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New works director preps for fresh beginning

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New works director preps for fresh beginning

Travis Easton, the city’s new public works director, brings with him some uncommon public service experience. Easton served as the mayor of Monument from 2009 until earlier this year. In addition, he has been a senior vice president of civil engineering with Nolte Vertical Five in the Pikes Peak region. He’ll transition at the end… Continue Reading New works director preps for fresh beginning

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The race for mayor of Colorado Springs definitely is heating up, far ahead of the April 2015 municipal election. El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen formally announced on Labor Day, sending a statement to the media that may presage a major campaign theme. “It is time to unlock the doors of the Mayor’s Office,” Lathen… Continue Reading Mayoral candidates make moves to set up race

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Blue Dot starts a new trend

“Why are we going ahead?” asked Darsey Nicklasson. “Because Colorado Springs needs this.” In a letter explaining their decision to go ahead with their long-planned, 33-unit Blue Dot apartment development on South Nevada Avenue, Nicklasson and partner Kathy Loo made their point in a single sentence. “We will continue to be a very active part… Continue Reading Blue Dot starts a new trend

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So, one of the city’s most honorable people asked recently, what five things bother you the most about Colorado Springs right now? But you can’t just be negative, my friend said. You have to say what you’d do differently. This acquaintance did not want to be identified, even as male or female. That’s OK, because… Continue Reading It’s OK to be frustrated if you have solutions

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Cycling exposure trumps impact

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Cycling exposure trumps impact

Stage 4 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge seemed to have an outright positive effect on few vendors along the Aug. 21 race route, but small business folks stand strongly in support of the event that brings international attention to the Pikes Peak region. The Colorado Springs leg exposed scores of local businesses to Pro… Continue Reading Cycling exposure trumps impact

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The year’s most overblown story

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One month ago, the most controversial new business of 2014 in El Paso County opened its doors to overflow crowds. Naysayers had insisted the business would cause a major disruption to the area and perhaps even affect the future of our military presence in the Pikes Peak region. We’re talking about Maggie’s Farm, already established… Continue Reading The year’s most overblown story

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Weighing the factors that influence investing

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When is the right time to invest in growth? That’s a multi-million dollar question constantly examined by business executives looking to invest in new equipment, new office space or a new market. Federal policy has kept interest rates at or near historic lows since the start of the housing collapse and The Great Recession. Those… Continue Reading Weighing the factors that influence investing

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Stormwater: not acceptable in current form

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Our stormwater infrastructure funding requirements have been identified: We are being told we will need around $800 million to accomplish them. A group of citizens called the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force has come up with a proposal to fund and manage this work. The Colorado Springs City Council and El Paso County commissioners generally… Continue Reading Stormwater: not acceptable in current form

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Planners: Save now for retirement

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Planners: Save now for retirement

Saving for retirement is kind of like losing weight, says Colorado Springs financial planner Alan Roth. “There’s no easy answer” as to how much a person should have and when a person should start saving, Roth said. One unknown is future medical expenses — will they crack your nest egg? The more a person ages,… Continue Reading Planners: Save now for retirement

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Millennials have, as of late, been the darlings of negative news coverage. Americans have come to know my generation as one with historically low financial confidence; we aren’t getting married; we tend to be dependent on parents longer; and we carry insurmountable student loan and credit-card debt. I get it: Millennials are a bit frivolous,… Continue Reading Financial tips, from one Millennial to the next

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