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Colorado Springs lodging numbers up from 2013

Colorado Springs lodging numbers up from 2013

Colorado Springs’ lodging occupancy rate increased by 3.3 percent over 2013, year-to-date, according to the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association’s Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. The rate, which is just below 66 percent, is below the state average occupancy rate of 71 percent, however. The highest reported occupancy rate was Loveland at 81.1 percent. The lowest reported… Continue Reading Colorado Springs lodging numbers up from 2013

Museum leaders aim high for design

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Museum leaders aim high for design

When the City for Champions project first was announced more than a year ago, the proposed U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame was front and center. Headed by the formidable Dick Celeste, it seemed obvious the museum would have the largest impact of any of the four projects. Celeste envisioned an “iconic” structure that… Continue Reading Museum leaders aim high for design

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Summit House moves forward

In 1999, then-Congressman Joel Hefley secured a budget earmark for $1 million, funds that could only be used for planning and design work on a proposed new Pikes Peak Summit House, designated as a priority in the 1998 Pikes Peak Master Plan. Fifteen years later, those funds remain untouched. But the project finally could be… Continue Reading Summit House moves forward

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Throughout the expansive room inside Library 21c, interested people gathered in clusters, listening to others, asking questions and receiving answers. The crowd estimated at 250 to 300 might not have been fully united, but on this Tuesday evening, even the known cynics kept their confrontational instincts in check. The event was billed as a “different”… Continue Reading C4C meeting produces more clarity

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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park opens Saturday

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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park opens Saturday

The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park in Cañon City will re-open to the public for Labor Day Weekend. After a 14-month closure to rebuild the 360-acre park due to a wildfire, a “soft opening” is targeted for Saturday. Mike Bandera, vice-president and general manager, said the key word is “targeted” as the park will be… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Bridge and Park opens Saturday

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No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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The news that the Colorado Balloon Classic will leave Colorado Springs in 2015 for greener (or maybe less bureaucratic) pastures was dismaying, to say the least. A press release from the Classic’s organizers cited “politics within the city, increasingly rigid special event procedures and an onerous 2015 LART [city sponsorship] application” as driving the decision.… Continue Reading No reason for city making LART tougher to get

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Another August, another Copper Triangle, and another couple of weeks of being broke. We left Colorado Springs last Friday afternoon for Copper Mountain, stayed in a pleasant studio at Copper Mountain Resort on Friday and Saturday nights, and came back Sunday afternoon. The bike ride was wonderful, as always. What’s not to like about an… Continue Reading Triangle reaffirms what Colorado Springs needs

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Denver cultural district: possible role model?

In November 1988, voters in the six-county Denver Metro Area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson) were asked to approve a 1/10 of a cent sales tax for something called the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. The district’s purpose: “to distribute funds for the support of cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten… Continue Reading Denver cultural district: possible role model?

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Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

Michele Hefner has spent half her life working at the Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings. Now the general manager, Hefner, 39, ruminated recently with the Business Journal about her 20 years working at the popular tourist attraction west of Colorado Springs. How did you arrive at becoming manager of the attraction? Going to college, I got… Continue Reading Hefner works her way up Cliff Dwellings’ ladder

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Incline to be closed for repairs

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Incline to be closed for repairs

The Manitou Springs Incline will close in late August for up to four months, so needed maintenance can be done to the popular attraction. The incline, officially opened to the public in 2013 after being heavily used by trespassers for years, is being “loved to death,” according to a video on the attraction’s website, manitouincline.com.… Continue Reading Incline to be closed for repairs

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