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What sequester? Construction continues despite other cuts

After months of news about decreasing Defense Department budgets, there’s a bright spot on the horizon for Colorado Springs. In 2014, the Pentagon plans to spend 27 percent of its Army construction budget at Fort Carson, bringing jobs and opportunities to the region, and signaling the increasing importance of the Mountain Post to overall defense… Continue Reading What sequester? Construction continues despite other cuts

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Big facilities, funding rule in Omaha

More than 40 men and women from Colorado Springs had just returned from spending much of last week in Omaha, Neb., on the annual Regional Leaders Trip. They came back energized by all they had seen and heard, thinking of fresh ways to apply the lessons from the trip, coordinated by the Colorado Springs Regional… Continue Reading Big facilities, funding rule in Omaha

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Incoming tide – Part 1: Flood waters waylaid Springs in 1935

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series about floods and flood dangers in the Pikes Peak Region. This story focuses on the Memorial Day flood of 1935, the most destructive in the region’s history. In Colorado Springs, as in much of the arid Southwest, rains come quickly and unexpectedly. Spring rain… Continue Reading Incoming tide – Part 1: Flood waters waylaid Springs in 1935

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Immigration debate heading toward Springs

Administrators at The Vanguard School, a charter high school in District 12, had no idea what they were getting into when they decided to hire a German citizen to teach their German and Spanish foreign language classes as well as English classes. “He can teach all three classes,” said Diane Borre, the school’s business manager.… Continue Reading Immigration debate heading toward Springs

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MoodSwings open to all ages

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MoodSwings open to all ages

MoodSwings Acoustic Lounge Location: 696 N. Circle Drive Phone: (719) 358-6720 Employees: 2 Craig Tomanini has four daughters and an intimate knowledge of the bar scene around Colorado Springs. As the drummer for local rock band The Nocturnal Tomatoes, he knows about the liquor-soaked patrons, the late hours and the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. As… Continue Reading MoodSwings open to all ages

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Denver: Colorado’s economic black hole

Should we view Denver as a beneficent economic sun glowing just over the northern horizon, helping to bring jobs, prosperity, tax dollars and big-city amenities to Colorado Springs? Or is it a baleful black hole, its massive gravitational pull sucking in smart young people, startup companies, airline passengers, entertainment and transportation dollars from the Pikes… Continue Reading Denver: Colorado’s economic black hole

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Successful Petersen helps others take off

Frequent Flyer Services 1930 Frequent Flyer Point Publications: InsideFlyer magazine, Milepoint online forum, Boarding Area blog site Members: 75 million members earning 650 billion frequent flyer miles per year Employees: 13 local, 25 total Randy Petersen started his multi-million-dollar Frequent Flyer Services business with $800, an idea and little else. He never borrowed a penny… Continue Reading Successful Petersen helps others take off

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Gas stations heating up commercial market

One segment of the Colorado Springs commercial real estate market is experiencing explosive growth — gas stations. “It seems like the only thing that’s really moving,” said Lori Ondrick, a retail broker with Quantum Commercial Group. Ryan Tefertiller, a city planner, said everyone in the planning department has dealt with at least one gas station… Continue Reading Gas stations heating up commercial market

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Commercial brokers more optimistic about market

A lot of Colorado Springs businesses have been taking advantage of lower lease rates and moving into nicer office spaces. Class A office space, which is the newest and nicest space in town, was a bright spot in most commercial brokers’ quarterly reports. “This is the most positive quarter we’ve had, if you look at… Continue Reading Commercial brokers more optimistic about market

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Clothing for challenged kids wins at Startup Weekend

Sherryl Johnson’s 6-year-old son often fidgets. He has a rare chromosome disorder that affects his sensory processing. It means he’s always looking for things to touch, and that can make him anxious and distracted. Johnson came up with an idea for a clothing line specifically for children with sensory processing disorder, autism or attention deficit… Continue Reading Clothing for challenged kids wins at Startup Weekend

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