Rich Laden

Business Reporter

  • City for Champions supporters tout benefits of downtown Colorado Springs sports venue

    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    For years, downtown Tulsa, Okla., had a reputation as quiet and dull - the kind of place where the sidewalks were rolled up at night. That was before the Tulsa community invested in a major, publicly funded economic development initiative, which included a new downtown civic arena,...

  • Condo deal creates big questions for Colorado Springs councilwoman, anti-tax activist

    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The sale of a small residential condominium on Colorado Springs' southwest side has created big questions for City Councilwoman Helen Collins and anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce. The political allies, who once ran together as a slate for the City Council, have found themselves drawn...

  • Complaint: Councilwoman Helen Collins 'appears' to have violated city's ethics code

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins, already the target of a recall election, is now facing an ethics complaint that alleges she participated in a real estate deal with tax-limitation author and convicted felon Douglas Bruce, which helped him avoid payment of a nearly...

  • Leadership change takes place at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Jack Damioli takes over today from Steve Bartolin as only the seventh president and CEO in the nearly 97-year history of The Broadmoor hotel. But Damioli isn't just following in Bartolin's footsteps; he has practically been wearing the same shoes as Bartolin for much of his life....

  • Waste Management closing public recycling site in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Waste Management is closing the public drop-off portion of its Colorado Springs recycling center, citing the cost of cleaning up blowing litter and problems with contaminated items left at the site. The center, at 604 4th St. in a mostly industrial area northeast of Nevada Avenue and...

  • My close encounter with Mr. Spock

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    My encounter with Mr. Spock: In spring 1979, I was the managing editor for the Northern Star, the student newspaper at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Leonard Nimoy was touring in the one-man show “Vincent,” about the life of Vincent van Gough, and he was doing a...

  • A second hotel and water park project planned for Colorado Springs' north side

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Dueling hotel and water park projects - just 2 miles apart - might be on tap for Colorado Springs. According to a proposal submitted Tuesday to city planners, a Wisconsin-based water park owner and operator plans to complete the partially finished Renaissance Hotel - a hulking,...

  • Colorado Springs NAACP head still suspects his organization was target in bombing

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The president of the Colorado Springs branch of the NAACP said Friday he continues to believe that either the civil rights organization or a barbershop were the targets of last month's bombing of the building they share at 603 S. El Paso St. Henry Allen Jr. made his comments hours...

  • Big changes in store for longtime Colorado Springs real estate agent

    Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Veteran real estate agent Harry Salzman, whose Salzman Real Estate Services is one of the last independent residential brokerages in town, is giving up his northwest Colorado Springs location after 37 years - and possibly, his independent status. But he's not leaving the business....

  • Colorado Springs sales tax revenues tallied for 2014; city officials face big decision

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    A better local economy and improved consumer confidence helped boost Colorado Springs sales tax collections by 7.5 percent in 2014 - the biggest increase in a decade, and one that likely will force the city to decide whether to refund excess tax revenue or ask voter permission to keep...