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Florissant Fossil Beds to build visitor center

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is getting its long-awaited visitor center – a 4,400 square-foot facility expected to open in 2013 and be powered almost entirely by solar power. The National Park Service announced plans this week for a visitor education, research and museum facility, which will replace the old building currently serving as the… Continue Reading Florissant Fossil Beds to build visitor center

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More than 6,000 people braved a rainy Sunday evening to attend the People’s Pedal Party downtown in celebration of today’s big cycling event. “We had a terrific crowd – everyone from a 6-week old to an 85-year-old,” said Ron Butlin, executive director of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership. The party was among several events during… Continue Reading 6,000 attend People’s Pedal Party to celebrate big race

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State unemployment rate: unchanged

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Colorado saw no change in the state unemployment rate from June to July of this year, according to figures from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The state added 3,200 nonfarm payroll jobs, for a total of 2.2 million people employed in the state, according to the monthly survey of business establishments. Government jobs… Continue Reading State unemployment rate: unchanged

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Camping allowed along Pro Challenge race route

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Cycling fans will be allowed to camp along roadsides of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge route up to 24 hours in advance in order to get a good view of the cycling competition. The Colorado Department of Transportation added this one-time exception for those who wish to camp along the route, which mimics the spirit… Continue Reading Camping allowed along Pro Challenge race route

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The 2011 Rocky Mountain State Games attracted a record 7,067 athletes — the highest number of athletes in the 10-year-history of the event — over two weekends in July and August. About half of the athletes came in from outside El Paso County and represented 28 states. An estimated 10,500 spectators watched the events at… Continue Reading Rocky Mountain State Games attracts record number of athletes

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The discs will be flying next July when Colorado Springs hosts the first U.S. Open, a major international competition and Ultimate disc convention. USA Ultimate, the Boulder-based national governing body for Ultimate disc, and Colorado Springs Sports Corp will host the inaugural international contest July 4-8, 2012 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. “We are thrilled to be… Continue Reading Flying disc championships land in Colorado Springs

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CDOT lists highways to avoid during race

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The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to draw 1 million spectators to Colorado Springs when it gets under way Aug 22. And that is likely to cause traffic snarls. Here’s a list of roads and highways to avoid between noon and 4:30 p.m. that day, as well as suggested alternate routes. U.S. 24 and… Continue Reading CDOT lists highways to avoid during race

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More than 100 leading travel experts will be in Colorado Springs this week to discuss the biggest trends in the U.S. travel and tourism industry. The U.S. Travel Association will hold its summer board of directors meeting at The Broadmoor  starting July 27. “We are focused on two things: one is getting folks up to… Continue Reading Travel experts convene in Colorado Springs, discuss tourism

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The National Ski Areas Association says a ski season that stretched into July helped U.S. resorts set a record this year for skier visits. The Lakewood, Colo.-based trade group in May estimated there were 60.1 million skier visits at U.S. resorts this season. Based on final survey results, the association says resorts finished the season… Continue Reading Trade group: US resorts see record skier visits

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This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb sold more tickets, more merchandise and had more sponsors than in years past, setting new records for the 89-year-old Colorado Springs event. The city’s famous 12.42-mile race up Pikes Peak attracted media from around the world and an estimated 6,000 fans lined the windy road with its 156… Continue Reading Hill Climb breaks sponsors, merchandise ticket records

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