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Blue Dot starts a new trend

“Why are we going ahead?” asked Darsey Nicklasson. “Because Colorado Springs needs this.” In a letter explaining their decision to go ahead with their long-planned, 33-unit Blue Dot apartment development on South Nevada Avenue, Nicklasson and partner Kathy Loo made their point in a single sentence. “We will continue to be a very active part… Continue Reading Blue Dot starts a new trend

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Cycling exposure trumps impact

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Cycling exposure trumps impact

Stage 4 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge seemed to have an outright positive effect on few vendors along the Aug. 21 race route, but small business folks stand strongly in support of the event that brings international attention to the Pikes Peak region. The Colorado Springs leg exposed scores of local businesses to Pro… Continue Reading Cycling exposure trumps impact

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Planners: Save now for retirement

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Planners: Save now for retirement

Saving for retirement is kind of like losing weight, says Colorado Springs financial planner Alan Roth. “There’s no easy answer” as to how much a person should have and when a person should start saving, Roth said. One unknown is future medical expenses — will they crack your nest egg? The more a person ages,… Continue Reading Planners: Save now for retirement

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Credit union or bank? Do the research

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Credit union or bank? Do the research

Being exempt from federal income tax enables credit unions to offer products at better prices to their members, say officials from both credit unions and banks. “We are not-for-profit,” said John Worthington, Security Service Federal Credit Union executive vice president and chief communications officer. “We have to make some money to establish capital, but we… Continue Reading Credit union or bank? Do the research

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Flight training school experiences big growth

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Flight training school experiences big growth

Peak Aviation Center, through the acquisition of two aircraft over the past several months, has grown rapidly to become the county’s largest civilian flight instruction school. Since beginning in 2006 with four employees and 2,000 annual flight training hours, owners Allen Mathews and Pat Carlile have grown the operation to 16 employees, 4,000 flight training… Continue Reading Flight training school experiences big growth

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Acorn guides innkeepers into digital age

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Acorn guides innkeepers into digital age

Innkeeping and computer science might not seem to go hand in hand, but a Colorado Springs couple has made it their business to merge the two. In 2002, Mark and Lisa Kolb were working as software developers for tech companies in Colorado Springs while running a bed and breakfast near Colorado College. For years the… Continue Reading Acorn guides innkeepers into digital age

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New venture a personal challenge for Smith

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New venture a personal challenge for Smith

Brenda Smith has lived in Colorado Springs since she was 2. She was born in Colby, Kan., and moved here after her father died. In addition to her mother, she was raised in part by her six siblings -— all brothers. After growing up with the boys, the business world was not difficult for her… Continue Reading New venture a personal challenge for Smith

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Ring the Peak lingers in concept, not reality

Until the early 20th century, Colorado Springs residents enjoyed virtually unfettered access to the forests, fields and lakes of the city’s mountain backdrop. In the early 1870s a trail led up Cheyenne Canyon, through Jones Park, to Seven Lakes and on to the summit of Pikes Peak. Cabins and homesteads dotted the slopes, and one… Continue Reading Ring the Peak lingers in concept, not reality

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Marijuana: Same claims since the 1800s

Here’s how 19th century snake-oil purveyors advertised a remedy for whatever ails you: “Hasheesh Candy, The Eastern Gunjah of Enchantment, or Oriental Exhilarant and Nervine Compound. A pleasurable and harmless stimulant confectionized for Nervousness, Debility, Confusion of Thoughts, Loss of Appetite, Depression of Spirits, Nervous Headache, Chills and Fever, Impotence, Nervous Debility, Want of Vitality,… Continue Reading Marijuana: Same claims since the 1800s

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Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

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Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

It does sound cheesy: David Brackett prefers to keep landfills empty and bellies full. Pizzeria Rustica is literally one of the greenest dining excursions in the country. In 2009, after Brackett submitted a multi-page application, the restaurant was named a three-star green restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association. Three years later, the organization became the… Continue Reading Pizzeria Rustica: Fighter pilot to pizza chef

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