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Drought leads to water restrictions starting in April

A hot dry summer followed by low snowpack in the mountains this winter and higher-than-expected demand has created a water crisis for Colorado Springs Utilities. Trying to refill reservoirs that are at 48 percent of capacity, the city-owned utility is suggesting Stage 2 water restrictions for customers starting in April. That means that outdoor watering… Continue Reading Drought leads to water restrictions starting in April

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Leaders grapple with stormwater concerns

Civic activists, El Paso County elected officials and the business team of the Regional Stormwater Task Force rolled out the heavy artillery at Monday’s informal City Council meeting, but their target was absent. Mayor Steve Bach was in Scottsdale, Ariz., taking a week off to celebrate both his 70th birthday and, with his spouse Suzi,… Continue Reading Leaders grapple with stormwater concerns

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Jewelers expect strong Valentine’s week

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Jewelers expect strong Valentine’s week

Diamonds may be forever, but they’re not necessarily for Valentine’s Day. Big-ticket bling isn’t commonplace in February, area jewelers say. Gentlemen typically rush into stores and snap up some gemstones for their sweethearts the week of the big day. “It’s totally a last-minute holiday,” said Robin Johannes, who owns Johannes Hunter Jewelers at University Village.… Continue Reading Jewelers expect strong Valentine’s week

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Silent boom: Baby Boomers and Silent Generation selling same types of homes, but for different reasons

As aging members of the Silent Generation struggle to pack up their memories and move into smaller houses and assisted-living centers, Baby Boomers are still buying real estate. “There’s no easy way to define what a senior is,” said Adrian Reed, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Properties. “I certainly can’t say. I think AARP… Continue Reading Silent boom: Baby Boomers and Silent Generation selling same types of homes, but for different reasons

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Wilhelm Monuments stand the test of time

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Wilhelm Monuments stand the test of time

Wilhelm Monument Co. http://www.wilhelmmonuments.com/ Employees: six full-time, four part-time 806 S. Hancock Ave. 719-633-8681 A granite memorial to the people who lost their lives during the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, stands on the grounds of the Air Force Academy. It’s striking both for its simplicity and its elegance — the two granite towers… Continue Reading Wilhelm Monuments stand the test of time

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Cemetery world isn’t as peaceful these days

“How are things over at the city of the dead?” a reporter recently asked Will DeBoer, who manages Colorado Springs’ city cemetery enterprise. “Quiet and peaceful,” replied DeBoer, giving a good-natured response to a quip that he’s heard hundreds of times. In fact, things are not entirely peaceful at the cemeteries. Like any business, the… Continue Reading Cemetery world isn’t as peaceful these days

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Promoters will market Manitou Incline nationally

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Promoters will market Manitou Incline nationally

The Pikes Peak region’s most talked-about attraction — the Manitou Incline — finally is coming out from behind the curtain and taking center stage in marketing campaigns aimed at attracting outdoor enthusiasts. Years of planning and legal questions about the Incline, its ownership and its use came to a close in January when President Obama… Continue Reading Promoters will market Manitou Incline nationally

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Studio C3 a link to Internet marketing

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Studio C3 a link to Internet marketing

Studio C3 Owner: Kaleb Kohart Employees: 3 Location: 332 W. Bijou St., Suite 106 Web: www.studioc3.tv Kaleb Kohart describes himself as the man behind the curtain. That curtain is his video production business, Studio C3, where he creates commercials for small businesses — animated ads for out-of-state banks, videos for nonprofits and slick branding presentations… Continue Reading Studio C3 a link to Internet marketing

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Natural gas prices key to Utilities’ future

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Natural gas prices key to Utilities’ future

What’s the more significant economic driver in Colorado Springs: gas prices — or gas prices? To be clearer, are we more affected by the price of gasoline, or the price of natural gas? We all know what gasoline costs, because we buy it directly. The price we pay includes all costs — exploration, production, refining,… Continue Reading Natural gas prices key to Utilities’ future

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Hail, not fire, to blame for insurance rate hikes

After the Waldo Canyon fire tore through Colorado Springs, burning 346 homes and threatening hundreds more, homeowners were certain they’d see their insurance premiums increase. And they are, but not because of the fire. It’s because of the growing number of what the insurance industry defines as “catastrophes,” which has been mostly hail in recent… Continue Reading Hail, not fire, to blame for insurance rate hikes

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