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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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QLI report gives diverse views

Every two years, Pikes Peak United Way releases an extensive report: Quality of Life Indicators for the Pikes Peak Region. Area business owners, C-suite officers and nonprofit directors depend on this data for decision-making. With good reason — the report is comprehensive, covering 11 focus areas, using key markers to keep a finger on the… Continue Reading QLI report gives diverse views

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Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

What would Colorado Springs look like without El Pomar Foundation? Cross Walsenburg with Monument, and that would be us. Without El Pomar and the Penrose family, much that we take for granted in today’s vibrant city wouldn’t exist. Colorado College, the Space Foundation, Fine Arts Center, World Arena, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Pikes Peak Center… Continue Reading Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

Colorado Springs Utilities customers might see their monthly bills jump nearly 5 percent in January, but local experts and officials say that residents should soon see rates start to level off. “Utility budgets are always a balance between expenditures to ensure safe, reliable utility services and keeping rates as low as possible,” Utilities CEO Jerry… Continue Reading Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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My Handle Bar: cyclical option rolls in

The business of biking is picking up in Colorado Springs. That is, now that Colorado Springs has a My Handle Bar bike. My Handle Bar is a different type of bike. It’s a party bicycle operated by 16 people at one time. Its purpose is to give the riders a unique experience – riding en… Continue Reading My Handle Bar: cyclical option rolls in

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