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The largest creditor in the Colorado Crossing collapse has filed a competing bankruptcy reorganization plan that would allow it to seize control of a large part of the stalled project. The filing by GE Johnson Construction Co. challenges the developer of the project, SRKO Family Limited Partnership, on practically every front. “We thought it was… Continue Reading Colo. Crossing creditors push back, fight for control

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Allen Paty has been GM of the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs since 2008. He serves on the boards of the Downtown Partnership, the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association, the Pikes Peak Lodging Association, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was on the CVB search team that hired Doug Price, the incoming CEO. What… Continue Reading Antler’s Paty: On the front lines of Springs’ hospitality

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The latest ozone regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could make life more complicated in El Paso County — and not just for Colorado Springs Utilities or the government agencies charged with monitoring air quality. The changes could mean new automobile emission mandates, controls on construction equipment and bans on certain paints. The EPA… Continue Reading New federal clean-air rules: Good for our health, bad for our pocketbooks?

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Little to connect rate hikes, reforms

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National health care reform apparently has little to do with the double-digit increases in health insurance premiums projected in Colorado for 2011. According to a review by state insurance department actuaries, the reforms adopted this spring account for no more than 5 percent of next year’s premium hikes. A raft of other factors is responsible… Continue Reading Little to connect rate hikes, reforms

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Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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“We have a ‘strategic’ plan. It’s called doing things.” Admittedly, Herb Kelleher’s legendary Rambo-esque style of leadership is appealing. The former CEO of Southwest Airlines has a point. Few enjoy sitting in a stuffy board room victimized by droning reports and deadly dull presentations — a common perception of strategic planning. So some leaders, especially… Continue Reading Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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Cast of stars growing at Conservatory

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For years, Linda Weise, founder and executive director of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, received dozens of unsolicited resumes from teachers and performers looking for work. The number of resumes far exceeded the number of jobs at the nonprofit preparatory school for the arts. In recent years, though, Weise has cut a number of deals to… Continue Reading Cast of stars growing at Conservatory

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Spurred at least in part by the suspension of certain exemptions, state sales tax revenues rose more than 8 percent in the second quarter compared to the previous year. The Colorado Department of Revenue reports that sales tax revenue jumped to $461.5 million from $426.5 million the previous year. The suspension of exemptions on items… Continue Reading Exemption suspensions generate nearly $12M for state budget

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Keep government out of Banning Lewis

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City Councilman Sean Paige has been kicking around the idea that the city should buy the bankrupt Banning Lewis Ranch. He’s thinking we could build an equestrian center, trails, perhaps even an Olympic training facility. It’s not a new idea; Paige promoted it last year when he sought appointment to the vacant city council seat… Continue Reading Keep government out of Banning Lewis

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Ours is the most conservative city in Colorado, and one of the half-dozen most conservative cities in America. When Republicans win, whether by taking control of the legislature, occupying the governor’s mansion, or winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, we help put them there. A generic Republican candidate can expect at least a 65-35… Continue Reading An El Paso County solution to the Colorado GOP’s problems

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Fed policy should focus on price stability

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Ben Bernanke and his buddies at the Federal Reserve have half the economic equation right. But the half they’ve got wrong could turn out to be quite costly. In the Federal Open Market Committee statement released Nov. 3, the Fed reiterated concerns over a slow recovery in output and employment; consumer spending being restrained in… Continue Reading Fed policy should focus on price stability

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