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New hopes rise for Auditorium

Funded by a 1922 voter-approved bond issue, the City Auditorium opened its doors in 1923. The 40,000-square-foot facility, designed to accommodate conventions, trade shows and theatrical productions, could hold up to 2,500 spectators, equivalent to about 10 percent of the city’s population at the time. Its cost: $424,810.32. “Every seat has unobstructed views,” noted auditorium… Continue Reading New hopes rise for Auditorium

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Hemenway helps bank find its local niche

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Hemenway helps bank find its local niche

Leann Hemenway is vice president and branch manager of First Commercial Bank Colorado in downtown Colorado Springs. After working as a certified nursing assistant in North Dakota, she moved to Monument, where she’s fond of the milder winters. Hemenway has been branch manager at four bank locations on the Front Range and is happy to… Continue Reading Hemenway helps bank find its local niche

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Buy or build? Circumstances choose for Farnes

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Buy or build? Circumstances choose for Farnes

Jennifer Farnes took steps to buy an existing jewelry store. The steps she took led her not to an existing store, but to one of her own. Originally, the owners of the existing store were going to sell the jewelry business for $300,000, the amount that the business owed at the time. Instead of buying… Continue Reading Buy or build? Circumstances choose for Farnes

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Symposium addresses future of work, tech in aerospace industry

Many representatives of Colorado’s robust aerospace industry agree that their beloved field and its future are marked with tinges of both promise and uncertainty. “I’m excited to say that the day is dawning, particularly at UCCS but throughout the nation, where we’re beginning to see new opportunities — exciting ways ahead in the fields of… Continue Reading Symposium addresses future of work, tech in aerospace industry

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Vagrancy progress unclear

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Vagrancy progress unclear

Since the city has emphasized more police presence downtown, the vagrancy issues have moved, police report. Some business owners in downtown Colorado Springs said the vagrancy problem has not changed, and others claimed the problem has gotten better in the past three months. For eight years, Tim O’Donnell has lived downtown in a Tejon Street… Continue Reading Vagrancy progress unclear

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Business: Manitou teens write book on it

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Business: Manitou teens write book on it

Not often do eighth-graders write a book, and if they do, it’s less likely they’ll get paid for it. But the former eighth graders in Nick Noland’s honors English class at Manitou Middle School did just that. A business plan started by parent and newspaperman John Weiss ended with the Manitou kids, now ninth-graders, netting… Continue Reading Business: Manitou teens write book on it

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Amnet helps businesses, homeless, kids

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Amnet helps businesses, homeless, kids

Sit down and talk with Trevor Dierdorff about his business, and he’s likely to bend your ear about his passion — helping kids. As the owner/operator of Amnet, he has the time to help children and nonprofit organizations. But first, business. Amnet wants to be the information technology department for each business it helps. As… Continue Reading Amnet helps businesses, homeless, kids

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Mining venture disintegrates into legal action

Since 2004, Shannon P. Murphy of Colorado Springs has sought to develop several gold mining claims on the slopes of Tenderfoot Hill near Cripple Creek. He has formed a number of companies to carry out mining operations, including Murphy Mining and Exploration (MME) and Murphy Mining International (MMI). Outside investors have put millions into the… Continue Reading Mining venture disintegrates into legal action

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QLI report: Construction continues to climb

Construction and land-use rates in the Pikes Peak region continued to climb gradually in 2012, illuminating signs of slow but increased growth and economic vitality in post-recession years. The 2013 Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region show that, among other things, the health of the built environment in Colorado Springs is steady… Continue Reading QLI report: Construction continues to climb

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Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

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Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

Lana Currance started in the health care field as a nurse — working in critical care, emergency rooms and flight nursing. But six years ago, she discovered a new passion that changed her career completely: behavioral health. The new CEO at Peak View Behavioral Health, a mental health facility that includes both inpatient and outpatient… Continue Reading Currance challenges mental-health stereotypes

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