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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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Palmer Lake dry, but spirits high for revival

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Palmer Lake dry, but spirits high for revival

When Jeff Hulsmann bought O’Malley’s Steak Pub in 1986, the longtime local bar was just across Highway 105 from a healthy Palmer Lake. Now, the restaurant’s eastward-facing deck overlooks small patches of water scattered throughout an overgrown pasture — displaying few clues to its former life as a thriving body of water. Hulsmann heads the… Continue Reading Palmer Lake dry, but spirits high for revival

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Community Foundation CEO reflects on 16 years

Michael Hannigan, CEO of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, will retire in December after 16 years as head of the organization. The fourth-generation Coloradan, former Colorado College administrator and educator spoke about turning an idea into a foundation with a cumulative community impact of $150 million. How did you end up CEO of the Pikes… Continue Reading Community Foundation CEO reflects on 16 years

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New organization to help small farms take root

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New organization to help small farms take root

Corner Post Meats is a 40-acre farm located just west of the Highway 105-Highway 83 junction in the northern portion of the county. The business is comprised of Adrienne Larrew, whose family owns the farm, and Dan Lorenz. The two manage the land, the livestock and all marketing, sales and distribution of grass-fed beef as… Continue Reading New organization to help small farms take root

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Urban gardening: Concept creates useful oases in underserved neighborhoods

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens founder Larry Stebbins’ duties are too numerous to fit on a business card. Botanist, community advocate, unifier and oasis-maker are just the tip of the radish. On one summer day or another, through an undistinctive parking lot lined with barbed-wire-topped fences, Stebbins will trek across a pitted driveway to the north… Continue Reading Urban gardening: Concept creates useful oases in underserved neighborhoods

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