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The year’s most overblown story

One month ago, the most controversial new business of 2014 in El Paso County opened its doors to overflow crowds. Naysayers had insisted the business would cause a major disruption to the area and perhaps even affect the future of our military presence in the Pikes Peak region. We’re talking about Maggie’s Farm, already established… Continue Reading The year’s most overblown story

Maggie’s Farm opens to a crowd in Manitou

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Maggie’s Farm opens to a crowd in Manitou

Despite a day-long drizzle, around 75 customers turned out Thursday afternoon to be among the first patrons of El Paso County’s first retail marijuana store. Colorado Springs-based Maggie’s Farm opened for business shortly after 4:20 p.m. Thursday. The event, which some had foreseen causing traffic snarls and a parking nightmare, was organized and calm. The company… Continue Reading Maggie’s Farm opens to a crowd in Manitou

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Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

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Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

The state of recreational marijuana sales in Manitou Springs remains both controversial and uncertain. Although the city’s voters now have the final say as to whether the sale of recreational marijuana should be allowed, the mountain town’s only two ordained pot purveyors are plugging ahead as planned. Before a small fraction of the town’s 5,100… Continue Reading Manitou retail marijuana not open yet

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Ask a typical Colorado Springs business owner, employee or resident about something related to Fountain, Monument or Green Mountain Falls, and you’ll likely receive nothing more than a shrug in reply. Likewise, try to engage someone from Manitou Springs, Palmer Lake or Calhan about issues specific to Colorado Springs, and you’ll probably hear a similar… Continue Reading Power Lunch faces area issues

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Veteran journalists take over Bulletin

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Routon becomes interim publisher, Ferguson editor; reader input sought to help shape plans Is there a need for residents of Manitou Springs and its surrounding areas to continue having their own community newspaper, which has existed in some form for 130-plus years? If so, what do residents want to read about in their Pikes Peak… Continue Reading Veteran journalists take over Bulletin

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Manitou retail pot ballot question likely

Less than two months after Manitou Springs City Council approved the licensing of retail marijuana businesses on the city’s eastern edge, one band of disapproving opponents still hasn’t given up. Manitou business owner Tim Haas, who started the campaign known as “No Retail Marijuana in Manitou Springs,” said he estimates the group has gathered between… Continue Reading Manitou retail pot ballot question likely

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Manitou Brewing becomes reality

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Manitou Brewing becomes reality

It was the perfect escape from the typical March weather in Colorado. As people lined the streets for Manitou Springs’ Carnivale Mardi Gras celebration, the area’s newest brewery became reality. Manitou Brewing, at 725 Manitou Ave. in the Promenade building, opened its doors March 1 and was met with a packed house almost instantly with… Continue Reading Manitou Brewing becomes reality

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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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Businesses shift in downtown Manitou

Walking around downtown Manitou Springs, you wouldn’t necessarily know that disaster struck just six months ago. The clues are there. Sandbags poised plump and ready behind the Manitou Spa building. Heavy equipment dredging Fountain Creek behind Cañon Avenue. “For Rent” signs scattered among empty storefronts around town. Many businesses uprooted as a result of the… Continue Reading Businesses shift in downtown Manitou

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As Colorado Springs watches, county’s first retail shops could open by April. On Jan. 21, the Manitou Springs City Council voted on a second reading of an ordinance to allow two retail marijuana stores to operate within a narrowly defined commercial area of the city. Since the Council passed the ordinance on first presentation by… Continue Reading Manitou set to own pot market

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