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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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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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