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Patke’s passion leads to more affordable housing

Greccio Housing Executive Director Lee Patke grew up in Bryan, Texas. During high school, he worked half the day and attended school the other half, saving money for college. Even as a youth, he did volunteer work: “Giving back to the community has always been an integral part of who I am.” An eight-year member… Continue Reading Patke’s passion leads to more affordable housing

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Clouds loom over Drake’s future

When Colorado Springs Utilities first constructed a coal-fired power plant on the Drake site 80 years ago, it was a reasonable decision. Electricity demand was growing, and generating plants had to be situated near customers, as well as close to a rail line. If the working-class neighbors near the plant didn’t like the soot falling… Continue Reading Clouds loom over Drake’s future

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What dictates where you shop for groceries?

Everyone in Colorado Springs has two things in common. The weather and food. We have no control over the weather, but we can choose where to shop for our groceries. If low prices were the only criteria that dictated where to go, Colorado Springs residents would shop at Safeway. A recent Colorado Springs Business Journal… Continue Reading What dictates where you shop for groceries?

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Downtown club open to all car aficionados

What do men want? What do women want? Ron Johnson, Johnny Martin and Dustin Morgan hope their new venture will appeal to both sexes. Johnny Martin’s Car Central is a private club located in a 7,500-square-foot space on the ground floor of the Central Bancorp building at 1 S. Nevada Ave. It’s the first private… Continue Reading Downtown club open to all car aficionados

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Colorado ranks high in catastrophic claims

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Colorado ranks high in catastrophic claims

As a result of wildfires and hailstorms, Colorado has found itself in the top 10 states in the nation for filing catastrophic insurance claims. A catastrophe is defined as a natural disaster that produces more than $25 million in insured damage. “We are seeing homeowners insurance premiums rising across the country and here in Colorado,”… Continue Reading Colorado ranks high in catastrophic claims

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Dulcimer Shop looks to web for hope

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Dulcimer Shop looks to web for hope

  After 40 years in business, the Dulcimer Shop in Manitou Springs has closed, and the Ford family is doing what they can to keep the adjoining woodworking shop falling into the hands of the Internal Revenue Service. A profile on the popular crowdfunding website IndieGoGo.com surfaced Feb. 26 notifying the community that if its… Continue Reading Dulcimer Shop looks to web for hope

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PeAk Communication Systems keeps you plugged in

PeAk Communication Systems Info: 6180 Lake Shore Court, 590-PEAK In business: Since April 1995 Number of employees: 7 In the past 20 years, telephone technology has progressed from using a tangible switch box in the office to using the intangible cloud for storage. Having been in the telephone servicing business more than 40 years, Steve… Continue Reading PeAk Communication Systems keeps you plugged in

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From athlete to restaurateur, Travins has made his mark

Luke Travins has done much during his 24-year stay in Colorado Springs to shape the restaurant scene that so many residents hold dear. A native of New York City, Travins moved here in 1990 to train on the U.S. National Team for team handball. He continued to live and train at the Olympic Training Center… Continue Reading From athlete to restaurateur, Travins has made his mark

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Innovative Library 21c leads PPLD toward new horizons

When the Pikes Peak Library District opens its new branch near the city’s northern edge in June, Colorado Springs will welcome a facility that administrators say is unlike any other in the region. “It’s not just a building,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “We’re changing the way we deliver public library service in several… Continue Reading Innovative Library 21c leads PPLD toward new horizons

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Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

It’s never easy for elected officials in Colorado Springs to give employees a raise, especially when the employees in question are senior executives. That’s particularly true in today’s local economic environment, where unemployment remains high, underemployment is common, and many residents find themselves with depleted savings and diminished paychecks. City Council refused by a 5-4… Continue Reading Analysis: City may pay for not paying Forte

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