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What does Mark Ferrandino most desire as he finishes up his final session as speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives? There are lots of potential answers, but one comes to mind: Ferrandino, a Denver Democrat, would like to figure out how to snatch back the $120 million in tax increment funding that the state… Continue Reading Legislative action brings out rest of C4C story

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History: Area’s oldest businesses

Businesses, like natural persons, are mortal. They’re born, struggle through youth, flourish for a while, and then pass quietly away. Few attain the biblical lifespan of three score and ten – in fact, most expire within a decade or two. Colorado City was founded in 1859, Colorado Springs in 1871, Manitou Springs in 1872. By… Continue Reading History: Area’s oldest businesses

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Opinion: Time to battle C4C opponents

From the start, even the most ardent supporters of City for Champions have known that the package deal of projects for Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy wasn’t absolutely perfect and beyond reproach. Yes, some of the forecasts for likely usage and attendance, particularly for the Colorado Sports and Events Center downtown, might not… Continue Reading Opinion: Time to battle C4C opponents

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Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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At a hastily called press conference Monday afternoon, City Council President Keith King and Board of County Commissioners Chair Dennis Hisey voiced their displeasure with Mayor Steve Bach and with the City for Champions proposal, which could be endangered as a result. The two officials presented letters addressed to Mayor Bach, which he had yet… Continue Reading Leaders’ C4C divide grows

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Opinion: Disasters have their aftershocks

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Opinion: Disasters have their aftershocks

In today’s nonstop world of breaking news, far too often we move to the next headlines and forget yesterday’s major stories — even when they happen here among us. Surely the residents of our area haven’t forgotten the natural disasters of the past two years. But sometimes it seems that way. We endured the nightmare… Continue Reading Opinion: Disasters have their aftershocks

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Flights to Phoenix begin May 15

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Flights to Phoenix begin May 15

The Colorado Springs Airport announced Tuesday that Allegiant Airlines will offer nonstop, roundtrip jet service to Phoenix to the Phoenix/Mesa Gateway Airport beginning May 15. “We are thrilled to provide Colorado Springs residents with affordable, nonstop service to Phoenix,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president and COO. The service will operate twice weekly.… Continue Reading Flights to Phoenix begin May 15

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Beginning March 15, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park will offer guided tours on park vehicles through construction zones and over one of the world’s highest suspension bridges, weekends only, said Mike Bandera, vice president and general manager. Weather and construction permitting, park hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park fee is… Continue Reading Royal Gorge Bridge and Park to open March 15

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Time for C4C donors to step up

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For months now, naysayers and skeptics have been taking repeated potshots at City for Champions — many questioning the usage and revenue forecasts for the four projects, others criticizing the lack of transparency, but everyone wondering how organizers will make it to an acceptable bottom line. Through it all, we’ve been assured, there’s no reason… Continue Reading Time for C4C donors to step up

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Tourism in the winter may look like tourism of any day in the summer for some attractions. Many area attractions remain open, albeit with fewer tourists. Yet for others, tourism may look more like a hockey tournament filling hotel rooms during the shoulder season. “We promote more than 55 activities,” said Chelsy Murphy, communications director… Continue Reading Winter tourism a time to rest; some attractions staying busy

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This time last year, the Colorado Springs Airport was making news headlines for all the wrong reasons. There was the haymaker from Frontier Airlines, which ended its service between Colorado Springs and Denver with access to its many low-fare flights out of DIA, followed by pulling out of the Springs altogether. Then came the sudden… Continue Reading Airport still awaits good news

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