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Rosie’s Diner cornerstone to Tri-Lakes

MONUMENT — A.B. Tellez cut his teeth in the restaurant business at a family-owned amusement park in Juarez, Mexico. Tellez, who owns Rosie’s Diner in Monument, grew up in El Paso, Texas, and spent his summers across the border. “The first two years, all I did was chip ice for beer,” Tellez said. “My third… Continue Reading Rosie’s Diner cornerstone to Tri-Lakes

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Marine retiree leads Monument’s growth

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Marine retiree leads Monument’s growth

Known as “Raf” to his friends, Monument Mayor Rafael Dominguez, 49, believes it’s “easy to govern when you’re not a politician.” He moved to Monument eight years ago after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps. Shortly after, he joined the town’s planning commission. He’s been serving on the town board more than five years, and… Continue Reading Marine retiree leads Monument’s growth

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Prosperity suits Monument’s name

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Prosperity suits Monument’s name

The town of Monument is wearing its name well. Located at the base of Rampart Range in northern El Paso County, the once-small settlement known to most as a convenient pit stop along Interstate 25 is building itself up as a pillar of economic prosperity. The population of the 5-square-mile sliver of a town has… Continue Reading Prosperity suits Monument’s name

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Palmer Lake resurgence fills vacancies

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Palmer Lake resurgence fills vacancies

Two years ago, the scenic stretch of State Highway 105 separating downtown Monument from downtown Palmer Lake was pocked with vacant storefronts, many remnants of foreclosures in an area largely forgotten. Today, once-vacant commercial buildings are filling with tenants. “I think the increased business is a sign that the economy is improving,” said Trish Flake,… Continue Reading Palmer Lake resurgence fills vacancies

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Job-seekers find help in personality test

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Job-seekers find help in personality test

Paula Walker looks forward to switching careers. After a career in property management, sales and customer service, she’s ready for a change. “It’s so stressful,” Walker said of property management. “My doctor said I needed to do something different.” After being away from work to care for her health, she said, “it’s time to get… Continue Reading Job-seekers find help in personality test

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Learn more about Darknet at CSBJ breakfast Oct. 30

Douglas DePeppe, a cyber law attorney with the Colorado Springs-based intellectual property law group Aspire IP, has a sobering statistic for any business owner. He says reports from reputable sources indicate 97-100 percent of all networks can be compromised at some level. “In absolute terms, there’s no way to secure a network,” DePeppe said. “But… Continue Reading Learn more about Darknet at CSBJ breakfast Oct. 30

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Economist: Approve stormwater vote

Tom Zwirlein, professor of finance at UCCS, took advantage of being on center stage at the 18th Annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum Oct. 10 to proclaim his opinion on the stormwater issue. The Colorado Springs community must “start coming together and maybe stop a little bit of the infighting” to solve the regional stormwater problems,… Continue Reading Economist: Approve stormwater vote

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Leading FAC, Dahlin explores variances in the arts

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center tapped David Dahlin, 55, as its new CEO and executive director earlier this year. Three months into the job, the father of two spent time with CSBJ to discuss his transition from working at Compassion International for 19 years to the nonprofit world of arts and business. How did… Continue Reading Leading FAC, Dahlin explores variances in the arts

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World Arena, Pikes Peak Center perfect fits

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World Arena, Pikes Peak Center perfect fits

It’s been six months, nearly to the day, since the Colorado Springs World Arena and the Anschutz Entertainment Group signed an agreement that would result in renaming the venue, as well as bring new events to town. AEG acquired naming rights as a result of a venue services agreement to provide event booking and sponsorship… Continue Reading World Arena, Pikes Peak Center perfect fits

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Mezzanine’s NYC model works here

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Mezzanine’s NYC model works here

Since opening in June, The Mezzanine has proven a successful new concept for performing arts venues. Downtown power couple Kathy and Sam Guadagnoli joined with Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director Linda Weise to open the venue, a nonprofit designed to support the school and the local arts community. “Colorado Springs has so much to offer… Continue Reading Mezzanine’s NYC model works here

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