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Bob Chastain is CEO of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Working at a zoo wasn’t his dream job originally, but after an internship at one, he said he began to realize their value. Now, he’s overseeing the largest habitat expansion in the Colorado Springs zoo’s history. The $13.5 million Encounter Africa exhibit, which will be home… Continue Reading Chastain overseeing Encounter Africa zoo addition

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Nor’Wood Development Group will break ground on a 240-unit apartment development in Fountain on Monday, Oct. 17. The $30 million project, called the Mesa Ridge Apartments, will be located about two miles from Fort Carson’s Gate 20 and just down the road from the thriving Markets at Mesa Ridge retail development. Plans call for 84… Continue Reading Nor’Wood begins work on $30 million Fountain apts.

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Commercial real estate market steady during 3Q

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Commercial office-space vacancy rates are high in the north, and retail vacancy rates are high in the eastern-central part of town. But industrial space is slowly filling throughout the city, two commercial brokerage firms say. Two firms, Sierra Commercial Real Estate and Hoff & Leigh Commercial Real Estate, each recently released their third-quarter reports. While… Continue Reading Commercial real estate market steady during 3Q

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People on the Move – October 13, 2011

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E Light Electric Services, Inc., a commercial electrical contractor, announced the promotion of Jason Wheeler to vice president of operations. Wheeler has been with E Light since 2005, and through his oversight, managed field productivity, manpower, scheduling, budgeting and the completion of projects to maximize profits. Penrose–St. Francis Health Services welcomes local and established vascular… Continue Reading People on the Move – October 13, 2011

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On the Horizon – October 14, 2011

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Oct. 14 UCCS Intersections Film Festival This year’s festival explores the theme of displacement due to economic need, war, imprisonment, and occupation. An opening reception will be at 5 p.m. at the Gallery of Contemporary Art on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus with free public screenings. Seating is limited. For more information… Continue Reading On the Horizon – October 14, 2011

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Three systems vying to lease Memorial’s assets

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Banner Health, Centura Health and University of Colorado hospital all plan to bid to lease Memorial Health System — and they don’t seem too worried about Memorial’s troubled balance sheet. “That’s a problem that can be turned around,” said Bill Byron, spokesman for the nonprofit Banner. “We still see a lot of potential in Memorial.… Continue Reading Three systems vying to lease Memorial’s assets

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Wanted: replacement hero for Steve Jobs

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Yes, Steve Jobs is gone, and it felt sudden; I was completely unprepared. The news came to me on the 11 p.m. news, and I immediately logged onto Twitter to see what had happened. There it was, Jobs died – two hours ago. I sat quietly in the dark, illuminated only by my computer screens,… Continue Reading Wanted: replacement hero for Steve Jobs

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UCCS’ Larson battling to defend game patent

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For three long years, a small toy company headed by a UCCS professor has been at war with one of the country’s toy giants. Innovention Toys, LLC, founded by Michael Larson, director of the Mind Studios at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has sued MGA Entertainment, Inc., the mega toy-maker known for its… Continue Reading UCCS’ Larson battling to defend game patent

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‘First-to-file’ the winner in patent battles

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An entrepreneur who thinks he or she has something unique should consider filing for a patent as soon as possible. Recent changes in the U.S. patent law favor those who are “first to file,” said Michael Martensen, Colorado Springs attorney who specializes in intellectual property. It means that entrepreneurs have to be more diligent about… Continue Reading ‘First-to-file’ the winner in patent battles

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Book Review: “Now You See It”

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by Cathy Davidson, performed by Laural Merlington The phone rang. You were interrupted, but you barely noticed. That’s because you were looking online for information on a project due that afternoon. You were also eating lunch when you answered the phone at the same time you replied to a colleague’s email at the same time… Continue Reading Book Review: “Now You See It”

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