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Marine retiree leads Monument’s growth

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Marine retiree leads Monument’s growth

Known as “Raf” to his friends, Monument Mayor Rafael Dominguez, 49, believes it’s “easy to govern when you’re not a politician.” He moved to Monument eight years ago after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps. Shortly after, he joined the town’s planning commission. He’s been serving on the town board more than five years, and… Continue Reading Marine retiree leads Monument’s growth

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Prosperity suits Monument’s name

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Prosperity suits Monument’s name

The town of Monument is wearing its name well. Located at the base of Rampart Range in northern El Paso County, the once-small settlement known to most as a convenient pit stop along Interstate 25 is building itself up as a pillar of economic prosperity. The population of the 5-square-mile sliver of a town has… Continue Reading Prosperity suits Monument’s name

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Palmer Lake resurgence fills vacancies

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Palmer Lake resurgence fills vacancies

Two years ago, the scenic stretch of State Highway 105 separating downtown Monument from downtown Palmer Lake was pocked with vacant storefronts, many remnants of foreclosures in an area largely forgotten. Today, once-vacant commercial buildings are filling with tenants. “I think the increased business is a sign that the economy is improving,” said Trish Flake,… Continue Reading Palmer Lake resurgence fills vacancies

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Centura sharpens strategy to help with costs

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In an effort to remain competitive in today’s health care marketplace, Centura Health, including Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, has implemented the first stage of a cost-reduction strategy for some of its services. According to Danny Reeves, chief financial officer for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and South State Operating Group, the first stage includes “a multi-year… Continue Reading Centura sharpens strategy to help with costs

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Job-seekers find help in personality test

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Job-seekers find help in personality test

Paula Walker looks forward to switching careers. After a career in property management, sales and customer service, she’s ready for a change. “It’s so stressful,” Walker said of property management. “My doctor said I needed to do something different.” After being away from work to care for her health, she said, “it’s time to get… Continue Reading Job-seekers find help in personality test

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Colorado economy: Whom do we believe?

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Remember the old song? “New York, New York, it’s a helluva town / the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down.” Physical geography is easy enough to learn, but what about economic geography? Is Colorado up, or is it down? Are we, as Gov. John Hickenlooper would have it, a state with a powerful, diversified… Continue Reading Colorado economy: Whom do we believe?

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The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a $6.2 million grant to Colorado for the training of the state’s long-term unemployed in industries related to technology. The federal government’s plan to help less-fortunate Coloradans regain their footholds in the competitive job markets of advanced manufacturing and information technology was well-received news. “Colorado is a national… Continue Reading County skips grant to aid unemployed, for a reason

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Learn more about Darknet at CSBJ breakfast Oct. 30

Douglas DePeppe, a cyber law attorney with the Colorado Springs-based intellectual property law group Aspire IP, has a sobering statistic for any business owner. He says reports from reputable sources indicate 97-100 percent of all networks can be compromised at some level. “In absolute terms, there’s no way to secure a network,” DePeppe said. “But… Continue Reading Learn more about Darknet at CSBJ breakfast Oct. 30

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Economist: Approve stormwater vote

Tom Zwirlein, professor of finance at UCCS, took advantage of being on center stage at the 18th Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum Oct. 10 to proclaim his opinion on the stormwater issue. The Colorado Springs community must “start coming together and maybe stop a little bit of the infighting” to solve the regional stormwater problems,… Continue Reading Economist: Approve stormwater vote

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On the Horizon – October 17, 2014

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Oct. 17 Meet GOP candidates Secretary of state candidate Wayne Williams and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner will make remarks and answer questions, Centennial Hall Auditorium, 200 W. Cascade Ave., from 4-6 p.m., RSVP, 884-2828. Oct. 18 Meet Democrat candidates Secretary of state candidate Joe Neguse and U.S. Senator and candidate Mark Udall will make… Continue Reading On the Horizon – October 17, 2014

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