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Springs should embrace its ’86 cycling roots

Three years ago this week, the USA Pro Challenge brought world-class cycling back to Colorado Springs after a 25-year absence. With the global TV coverage showing many breathtaking camera views around Garden of the Gods and above the city, the Pro Challenge sprang to life in August 2011 as Colorado Springs hosted the Prologue time… Continue Reading Springs should embrace its ’86 cycling roots

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After nearly four hours of meandering debate, City Council voted Tuesday afternoon to approve the intergovernmental agreement creating the Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority. Their action appears to make it certain county commissioners will refer the measure to the November ballot.  It’s not often Joel Miller, Andy Pico, Jan Martin, Val Snider, Keith King, Merv… Continue Reading Mayor bets his future against stormwater

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Penman artist looks to relaunch his career

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Penman artist looks to relaunch his career

Life was good for Gary Blehm in the 1990s. He’d signed a contract that would allow his art to be sold in chain stores across the country. Jack Caprio, co-producer of comic strip mainstays B.C. and Wizard of Id, personally selected Blehm’s cartoon for syndication. The patriarch of the Sunday funnies, Peanuts creator Charles Schultz,… Continue Reading Penman artist looks to relaunch his career

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Water rates rank high

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance refers to “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.” Many Colorado Springs homeowners may experience such a state when their monthly Utilities bill arrives. One of them, Mike Graham, reacted by sending us… Continue Reading Water rates rank high

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Look around you, not always in the most obvious places, and you’ll see some very positive signs of a developing trend in the Pikes Peak region. For starters, check the downtown alley going north and south between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street. Already, one block of alleyway has been spruced up and resurfaced between Bijou… Continue Reading Area must reach out more to young adults

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July real estate stats bring positive details

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Some interesting facts came to mind as I was looking over the new Pikes Peak Association of Realtors report. While local sales are basically the same as they were a year ago, the full report includes an “investor snapshot” that indicates single family/patio homes sales in July were the highest for the month since 2007.… Continue Reading July real estate stats bring positive details

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Several years ago the Institute of Medicine, health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed something startling about U.S. health care: Many Americans get too much; at the same time, others get too little. And both groups have a good chance of receiving care that could injure or even kill them. That framework for… Continue Reading What happens when we get too much health care?

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Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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As our elected leaders continue finding new ways to avoid cooperating on important issues, there’s a growing sense that perhaps doing nothing beats making a serious mistake. So, once again, we’re hearing rumbles that the stormwater fee for El Paso County property owners might not make it onto the November ballot, after all. Never mind… Continue Reading Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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New D-38 leader brings multiple experiences

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New D-38 leader brings multiple experiences

Karen Brofft has begun her first year as Lewis-Palmer School District 38 superintendent. Brofft worked in both the public relations and tech fields before transitioning to education. She discussed with the Business Journal this week her plans to engage the business community, the state of public education and how to make school lunches even more… Continue Reading New D-38 leader brings multiple experiences

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Flight Plan: Brothers hope to launch entrepreneurial high school

The only things bigger than the bites on a Cush brothers fishing trip are the ideas. “Some beer, sunshine and time on a boat and it all came together,” said David Cush, the San Francisco-based CEO of Virgin America airlines. “It was like a lightning strike,” added his brother, Patrick Cush. “Let’s start an entrepreneurial… Continue Reading Flight Plan: Brothers hope to launch entrepreneurial high school

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