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The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge held in August attracted more than 1 million spectators from around the state, the country and the world and had an $83.5 million economic impact on the state, according to a report by IFM, a global sports research firm. “The crowds were big, they were enthusiastic, they spent money… Continue Reading USA Pro Cycling Challenge brought in $83 million to state

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Summer events keep city’s general fund healthy

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August – the month of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race – proved to be a good month for spending in Colorado Springs. People came and spent money in restaurants and hotels, both sectors that had the largest increases in tax collections this August over last August. Restaurants collected $1.6 million in sales taxes, a… Continue Reading Summer events keep city’s general fund healthy

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Federal ski bill would allow summer recreation

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A bill making its way through Congress would make it clear that ski resorts are not just for winter activities. The Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate. Current federal laws only allow ski-related activities on U.S. Forest Service land leased to… Continue Reading Federal ski bill would allow summer recreation

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has 9,000 pounds of Orangutan-friendly candy ready to dole out to its expected 15,000 visitors for its annual Boo and the Zoo Halloween party, which runs for six nights. “It’s one of our major fund raisers,” said Katie Borremans, spokeswoman for the zoo, which sells tickets for $15 for general admission. A… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ready for annual Halloween party

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The phone rang in The Broadmoor hotel archivist’s office. It was a former Miss Broadmoor Bathing Beauty on the line. She and her husband honeymooned at the hotel in 1959, and the staff photographer took their photo by the lake. Is it possible that the photos still exist? “Yes,” she was told. “You are a… Continue Reading Photographers capture Broadmoor’s tourism history

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Visiting the fossils at the Dinosaur Depot Museum in Cañon City doesn’t get old. And on Saturday, October 8, admission to the museum is free. The event, sponsored by the museum and the Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office, is a celebration of National Fossil Day and includes free activities from 10 a.m.… Continue Reading Dinosaur Depot celebrates National Fossil Day with free admission

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Bill to create resort jobs passes House

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A bill that would make it easier to create offseason jobs in resort communities has cleared the U.S. House of Representatives. The sponsor, Rep. Diana DeGette, says the bill will revise the current ski-only permitting rules for ski areas on U.S. Forest Service land. DeGette said the bill will create stable, year-round jobs in the… Continue Reading Bill to create resort jobs passes House

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Garden of the Gods Park is one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2011. It’s a designation given by the American Planning Association under the organization’s Great Places in America program. City and park officials planned to be on hand at the Garden of the Gods this morning to celebrate the news. “Colorado Springs residents… Continue Reading Garden of the Gods Park named a Great Public Space

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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has record season

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New rides, magic shows and a new visitors’ center attracted a record number of visitors to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park this season. “It’s the best financial year we’ve ever had,” said Mike Bandera, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park vice president and general manager. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, known for having one… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has record season

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The elephants at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo are spending their days exploring their new multi-million home. A new elephant barn is part of the Encounter Africa exhibit, which is under construction now. Encounter Africa, when complete, will be home to the African elephants, African lions and black rhinos. All told it is a $13.5 million project,… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Encounter Africa $13 million exhibit under construction

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