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Cliff House serves up No. 1 wine blog

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Culinary Arts College has named The Cliff House at Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs No. 1 for its wine blog. Written by Eric Ewers, cellar master at the Cliff House’s dining room, the blog is called  “Wine Flights of Fancy.” Ewers writes four blogs, recommending wine pairings for everything from chocolate-covered strawberries to corned-beef sandwiches. Built… Continue Reading Cliff House serves up No. 1 wine blog

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Word was out this week about what could be one of the bigger commercial real estate deals in Colorado Springs so far this year. It hasn’t closed yet, but Blake Allen of Manitou Springs-based Allen Realty has agreed to buy the 185,000-square-foot space that was formerly a Macy’s department store at the Citadel Mall. The… Continue Reading Deal in works to revive property at The Citadel

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As the weather warms up and visitors come out in full force, parking issues in Manitou Springs heat up as well. The city has kicked around several ideas intended to ease its parking headache and has now developed a pilot program. Read more about the ideas in a May 8 tourism column, that appeared in the Business… Continue Reading Manitou pilot parking program on council agenda

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The mayor of Manitou Springs says the town is open to the idea of allowing anti-meat ads on trash cans after Colorado Springs rejected the same proposal because officials thought the promotion was too racy. Mayor Marc Snyder says he has set aside a time to meet with representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment… Continue Reading Town considers PETA ads rejected by Colo. Springs

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El Paso County has purchased a waterfall outside Manitou Springs, and a cleanup campaign is planned. The county acquired Rainbow Falls last week for $10 from Mansfield Development Corp., which owns nearby land. The waterfall was once a tourist draw, but officials say it’s now frequented by drug users and plagued by vandals, and highway… Continue Reading County buys Manitou waterfall

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Kitty Clemens has resigned as executive director of the Manitou Springs Economic Development Council. Her last day on the job will be Jan. 2. She has accepted a job as one of the Denver Regional Council of Governments five division directors. Clemens took the Manitou economic development job during April 2002, when the MSEDC formed and has… Continue Reading Clemens stepping down from Manitou eco devo position

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Golden girl moves west

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It didn’t take Phoebe Schmidt very long to notice something strange about Colorado Springs. Upon moving from New York City five years ago, she went on a shopping spree with her sister in-law for western boots. What they found was disappointing: nothing but boots in black and brown. Now Schmidt, a sophisticated shopper, knew Colorado… Continue Reading Golden girl moves west

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Four El Paso County projects are being considered for water and wastewater improvement efforts paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $60 million in projects are scheduled to start construction by the end of September – but not all of the 87 proposals on the list will receive money. Only about 30 projects will ultimately… Continue Reading El Paso cities on short list for stimulus project money

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Thirty women – or, chicks and their peeps, rather – were trailed Friday night by a red wagon and rubber ducks with “Chick in Charge” name tags, during Manitou Springs’ first Chick Crawl, a retail promotional event to draw female shoppers. And, by most accounts the event was a success. Jewelry was “flying out the… Continue Reading Chicks hit Manitou Friday for retail crawl

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On April 21, Manitou Springs City Council approved an ordinance to start charging to park in the lot at the base of Barr Trail. Just how much it will cost to park in the lot is uncertain. The issue must go before the city’s parking board, which will set rates. City Planner Michelle Anthony said… Continue Reading Barr Trail parking not free for long

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