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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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Colorado Springs’ neighbor to the west has updated its streetscapes, attracted new retail shops and expanded its Cliff House Hotel, but it’s come up short on places for its many visitors to park. To address the problem, the Manitou Springs Parking Authority has released two community surveys soliciting comment about how residents and commercial building… Continue Reading Manitou seeking solution to city’s longtime parking issues

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Holiday travelers undaunted by gas prices

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Increased prices for gas, airfares, hotels and rental cars won’t dissuade travelers from hitting the roads this holiday season. AAA Colorado projects that 65.2 million Americans will travel 50 or more miles away from home, a 0.7 percent increase from last year’s 64.7 million. Travelers, it seems, have become resilient to the challenges, said Sandra… Continue Reading Holiday travelers undaunted by gas prices

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Springs hotel occupancies, room rates rise

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Hotel occupancies and room rates in Colorado Springs have risen slightly during the last year. The average occupancy rate for Colorado Springs-area hotels was 69.3 percent during September, compared with 62.1 percent during September last year, according to the latest Rocky Mountain Lodging Report that was released this week. The average room rate for area… Continue Reading Springs hotel occupancies, room rates rise

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Today’s New York Times features a travel story about Manitou Springs – and what distinguishes it from neighboring Colorado Springs. Manitou is described as a jewel box of a village. Colorado Springs is described as a sprawling, chain-stored center of conservative evangelical Christianity. Manitou is a place where ill people find healing from its mineral… Continue Reading Manitou, Colorado Springs contrasted in N.Y. Times

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