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Overview: Area needs balance

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Overview: Area needs balance

The Pikes Peak region is out of balance. That was the assessment of Al Wenstrand, chief business development officer of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, during the Tri-Lakes Economic Development Corporation’s annual State of the Region luncheon Nov. 20 at Palmer Lake. “Economic development is long-term, so balance is important,” Wenstrand said. “I would… Continue Reading Overview: Area needs balance

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Women’s Resource Agency makes difference

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Women’s Resource Agency makes difference

By Rhonda Van Pelt editorial@csbj.com Walk into Suite 3128 at The Citadel mall, near J.C. Penney and you’ll see racks of attractive clothing, shelves full of shoes, plus jewelry, scarves and other accessories. But you won’t see any price tags, because these are tickets to better lives for women and girls. That’s just part of… Continue Reading Women’s Resource Agency makes difference

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Colorado Kite & Ski lightens cost factor

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Colorado Kite & Ski lightens cost factor

It was just after 10 a.m. when a chilled Stan Wolf answered a call at his ski shop on the Westside of Colorado Springs. “Colorado Kite & Ski,” he answered enthusiastically. “Yes, we have everything you need for snowboarding. … Do not rent in the mountains — it’s like $45 a day and mine are… Continue Reading Colorado Kite & Ski lightens cost factor

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Trains transport mind, body and spirit during holidays

Do you hear what I hear? The holidays are knocking. Thanksgiving is less than a week away and, with its passing, begins the mad dash of Black Friday, the online fervor of Cyber Monday and the seemingly endless run of holiday parties, family obligations, soirées and shopping sprees that all but drown out the serenity… Continue Reading Trains transport mind, body and spirit during holidays

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Led by Sherpa, ski areas go high-tech

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Led by Sherpa, ski areas go high-tech

Skiing in Colorado has turned high-tech, with smartphone apps specific to markers on mountains, giving directions to the deep snow and even telling the users what’s on the menu. Hand in hand with the high-tech, terrain at some ski areas has been molded to the younger skier, targeting families introducing young children to the sport.… Continue Reading Led by Sherpa, ski areas go high-tech

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Tri-Lakes YMCA opens expanded facilities

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Tri-Lakes YMCA opens expanded facilities

The Tri-Lakes YMCA in Monument hosted an open house Nov. 17 for its newly expanded Healthy Living Center. The center grew from 46,000 to 52,000 square feet, according to Boyd Williams, president and CEO of YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. The YMCA also nearly doubled the amount of equipment it offers and made multiple… Continue Reading Tri-Lakes YMCA opens expanded facilities

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Price leads effort to attract tourists

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Price leads effort to attract tourists

Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Doug Price spends his time attracting people to the Pikes Peak region, and that includes managing a staff of 18 employees, 36 volunteers and an annual budget of $3.1 million. Price, 58, and his wife of 31 years, Kathy, have two grown children. Price sat down… Continue Reading Price leads effort to attract tourists

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North Pole still has same lure

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North Pole still has same lure

When Santa Claus needs to get away, he vacations in Cascade. That’s been the case since 1956, when the North Pole: Home of Santa’s Workshop, was created by Wesley Spurry. Following the model of a park in Lake Placid, N.Y., Spurry and investors Art Herzberger and George Haggard brought the Christmas-themed concept to the foot… Continue Reading North Pole still has same lure

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Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

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Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

For years, there has been an ongoing discussion in this country about the state of STEM education and the viable workforce it produces — and why so few women are part of it. According to U.S. Department of Commerce data gathered in 2009, women comprise only 24 percent of the workforce employed in fields of… Continue Reading Program tries to raise STEM’s appeal to women

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Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

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Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

Leacia Brilliant hails from Sugarland, Texas, just outside the Houston area, and when she started her Colorado Springs commercial construction company with her father, Wayne Burke, she wanted to make sure she didn’t forget her roots. “We’re Brazos Builders, and that refers to the Brazos River in Texas,” Brilliant said of her company’s name. Brilliant,… Continue Reading Brazos brings woman’s touch to construction

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