line at Tri-Lakes Shooters Supply in Monument. One guy wants advice about the gun to carry for his job as an armored-car driver. A soldier needs his rifle repaired. A third customer is looking for Christmas ideas for his wife.… Continue Reading Shop specializes in guns for women

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