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Local rodeo moves on after split with PRCA

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Local rodeo moves on after split with PRCA

One year away from a historic anniversary, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo parted ways with the Springs-based Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association late last month, leading to each organization providing separate explanations for the fracture. As a result, the 2014 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will be the first in its 74-year history not to… Continue Reading Local rodeo moves on after split with PRCA

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Local market cools, but still holding up

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Local market cools, but still holding up

Following a summer full of home sales hype, both the local and national residential real estate markets cooled off in September for the first time in months. Although the Colorado Springs market may be on the decline until the new year, local experts say it is faring better than most. After hitting the highest level… Continue Reading Local market cools, but still holding up

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Vaping offers alternative to smoking

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Vaping offers alternative to smoking

Andrea Bednar started smoking because her husband smoked. Now pregnant and tired of the cigarette stench, Bednar and her husband Luke sought an alternative — vaping. “The biggest turnoff about cigarettes for me was the smell,” Bednar said. “My husband smoked, and I couldn’t quit if he didn’t quit. I can’t be around it. “I… Continue Reading Vaping offers alternative to smoking

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City for Champions revisions follow analysis

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City for Champions revisions follow analysis

Organizers of the City for Champions proposal requesting Regional Tourism Act funds to help build four major projects in Colorado Springs spent this week preparing a response due Friday to the Colorado Economic Development Commission, after a third-party analysis questioned whether the local campaign qualified for RTA funding. Mayor Steve Bach’s proposal didn’t impress Economic… Continue Reading City for Champions revisions follow analysis

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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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