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From breakfast, Range Riders take off into the sunrise

For years, when they were little boys, Mike Jorgensen and Cory Shultz would attend the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Breakfast in downtown Colorado Springs. They’d marvel wide-eyed at the cowboys riding horses there, while the boys sat on bales of hay and ate breakfast made by Fort Carson soldiers. The breakfast — this year… Continue Reading From breakfast, Range Riders take off into the sunrise

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Skorman’s trend-setting businesses live on

The feeling a shopper or diner has when entering Richard Skorman’s businesses depends on which business she enters. There’s Little Richard’s Toy Store, blasted by the bright colors of toys begging to be played with. There’s Poor Richard’s Books and Gifts, permeated with the sublime smell of books, new and used stories, lessons and tomes… Continue Reading Skorman’s trend-setting businesses live on

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Art on the Streets – 16 years and going strong

Thursday marked the launch of downtown Colorado Springs’ 16th annual Art on the Streets program, displaying 11 large-scale installations in public spaces throughout the city’s core. “Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, turning the streets of downtown Colorado Springs into a year-long outdoor sculpture gallery,” according to a Downtown… Continue Reading Art on the Streets – 16 years and going strong

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Positive signs abound in Woodland Park

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Positive signs abound in Woodland Park

WOODLAND PARK — The City Above the Clouds is open for business. According to Brian Fleer, executive director of its Office of Economic and Downtown Development, the Teller County city of about 7,000 has weathered a “catastrophic” national economic downturn, and the rebound is palpable. “The good news is, we’ve come out of the recession.… Continue Reading Positive signs abound in Woodland Park

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Pikes Peak Regional Hospital beats recession

WOODLAND PARK — While much of Teller County still shakes off the effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the area’s health care industry, anchored by the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, has proven thus far to be recession-proof. The 15-bed hospital opened its doors in October 2007, a year before the economy… Continue Reading Pikes Peak Regional Hospital beats recession

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Sturman runs company with California roots

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Sturman runs company with California roots

Sturman Industries began in Southern California and moved to Woodland Park in 1995. The company specializes in digital valves, some of which helped bring the Apollo 13 astronauts home. Carol Sturman was working in real estate when she met Eddie Sturman. They started the company in 1989 and married soon after. She now serves as… Continue Reading Sturman runs company with California roots

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Stormwater effort takes hold

The Pikes Peak Regional Drainage Authority (PPRDA), aka the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Authority, aka the Pikes Peak Regional Flood Control Authority is, like the summer floods that it seeks to mitigate, building momentum. At Monday’s City Council work session, Councilors considered and commented on a proposed intergovernmental agreement establishing the PPRDA. The draft agreement… Continue Reading Stormwater effort takes hold

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Rocky Mountain Field Institute a force for good

Mark Hesse would be proud of his legacy. The founder of the American Mountain Foundation died early this year in an indoor climbing accident in Boulder. His organization, however, which started as a climbing advocacy program 30 years ago, has since morphed into the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, an organization focused on environmental stewardship that… Continue Reading Rocky Mountain Field Institute a force for good

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These artists stand out among region’s best

Who are the best visual artists in the Pikes Peak region? That’s an impossible question, given that there are at any time thousands of artists creating work at the foot of Pikes Peak. So let’s sharpen the focus and establish some objective criteria. • Sustained quality of work. Successful artists nurture and expand their talent,… Continue Reading These artists stand out among region’s best

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Hail feeds Total Roofing ample business

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Hail feeds Total Roofing ample business

Without hail, Total Roofing likely wouldn’t do $14 million in business this year. Thank goodness for thunderstorms. “We’ve been blessed with a lot of hail,” said Scott McIntyre, owner of Total Roofing. “Good for me is bad for everyone else.” Still, the roofing company tries to “make it as easy as possible” on homeowners whose… Continue Reading Hail feeds Total Roofing ample business

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