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This was supposed to be an easy, uneventful week in Colorado Springs. Most of the city’s business community was focused on the annual State of the City luncheon. Mayor Steve Bach intimated that, in his speech, he’d introduce his newly minted 2013-2015 comprehensive plan, after wrapping up his first year in office. Many also were… Continue Reading City faces new reality after fire

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Tourism planning proactive response

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As thick smoke filled the air over Colorado Springs and other Colorado towns, a dark cloud of a different type ascended on the local and statewide tourism industry. Continue Reading Tourism planning proactive response

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The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is postponed because of the Waldo Canyon fire and ongoing safety concerns in the area of Pikes Peak Highway. The 90th run of the famous auto and motorcycle race, which was scheduled for July 8, will be revived later in the summer, race officials said. They expect to set… Continue Reading Waldo Fire puts Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on hold

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People who are unemployed because of a wildfire evacuation or because their workplaces are affected might be eligible for unemployment benefits, said the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. People can file unemployment claims online at www.colorado.gov/cdle. Evacuated people might be eligible if their unemployment resulted from physical damage or destruction of a workplace, or… Continue Reading Fire victims now eligible for unemployment benefits

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The Sports Corp College Football Kickoff Luncheon, scheduled for today, is canceled. The 350 meals, made by the staff at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, will be donated to the firefighters and displaced individuals and families in Colorado Springs affected by the ongoing wildfire. The meals will be delivered to firefighters and evacuees in the city today.… Continue Reading Sports Corp. cancels luncheon, donates meals

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Local hotels full, outlying areas have room

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Colorado Springs hotels were 100 percent occupied Tuesday night, said Steve Ducoff, executive director of the Pikes Peak Lodging Association. Across the city there are roughly 14,000 rooms available. Colorado Springs Marriott, which has 309 rooms, was evacuated Tuesday night. So was Embassy Suites, which has 207 rooms. “That is quite a shock,” Ducoff said.… Continue Reading Local hotels full, outlying areas have room

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Colorado Springs nonprofits are responding to the needs of people displaced from their homes because of the Waldo Canyon fire, as well as attempting to raise money for firefighters who are working to stop the blaze. Care and Share Food Bank Care and Share Food Bank remains the main drop-off point for food donations, and… Continue Reading Springs charities respond to Waldo Canyon, ask for donations

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The Waldo Canyon fire has forced 10 of Colorado Springs most popular attractions to close today – bad news for the local tourism industry. Continue Reading Tourism industry catching heat from Waldo Canyon fire

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The spread of the Waldo Canyon fire has forced the United States Postal Service to reroute mail delivery. Postal officials say about 1,130 post office boxes and 850 street mailboxes have been affected by the fire. Pickup for Green Mountain Falls residents will be at the Woodland Park, Tamarac Station, 900 Tamarac Parkway. Hours are… Continue Reading Post Office designates pickup points for fire areas

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The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be aware of scams related to this weekend’s Waldo Canyon Fire. Following natural disasters, criminals come out of the woodwork to rip off those who are in an especially vulnerable situation, BBB officials said. The BBB has the following tips:   Before you do any repairs, check… Continue Reading BBB warns about fire scams during Waldo Canyon Fire

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